We’ve been shocked in different ways about the burning of Notre-Dame. And because this blog commenced last month with a post on the Alchemist of Notre-Dame I feel very involved.
Hermetics is my blog of articles and notes about Hermetic Philosophy and Alchemy.
Here’s another image that seems to depict a Hermetic character. It’s from a larger work by Jan Luyken, of 1692. The begging figure has a jauntiness about him that speaks to me of Hermes. He may be a beggar, but I feel that’s not all he is 🙂
Here are some enduring statements about Hermes from Karl Kerényi’s 1976 book Hermes Guide of Souls:
Hermes can so convincingly hover before us, lead us on our ways, show us golden treasures in everyone through the split-second timing which is the spirit of finding and thieving… (p51)
Where better to start a series of articles on the Hermetic tradition than with the Alchemist of Notre-Dame?
As Fulcanelli (in Le Mystere Des Cathedrals) says: [continue reading…]