2. Hermes Wisdom and the Divine
Hermes now has the wisdom to see beyond his natural abilities and through the eyes of the divine mind. He suddenly senses another presence within the light of Reason. Hermes sees this new and strange presence coming down from above, as it starts to form a thick dark blanket that causes the radiance of light, that was surrounding Hermes, to fade. This dark mist-type blanket, is 'The Mist of Matter'. Out of the mist came strange sounds like sighing or moaning, and at this moment , Hermes senses yet another presence. Hermes sees a very large colomn or pillar appear from below and rise up into this mist. The pillar shines through the darkness, a type of radiance. Hermes then hears the 'light of Reason' calling out to him. The light of reason, tells Hermes that the colomn IS 'The word of the mind', and IS the power. This represents the everlasting presence of the Lord. The pillar or colomn, is the steadfast 'Rainbow of Noah'...(The Power of the Covenant). It is the reliable and steadfast guide in the darkness. It is the never-changing colomn of radiance, 'A LIGHTHOUSE', within an immense sea of illusion. This to Hermes is 'The Law', the whole Law that encompasses everything that points to the truth. It stands no matter what changes happen outside of it.
Hermes 4th and 5th visions, were made up of the 'Builder' that 'Hammered' the 'Word', who's legacy continued through 'The 7 Sons of Striving'. They were the Demiurges and creators of the Universe. The order of the Universe was the 'First Mind, working through the 'Second Mind'. The power of the 7 Governors, comes from 'Reason', the Great Dragon.
In Jonathan Black's book, 'The Secret History of The World', he writes; "Genesis 1:26 is usually translated as 'In the beginning God made heaven and earth', but in fact the word 'Elohim' here translated as 'God' is plural. The passage properly reads 'In the beginning the gods made heaven and earth'. What is being referred to here are astronomical deities.We can discover their identity, by matching the passage in Genesis with the parallel passage in the Gospel of St.John. 'In the beginning was the 'word', and the 'word', was with God and the 'word' was God....All things were made by him...And the light shineth in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not'.
This parallel is helpful because John did not newly mint the phrase 'the Word'. He was reffering to a tradition already ancient in his lifetime and which he evidently expected his readers to understand. Some 400 years earlier Heraclitus, a Greek Philosopher, had written 'the Logos (The Word) was before the earth could be'. The important point here is that according to ancient tradition the 'Word' that shone in the darkness in John's Gospel (and so we see the gods who 'let there be light' in Genesis), are the Seven Great Spirits who work together as the great spiritual influence emanating from the sun.
In the religions of the ancient world the Sun God - Elohim, the seven great spirits - made heaven and earth. In the ancient world the Sun god was typically depicted emanating seven rays, as a mark of the seven sun spirits that make up his nature. In the Egyptian Book of Dead they are known as the Seven Spirits of Ra and in ancient Hebrew tradition as the Seven Powers of Light. Later Genesis ceases to refer to Elohim and instead the word usually translated as 'God' is 'Jehovah'. Biblical scholars working outside the esoteric tradition have tended to explain what appears to them as two different names for the same God as the result of two different literary strands, the Elohim strand and the Jehovah strand, probably dating from different periods and woven together by a later redactor. However, scholars working within the esoteric tradition have a much simpler explanation. Elohim and Jehovah are not different names for the same entity but different entities as such. Elohim is a collective name for the Seven Spirits working together as the god of the Sun. Jehovah came into being, when one of the seven spirits of the sun (Elohim) broke away to become the God of the moon. This god of reflection came to defend the Earth from Venus. To Hebrews the God of the Moon became known as Jehova and to the Muslims as Allah, the great god of thou-shalt-not (=Du sollst nicht...). As Elohim - the seven spirits which are the Sun God - acted to hold Saturn in check, Jehova - the God of the Moon - directed operations to hold Venus in check. So began the era of the moon. The first three epochs of the cosmos, the mineral, vegetable and animal eras - Saturn-day, Sun-day and Moon-day - are remembered in the names of the first three days of the week."
Hermes observes the 7 builders or architects at work on the universe, but he senses something else rising up from the darkness and beholds a devine called Anthropose. This being shows his presents by standing alone, in the centre of all the works being carried out on the universe. He is by Manly.P.Hall's words; 'This is the mysterious, primordial, universal, archetypal man, who stands with his head in the heavens, one foot upon the earth and the other in the oceans.' In Hermeticism, he is the 'only begotten son of the Father'. He is the Son of the 'Mind' and the son of 'Reason'. Anthropose IS the most perfect vision (the image and the Reason of God), that came from the 'Mind' of the creator and he holds within him, all the elements of the universe. This archetypal being is sometimes confused with the biblical narratives of 'Adam'. This has confused the significance of his existence to a Christian belief system, although he may well represent a part of a divine thread of knowledge, his existence is far from that of 'Adam' in this particular stage of Hermes vision.
The home of Anthropose is the universe and he spends his time wandering through the planets and stars to learn and gain experience in his Godlike form. This echos the story of 'The Little Prince' by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry', who like Anthropose, also wandered the universe to learn about himself.
Anthropose was the all empowering light-being that gained an untouchable type of wisdom. He then wanted for nothing because everything was given to him through his virtues and graciousness. Anthropose had the potential of the highest and greatest of all the divine powers within the universe combined, due to him being fashioned in perfect form, from his father's 'Mind of Reason'. There was one other likeness of his father, which was the first reason for his existence through his father. This was the habit of daydreaming, which meant Anthropose could do as his father did for him. He could create 'matter' from his 'mind' and fall inlove and become possessed by them. Hence the term; 'Mind over matter', to mean the letting go or the freedom from being trapped in a reoccuring pattern, where physical form has been given the power, to overtake the 'Mind'.
Just like his father, Anthropose, realises his own potential to create great things from his imagination and as he looks down into the dark abyss where matter turns into form, he glimpses his own reflection and soon becomes totally enamored by it. He then plunges forth in a state of curiosity and is taken down into the abyss.This represents the birth of new 'matter' from 'Reason' and the magnetic pull of curiosity, that makes 'Reason' marvel at itself to the point of chasing its own tail to desperately learn more about itself. This should not be seen as an evil trait as the visions of Hermes, are the lessons that highlight the nature of 'matter' and physical form, which is the reflection of God or 'The Mind of Reason', creating out of itself, mystery and curiosity. This is the direct reflection of the 'Mind' and its perception of form, that has been allowed to take over the 'Mind'.
8. Anthropose and the 'Mother' figure of the abyss.
Anthropose descends into the darkness of the abyss, but has done by his own free will. There Hermes witnesses Anthropose, being approached by a form from the darkness. This form is of a female entity whose face is obscured by a dark veil. She quickly engulfs Anthropose in the mist with more darkness but also with robes that swaddle him, which then moves him further down but also begins to transform him from the image of a divine being that is immortal, into a newborn baby who's body is now mortal and who will reside on earth. The 'Mother' is best thought of as a type of form who protects Anthropose, who is the 'Mind'. His transformation is his spiritual union with the world of form and therefore his existence becomes a material one, ('Man the thinker is born').
As Manly.P.Hall quotes; “Man’s threefold lower nature—consisting of his physical organism, his emotional nature, and his mental faculties—reflects the light of his threefold Divinity and bears witness of It in the physical world. Man’s three bodies are symbolized by an upright triangle; his threefold spiritual nature by an inverted triangle. These two triangles, when united in the form of a six-pointed star, were called by the Jews “the Star of David,” “the Signet of Solomon,” and are more commonly known today as “the Star of Zion.” These triangles symbolize the spiritual and material universes linked together in the constitution of the human creature, who partakes of both Nature and Divinity. Man’s animal nature partakes of the earth; his divine nature of the heavens; his human nature of the mediator.” From Manly P. Hall's book, The Secret Teachings of All Ages - Reader's Edition: Unabridged
This union is the channel with which, 'The Mind of Reason', or the Illuminated Great Dragon, can project itself further. This is because the original thought was from 'The Mind of Reason' and therefore the sacred spirit of the eternal light that IS the Great Dragon, will continue to stream through and into the hearts of men, that which is its creation and likeness (the seed of truth).
It is in this form that 'Adam' appears in various scriptures.