Hermes Trismegistus

My Podcast on this topic:

Combination of Greek god Hermes and Egyptian god Thoth gods of writing and magic (and more) Thoth in particular was the god of Magic, Writing, Astrology and Alchemy carried souls to the afterlife (Psychopomps)

Hermes is equivalent to the Roman God Mercury.. who also has a strong importance in alchemy and astrology.

Myths and Legends

Hermes Trismegistus is placed, according to mythology, in the early days of the oldest dynasties of Egypt, long before the days of Moses. Some authorities regard him as a contemporary of Abraham, and some Jewish traditions go so far as to claim that Abraham acquired a portion of his mystical knowledge from Hermes himself (Kybalion) hermestrismeg

One of this myths relates him vanquishing Typhon, the dragon of ignorance and mental, moral and physical perversion… so he’s a hero of intelligence and health.

Contemporary of Moses

Grandson of Adam

Builder of Egyptian Pyramids

In the same way as Hermes Trismegistus, Imhotep and Amenhotep (two prophets) were deified as gods of wisdom and medicine.

Conjuring spirits and animating statues that inform the oldest texts, Hellenistic writings of Greco-Babylonian astrology and the newly developed practice of alchemy

Many Christian writers, including Lactantius, Augustine, Giordano Bruno, Marsilio Ficino, Campanella and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola considered Hermes Trismegistus (and some uded Zoroaster and Plato.) to be a wise pagan prophet who foresaw the coming of Christianity.

Trismegistus = “Thrice great”

ONE theory: wisdom are alchemy, astrology, and theurgy or philosopher and the greatest priest and the greatest king”


the 42 books known as the “Hermetica” are aobut Occult like astrology, theological, philosophical, medical, law, alchemicy, music, geography, magic, and the most mysterious thing known to man: women. writings was actually probably written in the 1st to 3rd Centuries CE.

Though Hermes Trismegistus is mentioned 6 hundred years earlier at least (by Iamblichus, and Manetho and Egyptian Priest who wrote the egyptian history in greek.)

Written in the form of dialogs (like plato)

The “popular” or “philosophical” parts (occult) are possibly written before the “learned” or “technical” parts and may reflect beliefs in the older Roman Empire.

It’s the popular parts that deal with magic, alchemy, astrology, and potions. and was popular with medieval alchemists. Spells to magically protect objects, for example, are the origin of the expression “Hermetically sealed ”. OR the closed nature of the writings is where that comes from.

Most books lost in the library of Alexandria and Christian text burnings.

Not as ancient as thought: 1st to 3rd C AD

Wrote the Emerald Tablet












Influenced by

Combination of the Greek god Hermes and Egyptian god Thoth


Pico Della Mirandola

Isaac Newton


Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of world religions.

Alchemy by Stanislas Klossowski de Rola

Rosemary Ellen Guiley Encyclopedia of witches and witchcraft

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5 thoughts on “Hermes Trismegistus

  1. John Martin

    The comments from Hermez, as above so below as below so above. what exactly is he alluding to when this is stated.

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      Ah. That could be a whole episode itself. Basically another way of putting is the Neoplatonic “macrocosm affects the microcosm” An example being astrology: The stars (macrocosm, or “above”) affect what happens below: wars, famine, rich crop, etc. We do go into the history of how that came to be with astrology in episode on astrology ( ) . But “as above, so below” does have a hermetic spin on it. The text from the Emerald Tablet is “That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that with is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing.”

      …and that’s where neoplatonism, hermeticism, and alchemy meet. “As above, so below” is taken to mean astrology as a the sky is a mirror to what is happening down here. So learn to read the sky, and you can know what is happening down here. But “to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing” is simply then taken by alchemists to mean “to make the philosopher’s stone (the One Thing) follow the meaning in the stars” …so to successfully create the philosopher’s stone certain parts of the process were done in specific times of the zodiac. And it’s therefore also history of alchemy, and why I keep bringing this stuff up :) Good question! I should actually add more on it on the site.


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