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The Unmoved Mover Moving

If only it were possible to grow wings
and soar into the air-
poised between heaven and Earth,
you would see the solid ground,
and flowing rivers, the wandering air,
the penetrating fire, the circling stars,
and the encompassing heavens.

What joy to see all this,
borne along by the one impulse-
to perceive the unmoved mover
moving in all that moves.
He who is hidden,
manifest through all his works.

Hermes Tresmegistus, Thoth
From, The Hermetica
translated by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

Photo by Ariel

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Atum is the all encompassing author of entirety,

weaving everything into the fabric of reality.

Because creation is visible,

we can see the Creator,

and this is the purpose of his creation.

Since he is always creating,

He can always be seen,

so we should think and marvel,

and realize that we are blessed

with Knowledge of our Father…

Look at matter filled full with Life,

and see Atum

pulsating with all he contains.

Hermes Tresmigestus, or Thoth

From, The Hermetica

Translated by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

Photo by Woodland Gnome

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In a sense, the Cosmos is changeless,

because its motions are determined

by unalterable laws

which cause it to revolve eternally

without beginning and end.

Its parts manifest, disappear

and are created anew,

again and again

in the undulating pulse of time.

Through the process of time,

life within the Cosmos

is regulated and maintained.

Time renews all things in the Cosmos,

by the circling process of change,

measured by the heavenly bodies

returning to their former positions

as they revolve around the heavens.

Hermes Tresmigestus, or Thoth

from The Hermetica

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2013

Flower of life

My Guide said:

“You have perceived the boundless primal idea,

which is before the beginning,

By Atum;’s will,

the elements of nature were born

as reflections of this primal thought

in the waters of potentiality.

These are the primary things;

the prior things;

the first principles of all in the universe.

Atum’s Word is the creative idea-

the supreme limitless power

which nurtures and provides

for all the things

that through it are created.

I have shown you everything-

why do you wait?

Write the wisdom you have understood

in hieroglyphic characters,

carved on stone in the holy sanctuary.

Make yourself a spiritual guide

to those worthy of the gift of Knowledge,

so that , through you,

Atum may save humankind.”

Hermes Trismegistus, or Thoth

from The Hermetica

Translated by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

Photo by Woodland Gnome

Study

The student of pure philosophy
studies the sciences,
not as fanciful theories,
but as devotion to Atum-
because they reveal a universe
perfectly ordered by the power of number;
because measuring the depths of the sea
and forces of fire
and magnitudes of physical things
leads to a reverent awe
at the Creator’s skill and wisdom;
because the mysteries of music
bear witness to the unsurpassed talent
of the supreme Artist
who has beautifully harmonized
all things into a single Whole,
suffused with sweet melodies.

To simply love Atum in thought
with singleness of heart,
and to follow the goodness of his will-
this is philosophy,
unsullied by intrusive cravings
for pointless opinions.
But I foresee that , in times to come,
clever intellectuals
will mislead the minds of men,
turning them away from pure philosophy.
It will be taught that
our sacred devotion was ineffectual
and the heart-felt piety
and assiduous service
with which we Egyptians honour Atum
was a waste without reward.

Hermes Trismegistus, or Thoth
The Hermetica
Translated by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2013

The World

Since the world is Atum’s handiwork,
those who maintain and enhance its beauty
are co-operating with the will of Atum
by contributing their bodily strength
in daily care and labour
to make things assume the shape
which his purpose has designed.

From The Hermetica, attributed to Thoth
Translated by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2013

Time

In a sense, the Cosmos is changeless,
because its motions are determined by unalterable laws
which cause it to revolve eternally
without beginning and end.
Its parts manifest, disappear
and are created anew,
again and again
in the undulating pulse of time…

The present issues from the past,
and the future from the present.
Everything is made one by this continuity.
Time is like a circle,
where all the points are so linked
that you cannot say
where it begins or ends,
for all points both precede
and follow one another for ever.

Yet, there is an even deeper understanding.
The past has departed and no longer is.
The future has not arrived and is yet to be.
Even the present does not last,
so how can it be said to exist,
when it doesn’t stay still for a moment?

The Hermetica, attributed to Thoth
Translated by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

Photo by Woodland Gnome,
Virginia Beach, VA 2008

The Being of Atum

Give me your whole awareness,
and concentrate your thoughts,
for Knowledge of Atum’s Being
requires deep insight,
which comes only as a gift of grace.
It is like a plunging torrent of water
whose swiftness outstrips any man
who strives to follow it,
leaving behind not only the hearer,
but even the teacher himself.

To conceive of Atum is difficult.
To define him is impossible.
The imperfect and impermanent
cannot easily apprehend
the eternally perfected.
Atum is whole and constant.
In himself he is motionless,
yet he is self-moving.
He is immaculate,
incorruptible and ever-lasting.
He is the Supreme Absolute Reality.
He is filled with ideas
which are imperceptible to the senses,
and with all-embracing Knowledge.
Atum is Primal Mind.
He is too great
to be called by the name ‘Atum’.
He is hidden,
yet obvious everywhere.
His Being is known through thought alone,
yet we see his form before our eyes.
He is bodiless,
yet embodied in everything.
There is nothing which he is not.
He has no name,
because all names are his name.
He is the unity in all things,
so we must know him by all names
and call everything ‘Atum’.

from The Hermetica, attributed to Thoth
translated by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

photo of College Creek from the Colonial Parkway, Jamestown, VA

May 2011 by Woodland Gnome