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Although this is a collection of translations of essays that were originally published separately, there is a unity of theme among them that indicates a hidden harmony. The pieces five essays and a bibliographic survey that make up this book might almost have been written as part of a coherent project: to demonstrate the persistence of the presence of Hermes, both overt and covert, in Western culture even through the present.

If Hermeticism today has a role to play, it is that of demystifying, so as to remythify. Hermes still plays the psychopomp amid the labyrinthine ruins of popular culture.

One of the most striking, in the light of the frequent quotations from visionary and initiatory narratives dating back over a thousand years, is a plate of a Masonic rite in which Hermes rises from his grave to instruct the candidate.

The book provides an excellent introduction to Hermetic themes and to the significant literature about them. Faivre generally refrains, however, from doing much more than presenting the material.

His interpretations are reserved for the figure or presence of Hermes, and he seldom addresses the particular contexts within which it appears. Even some very obvious patterns like the confluence between the motif of Hermes as entombed teacher in early visionary texts, and the later appearance in initiatory rites of a figure Hermes or otherwise teaching from an emblematic tomb remain unremarked — or, perhaps, left as an exercise for the reader.

The book would be useful to anyone with an interest in the history of Hermetic traditions, and especially useful to any library serving an institution with an interest in cultural history. For those just coming into contact with the traditions of Hermeticism, it provides not only access to the literature, but also, and most important, access to the meaning the traditions have had, and continue to have — and without which all the documents and studies are mere arrangements of dry bones.

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The Eternal Hermes: From Greek God to Alchemical Magus

Joscelyn Godwin Phanes fa-nays means "manifester" or "revealer", and is related to the Greek words "light" and "to shine forth". Phanes Press was founded in to publish quality books on the spiritual, philosophical, and cosmological traditions of the Western world. Since that time, we have published 45 books, including five volumes of Alexandria, a book-length journal of cosmology, philosophy, myth, and culture. The year marks our fifteen-year anniversary, and we are working to bring out more interdisciplinary works, including books on creativity, psychology, literature, and the intersections between science, spirituality, and culture. Hermes -- the fascinating, mercurial messenger of the gods, eloquent revealer of hidden wisdom, and guardian of hidden knowledge -- has played a central role in the development of esotericism in the West.

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Eternal Hermes: From Greek God to Alchemical Magus

Phanes Press was founded in to publish quality books on the spiritual, philosophical, and cosmological traditions of the Western world. Since that time, we have published 45 books, including five volumes of Alexandria, a book-length journal of cosmology, philosophy, myth, and culture. The year marks our fifteen-year anniversary, and we are working to bring out more interdisciplinary works, including books on creativity, psychology, literature, and the intersections between science, spirituality, and culture. Hermes -- the fascinating, mercurial messenger of the gods, eloquent revealer of hidden wisdom, and guardian of hidden knowledge -- has played a central role in the development of esotericism in the West. Drawing upon many rare books and manuscripts, this highly illustrated work explores the question of where Hermes Trismegistus came from, how he came to be a patron of the esoteric traditions, and how the figure of Hermes has remained lively and inspiring to our own day. Hermes begins as one of the Olympian gods, son of Zeus and Maia, god of thieves, merchants and travelers, messenger of the

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