What is a Modern Hermeticist?

Hermeticism is a philosophical, psycho-spiritual, and magical tradition which sprang from that great era of intellectual and spiritual ferment brought on by the pacification of the entire Mediterranean basin by the Roman Empire over two thousand years ago. As a school of thought, Hermeticism draws its name from the Greco-Egyptian mythical figure Hermes Trismegistus – the Thrice-Great Hermes – an archetypal sage, scholar, and magician, the author of every wise book, and the patron saint of spiritual understanding.

Hermetic Philosopher

Though many suspected he was the Hellenized (that is, anthropomorphized) version of Thoth, the Ibis-headed god of Egyptian ritual magic and scribe-craft, Hermes Trismegistus found himself revered even by the Christian Church Fathers of Late Antiquity. To them he was the only pagan prophet, a contemporary of Moses, and the only being to whom the prisca theologica, the theology given directly by God to primitive man, had been revealed. The Modern Hermeticist, therefore, is a devotee to the Philosopher-King Hermes, an explorer of this world seeking to reconceptualized and revive that prisca theologica toward living a healthy life amid the mass delusion of our modern world. His gospel? “Sit down. Shut up. Get out.”

Where the medieval alchemist worked on the transmutation of base metals by way of laboratory experimentation, the Modern Hermeticist works on the transmutation of his body/mind by way of travel, study, strenuous physical activity, diet, mindfulness and meditation, and experimentation with various material substances. Where the Renaissance astrologer poured over astrological charts and patiently mapped the heavens night after night, the Modern Hermeticist pours over the literature of contemporary theoretical physicians, nutritionists, doctors, astronomers, economists, Big Historians, and hyperspace explorers, mapping out for himself new cosmologies and living rightly in the shadow of their Truth. We are to remember always, however, that ‘the map is not the territory.’

“We place no reliance on virgin or pigeon; Our method is science, our aim is religion.”

– A. C.

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5 thoughts on “What is a Modern Hermeticist?”

  1. I think it’s really cool to see someone from your generation that understands the gift that is life! I often feel sad to see a lot of young folks already blaze and somewhat lost in our confusing & materialistic society. I try to share my 50 + years of life wisdom to my now adult children but unfortunately it often falls on deaf ears. Oh well we all have own paths to follow and trusting in life and all it’s wonders is the important thing and of course ” unconditional love and acceptance”. Keep up the great work, I will be spending quite a bit of time on your website! It’s also really cool that you are Canadian! J ai remarque que ton site comprend un text en francais, es-tu un Franco-Ontarien? Moi je suis nee a Montreal mais mes quatre enfants sont nee ici en Alberta.

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  2. Thank you so much for your absolutely fantastic lectures…. “you are being lied to” changed my outlook on daily life.
    Thank you, I hope you make it big.
    Do you have any papers you have written available online?
    I’m on part 26 and watching every night!

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  3. A new avid follower here. Sorry to note the fly in the ointment: “pour over” should be “pore over.” Just watched The Discovery of the Mind and was enthralled.

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