Poimandres - Hermes Trismegistus
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