Hermetics

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  1. Donald.S.Pierce

    Donald.S.Pierce New Member

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    How many are familiar with this line?

    Some say Hermes taught Abraham, others that he was a contemporary of Moses.

    The Gnostic finds have each contained Hermetic writings.

    The Sufi's are heavily influenced by him.

    Christian Fathers have often pointed to him as the basis for their notions.

    He is even popular in many Eastern lines.

    He is a phallic God, in the likeness of Shiva.

    It seems, for me, this is the ultimate synthesis, yet many suggest he is actually the source of all other traditions...

    Either way, I think every seeker should consult the Corpus Hermeticum.

    It is lacking nothing
     
  2. Thomas

    Thomas Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I know of the Hermetic Tradition.

    I try and distinguish the Hermetic Tradition (essentially a Greek reworking of contemporary philosophical speculations in the melting pot of Alexandria) from the mythologising of the apocryphal Hermes Trismegistus.

    The movements were contemporary.

    Which notions would those be, not their Christian ones, I think?

    I regard the source of all traditions in the Transcendent. I don't accept there's a given tradition from which all other traditions derived (popular as that idea is).

    There are commonalities between traditions because they deal with man.

    It's certainly useful in a provisional sense. I'd say it's more a compliment to a given tradition.

    In the Christian Tradition, "Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey Into Christian Hermeticism" is a go-to reference.
     
  3. stranger

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    I am somewhat familiar with it, especially as regards alchemy. Of special interest to me is the concept of the nigredo and also the union of opposites, or the combining of things that would not ordinarily go together. I tend to view hermetics as supplemental to my own Christian tradition.
     

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