"Hermes and Pymander"

"Hermes and Pymander"

The corpus hermeticum starts off with book 1 describing an encounter between Hermes and the Great Dragon pymander. "1. It chanced once on a time my mind was meditating on the things that are, my thought was raised to a great height, the senses of my body being held back - just as men who are weighed down with sleep after a fill of food, or from fatigue of body.
Methought a Being more than vast, in size beyond all bounds, called out my name and saith: What wouldst thou hear and see, and what hast thou in mind to learn and know?
2. And I do say: Who art thou?
He saith: I am Man-Shepherd (Poemandres), Mind of all-masterhood; I know what thou desirest and I am with thee everywhere.
3. [And] I reply: I long to learn the things that are, and comprehend their nature, and know God. This is, I said, what I desire to hear.
He answered back to me: Hold in thy mind all thou wouldst know, and I will teach thee.
4. Even with these words His aspect changed, and straightway, in the twinkling of an eye, all things were opened to me, and I see a Vision limitless, all things turned into Light - sweet, joyous [Light]. And I became transported as I gazed.
But in a little while Darkness came settling down on part [of it], awesome and gloomy, coiling in sinuous folds, so that methought it like unto a snake." 
-The Corpus Hermeticum, 
G. R. S Mead translation 
This is just one story among many of people achieving "Gnosis" or experiential knowledge of things beyond our normal waking life. Like a dream filled with symbols to guide the consciousness during waking life, visions appear in our imagination during our silent meditation to guide us towards deeper self discovery.
My intention with this painting is to illustrate the fear, awe, and sense of ones own microscopicness that occurs in moments of sublime Gnosis. In this painting Almin takes the form of Hermes Tristmegistus as They encounter Nous. IAME in the forgetful form of a material god is subjected to an encounter with the sublime. 

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