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Hermeticism and Modern Philosophy

Hermeticism is a philosophical system based on the purported teachings of Hermes Trismegistus. Its tenets are simple, yet profound. Using Hermes’s teachings as a guide, you can learn how to be more content and less stressed. This article will discuss Hermes’s teachings, Paracelsus, and G.R.S. Mead’s translation of the Corpus Hermeticum.

Hermes Trimagistis

The Greek god Hermes Trismegistos, also known as the Egyptian god Thoth, was a patron and inventor of the arts and sciences. His many works, in Greek and Latin, are known as the Hermetic tradition. The Emerald Tablet, which was written by Hermes in the early third century, is a famous example of this work. Several other works attributed to the god are available today.

The Rosicrucians called for the reformation of philosophy, medicine, and science based on Hermetic philosophy. Their programmatic Manifestos inspired many to take up the cause. The ‘Thrice-Great’ is said to have three parts of the wisdom of the universe. As a result, he was credited with three distinct branches of knowledge. For example, in a Greek text, Hermes Trismegistus equated the “philosopher’s stone” with Christ.

Other later Hermetic philosophers followed Ficino’s teachings. Their chief works were Theologia Platonica and Corpus Hermeticum. Although both philosophers drew inspiration from the same sources, they had a common goal – to find a way to understand the world and its origins. The BPH was largely Hermetic in focus, but there were a number of important differences between the two schools of thought.

While the Corpus Hermeticum does not have a single definitive text, it does have several sources which differ in fact and hermeneutical terms. It is not known if a mecenas was responsible for the typographical mark. There are several different sources for this work, some of them being more authoritative than others. However, the earliest Dutch translation of Hermeticum was made by Van Beyerland and Van Ravesteyn.


The early history of medicine reflects both the progressive and obscurantist views of Paracelsus. His theories centered around the concept of humoral balance and were backed by a variety of medical practices, including purging, bleeding, and sweating. His theories also foreshadowed many modern theories, such as the magnetic theory and the “astral” theory of spiritualism. His theories influenced Descartes, who later adopted similar ideas in his work.

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The most notable difference between medieval alchemy and Paracelsus’s philosophy was the rejection of the concept that humors were governed by the planets. In place of this, Paracelsus adopted a chemical theory of the humors as properties rather than properties, and added a third principle, salt. Although medieval alchemy stressed the polarity of fire and flow, Paracelsus treated fire as less elementary than sulfur. Furthermore, he substituted mercury with sulfur and omitted the spagyric substances.

Later writers were also interested in Paracelsus’s philosophy. The Samtliche Werke, a collection of his writings, was edited by Wilhelm Matthiessen and Karl Sudoff in the early sixteenth century. The biography by Walter Pagel discusses Paracelsus’s influences, while Allen G. Debus examines the legacy of Paracelsus and his influence on later scientists. Arthur Edward Waite translated his work into English.

G.R.S. Mead

G.R.S. Mead’s translation of the Hermetic literature dates to 1906. This work is widely regarded as authoritative and faithful to the original texts. However, it fails to fully appreciate the experiential Gnostic impetus contained in Hermeticism. The volume contains a wealth of information for students of philosophy and theology, and is an invaluable reference for those interested in ancient Hermetic texts.

Until very recently, Mead’s translations of the Hermetic literature were the only English versions available. They are now in the public domain. However, one translation is still deemed ‘worthless’ by many scholars of hermetic philosophy. Fortunately, many of Mead’s later works have been translated by the same talented translators. Whether or not he achieved the goal of translation is another question.

Mead’s translations are not terribly readable. Many translations of this ancient philosophy make use of the language of the King James Bible. Mead’s use of poetic prose sacrifices grammatical order and readability in favor of brevity. Additionally, Mead’s use of definite articles is erratic and inconsistent. Although it is an impressive translation, it will be difficult for many readers to understand it.

In his hermetic philosophy, Being is a universal, omnipresent, and undifferentiated Being that is both common to all intelligibles. It is also universal. In addition to being universal, Beings are thought of as beings that are not contrary to the law of sameness. This implies that a Being is a creature according to its own nature, and it is the essence of all sensibles.

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G.R.S. Mead’s translation of Corpus Hermeticum

This translation of the Corpus Hermeticum was first published in 1906. It has been acclaimed as an authoritative and faithful translation of the ancient Hermetic texts. The commentary provided by Mead on these texts is unrivaled. Although he uses antique formal English, Mead’s translations are still worth reading. The commentary is particularly valuable for understanding the original Greek texts.

Mead understood that the Hermetic writings were distillations of visionary reality, not philosophical tracts. The Corpus Hermeticum is a classic example of this; its texts contain the mystical concepts of astrology and the divine. Its authors sought to convey the essence of a visionary reality through a prophetic voice that is difficult to express in ordinary English.

Mead’s translation has one major flaw. While Mead tried to render the Greek originals in English in a manner worthy of aesthetics, his translation does not work. Even his voluminous notes on the subject, which include a few pages on the topic of the cosmology, are too eloquent and doomed to read.

The Emerald Tablet

The Emerald Tablet of Hermes was first discovered in the Alchemical Libraries of Europe in the 12th century and then carried home with the Crusaders. It is alleged that Hermes Trismegistus-Thoth wrote the tablet, and this work influenced Western Magick deeply. The story behind the Emerald Tablet is not entirely convincing, but it certainly adds a fascinating historical dimension to Magick.

The Emerald Tablet has long been associated with Hermeticism, a religious and philosophical movement that began in the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. It is a collection of texts that purport to reveal the wisdom of the universe. Hermetic philosophy and practices have become associated with occultism and esotericism since the 20th century. But what exactly is the Emerald Tablet? How can we determine its authenticity?

According to the mythology behind the Emerald Tablet, it contains a recipe for making the Philosopher’s Stone, a substance that can turn any metal into gold. Alchemists have been seeking this ingredient for thousands of years. It is also believed that the elixir of life, found in the Emerald Tablet, can cure disease, bring about spiritual change, and grant immortality. For centuries, alchemists have tried to recreate the Philosopher’s Stone and make it into a gold-colored substance.

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The Emerald Tablet and hermetic philosophy were written by different people with different interpretations. However, the main text of the Emerald Text is called Liber Hermetis de alchimia and is composed of various commentaries. It contains seven stages of alchemical transformation, and it’s not entirely clear how they are achieved. The Emerald Text has been translated into Latin by Hugo of Santalla in the twelfth century.

Connection to alchemy

Hermetic philosophy has been linked with alchemy since at least the seventh century. While the practice remained popular from that time until the seventeenth, many people today are still puzzled as to what the connection between hermetic philosophy and alchemy was. There is some agreement on the basic canons of alchemy, but it’s the philosophical teachings that seem to have been most influential throughout history.

The ancient ‘true’ alchemists were known as hermetic philosophers. For example, Nicolas Flamel, a French scrivener who lived in the 1400s, amassed a great fortune through alchemy and performed a number of charitable acts. In the process, he cultivated the art of alchemy, which has many similarities to alchemy.

The first Hermetic philosophers, like Aristotle, praised magic and reincarnation. While alchemy was largely forbidden, Hermeticism was still embraced by many. The ancient Greek historian Zosimos stated that Jews had learned the secrets of Egyptian alchemy and gold and passed that knowledge to the rest of the world. Likewise, many Greek manuscripts contain lists of writings relating to magic and alchemy.

The earliest evidence for the Hermetic philosophy’s connection to alchemistry can be traced to the Emerald Tablet, a short work attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. It was considered to be the foundation of alchemy. The oldest source of the Emerald Tablet dates from the late eighth or early ninth centuries. The popular paraphrase of the verse has been adopted as the anthem of Neo-Hermeticists.