Hermetica

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Hermetica

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The body of mystic wisdom attributed to Hermes Trismegistos, or "thrice great Hermes," between the third century BCE and the first century CE. Hermes Trismegistos was a combination of the Greek Hermes and the Egyptian Thoth, or god of wisdom, learning, and literature. The Hermetica involved two levels of teachings: a popular pedagogy of astrology, magic, and alchemy, and a higher religious philosophy. It was very influential in the development of Western magic and modern neo-Pagan and Wiccan material.

Perhaps the best known work of the Hermetica was the Emerald Tablet, which opens with the statement, "That which is above is like that which is below, and that which is below is like that which is above, to achieve the wonders of the one thing." This indicates that the microcosm of the earth is a reflection of the macrocosm of the heavens, and this is regarded as the foundation of astrology and of alchemy.

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Lodovico Lazzarelli (1447-1500): The Hermetic Writings and Related Documents.
A number of scholars have rediscovered Lazzarelli in recent years, and this edition of his hermetic writings (with facing pages in English and Latin) aims to establish further his significance.
Bouthoorn have succeeded admirably in producing an edition and translation of Lazzarelli's important hermetic writings, including his Epistola Enoch and his Crater Hermetis with its three prefaces to Giovanni da Correggio.
Hanegraaff's and Bouthoorn's recently published collaborative effort, Ludovico Lazzarelli (1447-1500): The Hermetic Writings and Related Documents, stands as the first complete edition and translation of Lazzarelli's Hermetic writings in any modern language.
Far from practicing astral magic, Lazarelli was a deeply pious Christian Hermetist, who is of central importance in understanding Hermeticism precisely because he does not fit Yates's and, in this case, Walker's overemphasis on the magical and modernist-progressive dimension of Renaissance Hermeticism (Lodovico Lazzarelli, 1447-1500: The Hermetic Writings and Related Documents [Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2005], introduction).
Lodovico Lazzarelli (1447-1500); the Hermetic writings and related documents.
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The 20th century saw a revival of interest in the Hermetic writings, notably in the work of the French symbolists and the occult system of William Butler Yeats.
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