VISIONARY REVUE

TO ‘ENTER THROUGH’
HERMES TRISMEGISTOS

HERMES TRISMEGISTOS
HERMES
TRISMEGISTOS

When the viewer centres himself before this image in meditation, he begins by freely roaming his eye over the lower figures: the basic geometrical shapes, the four fundamental elements, the mineralia, vegetalia and animalia - he sees all of them as Nature’s progeny. She holds her hands outward as if to say, ‘Behold: all of this I create’. It is beautiful to admire such things. But then the viewer remembers that she also holds the body of man in her embrace.

      Gradually moving his eye upward, the contemplative holds the central human figure in his gaze. After concentrated meditation, he learns to see the Anthropos as a reflection of himself. Though the body belongs to Nature and the Earth, in spirit the Anthropos is an image of the One. Its form reflects the higher self, the eternal self. But this is not yet apparent.
      Concentrating further on the image, the viewer becomes aware of how he is encompassed seven times by the planets in the lower aeons. Suddenly, he recognizes that these form a winding path upward, the Soul’s Ascent. But, to tred that path, he must first remember ‘the cosmic framework’:



 
 
 


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the alchemical arrangement of the elements below, the astrological order of the planets above. This knowledge is planted in him, like a divine spark, which Alchemy and Astrology help him to remember.
      Accomplishing all this, he sees his proper reflection, not in the Anthropos, but in the Demiurge. Like a divine Craftsman, he understands the order of the elements on earth and of the planets in the heavens. Transcending them all, he arrives at the upper aeons.
      In the glowing caduceus, he sees another image of himself. He is not a body with hands and feet. He is a glowing serpent of Life and Light. The serpentine and lionine figures ablaze with light reflect his own soul and mind. In this form, he winds five times through the five upper aeons.
      Finally, in his vision, all comes together. His focus expands and he sees all of these as one: he is in Nature, he is the Anthropos and Demiurge, he is Light and Life. At the centre of all of these, he sees the glowing circle on the chest of the Anthropos: that is the divine spark in him, the remembrance of the light. In this sacred mirror, he sees himself there, as a particle of divine light.
      At the final moment his mind expands and his particle of divine light merges with the One at the source. He now sees that the glowing circle of light is not an image of his own divine spark, but the One at the centre of all things. All these disparate images unite, and find their centre in the Source of Light and Life.
      Then, freeing himself from this vision and slowly emerging from meditation, he thinks to himself with the words of the Poimandres,
      “I saw an endless vision in which everything became light - clear and joyful - and in seeing the vision I came to love it.” (C.H. I. 4)



 
 
 


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