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 Based on the writings of the legendary Hermes Trismegistus. Hermes was the greek God of knowledge and Hermeticism is the foundation of much esoteric tradition. It has had a great influence on Astrology and Neoplatonism, though don’t necessarily pre-date them. It emerged at the same time as those as well as Gnosticism and early Christianity. hermeticism Greek or ptolemaic egyptian. cultivated by arabs and through them reached the west.

Impact on Astrology

“As above so below” is one cornerstone that has greatly impacted Astrology and is the bases of Horoscopes. What is above in the stars and planets directly affects life below. Method of personal ascension from the constraints of physical being, which has led to confusion of Hermeticism with Gnosticism, which was developing contemporan The Caduceus, symbol of Hermeticism. Two snakes spiraling upward with wings at the top. confused with the Rod of Asclepius (medical symbol) Fusion of Eastern religous elements with Platonic, Stoic, gnostic and neo-pythagorean philosophies similar aspects of the kabbalah’s tree of life. As a religion I find it sometimes indistinguishable from neo-platonism and the importance of God, or “The All” or “The One” NO FILE four_elements.txt The four elements of air, earth, fire and water are mentioned. Like in other esoteric and ancient greek belief systems.

Central Tenants

prisca theologica, an original untainted, pure set of doctrines, secretive, which allegedly were compiled in ancient times, in Egypt, and whose undiluted purity guarantees their veracity and efficacy. Development of the soul “As above, so below” – central to astrology So the microcosm of man is reflected in the macrocosm of god. that’s how stars can affect our life and can be read in horoscopes. Good and evil: two kinds of magic, Goëtia, and Theurgy Possibly reincarnation

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