Hermetic Vision in the Martial Arts

This morning I had an email conversation with my friend John (name changed to protect anonymity).  If you have any interest at all in Hermeticism or the martial arts I think you’ll find it interesting.

If you fell into my rabbit hole and have no idea what the Hermetic Quaternary is (a.k.a. “the Powers of the Sphinx” which I reference in the exchange) I have pasted in a handy table of correspondences at the very bottom of this post.  That should help you better understand my point.

And if you don’t have the slightest idea what Hermeticism is, you can read what I have to say on the subject or you can dive headfirst into the relevant Wikipedia article.)


From: Mitch <12thkey@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, May 5, 2016 at 9:20 AM
Subject: Re: Martial arts
To: John Citizen <j_citizen@totallymakebelieve.com>

Yes, I agree with him about the nuts and bolts.  He’s a smart and experienced Navy Seal, and he seems to have honed his scientific and gnostic vision to a razor’s edge.  His logical and intuitional grasp of things is very strong.

I hope he would also admit the need for magical vision to tap into the ego and mystical vision to destroy it.

Because without all four forms of vision — “To Know, To Will, To Dare; To Keep Silent” —  where is the wisdom that makes us worthy of being trusted with our weapons?  How can we ever hope to reconcile the Above and the Below?  How can we ever realize our ultimate selves?

Have a fun day, and see you tonight!


On Wed, May 4, 2016 at 10:22 PM, John Citizen <j_citizen@totallymakebelieve.com>  wrote:

Very much like the stuff you say…



The Gnostic Hermetic Quaternary Evangelist Holy Animal Archangel
To Know Matthew Lion Raphael
To Will Mark Ox Michael
To Dare John Eagle Gabriel
To Keep Silent Luke Man Uriel
The Magic Hermetic Quaternary Element Alchemy Tarot Suit
To Know Air Azoth Swords
To Will Fire Sulphur Wands
To Dare Water Mercury Cups
To Keep Silent Earth Salt Pentacles
The Scientific Hermetic Quaternary Forms of Matter Season Astrology
To Know Gas Fall Equinox Leo
To Will Plasma Summer Solstice Taurus
To Dare Liquid Winter Solstice Scorpio
To Keep Silent Solid Spring Equinox Aquarius
The Mystic Hermetic Quaternary Mode of Vision Direction Qabalah Worlds
To Know Gnostically (“I AM THAT”) East Yetzirah
To Will Magically (“I”) South Azitluth
To Dare Scientifically (“I AM”) West Briah
To Keep Silent Mystically (“I AM THAT I AM”) North Assiah


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