Hermes on HolidayAugust 14, 2013
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 email@example.com.
‘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)
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!