In ‘Universal Principles part 1′, I laid the foundation to a small portion of the hermetic wisdom,which consist of ‘Mentalism or Mental Transmutation’ (also described as Mental Alchemy, which refers to the art of changing and transforming one’s own mental states and conditions. The ‘Principle of Vibration’ states that motion is manifest in everything in the universe, nothing rests, and everything moves, vibrates, and circles. The ‘Principle of Polarity’ says that everything has its opposite and all truth is but half truths. The ‘Principle of Rhythm’ embodies the swing backward and forward and then we have,’ Cause & Effect’ or every effect has a spiritual seed that is nourished to sprout a specific effect and it explains that there is a cause for every action, and a spark for every cause. Lastly, ‘Gender’ which manifest in everything and on all planes. ‘Mental Gender’ described as a hermetic concept which relates to the masculine and feminine principles. It does not refer to the physical gender of someone; nor does it suggest that someone of a certain physical gender necessarily has the same mental gender. Ideally, one wants to have a balanced mental gender. The three hermetic religious and philosophical doctrines are ‘The Corpus Hermeticum’, ‘The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus’, and ‘The Perfect Sermon’ and a less known one is ‘Discourse of Isis to Horus’.
The study of these teachings have been encapsulated in the human being for centuries. These principles can be found in a little book that goes by the name of ‘The Kybalion’. A book written in 1908, claiming to be the essence of the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, published anonymously by a group or person under the pseudonym of ‘The Three Initiates’. The Kybalion first published in 1908 by the Yogi Publication Society and is now in the public domain, and can be found on the web. The book purports to be based upon ancient Hermeticism. The book early on, making the claim that it makes its appearance in one’s life when the time is appropriate and includes variations of material found in the book of proverbs. Freemasonry is on the same tree of brotherhood and is just one custodian of this wisdom. These principles can be unveiled with each initiate at his and or her proper time of advancement. Do not be the one of many, that will put a cap on top of their evolution; as they cut off experiences of divine proportions because they have been told it isn’t possible to transmute base metal into gold.
Mystical knowledge and wisdom was passed down from the ancient of days to the present day, but many have eyes but do not see and ears and do not hear and they don’t remember the principles that govern us all including the universe. The Hermetic philosophy outlines the seven principles that lay the foundation of hermetic thought which is said to have originated from Menkheperre Dhwty/Tehuti who was given many names that include; Thot and Hermes but in the west he is known as the Greek Hermes Trismegistus, “The thrice greatest Hermes.” An account of how Hermes Trismegistus received the name “Thrice Great” is derived from the The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus. It is stated that he knew the three parts of the wisdom of the whole universe. The three parts of the wisdom are alchemy,astrology and theurgy.
His rise ‘if he was a man at all’ was in ancient Egypt/Khemet as the ancient wisdom God Dhwty. He played many roles in ancient khemet including maintaining the universe. He was thus said to be the secretary and counselor of the sun god Ra. Hermes is alluded to in later Egyptian/Khemetic writings as “twice very great” and even as “five times very great” in some demotic or popular scripts.—ca. third century B.C. To him was attributed as “scribe of the gods” the authorship of all sacred books which were thus called “Hermetic” by the Greeks. Thus, according to Clemens Alexandrinus, were forty-two(sacred) in number and were sub-divided into six portions, of which the first dealt with priestly education, the second with temple ritual, and the third with geographical matter. The fourth division treated of astrology, the fifth of hymns in honor of the gods and a textbook for the guidance of Kings, while the sixth was medical.
Hermetic philosophy has greatly influenced the western esoteric tradition and was considered to be of great importance during both the Renaissance and the reformation. Many believe that Hermes wrote all the ancient texts, including the most esoteric ones, including The Book of Breathings, which taught humans how to become gods. He was connected with the moon and thus was considered the ruler of the night. Hermes was also the teacher and helper of the ancient Egyptian trinity of Aset, Ausar and Heru or also known as Isis, Osiris, and Horus; and it was under his instructions that Isis/Aset worked her sacred love whereby she brought the slain Osiris/Ausar back to life who, then, actually wrote the “books of Hermes,” which, since their rediscovery in the fifteenth century have played a significant role in our culture.Hermes is Wisdom, and thus anything written through the inspiration of true wisdom is in actuality written by Hermes. The human scribe does not matter; certainly his name is of no significance. It is the thoughts ‘Thoth’ that flow through the human being and is written down by the scribe. What urges the candidate to knock at the door of a masonic temple?
By now you are asking what is the Hermetic philosophy or universal principles that we are governed by? The principles of truth are seven,this is the foundation of Hermetic philosophy.
1. The Principle of Mentalism.
2. The Principle of Correspondence.
3. The Principle of Vibration.
4. The Principle of Polarity.
5. The Principle of Rhythm.
6. The Principle of Cause and Effect.
7. The Principle of Gender.
Freemasonry is a science with a group of custodians that perpetuates this wisdom and will keep the flame a-blaze and will not allow this flame to go out!
To Be Continued…