Category Archives: Hermetica

Iamblichus, Orientalism and Peer Review

The latest issue of the Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies was released this week. Quick scale-up: The Pomegranate is a peer-review academic journal, and features articles by scholars who study paganism and esotericism. It is one of the … Continue reading

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Paper: Orientalism in The Mysteries

Many of you know that this year I undertook a directed reading project on the Hermetica. My initial intent was to focus on ascent experiences in these texts and get into ideas of  gnosis in antiquity. However, an offhand comment … Continue reading

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Platonic Dualism and Gender

It seems dualism has become a bit of a side hobby for me. It’s one that can keep a gal busy as dualism is everywhere—we found it in the Hermetica as well as the Gnostic Book of Baruch. But I … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima: November 2nd, 2012

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Congratulations, Sweden, you now have your very own Stonehenge. Enjoy your subsequent drummer shortage. (Live Science) The Pope’s collection of Popemobiles … Continue reading

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Status of Women in the Hermetica

Joyce Pijnenburg recently posted a fantastic article on feminism in the renaissance. Focusing on Cornelius Agrippa, she deftly shows how he advanced a proto-feminist agenda in a time when women had few rights. One thing Pijnenburg remarks on is Agrippa’s … Continue reading

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