The Ultimate “Definitions of Hermes” (DH) Compendium
quicklink to our DH compendium: https://wayofhermes.com/category/definitions/
Happy Summer everyone!
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Thanks to everyone in this wonderful community for making this possible. We hope you are enjoying these long summer days and are having some responsible and hydrated fun in the sun during these times of extreme heat waves that we’ve been experiencing thus far this summer
The sun plays an important part in the theory and philosophy of Hermeticism, as can be seen here:
CH XVI, 5. “…the Creator, that is to say the Sun, ever links heaven to earth, sending his substance down from above, and raising up matter from below. He draws everything around himself and into himself, and from himself gives all to all, bestowing his light in abundance. For it is he whose beneficent powers not only pervade the heavens and the air, but reach down to the lowest depth in the earth and abyss of the sea.”
CH X, 3. “The father is the cause of his children, both of their generation and their nourishment, having received the desire from the Supreme Good through the sun, for this Good is the creative principle. This cannot be present in anyone but that One alone…”
So go forth and be with the sun this summer. But, because of the heatwaves and extreme heat advisory warnings spanning the globe, please make sure to stay hydrated and also be careful to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Take the time to admire a beautiful sunrise or sunset, spend a little bit of time each day in the sun (weather permitting), and breathe some fresh air!
And finally, We would like to announce an addition to our collection of reading. What we have brought to you all is the full English translation by J.P. Mahè of “The Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius” (DH) with every single footnote and citation included. Not only did we include the ten chapters that can be found in the book “The Way of Hermes”, but we have also brought to you the eleventh chapter, DH XI, an interesting pseudo-Hermetic work and important note by the translator which is not included in the book.
These posts serve multiple functions as learning devices. The first, and most convenient, is that you can read the entirety of the DH, as published in “The Way of Hermes”, straight from the website without having to shuffle back and forth for each footnote or citation, which there are a copious amount. The second great thing about these chapters is that we have included the citations from other texts not included with he DH, such as the Stobaean fragments (SH), the Nag Hammadi Codex (NHC), the Asclepius (AH), and others. This eliminates the need to acquire multiple new books when, for the purpose of these chapters, you may only need to make reference to them once or twice. And finally, with all of the citations added to these DH chapters, it really shines a light on the interconnectedness of the many different texts in the Hermetica. We hope you enjoy these posts that comprise our ultimate DH compendium!
Just came to the forum to ask a question about this Definitions.
I have never checked The Way Of Hermes book, I did as Sisgimundo quoted, and I saw that the Definitions where different from the Perfect Discourse. Now you have explained here, Thank You. Beautiful work.