Hermeticism & Mysticism

Joseph_Wright_of_Derby_The_Alchemist

Philo-Sophia: Love of Wisdom; Life of Sophia (Gnostic Deity)

The Philosopher’s Stone, a substance capable of turning base metals into gold. Known as the Elixir of Life, it sparked immortality. Many have searched over the millennia in search of this legend. When we imagine such a strife, one would picture Harry Potter, Merlin, or some other wizard scientist tirelessly working at charts, liquids, and powders over torch light.

To separate fact and fiction, scientists in the mid century were in fact attempting to find this magical element. The earliest writings of this material dates back to Cheirokmeta by Zosimos. One of the beginning ingredients for the stone is known as Prima Materia. It is the formless nature of all matter before it exists, like Chaos and Aether. Modern science would define it as “Dark Matter” because it does not enter our light spectrum, and thus cannot be observed by our weak-ass human eyes. Today we are only able to comprehend that it consists of 27% of the observable mass and energy within our known universe.

261px-Squaredcircle.svg

The Philosophers Stone.

The circle represents the cycle of time, bound by 26,000 years of falling and rising consciousness on the Earth. Outside of the circle lies the spiritual realms-within lies the wholeness of the All. The triangle represents the Trinity, as well as the body, spirit, and soul. Within the triangle is the square, representing our material world consisting of the 4 basic elements. The inner most circle represents the self, acting within the physical world through Will.

 

 

 

 

maxresdefault

From evolveconciousness.org

1411134753055

With the relatively recent finding of the Nag Hammadi, come multiple gnostic, hermetic, Valentinian, and other forms of Jewish/Christian ideologies.

 

Hermetic: ancient occult tradition’s practicing alchemy, astrology, and theosophy, often directly following the teachings of Thoth, the Egyptian God of  the Moon.

  • Alchemy, came to European civilization during the mid century  from the Middle East, particularly Arabia. From the Middle East, it came specifically from Egypt; hence the name alchemy, which translates from ‘AL-KHEMET’ meaning “from the Black Land”, Khemet being Egypt.

Did you know that Kabbalism is a form of Hermeticism stemming from Judaism? As is the Golden Dawn, Rosicrucianism, Gnosticism, Free Masons, and Valentinianism.


The Corpus Hermeticum: The Origin of Hermes Trismegistus, His Followers, and His Teachings.

There are 15 tractates of the Corpus Hermeticum and they are considered the foundation documents of the Hermetic tradition and written by unknown persons in Egypt before the end of the 3rd century C.E. There is no knowing whether these lessons were taught orally throughout centuries, and if they are even relevant to the actual secret books of Thoth the Ancient Egyptian Priests were said to be in possession of. These teachings have direct links to religions such as Neoplatonism, Christianity, Valentianism, and other forms of Gnosticism. During the Byzantine ages, the Corpus Hermeticum were collected into a single volume. A copy landed in the hands of Lorenzo de Medici, who had them translated by 1463.

Platonic Greek men, living in Egypt under Roman rule, took upon themselves to form small groups of men seeking God. Lessons were orated by a teacher unto pupils regarding the truths they had discovered. At times, these lessons were transcribed, either at a much later time, or entirely by the author themselves acting as the teacher, Hermes, and a pupil (often Tat). These Greek  taught men, alongside Egyptian men with Greek influence, would study at the Egyptian Priest schools (Walter Scott was able to pin-point through evidence the date of writing to be 270 A.D). “It had long been accepted as known historical fact that both Pythagoras and Plato had studies in Egypt.” writes Walter Scott from a translation of the Hermetica published in 1924. What the priests had studied and taught was unknown to the general masses; they could speculate they possessed books ascribed to Thoth (the Egyptian version of Hermes Trismegistus’ teachings) which included the ‘Book of the Dead’. Scott goes on to say “Greek philosophy was derived from the Egyptian books of Hermes, in which that essential truth was taught.”

Scott shares that within Libelli there is to be found infusions of Stoicism. At the time, “Carneades were waging war against the dogmatism of the Stoics,” Scott continues, “It was not until that feud had died down, that the skepticism of the Academy was replaced by a more positive form of Platonic teaching; and it was only then that Platonists began to Stoicize, and Stoics to Platonize.” Posidonius, who wrote between 100-50 B.C., had influences that could be found in the Hermetica, thus limiting the earliest Hermetic writings to no earlier than 100 B.C. However, not all portions of the Corpus Hermetica contain Stoicism, Platonism, nor any form of Greek thought. Therefore, one cannot simply state that just because one portion of the whole has an absolute certain date, does not mean the rest are sewn from the same fabric. The same man who translated and separated the teachings from ‘rubbish’ and ‘religious/philosophical’ is now striking a brush on the entire Corpus Hermeticum as being written at the same time. We may as well go as far to say there is one author then. “The Hermetica which have come down to us were most of them, if not all, written in the third century after Christ.,” he continues, “Some of them may have been written before the end of the second century; but probably none so early as the first century.”

  • It must be noted that the translation by Sir Walter Scott are extremely biased, and lack imagination. He pens that all Hermetica deal with Greek and Latin writings containing religious or philosophic teachings ascribed to Hermes Trismegistus. He goes on to recognize that there are also several other writings concerning Hermes, but contain  writings on astrology, magic, alchemy, and “kindred forms of pseudoscience. They had little or nothing to do with one another.” The 1924 translation was obviously from the most rational form of man, a being incapable of questioning common conventions, but rather accepts everything he cannot comprehend as ‘rubbish’. The first page of the introduction goes on to say “We are therefore justified in treating the ‘religious’ or ‘philosophic’ Hermetica as a class apart, and, for our present purpose, ignoring the masses of rubbish which fall under the other head.”
  • Scott goes on to embarrass himself “In the first place, it may be asked whether there is anything in the Hermetica that is derived from the indigenous religion of Egypt. As far as definite statements of doctrine are concerned, there is very little.” These are the men that have existed who write and control our history, these are the same men that will continue to blaspheme against scholarship and theosophy. “For instance, we find it stated in some of the Hermetica that God is self-generated; that God is hidden; that God is nameless; and yet innumerably-named; that God is bisexual; that God is life, and the source or author of all life; and so on.” Dwight you ignorant slut. The fact that this ‘translator’, Walter Scott, is literally comprehending the Most High as a Hermaphrodite is offensive and impious. The spiritual has no need for sexuality, for it is not physical. Sexuality here is just another form of distraction, a further separation from our actual beings beyond this realms. The only thing bi is the authors bias.

However, the older G.R. S. Mead translation apparently holds more true to a representative example of translation. Translated and published in 1906, Mead was a close friend to Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society. Of course thinking for yourself was frowned upon, especially if it did not cater to, or upheave the standard way of thinking. John Michael Greer’s introduction slams Scott’s translation as having garbled the text, with a smooth mentioning of Hermetic scholar Dame Frances Yates who also disassociates with the Scott translation.


I. Poemandres, the Shepherd of Men

Hermes, or the author, describes entering a meditative state when dwelling on the present. The description is oddly similar to a Taoist description of entering a meditative state (womb breathing, losing of senses). The more ancient philosophies stemming from China is famously no other than The Way and its Power (more commonly known as the Tao Te Ching), translated and edited by Arthur Waley. Within Appendix III. on Taoist Yoga, Waley makes a connection between different forms of ‘Yoga’ or meditation:

“That the Chinese Quietists practiced some form of self hypnosis no one familiar both with the yoga literature of India (whether Hindu or Buddhist) and with Taoism would, I think, be likely to dispute.”

He continues to cite three passages from Chuang Tzu to further corroborate the idea that the early Chinese practiced a form of self-hypnosis.

“ “The philosopher Ch’i sat propped upon a stool, his head chinese-painting-meditating_LRG.jpgthrown back, puffing out his breath very gently. He looked strangely dazed and inert, as though only part of him were there at all. “What was happening to you?” Asked his disciple Yen Ch’eng, who had been standing at his side. “You seem able to make your body for the time being like a log of wood, your mind like dead embers. What I have just seen leaning against this stool appeared to have no connection with the person who was sitting there before.” “You have put it ver well,” said Chi’i; “when you saw me just now my ‘I’ had lost its ‘me’ ”

 

The second passage Arthur explains how the Quietist ruler Ch’i was said to sit like a ‘Shih’, typically translated as a corpse, but is more likely to mean the other medium-‘who sits motionless and silent at the sacrifice waiting for the spirit of the Ancestor to descend upon him.’ In the third and final passage, there is an occasion when Confucius visited Lao Tan whom sat in a meditative state, but to Kung Fu Tzu appeared ‘so inert as hardly to resemble a human being’. Confucius himself seemed awkwardly confused as to what was happening and verbally intervenes the hypnotic state.

“Confucius waited for a while, but presently feeling that the moment had come for announcing himself addressed Lao Tan saying: “Did my eyes deceive me or can it really have been so? Just now you appeared to me to be a mere lifeless block, start as a log of wood. It was as though you had no consciousness of any outside thing and were somewhere all by yourself.” Lao Tan said; “True. I was wandering in the Beginning of Things.”

Without a doubt the same experience, relative practice, description; separated possibly by thousands of centuries across the continent.

Scotts Version depicts the entity calling itself “Mind of Sovereignty” rather than “Man Shepherd” in Mead’s translation. (4) Scott: “a downward-tending darkness, terrible and grim” changed into a ‘watery substance’ then gave forth a smoke as from fire. Scott’s description is less awe striking compared to Mead’s.
(5) the Holy Word (Logos) descends, elements are mentioned Fire, Air, Earth, Water. Description is oddly similar to the passing of Planet X described in The Lost Book of Enki.


Tabula Smaragdina, AKA The Emerald Tablet: As Above, So Below.

The motha’ fuckin’ Emerald Tablet (or Tabula Smaragdina). Warning, this will take what you think you know about anything, and flip it upside down.

maxresdefault

So far, I’ve only been able to find numerous translations of essentially the same exact thing. Sir Isaac Newton himself had translated and published a pamphlet concerning the verse. It is a rather short summary of what I believe to be the cover of the actual Emerald Tablet. I’ve only come to know this because I had purchased a book with the translations of the entire, well most, of the tablets.

Fotothek_df_tg_0006097_Theosophie_^_Alchemie

Yes, Sir Isaac fuckin’ Newton

The Newtonian Translation:

“Tis true without error, certain & most true.

That which is below is like that which is above & that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing

And as all things have been & arose from one by the mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.

The Sun is its father, the moon its mother, the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth is its nurse.

The father of all perfection in the whole world is here.

Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth.

Separate thou the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross sweetly with great industry.

It ascends from the earth to the heaven & again it descends to the earth & receives the force of things superior & inferior.

By this means you shall have the glory of the whole world

& thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.

Its force is above all force. For it vanquishes every subtle thing & penetrates every solid thing.

So was the world created.

From this are & do come admirable adaptations whereof the means (or process) is here in this. Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world

That which I have said of the operation of the Sun is accomplished & ended.”

The most entertaining aspect of this, is that a scientist is coming to terms with the spiritual. Modern scientists are so quick to swipe away anything considered “religion” or “spiritual” because, well, they can’t explain it. If science cannot explain something, our stupid human minds think “well then it can’t be true.” The most powerful intelligent men that have ever lived combined both science and the spiritual: Newton, Einstein, Da Vinci, Jung, and Nikola Tesla to name a few. All men neither of this time, or space, sent here for a purpose.

I’ve been able to get my hands on a translated version of the 13 Tablets, supposedly translated by Dr. M. Doreal, “supreme voice of the Brotherhood of the White Temple” an unheard of institution nonetheless, his background is mysteriously questionable, and all other information regarding the existence of the Tablets are unspoken of; for instance, where do they reside as of now, why is there little information on such a mysterious piece of ancient literature, along with many other questions that arise regarding the tablets.

The Tablets in order include: The History of Thoth the Atlantean, The Halls of Amenti, The Key of Wisdom, the Space Born, the Dweller of Unal, the Key of Magic, the Seven Lords, the Key of Mysteries, the Key of Freedom of Space, the Key of Time, the Key to Above and Below, the Law of Cause and Effect & the Key of Prophecy, and finally the Keys of Life and Death. Two other tablets remain hidden from commoners such as us, because they are both “are so great and far-reaching in their import that at present it is forbidden to release them to the world at large.”

History of Thoth the Atlantean

Of the oldest and ancient civilizations, we have Egypt, the land of Kemet. We know of a pharaonic Egypt, and of course the Roman-Egypt-but great thinkers of our age are attesting to an even older Egypt, a pre-dynastic, antediluvian and far greater in scope and wisdom than we can imagine. “She has always been the teacher of other nations,” says Jean-Pierre Mahe, writing on the Hermetic Religion a post script of the Nag Hammadi edited by Marvin Meyer. “As a result, when Hermetic writers seemingly borrow ideas from Jewish or Greek sources, they are simply returning to Egypt her own heritage, stolen by foreigners,” he continues. It is said that Pythogoras himself had gained his geometrical knowledge from Egypt.

Once the Greeks had come to know of Egypt, they identified Thoth, inventor of writing, with Hermes, the most intelligent of the Pantheon of Gods. In Egyptian tradition Thoth was sometimes called “great, great, very great,” which eventually the Greeks took as “Trismegas” or Thrice Great. Greek authors varied on the explanation of this naming, some stating he had threefold power, the Unbegotten, the Self-Begotten, and the Begotten One, others stated he had been reincarnated three times, living from generation to generation. The translated Emerald Tablets by Dr. Doreal attest to the latter.

From the first tablet, the narrator describes himself as born of Atlantis, living from generation to generation, not bound by death. His incarnation began on the island of Undal, in the city of Keor. He identifies himself as a being separate from the “little” men of that age, while they die-he and his kind live aeon to aeon. During this accounting, he explains how his father, Thotme, was one of the greatest among all the children of men. Shortly after, he rectifies that there were Children of Light, who are “not incarnate in a physical body”. From the first part of the first tablet, Thoth has already described numerous races of men existing on ten islands (of 12), some are ‘short’, meaning they lack wisdom while also most likely being smaller stature beings. As Thoth had become a man, an unquenchable thirst of wisdom arose within his yearning heart, resulting in the summoning by the Dweller. The Dweller appears to be some transcendent master who speaks for the All, works with the 7 Lords of Life and Death, as well as the Kings of Atlantis who must heed his every word. Few have looked upon the face of the Dweller and lived; the Dweller is of the Children of Light, powerful transcendent beings not of a physical convention.

What we Learn of Atlantis:

  • Egyptian, Mayan, and some Eastern Theosophies derive from Atlantis. There were 10 cities of Atlantis, according to Thoth, and Mayan records.
  • The Sons of Men (possibly Sethians, or direct descendants of Seth) were much taller than even men of today.
  • During the ages of Atlantis, consciousness began to shift gradually lower, until a catastrophe, either a solar warp shift, or a shifting of the Kundalini, forced Atlanteans to flee to the land Khem.
  • Thoth, a master of magic-science, built the great pyramid by overcoming gravity. The pyramid was built over a gateway he had built that lead to the Halls of Amenti.

“In obedience to the law, the word of the Master grew into flower.”(Tablet I)

geomsag06_01

The Flower of Life

“…when I again return from Amenti. Aye, while I sleep in the Halls of Amenti, my Soul roaming free will incarnate, dwell among men in this form or another.”

Tablet II: The Halls of Amenti: “All Souls must labor.”

The Halls of Amenti are in most of Egyptian culture, it isyin-yang-symbol-variant_318-50138 the afterlife, or underworld. In the Emerald Tablets, however, Thoth makes a point to say “‘neath the islands of sunken Atlantis, Halls of the Dead and halls of the Living, bathed in the fire of the infinite ALL.”To make this clear, Amenti is both giving of life, as well as taking it. I like to imagine it as neither an evil, nor good, but Natural in all elements; think of Yin-Yang, you cannot have light without darkness, nor darkness without light. Life is the competition, you don’t win by giving up, or in, but enduring without turning into a shitty human being.

  • To put this in a more modern discussion, the Matrix Trilogy embodies both gnostic teachings, as well as the idea that the anti-christ, or antagonist, is actually the one who brings the retribution. Neo and Smith are both pivotal to the ‘end times’, but without Smith, there would be no Neo, nor the final battle to free all of humanity. Imagine Satan’s rebellion, Yaldaboath, Samael, YHWH, or what have you-there is a refusal to return to the source, a cutting of the source. The source being God, the Father of the All, along with the Mother, and the Son Yeshua. Smith is the cinematic embodiment of the Lucifer Experiment, or Lucifer Rebellion. The artisan creator, AKA Lucifer, saw himself as better than God, or just as good, thus separated himself from creation, choosing to create on his own.
  • Lucifer translates from Latin into “light-bringing” keep in mind.

“See the children of men in their bondage, bound by the force that came from beyond.” said Thoth in the introduction to the second tablet. Such a statement is eerily similar to Gnostic teachings. Within much of the Nag Hammadi are similar statements, man has been bound by some darkness, cut off from the higher realms of existence. After, Thoth continues:

“Down they descended and created bodies, taking the semblance of men as their own. The master of everything said after their forming: “We are they who were formed from the space-dust, partaking of life from the infinite ALL; living in the world as children of men, like and yet unlike the children of men.”

Similar to the blasphemy of the artisan creator who stated “I am God, and there is no other beside me.” These beings then created an underworld within the crust of the Earth, the Halls of Amenti, to protect themselves from harm with forces of power. Thoth describes these entities without blame or accusation, knowing that they exist in congruence with the order of the infinite All. 7 Thrones there are, just as the Gnostic’s have detailed 7 authorities, or rulers, who keep men bound in their fetter.These rulers, sitting on their thrones, created the Halls of Amenti so “that they might dwell eternally there living with life to eternity’s end.” Note Thoth alluding to even eternity’s end, the physical plane in which we exist will cease to be manifest at some point in time.

“Deep in the Halls of Life grew a flower, flaming, expanding, driving backward the night. Placed in the center, a ray of great potence, Life giving, filling with power all who came near.”

Just as previously stated, Light was planted intentionally within darkness so that “He who by progress has grown from the darkness, lifted himself from the night into light, free is he…” Within the Halls of Life, lie also the Children of Light, who from time to time come from the depths to be lights among men. The Children of Light placed around the Flower 32 thrones, bathing in the radiance of Light as to awaken the Spirit of Life.

The Seven Lords are said to be “custodians and watcher” of man’s bondage, ready to subside when the light has been reached.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_Tablet

Nelson, Kris. 2014. http://evolveconsciousness.org/the-philosophers-stone/

Dungen, Wim. 2016. http://www.sofiatopia.org/equiaeon/emerald.htm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s