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 <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, May 5, 2016 at 9:20 AM
Subject: Re: Martial arts
To: John Citizen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 <email@example.com> wrote:
Very much like the stuff you say…
A FOUR-BY-FOUR TABLE OF HERMETIC CORRESPONDENCES
|The Gnostic Hermetic Quaternary||Evangelist||Holy Animal||Archangel|
|To Keep Silent||Luke||Man||Uriel|
|The Magic Hermetic Quaternary||Element||Alchemy||Tarot Suit|
|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|