HISTORY OF THE GOLDEN HERMETIC SUCCESSION
after day, century after century, epoch after epoch, there is flowing into the
vast and restless
Plato to Proclus was the great focussing period of the Hermetists; these
Philosophers received the Ancient Wisdom and more thoroughly developed its
marvellous potentialities, especially at the latter part of this period, when
the Alexandrian School flourished and laboured in the great Roman Empire for the
weal of posterity; leaving works upon which all subsequent development of true
Hermeticism can safely be based.
do people dream of the great power of this Wisdom, and its wonderful influence
upon the human mind. Says Emerson of
Plato: ‘the thinkers of posterity are tinged with his mind. How many great men
Nature is incessantly sending up out of night, to be his men,- Platonists! The
Alexandrians, a constellation of genius, the Elizabethans, not less.’
signs are at hand; one is the increasing recognition, among the learned, both
clerical and academic, of the greatness of Plotinus.
The masses do not perceive the progress of this ancient Lore, for its
operations move silently, but none the less surely.
Deathlessness is its name, even though to the world it seemed as if the
Roman Emperors, Theodosius and Justinian, had slain the Eternal Wisdom.
Voice of the true Seeker of this age calls out for the return of the Shining
Ones and for those who will guide. To meet this cry even if it be in but a small
way, this work goes forth; it is a small seed, but may Heaven water it.
has long been deprived of
this precious Wisdom, mainly because of the blindness of her leaders of thought;
but even in the dark night that followed the closing of the ancient Schools by
Justinian’s Imperial Edict, bright luminaries shot athwart the Cimmerian
gloom. Then came the Dawn when Thomas Taylor – ‘
study of the different phases and conditions under which the Hermetic Wisdom has
manifested itself is extremely fascinating. It is the object of these articles
to deal with its history, and to show that it is indeed a Golden Succession.
is religion, none the less than philosophy and mysticism. As philosophy,
Professor Butler says, ‘it rises before us in all the dignity of the mightiest
and most permanent monument ever erected by unassisted human thought.’
As religion it is a consoler of afflictions, a purifier of the soul, a
great light in the darkness, a joyful companionship with Immortals full of love,
a leader of mankind to God.
To be continued
© The Fintry Trust 2001