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Pir Zia Inayat Khan Introduces Green Hermeticism
Pir Zia Inayat Khan, head of Seven Pillars, a contemporary House of Wisdom, introduces the premier Green Hermeticism series at the Abode of the Message in New Lebanon, New York. Hermeticism, the tradition of occult arts and sciences, has roots in ancient Egypt and Greece. Hermeticism was passed on to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as Hinduism, and the European Renaissance magi and humanists. Hermeticism is neither a religion nor a science in the narrow sense but an art, a set of symbols and operations that harmonize universally with all forms of spirituality and knowledge. In Sufi alchemy, the highest color, that of the Philosopher's Stone, is gold-green. The hidden prophet Khidr, is also known as the Green Man. In modern times, "green" has come to signify the whole cause of ecology and environmental activism. Modern sciences such as bioremediation and biodynamics deal with the use of plants to heal the Earth itself, a technique inspired by spagyric, or plant alchemy. This entire complex is called "Green Hermeticism" in order to suggest the revival of ancient cosmologies and techniques in the service of new holistic sciences which address pressing ecological problems.