The body of secret mystical wisdom that honored Hermes
Trismegistus (Thrice-Greatest Hermes) between the third
century B.C.E. and first century C.E., identifying the Greek god
Hermes with the Egyptian god Thoth. This wisdom literature
involved two levels of writing a popular Hermetic teaching of
astrology, magic, and alchemy, and a later higher religious
philosophy. The Hermes-Thoth literature had a profound effect
on the development of Western magic. Hermetic works include
Poimandres (Shepherd of Men), Asclepius, and The Secret
Discourse on the Mountain.
Atwood, M. A. A Suggestive Inquiry into the Hermetic Mystery.
Belfast, Ireland, 1918. Reprint, New York Arno Press, 1976.
Hermes Trismegistus. The Divine Pymander. Translated by
Dr. Everard. London Theosophical Publishing Society, 1894.
. Hermetica. Edited by Brian Copenhaver. Cambridge
Cambridge University Press, 1992.
. Hermetica. Edited by Walter Scott. Vol. 1. Oxford
Oxford University Press, 1924. Reprint, Boston Shambhala,
. Theological and Philosophical Works. Edited by J. D.
Chambers. 2 vols. Edinburgh T. and T. Clark, 1882.