"THE ART OF RECOGNITION IS
THE CONSUMMATION OF THE PRACTICE OF OBSERVATION...
THE PATH OF EVOLUTION IS IN FACT THE PATH OF RECOGNITIONS,
LEADING TO REVELATIONS" -D.K.
The Hermetic ObservaTory (THOTh) is a service activity encompassed within the New Group of World Servers to promote Right Observation in the Light of the most modern expression of the Arcane Wisdom tradition. The New Group of World Servers (NGWS) is a subjective group of individuals pledged to serve the Good, the Beautiful and the True who, regardless of sex, race, religion or social class, are committed to aid in the foundation of a new civilization or New World during these turbulent times of transition.
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One of the "seeds" to be nurtured by the NGWS during this transition period is the Science and Art of Right Observation. In the Alice A. Bailey's books this seed group is named the Group of Trained Observers and its mission is stated thus: "Later, when the new civilization is nearing appearance, these groups will have in them two key persons or points of energy through which the forces of HERMES and the will of the CHRIST will be focused, and through which They will be enabled to work. When this takes place the task of dissipating world glamour will be much more rapid than it is today. In the meantime groups of disciples can 'NURTURE and CONCEAL,' thus protecting from trouble the germ or seed of the new Aquarian culture and civilization along this particular line of FREEDOM."
The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p.39
This service activity is reverently dedicated to Hermes: the ever-OBSERVING Mind within the all-inclusive Love of God, the fundamental Masonic symbol of the Eye of God which dominates everything within the Temple...
- The Eye of God. Shiva is the first Person of the Trinity, the Destroyer, but at the same time the Final Absorber, the Whole and yet the part. This is the organ of the divine Will or Power, the Eye, through Whose directed gaze the power flows outward to its created Whole. In the case of the human spirit, it is the Monad.
- The Eye of Vision, indicating this time not the directing energy, but the conscious Observer, the Soul, whether cosmic, solar or human.
- The Eye that Knows. This is the disciple who, from stage to stage, reacts increasingly to the direction of the spiritual will and to the growth of sensitive response, and in both his brain and his mind consciousness in the three worlds knows. That knowledge is limited in the neophyte, deepening in the disciple and profound in the Master, but it is all related to vision.
Discipleship New Age II, p.265
Mercury, the first of the celestial Gods, the God Hermes... is Budh, Wisdom, Enlightenment or 'reawakening' [recognition] in the divine sense.
The Secret Doctrine, I-513
When the disciple becomes aware that he is himself Mercury, the Son of Mind, and therefore one with the universal Christ, the 'Sun and yet the Son of God'... he is an initiate.
Esoteric Astrology, 284
Leaves of Morya's Garden I,
The Call, 1924
The Call, 255. Dim is the light of the world.
Thus each desire to serve is especially precious to Us.
But know one thing,
that good will and active work help Us best.
Not for miracles but for service did I summon you.
Fire is no danger to your wings.
Leaves of Morya's Garden II,
Illumination, II:VIII:3. Synthesis of spirituality is the rarest gift; it alone kindles the light of the world. Nothing can be compared to the light of the world. The light burns, but its ray is being sought.
New Era Community, 1926
Community, 95. Once a woman stopped between images of the Blessed Buddha and Maitreya, not knowing to Whom to offer her reverence. And the image of the Blessed Buddha uttered these words “According to My Covenant, revere the future. Standing in defense of the past, direct your gaze toward the dawn.”
Remember how We labor for the future, and direct all your being into the future! In rays of knowledge We bring a Teaching strange to the world, for the light of the world is covered by darkness.
Please join us during these very special 5-day periods (60 hours before and after the exact time of the full moon) as we voice together The Great Invocation.
More information on meditation at the time of the full moon may be found in the booklet Meditation and the Rhythm of the Year by Michal Eastcott from Group for Creative Meditation. A meditation outline is also available. A modern hermetic exegesis of The Great Invocation has been recently published. A review of its astrological correlates is also available.
Meditation at the time of the new moon (lower interlude) may also be observed and is encouraged. Reflection on the Principles and Laws of the New Age applied to the pressing Problems of Humanity may be profitably used during these lower interludes to strengthen the hands of the New Group of World Servers everywhere.
God is the ONE who can withdraw and, in withdrawing, dispel [illusion] , dissipate [glamour] and devitalise [maya] all that has been created. In these three activities of that Reality which is not identified with appearance, the will of God, the Destroyer aspect of Deity, is beneficiently present. The act of abstraction produces the dispelling of the illusory world of thought; the withdrawal of the divine attention dissipates the sentient universe and brings glamour to an end; the cessation of divine direction brings death to the physical world. All these activities are evidences of the will or of the first aspect --the will-to-good which can and will function in perfection only when goodwill is finally and fully developed on Earth, through the agency of humanity.
GLAMOUR: A World Problem, 244
The Hermetic Observatory is an independent service activity within the NGWS; no endorsement by other groups or service activities referred to in this site is claimed or implied.
The Life and Teachings of Thoth Hermes Trismegistus
by Manley P. Hall