Hermetic Prayers

The Hermetica is a collection of wisdom texts that date from the first few centuries ce, though their origins date much earlier.  Arising in the Greco-Egyptian heyday atmosphere characterized by the bustling port city of Alexandria, the Hermetic tradition is the result of academic, philosophical, and spiritual shoulder-rubbing from Jews, Christians, Gnostics, Neoplatonists, Stoics, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Persians, Babylonians, Indians, and any and all others that passed through that famous crossroads of the ancient world.  In a sense, the Hermetic tradition can be considered one of the finest examples of syncretism at its best, and it has the literature to match.

In this section are a collection of prayers taken from the Hermetic wisdom texts, including but not limited to the Corpus Hermeticum, the Asclepius, and the Greek Magical Papyri.  These are often evidence of ecstatic glossolalia, but the repeated and structured use of the seven Greek vowels can also indicate special hymns and initiatory connections to the seven spheres of traditional Hermetic cosmology.

Many of the prayers in this section were first given in this 2014 post, but some have been presented on this blog dating back earlier.  The prayers in this section are based on translations of the Hermetic wisdom texts from the following books, or are otherwise informed by them as excellent resources:

To view these prayers, please use the navigation bar at the top of the site: Prayers → Hermetic Prayers → (pagename).