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  1. The answer to this question is hardly possible due to the vagueness of the concept of “Hermeticism” – in other words, we simply do not know how to count.

    First, there is no single organization or community that can be identified as a “hermeticist”. Second, the tradition of using the word varies greatly between countries: in the United States, in particular, some authors call themselves ” Hermetists “in the sense of” follower of the ideas of Western esotericism”. That is, this word is used in the broadest sense. Finally, there is also no clear definition in the scientific community.

    Accordingly, depending on who we count, we will have different results. In the modern world, there are not many people who directly read the ancient Hermetic texts and consistently build their worldview on their basis. On the other hand, individual references, for example, to the “Emerald Tablet” or texts like the “Kybalion” are much more widespread. Finally, if we talk about mass movements that have been influenced by ideas that are considered hermetic, the numbers will be even more significant. In other words, hermetic ideas in the modern world much more often appear as a part, component of identity, than as a full-fledged identity.

    However, the significance of Hermeticism in the history of thought, as well as the significance of any school of philosophy, consisted, generally speaking, not in its mass character, but in its influence on intellectual circles, through which hermetic ideas then flowed into mass culture (for example, through literature, cinema, comics). It is unlikely that everyone who has read Alan Moore's Prometheus is a” hermeticist, “but Prometheus is a comic book specifically written to convey the hermetic ideas of its author.

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