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Hermesthe fascinating, mercurial messenger of the gods, eloquent revealer of hidden wisdom, and guardian of occult knowledge has played a central role in the development of esotericism in the West. Drawing upon many rare books and manuscripts, this highly illustrated work explores the question of where Hermes Trismegistus came from, how he came to be a patron of the esoteric traditions, and how the figure of Hermes has remained lively and inspiring to our own day. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Read more Read less. No customer reviews.

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Hermesthe fascinating, mercurial messenger of the gods, eloquent revealer of hidden wisdom, and guardian of occult knowledge has played a central role in the development of esotericism in the West. Drawing upon many rare books and manuscripts, this highly illustrated work explores the question of where Hermes Trismegistus came from, how he came to be a patron of the esoteric traditions, and how the figure of Hermes has remained lively and inspiring to our own day.

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Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. Esoteric traditions are, well, esoterically complex as a rule, and that goes especially for Hermes Trismegistus, the emblematic figure representing--even personifying--the Western Esoteric tradition in its long and convoluted history.

Who is he? Good question. Perhaps he's indeed a highly complex amalgam of the Egyptian god Thoth, the classical gods Hermes and Mercury, a priest in Alexandrian Egypt, and a legendary human sage roughly contemporary with Moses--among other things. God or man, angel or devil, master alchemist or proto-pharmacist, culture hero or trickster? Depends on who you ask. For anyone interested in this subject, then, it's all too easy to get lost without some guideposts of some sort.

It's an excellently helpful overview, road-map, or starter kit, if you will. A collection of six separate articles, it gives the curious reader a good solid grasp of the general outlines of Hermes Trismegistus in a sympathetically objective scholarly tone.

Chapter one, "Hermes in the Western Imagination" traces in as much detail as possible under the circumstances the varying influences contributing to Hermes' composite character and differing perceptions and characterizations of him throughout history from antiquity to the present.

Chapter two, "The Children of Hermes and the Science of Man" attempts to define this figure's distinguishing orientations and spiritual traits and of the movements which recognize him as their guardian and inspiration. Chapter Three, "From Hermes-Mercury to Hermes Trismegistus: The Confluence of Myth and the Mythical" focuses more on Hermes' slippery nature somewhere between deity and pseudo-historical personage, with obscure half-states in between.

Chapter four, "Hermes's Presence in the City" then remarkably demonstrates how the figure of Hermes, perhaps under other names but recognizable nonetheless, can be identified and analyzed in works of modern culture, both literature and film--in this case, Gustav Meyrink's novel "The Green Face", Luis Bunuel's film "Los Olvivados", and the sci-fi action movie "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome".

Places where one might not think to look at first, certainly. Chapter Five, "The Faces of Hermes Trismegistus" is a quick but illuminating survey of Hermes' iconography over time, as shown through 39 illustrations culled from any number of rare manuscripts and other cool sources. Finally Chapter Six, "The Inheritance of Alexandrian Hermetism: Historical and Bibliographical Landmarks" is perhaps the ultimate "further reading" list, lightly narrativized with commentary and infinitely helpful in creating order out of a chaos of sources.

Of course, if the book has one drawback, it's that, at under pages, depth must be sacrificed to breadth. Faivre will often hint at what seem like mind-blowingly fascinating tales and legends only to seem pressed to move along without further ado. Furthermore, those for whom Hermeticism or some related form of Western Esotericism is a living spiritual path might find this book a bit dry and detached.

Folks of either approach and in-between though will doubtlessly find this book to be enormously informative, and the manner in which it usefully lends a modicum of organization to what otherwise at first seems to be an impossibly confusing welter of stuff will facilitate further and deeper investigations according to one's own guiding lights. I was disappointed to find that this is not a book-length study on Hermes.

Instead, it is a collection of articles related by the fact that this same author has written broadly on the topic of Hermes. The collection was edited to reduce but not eliminate repetition of subject matter. Most unfortunately, the mythistorical progression implied in the subtitle "From Greek God to Alchemical Magus" is only weakly developed. The articles are uneven in length, varying from pages. They also vary in depth and quality. Chapter 1 "Hermes in the Western Imagination" was good, and there are interesting tidbits throughout for example, St.

Augustine's hostile reaction to the Hermetica. But by the time we reach the last chapter "The Inheritance of Alexandrian Hermeticism" , the discourse has been reduced to a kind of glorified historical bibliography.

But the overall approach is curiously concerned with form over substance or experience. For example, we are told repeatedly pp. CE, yet we are not told exactly what philological trick he used to do that. Nor does our author speculate as to what impact that inference might actually have on a tradition that explictly refers its own origins to teachings in a meditative dream-state Corpus Hermeticum I.

As another example, we are explicitly told p. This small volume is a collection of Essays that the premier European scholar of Western Esoteric religious thought has published. The essays focus on what qualifies as Hermetic thought and esoteric thought. Faivre brings out the notion of the Hermes figure in history as a prophetic revealer of wisdomand also a trickster and deceiver. This book includes art plates of representations of Hermes in different paintings and pictoral representations.

He also addresses the Hermes figure in contemporary culture, such as in films like "Mad Max. Also read Copenhaver's "Hermetica" and Fowden's "The Egyptian Hermes" for a cross-disciplinary look at the figure of Hermes in ancient theosophy and in Greco-Egyptian religious culture. They are good friends, Godwin and Faivre--and I'm sure that the translation is faithful. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.

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By Antoine Faivre. Hermes--the fascinating, mercurial messenger of the gods, eloquent revealer of hidden wisdom, and guardian of occult knowledge has played a central role in the development of esotericism in the West. Drawing upon many rare books and manuscripts, this highly illustrated work explores the question of where Hermes Trismegistus came from, how he came to be a patron of the esoteric traditions, and how the figure of Hermes has remained lively and inspiring to our own day. The title of this collection encompasses two figures who are both distinct and complementary: Hermes-Mercuri us, the God with the caduceus, who belongs to Greek and Roman mythology, and Hermes Trismegistus, whose appearance can be traced back to the early Alexan dian epoch.

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