Hermetic IntoxicationJune 6, 2011
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The gods – explains James Hillman – did not disappear although we believe we’ve done away with them. For example, nowadays Hermes-Mercury is everywhere: he flies through the air, travels, makes phone calls; he is in the markets and speculates on the stock exchange; he goes to the bank, trades, sells, purchases and navigates on the Internet. Sitting in front of your computer you can wear no clothes, eat pizza all day long; you can never wash, never sweep your floor, never meet anyone, all this while remaining connected to the Internet. That’s what you call Hermetic Intoxication.
Hermes is part of the dominant myth of the millennia. Myth of The Future. They myth behind Hermes is millennial thinking.
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Modern psychology only belongs to a Christianized west. Others have different myths. Mohammed and nomads and tribes. Have same calendar but their worlds do not threaten the end of time because times does not begin for them with Jesus Christ. “What comes next?” is part of the Christian plan so it belongs to us.
In this context, two movements, both with seeds in Jung:
- Jung-relativizing the ego. Christian is only one of many orientations, rather than the ultimate reality. Futurismis a Christian projection. The western mind cannot speak for the whole world, just as the ego cannot speak for the entire psyche. Little value of this basic mythic outside of our culture.
- Global variety is second movement. In the air we breathe, the light we see by. Personality, the idea of personality.Basic to our collective consciousness is global awareness, multiculturalism, multinationalism, the world wide web of the internet are superficial to the underlying sense of futile identity, borderlessness. Diffuse borders and undermining effect on personality and identity. Borderline Personality Disorder rampant — lost of personal certitude, lack of self definition, lack of borders.Globalism and futurism (lack of borders) translate to hostile attack against what is breaking in. Cults – extensions of same ego, the like-mindedness of cults.
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Mythic consciousness of Hermes – wears the cap of invisibility, winged thoughts. Globalism = an overdose of Hermes.
Hermes has no resting place on home or earth.
Hermetic appetite for information. Hermes actually carried the messages. No comments or involvement. Even carried messages to the realm of the dead and world below.
Hermes – “god in the disease” (Jung).
Deceits is as much Hermes’s business as is business. We are suspicious because part of Hermes consciousness is to be awake to deception. “Like cures like” (alchemical slogan).
Hermes, god of finding and losing, going and absenting.
Hestia – antidote to Hermetic intoxication.
Future = that which is not. Future is another name for unconscious, the mirror in which we see our own subjectivity.
Millennial thinking about the future is an archetypal fantasy. Archetypal if:
- Any actual moment occupies an ancestral place.
- Life requires a deep faith or existential cerntainty. Futurism demies certitude, by speculating about the unknown.
The effects of futurism on present life: Making us all homeless. The hearth is wherever you’re actually focused.
Hestia gives any environmental situation a sense of home, a sense of being here.
~ Notes on Hermetic Intoxication, James Hillman