Encyclopedia Hermetica: A Big History
with Dan Attrell
In this new podcast-style series presented by The Modern Hermeticist, historian Dan Attrell cruises through the centuries and millennia, starting around the year 5000 BC and working his way down to our times, in order to provide listeners with a ‘big picture’ of history. The ‘exoteric’ portions of the Encyclopedia Hermetica cover major events and trends in politics, art, philosophy, religion, science, and more, in order to provide listeners with a more ‘traditional’ historical framework.
This romp through the ages, however, serves a dual-function as a vehicle for imparting teachings vis-a-vis the ‘esoteric’ dimensions of history which one cannot learn in school. The discussions are punctuated by an honest and ‘alternative’, no-holds barred commentary that delves off into subjects such as the occult, mysticism, and mind control, and how these topics stand in connection with the way the past has unfurled, and the way we continue to interpret those events to this day. This is done to provide listeners not only with a basic chronology of events, but with a veritable ‘cosmology’ in the spirit of a liberal education.
Future episodes will discuss the topics as diverse as magic[k] and mystery traditions, prophets and their mystical experiences, science and alchemy, astrology and astronomy, entheogenic plants and psychedelic drugs, freedom and slavery, truth and illusion, and much more in relation to the broader framework of world history.
Here’s a study guide I put together for THE MODERN HERMETICIST to help some friends (and myself) solidify the concepts behind the Tarot and its associations with the Tree of Life in Kabbalah and Western Astrology.
This talk was put together by synthesizing a handful of notes, though the bulk of the information was drawn from LIBER θ by Aleister Crowley. There’s a bit of history, a bit of theory, and a bit of practice. Hopefully it can be of use to you in your practices. There’s something here for beginners and advanced practitioners alike.
This image here is very useful to follow along with: