Hermetics: Consciousness & Hyperperceptivity


By Robert Zucker

"The study of myths raises a methodological problem, in that it cannel be carried out according to the Cartesian principle of breaking down the difficulty into as many parts as may be necessary for finding the solution.

There is no real end to mythological analysis, no hidden unity to be grasped once the breaking down process has been completed.

Themes can be split up ad infinitum. Just when you think you have disentangled and separated them, you realize that they are knitting together again in response to the operation, of unexpected affinities.

Consequently the unity of the myth.. .is a phenomenon of the imagination, resulting from the attempt interpretation; and its function is to endow the myth with synthetic form and prevent its disintegration into a confusion of opposites."


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Hermetica Book Recommendations

These are among some of the books in my library, now available through Amazon.com. When you click on any link or image, follow through for more books in related topics.

" Golden Dawn"
Israel Regardie

807 pages. Llewellyn Publications; 6th edition (September 1, 2002) These Twelve Signs are distributed among the Four Triplicities, or sets of three Signs, each being attributed to one of the Four Elements, and they represent the operation of the elements in the Zodiac. Read the first page.

"The Secret Teachings of All Ages"
Manly Palmer Hall

In 1928, a 20-something Renaissance man named Manly Hall self-published a vast encyclopedia of the occult, believing that "modern" ideas of progress and materialism were displacing more important and ancient modes of knowledge. Hall's text has become a classic reference, dizzying in its breadth: various chapters explore Rosicrucianism, Kabbalah, alchemy, cryptology, Tarot, pyramids, the Zodiac, Pythagorean philosophy, Masonry and gemology, among other topics. Includes a 16-page color insert.

"Meditation and Kabbalah"
Author: Aryeh Kaplan

368 pages. Meditative methods of Kabbalah. A lucid presentation of the meditative methods, mantras, mandalas and other devices used, as well as a penetrating interpretation of their significance in the light of contemporary meditative research. Jason Aronson; 1st Jason Aronson Inc. Ed edition (November 28, 1994). More Kabbalah books.

"Initiation into Hermetics"
Author: Franz Bardon

356 pages. Book Description: Initiation into Hermetics provides step by step instruction in the form of practical exercises. These exercises lead to the development of body, soul and spirit. The result of the practical exercises is the development of occult abilities which can be of benefit to the student, in as far as he can change his existence for the better.

"Ecstatic Kabbalah"
Author: David A. Cooper

(Bob's note: "I just got this book with a meditative CD using Abulafia's techniques).