Hermeticism: The Ancient Wisdom of Hermes Trismegistus


The legendary figure of Hermes Trismegistus (Hermes Thrice Great) is the inspiration for the spiritual teachings known as Hermeticism. He is a syncretism (joining) of the Greek deity Hermes, the winged messenger of the Gods, and his Egyptian counterpart, the Ibis-headed moon god Thoth.

The Way of Hermes involved altered states of consciousness in which practitioners went through a training regime that involved luminous visions, spiritual rebirth, cosmic consciousness, and union with the divine beauty of universal goodness and truth to attain the salvational knowledge known as gnosis.

0:00 Introduction

3:43 Renaissance of Hermeticism

9:33 Technical and Religio-philosophical Hermetica

11:38 Where to start?

15:53 Gnosis

18:36 Hermeticism and Gnosticism

21:40 Eusebeia

22:50 The Hermetic Universe: Ogdoad, Ennead, the One

25:20 The Three Worlds: God, Cosmos, Man

28:03 The Three Faculties: Logos, Gnosis, Nous

29:08 Corpus Hermeticum: Introduction

30:48 The Vision of Poimandres (Nous)

37:05 Corpus Hermeticum: Hermes and Tat

43:05 The Discourse on the Ogdoad and Ennead

46:22 Writing as Healing or Poison (Pharmakon)

48:24 The Illusion of Death

50:30 Man as a Divine Being


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