The Sābians of Harrān

The Sābians of Harrān

Their is much debate, without clear evidence to any of the hypotheses, about who “the Sābians” of the Quran were. The word “Sābian” in Arabic (Sābi’a/ as-Sabi’ūn) translates to “pagan” in English. The Sābians of Harrān who existed from the seventh century up until the late-eleventh or the early-twelfth century were, essentially, a star-worshipping group…

3 Easy hermetic meditations on the Sun as the Demiurge

3 Easy hermetic meditations on the Sun as the Demiurge

The sun has been used as an allegory for many things throughout history, from the giver of life and light to a symbol of power and majesty. Hermetic meditation is a powerful practice that has been used by mystics and seekers for centuries. In this article, we explore the practice of Hermetic meditation and give…

Is in Hermeticism Man bipartite or tripartite?

Is in Hermeticism Man bipartite or tripartite?

Hermeticism is a philosophical and spiritual tradition that has its roots in ancient Egypt and Greece. It places a significant emphasis on the nature of Man, as it believes that understanding human nature is the key to understanding the cosmos. We explore in this article if the hermetic texts describe a bipartite or tripartite perspective…

The Arabic Legend of the Three Hermeses

The Arabic Legend of the Three Hermeses

It was common knowledge among pre-modern Arabic scholars that there were three separate and distinct Hermeses. Some scholars of the modern-day think that this legend comes from an Arabic imagining of the Greek epithet “Trismegistos,” commonly referred to in Arabic as “al-mutallat bi-l-hikma” (triplicate in wisdom).  The first Hermes founded the sciences before the great…

“The Secret Wisdom of Thoth” Book Review 

“The Secret Wisdom of Thoth” Book Review 

I received my hardcover edition of The Secret Wisdom of Thoth (Revised Edition), which is written under the pseudonym “Tat of Heseret” and follows in the same tradition of so many nameless Hermetic authors that attributed their work to Hermes Trismegistus or some other character in the Hermetic milieu, and I am very satisfied, to say…

Neoplatonism, Hermeticism and the Quran

Neoplatonism, Hermeticism and the Quran

Ibn Sab’in is often called a Neoplatonic philosopher. Although he himself would have denied that. Hermeticism is also often called a Neoplatonic philosophy. But although Hermeticism borrows a lot of terminology from Neoplatonism its view of God, the Cosmos and reality is more in line with the Qurʾān than with Neoplatonism. (Allah,) The Originator of the heavens…

Zosimos, Dhul Nun al-Misri and the continuation of Hermetic wisdom

Zosimos, Dhul Nun al-Misri and the continuation of Hermetic wisdom

The Sufi Dhul Nun al-Misri is a very interesting figure. His full name was Abu’l Faiz Thauban ibn Ibrahim al-Misri (c.791/796-c.860 CE). He was born at Akhmim (Ikhmim) in Upper Egypt. He was also described as an Alchemist and a Hermetist. Akhmim came later to be known as Panopolis. The same city another famous hermetist…

The Importance of Secrecy

The Importance of Secrecy

The hermetic texts contain numerous references emphasizing the need for secrecy in handling the truths being taught. In this article, we explore the various reasons why secrecy was, and maybe still is, important in the Hermetica. The hermetic texts, despite their pedagogical nature, consistently emphasize the necessity of secrecy in the transmission of their profound…