Poimandres – Corpus Hermeticum [Guided Transcendental/Psychedelic Meditation]

A dramatic reading of an old philosopher from the first work in the Corpus Hermeticum.  The speech has been set atop a drone designed for use in meditation, psychedelic ritual, or contemplative listening.

Poimandres (Greek: Ποιμάνδρης; Latin: Pimander), originally written in Greek, was once thought to mean “Man-Shepherd” from the words ποιμήν and ἀνήρ; recent studies on its etymology, however, have shown that it is actually derived from the Egyptian phrase Peime-nte-rê meaning “Knowledge of Re” or “Understanding of Re”.  It is a sort of deity or attribute of God as nous (mind).

“The Hermetica is a category of papyri containing spells and initiatory induction procedures. In the dialogue called the ‘Asclepius’ the art of imprisoning the souls of demons or of angels in statues with the help of herbs, gems and odors, is described, such that the statue could speak and engage in prophecy. In other papyri, there are recipes for constructing such images and animating them, such as when images are to be fashioned hollow so as to enclose a magic name inscribed on gold leaf.

During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, known as Hermetica, enjoyed great prestige and were popular among alchemists. The “hermetic tradition” consequently refers to alchemy, magic, astrology and related subjects. The texts are usually divided into two categories: the “philosophical”, and the “technical” hermetica. The former deals mainly with issues of philosophy, and the latter with practical magic, potions and alchemy.”

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