The Hermetica: The Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs
Here is an essential digest of the Greco-Egyptian writings attributed to the legendary sage-god Hermes Trismegistus (Greek for thrice-greatest Hermes)?a combination of the Egyptian Thoth and the Greek Hermes.
The figure of Herme ...more
In some places, I found Freke and Gandy's brief introductions to ...more
The bulk of the book consists of 20 chapters on the Hermetic texts. Each chapter contains a 2 ...more
This book is a great starting point for anyone wanting to get a basic understanding of what hermetica is. It is not a topic that will go against your religion and faith, but it will make you think.
Time is like a circle
where all the points are so linked
For man, time is a destroyer
but for the Cosmos
it is an ever-turning wheel
The text itself is overrated and rife with contractions, and is very repetitive throughout the book, much like various religious texts. There are some worthwhile gems towards the beginning and end of the book.
I'd go so far as to say that it is worse than The Kybal ...more
The book is also very repetitive, which makes it seem like the author has very little to say on this subject.
It's organized into a series of short passages with introductions, each on some different themes. There's also a short essay on the background of the texts, and some general principles.
It goes into very little detail about the ways in which the original texts relate to present-day religions. That's not its function.
It's background -- I have a set of more clueful questions now to explore.
One thing ...more
Atum is the Egyptian god and that is whom Hermes chose to name the nameless after. How we are all a part of the Universe. Formed from the thoughts of the cre ...more
I will note that I have read the 17 main sources this text comes from (The Corpus Hermeticum), in fact I have read 3 different translations of it, and this summary, readers digest version of the philosophy of Hermes Trismegistus is in my opinion second to only the original text, and sometimes even sur ...more
An interesting look into Ancient Egyptian Religion, The Hermetica has many ideas which I find agreeable. Hermes maintains that science does not disprove God, but more rather shines a light on how awesome his creations are, for example. As a Christian, there was a lot in the first couple of chapters I was interest in.
But then he started discussing the other gods.
Still a very fascinating read if you're interested in religious studies or ancient mythologies, but definitely not something someone dev...more
This is a great overall view of the topic, it gives enough detail to pique interest without becoming overwhelming. It would be a great place to start the journey, or see whether this topic is something you would be Keen to study in more detail. It is enjoyable and easy to read with a great summary in modern terms of the ancient texts.
Loved the inspirational acknowledgement of man being gods of God. The book is explains the ways in order for man to pass this realm to heaven. Believe and it shall be. I was aw inspired.
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