9 Matching Annotations
  1. Dec 2021

      • HT - Hermes Trismegistus
      • CH - Corpus Hermeticum
      • T3I - The Three Initiates
      • WWA - William Walker Atkinson, supposed author of the Kybalion, 1908


      • #Reference - documentation needed
      • #Objective - stated goals of the text
      • #Question - worth discussing or to search for each other's annotations that need response
      • #Fallacy - issues of logic in the text
      • #ColonialismAlert - the book showing its age/gender
    2. a true student

      No True Scotsman

    3. the fundamental teachings of The Kybalion

      Okay, so this text we're reading is called The Kybalion. But this text also refers to a mythical, previous Kybalion? There's no record of such a book existing. It's almost like T3I/WWA are creating their own fictional holy text, worldbuilding an irresponsible conglomeration of hermetic aphorisms, reminiscent of Lovecraft's Necronomicon.

    4. while the "heathen raged noisily about them"

      I cannot find any reference to this quote outside the Kybalion. Shoddy record-keeping of the early 20th century? Or WWA masquerading himself as a reference?

    5. the folly of attempting to teach to the world

      This is a frustration with which I resonate, but I do not believe it should equate to gatekeeping. Knowledge should be readily available, not secreted away behind esoteric puzzles. We're no longer crucified for our beliefs. Let people seek and learn.

    6. There have always been a few Initiates in each generation, in the various lands of the earth, who kept alive the sacred flame of the Hermetic Teachings, and such have always been willing to use their lamps to re-light the lesser lamps of the outside world, when the light of truth grew dim, and clouded by reason of neglect, and when the wicks became clogged with foreign matter. There were always a few to tend faithfully the altar of the Truth, upon which was kept alight the Perpetual Lamp of Wisdom.

      Reminiscent of the Dark Souls bonfires

    7. reserved their truth for the few who were ready to comprehend and master it


    8. Hermes Trismegistus, the "scribe of the gods," who dwelt in old Egypt in the days when the present race of men was in its infancy. Contemporary with Abraham, and, if the legends be true, an instructor of that venerable sage,

      While I'm not particularly concerned with whether or not HT was real, fictional, or a conglomeration of many scholars, it does strike me as irresponsible to present his legend as fact, especially when it was in dispute at the time of the writing.

    9. to give to the students a statement of the Truth that will serve to reconcile the many bits of occult knowledge that they may have acquired