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Egyptian philosophy

©The Astrotheology according to the Hermetic Tradition.

"As Above So Below" " Ye stars, which are the poetry of Heaven!

If, in your bright leaves, we would read the fate Of men and empires, -'tis to be forgiven "

Lord Byron

Hermes Mercurius TRISMEGISTUS



Prefatory Note

The Divine Pymander, or Poemander, as it is now more commonly rendered, meaning "Shepherd of Men," comes from Egypt. It is not a child book, nor a sectarian work; but it is a divine revelation! It opens the way from the World of Shadows to the realm of Sprit. Among other matters it treats of things that are; of Knowledge; of Truth; of the Human Soul; of Regeneration; of Immortality; and of God. These are high and mighty themes; The study of them ennobles the student. Different grades of mind see them from different points of view. Few minds have contemplated them from loftier eminences than he who wrote the Poemander.

The authorship of the Divine Poemander is attributed to HERMES TRISMEGISTUS, him whom Lord Bacon described as illustrious with triple glory, - Kingly Power, Priestly Illumination, and Profound Wisdom;- "Potestateregis, illumination sacerdotis, eruditione philosphia!"

Farthest back in the twilight of history his name looms up like the Pyramids of his native land, so glorious in its greatness, and mighty in its strength, that it has outlived all contemporary records. The giant minds of antiquity sought to be partakers of the wisdom of Egypt. Thither, as to their fount, they resorted," and in their golden urns drew light." It is said of Moses that he was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. Thales, Pythagoras and Plato traveled to Memphis and Thebes to learn the mysteries of the Magi. It is not unlikely that the fairest flowers that adorn Hebrew or Grecian Scriptures were fist gathered in Egyptian fields. {Alfred E Giles. Boston, 1871.}

The Smaragdine Table.

Translated from the Latin of Ficinus by kircher, into English by Dr. Everard.

True, without error, certain and most true; that which is above is as that which is below, and that which is below is as that which is above, for performing the miracles of the One Thing; and as all things are from one, by the mediation of one, so all things arose from this one thing by adaptation; the father of it is the Sun, the mother of it is the Moon, the Wind carried it in its belly; the name thereof is the Earth. This is the father of all perfection, or consummation of the whole world. The power of it is integral, if it is turned into Earth: Thou shalt separate the earth from the fine, the subtle from the gross, gently, with much sagacity; it ascends from earth to heaven, and again descends to earth; and receives the strength of the superiors and of the inferiors. So thou hast the glory of the whole world; therefore let all obscurity flee before thee. This is the strong fortitude of all fortitudes, overcoming every subtle, and penetrating every solid, thing. So the word was created. Hence were all wonderful adaptation of which this is the manner. Therefore am I called Thrice Great Hermes, having the three parts of the Philosophy of the whole world. That which I have written is consummated the Operations of the Sun"


First Book:

1. To my Son, write this first book, both for Humanity sake and for Piety towards God. 2. For there can be no Religion more true or just, than to know the things that are; and to acknowledge thanks for all things, to him that made them, which thing I shall not cease continually to do. 3. What then should a man do, O Father, to lead his life well; seeing there is nothing here true? 4. Be pious and Religious, O my Son; for he that doth so, is the best and highest Philosopher; and without Philosophy, it is impossible ever to attain to the height and exactness of Piety or Religion.

A brief overview of the Philosophy.

The main thread running through this work is that it is Grammatical as well as Mathematical and Geometrically in its foundation. Understanding this is probably the hardest thing to get a grip on. Basically what we are dealing with first is the concept of a Monad. "The Absolute Unity" and how that is then expressed in the Cosmos. 1x1=1 1÷1=1 one always equals one. If we express this Absolute as a sphere ¸ or use the glyph for the Sun we see a point in the centre which is Absolute and then radiating from this point is the whole. We can say one is the Micro and one is the Macro. Now if we draw a line of any length from point A to point B they are 180 degrees apart or in perfect opposition. The centre of this line is always x. and if we draw a line from A to x and from B to x the distance is said to be in perfect proportion, there is only one central point in which harmony exists and when raised in proportion we have Trinity.

Without going into a full and lengthy explanation of what this doctrine is. What I will share with you is the common theme that is the Centre. We see this expressed in the Chaldean Order of the Planets. The Sun is placed in the centre expressing the Heart in more ways than one. This order shows three bodies on either side of the Sun and is also the order according to the planets orbital speed.

The Solar Year is 1 and the one is made of first: Day & Night The perfect opposition, Masculine & Feminine. Then the Triplicities, Cardinal, Fixed and Moveable, the Sun moves North or South from a central point. The Equator. Hot - Summer. Cold - Winter referred to as Tropical. Equatorial then follows each Tropical Season. The centre is hence the Equinox, we have 3 fold harmonies. Next we have the Elements Fire, Air, Earth, Water, which are all the major building blocks for Life on Earth. We are now moving from 1 to 2, then 3 now to 4. This can be seen also as 3 + 4 = 7 the number of Bodies that can be seen by the naked eye in the sky. If we than multiply 3 x 4 = 12 the number of Signs and Houses. I could go on here explaining for quite a long time but there is a point when we should stop and rest. I hope you will look further into these principles that I have out lined as they are at the centre of these works.





















The source is born through all Cultures and their literature and is expressed as the Trinity.

Microcosm, Macrocosm and the Self. "The true understanding of the coincidence of the three aspects of the First Principle as Monad, Microcosm, and Macrocosm in the centre of the world, or human heart, is the key to Fate and our art. "(Robert Zoller A Lost Key to Prediction)