Hermetics Old and

I am particularly pleased and honored that Mr. Newcomb has asked me to pen the foreword to this remarkable book—remarkable in that it offers more than musings and the retelling of ancient material; remarkable in that he demonstrates so pleasantly that one can focus intensely upon the mystery teachings of the past without isolating oneself from the discoveries and revelations of the present, that one can unite the modern sciences of the mind with the wonder and wisdom of the ages.

It is a labor not dissimilar to the works of a number of individuals who in the twilight of the golden ages of Egypt and Greece shared their wisdom in a body of mystical texts supposedly written by the God Thoth, or Hermes, or Hermes Trismegistos. Foremost among these is one that bears the name of its mythical author» The Emerald Tablet of Hermes. Tradition maintains it was the first revelation of God to mankind—chat it was cast in liquid emerald by the magick of alchemy, its raised letters revealing in thirteen short verses the universal operations of nature. It is the famous work that gave us the fundamental Hermetic axiom:

It is true and no lie, certain, and to be depended upon, that the superior agrees with the inferior, and the inferior with superior, to effect that one truly wonderfid work.1

Verses five and six go on to provide the diligent aspirant the mystic key by which he or she can arise from the tomb of matter even while acknowl-edging that the tomb is an integral parr of the self.

The power is perfect, after it hits been united with a spirituous earth. Separate the spirituous earth from the dense or crude earth by means of a gentle heat, with much attention.1

It is the profoundest of cosmic ironies. The divine power, our true spiritual essence, does not achieve perfection until it hits the rock bottom of the cosmos—the dense and crude earth. It remains imperfect until the moment of entombment for the simple reason that, until that dark nadir is reached, the experiential adventure of existence remains incomplete, and self is not yet endowed with the entire spectrum of the light of consciousness—from spirit ro matter, from the highest high to the lowest low.

This is why Hermetic tradition informs us that the highest angelic hosts envy the children of the dust because humans have something they will never have—a little bit of everything from top to bottom. High as they are, the angels are stuck in divine middle management without a complete stash of the raw material necessary to clone themselves to perfect godhead. Aleister Crowley describes this process as .. the general doctrine that the climax of the Descent into Matter is the signal for the redintegration^ by Spirit.'^ Once the lowest low has been reached, the power is perfect and the process of return is initiated.

The Emerald Tablet of Hermes tells us how to begin. We are to "Separate the spirituous earth from the dense or crude earth by means of a gentle heat, with much attention." This doesn't mean we arc to cook ourselves over a low flame {although in the symbolic language of alchemy, that's pretty much what we do). It means that through a slow, balanced, and gentle process we are (with great attention) to distill the essence of our being, the song of our soul, from the muddy vesture of decay.

This is the initiator)' process of the Hermcticist old and new—a balanced and gentle program of study, practice, and meditation, mixed with the effects of one's own inherited destiny (whether you call that luck, good fortune, or karma).

Initiation is not a reward for achievement or seal of attainment. Indeed, the initiate may never attain (at least not in this incarnation). Initiation means "ro begin," and the first question the candidate is asked at the threshold of the Temple is simply, "Are you ready to begin?"

Are you? If so, I can think of no better place to start than the marvelous book you hold in your hands right now—a balanced and gentle program of study, practice, and meditation. To this you must add the most important ingredient of all—yourself, the sum total of the highest high and the lowest low, your inherited destiny.

Lon Milo DuQuette Costa Mesa, California November 20, 2003 K.V.

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