Hermetism is often and wrongly confused with Gnosticism, which similarly originated in Egypt in roughly the same era. For present purposes, a few salient points of contrast will suffice. Like the God of Stoicism, the Hermetic God was omnipresent and omniscient through the material cosmos. In Gnosticism, by contrast, God was transcendent, and the … Continue reading Hermetic Rebirth and the Cave of Initiation
"The god Horus is a falcon (the word for which in hieroglyphs is qhr, the falcon’s cry). In the third surviving column of text, remarkably, the falcon is marked with a triangle, the hieroglyphic designation for the star Sirius. As if it were a mathematical proof unfolding before my eyes, I saw that if the … Continue reading The Turning Sky | Lapham’s Quarterly
I have written other books, but this I look upon as the exceptional labour which has made my life worth living. Comparatively speaking, 'A Book of the Beginnings' (London, 1881) was written in the dark, 'The Natural Genesis' (London, 1883) was written in the twilight, whereas 'Ancient Egypt' has been written in the light of … Continue reading ANCIENT EGYPT THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD – Gerald Massey
Here's the content of the article I wrote that was published in Astraea magazine a few years ago. Copyright Jaq White. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In this article Jaq White examines the alchemical symbolism in the ancient phenomena of the Black Madonna. The Cosmic Cycle and the Black Madonna Jaq White “Nature comprehends the visible and invisible Creatures of … Continue reading The Cosmic Cycle, The Golden Chain of Homer and the Black Madonna – by Jaq White
The Rebel in The Soul: The Wisdom of Ordinariness, by Jaq White with reference to Bika Reed In the text known as papyrus 3024 from the Berlin Museum, known by names such as “Man tired with his life”, “Man in conversation with his Soul”, “Man arguing with his Soul” we can perhaps study one of … Continue reading The Rebel in The Soul: The Wisdom of Ordinariness
My interest in the esoteric began in earnest when I was studying Egyptology and came across some literature from the Ptolemeic period of Ancient Egypt; stories about one of the sons of Ramesses II, who had lived centuries earlier. This prince, Khaemwaset, was already a fascinating historical character, as among other major works, he … Continue reading The Language of the Birds and the Book of Thoth.