Kybalion of Hermes Trismegistus

A study of the Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece. Hermes Trismegistus is said to be an Egyptian man-god who fathered astrology, alchemy, and other magical arts. "The scibe of the gods", who dwelt with old Egypt in the days when the present race of men was in its infancy. Contemporary with Abraham, and, if the legends are true, an instructor of that venerable sage, Hermes was, and is, the Great Central Sun of Occultism....All the fundamental and basic teachings embedded in the esoteric teachings of every race may be traced back to Hermes. Even the most ancient teachings of India undoubtedly have their roots in the original Hermetic Teachings.

the origin of the name "Trismegistus" has more than one possible explanation. "Trismegistus" means "thrice-blessed" or "thrice-greatest", but its origin and nature (whether it is a proper name or a title) have varying stories accounting for them. According to some sources, it originated as the title, "Great, great, great", which appeared on the Rosetta Stone (Williams, 691). According to others it came from a rendering into Greek of an Egyptian epithet used to refer to Thoth - the Egyptian "aa aa ur" became the Greek "megistos kai megistos theos, megas Hermes", meaning "greatest and greatest god, great Hermes", and which evolved over time to the shorter "Hermes Trismegistus", "thrice greatest Hermes" (Mahé, 287). And according to yet another source, "Trismegistus" comes from a story that Hermes reincarnated three times in Egypt, each time remembering and recognizing himself for who and what he was (Mahé, 288) And finally, an Egyptian priest named Manethon taught that "Trismegistus" was simply the last name of a Hermes who was the son of an Egyptian god (Mahé, 287). The scholarly conclusion, however, seems to be that "Trismegistus" was a title, originating from the "thrice greatest" epithet, and that the other accounts of its origin came from later stories and interpretation after the original meaning of "Trismegistus" was forgotten (Mahé, 287).
Characteristics of Hermes Trismegistus
Hermes Trismegistus can variously be:

A Greek (Hermes) or Egyptian (called Hermes or Hermanubis, but associated with Thoth or Anubis) god in his own right, or
A Hellenized combination-god, based partly on the Greek Hermes (and, of course, the Roman Mercury) and partly on the Egyptian Thoth, or
The grandson of the god Hermes, referred to on occasion as "the younger Hermes" (Stock, 626), or
A spiritual figure, possibly a god, who reincarnates several times through history, maturing, developing his doctrine, and progressing further in the ideal of Hermetic self-realization each time.

"From lip to ear the truth has been handed down to a few. There have always been a few initiates in evry generation, in the various lands of the earth, who kept alive the sacred flame of the Hermetic Teachings, and such have always been willing to use their lamps to re-light lesser lamps of the world, when the light of truth grew dim, and clouded by reason of neglect, and when the wicks became clogged with foreign matter."

This group is a discussion forum/learning platform to discuss such as the Seven Hermetic Principles; Mentalism, Correspondence, Vibration, Polarity, Rhythm, Cause and Effect, Gender