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The Origin And Purpose Of Egyptian Civilization According To Ancient Hermetic Texts


The Korê Kosmou or Pupil of the Eye of the World is a Hermetic text dating to the third century AD. The Greek text was preserved from antiquity by Johannes Stobaeus of Macedonia as part of his Anthology, hence its abbreviated reference as SH23 ( Stobaean Hermetica 23). While most Hermetic writings take the form of fictional dialogues between Hermes Trismegistus and his students, the Korê Kosmou is one of several texts (including SH23-27 and the alchemical Letter of Isis the Prophetess) in which the knowledge is transmitted from Isis to her son Horus. The Korê Kosmou is the product of several older sources weaved together into a single text, resulting in a narrative which serves as a virtual compendium of Hermetic cosmology and philosophy. The narrative of Isis begins with the origin of the Hermetic tradition at the dawn of creation, continues with the creation of human souls, and concludes (at least in its present form) with a mythic account of the origin of civilization.

Page one of the Anthology /Florilegium of Stobaeus, from the 1536 edition by Vettore Trincavelli (Public Domain)

Page one of the Anthology /Florilegium of Stobaeus, from the 1536 edition by Vettore Trincavelli (Public Domain)

The Dawn of Creation

In the Hermetic creation epics, the stars and the seven classical planets are created by a Demiurgic God who sets them on their endless, cyclical courses in order to perpetuate the change of all things in the terrestrial world below. The celestials—which are made of an especially pure form of matter and so never dissolve away themselves—are literally connected to all terrestrial objects and organisms by unseen forces or energies. In this scheme, the movement of that which is above continually affects that which is below, ordering the continual emergence and eventual dissolution of all material bodies made up of the four classical elements. The celestial cycles literally are time, and the ceaseless change perpetuated by time is called becoming ( Corpus Hermeticum /CH 11). The purpose of this endless time-becoming is to forever continue the instantiation of eternal ideas and souls from the mind of the Demiurgic Creator—who exists in the Intelligible realm outside of cosmos and time—in the lower material world. The material tents or coverings of all things, including the bodies of human beings, emerge from and return to the matrix of materiality so that new forms may find expression.


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By: Jason Jarrell



Hermeticism is Occultism. It is the major driving force behind the study of history these days.

Not 'a driving force' or even 'a major driving force', but "the major driving force." Many today know the story of the Emperor wearing no clothes. Well, quite frankly, that story would be better told in different form. Namely, as an Emperor who knew he was unclothed because he wanted to flaunt his power and nakedness before subjects of all ages, knowing also that they were too gullible to see he was naked or too frightened to speak up against him.


Jason Jarrell is a student of archaeology, philosophy and depth psychology. 

His first full book is Ages of the Giants: A Cultural History of  the Tall Ones in Prehistoric America, co-written with Sarah Farmer. The book traces the history of... Read More

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