The Hermetica are Egyptian-Greek wisdom texts from the 2nd century AD and later, which are . The Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus ( English), Translated by John Everard, Printed in London, ; Fowden, Garth, The. The Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus an Egyptian Philosopher. In 17 Books translated formerly out of the Arabic into Greek, and thence into. The Divine Pymander [Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus, John Everard] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Hermetica is a category of.

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MY THOUGHTS being once seriously busied about things that are, and my Understanding lifted up, all my bodily Senses being exceedingly holden back, as it is with them that are heavy of sleep, by reason either of fulness of meat, or of bodily labour: Methought I saw one of an exceeding great stature, and of an infinite greatness, call me by my name, and say unto me, What wouldst thou hear and see?

Or what wouldst thou understand to learn and know? Then said I, Who are Thou? I am, quoth he, Poemanderthe mind of the great Lord, the most mighty and absolute Emperor: I know what thou wouldst have, and I am always present with thee.

Then I said, I would learn the things that are, and understand the nature of them, and know God. I answered that I would gladly hear.

Then said he, Have me again in they mind, and whasoever though wouldst learn, I will teach thee. When he had thus said, he was changed in his Idea or Formand straightway, in the twinkling of an eye, all things were opened unto me. And I saw an infinite sight, all things were become light, both sweet and exceeding pleasant; and I was wonderfully delighted in the beholding it.

But after a little while, there was a darkness made in part, coming down obliquely, fearful and hideous, which seemed unto me to be changed into a certain moist natureunspeakably troubled, which yielded a smoke as from Fire; and from whence proceeded a voice unutterable, and very mournful, but inarticulate, inasmuch as it seemed to have come from the Light.

Then from that Light, a certain holy Word joined itself unto Natureand outflew the pure and unmixed Fire from the moist nature upwards on high; it was exceeding Lightand sharpand operative withal. And the Airwhich was also light, followed the Spirit and mourned up to Fire from the Earth and the Waterinsomuch that it seemed to hang and depend upon it. And the Earth and the Water stayed by themselves so mingled together, that the Earth could not be seen for the Water, but they were moved because of the Spiritual word that was carried upon them.

Then said Poemander unto me, Dost thou understand this visionand what it meaneth? I shall know, said I. Then said he, I am that Lightthe Mindthy God, who am before that moist nature that appeared out of darkness; and that bright and lightful Word from the mind is the Son of God. How is that, quoth I? Thus, replied he, understand it: That which in thee seeth and heareth, the Word of the Lord, and the Mind the Father, God, differ not one from the other; and the union of these is Life.

When he had said thus, for a long time we looked steadfastly one upon the other, insomuch that I trembled at his Idea or Form. But when he nodded to me, I beheld in my mind the Light that is in innumerable, and the truly indefinite ornament or world ; and that the Fire is comprehended or contained in, or by a great moist Power, and constrained to keep its station.

These things I understood, seeing the word, or Pimander ; and when I was mightily amazed, he said again unto me, Hast thou seen in thy mind that Archetypal Form which was before the interminated and infinite Beginning? Thus Pimander to me. But whence, quoth I, or whereof are the Elements of Nature made?

The Divine Pymander

Straightway leaped out, or exalted itself from the downward Elements of God, The Word of Godinto the clean and pure Workmanship of Nature, and was united to the WorkmanMindfor it was Consubstantial ; and so the downward born elements of Nature were left without Reason, that they might be the only Matter. But the WorkmanMindtogether with the Wordcontaining the circles, and whirling them about, turned round as a wheel, his own Workmanships; and suffered them to be turned from an indefinite Beginning to an indeterminable end, for they always begin where they end.

And the Circulation or running round of these, as the mind willeth, out of the lower or downward-born Elements, brought forth unreasonable or brutish Creatures, for they had no reason, the Air flying things, and the Water such as swim.

And the Earth and the Water were separated, either from the other, as the Mind would; and the Earth brought forth from herself, such living creatures as she had, four-footed and creeping beasts, wild and tame. But the Father of all things, the Mind being Life and Lightbrought forth Man like unto himself, whom he loved s his proper Birth ; for he was all beauteous, having the image of his Father. For indeed God was exceedingly enamoured of his own form or shape, and delivered unto it all his own Workmanships.


But he, seeing and understanding the Creation of the Workman in the whole, would needs also himself fall to workand so was separated from the Father, being in the sphere of Generation or Operation. Having all Power, he considered the Operations or Workmanships of the Seven ; but they loved him, and everyone made him partaker of his own order. And he learning diligently, and understanding their Essence, and partaking their Nature, resolved to pierce and break through the Circumference of the Circles, and to understand the power of him that sits upon the Fire.

And having already all power of mortal things, of the Living, and of the unreasonable creatures of the World, stooped down and peeped through the Harmonyand breaking through the strength of the Circles, so showed and made manifest the downward-born Nature, the fair and beautiful Shape or Form of God.

Which, when he saw, having in itself the unsatiable Beauty, and all the operations of the Seven Governorsand the Form or Shape of God, he smiled for love, as if he had seen the shape or likeness in the Water, or the shadow upon the Earth, of the fairest Human form. And seeing in the Water a Shape, a Shape like unto himself, in himself he loved it, and would cohabit with it, and immediately upon the resolution ensued the operation, and brought forth the unreasonable Image or Shape.

Nature presently laying hold of what it so much loved, did wholly wrap herself about it, and they were mingled, for they loved one another. And from this cause Man above all things that live upon earth is double: Mortalbecause of his body, and Immortalbecause of the substantial Man. For being immortal, and having power of all things, he yet suffers mortal things, and such as are subject to Fate or Destiny.

And therefore being above all Harmonyhe is made and become a servant to Harmonyhe is Hermaphroditeor Male and Female, and watchful, he is governed by and subjected to a Father, that is both Male and Female, and watchful. Then said PimanderThis is the Mystery that to this day is hidden and kept secret; for Nature being mingled with man, brought forth a Wonder most Wonderful; for he having the nature of the Harmony of the Sevenfrom him whom I told thee, the Fire and the Spirit, Nature continued not, but forthwith brought forth seven Men, all Males and Femalesand sublime, or on high, according to the Natures of the seven Governors.

And after these things, O Pimanderquoth I, I am now come into a great desire and longing to hear; do not digress or run out. The Generation therefore of these Seven was after this manner: And so all the members of the Sensible Worldcontinued unto the period of the end, bearing rule and generating.

When that period was fulfilled, the bond of all things was loosed and untied by the will of God; for all living Creatures being Hermaphroditical, or Male and Femalewere loosed and untied together with man; and so the Males were apart by themselves and the Females likewise. And straightways God said to the Holy Word, Increase in increasing and multiplying in multitude all you my Creatures and Workmanships. And let him that is endued with mind, know himself to be immortal; and that the cause of death is the love of the body, and let him learn all things that are.

When he had thus said, Providence by Fate of Harmonymade the mixtures and established the Generations, and all things were multiplied according to their kind. And he that knew himself, came at length to the Superstantial of every way substantial good. But he that thro’ the error of Love loved the Bodyabideth wandering in darkness, sensible, suffering the things of death.

But why do they that are ignorant, sin so much, that they should therefore be deprived of immortality? Because there goeth a sad and dismal darkness before its body; of which darkness is the moist nature, of which moist nature the Body consisteth in the sensible world, from whence death is derived. Has thou understood this aright? That which the Word of God said, say I: Because the Father of all things consists of Life and Light, whereof man is made.

God and the Father is Light and Life, of which Man is made. If therefore thou learn and believe thyself to be of the Life and Light, thou shalt again pass into Life.

Take heed what thou sayest, for I the mind come unto men that are holy and good, pure and merciful, and that live piously and religiously; and my presence is a help unto them. And forthwith they know all things, and lovingly they supplicate and propitiate the Father; and blessing him, they give him thanks, and sing hymns unto him, being ordered and directed by filial Affection and natural Love.

And before they give up their bodies to the death of them, they hate their senses, knowing their Works and Operations. Rather I that am the Mind itself, will not suffer the operations or Works, which happen or belong to the body, to be finished and brought to perfection in them; but being the Porter or DoorkeeperI will shut up the entrances of Evil, and cut off the thoughtful desires of filthy works.

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But to the foolish, and evil, and wicked, and envious, and covetous, and murderous, and profane, I am far off, giving place to the revenging Demonwhich applying unto him the sharpness of fire, tormenteth such a man sensible, and armeth him the more to all wickedness, that he may obtain the greater punishment.

And such an one never ceaseth, having unfulfiled desires, and unsatisfiable concupiscences, and always fighting in darkness; for the Demon always afflicts and tormenteth him continually, and increaseth the fire upon him more and more. Thou hast, O Mind, most excellently taught me all things, as I desired; but tell me, moreover, after the return is made, what then?

First of all, in the resolution of the material body, the Body itself is given up to alteration, and the form which it had becometh invisible; and the idle manners are permitted, and left to the Demonand the senses of the body return into their Fountains, being parts, and again made up into Operations. And Anger, and concupiscence, go into the brutish or unreasonable nature; and the rest striveth upward by Harmony.

And then being made naked of all the Operations of Harmonyit cometh to the Eighth Nature, having its proper power, and singeth praises to the father with the things that are, and all they that are present rejoice, and congratulate the coming of it; and being made like to them with whom it converseth, it heareth also the Powers that are above the Eighth Nature, singing Praise to God in a certain voice that is peculiar to them.

And then in order they return unto the Father, and themselves deliver themselves to the Powers, and becoming Powers they are in God. Furthermore, why sayest thou, What resteth, but that understanding all men thou become a guide, and way-leader to them that are worthy; that the kind of Humanityor Mankindmay be saved by God?

But I, giving thanks, and blessing the father of all things, rose up, being enabled by him, and taught the Nature of the Nature of the whole, and having seen the greatest sight or spectacle.

The Divine Pymander of Hermes: Revelation of the Above and the Below

O ye people, men, born and made of the earth, which have given yourselves over to drunkenness and sleep, and to the ignorance of God, be sober and cease your surfeit, whereunto you are allured and visited by brutish and unreasonable sleep.

Why, O Men of the Offspring of Earth, why have you delivered yourselves over unto Death, having power to partake of Immortality?

Repent and change your minds, you that have together walked in Error, and have been darkened in ignorance. And some of them that heard memocking pymsnder scorning went away, and delivered themselves up to the pymanderr of Death. But others casting themselves down before my feet, besought me that they might be taught; but I, causing them to rise up, became a guide of mankind, divien them the reasons how, and by what means they may be pymandre.

And when it was evening and the brightness of the same began wholly to go down, I commanded them to go down, I commanded them to give thanks to God; and when they had finished their thanksgiving, everyone returned to his own lodging. But I wrote in myself the bounty and benevolence of Pimander ; and being filled with what I most desired, I was exceedingly glad.

The Divine Pymander: The Second Book, Called, Poemander

For the sleep of the body was the sober watchfulness of the mind; and the shutting of my eyes the true sight, and my silence great with child and full of good; and the pronouncing of my words the blossoms and fruits of good things. And thus it came to pass or happened unto me, which I received from my mind, that is Pimanderthe Lord of the Word; whereby I became inspired by God with the Truth. For which cause, with my soul and whole strength, I give praise and blessing unto God the Father. Holy is God, that determineth pymannder be known, and is known divinee his own, or those that are his.

Accept these reasonable sacrifices from a pure soul, and a heart that stretched out unto thee. I beseech thee, that I may never err from the knowledge of thee; look mercifully upon me, and enable me, and enlighten with this Grace those that are in Ignorance, the brothers of my kind, but thy Sons.

Blessed art thou, O Father; thy man would be sanctified with thee, as thou hast given him all power.