Hermes Trismegistus

“There is only one dogma in Magic, and it is this: The visible is the manifestation of the invisible, or in other terms, the perfect word, in things appreciable and visible, bears an exact proportion to the things which are inappreciable by our senses and unseen by our eyes.” 

— Èliphas Lèvi: Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual

Ley de atracción

La ley de atracción no es más que una ley subsidiaria de una ley mayor llamada Ley de Síntesis. La Ley de Síntesis se refiere a la condensación de las diferentes energías que existen en este universo y en ese sistema de planetas, por ejemplo, la energía que emana del corazón, la energía prana, la energía emocional, sentimental, intelectual, espiritual y divina.

La ley de la atracción es la materialización de un deseo, la cual se da por la Ley de Síntesis. El mecanismo es el siguiente:

El deseo crea pensamiento, el pensamiento crea sentimiento, el sentimiento crea emoción, la emoción crea actividad, la actividad crea materialización.

Deseo>Pensamiento>Sentimiento>Emoción>Actividad>Materialización

El estudiante debe entenderlo si quiere dominar su propia existencia. La ley de la atracción no está limitada a los deseos mundanos e inferiores del hombre como la vida material o amorosa, la ley de la atracción es la consciencia divina en acción tanto manifestada en la partícula más pequeña que puede existir en este universo, como en sistemas galácticos enteros y la misma creación.

Para activar la ley de atracción hay que activar la ley de síntesis. Para activar la ley de síntesis hay que activar la ley del desapego (el desapego es una ley). Para activar la ley del desapego, es necasario activar la ley solar. Para activar la ley solar, hay que activar la ley del amor (divino). El amor divino es la ley del vacío. Para poder materializar algo es necesario primero crear vacío. No puedes meter más libros a un librero lleno de libros. No puedes poner más agua en una jarra llena de agua. Hay que vaciarla primero para poner más agua.

La complejidad de este mecanismo es ilusoria, ya son leyes y actuarán con o sin ti, gracias a ti o a pesar de ti, sólo resta ser conscientes de estas leyes.

“Imita a tus antepasados, por que el verdadero trabajo interno se lleva a cabo a través del conocimiento y contemplación de nosotros mismos, mira sus palabras que perduran en el tiempo, como las pirámides en el desierto.

No te ufanes de tus conocimientos, ni presumas demasiado de tu condición de hombre instruido, se humilde de corazón, o tu ego te hará descender a las más sombrías cavernas de tus mas oscuros instintos, toma consejo tanto como del humilde como del iniciado, se sencillo y humilde, y tu alma prevalecerá por siempre en el alma de aquellos con os que rosaste en tu camino.

El hombre que pronuncia palabras aviesas, no puede esperar de los demás actos de bondad.

El hombre que se expresa con el alma siempre ocupará un lugar en el corazón de los demás, como las pirámides ocupan un lugar en el cosmos”

Hermes Trismegisto

When Pymander had said this, he blended himself before my eyes with the powers. And I, who was now clothed with power and instructed about the nature of the Universe and about the exalted vision, thanked and praised the Father of all things. I began to proclaim to the people the beauty of the Gnosis and of the life dedicated to God.

“Oh, you nations, you men who are born of the earth and who have given yourselves up to intoxication and slumber and to the ignorance concerning God, become sober and stop wallowing in debauchery, enchanted as you are by an animal sleep.”

On hearing this, they came to me with one accord. And I spoke further: “Oh you earthly born, why have you given yourselves up to death, whereas you have power to participate in immortality? Repent, you who walk in error and who have accepted ignorance as a leader. Liberate yourselves from the dark light and take part in immortality by taking leave of destruction forever.”

Some of them mocked me and went away, for they were on the road of death. But others, who had thrown themselves on their knees for me, besought me to instruct them. I raised them up and became a guide to the human race by teaching them in what way they would be saved. And I sowed in them the words of wisdom and they were fed with the water of immortality.

Corpus Hermeticum

In the path known as hermetic philosophy or alchemy, Hermes as the main principle expresses the leading forces of the unconscious mind, and also an internal desire for Gnosis.
Gnosis (knowledge) according to the philosophical course of Hermeticism isn’t a continuous inflow of disconnected information like our modern era demands, but a path of esoteric tranformation, one aiming to dissolve the internal conflicts of the individual so the he/she can manage to commune and communicate the Universal Knowledge and form a new sense of unified identity and self. Hermeticism sees the external reality as the field of illusion or fraud, just like oriental philosophy does, but the goal in Hermeticism isn’t the withdrawal from this ephemeral plane of being, but a higher participation after a certain existential preparation and initiation.
Thoth, as the god of scripture and of the secret Egyptian mysteries, became one with the greek Hermes after a certain historical point. A new persona emerged this way, Hermes the Trismegistus, a magical deity and a higher element that has motivated and moved many adepts of esotericism, alchemists and artists througout the centuries…this new archetype also insists on the triune nature of divinity just like the christian trinity does, among others in various world traditions.
The Muse

Drawing of Mercury/Hermes by Henrik Goltzius, 1587.

If then you do not make yourself equal to God, you cannot apprehend God; for like is known by like.
Leap clear of all that is corporeal, and make yourself grown to a like expanse with that greatness which is beyond all measure; rise above all time and become eternal; then you will apprehend God. Think that for you too nothing is impossible; deem that you too are immortal, and that you are able to grasp all things in your thought, to know every craft and science; find your home in the haunts of every living creature; make yourself higher than all heights and lower than all depths; bring together in yourself all opposites of quality, heat and cold, dryness and fluidity; think that you are everywhere at once, on land, at sea, in heaven; think that you are not yet begotten, that you are in the womb, that you are young, that you are old, that you have died, that you are in the world beyond the grave; grasp in your thought all of this at once, all times and places, all substances and qualities and magnitudes together; then you can apprehend God.
But if you shut up your soul in your body, and abase yourself, and say “I know nothing, I can do nothing; I am afraid of earth and sea, I cannot mount to heaven; I know not what I was, nor what I shall be,” then what have you to do with God?
—  Hermes Trismegistus

“I, however, wrote Pymander’s benefaction in me, and when I was completely filled with this, a supreme joy came over me. For the sleep of the body became the soberness of the soul; the closing of the eyes the true seeing; the silence became for me as a pregnancy of the good and the proclaiming of the word resulted in fruitful works of salvation. All this has come to me, because I received from Pymander, my Spirit-Soul, the Being that exists out of itself, the word from the beginning. Thus I am now filled with the divine breath of truth.“

— Hermes Trismegistus, Corpus Hermeticum

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“There can be no rebirth without a dark night of the soul, a total annihilation of all that you believed in and thought that you were.”

- Hazrat Inayat Khan: The Soul’s Journey

Hermes Trismegistus (Greek for “Hermes the thrice-greatest” or Mercurius ter Maximus in Latin, is the syncretism of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian Thoth. In Hellenistic Egypt, the god Hermes was given as epithet the Greek name of Thoth. He has also been identified with Enoch. Other similar syncretized gods include Serapis and Hermanubis.

Hermes Trismegistus might also be explained in Euhemerist fashion as a man who was the son of the god, and in the Kabbalistic tradition that was inherited by the Renaissance, it could be imagined that such a personage had been contemporary with Moses, communicating to a line of adepts a parallel wisdom. A historian, however, would leave such speculation to the history of alchemy and the nineteenth-century history of occultism.

Both Thoth and Hermes were gods of writing and of magic in their respective cultures. Thus the Greek god of interpretive communication was combined with the Egyptian god of wisdom as a patron of astrology and alchemy. In addition, both gods were psychopomps, guiding souls to the afterlife.

The majority of Greeks, and later Romans, did not accept Hermes Trismegistus in the place of Hermes. The two gods remained distinct from one another.

The Hermetic literature added to the Egyptian concerns with conjuring spirits and animating statues that inform the oldest texts, Hellenistic writings of Greco-Babylonian astrology and the newly developed practice of alchemy. In a parallel tradition, Hermetic philosophy rationalized and systematized religious cult practices and offered the adept a method of personal ascension from the constraints of physical being, which has led to confusion of Hermeticism with Gnosticism, which was developing contemporaneously Dan Merkur, “Stages of Ascension in Hermetic Rebirth”.

As a divine fountain of writing, Hermes Trismegistus was credited with tens of thousands of writings of high standing, reputed to be of immense antiquity. Plato’s Timaeus and Critias state that in the temple of Neith at Sais, there were secret halls containing historical records which had been kept for 9,000 years. Clement of Alexandria was under the impression that the Egyptians had forty-two sacred writings by Hermes, encapsulating all the training of Egyptian priests. Siegfried Morenz has suggested (Egyptian Religion) “The reference to Thoth’s authorship…is based on ancient tradition; the figure forty-two probably stems from the number of Egyptian nomes, and thus conveys the notion of completeness.” The Neo-Platonic writers took up Clement’s “forty-two essential texts”.

The so-called “Hermetic literature”, the Hermetica, is a category of papyri containing spells and induction procedures. In the dialogue called the Asclepius (after the Greek god of healing) the art of imprisoning the souls of demons or of angels in statues with the help of herbs, gems and odors, is described, such that the statue could speak and prophesy. In other papyri, there are other recipes for constructing such images and animating them, such as when images are to be fashioned hollow so as to enclose a magic name inscribed on gold leaf.

During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus known as Hermetica enjoyed great credit and were popular among alchemists. The “hermetic tradition” therefore refers to alchemy, magic, astrology and related subjects. The texts are usually distinguished in two categories the “philosophical” and “technical” hermetica. The former deals mainly with issues of philosophy, and the latter with magic, potions and alchemy. Among other things there are spells to magically protect objects, hence the origin of the term “Hermetically sealed”.

The classical scholar Isaac Casaubon in De Rebus sacris et ecclesiaticis exercitiones XVI (1614) showed, by the character of the Greek, the texts that were traditionally written at the dawn of time, to be more recent: most of the “philosophical” Corpus Hermeticum can be dated to around AD 300. However, flaws in this identification were uncovered by the 17th century scholar Ralph Cudworth, who argued that Casaubon’s allegation of forgery could only be applied to three of the seventeen treatises contained within the Corpus Hermeticum. Moreover, Cudworth noted Casaubon’s failure to acknowledge the codification of these treatises as a late formulation of a pre-existing (possibly oral) tradition. According to Cudworth, the text must be viewed as a terminus ad quem and not a quo.

Modern occultists continue to suggest that some of these texts may be of Pharaonic origin, and that “the forty two essential texts” that contained the core work of his religious beliefs and his life philosophy remain hidden away in a secret library.

The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus

The foundation of the Great Work is the Emerald Tablet and thus reveals the art and science of Alchemy. There are many translations of it from well known people such as Issac Newton and Madame Blavasky. Newton’s being the most renowned(the pic shown above is not Newton’s translation.) Many esoteric thinkers have their interpretations of it and the upcoming one in particular is credited to Dennis William Hauck.

“The first rubric simply sets the tone of the documents and asks us to come into higher awareness and become open into deeper truths. The second rubric presents the Doctrine of Correspondences, which describes a vertical relationship between the realm of Spirit Above and the realm of Matter Below. This is the so called Vertical Axis of reality, which the alchemists felt they could enter in their meditations. The Horizontal Axis is our normal material world. A wonderful example of experiencing the Vertical Axis is a work in the Corpus Hermeticum called "The Divine Pymander” (or “Divine Mind”). It is allegedly written by Hermes Trismegistus and describes his meeting with the Divine Mind and what it taught him about the nature of reality.
The third rubric elaborates on the nature of the One Thing, which is the subject on the tablet. The alchemists have usually interpreted the One Thing to mean the First Matter or Universal Life Force, and this rubric describes its characteristics. The first two sentences of this rubric presents the Four Elements in order of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Associated with each of these elements are the first four operations of alchemy: Calcination, Dissolution, Separation, and Conjunction.
The fourth rubric is the most mystical part of the Emerald Tablet and seems to be telling us how to enter the spiritual realm Above. It also describes the result of previous conditions which is the purified Quintessence. The sixth rubric suggests that the previous rubrics have described a previous a specific universal pattern that leads to transformation on all levels of reality. It is not only the formula that the alchemist follows in his work, but also the overall pattern of nature in perfecting matter.“

Unless you make yourself equal to God, you cannot understand God: for the like is not intelligible save to the like. Make yourself grow to a greatness beyond measure, by a bound free yourself from the body; raise yourself above all time, become Eternity; then you will understand God. Believe that nothing is impossible for you, think yourself immortal and capable of understanding all, all arts, all sciences, the nature of every living being. Mount higher than the highest height; descend lower than the lowest depth. Draw into yourself all sensations of everything created, fire and water, dry and moist, imagining that you are everywhere, on earth, in the sea, in the sky, that you are not yet born, in the maternal womb, adolescent, old, dead, beyond death. If you embrace in your thought all things at once, times, places, substances, qualities, quantities, you may understand God
—  Hermes Trismegistus, Corpus Hermeticum, Treatise 12

“The word ‘Amen’ is from Amon, the father god of Egypt, and was an ancient Egyptian salutation to the supreme power of the Universe." 

- Manly P. Hall: The Secret Teachings of All Ages

The Hermes Bird is one of the names given to the radiant light which rises upwards during the initiatory process of fission. It the bird of Hermes because it is alchemical, and therefore linked with the supposed founder of alchemy, Hermes Trismegistus. The alchemist George Ripley, painted the crowned bird of Hermes standing triumphant over the world with seven feathers projecting from the globe. These are the seven feathers of the ‘planets’, over which the bird has dominace. Ripley rightly portrays the bird above the lunar Dragon, to illustrate that the process of Putrefaction is Complete. 

(Mark Hedsel, David Ovaso, The Zelator, 1997, p198 & 420. )