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The Divine Pymander: The Hermetica Of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus


The Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus is one of the earliest of the Hermetic writings. While probably not in its original form, having been remodelled during the first centuries of the Christian era, The Divine Pymander consists of seventeen fragmentary writings, gathered together and put forth as one work. The second book, of The Divine Pymander, called the Poimandres, or the Vision, is believed to describe the method by which the divine wisdom was first revealed to Hermes. It was after Hermes had received this revelation that he began his ministry, teaching to all who would listen the secrets of the invisible universe.

Said to be an abridgment of one of the Books of Thoth by a Platonist of Alexandria, remodeled in the 3rd century after old Greek and Phoenician manuscripts by a Jewish Qabbalist and called the Genesis of Enoch (SD 2:267); said also to have been disfigured by Christian Qabbalists. Pymander as Hermes is described as the oldest and most spiritual of the logoi of the Western continent.