Samael Gnosis. Mithraism: Zoroastrian Gnosticism. The theory, originally proposed by Franz Cumont, that Mithraism evolved from Persian Zoroastrianism, is now generally dismissed.
However, the theory has not been carefully examined. A primitive version of the Mithraic mysteries certainly existed among them, as can be determined from circumstantial evidence, where they contributed heavily to the Greek traditions of Orphism, which not only later emerged as prominent themes in Mithraism, but of Hellenistic mysticism in general. While based on these earlier tradition, Mithraism nevertheless, modified during these times, to conform to these same Gnostic tendencies. The Magussaeans On all sides, the Persians were surrounded by nations that celebrated mysteries, by Egyptians to Isis and Osiris, the Syrians to Bel and Astarte, the Phrygians to Attis and Cybele, and the Greeks to Dionysus and Persephone. Daeva-Worship Essentially, the Magussaeans were daeva worshipping Magi who practiced mystery rites dedicated to Mithras.
Mithras-Hercules Endnotes. Quest of the Soul: The Eleusinian Mysteries by William A. Savage. Quest of the Soul: The Eleusinian Mysteries By William A.
Savage [From a talk given at Theosophical Library Center, Altadena, CA, May 27, 2005.] In the mysteries that obtain among the Greeks, lustrations hold the first place. After these are the minor mysteries, which have some foundation of instruction and of preliminary preparation for what is to come after. The Eleusinian mysteries were the most famous in ancient Greece. The rites at Eleusis were built around legends of the great mother Demeter and her daughter Persephone. Persephone, playing in a meadow, came across a large and wondrous narcissus. Demeter, filled with grief, was angry. Later Metaneira gave Demeter her baby to rear. The Corpus Hermeticum & Hermetic Tradition.
Archive Notes In the following section we provide: IntroductionThe Hermetic tradition represents a non-Christian lineage of Hellenistic Gnosticism.
The tradition and its writings date to at least the first century B.C.E., and the texts we possess were all written prior to the second century C.E. The surviving writings of the tradition, known as the Corpus Hermeticum (the "Hermetic body of writings") were lost to the Latin West after classical times, but survived in eastern Byzantine libraries. Their rediscovery and translation into Latin during the late-fifteenth century by the Italian Renaissance court of Cosimo de Medici, provided a seminal force in the development of Renaissance thought and culture. These eighteen tracts of the Corpus Hermeticum, along with the Perfect Sermon (also called the Asclepius), are the foundational documents of the Hermetic tradition.
The texts presented here, below, are taken from the translation of G.R.S. -- Lance S. Translation by G. The Kybalion Resource Page. The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com. Gnostic Society Library: Sources on Gnosticism and Gnosis. Origin of ‘As above, so below’ « Radiant woman. December 25, 2006 by radiantwoman A phrase like ‘As above, so below’ is used by writers and astrologers alike to explain why and how the world works.
It seems a great concept that the visible stars in the sky are linked to life on earth. The microcosm and the macrocosm are connected. On the internet using Google I find 108 million hits for ‘As above, so below’. Together with astrology I get 858.000 hits. Who is Hermes Trismegistus? Is good for almost 35.000 hits and seems a perfect name to investigate. In Hellenistic Egypt, the name of the god Hermes was given as a substitute for the Greek name of Thoth. In the Greek papyri an Egyptian Hermes Trismegistus is found. Hermetica Many hits on the internet connect Hermes Trismegistus with occult sciences, such as alchemy and astrology. Hermetica or hermetic books are ‘ancient metaphysical works dealing essentially with the idea of the complete community of all beings and objects.
Like this: Like Loading... "As above, so below" Back to Home Page or Contents Page or Magic or Index "As above, so below" This phrase comes from the beginning of The Emerald Tablet and embraces the entire system of traditional and modern magic which was inscribed upon the tablet in cryptic wording by Hermes Trismegistus.
The significance of this phrase is that it is believed to hold the key to all mysteries.