Sunday, March 8, 2015

What is Hermeticism?

Since I have decided to turn the Seven Hermetic Principles into a series, idea courtesy of The Pagan Experience, I figured I would need to introduce what Hermeticism is and where it came from.

Hermeticism is an ancient spiritual and philosophical tradition based upon the writings of Hermes Trismegistus. This tradition claims to have descended from prisca theologia, a doctrine which states that a single, true theology exists in all religions and this theology was given to man by God. Christians used Trismegistus's writings to support their claims that Christianity was the one, true faith.

Hermeticism is made up of seven guiding principles. According to these, humanity is on a spiritual journey to unite with the Divine, but that we can't achieve spiritual growth without human effort. Furthermore, it encourages meditation, ritual, and other magical practices while seeking balance in all things.

This may seem to fly in the face of an atheopagan practice, but upon further inspection I believe it fits quite snugly with it. Instead of viewing the single, true theology as a religious text, read it as science. All religions are an attempt to explain the world around us, and while unintended, science runs through all of them. Some of the science is bad, but it's science all the same. Our continual research and exploration of the world and universe around us brings us closer to them (the Divine by many other pagan standards). I will go into more detail of how Hermeticism supports atheist pagans when I cover the seven principles in detail. Until then, I hope this has given you something to think about.



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