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The Golden Thread

The Golden Thread: The Ageless Wisdom of the Western Mystery Traditions by Hermetic Library fellow Joscelyn Godwin, with an foreword by Richard Smoley, a 2007 paperback from Quest Books, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Joscelyn Godwin The Golden Thread from Quest Books

“The ancient sages of the Western Mystery Traditions passed on a knowledge beyond reason, allowing us to access transcendent states that reveal our own nature and that of the cosmos. Such sages exist in every age and elevate all of humanity, says Joscelyn Godwin, whether we realize it or not. Among those whose wisdom traces from antiquity to the present include:

  • Hermes Trismegistus
  • Zoroaster
  • Orpheus
  • Pythagoras
  • Plato
  • the Gnostics, the alchemists
  • and the Rosicrucians, Freemasons, and Theosophists

Each stage is always with us, Godwin emphasizes, and so each offers a potential source of inspiration and action for today.” — back cover

 

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Part III: The Circumference and the Hieroglyphic Monad in In Operibus Sigillo Dei Aemeth by David Richard Jones.

“This 4T is, by the system of the Circumference, but and indicator of another name. Counting 4 to the right we find 22h (note 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet), 22 to the right we find 11A, 11 to the right a5, 5 to the left o10, 10 the left t11 and 11 to the left h alone, ending the name and spelling ThAaoth. The reduplicated ‘a’ is eliminated according to the angels, leaving Thaoth.

This name is clearly a rendering of Thoth, Thauth, Theuth, etc., the Tahuti of the Egyptians, the Mercury of the Romans and Hermes of the Greeks, and identified in the Renaissance, after the discovery of the Corpus Hermetica with Hermes Trismegistus, the Thrice Great Hermes.” [via]

Aleister Crowley is acknowledged as one of the Earth’s historic alchemists in an article about acting

Aleister Crowley is acknowledged as one of the Earth’s historic alchemists in an article about acting at “Nicolas Cage: alchemist and shaman?” by DJ Pangburn. I suppose it’s novel that Crowley is being called out as an alchemist, in a positive light. (The snide comment I want to make is, “why the prejudice against alchemists from other planets?” But, I won’t stoop … Oops.)

 

“Earth’s history is rich with alchemists—Albertus Magnus, Hermes Trismegistus, Nicolas Flamel, Isaac Newton, Aleister Crowley, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Paracelsus, John Dee, Terrence McKenna and even Carl Jung. Alchemy was a proto-science that paved the way for modern science (chemistry, modern medicine, physics) but also had a spiritual, shamanistic aspect.

This is not to say that alchemists and shamans were and are officially coterminous, only that they both aspire to a better understanding of existence through various means: mysticism, magic, study, and drugs (which we know shamans have done, though whether Alchemists ever did is uncertain. In fact, McKenna attempted to synthesize alchemy with shamanism in various lectures, and described alchemists as pursuing a ‘magical theory of nature’ (like Shamans) in the film ‘The Alchemical Dream.'”

 

“Ghost Rider was an entirely new experience, and he got me thinking about something I read in a book called The Way Of Wyrd by Brian Bates, and he also wrote a book called The Way Of The Actor. He put forth the concept that all actors, whether they know it or not, stem from thousands of years ago — pre-Christian times — when they were the medicine men or shamans of the village. And these shamans, who by today’s standards would be considered psychotic, were actually going into flights of the imagination and locating answers to problems within the village. They would use masks or rocks or some sort of magical object that had power to it.

It occurred to me, because I was doing a character as far out of our reference point as the spirit of vengeance, I could use these techniques. I would paint my face with black and white make up to look like a Afro-Caribbean icon called Baron Samedi, or an Afro-New Orleans icon who is also called Baron Saturday. He is a spirit of death but he loves children; he’s very lustful, so he’s a conflict in forces. And I would put black contact lenses in my eyes so that you could see no white and no pupil, so I would look more like a skull or a white shark on attack.

On my costume, my leather jacket, I would sew in ancient, thousands-of-years-old Egyptian relics, and gather bits of tourmaline and onyx and would stuff them in my pockets to gather these energies together and shock my imagination into believing that I was augmented in some way by them, or in contact with ancient ghosts. I would walk on the set looking like this, loaded with all these magical trinkets, and I wouldn’t say a word to my co-stars or crew or directors. I saw the fear in their eyes, and it was like oxygen to a forest fire. I believed I was the Ghost Rider.”

 

I’m not convinced that “alchemical” is the way to describe the technique Cage uses, but it sure does sound like a magickal aspect of theatre, and related to aspecting and similar techniques from the more ecstatic traditions, modern and historic, but also the idea of assuming a Godform in more ceremonial rituals. Of course, that also brings me to think about one of the quotes from Florence Farr posted last week, actually Iamblichus quoted by Farr, “The Priest who invokes is a man; but when he commands powers it is because through arcane symbols, he, in a certain respect, is invested with the sacred Form of the Gods” [via]

Hermes Trismegistos e Sua Celeste Tábua De Esmeralda

 

Hermes Trismegistos e Sua Celeste Tábua De Esmeralda” by Jorge Ben from A Tábua da Esmeralda

“Hermes Trismegisto escreveu
Com uma ponta de diamante em uma lâmina de esmeralda

O que está embaixo é como o que está no alto
E o que está no alto é como o que está embaixo

E por essas coisas fazem-se os milagres de uma coisa só
E como todas essas coisas são e provêm de um
Pela mediação do um
Assim todas as coisas são nascidas desta única coisa por adaptação

O sol é seu pai, a lua é a mãe
O vento o trouxe em seu ventre
A terra é seu nutriz e receptáculo

O Pai de tudo, o Thelemeu do mundo universal está aqui
O Pai de tudo, o Thelemeu do mundo universal está aqui

Sua força ou potência está inteira
Se ela é convertida em terra

Tu separarás a terra do fogo e o sutil do espesso
Docemente, com grande desvelo
Pois Ele ascende da terra e descende do céu
E recebe a força das coisas superiores
E das coisas inferiores

Tu terás por esse meio a glória do mundo
E toda obscuridade fugirá de ti
E toda obscuridade fugirá de ti

É a força de toda força
Pois ela vencerá qualquer coisa sutil
E penetrará qualquer coisa sólida
Assim, o mundo foi criado
Disso sairão admiráveis adaptações
Das quais aqui o meio é dado

Por isso fui chamado Hermes Trismegistro
Por isso fui chamado Hermes Trismegistro

Tendo as três partes da filosofia universal
Tendo as três partes da filosofia universal

O que disse da Obra Solar está completo
O que disse da Obra Solar está completo

Hermes Trismegisto escreveu
Com uma ponta de diamante em uma lâmina de esmeralda
Hermes Trismegisto escreveu
Com uma ponta de diamante em uma lâmina de esmeralda”

 

Translation of these lyrics offered by Perfugium Ontologica

“Hermes Trismegistus wrote
With a diamond on a blade of emerald

What is below is like being on top
And what is above is like what is underneath

And these things are made the miracles of one thing
And how are all these things and come from a
Through the mediation of a
So all things are born of one thing by adaptation

The sun is its father, the moon is the mother
The wind brought him in her womb
The land is your nurse and receptacle

The Father of all, Thelema of the universal world is here
The Father of all, Thelema of the universal world is here

Its force or power is entire
If it is converted into land

You separate the earth from the fire and the subtle from the gross
Sweetly, with great devotion
For He rises from the earth and descends from the sky
And given the force of things superior
And the things below

You will have by this means the glory of the world
And all obscurity will flee from you
And all obscurity will flee from you

The force of all force
For it will win anything subtle
And penetrate anything solid
So the world was created
It will come admirable adaptations
There in the middle of which is given

So I called Hermes Trismegistro
So I called Hermes Trismegistro

Having all three parts of the universal philosophy
Having all three parts of the universal philosophy

What did the Solar Work is complete
What did the Solar Work is complete

Hermes Trismegistus wrote
With a diamond on a blade of emerald
Hermes Trismegistus wrote
With a diamond on a blade of emerald”