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Corpus Hermeticum X



Type of Spiritual Experience


The Corpus Hermetica is a collection of a large number of Greek texts from the second and third centuries AD that are the remnants of a far more extensive collection. The work is attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, "thrice-great Hermes" whose name was derived from the Greek god Hermes. The work was translated into the Corpus Hermeticum by Italian scholars during the Renaissance.

Most of the texts are presented in the form of a dialogue, in which Hermes Trismegistus enlightens a disciple. The dialogue is alchemical and philosophical in nature.

In this extract, Hermes Trismegistus introduces the idea of the unmoving Mover – the Eye or God, the Moving Mover – the Creator, the son of the Creator – the son of god or the Cosmos and then the grandson of them both – the Implemented/World soul

A description of the experience

Corpus Hermeticum X

All things depend from one beginning, but the beginning depends from the one and only, and the beginning moves so that it can again become a beginning; only the one, however, stands still and does not move. There are these three, then; god the father and the good; the cosmos and the human. And god holds the cosmos, but the cosmos holds the human. And the cosmos becomes the 'son of god', but the human becomes the 'son of cosmos', a grandson as it were.

The source of the experience

Hermes Trismegistus

Concepts, symbols and science items

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