Hermetic Sayings

Hermetic writings are wisdom sayings which are mostly presented as dialogs in which a teacher enlightens a disciple. The writings form the basis of Hermeticism. They discuss the divine, the cosmos, mind, and nature. Some touch upon alchemy, astrology, and related concepts. While they are difficult to date with precision, some texts are dated between the 1st and 3rd centuries AD. Many hermetic texts were lost to Western culture during the Middle Ages but rediscovered in Byzantine copies and popularized in Italy during the Renaissance. Although the most famous examples of Hermetic literature were products of Greek-speakers under Roman rule, they were also produced in Coptic Egyptian, Syriac, Arabic, Armenian and Byzantine Greek.

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Hermetic sayings…

Bring all opposites inside yourself and reconcile them. Understand that you are everywhere: on the land, in the sea, in the sky. Realize that you haven’t yet been begotten, that you are still in the womb, that you are young, that you are old, that you are dead, that you are in the world beyond the grave. Hold all this in your mind, all times and places, all substances and qualities and magnitudes. Then you can perceive God.

Hermetic Saying