Philosophy

Universal Principles (Part 1)

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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…

 

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***SPOTLIGHT***The Great Neoplatonist, Hypatia of Alexandria

409px-Hypatia_portraitSince we are having a human experience in a female or male body, we each have a right to find the tools to help us to seek the light by digging deep under the rubble of the broken stones.Initiation of the female principle is a fundamental truth in Nature and by adding the male force completes the circle. Throughout the human experience, the one who seeks will find the ‘female mystics,’ that tied us to the Divine in us and in Nature. Most of these stories are hidden,written in stone or on papyrus and sent down from age to age by word of mouth.

***SPOTLIGHT***

Hypatia (370 – 410 CE) was the daughter of the great Theon Alexandricus, who was one of the most eminent scholars of his time—a renowned mathematician and geometrician. She  was a teacher and philosopher and did a great deal of research in astronomy. Very early on she was interested in Neoplatonic mysticism,She was a disciple of Ammonios and so surpassed the thinkers of her time (and according to various accounts, even some of those who preceded her) in knowledge and wisdom that she obtained a chair in mathematics and philosophy at the Platonic school of Alexandria. She had many disciples and instructed them in the sciences which in turn brought her many students that heard of her radiance and sublime reflections. Synesius, a Greek bishop of Ptolemais said she surpassed the apex of speculative knowledge of the day. The more she would bring out of others (or educate) the more light she would bring to her disciples and soon would receive the attention of lower spirits. Her time on the physical plane began to dim when a dissension arose between the archbishop Cyril of Alexandria, who was Hypatia’s friend. Hypatia was blamed for the dissension. One day a small group of fanatical Christians followed her while she was strolling and abducted her. She was brought to a church, beaten to death,flayed, and burned.  We will remember with libations the other women of Platonists  time, Gemina, mother and daughter (disciples of Plotinus), Amphiclea (Iamblichus’s daughter-in-law), Ahmose-Nefertari, Theano (daughter or  wife of Pythagoras).  For ages, women played a huge role in philosophy, alchemy and mysticism. These women truly illuminated their time and lighted the darkness. She once said,”Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child’s mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them.”

 

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Did You Know?
The oldest Masonic organization for both men and women is the Int'l Order Of Freemasonry For Men And Women: Le Droit Humain, which was founded in Paris in 1893.