Correspondences of the Egyptians

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Besides the Corpus Hermeticum and the Asclepius, other books are attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. These apocryphal books deal with Alchemy and Magic. For example there are the Liber Hermetis Trismegisti and the Liber Sacer. [1]

There may have been three different persons all known as Hermes: Enoch, Noah, and the Hermes Trismegistus of Egypt, this last known also as Hermes Triplex. [1]

A book called Picatrix, by an Arab writer, deals with talismanic magic and shows strong Sabean and Hermetic influence. The power of the stars is drawn down to earth via talismanic correspondence with the heavens. [1]

In the fourth book of Picatrix we find it said that Hermes began the use of talismanic magic and founded a mysterious city in Egypt. This city, known as Adocentyn, was built in the east of Egypt. It had four gates. The images of an eagle, a bull, a lion, and a dog were on one of each gates. Into these images, Hermes summoned discarnate spirits which spoke to those wishing to enter the city. [1]

Marsilio Ficino, after studying and translating books of Hermes Trismegistus, wrote his own book on magic, Vita coelitus comparanda, meaning “On capturing the life of the stars.” [1]

In the Bible we read how the Magi visited Jesus soon after his birth in Bethlehem. “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.'” (Matthew 2: 1-2) It is apparent that the Magi saw a correspondence (“As above, so below”) between the rising star and the birth of Jesus. Among the primary magi had been Orpheus and Zoroaster, which last name has as one of its etymologies, “Undiluted star.” [2]

Few know what representations and correspondences are, nor can anyone know this unless he knows that there is a spiritual world, and this distinct from the natural world; for there exists a correspondence between spiritual things and natural things, and the things that come forth from spiritual things in natural ones are representations. They are called correspondences because they correspond, and representations because they represent. [3]

After Noah’s flood the Ancient Church was spread through much of the Asiatic world, and was also in Egypt. But in Egypt the memory-knowledges of this church were cultivated, whereby the Egyptians excelled all others in the knowledge of correspondences and representations, as can be seen from the hieroglyphics, and from the magical arts and idols there; and also from the various things related about Egypt in the Word. [4]

Correspondences suggest and also signify something altogether different in the spiritual world from what they do in the natural world; as the heart, the affection of good; the eyes, the understanding; the ears, obedience; the hands, power; besides innumerable other correspondences. These are not represented in this way in the world of spirits; but they correspond, as what is natural to what is spiritual. Hence it is that every word, even to the smallest iota of all, in the Word, involves spiritual and heavenly things; and that the Word is in this manner inspired, so that when it is read by man, spirits and angels immediately perceive it spiritually according to the representations and correspondences. But this knowledge, which was so much cultivated and esteemed by the ancients after the flood, and by means of which they were able to think with spirits and angels, is at this day altogether obliterated, so much so that scarcely anyone is willing to believe that it exists; and they who believe in it merely call it a kind of mystical thing, of no use; and this for the reason that man has become altogether worldly and corporeal; to such a degree that when what is spiritual and heavenly is mentioned, he feels a repugnance, and sometimes a loathing, or even nausea. [5]

——- Sources ——-
[1] Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition, by Frances A. Yates. University of Chicago Press, 1991.
[2] “Zoroaster”, Wikipedia, May 6, 2015. “The Greek form of the name appears to be based on a phonetic transliteration or semantic substitution of the Avestan zaraϑ- with the Greek zōros (literally ‘undiluted’) and the Avestan -uštra with astron (‘star’).”
[3] Arcana Coelestia, by Emanuel Swedenborg. Number 2987.
[4] Arcana Coelestia, by Emanuel Swedenborg. Number 9391.8.
[5] Arcana Coelestia, by Emanuel Swedenborg. Number 2763.2.

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