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For September 2004

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Medieval Hermes Trismegistus


Hermes Trismegistus


The Discource on the Eighth & Ninth

The current astrological chart is an election dedicated to Hermes Trismegistus, the Thrice Greater Hermes, the Greek Hermes being analogous and combining with the Roman Mercury and the Egyptian Thoth, part of an exploration of the Hermetic Arts of astrology, magic and alchemy and Hermeticism as a Practical Path of Gnosis.
The election comes from the Discourse the Eighth and the Ninth, a Hermetic text in the Nag Hammadi Library. The Nag Hammadi Library consists of a collection of Gnostic and Hermetic manuscripts and codices, collected and hidden in Egypt in the 4th century. The texts themselves say that they were to be buried under the protection of a terrible guardian, "the Dreadful One" and that they would not be revealed, "until the end of time" Allogenes; Gospel of the Egyptians. They were re-discovered in 1945!
Medieval Statue
The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth is an account of a Hermetic initiation. The initiate, having already attained to the wisdom of the first seven spheres, that of the planets, is instructed and then initiated by Hermes Trismegistus into the mysteries of the 8th sphere, that of the fixed stars or empyrean and finally into the 9th, the sphere of God. The initiate first learns intellectually, "I have understood, my father, each one of the books" Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth, Nag Hammadi Library in English (Harper, 1988) at 323, and has purified himself, "We have already advanced to the seventh [sphere] since we are pious and walk in your law." Discourse at 324.
Next he receives a spiritual initiation from Hermes Trismegistus, an actual mystic experience that confirms the intellectual knowledge, encompasses it and then transcends it. "When he had finished praising, he shouted, 'Father Trismegistus! What shall I say? We have received this light. And I see myself this same vision in you. And I see the eighth and the souls that are in it and the angels singing a hymn to the ninth and its powers. And I see him who has the power of them all, creating those [that are] in the spirit." Discourse at 325.
Hermes then commands the initiate to write this teaching in a book in hieroglyphic characters in a temple in Egypt, writing it on turquoise, "Eight guardians guard it with the [lacunae] of the Sun. The males on the right are frog faced and the females on the left are cat faced. And put a square milk stone at the base of the turquoise tablets and write the name on the azure stone tablet in hieroglypic characters." Discourse at 326.
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
Hermes then gives the rules for the astrological election for these tablets, "My son, you will do this when I am in Virgo, and the sun is in the first half of the day and fifteen degrees have past by me." Discourse at 326.
This is the election we shall use in honor of Hermes Trismegistus!
The elected time and date is 12 pm, EDT on September 25, 2004 for Cleveland Park, a neighborhood of Washington, D.C. 38 N 56 77 W 03.
At this time Mercury (i.e., Hermes Trismegistus) is in Virgo and he is past 15 degrees of this sign. The Sun is in the 10th house so it is the first half of the day.
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