Through the darkness of future’s past,
The magician longs to see.
One chants out between two worlds…
“Fire… walk with me.”
— Mike from Twin Peaks
As we had a taste of Christian Eschatology last time we now nibble on Christian Gnosticism. Simon was mentioned in the bible and in apocryphal works was purported to be a sorcerer of some renown. He developed a philosophically idealistic system wherein six roots of mental aspects issue from a fundamental principle of “Fire”:
- Mind (Heaven)
- Voice (Sun)
- Reason (Air)
- Reflection (Water)
- Name (Moon)
- Thought (Earth)
These six roots form three pairs:
- Mind [Nous] – Thought [Epinoia]
- Voice [Phone] – Name [Onoma]
- Reason [Logismos] – Reflection [Enthumesis]
Above is a representation of these six roots forming their three pairs or syzygies. Most of Simon’s teachings have been either been lost or perhaps even degraded from their original meaning. Do I waste both my time as well as yours to perpetuate this esoteric nonsense? Or is there some merit in it, if only for idle amusement?
G. R. S. (George Robert Stow) Mead / Simon Magus: His Philosophy and Teachings
Sometimes Mind is called Reason, and then Reason is called Judgment.
Greek philosopher Heraclitus also thought that fire was the fundamental element.
Simon was thought to have written the book “The Four Quarters of the World”, now lost to us. Perhaps it was in the Library of Alexandria?
Perhaps Mike’s spell from “Twin Peaks” is inspired by Simon Magus? See
Compare the six roots to de Bono’s six thinking hats: