Thoth Hermes Trismegistus and his Ancient School of Mysteries

Thoth Hermes Trismegistus and his Ancient School of Mysteries

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Thoth Hermes Trismegistus is portrayed by the Egyptians as the moon god with the body of a man, head of an ibis, and a crescent moon over his head. His symbol was the winged serpent staff. He was the god of wisdom, letters, and time. But he was not only known to the Egyptians. To the Sumerians he was Ningizzida; he may have been Enoch to the Jews, Odin to the Scandinavians, Wotan to the Teutons, and some even suggest Buddha.

Before he was revered as a god, he was the first great Egyptian philosopher and founder of the Ancient Mystery Schools, receiving his wisdom while in meditative trances, writing over 40 books including (allegedly) the Emerald Tablet, The Book of Thoth and The Divine Pymander, with the Book of Thoth only being given to his enlightened initiates of the Mysteries.

A reconstruction of what the Emerald Tablet is believed to have looked like by the International Alchemy Guild.

A reconstruction of what the Emerald Tablet is believed to have looked like by the International Alchemy Guild.  ( Image source ).

The topics he covered ranged from medicine, chemistry, law, art, music, rhetoric, magic, philosophy, geography, mathematics, anatomy, and oratory. To the Egyptians, his knowledge was so vast and all-encompassing that they first began to credit him as the communicator with the gods, eventually inducting him into the Egyptian pantheon.

Whether or not one agrees his is the hand that penned the books attributed to him, a quick perusal or in-depth study resounds in most readers, due to the similarity with Buddhism and Christianity. Perhaps the clearest examples are his teachings on reincarnation and the creation of the world.

Thoth, the ancient Egyptian god of wisdom, depicted with the body of a man, head of an ibis, and a crescent moon over his head.

Thoth, the ancient Egyptian god of wisdom, depicted with the body of a man, head of an ibis, and a crescent moon over his head . (Vladimiraz / Dreamstime.com)

Nothing is for certain about the Book of Thoth other than the fact that it was written in Egyptian Hieroglyphics.  It was kept in a golden box in the inner sanctuary of the temple and only the highest initiate of the Hermetic Arcanum Mystery School had the key to it. It is said the book described the Key to Immortality, the process achieved through awakening certain areas of the brain, similar to the Buddhist monks’ practices.  Gardner and other authors claimed the awakening of the brain was achieved through meditation, the use of a white powder, and the priestesses’ sacred essence.  

The most powerful of the Mystery Schools was known as the Royal School of the Master Craftsmen at Karnak, founded by Pharaoh Thuthmosis III, though as with all the Mystery Schools, it is commonly believed that the true founders resided in Sumeria, emigrating to Egypt, which ties in to Sitchin’s claims that Enki and his sons (including Ningizzida) had Magan (Egypt) as their domain.

This school was also known as the Great White Brotherhood due to the members choice of raiment (white robes) and their dedication to producing the white powder known to the Mesopotamians as Shem-an-na, the High-Ward Fire Stone, or ‘white bread’ to the Egyptians. Pictures of it show it being offered to the Pharaohs, in the shape of a cone.

Man holding the Shem-an-na, white powder

Man holding the Shem-an-na, white powder ( subtleenergies.com)

Petrie discovered on the top of Mount Sinai, an Egyptian Temple which contained a bewildering discovery:  laying some inches deep beneath heavy flagstones in a storeroom was a considerable supply of the finest pure white, unadulterated powder. Copper smelting and animal sacrifice were quickly ruled out.

Some of the mysterious powder was taken back to Britain for analysis and examination, but no results were ever published. The rest was left open to the elements after 3000 years to become a victim of the desert winds. What has become apparent, however, is that this powder was seemingly identical to the ancient Mesopotamian fire-stone or shem-an-na - the substance that was made into bread-cakes and used to feed the Babylonian kings and the pharaohs of Egypt. This, of course, explains the temple inscriptions denoting the importance of bread and light, while the white powder (the shem-an-na) has been identified with the sacred manna that Aaron placed in the Ark of the Covenant.

Petrie discovered a large quantity of pure white powder in a temple on top of Mount Sinai. ‘Ascent of the lower ranges of Mount Sinai’. Coloured lithograph by Louis Haghe after David Roberts, 1849.

Petrie discovered a large quantity of pure white powder in a temple on top of Mount Sinai. ‘Ascent of the lower ranges of Mount Sinai’. Coloured lithograph by Louis Haghe after David Roberts, 1849. ( Wikimedia Commons )

Eventually the Mystery Schools went into decline as new Dynasties emerged. The initiates left Egypt and brought the Book of Thoth to another land. Where it is now, no one knows, though supposedly the chain of succession of Grand Master since Thoth, has remained unbroken. The Rosicrucians are said to be descended from his school while the Freemasons are descended from the school founded by Solomon.

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These studies also translate on to the evolution of the Soul. It is not all about creation; the rise and fall man or physical civilisations and all that.

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Thoth is way more involved with Earth’s history than this article gives credit to. I think there is a huge reason why we have been denied Thoth’s full story for so long. Something also tells me that his books were a tartget in the Great Fire.

Peace and Love,

Ricky.

Trismegistus Trinity

Tri is me gist us

Three is Me Christ

3 Our Creator – Christ – Creatures

Christ Chi Ri esta ie Given by God Our Creator or Bringer of Life

megistus ma gistus magister

Christ the Embodiment of God or Servant of the Will and Works of God ie Leading among others Concerning the Restoration and Evolution of the more than 1,2 billion Species God Created in the Universe of which Mankind in One.

WHY, Arttau? Why are we meant to forget and then struggle through darkness to regain knowledge? I read that humanity has been through this over and over (previous civilizations having left evidence of their existence so we would find clues) and supposedly our history cycles over and over again with our attaining a high degree of knowledge, only to be reset to the beginning again. This makes no sense.

We never seem to get anywhere. Our propensity for war is as vicious and insane as ever. Our tolerance for the suffering of others is unfathomable, even as we achieve incredible technology.

I do not understand the notion that we are fragments of some creator who needs to experience the universe that it created in the first place so we can be reunited with that creator again. This is like some crazy kind of closed loop that makes no sense.

So many religions/schools of thought insist that they have The Truth--that it has been channeled from this or that High Holy Master of--and they still contradict. How can so many purveyors of Truth contradict?

I have NO idea what is going on. I was raised Southern Baptist. I left all that craziness and discovered the 'New Age Movement.' I have studied and practiced Buddhism. So I've tried really hard in this life to figure it out. It all comes back to: This Makes No Sense.

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This is why I lean towards the beliefs of the Gnostics. To make a long story short, Gnostics believed we are trapped in the clockwork universe of the Demiurge, a powerful spiritual being who envied the real creator's accomplishment of creation and sought to mimic it, thus coming up with a sort of half-baked, vastly inferior version of the original creation. He captured some other spirits and shattered them, then used the shards to populate his crappy universe, trapping them in an endless loop of rebirth and wiping their memories each time. The Gnostics focused on awakening to the spirit self to achieve salvation, which was to escape the trap of the Demiurge and return to the true Creation.

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