In this Religion of the Mind there is no opposition of the heart and head. It is not a cult of intellect alone, it is not a cult of emotion alone ; it is the Path of Devotion and Gnosis inseparably united, the true Sacred Marriage of Soul and Mind, of Life and Light, the ineffable union of God the Mother and God the Father in the Divine Man, the Logos, the Alone-Begotten of the Mystery of Mysteries, the All and One Ineffability and Effability eternally in simultaneous Act and Passion. If you should object to the word Mind as excluding other names of equal dignity
know that this also has been spoken of again and again by the disciples of Thrice-greatest Hermes.
As Above, so Below, and as Below, so Above,
in the Accomplishment of the Miracle of the One Thing.
And just as all things have come from One,
through the Mediation of One,
so all things follow from this One Thing in the same Way.
Its Father was the Sun, the Moon its Mother.
It was carried in the Womb of Air, and the Earth was its Nurse.
It is the Father of every Willed Thing in the whole World.
Its Power is perfected if it becomes as Earth.
Separate the Earth from Fire: the Fine from the Gross,
gently and with great skill.
It rises from Earth to Heaven,
and then it descends again to the Earth and
receives Power from Above and from Below.
Thus you will have the Glory of the whole World.
All Obscurity will be clear to you.
This is the strong Power of all Power because
it overcomes everything fine and penetrates everything solid.
In this way was the World created.
From this there will be amazing Applications,
because this is the Pattern.
Therefore am I called Thrice Greatest Hermes,
having the three parts of the Wisdom of the whole World.
Herein have I completely explained the Operation of the Sun.
Hermes Trismegistus, whose name means ‘thrice greatest Hermes’ was the creator of the magical system known as Hermetism, which he taught through his writings. Hermetism is said to be the origin point of alchemy and astronomy, both studies of which Trismegistus was highly skilled at.
At some point in his life, he was the ruler of Egypt, the grandson of Adam, and built the pyramids. Conflicting reports state he either lived before or at the time of Moses. He was known for carrying an emerald tablet, which contained all of the world’s knowledge of philosophy, with which he used to defeat the dragon of ignorance, Typhon. People also knew him as Mercurius ter Maximus because they believed he held all the knowledge in the world.
He would later write down this knowledge in forty-two books known as the Hermetica, which became fragmented through history. The most important of these is the ‘Divine Pymander’ which contained seventeen of those fragments and was translated to English by John Everard in 1650.
It is commonly thought that Trismegistus was merely an amalgamation of the Greek god Hermes, and the Egyptian god Thoth.
Thoth-Hermes, as we have seen, had been for the Egyptians from the earliest times the teacher of all ancient and hidden wisdom ; he was par excellence the writer of all sacred scripture and the scribe of the gods. We should then naturally expect that his dominating influence would play a leading part in the new development ; and this, indeed, is amply demonstrated by the evidence of the religious art of the time,which presents us with specimens of statues of the Greek type of Hermes, bearing at the same time either the feather of truth (the special symbol of Maat) on the head, or the papyrus-roll in the hand both symbols of Thoth in his dual character as revealer and scribe.
~ G.R.S. Mead; Thrice-Greatest Hermes - Studies in Hellenistic Theosophy and Gnosis