The Hermetica are Egyptian-Greek wisdom texts from the 2nd century AD and later, which are . The Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus ( English), Translated by John Everard, Printed in London, ; Fowden, Garth, The. The Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus an Egyptian Philosopher. In 17 Books translated formerly out of the Arabic into Greek, and thence into. The Divine Pymander [Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus, John Everard] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Hermetica is a category of.
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The Visions of Hermes. The Above and the Below. Descent of the Logos. The Way of Deathlessness. Ascent of the Soul to the Eighth Sphere. The Vision of Hermes. It chanced once on a time, while I was meditating on the things that are, my thought was raised to a great height, yet my bodily senses had been put under restraint as in sleep, though not such sleep as that of men weighed down by fullness of food or bodily weariness.
Methought a Being more than vast, in size beyond all bounds, called out my name and said: I know what you desire, and I am with you everywhere. This is what I desire to hear.
Forthwith all things changed in aspect before me and were opened out in an instant. And I beheld a boundless view: And in a little while, there came to be in one part a downward-tending darkness, terrible and grim, and methought it like unto a snake. And thereafter I saw the darkness changing into a Watery Substance, which was unspeakably tossed about. Coiling in sinuous folds, it gave forth smoke as from fire; and I heard it making an indescribable sound of lamentation, for there was sent forth from it an inarticulate Cry.
But from the Light there came forth a holy Speech, which took its stand upon the Watery Substance, and methought this Word was the voice of the Light. And the Divine Mind spoke for me to hear: Learn my meaning by looking at what you yourself have in you, for in you too, the Word is son, and Mind the father of the Word.
They are not separate one from the other, for Life is the union of Word and Mind. Now fix your thought upon the Light and learn to know it. I saw in my mind that the Light consisted of innumerable Powers and had come to be an ordered world, but a world without the bounds of material existence.
This I perceived in thought, seeing it by reason of the words that the Divine Mind had spoken to me. And when I was amazed, he spoke again to me: The Watery Substance, the One Thing, having received the Word, was fashioned into an ordered world, the elements being separated out from it.
And from the elements divije forth the brood of living creatures. And the One Mind, that Mind of Life and Light, being male and female both, gave birth to another Mind, which was a maker of things; and this made out of the elements Seven Planetary Administrators who encompass with their orbits the world perceived by sense; and their administration is called Fate. And the downward-tending elements pymahder Nature were left devoid of reason, so as to be mere matter.
For the circulation of these Spheres begins where it does end in a circle, as Mind does will. And from the downward-tending elements Nature brought forth lives without reason; for He did not extend Reason the Logos to them. The Air brought forth things winged; the Water things that swim, and in the Watery Substance, Earth-and-Water one from another were separated, as Mind the Maker willed.
And from her bosom, Nature produced living things, four-footed animals and reptiles, beasts wild and tame. The Descent of Man. In very truth, God fell in love with His own Form; and on it did bestow all of His own creations.
And when Man gazed upon what Mind the Maker had created pymanver the region of Fire, he too wished to create and so assent was given him by the Father. Changing his state to the formative Sphere, where he was to have his whole authority, Man had in himself all the workings of the archetypal Administrators. Likewise, they fell in love with him, and each gave him a share of their own ordering. And after that, Man had well learned their essence and had become a sharer in their nature.
Man then had a mind to break right through the boundary of their Spheres, and to subdue the might of that which pressed upon the Fire. And Nature took the object of her love and wound herself completely round him, and they were intermingled, for they were lovers.
And this is why beyond all creatures on the earth, Man is twofold: Though deathless and possessed of sway over all, yet does Man suffer as a mortal does, subject to Fate. Thus, though his true nature is above the Spheres, within the Spheres he has become a slave. Though male-female, he is from a male-female Mind; and though he is sleepless from a sleepless Sire, yet is he overcome by sleep.
And the Shepherd said: Nature embraced by Man brought forth a wonder, oh so wonderful. For as he had the nature of the Concord of the Seven, who, as I said to you, were made of Fire and Spirit. Nature did not delay but immediately brought forth seven men, in correspondence with the natures of the Seven Administrators, male-female were they and moving in the air.
Earth was as woman, her Water filled with longing; pyjander she took from Fire, spirit from Ether. Nature thus brought forth frames to suit the Form of Man. And thus continued all the sense-world pairings until the period of their end and a new beginning arrived.
Now listen to the rest of the discourse that you long to hear: For all the animals being male-female, at the same time with Man were loosed apart; some became male, some in like fashion female.
And so all things were multiplied according to their kind. And he who thus had learned to know himself, had reached that Good that does transcend abundance; but he who through worldly love that same end leads eivine, he expends his love upon his body — he stays in Darkness — and suffering through his senses the things of Death. Did not I bid you think?
The Divine Pymander of Hermes: Revelation of the Above and the Below
Why do they merit death who are in ignorance? Light and Life is the Divine Mind, and from it Man was born. If then you know that you are yourself of Life and Light, and that you are made of them, you shall return to Life and Light.
I, Divine Mind, myself am present with holy men and good, the pure and merciful men who lymander piously. And before they give the body up unto its proper death, they turn from their bodies with disgust from its sensations, from knowledge of what things they operate. Nay, it is I, the Divine Mind, that will not let the operations that befall the body work to their natural end. For being the gatekeeper, I close up all the entrances, and bar the entrance of the base and evil workings divins the senses, cutting off all thoughts of them.
But to the Mindless ones, the wicked and depraved, the envious and covetous, and murderous and impious, I keep far aloof, yielding my place to the Avenging Daimon, who sharpening the fire, torments them and adds fire to fire upon them, and rushes on them through their senses, thus rendering them the readier for their transgressions of the law, so that they meet with greater torment. Nor do they ever cease to have desire for their appetites inordinate, insatiably striving in the Darkness.
The Ascent of the Soul to the Eighth Sphere.
The Divine Pymander of Hermes: Revelation of the Above and the Below –
To this, the Shepherd replied: And thus it is that man does speed his way pgmander upwards through the Spheres. And then, with all the energizings of the Spheres stripped from him, clothed in his proper Power, he comes to that nature that belongs unto the Eighth, and there with Those-That-Are is the One Mind.
They who are there welcome his coming with joy; and he, made like to them that sojourn there, does further hear the Powers who are above the substance of the Eighth Sphere, singing their praise to God in a language of their own.
This the good end for those who have gained Gnosis — to be made one with God. But I, with thanks and blessings unto the Father of the universal Powers, was now freed, full of the power the Shepherd had poured into me, and full of what he had taught me about the nature of All and of the loftiest Vision. And I inscribed in my memory the benefaction of the Divine Mind, and I was exceedingly glad, for I was full with that for which Rivine craved. Becoming God-inspired, I attained the abode of Truth.
Forthwith all things changed in ect before me and were opened out in an instant. You have seen in your mind the archetypal form, which is prior to the beginning of things and is limitless. The Divine Pymander of Hermes: Revelation of the Above and the Below.