The Pale Blue Dot: Chapter Twenty; The Great Cosmic Reset; Astronomy: Its Past and Present History of Mysticism, Hermeticism, the Kabbalah and Esotericism

Written By Thomas Perez. July 22, 2021 at 1:46AM. Copyright 2021.

Previously, in chapter three, we read and saw through illustrations what the ancients believed the Earth to be in reference to its shape and realm. But as we have learned in our chronology, many began to reshape the Earth and its position relative to the Sun; changing the Earth from a flat geocentric realm to a round globed heliocentric model. It was to be the great cosmic reset. A doing away with the old philosophical religious concepts, and its own conceptual mathematical principles and equations, and accepting a concept based upon a new mathematical approach based upon various mystical and magical sciences of the past, dating back to Hermes Trismegistus.

“Hermes Trismegistus (from Ancient Greek Ἑρμῆς ὁ Τρισμέγιστος, “Hermes the Thrice-Greatest;” Classical Latin: Mercurius ter Maximus) is a legendary Hellenistic figure that originated as a syncretic combination of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth. He is the purported author of the Hermetica, a widely diverse series of ancient and medieval pseudepigraphical texts that lay the basis of various philosophical systems known as Hermeticism.” (1).

(1). A survey of the literary and archaeological evidence for the background of Hermes Trismegistus in the Greek Hermes and the Egyptian Thoth may be found in Bull, Christian H. 2018. The Tradition of Hermes Trismegistus: The Egyptian Priestly Figure as a Teacher of Hellenized Wisdom. Leiden: Brill, pp. 33-96.

“Hermes was credited with tens of thousands of highly esteemed writings, from both Egypt and Greece, suggesting a shared cultural tradition between the two in the man. And while the Italian Renaissance believed Hermes to be an Egyptian Priest, it is possible that the Corpus Hermetica was actually written by collective unknown authors who were Platonistic and Stoic Greeks.” (2).

(2). https://medium.com/the-mission/the-hermetic-revival-7-ancient-principles-for-self-mastery-9399e523648d

“The Corpus Hermetica, or Hermeticum, is the most widely known Hermetic text. It has 18 chapters, which contain dialogues between Hermes Trismegistus and a series of other men.” It contains the 7 Principles for Self-Mastery. “The first chapter contains a dialogue between Poimandres and Hermes. Poimandres teaches the secrets of the universe to Hermes. In later chapters, Hermes teaches others, such as his son Tat and Asclepius. It was first translated into Latin by Marsilio Ficino (1433–1499), whose translation set off the Hermetic revival in the Renaissance.” (3). “While reading these principles, remember that they were written thousands of years ago, before any modern science verified their unusually accurate (and esoteric) claims.” (4).

(3). Wiki.

(4). 2. Ibid.

“These teachings are contained in the various writings attributed to Hermes (the Hermetica), which were produced over a period spanning many centuries (c. 300 BCE – 1200 CE) and may be very different in content and scope.” (5). This school of thought in the past, and during the renaissance, became known as Hermeticism, or Hermetism.

(5). The oldest texts attributed to Hermes are astrological texts (belonging to the technical Hermetica) which may go back as far as to the second or third century BCE; see Copenhaver 1992 p. xxxiii; Bull 2018, pp. 2–3. Garth Fowden is somewhat more cautious, noting that our earliest testimonies date to the first century BCE (see Fowden 1986, p. 3, note 11). On the other end of the chronological spectrum, the Kitāb fi zajr al-nafs (“The Book of the Rebuke of the Soul”) is commonly thought to date from the twelfth century; see Van Bladel 2009, p. 226.

The Hermetic Revival

“The hermetic tradition represents a non-Christian lineage of Gnosticism, which is the name for a variety of ancient religious ideas and systems dating back to the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D.” “The surviving writings of Hermeticism…” “were lost to the western world after classical times but survived in the Byzantine libraries.”

“In the Fifteenth century, the letters were rediscovered and translated into Latin by the court of Cosimo de Medici (yes, grandfather to Lorenzo de’ Medici, the patron of Leonardo Da Vinci and several other renaissance artists). These letters were so influential during the time that they acted as a catalyst in the development of Italian Renaissance thought and culture.”

“Inspired by this wave of innovation, these timeless principles were resurrected again by the Freemasons and showed up in the teachings of the American revolutionaries.” “Through effort of preservation and excavation we are able to get look into our philosophical past and a once-great tradition, which lead to an overall greater understanding of the universe, our place in it, and catalyzed the Italian creative renaissance, influenced the American revolutionaries, and now shows up in much of modern-day personal growth media.”

Moreover, “In addition, the doctrines of Hermeticism are compatible with much of modern science. Plus, these laws of the universe can be seamlessly integrated into a wide range of different religions (as well as being compatible with atheistic perspectives).” (7).

(6). 2. Ibid.

(7). https://www.thelawofattraction.com/hermetic-principles-kybalion/

The Renaissance or Renaissance Magic?

“Mathematics was promoted in the Renaissance by the rediscovery of the works of ancient mathematicians and the influence of Plato, who had emphasized the importance of mathematics in explaining the universe.” “Renaissance Magic was the preserve of an intellectual elite from all over Europe. Hermetic magic had become fused with alchemical thought into a single intellectual framework. Humans, who it was believed also had that spark of divinity within, could use magic, especially mathematical magic, to understand and dominate the world of nature or to employ the powers of nature for beneficial purposes. It was likely that Hermeticism inaugurated the shift in consciousness that made the Scientific Revolution possible.” (8).

(8). https://quizlet.com/264850554/hist-102-chapter-16-17-study-questions-flash-cards/

As you may recall, during the time of the renaissance, generally described as taking place from the 14th century to the 17th century, the likes of Nicolaus Copernicus and Isaac Newton was born in the 15th and 17th centuries.

“Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) was a Renaissance polymath responsible for what some have called the “Copernican Revolution.” One of the most important contributions of Copernicus was to the field of astronomy. Copernicus placed the Sun at the center of the universe, rather than the Earth.” (9).

(9). https://blogs.umass.edu/p139ell/2012/11/19/the-renaissance-and-the-scientific-revolution/#:~:text=Nicolaus%20Copernicus%20(1473%2D1543),universe%2C%20rather%20than%20the%20earth.

“Sometimes called the father of modern science, Isaac Newton (1643-1727) revolutionized our understanding of our world. He was a real Renaissance man with accomplishments in several fields, including astronomy, physics and mathematics.” “He revolutionized astronomy and is viewed as the pioneer of the modern sciences: He overthrew the rigidified Aristotelian viewpoint of his contemporaries. The concepts of velocity and acceleration lay at the heart of his reforms.”

(10). https://www.biography.com/news/isaac-newton-biography-facts

(11). https://www.mpg.de/7913162/biography#:~:text=He%20revolutionised%20astronomy%20and%20is,the%20modern%20sciences%3A%20Gailileo%20Galilei

(12). https://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195399301/obo-9780195399301-0166.xml

Even the Vatican was no match for the overwhelming practice of the astronomers’ pseudoscientific explanations and its magical mathematical equations in 1992.

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 31 — It’s official: The Earth revolves around the Sun, even for the Vatican. The Roman Catholic Church has admitted to erring these past 359 years in formally condemning Galileo Galilei for formulating scientific theories it considered heresy. Nov 1, 1992.” (13).

(13). https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1992/11/01/vatican-finds-galileo-not-guilty/1092b119-440e-4fb6-b990-cc7f8a662f0d/

Even within the microscopic world of quantum physics (QP), and its various mechanics, the philosophical principles and Hermetic thought of collectivity in reference to the theory of everything; as in the “ALL” mentality of totality of principalities concerning religion, science, the cosmos, and every individual, can also be found within this minuscule world.

Quantum Physics

Michio Kaku stated that quantum theory is mirrored from the Kabbalah and Zohar. Proof of Kaku’s statement can be viewed in the following video…

Moreover, according to Kabbalah Student…

“Modern-day physics confirms what the ancient Kabbalists told us 2000 years ago when it comes to cosmology and the nature of reality. From the simplest scientific truths to the complexities of quantum physics.”

“For instance, the Zohar said the Earth was round, 1500 years before Columbus.”

“The Zohar described a Big Bang creation of the universe twenty centuries before modern physics.”

“The Zohar said time was relative and an illusion two thousand years before Einstein.”

“It said white light contains all the colors of the spectrum 15 centuries before Isaac Newton. Newton, incidentally, had his own copy of the Zohar.”

“The Zohar described black holes and a ten-dimensional universe twenty centuries before superstring theory.”

“And the Zohar resolves all the paradoxes of physics, like the time reversibility paradox, currently haunting physicists.” 

“So I had read a couple of passages of the Zohar to physicist and best-selling author, Michio Kaku. He was “dazzled.” Below is a tiny except of that interview along with an interview clip with Professor Kenneth Hanson on the same subject.” (14)

(14). https://kabbalahstudent.com/michio-kaku-on-physics-and-kabbalah/

Similarly, even The Quantum Gravity Research Institute admits to their world of string theory and so forth as occult-ish; a new age movement; though they do not want to call it that because it sounds too religious. But that is what it mirrors – a collective oneness; citing – “When Humanity discovers the theory of everything, it will usher in a new age of prosperity.” Citation taken from video below.

“A theory of everything, final theory, ultimate theory, or master theory is a hypothetical, singular, all-encompassing, coherent theoretical framework of physics that fully explains and links together all physical aspects of the universe. Finding a TOE is one of the major unsolved problems in physics.” (15). It is an “all known physical phenomena in the universe. Researchers have searched for such a model ever since the development of quantum mechanics and Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity in the early 20th century.” (16).

(15). Wiki.

(16). https://www.space.com/theory-of-everything-definition.html

Modern scientists insist that there is a connection between that of the mystic and that of the quantum theorist “Mystical world views supposedly based on scientific ideas have been promoted in many recent books offering spiritual succor. In some, the reader is offered a kind of pantheistic cosmos in which personal identity merges with the infinite and is thus immortal.” (17).

But Stephen Hawkings will have none of it.

“Dr. Hawking was asked in a recent interview whether he believed there was any real difference between mathematicians and mystics. He replied: ”There is no sharp boundary, just a gradual descent into wooliness.” (18).

”Wooliness” of thinking, in Dr. Hawking’s view, is a sin that science cannot tolerate. While some philosophers have argued that quantum theory offers a proof of the existence of God, Dr. Hawking takes mischievous pleasure in suggesting that the universe may have required no act of creation, in which case there is no need for a creator.” (19).

(17). The following NY Times article…https://www.nytimes.com/1988/04/19/science/mystics-and-science-hawking-s-views.html

(18). Ibid.

(19). Ibid

This mystical search can be found in what quantum theorists call String Theory – which is now also called the M-Theory. But empirical scientists consider M-Theory as the “same ole bull.” But Hawkings contradicts himself.

“Hawking and Mlodinow declare, “There is a sound scientific explanation for the making of our world—no Gods required.” But Hawking is, must be, kidding once again. The “sound scientific explanation” is M-theory, which Hawking calls (in a blurb for Amazon) “the only viable candidate for a complete ‘theory of everything’.”

“Actually M-theory is just the latest iteration of string theory, with membranes (hence the M) substituted for strings. For more than two decades string theory has been the most popular candidate for the unified theory that Hawking envisioned 30 years ago. Yet this popularity stems not from the theory’s actual merits but rather from the lack of decent alternatives.” (20).

(20). https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/cosmic-clowning-stephen-hawkings-new-theory-of-everything-is-the-same-old-crap/

However, there is a consensus that String Theory/M-Theory supports a universal system in which a 2-dimensional universe is the actual reality as opposed to Hawkings preferred 3-dimensional universe. This concept of a 2 dimensional universe was discussed in chapter seventeen.

“…The 3D world we experience is a kind of illusion, with the underlying reality being 2D. Argentinian physicist Juan Maldacena, working in the US, showed that this idea has strong support from superstring theory, which is considered by many physicists to be the best candidate for the ultimate theory of everything.” (21).

(21). https://pursuit-unimelb-edu-au.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/a-brief-history-of-hawking-s-scientific-legacy.amp?amp_js_v=a6&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQKKAFQArABIIACAw%3D%3D#aoh=16259893996704&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fpursuit.unimelb.edu.au%2Farticles%2Fa-brief-history-of-hawking-s-scientific-legacy

Hermetic philosophy is similar to quantum theory, especially the Hermetic 1st, 3rd and 6th laws. There are 7 laws altogether. They are as follows…

1. The principle of mentalism

“The All is Mind; the Universe is Mental.” (22).

2. The principle of correspondence

“As above, so below;” as below, so above.” […] This principle embodies the truth that there is always a correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of being and life. (23).

3. The principle of vibration

“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.” (24).

4. The principle of polarity

“Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled” (25).

5. The principle of rhythm

“Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left;  rhythm compensates.” (26).

6. The principle of cause and effect

“Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause; everything happens according to law; chance is but a name for law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the law.” (27).

7. The principle of gender

“Gender is in everything; everything has its masculine and feminine principles; gender manifests on all planes.” (28).

(22). Three Initiates 1908, p. 26.

(23). Three Initiates 1908, p. 28 (excessive capitalization removed).

(24). Three Initiates 1908, p. 30 (excessive capitalization removed).

(25). Three Initiates 1908, p. 32 (excessive capitalization removed).

(26). Three Initiates 1908, p. 35.

(27). Three Initiates 1908, p. 38 (excessive capitalization removed).

(28). Three Initiates 1908, p. 39 (excessive capitalization removed).

In reference to the 2nd law – “Among historians of philosophy and science, the verse is often understood as a reference to the supposed effects of celestial mechanics upon terrestrial events. This would include the effects of the Sun upon the change of seasons, or those of the Moon upon the tides, but also more elaborate astrological effects.” (29).

(29). Principe 2013, p. 198; Van Gijsen 2006.

Within the world of occultism, the Magician found in various versions of the Taro deck is depicted as one declaring…

“Quod est superius est sicut quod inferius, et quod inferius est sicut quod est superius.”

“That which is above is like to that which is below, and that which is below is like to that which is above.”

The principle of correspondence is also the same as The Theory of Everything – Hawking’s pet pv. Correspondence is a relationship between two levels of existence. The term was coined by the 18th-century theologian Emanuel Swedenborg in his Arcana Coelestia (1749–1756), Heaven and Hell (1758) and other works.” (30)

(30). Wiki.

It can also be seen that, though persecuted by the Church, men like Galileo, Copernicus and Newton was highly influenced by the basic doctrinal tenants of Christianity. They all saw Christ, the Son of God, as their central figure head, centered in the universe with the synchronization of the Son/Sun in the middle of the solar system – unmoving, unchanging like the Sun. They considered it their “Divine Math.”

Another Hermetic occultist was Giordano Bruno. Bruno was a Dominican frier, philosopher, poet, mathematician, cosmological theorist and a Hermetic follower. History tells us that his works influenced Newton, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Arthur Schopenhauer, Gillies Deleuze, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling. Moreover, “During his time of isolation, Newton was greatly influenced by the Hermetic tradition with which he had been familiar since his undergraduate days.” (31). While Copernicus was influenced by Aristarchus of Samos and Martianus Capella. Later Johannes Kepler (who also influenced Newton) was influenced by Copernicus, Tycho and Pythagoras.

Pythagoras continued to be regarded as a great philosopher throughout the Middle Ages and his philosophy had a major impact on scientists such as Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton. Pythagorean symbolism was used throughout early modern European esotericism, and his teachings as portrayed in Ovid’s Metamorphosis influenced the modern vegetarian movement.

Western esotericism, also known as esotericism, esoterism, and sometimes the Western mystery tradition. It is a term scholars use to categorize a wide range of loosely related ideas and movements that developed within western society. (32). The earliest traditions that later analysis labeled as forms of Western esotericism emerged in the Eastern Mediterranean during Late Antiquity, where Hermeticism, Gnosticism, and Neoplatonism developed as schools of thought distinct from what became mainstream Christianity. (33).

“As Hanegraaff noted, Western esotericism had to be studied as a separate field to religion, philosophy, science, and the arts, because while it “participates in all these fields” it does not squarely fit into any of them.” (34). “The work of Francis Yates in particular, most notably her 1964 book Giordano Bruno and Hermetic Tradition, has been cited as “an important starting point for modern scholarship on esotericism”, succeeding “at one fell swoop in bringing scholarship onto a new track” by bringing wider awareness of the effect that esoteric ideas had on modern science.” (35).

(31). https://www.britannica.com/biography/Isaac-Newton

(32). Brian Morris, Religion and Anthropology: A Critical Introduction, Cambridge University Press, 2006, p. 298.

(33).  Eddy, Glenys. “The Ritual Dimension of Western Esotericism: The Rebirth Motif and the Transformation of Human Consciousness”Sydney Studies in Religion. Retrieved 21 July 2020.

(34). Hanegraaff 2013, p. 3, “What is Western esotericism?”. “The adjective ‘esoteric’ first appeared in the second century CE, but the substantive is of relatively recent date: it seems to have been coined in German (Esoterik) in 1792, migrated to French scholarship (l’estoterisme) by 1828 and appeared in English in 1883. In short, ‘Western esotericism’ is a modern scholarly construct, not an autonomous tradition that already existed out there and merely needed to be discovered by historians.”

(35). Von Stuckrad, Kocku (2005b). “Western Esotericism: Towards an Integrative Model of Interpretation”. Religion. 35 (2): 78–97.

Conclusion

Hermeticism and esotericism gave birth to many religious concepts, movements and scientific organizations. It gave birth and/or influenced the likes of Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, occultism, the Theosophical Society, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn,” Spiritual Science,” modern paganism, Wicca, the counterculture of the 1960’s, and the New Age Movement of the present – which began in the 1970’s. And they even have a foundation dedicated to Hermetic ideologies. “The Giordano Bruno Foundation (German: Giordano-Bruno-Stiftung) is a non-profit foundation based in Germany that pursues the “Support of evolutionary humanism. It was founded by entrepreneur Herbert Steffen in 2004. The Giordano Bruno Foundation is critical of religious fundamentalism and nationalism.” (36).

(36). Heinrich, Daniel (12 November 2018). “Berlin human rights conference stands up to nationalism, religious fundamentalism”Deutsche Welle.

The writings Hermeticism claimed that God had written the secrets of the cosmos in a mathematical language. The cosmology of the Hermetic Writings was full of magical powers, the secrets available only to the few who were able to look beyond surface phenomena by studying the occult. Hermeticism was mystical, magical and mysterious. There were three major components to hermeticism that were especially important to scholars in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance: alchemy, numerology and the magic of letters (cryptography and ciphers).

The study of numbers and ratios were yet another aspect of hermetic study. Just as letters and combinations of letters were seen to have mystical powers, so too did numbers. The study of numbers made an impact upon many other areas of scientific study, such as astronomy and mathematics. Good math was turned into the pseudoscientific practice that we see today, in order to fit their narrative of how they saw, and still see, the shape of our Earth and universe.

http://www.faculty.umb.edu/gary_zabel/Courses/Phil%20281b/Philosophy%20of%20Magic/Dante.%20etc/Philosophers/End/bluedot/hermetic.html