Why “Adocentyn”?

When we were considering names for our Pagan library, of course “Alexandria” came to mind, as it does for almost all Western Pagans when they think of “Pagan” and “library”, but there are already several existing libraries named after that famous repository of wisdom.

Then inspiration struck…

In the Hermetic dialogue called the Asclepius, Hermes Trismegistus prophesied that a time would come when the people would no longer worship Nature as a manifestation of the Divine and that the Gods would withdraw from Egypt to dwell in a city “to the furthest west from Egypt”, leaving mankind to “the tyranny of the angels”.  Eventually, Hermes promised, the Gods would venture out into the world again from this city, restoring the worship of Nature and the old wisdom.

The Picatrix identifies this city as “the City of Hermes” and names it “Adocentyn”, based on the Latin ad occidentem or “to the West”.

Well, San Francisco is about as far west from Egypt as you can get… and we even already have our own pyramid.  😉