Hermeticism is a philosophical and esoteric tradition that dates back to the early centuries of the Common Era, with roots in ancient Egyptian and Greek teachings. It is a complex and multifaceted system of thought that has influenced numerous spiritual and philosophical movements throughout history, including alchemy, astrology, and the Western occult tradition.
With the rise of online video platforms, it has become easier than ever to explore the ideas and practices of Hermeticism from the comfort of your own home. In this article, we will be exploring our top 6 videos about Hermeticism that are freely available on Youtube.
These videos cover a range of topics, from the history and philosophy of Hermeticism to its practical applications in the modern world. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or a curious newcomer, these videos are sure to deepen your understanding of this fascinating tradition.
1. Let’s Talk Religion: What is Hermeticism?
The highly recommended Youtube-channel Let’s Talk Region talks about the complex tradition known as Hermeticism and its mysterious namesake Hermes Trismegistus. This is a very good video for beginners as it discusses the complex tradition of Hermeticism in a clear and concise way.
2. Esoterica: Corpus Hermeticum – Introduction to Hermes Trismegistus & Hermetic Philosophy
Just what are these teachings of the Way of Hermes? What is the history of the text? How did this pagan wisdom survive into modernity? This episode of Esoterica is also an excellent introduction to the Corpus Hermeticum, Hermes Trismegistus & Hermetic Philosophy. Recommended for beginners.
3. Eternalised: Hermeticism: The Ancient Wisdom of Hermes Trismegistus
This is also a good video for beginners. It gives a good summary of The Way of Hermes and how it involves altered states of consciousness in which practitioners went through a training regime that involved luminous visions, spiritual rebirth, cosmic consciousness, and union with the divine beauty of universal goodness and truth to attain the salvational knowledge known as gnosis.
4. The Sacred Speaks: Wouter Hanegraaff – Hermetic Spirituality and The Historical Imagination
This is a very interesting interview with professor Wouter Hanegraaff about his book Hermeticism, spirituality, historical imagination, and altered states of knowledge.
In the interview professor Hanegraaff discusses the nature of esotericism, rejected forms of knowledge, monotheism, and exclusion, and more.
This interview is almost 3 hours long and highly recommended to people that already have extensive knowledge about Hermeticism. You can read our review of Hanegraaff’s book here.
5. Rejected Religion: E26 Prof. Dr. Wouter J. Hanegraaff: Hermetic Embodiment, Interpretation, & Imagination
Stephanie C. Shea speaks for 2 hours with Prof. Dr. Wouter Hanegraaff about his new book, Hermetic Spirituality and the Historical Imagination: Altered States of Knowledge in Late Antiquity. They discuss four very important themes of the book: what the Hermetica is really all about; the notion of embodiment in the Hermetic texts; the difficult but extremely important task of interpreting the ancient texts; and the importance of the faculty of the imagination – not only within the Hermetica, but also for the scholar trying to understand what the texts are actually saying.
As they discuss difficult terms like gnosis and nous and difficult subjects like how Platonism influenced the Hermetica, how Gadamer’s concept of hermeneutics plays a role in the process of understanding these texts, the paradox of how we think about the term imagination, and how Wouter tries to ‘systematically privilege weirdness’ when studying the Hermetic texts, this interview is recommended for experienced students of the Hermetica.
Hermetic Spirituality with Dr. M. David Litwa
Dr. M. David Litwa explores what Hermetic Spirituality can be in the present day by looking at its historic principles.
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