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Poimandres - Hermes Trismegistus

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Type of spiritual experience

A description of the experience

Corpus Hermeticum – Hermes Trismegistus - Poimandres section 24

The Ascent of the Soul

And thus it is that man rises thereafter through the Harmony [ie the harmonious spheres of the planets].

to the first zone [Moon] he abandons the power of growth and decay;
to the second [mercury] return evil schemings, now de-energised;
to the third [Venus] the illusions of desire, de-energised;
to the fourth [Sun] the arrogance of power, de-energised;
to the fifth [Mars] impious daring and presumption;
to the sixth [Jupiter] the striving for wealth by evil means;
and to the seventh zone [Saturn] ensnaring falsehood.

And then stripped of that which was given its energy by the Harmony and clothed in its proper power, he enters into the Eighth sphere

The source of the experience

Hermes Trismegistus

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