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 doom> The rites of Hermaphrotitos. Also Hermes Trismegestus.

 G> please, prove the existence of these rites.  give me some examples, and
 G> tell me where you got them, and what tradition they're practiced under. 

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Hermes Trismegistus

The Archaic Underground Tradition

"Plato's Timaeus and Critias state that about 560 BC in the temple of 
Neith at Sais there were secret halls containing historical records 
which had been kept for more the 9,000 years. Proclus gives the name of 
the high priest with whom Plato spoke in Sais - Pateneit. It is probably 
from him that the Greek philosopher learned about the oldest archives of 
Egypt. Another interesting fact to notice is that the high priest of 
Egypt Psonchis, teacher of Pythagoras, also mentioned sacred registers 
which even speak of a collision of the Earth with a giant asteroid in a 
remote past." 
- Andrew Tomas, On the Shores of Endless Worlds

"Greek philosophy and Egyptian lore really came together at the time of 
the Lagides, who gradually made Alexandria the intellectual, scientific, 
philosophic and religious center of the Hellenistic world....Manetho
 [his hieroglyphic name meant 'Gift of Thoth'], the Egyptian priest of 
Heliopolis, was also famous for translating the mysteries into Greek. He 
lived during the final years of the fourth and first half of the third 
centuries B.C. in the reign of the last two Ptolemies." 
- Murray Hope, Practical Egyptian Magic

"Manetho extracted his history from certain pillars which he discovered 
in Egypt, whereon inscriptions had been made by Thoth, or the first 
Mercury [or Hermes], in the sacred letters and dialect; but which were 
after the flood translated from that dialect into the Greek tongue, and 
laid up in the private recesses the Egyptian Temples. These pillars were 
found in subterranean caverns, near Thebes and beyond the Nile, not far 
from the sounding statue of Memnon, in a place called Syringes; which 
are described to be certain winding apartments underground; made, it is 
said, by those who were skilled in ancient rites; who, foreseeing the 
coming of the Deluge, and fearing lest the memory of their ceremonies be 
obliterated, built and contrived vaults, dug with vast labor, in several 
places." 
- General Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma 

The tradition of a secret doctrine of Thoth appears to be well 
established in Egypt: 

1.) According to a papyrus dating to Dynasty 12 of the Old Kingdom: 
"Then [His Majesty] King Khufu, the vindicated, said: Now as for the 
rumor that you know the shrines of the secret chambers of the enclosure 
of [Thoth]? Dedi said: By your favor, I do not know their shrines, 
Sovereign, my lord, but I do know the place where they are. His Majesty 
said: Where are they? And Dedi said: There is a passage of flint in a 
chamber called the Inventory in Heliopolis in that passage." 
- "A Marvel in the Time of King Khufu Himself"

2.) A chapter in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, according to its rubric, 
is said to have been found at: 
"Shmun [Hermopolis] under the feet of the majesty of this sublime god 
[Thoth] upon a slab of upper Egyptian granite in the script of the god 
himself in the tomb of...Mycerinus, by Prince Hor-dedef. He found the 
spell when he was engaged in inspecting the temples." 
- The Egyptian Book of the Dead

Regarding the "Pillars of Hermes" of "Seth" and of "Solomon" 
"In the 9th chapter of the [Egyptian] Ritual of the Dead they are 
referred to as the 'Pillars of Shu', the 'Pillars of the Gods of the 
Dawning Light', and also as 'the North and Southern Columns of the Gate 
of the Hall of Truth'. In the 125th chapter, they are represented by the 
sacred gateway, the door to which the aspirant is brought when he has 
completed the negative confession. The archaic pictures on the one 
Pillar are painted in black upon a white ground, and those on the other 
in white upon a black ground, in order to express the interchange and 
reconciliation of opposing forces and the eternal balance of light and 
darkness which give force to visible nature....The archaic illustrations 
are taken from vignettes of the 17th and 125th chapter of the Ritual of 
the Dead, the Egyptian Book of the 'Per-em-Hru' or the 'Book of Coming 
Forth into the Day', the oldest book in the world as yet discovered." 
"...The general design of the White Pillar is a pictorial synthesis of 
the gradual freeing of the soul from the body, left to be mummied and 
its union with Osiris, Lord and Judge of the Dead and of the 
resurrection, the sun in his rising....The Black Pillar symbolizes the 
pathway of darkness, the Negative Confession, as the White Pillar 
represents the Hymn to the Rising Sun, the Pathway of Light, and the 
Positive Confession." 
- G. H. Frater, "The Core of the Tradition" 
The Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic 

"Explaining the Egyptian pantheon of twelve gods to his countrymen, the 
Greek historian Herodotus also wrote of an 'Immortal whom the Egyptians 
venerated as "Hercules".' He traced the origins of the worship of this 
Immortal to Phoenicia, 'hearing that there was a temple of Hercules at 
that place, very highly venerated'. In the temple he saw two pillars. 
'One was of pure gold; the other was as of emerald, shining with great 
brilliancy at night." 
- Zecharia Sitchin, The Stairway to Heaven 

"Divine authorship elevates religious literature from present day 
existence; similarly, the accounts about the discovery of such works 
ascribe them to a more or less distant past. This exemplifies the 
tendency to emphasize the antiquity of sacred writings, which is 
particularly evident in the retention of ancient linguistic forms or the 
deliberate choice of archaistic expressions. Egyptians could also adopt 
the customs of bygone ages in their mode of writing." 

"There is a particle of truth in the statement of Clement of Alexandria 
that the Egyptians had forty-two sacred writings by Hermes (Thoth), in 
so far as these texts, which include geographical and medical works 
among others, constitute the entire range of material available for the 
education of priests. The reference to Thoth's authorship...is based on 
ancient tradition; the figure forty-two probably stems from the number 
of Egyptian nomes, and thus conveys the notion of completeness." 
- Siegfried Morenz, Egyptian Religion 

Hermes Trismegistus "invented many things necessary for the uses of 
life, and gave them suitable names; he taught men how to write down 
their thoughts and arrange their speech; he instituted the ceremonies to 
be observed in the worship of each of the Gods; he observed the course 
of the stars; he invented music, the different bodily exercises, 
arithmetic, medicine, the art of working in metals, the lyre with three 
strings; he regulated the three tones of the voice, the sharp, taken 
from autumn, the grave from winter, and the middle from spring, there 
being then but three seasons. It was he who taught the Greeks the mode 
of interpreting terms and things, when they gave him the name of 
[Hermes], which signifies Interpreter. 

"In Egypt he instituted hieroglyphics: he selected a certain number of 
persons whom he judged fitted to be the depositories of his secrets, of 
such only as were capable at attaining the throne and the first offices 
in the Mysteries, he united them in a body, created them Priests of the 
Living God, instructed them in the sciences and arts, and explained to 
them the symbols by which they were veiled." 
- General Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma 

"...The so-called Hermetic literature...is a series of papyri describing 
various induction procedures...In one of them, there is a dialogue 
called the Asclepius (after the Greek god of healing) that describes the 
art of imprisoning the souls of demons or of angel in statues with the 
help of herbs, gems and odors, such that the statue could speak and 
prophesy. In other papyri, there are still other recipes for cons
tructing such images and animating them, such as when images are to be 
hollow so as to enclose a magic name inscribed on gold leaf." 
- Julian Jaynes, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the 
Bicameral Mind 

"The Vision is the most famous of all the Hermetic fragments, and 
contains an exposition of Hermetic cosmogony and the secret sciences of 
the Egyptians regarding the culture and unfoldment of the human soul. 
For some time it was erroneously called 'The Genesis of Enoch', but that 
mistake has now been rectified." 
- Manly P. Hall, Masonic, Hermetic, Quabbalistic & Rosicrucian 
Symbolical Philosophy 

"His importance in magic is due to the so-called 'Emerald Tablet' which 
succinctly sets out the 'as above, so below' principle on which most 
magical theory is based." 
- David Conway, Ritual Magic 

"The exact origins of the celebrated 'Emerald Tablet' are lost, but it 
is certainly not nearly as old as it is supposed to be. The content of 
the 'Emerald Tablet' can be traced back, with a fair degree of 
certainty, to Moslem alchemists in Syria in about the tenth or eleventh 
centuries." 
- Daniel Cohen, Masters of the Occult 

"While Hermes still walked the earth with men, he entrusted to his 
chosen successors the sacred Book of Thoth. This work contained the 
secret processes by which the regeneration of humanity was to be 
accomplished and also served as the key to is other writings. Nothing 
definite is known concerning the contents of the Book of Thoth other 
than that its pages were covered with strange hieroglyphic figures and 
symbols, which gave to those acquainted with their use unlimited power 
over the spirits of the air and the subterranean divinities. When 
certain areas of the brain are stimulated by the secret processes of the 
Mysteries, the consciousness of man is extended and he is permitted to 
behold the Immortals and enter into the presence of the superior gods. 
The Book of Thoth described the method whereby this stimulation was 
accomplished. In truth, therefore, it was the 'Key to Immortality'. 

According to legend, the Book of Thoth was kept in a golden box in the 
inner sanctuary of the temple. There was but one key and this was in the 
possession of the 'Master of the Mysteries', the highest initiate of the 
Hermetic Arcanum. He alone knew what was written in the secret book. The 
Book of Thoth was lost to the ancient world with the decay of the 
Mysteries, but its faithful initiates carried it sealed in the sacred 
casket into another land. The book is still in existence and continues 
to lead the disciples of this age into the presence of the Immortals. No 
other information can be given to the world concerning it now, but the 
apostolic succession from the first hierophant initiated by Hermes 
himself remains unbroken to this day, and those who are peculiarly 
fitted to serve the Immortals may discover this priceless document if 
they will search sincerely and tirelessly for it." 

"It has been asserted that the Book of Thoth is, in reality, the 
mysterious Tarot of the Bohemians - a strange emblematic book of 
seventy-eight leaves which has been in possession of the gypsies since 
the time then they were driven from their ancient temple, the Serapeum." 
- Manly P. Hall, Masonic, Hermetic, Quabbalistic & Rosicrucian 
Symbolical Philosophy 

The Philosphy of Hermes

"According to the Neoplatonic view the material world is arranged as a 
'golden chain', which reaches from the topmost being and from the one 
which is beyond even existence, down to the last shimmer of being in 
matter, joining plane with plane in their essence. Ascending the chain 
the beings climb back to the summit of all being." 
- Holger Kersten & Elmar R. Gruber, The Jesus Conspiracy - The Turin 
Shroud & The Truth About the Resurrection (1992) 

"Written by a Neoplatonist philosopher of about the fifth century, "the 
Celestial Hierarchies describes three worlds of which ours is the 
lowest. This is the elemental world of nature and is subject to 
influences from above. Above this 'sublunary' world, is what is called 
the 'celestial' world wherein are found the stars and their 'spirits' or 
'guardians' (analogous to the Gnostic archons). Even higher is the 
sphere of the 'supercelestial' world, the world of nous, the 
'intellectual' or 'intelligible' world of angelic spirits, of superior 
knowledge of reality because closer to the One, the divine source of 
creation, who is beyond the three worlds. Hand in hand with this concept 
of worlds, of which ours is the lowest projection, goes it essential 
counterpart; the concept of microcosm.... Going deeper and deeper into 
the mind of Man, illuminated by nous, man could travel farther and 
farther into the universe - and back again." 
- Tobias Churton, The Gnostics 

"Hermes, while wandering in a rocky and desolate place, gave himself 
over to meditation and prayer. Following the secret instructions of the 
Temple, he gradually freed his higher consciousness from the bondage of 
his bodily senses; and, thus release, his divine nature revealed to him 
the mysteries of the transcendental spheres. He beheld a figure, 
terrible and awe-inspiring. It was the Great Dragon, with wings 
stretching across the sky and light streaming in all directions from its 
body. (The Mysteries taught that the Universal Life was personified as a 
dragon.) The Great Dragon called Hermes by name, and asked him why he 
thus meditated upon the World Mystery. Terrified by the spectacle, 
Hermes prostrated himself before the Dragon, beseeching it to reveal its 
identity. The great creature answered that it was Poimandres, the Mind 
of the Universe, the Creative Intelligence, and the Absolute Emperor of 
all. [Edouard Schure, The Mysteries of Egypt, identities Poimandres as 
the god Osiris.] Hermes then besought Poimandres to disclose the nature 
of the universe and the constitution of the gods. The dragon acquiesced, 
bidding Trismegistus hold its image in his mind. 

"Immediately the form of Poimandres changed. Where it had stood there 
was a glorious and pulsating Radiance. This Light was the spiritual 
nature of the Great Dragon itself. Hermes was 'raised' into the midst of 
this Divine Effulgence and the universe of material things faded from 
his consciousness. Presently a great darkness descended and, expanding, 
swallowed up the Light. Everything was troubled. about Hermes swirled a 
mysterious watery substance which gave forth a smokelike vapor. The air 
was filled with inarticulate moanings and sighings which seemed to come 
from the Light swallowed up in the darkness. His mind told Hermes that 
the Light was the form of the spiritual universe and that the swirling 
darkness which had engulfed it represented material substance. 

"Then out of the imprisoned Light a mysterious and Holy Word came forth 
and took its stand upon the smoking waters. This Word - the Voice of the 
Light - rose out of the darkness as a great pillar, and the fire and the 
air followed after it, but the earth and the water remained unmoved 
below. Thus the waters of Light were divided from the waters of 
darkness, and from the waters of Light were formed the worlds above and 
from the waters of darkness were formed the worlds below. The earth and 
the water next mingle, becoming inseparable, and the Spiritual Word 
which is called Reason moved upon their surface, causing endless turmoil." 

"Then again was heard the voice of Poimandres, but His form was not 
revealed: 'I Thy God am the Light and the Mind which were before 
substance was divided from spirit and darkness from Light. And the Word 
which appeared as a pillar of flame out of the darkness is the Son of 
God, born of the mystery of the Mind. the name of that Word is Reason. 
Reason is the offspring of Thought [Thoth] and Reason shall divide the 
Light from the darkness and establish truth in the midst of the 
waters'." 
- Manly P. Hall, Masonic, Hermetic, Quabbalistic & Rosicrucian 
Symbolical Philosophy 

[Compare with the tradition behind the pillar of fire that the 
Isrealites followed in the wilderness.] 
"Of the immortal man it should be said that He is hermaphrodite, or male 
and female, and eternally watchful. He neither slumbers nor sleeps, and 
is governed by a Father also both male and female, and ever watchful. 
Such is the mystery kept hidden to this day, for Nature, being mingled 
in marriage with the Sky Man, brought forth a wonder most wonderful - 
seven men, all bisexual, male and female, and upright of stature, each 
one exemplifying the natures of the Seven governors [spirits of the 
Planets]. These, O Hermes, are the seven races, species, and wheels." 
"Then all living creatures, including man, which had been hermaph-
roditical, were separated, the males being set apart by themselves
and the females likewise, according to the dictates of Reason.' 

"Then God spoke to the Holy Word within the soul of all things, saying: 
'Increase in increasing and multiply in multitudes, all you, my 
creatures and workmanships. 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, for he who has recognized 
himself enters into the state of Good.'" 
- Poimadres (or The Vision of Hermes)

"Man, according to Hermes, had taken on a mortal body merely to commune 
with nature, but at heart remained a spirit, a divine, creative, and 
immortal essence. Living beings did not die, but, being composite, 
dissolved the bond in order to reunite and re-form. Nothing dies; it 
only dissolves and transforms. The gnosis consisted in re-becoming a god." 
- Peter Tompkins, The Magic of Obelisks 

"We suffer a perpetual transmutation, whereby we receive a perpetual 
flow of fresh atoms, while those that we have received are leaving us." 
- Giordano Bruno

"Indeed, for antiquity in general, the divination of man was not an 
extravagant dream. 'Know, then, that you are a God,' Cicero wrote. And 
in a Hermetic text we read: 'I know thee, Hermes, and thou knowest me: I 
am thou and thou art I.' Similar expressions are found in Christian 
writings. As Clement of Alexandria says, the true (Christian) Gnostic 
'has already become God.' And for Lactantlius, the chaste man will end 
by becoming consimilis Deo, 'identical in all respects with God.'" 
- Mircea Eliade, Rites and Symbols of Initiation 

"...You saw the spirit, you became spirit. You saw Christ, you became 
Christ. You saw the father, you shall become Father....you see yourself, 
and what you see you shall [become]." 
"Whoever achieves gnosis becomes "no longer Christian but a Christ." 
- Gospel of Philip 

"...I was very disturbed, and I turned to myself...Having seen the light 
that surrounded me and the good that was within me, I became divine." 
- Allogenes

The Neoplatonic Origins of the Writings

"...A Greek manuscript in seventeen books brought from Macedonia to 
Cosimo de' Medici...was said to contain the secret wisdom of Thoth, the 
Egyptian sage whom the Greeks called Hermes Trismegistus, or the Thrice 
Great Hermes." 
- Peter Tompkins, The Magic of Obelisks 

"A fusion of Greek philosophy and the ancient religion of Egypt, the 
beliefs of Hermeticism were contained in a body of texts known as the 
Corpus Hermeticum." 

"The Corpus Hermeticum takes the form of dialogues between Trismegistus, 
Thoth, and several other Egyptian deities, including Isis. Scholars 
point out that little in the text is truly original. In fact, much of 
the Hermetic world view is grounded in the philosophy of Plato. Herm
etics saw the universe in terms of light and dark, good and evil, spirit 
and matter. Like their Gnostic contemporaries, practitioners preached a 
mind-body dualism and salvation through the possession of true and 
divine knowledge." 
- Ancient Wisdom and the Secret Sects 

"...In 1614 the brilliant scholar of Greek, Isaac Casaubon had shown in 
his de rebus sacris et ecclesiaticis exercitiones XVI that the Corpus 
Hermeticum could not possibly have been written by an ancient Egyptian 
sage - be he Hermes Trismegistus or anyone else. The Greek style was of 
the period of Plotinus (second and third century) and, furthermore, it 
had clearly escaped the attention of former commentators that neither 
Plato nor Moses nor Aristotle nor indeed any pre-Christian writer had 
ever made reference to this Hermes Trismegistus." 
- Tobias Churton, The Gnostics 

"It is this very book [the Book of Moses/] which Hermes plagiarized when 
he named the seven perfumes of sacrifice in his sacred book entitled The 
Wing." 
- Fr Festugiere, Revelation of Hermes 

"According to the legend... which had come from Lactantius, a father of 
the Church, Hermes Trismegistus was supposed to have foretold the coming 
of Christ. Hermes Trismegistus, in the book titled The Perfect Word, 
made use of these words: 'The Lord and Creator of all things, whom we 
have thought right to call God, since He made the second God visible and 
sensible.... Since, therefore, He made Him first, and alone, and one 
only, He appeared to Him beautiful, and most full of all good things; 
and He hallowed Him, and altogether loved Him as His own Son.' The fraud 
perpetrated by Neoplatonics of the second century was that Hermes was 
supposed to have been living at the time of Moses and his creation story 
and the quote which I read you was all about 1,500 years before Christ. 
In reality it was dated about the second century AD." 

"The Neoplatonics believed in a world spirit, and that one could coax 
the spirit into matter through the use of the soul, which was located 
midway between spirit and matter. This use of the soul is what is known 
as magic. Augustine was revulsed by this practice and strongly 
admonished Hermes for practicing such magic." 
- Gerry Rose ,"The Venetian Takeover of England and Its Creation of 
Freemasonry" 

"The Trismegistus, then, came under the influence of the early Christian 
Gnostics, many of whom adopted large chunks of it in defense of their 
'heresies'. The most notable of these was Basilides, whom the great 
psychologist Carl Jung believed to be either a fragment of his own group 
soul guiding him in trance through the Seven Sermons of the Dead, or 
himself in a former life. The Valentinian Gnosis was also strongly 
Hermetical. The Gnostic flavor in the Trismegistus literature is 
therefore obviously very strong, so it will pay the student to strip 
away some of these Christo-Gnostic overleaves in order to get a little 
nearer to the Egyptian original." 
- Murray Hope, Practical Egyptian Magic 

Other Hermetic SitesThe Corpus Hermeticum 
Core documents of the Hermetic tradition taken from Mead's translations 

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Hyperlinks

The Apocryphic Book of Enoch
The Rosy Cross
Mysterious Manuscripts
Thoth, the Great God of Science and Writing

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