Hermes Trismegistus

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Hermes Trismegistus AKA Hermes Thrice Wise (more likely a God form than an individual) AKA Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus when combined with his Roman aspect; AKA Thoth Hermes Trismegistus in his Egyptian form; Harmas rayyis al-Hukama aka Hermes, leader of Wise Men


Greece /Egypt developed or named after or confused with the Messenger God of Greek and Egyptian Culture, Thoth - Hermes or Sometimes Greek and Roman, Hermes - Mercurius


Comments: almost mythic Magician in ancient times; Neoplatonism; Gnostic; Alchemy; Rosicrucian; Ceremonial magick; The Ancients; the Kore Kosmou or Virgin of the World; his Emerald Tablet was written in Coptic Egypt, not hieroglyphs, then translated to Greek and thus was the oldest "Egyptian Wisdom" known in the West until the late Middle Ages; Sir Isaac Newton translated it, as did many others; Most of Hermes Trismegistus translated by Marsilio Ficino’s school during Renaissance; "Asclepius" reached the Renaissance by a different route, translated into Latin in ancient times, reputedly by Lucius Apuleius;


Teachers: the various authors of Hermetic texts had many teachers; Aesculapius AKA Asclepius aka Artephius ;

Students: Cicero; Plato; Clement of Alexandria ; Rabbi Philo of Byblos, may have been teacher rather than student, about the same time in history, no dates for him); Lactantius; St. Augustine of Hippo; Giordano Bruno, Marsilio Ficino; Giovanni Pico della Mirandola ; Isaac Casaubon, who determined they were post-Christian, not ancient Egyptian in 1614; Sir Thomas Browne; Antoine Faivre; Baha'u'llah; Edgar Cayce; Iamblichus; GRS Mead; Sir W. Flinders Petrie; "a" Walter Scott, but not Sir Walter Scott; Tertullian; Porphyry ; Lactantius; Tommaso Campanella; Ranulf Higde; Trevisa; William Caxton; Antoine Joseph Pernety; John David Chambers ; Gaston Maspero; Archibald Cockren ; Alphonso, King of Castile; Hortulanus; Sir Edward Kelly; Dr. John Dee; Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim; Sir Isaac Newton; Georg Beatus; Johannes Trithemius; Roger Bacon; Michael Maier; Aleister Crowley; Albertus Magnus; A. D. Nock; ; A. J. Festugiere; Frances Yates ; Brian Copenhaver; Bentley Layton; Frances Yates ; Brian Copenhaver; Bentley Layton; GRS Mead; John Augustsu Tulk, who identified him with Enoch; his son Charles Augustus; H. L. Fleischer aka Heinrich Leberecht Fleischer, translator of Hermes Trismegistus aka an die menschliche Seele, 1870, and "An Address to the Human Soul"; Jacques Sadoul & Olga Sieveking, author and translator of Alchemists and Gold: The Story of Alchemy through the Ages; Dr. John Everard, first English translation, 1650; Hargrave Jennings; Paracelsus; A.-J. Festugière aka André-Jean Festugière, 1898-1982; Thomas von Rappolt, author of "Honori Philaretis Hermopolitani Jäger-Lust oder philosophischer Nymphen fang", @ 1679; Franciscus Epimetheus, author of "Pandora, das ist, Die edleste Gab Gottes, oder der werde vnnd heilsamme Stein der Weisen : mit welchem die alten Philosophi auch Theophrastus Paracelsus", @ 1582; William Salmon, author of "Medicina Practica"; Malcolm Choat, & Iain Gardner, translators of A Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power; Ortolanus aka Hortulanus @ 1300, author of Liber super textum Hermetis, printed in In hoc volumine de alchemia continentur hæc, 1541 & Rosarius minor; Jacob Carpenter, editor of De Secretiore Parte Divinae Sapientieae secundum Aegyptios, 1571; Dr. Johann Isaac Hollandus; ring the More Eminent and Usual Diseases Happening to Humane Bodies: Whereunto Is Annexed, 1. The Preparation of the Praecipiolum of Paracelsus- 2. The Key of Helmont and Lully (ie. Franciscus Mercurius van Helmont & Raymond Lull) - 3. The Opening of Sol and Luna; - Stanton J.Linden, author of The Alchemy Reader, From Hermes Trismegistus to Isaac Newton, 2003; Albert Poisson, author of Theories & Symboles des Alchimistes: le grand oeuvre suivi d'un essai sur la bibliographie alchimique du XIXe siècle, 1891;




Author: The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, various translations over the centuries; The Pymander; all called the Corpus Hermeticum, @ 17 different books or essays; The Book of Thoth ; The Perfect Sermon, AKA The Asclepius AKA The Perfect Discourse AKA The Perfect Teaching  ; His Secret Sermon Of Regeneration; That In God Alone Is Good ; That God Is Not Manifest And Yet Most Manifest; Sense and Understanding; His Crater Or Monas ; Of Operation And Sense; Of The Common Mind To Tat; Of Truth To His Son Tat That None Of The Things That Are Can Perish; The Golden Tractate Of Hermes Trismegistus; The Mind to Hermes; The Virgin of the World, translated by Anna Kingsford and Edward Maitland, 1885; 42 books listed by Clement of Alexandria: reputed author of "The Book of Henoch" on Tarot by a Qabalist; The Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius (akaAesculapius); collection - "Opera del sapientissimo Ermete Trismegisto della generatione del lapide con l'espositione di Moise, Primate Hebreo, tradotta dal latino"; The Crater / Monas of Hermes Trismegistus;



Quotes: "Souls, Horus, son, are of the self-same nature in themselves, in that they are from one and the same place where the Creator modeled them; nor male nor female are they. Sex is a thing of bodies, not of souls";


   Tis true without lying, 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 nourse.
   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 subtile from the gross sweetly with great indoustry.
   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 subtile 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.
(Newton translation of the Emerald Tablet)


Resources: http://www.gnosis.org/library/hermet.htm; http://www.gnosis.org/library/grs-mead/TGH-v1/index.html; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_Trismegistus; http://www.alchemylab.com/emerald_tablet.htm; http://www.alchemylab.com/pymander.htm; commentary http://www.levity.com/alchemy/emerherm.html; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermeticism; read translation and commentary by Anna Kingsford and Edward Maitland[ here - http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/vow/index.htm ; read more here - http://darkbooks.org/collection/Hermes-Trismegistus.html ; see http://darkbooks.org/pp.php?v=1171581466 ; http://sacred-texts.com/egy/woe/woe07.htm ; read some of the pseudo- Hermes here - http://www.sacred-texts.com/alc/goldtrac.htm; http://www.sacred-texts.com/alc/emerglor.htm; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_Tablet#Newton.27s_translation; http://newtopiamagazine.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/the-intelligencers-and-the-fifth-moon-of-jupiter-alchemy-in-the-american-colonies/ ; http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/ancient-egyptian-handbook-of-spells-deciphered-141124.htm on a newly discovered Coptic Magical codex; http://press.princeton.edu/titles/5205.html ; https://archive.org/details/occvltaphilosoph00herm; https://archive.org/details/gettyalchemy?&sort=-downloads&page=3 http://www.alchemywebsite.com/Emblems_frontispieces1.html