The Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius: 8 (with quoted footnotes)

The Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius: 8 (with quoted footnotes)

1. All beings cannot possibly exceed their own capacity. (97) Nature is everyone of the beings of this world; (98) there is a law which is in heaven above destiny, and there is a destiny which has come into being according to a just necessity; there is a law which has come into being according…

The Secret Wisdom of Thoth: Pt. 5 The Key to the Secrets

The Secret Wisdom of Thoth: Pt. 5 The Key to the Secrets

Finally we have come to the key for unlocking the secrets in the Ancient Book of Thoth. In the table below we give the words and sentences that the Egyptian scribe used in the left column and our interpretation in the right column. Some experts propose that the Book of Thoth represents an Egyptian tradition…

Imagination and the Way of Hermes

Imagination and the Way of Hermes

As can be seen from its title, in his book ‘Hermetic Spirituality and Historical Imagination‘ Wouter Hanegraaff explains why for the understanding of hermetic spirituality it is important to understand the hermetic concept of imagination. In an interview with the Rejected Religion podcast, he explained his ideas of the hermetic concept of imagination in a…

The lost book on Alchemy by Agathodaimon, the teacher of Hermes
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The lost book on Alchemy by Agathodaimon, the teacher of Hermes

In antiquity, a fascinating Hermetic work focused on alchemy was lost, leaving us with only fragments to piece together its wisdom. Zosimos, the renowned alchemist from Panopolis in Upper Egypt, who lived during the late third or early fourth century, serves as our witness to this enigmatic work. Zosimos mentions the lost Hermetic work in…

Lectio Divina and the Study and Teaching of Hermetic Wisdom

Lectio Divina and the Study and Teaching of Hermetic Wisdom

Delving into the enigmatic realm of hermetic texts requires more than a mere intellectual pursuit; it beckons us to embark on a transformative journey of spiritual discovery. The practice of lectio divina can help us on this journey. As students of these profound and esoteric teachings, we find ourselves confronted with intricate symbolism, hidden meanings,…

What is the Way of Hermes?

What is the Way of Hermes?

The Way of Hermes or “Hermeticism” can be understood as the religious, spiritual, philosophical, and magical movement or milieu (if not quite a tradition properly, and not exactly a centralized or standardized thing) initiated by Hellenistic (or Hellenically-conversant) Egyptian priests operating in a Hellenistic context and attributed to the mythological figure Hermēs Trismegistos, which produced…

Some important technical Hermetic terms

Some important technical Hermetic terms

The Hermetica is a collection of philosophical and religious texts attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, a legendary figure in the Western esoteric tradition. These texts, which date back to the first few centuries of the Common Era, are a rich source of knowledge and insight into the spiritual and metaphysical worldviews of the ancient Mediterranean world….

The Hermetic teachings of Ibn Sab’in

The Hermetic teachings of Ibn Sab’in

Ibn Khaldun (d. 808/1406) described Ibn Sab’in as a radical monist whose ideas constituted ‘overt heresy and unwarranted innovations, and to justify them, the most extravagant and detestable interpretations of the literal meaning of orthodox doctrine’. However, he has also been described as the author of works ‘the likes of which no one has ever…