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"The Corpus Hermeticum"
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     The Hermetic tradition represents a non-Christian lineage of Hellenistic Gnosticism. The central texts of the tradition, the Corpus Hermeticum were lost to the West in classical  times. Their rediscovery and translation during the  late fifteenth century by the Renaissance court of Cosimo de Medici, provided a seminal force in the  development of Renaissance thought and culture

    The Corpus Hermeticum consist of eighteen chapters indicated as a books. The first book bears the name Pymander. It deals with dialogue between Hermes and a mysterious being which calls itself Pymander.

Hermes is the nature-born man who has embarked upon the path of liberation; who has gone trought the cave of birth of Bethlehem and in this way recived the new soul state. He is the one who is now weaving the golden Wedding Garments the basis for the new born soul state, while the new state of consiousness, the mercury of the hermetic consciousness, also begin to manifest itself.  As soon as this consciousness begins to assert itself, Pymander comes to the fore.

Pymander is that with wich the hermetic man comes into contact by virtue of the new manifestation of his being. Pymander is the omnipresent wisdom of God. He is the Word that is from the beginning that directs itself very definetly, very personally to Hermes. The omnipresent wisdom is a radiation, a vibration, a universal light force, a great special electromagnetic force. It is a high hest radiation of the All-relevation, the radiation of the Spirit itself.

When a man possesses the rising hermetic consciousness, the radiation of the Spirit is imidiately recognized and expirienced by this conciousness. a focus arise, a fierce, powerfully luminous meeting point between universl field of the Spirit and the hermetic man. In this focusthe Spirit and the consciousness see each other face to face. the Spirit of this focus is Pymander; the consiousness is Hermes.

When a man opens his hart to the Gnosis, he begins to walk the path which will lead to the meeting with the God, to the daily asociation with the Deity.







’Once, while I was meditating on the essential things and my mind elevated itself, my bodily senses fell into slumber, as may happen to someone who, after excetive feeding or as a result of great bodili fatigue, is overcome by a deep sleep.’

verse 1, PYMANDER,  first book

73 ... ’Lend an ear to me who prays that I may never be severe from the Gnosis, the true knowledge that belongs to my nucleus being.  Incline thyself to me and fill me with thy power; with this grace I shall bring the Light to those of my race who are in ignorance, my brothers, my sons. Yes, I believe and testify with my blood; I am going to the Life and to the Light.’...

PYMANDER,  first book


 Corpus Hermeticum   The Divine Pymander in XVII books. London 1650. Translated by John Everard from the Ficino Latin translation.  

The Corpus Hermeticum by

The Corpus Hermeticum  Mead translation of the major Hermetic literature






  [ excerpts from:]

Jan van Rijckenborgh. 1982. The Egyptian Arch-Gnosis. Harlem, The Netherlands: Rosekruis Pers.



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