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hermeticism

(hɜːˈmɛtɪˌsɪzəm)
n
(Alternative Belief Systems) a cult based on religious and philosophical beliefs attributed to Hermes and popular around the time of the Renaissance
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her•met•i•cism

(hɜrˈmɛt əˌsɪz əm)

also her•me•tism

(ˈhɜr mɪˌtɪz-)

n. (sometimes cap.)
1. the body of ideas set forth in hermetic writings.
2. adherence to the ideas expressed in hermetic writings.
3. the occult sciences, esp. alchemy.
[1890–95]
her•met′i•cist, adj., n.
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Hermeticism2, hermeticism

1. the ideas or beliefs set forth in the writings of Hermes Trismegistus.
2. adherence to these ideas and beliefs.
See also: Alchemy, Philosophy
1. the occult concepts, ideas, or philosophy set forth in the writings of the hermeticists of the late Middle Ages and the early Renaissance.
2. adherence to, belief in, or propagation of these concepts and ideas.
3. Literature. a symbolic and arcane style similar to that of the hermeticists, especially in the poetry of certain French symbolist poets. — hermeticist, hermetist, n. — hermetic, hermetical, adj.
See also: Mysticism
1. the occult concepts, ideas, or philosophy set forth in the writings of the hermeticists of the late Middle Ages and the early Renaissance.
2. adherence to, belief in, or propagation of these concepts and ideas.
3. a symbolic and arcane style similar to that of the hermeticists, especially in the poetry of certain French symbolist poets. — hermeticist, hermetist, n. — hermetic, hermetical, adj.
See also: Literary Style
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Translations

hermeticism

[hɜːˈmetɪsɪzəm] Nhermetismo m
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He also occupied himself with annotating the fine work of Baudry-le- Rouge, Bishop of Noyon and Tournay, De Cupa Petrarum , which had given him a violent passion for architecture, an inclination which had replaced in his heart his passion for hermeticism, of which it was, moreover, only a natural corollary, since there is an intimate relation between hermeticism and masonry.
Among their topics are the study of religion in a post-metaphysical age: philosophical and political reflections, taxonomy is epistemology: theorizing religion and hermeticism polythetically with Wasserstrom's Theses, Nag Hammadi at Eranos: rediscovering Gnosticism among the historians of religions, the repentant magician: "esoteric intimacies" and the enchantment of religious difference, and Luksus and the Hasidic critique of postwar American capitalism.
John was influenced heavily by the 6th-century mystic and philosopher Dionysius, the Areopagite who also studied the esoteric traditions of alchemy, Hermeticism, Kabbalah and other mystery schools that also describe the dark night as the alchemical transformation of spiritual forces.
A telling instance is sixteenth century Spanish mysticism which, Byrne argues, "is awash in Hermetic imagery," the age's Hermeticism being part and parcel of the Ficinian legacy, given Ficino's championship of the Corpus Hermeticum and what he interpreted as its unequivocal and seminal Platonism.
Its hermeticism mixes high modernism's elliptical difficulty and cultish formalism with late nineteenth-century Symbolism (think Arthur Symons translating the evocative knots of Stephane Mallarme).
An especially interesting contribution in this chapter is the reading of Marlowe's play through the lens of Hermeticism and its attempts to reconcile religion with the pursuit of knowledge to "potentially provide a solution to the religio-political schism of the time" (87).
Every forking branch of his hermeticism, every nuance of his private aesthetic sensibility, in fact explicitly promises legibility--and in so doing, speaks clearly and emphatically about the precarious and social nature of the act of understanding.
Synopsis: In "Gnostic Mysteries of Sex: Sophia the Wild One and Erotic Christianity", author Tobias Churton (Britain's leading scholar of Western Esotericism, a world authority on Gnosticism, Hermeticism, and Rosicrucianism) takes the reader on an exploration of the sexual practices and doctrinal secrets of Gnosticism.
Without other historical benchmarks, moreover, the films double as their own insular history, leading to a false impression of hermeticism.
My cofounder and husband, Paul Bartscher, comes from a background of hermeticism, kabbalah, and the Western mystery tradition.