Hermes Trismegistos (Trismegistus), thrice-greatest Hermes, is considered the father of wisdom tradition. He originated in Egypt and is regarded as the fusion of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thot.
For about 3,000 years the civilization in ancient Egypt remained stable. According to today’s knowledge the Egyptians did not believe in the gods in nowadays widespread profane understanding, but practiced their alliance with the gods daily. At that time, rituals were daily exercises, e.g. for the daily invocation of the sun, the cult of the dead, and much more. In its uniqueness, the Egyptian culture of these days was a pioneer of sovereignty and absolute constancy which shaped our life on this planet Earth as a universal component of eternal life. This Egyptian high culture was the foundation for the influence on all further high cultures in Indo-Germanic countries, which still exists today. Hermes Trismegistos is considered the inventor of this influence.
According to the tradition of ancient Egypt, there was a great lodge of the Lodges of Mysticism with adepts and masters, whose temple rooms may be entered by the chosen neophytes. Among these, in the earliest Egyptian epoch, someone who was called a “thrice spiritual master” acted. This was Hermes Trismegistos, who was one of the oldest dynasties – long before Moses or Abraham. Hermes Trismegistos is the father of occult wisdom, founder of astrology, expert in alchemy. Hermes Trismegistos was also, according to Kybalion, an Egyptian master and founder of the wisdom teachings.
Hermes Trismegistos means “three times greatest Hermes”. He is a godly figure that corresponds to the fusion of the Greek god Hermes with the Egyptian god Thot. This fusion describes a union of ideas or philosophies to a new system or world view. This fusion with the Egyptian god Thot is an indication of ancient wisdom. Herodotus already wrote that almost all god names originate from Egypt to Greece.
Likewise, the Roman god Mercurius was identified in the Interpretatio Romana with the Greek Hermes, therefore Hermes Trismegistos was latinized to Mercurius Termaximus.
Hermes Trismegistos directs, almost, the ray of divine wisdom into all creation. He is the mediator of the consciousness of the true self of all human beings and thus gives them insight beyond the veils of illusion. This wisdom tradition is preserved and taught intact in the instructions of the Hermetic Academy.
Hermes Trismegistos was assigned a variety of astrological, philosophical, alchemical and magical writings, including the Emerald Tablet (Tabula Smaragdina) of Hermes Trismegistos and the seventeen books of the Corpus Hermeticum. To conclude, a comprehensive text containing thousands of years of wisdom, the Tabula Smaragdina:
“This is true without lying, certain and most true. That which is below is like that which is above
and that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing and as all things have been and arose from one by the mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation. The Sun is its father, the moon its mother, the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth is its nurse. The father of all perfection in the whole world is here. Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth. Separate thou the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross sweetly with great industry. It ascends from the earth to the heaven and again it descends to the earth and receives the force of things superior and inferior. By this means you shall have the glory of the whole world and thereby all obscurity shall fly from you. Its force is above all force, for it vanquishes every subtle thing and penetrates every solid thing. So was the world created. From this are and do come admirable adaptations where of the means is here in this. Hence I am called Hermes Trismegistos, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world that which I have said of the operation of the Sun is accomplished and ended.”