Archive for April, 2012


Was Hermes Trismegistus a living person or an archetype? Evidence points to an amalgamation of the Greek messenger God Hermes and the Egyptian scribe God Thoth. Trismegistus means ‘Thrice great’.

Many theories exists to how Hermes was tagged with this, including an epithet used for Thoth, ‘Greatest and Great God, Great Thoth’.

A mosaic depiction of Hermes Trismegistus is found on the floor of Siena Cathedral in Italy, which was completed in the Early 1200’s. It is labeled “Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus contemporary of Moses.”


Writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus include The Emerald Tablet and the Corpus Hermeticum. Although the Emerald Tablet, bearing the noble phrase ‘As Above, So Below’  is lost to antiquity, the Corpus Hermeticum is with us still.

While these writings have been dated to the 2nd and 3rd centuries (a copy was found in the Nag Hammadi Library), copies appeared and were translated into Latin during the early Renaissance in Italy and went on to influence the Rosicrucian Enlightenment in Europe. The continued existence of these writings, and the knowledge, survived the European Inquisitions and witch hunts in a variety of ways. Many scholars found themselves protected by their wealth and education. Texts were transcribed with symbols and secret societies were formed.

Now we come to the present time, where we have the foundation of today’s practices of the magical arts.  From the most advanced and secretive Hermetic orders, to the act of  opening the morning paper to read your horoscope, or simply naming the stars in the night sky, no matter your religious persuasion, Western society is ingrained with the influence of the imagined Hermes Trismegistus.

Blessed Be.

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Gnosticism

Gnosis means knowledge. How could one ever cease in their quest for knowledge?

The Gnostic texts are better known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, or The Nag Hammadi Library. We can imagine now, as the texts were found, how they were hidden from destruction, secreted away in jars and caves. One text offers to reveal to the reader ‘the mysteries and the things hidden in silence”. Along with early Christian writings were also found copies of Plato’s Republic and the Corpus Hermeticum , which is the root of today’s esoteric and occult practices. How exciting to know that in another time besides our own, these writings existed and were consulted to, side by side.

Critics would say that the basis of Gnosticism, that one is connected directly to The Divine, is deluded. Yet these would be the same sects that grew from the Lutheran movement, that showed that priestly intervention between man and God was not required.  This fear among hierarchy can be traced back as far as 180 CE, when there was much debate among sects large and small, on authoritative texts. By 313 CE, Roman Emperor Constantine, with all the power and wealth available to him, began to eliminate the threat to his idea of an empire.

What more can encapsulate Knowledge, than the opening of The Nag Hammadi text, Thunder, the Perfect Mind.  The voice of The Divine Feminine, speaks not just from the associations with Isis, or Sophia, but to our collective unconscience.

Translated by George W. MacRae

I was sent forth from the power,
and I have come to those who reflect upon me,
and I have been found among those who seek after me.
Look upon me, you who reflect upon me,
and you hearers, hear me.
You who are waiting for me, take me to yourselves.
And do not banish me from your sight.
And do not make your voice hate me, nor your hearing.
Do not be ignorant of me anywhere or any time. Be on your guard!
Do not be ignorant of me
Blessed Be.