> Jim Bauer says:
> >>I assume that, because you quoted Poimandres, you're discussing
> Hermeticism, and not the stuff in its more primitive form.<<
> I always thought that Poimandres is associated with the esoteric Hermetic
> tradition, not the later alchemical Hermetic tradition.
Curious about this, I did several searches and, amidst all the BS about
"magic" found that I was most likely thinking of the "Emerald Table", which
survived the major purges and wound up adopted by Jabir as "al chimia",
though the Poimandres was also used in alchemy once it became known as part
of the entire _Corpus Hermeticum_. The Poimandres has often been (and
probably wrongly) classified as "Gnostic", though there are also
resemblances to Philo, or at least such was claimed on one website I
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