Is hermeticism compatible or incompatible with catholicism?
I know many christians that believe they are compatible but i’ve never heard the catholic perspective on this matter.
The house of Medici was deeply involved in the funding of translations of the great hermetic works that came from Byzantium and the utmost priority was laid to the translation of the Corpus Hermeticum.
The freemasons for example incorporate alot of hermetic teachings and I know the catholic church forbids its members ti be initiated into a masonic order.
Some of the theologians that separated from the catholic church after the reformation also promulgated a form of hermetical christianity, such as Johann Valentin Andreae or Robert Fludd.
There are those that argue that the rejection of hermeticism for the aristotlean rationality set the ultimate course for western civilization to ultimately reach it’s state of complete materialism and the decline of christianity and I believe they might have a point ( rossbishop.com/blog/2013/03/14/hermeticism-a-short-history/ )
But what’s the position of the catholic church regarding hermeticism these days?
- “The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these,
understandingly, possesses the Magic Key before whose
touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open.” - The Kybalion*
Hermeticism, also called Hermetism, is a religious and philosophical tradition based primarily upon pseudepigraphical writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus (“Thrice Great”). These writings have greatly influenced the Western esoteric tradition and were considered to be of great importance during both the Renaissance and the Reformation. The tradition claims descent from a prisca theologia, a doctrine which affirms that a single, true theology exists which is present in all religions and was given by God to man in antiquity.
The Seven Hermetic Principles, upon which the entire Hermetic Philosophy is based, are as follows::
I. The Principle of Mentalism.
- “THE ALL IS MIND; The Universe is Mental.” - The Kybalion.*
II. The Principle of Correspondence.
- “As above, so below; as below, so above.” - The Kybalion.*
III. The Principle of Vibration.
“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.” - The Kybalion.
IV. The Principle of Polarity.
- “Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its
pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are
identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet;
all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be
reconciled.” - The Kybalion.*
V. The Principle of Rhythm.
- “Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides;
all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in
everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the
measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.” - The Kybalion.*
VI. The Principle of Cause and Effect.
- “Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause;
everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name
for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation,
but nothing escapes the Law.” - The Kybalion.*
VII. The Principle of Gender.
- “Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine
and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all
planes.” - The Kybalion.*