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The Heavenly Body of


Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus, floor mosaic Cathedral of Siena (1480s)

Beliefs and practices that influence the world through contact with heavenly forces

The terms Hermeticism and Hermetism can, like Gnosticism and Rosicrucianism, mean different things in different contexts and time periods. The term “hermetism” is used here specifically for the historical, also Latin, tradition; whereas the term “hermeticism” is used to denote the modern Victorian and Edwardian era developments typified by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and others.

Historic, or Latin (Hermetism)

The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus
Corpus Hermeticum (including The Perfect Sermon, or the Asclepius)
Chaldean Oracles


Modern (Hermeticism)

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External References

select bibliography on medieval hermeticism (the latin tradition) Alt & Neumann on Hermetismus, a blog post by Wouter J Hanegraaff discussing the terminological collision around “Hermetic” and “Hermeticism” The Hermetic … what?, a brief discourse by the Librarian, John Griogair Bell, in part about the use of the term “Hermetic” in Hermetic Library, the name of this site


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