Do plants possess souls?

The finest part of matter is air, of air, soul, of soul, Nous, of Nous, God.             CH 6.11

We have known that plants have a respiratory system, that they do breathe, for a long time. In terms of current acceptable scientific understandings, in History of Plant Respiration by Meirion Thomas tells us of Marcello Malpighi (1628 – 1694) who was an Italian Biologist and who’s theories and experiments in London in 1686 formed the basis of much of the nineteenth century work on respiration in plants. Discoveries about the composition of air, and about gaseous exchange between plants and the surrounding atmosphere were made in the late 1700’s.  Plants breath.

… therefore nous has taken soul as a cover and the soul, being itself divine, uses breath as fire and the breath governs living things.                                       CH 10.17

…, but all the living (beings) which are endowed with voice have breath and souls, since all that decreases and increases is a living (being).                      Definitions 4.1

There is a very interesting article National Geographic article, Trees Call for Help—And Now Scientists Can Understand by Gabe Popkin regarding plants making noises other than growing sounds of roots and branches. Plants have both voice and breath.

The Project Augustine theological blog have a great post Plant Theology: Do Plants Have a Soul? (Plant Neurobiology), what I liked about their experiment was the respect shown to the plants, it appeared that there was no negativity directed at the plants during the recording.  Plants have the ability to move with intent and sense their environment.

Therefore, the movement of the cosmos and of all living material turns out not to arise from that which comes from outside the cosmos but from what is within, which moves outward: from the soul, from the breath of life or from incorporeal being.                             CH 2.8

Then there is always this;

Therefore all is immortal: matter, life, spirit, soul and Nous, from which every living creature has been composed.                             CH12.18



on Void & the ZPF

The Zero Point Field gets some coverage in The Perfect Discourse, here Hermes discusses The Void.

I consider that there is no void, there never could have been a void and there never will be a void. All parts of the cosmos are totally full, so that the cosmos itself is full and complete with bodies that differ in both form and quality; and each has its own appearance and size. One may be larger than another and one smaller; one may be more dense and another more subtle. Those that are more dense are more easily seen, as are those which are larger. Those that are smaller or subtler can only be seen with difficulty and sometimes not at all. These we know of only by keen attention.

on praise to the Divine

Reading G.R.S. Mead’s Hymns of Hermes ‘Ecstatic Songs of Gnosis’, he asks the question of who is actually capable of singing God’s praises when it requires the whole universe and the countless universes of all that is, to sign the praises of God in any truly adequate manner?

Who, then, what man, has the understanding wherewith to praise God fitly, when through in his separated consciousness he knows not who he is, he yet begins to realise that “who he really is” must inevitably be God and no other?

In what manner can the Divine sing praises of itself as of some other than itself, when ‘I’ and ‘Thou’ must essentially be one, and the utterance of praise as of some other one seems to be a departure from the blessed state of that Divine intuition.

Give that some thought.

‘Geomantic’ figures as fourth dimensional vectors

The fourth dimension is an abstract concept derived by generalizing the rules of three-dimensional space.  It has been studied by mathematicians and philosophers for almost two hundred years, both for its own interest and for the insights it offered into mathematics and related fields.


The figures are generated by applying the rules of vectors and coordinate geometry to a space with four dimensions.  A vector with four elements, such as the geomantic figures, can be used to represent a position in four-dimensional space.