How many of us understand what Hermetic thought is, beyond the
idea of "hermetically sealed"?
Last year I attended a lecture the Hermetic Foundations of the
American Republic, presented by Dr. Stephan Hoeller, the Gnostic
Bishop of Los Angeles. His title, I assure you, is not a pun or insult, but a fitting description to a very intelligent man. The
lecture essentially said that the ideas and efforts of the founding fathers were
the results of a broader sub current of the intelligentsia within society, whose
ideas manifested themselves into the early documents and foundation of the
Hermetic thought is a tradition ofknowledge said to date into
Ancient Egypt, associated with god Thoth, who the Greeks later related to
One of Thoth's many titles was three times great, which the Greeks
translated to Hermes Trismegistos, the believed author of the Emerald Tablet,
and Asclepius, within the hermetic texts.
It is thought that Hermeticism flourished in ancient Alexandria,
but moved underground and was lost from common knowledge with the fall of Rome. The Renaissance brought about
this resurgence of knowledge, including a rediscovery of Hermetic texts, brought
to Europe by the Medici family from sources in Byzantium.
What these texts contained were ancient ideas of wisdom that talked in detail about a dual nature to man and his pursuit to unify them. The two sides were made up of a human lower self that includes feelings, thoughts, sensation, and ego, the human traits werecognize today. The other half consisted of the spirit, that intangible, ineffable thing that gives us that higher conscience. Its efforts were to cultivate the conscious coming together of the initiates self with his spirit. The idea within hermetics was the joining of the two, the transformation of two separate elements into a new one. Some believe that Hermetic tradition survived the fall of Rome and the middle ages in the mystical field of Alchemy, which has existed in different forms for many centuries.With the coming of the Renaissance, so returned Hermetic thought which began to weave itself into Christian tradition. This movement was quickly stamped out by the doctrinal inquisition, which has since walled itself off from and philosophical ideation of a personal God consciousness. Some examples of this era of sanitization of this transformative self can be seen in the extermination of both theTemplar's an......
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