, Proclus and the Question of a Philosophy of Magic in the Renaissance.
In some versions of the legend, Hermes Trismegistus
was not a god but an ancient Egyptian alchemist who had taken his name from Hermes and was buried in a chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Much earlier though, and before the term was in vogue, this form of American religiosity incorporated the mystical Hermetic tradition of the West based eponymously on the writings of the legendary Hermes Trismegistus
and similar texts and views.
In The Secret History of Hermes Trismegistus
, Florian Ebeling sets out to survey primary sources, along the way correcting or clarifying a number of longstanding historiographical issues.
Hence Dee's words, referring to the esoteric wisdom of Hermes Trismegistus
Hermeticism was named after Hermes Trismegistus
to whom the forty-two Hermetic books are attributed.
Nicolas had already heard of the strange aetherial philosophy of this Thrice-Great Hermes, Trismegistus
the Egyptian, wherein the universe is conceived as a vast grid of dependencies and sympathetic action controlled by the seven planets, or Seven Governors as Trismegistus
23) Indeed, Picasso's painting La vie of 1903 (Cleveland Museum of Art) may have been influenced by Jacob's knowledge of the Tarot, in particular the magician card, which has been associated with the mythological character Hermes Trismegistus
the word hermetic is derived from a mortal being, the Egyptian sage Hermes Trismegistus
, who reportedly succeeded in hermetically closing a glass tube by means of a mysterious airtight seal.
This grey, lifeless space is revealed as empty, made hideous by the decaying death mask of God, who is, after all, the highest Idea, the Unity; but, on the other hand, the very collapse of the Ideal as such promises a metamorphosis or, better to say, a transmutation of the de-idealized self into a future one, invoked by the occult science of alchemy and its patron deity Hermes Trismegistus
Along with these, the Corpus Hermeticum, a collection of late texts related to Hermes Trismegistus
(Thoth "Thrice Great") had considerable influence.
Hornung details how, through a process of syncretic fusion, Greek perceptions of the god Thoth and various Egyptian sages took shape in the pantheistic figure of Hermes Trismegistus
, who, over the centuries, would come to be viewed by dozens of esoteric traditions as the source of all learning.