Exploring the Transformation of Souls and Their Permanence in Hermetic Texts

Exploring the Transformation of Souls and Their Permanence in Hermetic Texts

In the vast expanse of philosophical discourse within Hermetic texts, the question of the nature of souls and their journey through various incarnations is still a mystery. Does our soul have a mind, an identity, or a memory? What guides our soul towards salvation and the divine? Let’s part the veils to reveal the mysteries…

The Family of Hermes

The Family of Hermes

Hermeticism, a mystical tradition rooted in ancient teachings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, delves into the profound mysteries of the divine and the cosmos. An interesting concept is introduced in Book 1 of the Corpus Hermeticum, where Hermes declares in the Holy Trisagion that God desires to be known and is known by His own (people)….

Suhrawardi and the Philosophy of Light

Suhrawardi and the Philosophy of Light

“The third class of the followers of Hermes were the Illuminationists, the descendants of Hermes’ sister.” -Ibn Wahshiya, Ancient Alphabets Islamic scholars faced confusion regarding Hermes Trismegistus. While recognizing his significance through attributed books on alchemy, astrology, and ethics, contradictory historical accounts and the enigmatic titles “Hermes” and “Trismegistus” led to multiple, conflicting interpretations of…

Exploring the Creation and Essence of the Cosmos in the Corpus Hermeticum

Exploring the Creation and Essence of the Cosmos in the Corpus Hermeticum

In contemplating the concept of God as an eternal creator, one is inevitably confronted with the apparent paradox arising from the scientific understanding that our universe has a definite beginning. How do we reconcile the hermetic concept of a timeless, ever-creating God with the temporal constraints suggested by contemporary scientific cosmology? If there is indeed…

7 Hermetic Questions for… Thomas Shetler

7 Hermetic Questions for… Thomas Shetler

For our next interviewee, we have chosen an expert in the field of Hermeticism, the primary owner and manager of the r/hermeticism reddit as well as r/esotericism and r/hermetics, he runs a blog that can be found at ahelperofhermes.blog, he is a nondualist with a deep appreciation for Hermetic and Vedantic wisdom, and he loves…

Corpus Hermeticum, Book 2: On Childlessness

Corpus Hermeticum, Book 2: On Childlessness

“…and the greatest misfortune and impiety is when someone departs from mankind without children, for he suffers punishment after death from the divine powers. This is the retribution: that the soul without children is condemned to a body that is neither male nor female, and is cursed by the sun. Therefore, Asclepius, do not congratulate…

11 differences between Gnosticism and Hermeticism

11 differences between Gnosticism and Hermeticism

Two new religious-philosophical movements emerged in late antiquity: Gnosticism and Hermeticism. And while they have many similarities in their beliefs, they are also quite different. What is Gnosticism? Historically, Gnosticism did not exist as it is used in modern times. Some modern Christian groups use the term “Gnostics” to refer to secret or esoteric groups…