‘I will build the Zodiac…
The lives of men,
from birth to final destruction,
shall be controlled
by the hidden workings of this mechanism.’
Destiny and Necessity are cemented together.
Destiny sows the seed.
Necessity compels the result.
Few can escape their fate
or guard against
the terrible influence of the Zodiac…
the rational part of a man’s soul
… the working of these gods is as nothing.
But such men are few.
Most are led and driven by the gods
which govern earthly life…
To my way of thinking, however,
it is our duty not simply to acquiesce
in our human state,
but, through intense contemplation
of divine things,
to detach ourselves from our merely mortal nature.
Hermes Trismegistus in The Hermetica, as translated by Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy
Borrowed from the library of Dr Neel Burton
Compiled thousands of years ago at the time of the Pharoahs, is there any more prescient statement of Man’s current condition?
Beyond the mortal influences of genetic nature (Destiny) and environmental nurture with its unconscious influence on behaviour (Necessity), lies choice.
It is up to us to choose to think, to act freely, to gain insight, and so also gain Enlightenment.
Few make that choice.