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…

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…

WitchTok and Memes: Exploring the Hermetic Currents of Internet Magick

WitchTok and Memes: Exploring the Hermetic Currents of Internet Magick

Deep within TikTok’s intricate labyrinth, a cohort of teenage occultists, known as ‘manifesting’ influencers, claims the power to transform lives through focus, positive thinking, and desire. This modern fascination with manifesting is not confined to TikTok but permeates wellness and spirituality subcultures on social media. Beyond a fleeting trend, it reflects a broader intersection of…

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 complaint of the 4 elements and their message for our time

The complaint of the 4 elements and their message for our time

The Kore Kosmou is one of the best preserved Hermetic texts. The title means “The Eye of the World” and probably refers to the goddess Isis who plays the main role in this epic treatise on the origin of the world. The story, which the goddess Isis tells to her son Horus, contains a lament…