NOTES FOR THE READER
In this book, as with all my books, you will notice that I make use of several words in relation to our Art. That Art I have called the Alexandrian Wisdom, Hermetic or the Mystical Way.
While my Alexandrian path is ‘Hermetic’ the terminologies have changed here because my views of what Hermetic really means.. is perhaps wider in scope than most people might at first appreicate Hermeticism to be. You will note for example that I do not often refer to the term ‘Hermetic’ here even though elements of my school are Hermetic.
There are several reasons for this. One of them is that modern day Hermetic workings have become something extremely mental in outlook, and perhaps to some outside viewers lacking enough practical applications. In contrast the Alexandrian path is a teaching where you can ‘get your hands dirty.’ By that I mean as opposed to being a mere theoretical system, the Alexandrian Mystical path offers a system that is distinctly rooted in the earth, connected to our Great Mother, and honours the time tested methods of Egyptian, Greek, Norse, Roman and earlier Egyptian-Shamanic sages. These are after all the melting pot that went into the Hermetic Light that arose in those Alexandrian times.
Thus the distinction of Mystical, or Alexandrian, as opposed to Hermetic, arose not only to describe the difference between the ‘mental’ and ‘practical’ schools of thought, but also to define that what can be considered as ‘Alexandrian’ in fact goes beyond the borders of normal Hermetic teachings. Hermetic teachings are really limited to Egyptian and Greek writtings, and later alchemical treatises. The Alexandrian age, commonly called by historians as the ‘Hellenistic period’ (300BC to aprox 200AD) embraces everything that existed within that period and within the Hellenistic Empire that was left by Alexander the Great.
The Alexandrian sages were Mystics in their pure sense, commonly communicating with each other, between the varying cults, groups and schools, openly exchanging ideas, in a more common format that had ever been seen in our history. Greeks worshiped the goddess Isis and the Egyptains saw in the Greek god Hades, their own Egyptian god Osiris. Whats more, in contrast to the modern Hermetic mentalism, they were also consulted for understanding Nature. For example rulers and generals consulted augers, who practiced the Alexandrian art of augury. This was an art that required reading signs in nature, not unlike the Native American Indians who watched the movement of birds and trees.
Therefore the Mytical Path as I term it, embraces both nature and ancient science. And alonside that I beleive that real Hermeticism, as it was taught in Alexandria, was accompanied by Music, Poetry and Art, the three great arts of personal liberation.
The Mystics lost themselves in music, gave divine worship with music and poetic hymns so that they might focus both their heart and minds to the purpose of adoration. Art gave them vision through beauty and it was this form of Hermetica that is taught in the Mystica Aeterna. Thus in many ways the Mystical path is both a study and an esoteric culture for the modern world and Hermeticism should be viewed as the Pagan Science.
I have also coined the term Pagan Science to denote that the modern Mystic has ‘one foot in the forest and the other in the library.’ The Mystic, who understands and applies themselves has for their friends the animals of nature, the elemental creatures, as well as the spirit of the Philosophers, Egyptian Mystics past, and through poetry the very ancient dieties of the temples and the angels who guided the prophets.
One one hand this individual understands Nature through the Pythagorean art of numbers, but also experiences nature first hand, by talking to the forest, walking the mountains and communing with the sacred land. When I began this work, it was done with the objectiving of establishing something for everyone, to create a certain harmony between nature and science, to help seekers attain a balance between being in ‘this world and the higher worlds.’ It is certainly true that in the Alexandrian times, philosophers traveled far and wide to obtain knowledge, studying in Persia, Assyria, India, Greece and Egypt and they seem to have obtained a similar harmony of spirituality for themselves.
This is why, hopefuly, no matter your background, the Mystical Path can serve you well and offer a unique approach to ancient wisdom.