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Hermes on Holiday

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As of the middle of July we have been posting Hermetic Holidays tips for our Facebook followers, taking them to places of Hermetic, alchemical or generally esoteric interest. So far we have been to places in Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and Austria, and we are planning to take our followers to many other places this summer. We have also invited the ‘global Hermetic circle’ to send in tips for ‘must-see places’, and so far we have received a goodly number of responses, all of which we will be posting every Wednesday, with due acknowledgement, of course, to our Hermetic Holidays scouts.

We are now inviting the readers of our newsletter, too, to send us your suggestions at bph@ritmanlibrary.nl.

The Eternal City – who hasn’t been or wants to visit? If you do, your Hermetic Holidays Trip Advisors can think of two places you must see. One is of course the statue of Giordano Bruno on the Campo de’ Fiori, the place where he was burnt at the stake in 1600.

‘Hermes Trismegistus was regarded as a god, a king, or a priest and prophet, who was to have lived in Egypt around the time of Moses’, Frank van Lamoen wrote in his introduction to Hermes Trismegistus, Pater philosophorum. A Textual history of the Corpus Hermeticum. Hermes was a versatile god, the god of writing and of magic – but he was also the god of travel. And isn’t it magical to travel? Hermes Trismegistus even wrote about the magic of mind travel:

“Consider this for yourself: command your soul to travel to India, and it will be there faster than your command. Command it to cross over to the ocean, and again it will quickly be there, not as having passed from place to place but simply as being there. Command it even to fly up to heaven, and it will not lack wings. Nothing will hinder it, not the fire of the sun, nor the aether, nor the swirl nor the bodies of the other stars. Cutting through them all, it will fly to the utmost body. But if you wish to break through the universe itself and look upon the things outside (if, indeed, there is anything outside the cosmos), it is within your power.”

Corpus Hermeticum XI: Mind to Hermes (transl. Brian Copenhaver)

Your Hermetic Holidays Trip Advisors have been there and done that already, so they can unreservedly recommend you taking a trip to breath-taking Siena. Go admire the mosaic showing Hermes in the beautiful Duomo before settling down with a glass of something nice on the magnificent shell-like square of Siena. Alla vostra salute!

So you can stay in your room and travel the world in your mind, but you can also follow your Hermetic Holidays Trip Advisors’ suggestions and those of the Hermetic community at large, and go out there. Happy Hermetic Holidays!

Going to Greece this summer? Your Hermetic Holidays Trip Advisors advise visiting the island of Samos, birthplace of Pythagoras, whom Marsilio Ficino included in the tradition of ancient philosophers like Hermes Trismegistus and Orpheus. This statue is to be found in Pythagorio, the eponymous town on Samos. Enjoy!

 

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2 Responses to Hermes on Holiday

  1. Sylvain says:

    While on the top of the Tour Saint Jacques in Paris, do not forget to spot the nearby ” Musée Cluny”. Paris alchemical tradition takes its roots in the stories about Nicolas Flamel. Flamel and his wife Pernelle were a couple of most famous alchemists. In the Musée CLuny du Moyen âge, you will see the grave stone of Flamel, which is by itself a whole story to tell about alchemical symbols.

  2. IMBS says:

    While on the top of the Tour Saint Jacques, do not forget to spot the nearby ” Musée Cluny”. Paris alchemical tradition takes its roots in the stories about Nicolas Flamel. Flamel and his wife Pernelle were a couple of most famous alchemists. In the Musée CLuny du Moyen âge, you will see the grave stone of Flamel, which is by itself a whole story to tell about alchemical symbols.

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