Public ReadingsUpcoming EventsNo events in this categoryNo Comments Russell Boedeker August 1st, 2014 Well I’ll be the first to ask a question. How much should the client interpret the meaning of the cards, i.e. what each card means for them in their situation or question, vs. how much should that come from yourself as the expert reader? How do you know where to draw the line if the client is going to far astray vs. letting them get in touch with what the cards are meaning in their situation? Reply Erik Arneson August 1st, 2014 Russell, that is a great question! Thank you. I’ll definitely be answering that one next. Reply Peter Grover August 1st, 2014 When were some of the first known tarot cards created and do they originate from a specific cultural tradition? Reply Erik Arneson August 1st, 2014 Jeeze, make me work for it. Reply Combining Tarot with Other Systems | Arnemancy August 2nd, 2014 […] or chakras. Finding a symbol set that speaks to you is one of the best ways to find a deck that you’re going to like. If you’re interested in Tarot, then you’ve probably already explored something else. […] Reply Card of the Week: The Sun | Arnemancy August 4th, 2014 […] drew it randomly. It’s a weird coincidence to have the Moon last week and the Sun this week, but sometimes that’s how the Tarot […] Russell R. Boedeker August 5th, 2014 The sun card seems like an always positive one. The image of the sun with rebirth. My card deck has a young child on the back of a horse. The sun has a face, rather odd as we don’t think of the sun as having a face unlike the moon. I would see the sun standing for divine wisdom and us having a childlike confidence in the wisdom and strength given by God. Back to the face on the sun, like the moon – perhaps this is showing the merging of wisdom and intelligence with a childlike faith in the good things to come.The wall on my card deck is complete. A wall exists to separate something, keep something in or out. Perhaps the wall is there to show we need to set a limit on our wisdom, or that we cannot have complete connection with the above so as below in our limited human capacity.I feel more in this card, every time I feel like I can’t fully explain what I’m sensing. Reply Erik Arneson August 6th, 2014 Russell, that’s a very insightful look at the Sun card. I usually superficially look at the Sun as a card meaning happiness, but your association with divine wisdom and confidence is a solid interpretation. Light is definitely a symbol of wisdom, and the Sun has long been a symbol of divinity. Good catch. Reply Erik Arneson August 6th, 2014 Welcome to all of you visitors from the Hermes Trismegistus Facebook page! Reply Russell R. Boedeker August 10th, 2014 Thanks Erik, I appreciated the response. I sent you my question under separate note to your email address. Reply Tarot for Brunch at Crush Bar | Arnemancy August 12th, 2014 […] Two events in one week might seem like a lot, but don’t forget that I’ll also be at Pairings Portland this Friday, August 15th, to pair Tarot cards with delicious wine. Read more about it! […] Reply Russell R. Boedeker August 14th, 2014 Interesting how different the card you showed is from the Rider-Waite deck. The five of swords I have shows me a much different message. I see someone reflecting on past actions and perhaps mistakes he has made, but now has more swords of knowledge at his disposal, but still problems and doubts remain with the two swords on the ground.Given such differences in messages how would you relate these in a reading if you used one deck vs. the other? Reply Reverend Erik August 18th, 2014 Russell, that’s a great question! It’s worth a longer answer than the short one I’m about to give.Whenever I read a card, I start with a basic meaning that I try to apply across all the decks that I read with. Then, I apply to that basic meaning the specific symbolism and nuances of the particular deck and card.That might sound complicated, but I’ve found that it makes the process of learning to work with a new deck much simpler. Reply Devlinski August 8th, 2017 In a word ‘intuition?’. One persons interpretation may appear or possibly ‘is’ totally opposed to the other.. But like siblings, they are all relative and loved equally? One man’s meat etc… Reply Why Some Don’t Read with Reversals | Arnemancy August 17th, 2014 […] My Favorite Nine-Card Spread August 13, 2014 […] Reply Russell R. Boedeker August 27th, 2014 Ah yes, the childlike qualities of the six of cups. Hard to see in the gummy bears, in the Rider Waite version it is interesting that the face of the person can be seen as either an older woman or a young child. I can blink my eyes and almost see both change back and forth.The aspects of having that childlike innocence in our emotions and approach to life, yet coupled with the knowledge and wisdom of being an adult. Children have a natural faith, a curiosity, and open to new ideas . Is it any wonder the admonition given by Jesus when he said “I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:15).I agree, a good card to have. May signify that we need to look at some things in our life with the mindset of a child. Reply Tying Tarot Cards to Everything | Arnemancy August 30th, 2014 […] Tarot for Brunch […] Reply Upcoming Events: Brunch, Wine, Music, and More! | Arnemancy September 11th, 2014 […] Sep 14, 2014 at Crush Bar […] Reply Russell R Boedeker September 11th, 2014 I see the queen of wands as a personification of the mastery of the wand – the inner fire – that can drive you towards your passions. Great to have for self confidence and spiritual mastery of your situation. She seems relaxed, aware of her capabilities and not defensive. Yes in all the enthusiasm there are claws! Reply Reverend Erik September 12th, 2014 I usually view the Kings as the mastery cards, and the Queens as experts at decision-making. But I definitely see what you’re talking about. Reply Sean September 14th, 2014 Thanks so much for checking out my guest post! I’m glad you liked it. As I said in the article, I’m sure my method isn’t for everyone, and I’m sure I’ll make modifications to it over the years, but it certainly serves me well and works with my thought process, rather than counter to it like many other journaling systems. Reply Reverend Erik September 14th, 2014 You’re welcome! If you keep using your journaling system, you’re going to end up with a wealth of material to share with others. Reply Reverend Erik September 14th, 2014 I’m at Crush Bar until 4pm or so! Reply Russell R. Boedeker September 29th, 2014 I’ve been waiting for this card! Thanks for your explanation, I can relate very closely to my understanding. While on the surface this card appears to be the great evil who swept a third of the stars under his control. My Rider-Waite deck has a naked man and woman chained to the devil. I can see that this devil did not create the people, they created the devil (in this case) by their own thoughts and actions, and have enslaved themselves to him. That our own perverse will, desires and imaginations can give birth to an enslaved evil. What have you enslaved yourself to?One could also envision that if we live in a state of sin we have bound ourselves as slaves to sin. And yes the light of truth will provide release – although the Rider-Waite deck being in chains release via the flame is a bit less obvious. Reply Reverend Erik September 30th, 2014 The materialistic chains of the Devil make me think of the hardcore rejection of the material that was so common in some branches of Gnosticism. I think by combining the Devil with Temperance, we learn that though we must exist in the material world, we don’t have to be consumed by it. Reply Russell R Boedeker October 20th, 2014 An interesting commentary. I’ve not thought of the fool as being the clueless magician. I am confused by your explaining. One point you describe him as a new beginning, but not without understanding what to do next. In another section he is described as the clueless ignorant. How do I reconcile these two aspects?Is the real aspect that of the fool has a new beginning in front of him that might seem as madness, but it might just signify a new path for you to take?Second question – where do you put the fool? At the front as the “0” card or at the end? Reply Reverend Erik October 21st, 2014 Hi Russell!Good observation. I should have explained that more clearly. When the Fool starts the journey, he might not realize that he’s ignorant. It’s not until he becomes the Magician that he realizes that he was once ignorant.Sometimes I look at the Fool as being on the wrong end of the Dunning-Kruger effect. If you haven’t heard of it, check it out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect Reply Reverend Erik October 21st, 2014 Oh, and to answer your question, I put the Fool at 0. However, there was an occultist who put the Fool at 0, just after The World and just before The Magician. He read the greater arcana as an endless cycle. I like that interpretation.Unfortunately, I can’t find the guy’s name at the moment, but it’s somewhere in Decker and Dummett’s book. Reply Russell R Boedeker October 22nd, 2014 Thanks, good guidance. I’ve tried something like this before with good results. Just need discipline to do it more often. Reply Reverend Erik October 22nd, 2014 Yeah, that’s the hard part. It helps to keep a journal, too.Supposedly, committing something to memory before bed is more effective than in the morning, so an evening meditation might be better. Reply The Return of Tarot for Brunch | Arnemancy November 11th, 2014 […] forget to sign up for the Arnemancy newsletter and join @Arnemancy on Celly! Both will give you great deals, discounts on Tarot readings, and the latest news and Arnemancy […] Reply Coming Soon: Tarot & Wine – Spring Renewal | Arnemancy March 12th, 2015 […] Add to Google Calendar or Download .ics file […] Reply Tarot & Wine Update | Arnemancy March 19th, 2015 […] starting time for the Tarot & Wine – Spring Renewal event tomorrow has been changed to 4:00 pm. That’s about the time people start showing up, so […] Reply Reverend Erik September 24th, 2015 You can read more about this at Pairings Portland’s website here: http://pairingsportland.com/events/2015/9/22/astrological-night-libra Reply Ralph Maldonado January 17th, 2016 You most definitely should give both songs and their videos close study. You could write an entire post on just the many meanings of the song title ‘Blackstar.’ Besides the reference to a certain type of cancer lesion, and the occult references to the black sun, and the midnight sun in alchemy and mythology, there’s are interesting coincidences on a more personal level.Evidently, Elvis Presley, who shares a birthday with Bowie (Jan. 8), recorded a song that was never released called ‘Black Star.’ Presley’s ‘Black Star’ was also a song about mortality.https://youtu.be/w_UHZ_62GCIEvery man has a black star A black star over his shoulder And when a man sees his black star He knows his time, his time has come Black star don’t shine on me, black star Black star keep behind me, black star There’s a lot of livin’ I gotta do Give me time to make a few dreams come true, black starPretty weird, huh? Undoubtedly Bowie was aware of this and used it; its just another example of his artistic multilevel brilliance. Until this final album, Bowie didn’t really use occult themes after Station To Station – or if he did they were extremely subtle; though he clearly seems to have struggled with spiritual issues and questions of mortality all through his career and to the very end. But this last album gives us a context to begin to view Bowie’s artistic and spiritual vision. Reply Mark A. O'Blazney March 17th, 2016 apocatastasis Reply Jeff February 20th, 2016 It is humbling to consider the Platonic dialogues and to notice that some, if not all, are all based on one of the characters memory. Implying to me a previous oral tradition which began to be written. One in particular, The Parmenides, one that seems fits the model for Bruno. Studying Pierre Grimes Phd. work he lays out quite well the structure of the dialectic and binds it with the concepts of analogy and the make up of a 3 and 4 term analogies. Quite fascinating and of which the Parmenides is a ‘go to’ for such a structure. Such a seemingly daunting task made easier by use of its structure as in the article above and as Bruno has written. Reply Reverend Erik February 20th, 2016 I have not read the Parmenides, but in Phaedrus, Socrates recounts an old Egyptian tale about the importance of memory: “And in this instance, you who are the father of letters, from a paternal love of your own children have been led to attribute to them a quality which they cannot have; for this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves.”The Art of Memory that Bruno’s work is based on was supposedly invented by Simonides, who lived in the 6th-5th c. BCE. I will read the Parmenides and check out Pierre Grimes’ work. Thanks! Reply Jeff February 22nd, 2016 Wonderful quote from the Phaedrus, thank you. I had forgotten that. Pierre has a wonderful video on YouTube on the Phaedrus ” Out of body experience in the Phaedrus” . will post a link when I get a chance. Reply Jeff February 23rd, 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E3zTL25QGg&list=FLkSYwFTVwb7O67Y2Zwds9gQ&index=13 Reply Jeff February 23rd, 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztrbJjlYdi8&list=FLkSYwFTVwb7O67Y2Zwds9gQ&index=11 not sure how it posted a martial art video..wacky. Reply Reverend Erik February 23rd, 2016 Yeah, weird! Well, that’s a long video, so I’ll have to watch it later when I have time. Reply Arnemancy : The Tarot Memory Deck February 20th, 2016 […] with Giordano Bruno’s memory alphabet and wheel system opens up interesting possibilities. I’ve written before about using tarot […] Reply Scott Greene February 28th, 2016 Have found full of interesting knowledge Reply Scott Greene February 28th, 2016 of all the writings, it seems alot about hermetic phylosphy, and related thinking. This is a very interesting subject, I read regularly to keep wisdom sharp. Reply Arnemancy : Learning Tarot with the Art of Memory March 2nd, 2016 […] Learn the Tarot through Meditation, I wrote about building an exact replica of the card’s imagery in your mind. This is the same […] Reply Arnemancy : The Tarot Memory Deck March 2nd, 2016 […] alphabet and wheel system opens up interesting possibilities. I’ve written before about using tarot with the Art of Memory. Now let’s look at using the Taro with Bruno’s memory system. If you have used Tarot […] Reply Reverend Erik March 4th, 2016 Here’s a Reddit thread about reading reversals: https://www.reddit.com/r/tarot/comments/48hzds/had_my_reading_done_by_a_tarot_reader_why_did_she/ Reply Arnemancy : As Above, So Below: the Macrocosm and Microcosm March 11th, 2016 […] the Hermetic axiom, “As above, so below.” This is a simplified version of a verse from the Emerald Tablet, which […] Reply Skip Mendler March 17th, 2016 The sigils underneath the big black star are supposed to be the letters “B O W I E.”I know, I didn’t quite get it either.After I had spent some time with a Gurdjieff/Ouspensky-based study group, my attention was caught by this lyric from Suffragette City: “Hey man/my school is insane/hey man/my work’s down the drain…” Reply Arnemancy : Card of the Week: The Devil March 22nd, 2016 […] of this perversion of the natural order, and this block to our own advancement. He parodies the Magician, whose triumphant gesture reminds us of the Hermetic axiom, “That which is below is like […] Reply Arnemancy : Card of the Week: The Magician March 22nd, 2016 […] with his right hand, while pointing to the ground with his left. In doing so, he is symbolizing the Hermetic axiom found in the Emerald Tablet, which states, “That which is below is like that which is […] Reply Arnemancy : Who Was Hermes Trismegistus? March 31st, 2016 […] worshiped together in certain Egyptian temples. In fact, Khmun, the Egyptian center for the cult of Thoth, became known as Hermopolis under the […] Reply Arnemancy : Who Was Hermes Trismegistus? March 31st, 2016 […] magical arts. Finally, Hermes is also the legendary source of alchemy, through such works as the Emerald Tablet and the works of Zosimos of […] Reply Arnemancy : Understanding the Emerald Tablet April 1st, 2016 […] That which is below is like that which is above & that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing […] Reply Christine Fonyo April 2nd, 2016 Thank you for the wonderful information. Reply Reverend Erik April 2nd, 2016 I’m glad you found it useful! There will be more forthcoming. Reply Kitty April 5th, 2016 This looks like fun! Reply Arnemancy : My Favorite Nine-Card Spread April 5th, 2016 […] I don’t use reversed cards, the Second and Fourth positions in this spread give the strongly positive cards an opportunity to […] Reply Arnemancy : Learning Tarot with the Art of Memory April 6th, 2016 […] Mere rote memorization of the cards just gets you numbers and keywords, while using the Art of Memory gets you the entire experience of seeing, recalling, and using the […] Reply Arnemancy : Hermetism and Hermeticism April 10th, 2016 […] but sometimes it can cover a time period as late as the 8th century CE.1 That means that even the Emerald Tablet can be considered part of […] Reply Al Rumsch April 14th, 2016 I like that your explanation differentiates between external experience and internal understanding. In this weeks lectionary (John 10:25) ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· εἶπον ὑμῖν καὶ οὐ πιστεύετε· τὰ ἔργα ἃ ἐγὼ ποιῶ ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι τοῦ πατρός μου ταῦτα μαρτυρεῖ περὶ ἐμοῦ· ….makes me wonder what things people experienced that caused them to believe the things they did about Jesus. Anyhow, that is the art of translation, to try to figure out what the words meant to the people who wrote them. Reply Arnemancy : Monotheism in Hermetism April 19th, 2016 […] is monotheism addressed in ancient Hermetism? The Corpus Hermeticum and other Hermetica talk about God all the time, so let’s take a look […] Reply Arnemancy : Monotheism in Hermetism April 25th, 2016 […] and unworthy of the divine. In this view, God is seen as apart from the cosmos, and the path to gnosis, or knowledge of God, comes from forsaking the material world and focusing on the spiritual.1 The […] Reply Arnemancy : Who is Asclepius? May 3rd, 2016 […] the Hermetica, we learn that Hermes Trismegistus has students. The two most prominent are his son Tat and Asclepius. Who is Asclepius? In addition […] Reply Arnemancy : Who is Asclepius? May 3rd, 2016 […] Asclepius was so good at bringing people back from the dead that he angered Hades, king of the underworld and god of the dead. Hades complained to Zeus, and Zeus struck Asclepius down with a thunderbolt. In retaliation, Apollo then slew all of the Cyclopes who were responsible for forging Zeus’s thunderbolts. After some squabbling, Zeus brought Asclepius out of the underworld and placed him in the sky as the constellation Ophiuchus.2 […] Reply Arnemancy : Who is Asclepius? May 4th, 2016 […] The Rod of Asclepius is often confused with the caduceus of Hermes, which is a winged staff with two snakes twined about it. Neither the caduceus nor the Rod seem to be very important in Hermetic philosophy, though they are pretty common symbols in Renaissance Hermeticism. […] Reply Freeman Presson May 12th, 2016 It’s quite true that there are different systems of astrology: sidereal vs tropical Zodiacs, dozens of house systems (which makes much less difference than it sounds like it should), and a wealth of techniques within each system. The difference between all of those things and the crackpot idea that there should be 13 signs is that the existing systems have the internal consistency that comes from generations of practice, whereas the Ophiuchus flap is just a lame thought experiment intended as a reductio ad absurdum of all of astrology. Reply Reverend Erik May 12th, 2016 I haven’t read any of the books about including Ophiuchus, such as Walter Berg’s “The 13 Signs of the Zodiac”. But if it’s a useful symbol set and it seems to work for a practitioner, then I see no problem with it. Reply Arnemancy : The Nature of God in the Kybalion and the Hermetica December 1st, 2016 […] foundation of many modern esoteric traditions and societies. However, as we have discussed before, it does not accurately represent Hermeticism as it […] Reply Daniel December 4th, 2016 I dont think its difficult to reconcile the idea of ‘gnosis’ with an unknowable ‘all’. Gnosis could be considered to mean the subjective and intuitive ‘knowledge’ which occurs in the absence of thought, while the ‘all’ remains rationally and objectively unknowable. Reply Russell R Boedeker February 28th, 2017 I just ordered the book by Brother Dunning. I can have him sign it in person in March. Reply Arnemancy : “The Magical Memory” Lecture Slides and Notes June 4th, 2017 […] addition, I would recommend reading my other articles on this site, Giordano Bruno’s Art of Memory and The Tarot Memory […] Reply Arnemancy : “The Magical Memory” Lecture Slides and Notes June 4th, 2017 […] In addition, I would recommend reading my other articles on this site, Giordano Bruno’s Art of Memory and The Tarot Memory Deck. […] Reply Catherine Joan June 10th, 2017 Hello I enjoy your blog. A question regarding Qabalah study: is it absolutely essential to be pretentious? (haha) Anyway thanks for pointing me to the chicken book and I look forward to exploring the rest of your blog Reply Reverend Erik June 10th, 2017 Ha! I think one of the great things about “Chicken Qabalah” is that it urges you to not be pretentious. That’s tough with Qabalah study. It’s so technical and precise that the temptation is strong once you start understanding any of it! Reply Arnemancy : The Devil Card in Different Decks July 5th, 2017 […] while back, I featured the Devil card as Card of the Week. In that post, I emphasized a few elements of the card’s symbolism that I find very poignant. […] Reply Aaron David July 12th, 2017 Thought provoking article, and well written!I believe there is a great mystery with Goat and (H)Anael. Saturn and Venus. Chaos and Babalon. On and on. Crowley gives much insight into this mystery in Liber A’Ash. I also found insight in Ashen Chassan’s evocation of Anael. But the greatest insight is what I believe is my own experience of them which still, with all this, I cannot pretend to begin to understand. Rather, I watch it continue to unfold. I believe Baphomet is what must be encountered first in the process. He is the Prima Materia and is a representation of the Jungian Shadow, as well as Choronzon, the Dweller on the Threshold. He is dissolution itself.Just some thoughts… Reply Reverend Erik July 13th, 2017 I am not super familiar with Ashen Chassan’s work, but I assume you mean “Gateways through Light & Shadow”? I pulled that beast off my shelf and read the Anael evocation this morning. Trying to connect that to this card is hard for me. I haven’t found a reason for Anael/Hanael to be connected to the Devil card that really resonates with me yet.On the Tree, BOTA puts the Devil between Hod and Tifaret, which certainly doesn’t help clear up the symbolism for me. There’s a lot more to figure out in the Hermetic Tarot’s Devil card. This is one of the reasons I don’t like reading with the deck—every card leaves me with more questions than answers!Thank you for your thoughts. I have a lot to ponder! Also, I have been enjoying “Charm the Water”. Great job! Reply Adrian September 10th, 2019 I noticed that the two figures in front are abraxas and astaroth as depicted Dictionnaire Infernal. I didn’t do a whole lot of analysis on it but it seemed worth bringing attention to since I don’t think it was mentioned Reply Reverend Erik September 10th, 2019 Good eye! I did not notice that. Reply nanoo August 30th, 2017 Good info. Lucky me I recently found your site by accident (stumbleupon). I have saved it for later! Reply FREEMAN PRESSON September 28th, 2017 The best recent commentary on the Emerald Tablet is that of Martin Faulks: The Emerald Tablet – A Commentary on the Path of the True Adept. I was so impressed by it that I sent copies to several friends and teachers. Reply One of Many of The One November 7th, 2017 Nice article, I will look for those other books, thanks!I actually perceived The Kybalion as more of a “scientific” philosophy and the Corpus Hermeticum as gnostic superstitions and/or apologetics; the former seemed concerned mainly with understanding the hierarchy and natural processes of life in the Cosmos and how to gain mental mastery over the mental nature of the Universe, while the latter seemed focused more on the relative/absolute aspects of Good vs Evil, praising God, praising God some more, praise, praise, praise…If anyone is looking for a book similar to The Kybalion, I suggest The Arcane Teaching by William Walker Atkinson (the same author of The Kybalion). It’s like a great follow-up book which he published 1 year after The Kybalion. The “laws” and principles are essentially repeated yet structured quite differently. The key differences, however, are more in-depth explanations of the Cosmic Day/Night cycle and of the astral planes, and it asserts how the Absolute “God,” or the All, is NOT Mind, as was “erroneously” stated in past occult writings (aka, The Kybalion!) and that it is the Cosmos itself (a World-Brain as it says) which is the one living Mind – this revelation is more in accordance with parts of the Corpus Hermeticum (despite the back/forth idea of the absolute God being Mind or not; the CH does, indeed, contain contradictions!).I’ve only had a chance to read the one translated by G.R.S. Mead and another unidentified translation or version of the CH. I had already planned to get the one by Copenhaver very soon to see how well it compares!I have yet to read Initiation Into Hermetics by Franz Bardon, but it’s what is usually recommended to me – especially the most recent translation from the Merkur publishing company. I should also mention A Bardon Companion by Rawn Clark, which is meant to be a follow-up book to IIH.The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean (not to be confused with the extremely short and rather uninspiring/disappointing Emerald Tablet of Hermes) was a quite interesting read; very poetic/rhythmic, which mainly tells the tale of what supposedly happened in Atlantis and afterwards when he settled in Egypt. It speaks an awful lot of the Halls of Amenti and how to avoid being trapped by some demonic Dweller in what I can only assume is a lower astral plane. Also included is a meditation ritual aimed at providing the practitioner with virtual immortality (so that we can live for hundreds of years just like Hermes and other ancient figures supposedly had lived). Not sure if it all has anything remotely to do with Hermeticism, but it was fun to read!I have a ton of more reading to do, thanks again for the recommendations!Anyway, even if The Kybalion isn’t 100% genuine Hermetic philosophy, it’s still a wonderful starting place for anyone interested in learning about occultism or mental influence in general. I recently gifted someone a copy of it to be used as a self-help guide! 😉 Reply Reverend Erik November 8th, 2017 Yes, I still like the Kybalion for a great introduction to modern occult philosophy. It is a mystical primer for New Thought, which ushered in a huge segment of esoteric thinking, especially in America. Mitch Horowitz has done a lot of work exploring this, so his work is worth exploring, too, if you’re interested in this material. Reply J M January 14th, 2018 The linked article is now here: http://angelorum.co/topics/divination/top-5-reasons-why-i-dont-read-with-reversals/ Reply Reverend Erik January 15th, 2018 Thank you! I’ve updated the link in my blog post. Reply Freeman Presson February 26th, 2018 I first heard about the memory palace when I was maybe 19 (from Professor Lettvin at MIT). I put it aside because “I suck at visualizing.” I think it might be time to fix that. Also, Jonathan Foer wrote a book on memory, Moonwalking with Einstein. I’m debating whether to get the Yates book or just jump to the Foer. Reply Reverend Erik February 28th, 2018 There’s supposedly a disorder called aphantasia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphantasia) that has to do with an inability to visualize. But usually, I think good visualization just takes practice. I was lucky enough to get started with the technique in high school, and encouraged to practice even more when I worked through DMK’s “Modern Magick” in 1999/2000. It gets easier with time and makes everything much more amazing. Everything. Reply Matthew D. Johnson February 27th, 2018 I get what you are saying, but I very respectfully disagree. The Kybalion is definitely a product of the New Thought movement, but that movement was inspired by the New Testament which had a strong Hermetic influence. Compare the first chapter of John to the Pimander. Also read The Emerald Tablet and read The Kybalion again. It is all the same idea, the Kybalion is simply restating it in 20th century language. Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, SRIA, HOGD, the original OTO, Thelema, New Thought, Amorc, Wicca, Bardon…it all descends from the same tree, the Hermetic root/DNA. As above, so below. Panentheism. I am a part of the Divine, I and the Father are one. It is all the same. The Kybalion is part of the Hermetic tradition. It didn’t just end with the Corpus Hermeticum. The Kybalion is one of many modern Hermetic books and the reason it is such a classic is because it takes what is obscure and teaches it in language that is much more clear and easier to grasp. There were good books before it and after it, all Hermetic. The New Thought movement is totally Hermetic if you really think about it, minus all the allegories, false blinds, etc. Reply Reverend Erik February 27th, 2018 A close reading of the Kybalion reveals a cosmology which is not only very specific, but departs from the Corpus Hermeticum and late-antiquity monotheism. You can read about the cosmological issues in some of the links in this article. I also drill down into the very different concepts of divinity in the Kybalion and the CH in this article: https://arnemancy.com/articles/hermeticism/the-nature-of-god-in-the-kybalion-and-the-hermetica/Note that I am not arguing that all of those groups and philosophies you mentioned aren’t related. They certainly are. Definitely Hermeticism influenced the Kybalion, but that doesn’t mean that the Kybalion agrees entirely with Hermeticism. There are a few points in common, but overall, the Kybalion redefined Hermetic philosophy for the 20th century and produced something that is not the same as 19th century Hermeticism, Renaissance Hermeticism, or classical Hermetism. But yes, they are definitely related. Reply Arnemancy : Who Was Hermes Trismegistus? April 9th, 2018 […] his real meaning is to be determined by each of us individually. As Hermeticism focuses on the experience of gnosis, it could be that Hermes Trismegistus himself is a concept that needs to be personally experienced […] Reply Arnemancy : Who is Asclepius? April 12th, 2018 […] Asclepius is actually a descendant of the deified Asclepius-Imhotep. As Hermes explains the nature of the gods, he […] Reply Seeker April 22nd, 2018 I think people are too judgemental of the Kybalion. Of course, its not a “real” book of hermetic writings, but really, what is? We do not have real evidence that the “real” writings where written by Hermes himself. Hermetism as we know it from the CH is a synthesis of many late-antiquity schools of thought ascribed to Hermes. The same goes for The Kybalion. Both offer useful insights and will not coincide in many respects.In my view, the longest running wisdom tradition is Platonism. It’s transmission is quite documented. Iamblichus said that Pythagoras and Plato studied the ancient Hermetic pillars in Egypt and thus communicated its wisdom in Greece. Reply Freeman Presson April 26th, 2018 Me: Starts video Me: “Hey, I know that guy!” Reply Freeman Presson April 26th, 2018 Whoops, meant to say I also applaud the new direction! Reply BOOK REVIEW: “The Hermetica” | Duckie's Book Nook May 13th, 2018 […] had its rise and fall in history. It gained popularity during Egypt’s Ptolemaic era only to be taken underground during the Dark Ages. Once again, it became a trend during the Italian […] Reply Mario Charlin May 18th, 2018 Hi i want to learn the qabalah Reply Reverend Erik May 18th, 2018 Hi Mario! I would suggest starting with “The Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed ben Clifford” by Lon Milo Duquette. It’s a great beginning book! Reply FREEMAN PRESSON May 21st, 2018 I had already proposed a name for the principle of “name anything, someone has or will have based a Tarot deck on it.” The name? Rule 78, of course! Reply Bob Freeman May 21st, 2018 Name approved! Reply JULY 2, 2018 WEEK 7/DAY 001 – murraytestprep July 2nd, 2018 […] https://arnemancy.com/articles/art-of-memory/giordano-brunos-art-of-memory/ […] Reply Freeman Presson August 25th, 2018 Rune Soup, Occult of Personality, The Hermetic Hour, Speaking of Jung, The Astrology Podcast, Exploring Astrology, Hermetic Astrology… there are more, but those are what I follow most closely. Reply Arnemancy : Arts and Crafts in Ritual Magic September 10th, 2018 […] can also check out my planetary smart altar for a cool special effect I’ve added to my work. It’s gesture controlled, which helps […] Reply Rose Carpenter September 10th, 2018 Alright… that’s pretty damned cool. Reply Reverend Erik September 10th, 2018 Thanks! I love it and use it all the time. Reply Reverend Erik September 24th, 2018 I was really happy to see that the StarStruck podcast addressed this in episode 3! Check it out here: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-gy4aa-998e1a Reply Arnemancy : The Immortal Body in Hermeticism September 25th, 2018 […] Hermeticum, but I had to dig around to find the exact reference.4 I found it in XIII.3, where Hermes Trismegistus states, “I went out of myself into an immortal body, and now I am not what I was […] Reply Niish October 6th, 2018 Thank you for the inclusion of the time-arts piece in which you were instrumental! As ever, I am honored to call you a friend and Frater. Reply Jas January 11th, 2019 Even though I have a different interpretation of elemental assignment (for me wands are air, and swords are fire), your viewpoint adds a deeper meaning when considering the love aspect of the sixes. Reply Arnemancy : EP 46 – An Exploration of the Soul January 30th, 2019 […] The Immortal Body in Hermeticism […] Reply Arnemancy : The Hermetic Ritual Meal February 4th, 2019 […] Finally, there is another Hermetic prayer from the first book of the Corpus Hermeticum. This makes a suitable opening invocation before the ritual meal. You can find that prayer in my article on The Festival of Thoth. […] Reply Naviston Cromwell February 12th, 2019 I am looking more into the Hermetic teachings. i’m glad i found this article Reply Arnemancy : Working with Unusual Decks February 23rd, 2019 […] so the deck sat on a shelf for about a month before I decided to give it a try. When I was writing The Hermetic Ritual Meal article, I ran into a block. After my first draft, I looked around on the web and found a few other […] Reply Arnemancy : Now Booking Online Tarot Readings! March 6th, 2019 […] my spiffy new video camera, and I’ll be using a variety of decks. They will typically be five or seven cards, depending on the topic and how deep we need to […] Reply Arnemancy : Card of the Week: The Fool March 6th, 2019 […] often refer to The Fool as the clueless Magician. This card speaks of a new beginning, but it’s a new beginning without any idea of […] Reply Arnemancy : Card of the Week: Eight of Cups March 6th, 2019 […] Eights can be seen as cards of practicality and balance. In this card, the traveler retreats from the cups. He doesn’t engage with them, and instead is doing hard work. He treks up the hill, abandoning whatever emotional issue he was dealing with. Avoiding an issue isn’t always the best or most permanent option, but sometimes it’s a necessary one. […] Reply Andrew Watt March 8th, 2019 It was this book that launched my efforts to a) learn the mansions of the Moon, and b) to create poetry around them (which is now available here). This book remains one of the keystones of my astrological practice and my magical practice, and I consult it at least once a week. Reply Reverend Erik March 8th, 2019 I’m still learning how to work with the Mansions of the Moon, and I look forward to getting your book to continue my studies! Reply Randy Burleson March 19th, 2019 Hey Erik, I am curious about hermeticism. I know nothing. I was looking for recommendations on where to start and asked a friend (Matt) and he pointed me to this article. Thanks! I think this may be more my speed starting out… Ha! The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Alchemy: The Magic and Mystery of the Ancient Craft Revealed for Today (Complete Idiot’s Guides) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1592577350/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_qDAKCbXFHH8MX Reply Reverend Erik March 19th, 2019 Hi Randy! I’m glad you found something. Let me know if there are any questions I can help with! Reply Arnemancy : Featured Card: The Lovers April 6th, 2019 […] every six is about love in the Tarot. Sometimes it’s not so obvious, such as with the Six of Swords, and sometimes it’s too obvious, such as when the name of the card is “The […] Reply Andrew Watt April 19th, 2019 This is a lovely article. One of the things that I hadn’t thought to do, before now, was to make a Memory Palace of the names of people who had something to do with teaching memory arts. Behold, a hall, with pagans on one side, and Christians on the other:Simonides on the end wall, the founder,then on his right, our left, the Pagans: Plato Aristotle Iamblichus Quintillian Seneca Cicero (with the pseudo-Cicero standing in the shadows behind, slipping a book Ad Herennium on to the pile of Cicero’s writing)Martanus Capella, the turning point, on the short wall of the gallery, facing SimonidesAnd then the Christians: Augustine of Hippo Albertus Magnus Thomas Aquinas Ramon Llull Giovanni da San Gimignano Bartolomeo di San Concordo Giordano Bruno, tucked into the last corner behind an iron grate in the fireplace. Reply Reverend Erik April 19th, 2019 That’s a good idea, but don’t forget Giulio Camillo! Reply Andrew B. Watt April 19th, 2019 Where do you put him? Oh, right. In the theater! Reply Andrew B. Watt April 25th, 2019 Of course this is relevant to my current work, which is writing a manuscript about daily interaction with my tarot deck, and spread-sheeting the results. I started in December 2018, and I’m down to seven cards that haven’t yet come up in a reading; whenever one does come up, though, I write a page about the Minors and 2 pages about the Majors. It’s been grand.I think that in general, this is fantastic advice. It’s through Palace of Memory techniques that I’ve advanced as far as I have in Toastmasters (I give all of my speeches from Memory), and it’s been the basis for a lot of my work as a school teacher, and as a druid. I wish I were better at memorizing my own poetry, of course — but as pseudo-Cicero himself said, memory-of-topic or memory-of-idea is often more important than the memory-of-word, which takes a lot longer.I’m thinking about my Hall of Memory Artists construct that I left in an earlier blog post, and I really have to get back to rethinking that — the line Dominicans in a row, Albertus Magnus, Thomas Aquinas, the two others, Camillus in his theater (I remember him with the flower the camellia), and then Giordano Bruno in the fireplace… It’s the two in the middle of the line that I can’t recall clearly enough, although Albertus is pretty tall and sorta mangy, and Aquinas is popping out of a bowl of quinoa, (“Thomas a la quinoa!”)More to the point — Tarot, Astrology, Geomancy, iChing, Qabalah (however we want to spell it — JMGreer has said that a magical tradition is any three people who agree on the Romanization of Kabbalah), and nearly all of the divinatory and magical arts, are dependent on memory to one degree or another. The Decans, the Terms, the Signs, the Mansions, the Orphic Hymns… it’s possible to stuff our brains with Greek Magical Papyri like mad. Seamus Heaney, in his translation of Beowulf, describes the heroes opening their word-hoards, and not for nothing are the Mansions of the Moon called the treasure-house of images: learning 28 images reliably (or 78 in the Tarot), is a door into all kinds of powers and capacities… not because you can shoot “magic missile” or other matter-and-energy spells, but because you’ve cultivated an intimate level of knowledge in a body of a wisdom tradition that few know, and as a result you can speak deeply from the heart and change people’s minds or sway opinion. Of course, this means that you have to have a chance to speak… but wizards and witches are often good at doing that, too. Reply J May 3rd, 2019 Hey there How would you use this wheel to memorize a Masonic ritual? Reply Reverend Erik May 3rd, 2019 Well, that’s a complicated question. First, I have a Masonic memory alphabet that I’ve created. So I’d use that. Next, it depends how comfortable I am with the ritual. Does it need to be word perfect, for instance? Do I just need help remembering specific letters? Reply DMajor May 16th, 2019 As you begin to study the ritual, you will notice that your first memory palace has already been constructed. It stands waiting for you, along with a series of objects to observe and comment on as you walk through. Reply MAY 16, 2019 CLASS 12/20 | MURRAY152BLOG May 16th, 2019 […] https://arnemancy.com/articles/art-of-memory/giordano-brunos-art-of-memory/ […] Reply Arnemancy : Featured Card: The Lovers May 27th, 2019 […] Lovers is the 7th card in the Major Arcana, so it’s number VI, because we start counting at zero with The Fool. As I frequently point out during tarot readings, every six is about love in the Tarot. Sometimes […] Reply Arnemancy : Monotheism in Hermetism May 29th, 2019 […] without denying the existence of others.”3 For example, in book I of the Corpus Hermeticum, Hermes Trismegistus experiences a vision of creation. During this vision, he sees multiple divine aspects being […] Reply Arnemancy : The Devil Card in Different Decks May 29th, 2019 […] the HT, the Devil no longer makes an “As above, so below” sign with his […] Reply Andrew B. Watt May 31st, 2019 You get it! I’m glad that my article from so long ago was so useful in convincing another magician to walk this particular path; and you’ll likely convince a few others to walk this road, too. People will discover all sorts of useful things about this kind of work, in the long run, thanks to this effort on your part. Nicely done. Reply Reverend Erik May 31st, 2019 I’ve already got plans for more magical vestments to go along with the robe. It acts as such a useful base garment — there is much more to be done! Can’t wait to experiment. Reply Arnemancy : Creating the Magical Robe June 3rd, 2019 […] the modern world, it must adopt the rainments of the modern world. I’ve written before about how I use modern materials in my craft. I’ve used polymer clay for talismans and replaced tin foil with aluminum. We can see that […] Reply Arnemancy : Card of the Week: The Devil June 11th, 2019 […] block to our own advancement. He parodies the Magician, whose triumphant gesture reminds us of the Hermetic axiom, “That which is below is like that which is above & that which is above is like that […] Reply Arnemancy : Combining Tarot with Other Systems June 13th, 2019 […] or chakras. Finding a symbol set that speaks to you is one of the best ways to find a deck that you’re going to like. If you’re interested in Tarot, then you’ve probably already explored something else. […] Reply Arnemancy : Review: Rosicrucian Trilogy: Modern Translations for the Three Founding Documents June 15th, 2019 […] Germany. It was a movement that sprang from the Reformation, and it was steeped in esoteric lore, alchemical legends, and hope for a brighter and more rational future. The would-be Rosicrucians did not get their […] Reply Arnemancy : S01E02 – Cartomancy and Sortilege with T. Susan Chang June 17th, 2019 […] dive into everything, from Agrippa to the Picatrix decans to planetary Tarot associations to Kabbalah to working magic with Tarot. We talk about psychology, […] Reply Arnemancy : Books about Freemasonry for the Curious June 21st, 2019 […] case it hasn’t been made abundantly clear by my numerous podcast appearances, public lectures, and short list of published articles, I’m a Freemason. This generates a lot of curiosity in […] Reply Zane Fields June 29th, 2019 Station to station is heavily based in kabballah mysticism referencing things like kether and malkuth and “being lost in my circle.” And also makes references to Crowley with the phrase “Making sure white stains.” He’s drawing the tree of life on the back cover in the same outfit he wears in the lazarus video. Reply Arnemancy : What to Read Instead of the Kybalion July 16th, 2019 […] philosophy, or Hermeticism, is based around the teachings of legendary super-mystic Hermes Trismegistus. This philosophical and magical tradition dates back to the first few centuries C.E., and probably […] Reply Arnemancy : What to Read Instead of the Kybalion July 16th, 2019 […] is called simply Hermetica, and was translated by Brian Copenhaver. This version includes the Asclepius, another important Hermetic work, but it’s a more challenging read with plenty of notes and […] Reply Arnemancy : What to Read Instead of the Kybalion July 16th, 2019 […] If you’re interested in learning more about occultism and esotericism in general, check out my list of getting started books. […] Reply Arnemancy : Who Was Hermes Trismegistus? July 16th, 2019 […] a powerful magician, and a skilled mystic. He has been seen as a teacher of Moses, the inventor of alchemy, and the founder of occult schools throughout […] Reply Arnemancy : Who Was Hermes Trismegistus? July 16th, 2019 […] it could be that the title “Trismegistus” refers to many great Hermes characters, a line of sages and mystics bringing the Hermetic teachings to humanity over many […] Reply Arnemancy : Giordano Bruno’s Art of Memory July 16th, 2019 […] Bruno (the Nolan) was an influential philosopher, astrologer, and poet who was burned at the stake for heresy in 1600 C.E. He was a loud, brash, opinionated […] Reply Arnemancy : As Above, So Below: the Macrocosm and Microcosm July 16th, 2019 […] can be viewed as a collective of all elements of the microcosm. But it can also represent a sort of divine blueprint, the plan by which creation occurs and the Cosmos continues to happen. The Hermetic axiom reflects […] Reply Arnemancy : Monotheism in Hermetism July 16th, 2019 […] discusses other gods. However, these gods are mostly man-made. Hermes explains that both he and Asclepius are descended from ordinary men who were eventually revered as gods by the Egyptians. Hermes states […] Reply Arnemancy : As Above, So Below: the Macrocosm and Microcosm July 16th, 2019 […] further. It is related to the Platonic concept of ideas and forms, and is reflected in early Christian Gnostic writings, as well. In my earlier article on the Emerald Tablet, I shared a quote from the Gospel of […] Reply Arnemancy : David Bowie Was Not a Closet Occultist July 16th, 2019 […] to reveal a bejeweled skull, encrusted with gems and precious metals. The skull gets taken, but the skeleton is cast up into the eclipsed star. Later, the jeweled skull is venerated in a ritual circle, where […] Reply Arnemancy : Review: Secret Societies in America: Foundational Studies of Fraternalism July 16th, 2019 […] history of Freemasonry and its place in society, you will find this book invaluable. If you are a conspiracy theorist, you will find the information in this book valuable, as well. Hopefully it can help enrich your […] Reply Arnemancy : Learning Tarot with the Art of Memory July 16th, 2019 […] Art of Memory, or ars memoriæ, is a mnemonic technique dating from classical Greece. The technique improves upon our natural memory through discipline, […] Reply Arnemancy : The Tarot Memory Deck July 16th, 2019 […] Memory. Now let’s look at using the Taro with Bruno’s memory system. If you have used Tarot for meditation or pathworking, then you already have experience with visualizing the cards and also changing or […] Reply Arnemancy : Card of the Week: The Magician July 16th, 2019 […] to the ground with his left. In doing so, he is symbolizing the Hermetic axiom found in the Emerald Tablet, which states, “That which is below is like that which is above & that which is […] Reply Arnemancy : Featured Card: The Lovers July 16th, 2019 […] stand in front of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil – complete with serpent – and the Tree of Life, respectively. There is space between them, and while the woman stares up at the heavens, the man […] Reply Arnemancy : Creating the Magical Robe July 30th, 2019 […] before about how I use modern materials in my craft. I’ve used polymer clay for talismans and replaced tin foil with aluminum. We can see that adaptation in the past has happened along both economic and cultural lines. […] Reply Arnemancy : The Immortal Body in Hermeticism July 30th, 2019 […] In the ensuing dialog, Tat receives God’s mercy and the ten powers, followed by a gnostic vision wherein he sees himself in the Nous of God. Presumably this leads to the creation of Tat’s […] Reply tsusanchang August 1st, 2019 So, the attribution of Hanael – which is just plain weird – is from 777. It’s the “Geomantic Intelligence” assigned to the path. It’s table CLXXVIII. Crowley says “The intelligence are angelic in nature, but possessing material and even earthy dominion. Hence they preside over the geomantic figures, whose nature indeed expresses their relation to man.” The geomantic figure associated with Capricorn/the Devil is Carcer, which makes sense.I have thoughts about how Hanael as angel of Venus could relate to Devil/Carcer, along the lines of the bit in the Orphic Hymn where it says “η ζευξασα βροτους εν αχαλκευτοισιν αναγκαις” but that would just be me adding interpretational superstructure onto things. I really don’t get the correspondences at all. Reply Reverend Erik August 7th, 2019 This just adds to the problems with the Hermetic Tarot deck. I love that it’s become more popular, but I worry that a lot of people who are using it aren’t paying very close attention. Reply Kevin August 3rd, 2019 I would fully disagree that Hermes was a mythological figure. Some of the writings have the same understanding as Jesus. Some really hit what on the truth and is mirrored in the bible. Edgar Cayce mentioned this was a real person, and hinted it was one of the 30+ incarnations of the soul who conquered the world, Yeshua.. Jesus. As well, other historians show that people of the period had several names, and were called such depending on which ethnic group was addressed. Jesus was called Yehoshua (jehoshua) and yeshu (jeshu – Drop the “h” and add the roman status ending in “S” and you have Jesus). That even goes today, when you meet people from other lands that have trouble saying a name, they often give their own (endearing) name to one. I myself was born with one name, but from different ethnic groups call me the version of my name they feel best with. Reply Arnemancy : Astrological Mnemonic for House Triplicities August 5th, 2019 […] tree works like a chain, where each subject on the chain leads to a new chain of subjects. In computer science, this would […] Reply Arnemancy : Astrological Mnemonic for House Triplicities August 8th, 2019 […] I decided to base this mnemonic device on my favorite holiday song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The words are easy to remember, and if you don’t […] Reply Arnemancy : S01E06 Tarot and the Art of Memory August 21st, 2019 […] The Tarot Memory Deck […] Reply Arnemancy : Featured Card: Two of Cups September 2nd, 2019 […] source, father, and mother. The Kabbalistic creation story is one of opposites coming together, making love, and producing as offspring the entirety of the cosmos. While the ace as Keter is about the first […] Reply Arnemancy : Featured Card: Two of Cups September 2nd, 2019 […] most remarkable symbolism in the Rider-Waite-Smith depiction of the Two of Cups is the alchemical menagerie sprouting from the central subject matter. A lion’s head is affixed to a winged […] Reply Arnemancy : Featured Card: Two of Cups September 3rd, 2019 […] is the staff carried by the Greek deity Hermes, as well as many of his later incarnations such as Hermes Trismegistus. It is frequently depicted topped with wings. Through the Emerald Tablet and other ancient texts, […] Reply Arnemancy : S01E07 Bruno, Machiavelli, and Savonarola with Scott Gosnell September 4th, 2019 […] Gosnell joins me for an amazing conversation about Giordano Bruno‘s work, in particular On Magic and Thirty Statues, which he just finished translating and […] Reply Arnemancy : The Best Books on Hermeticism October 1st, 2019 […] The Emerald Tablet, and also read my piece on the Emerald Tablet […] Reply Arnemancy : Wizards of the Future with Andrew Watt November 13th, 2019 […] sewing and magic on episode 48 of My Alchemical Bromance, and he convinced me that I should make my magical robe during that […] Reply Jeff P November 14th, 2019 …clothes nerds…Just give in and change the intro theme to Rough Trade’s Fashion Victim. Reply Thee_bookmonger November 29th, 2019 I also use binaural beats for meditation, especially for when I want my mind to wander or I’m trying to figure something out. Another great tool to experiment with is Robert Monroe’s Hemi Sync course work – it’s pricey but you can find a few of his recordings on YouTube and then if your google-fu is strong enough, you are likely to find a download link out there. Can’t recommend enough. Reply Arnemancy : Getting Started with Mussar December 8th, 2019 […] listening to my conversation with Greg Marcus on Mussar, you might be curious about giving it a try. Mussar is an excellent and effective technique for […] Reply Paying Attention – Magpie Joyful January 12th, 2020 […] I think there can be value in allowing things other than ourselves to create through us. There are very talented artists out there doing just that, whether or not they have the language for it1. And I don’t think it’s something we can avoid as we live out our […] ReplyComments are closed.