Golden Sun Origins [Updated]

In the research for my Golden Sun III project, the Myth of Laerad, I occasionally stumbled across the hermetism/hermeticism page on Wikipedia. Hermeticism is basically a esoteric discipline (religion) with gnostic concepts throughout. It’s set apart from other disciplines because of its amazing Mysteries, and the powerful mythology and magick that drives them. Perhaps go to its Wiki page if you want more info.

Recently, I discovered a very apparent truth as I examined the page in detail for the first time: Golden Sun and Hermeticism have incredible similarities. Not only that, but the work I’ve been doing the past three years on the Myth of Laerad is actually spiritually successive to what could be the larger, hidden plot of the Golden Sun series, which I believe I may have uncovered. Let me show you my findings.

  • First, the founder of Hermeticism: Hermes Trismegistus (meaning “Thrice Great”), named so because, as he claims in The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, he knows the three parts of the wisdom of the whole universe. One of those three things is Alchemy.
  • Next, take a look at the Hermetic creation myth! The Maker of the world created “seven powers”: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Sun and the Moon. Not only this, but the classical elements of Fire, Air, Earth and Water are essential to Hermetic practice.
  • Who was the Wise One? Here are some possibilities:
    • “The Latin Ops: Terra, genius of the earth.” Ops, or Opis, was the same mythical figure represented as Gaia, or Mother Earth, and thus was female. The Wise One of Golden Sun, to me at least, feels decidedly patriarchal. But compare the symbol of Ops (the Monad) to the Wise One itself:
    • The Stone of Pessinus: “There was an oddly shaped stone that was procured from Pessinus that represented Ops. It was put in the famous temple in Rome and worshiped by the Romans, particularly the Cult of Cybele (Earth), for a long time in numerous ceremonies.”
    • 2010 UPDATE: The mysterious stone artifacts known as Baetylia: “a Semitic word denoting a sacred stone, which was supposedly endowed with life. These objects of worship were meteorites, which were dedicated to the gods or revered as symbols of the gods themselves
    • Lastly, take a look at this alchemical woodcut (dated around the 17th century) of the Eye of Providence; the infamous symbol of all things occult:

  • Next, the Hermetic description of Adepts.

“Adeptship is the state of complete spiritual maturity so far as this is possible to a member of the human family. Deficient in nothing necessary to a life of wisdom, the adept is sufficient to his own needs and capable of determining that course of personal action most likely to lead to enlightenment. The adepts foreshadow the state of mankind when it will have attained the full release of its faculties and powers. The adept is, therefore, the truly evolved of our species.”

  • One of the most famous occult writers ever (along with Aleister Crowley, Dion Fortune, etc); Madame Blavatsky “asserts the capabilities of the adept as being able to take active control of elemental spirits.
  • Lastly, and definitely the most interesting:

1. “In the initiatory system of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn(!), an adept is one who has been granted the title Adeptus Minor. Symbolically this degree represents a spiritual aspirant who, having mastered the union of the four elements under an upright and balanced spirit, is allowed passage from the Portal of the Vault of the Adepti to… Abiegnus; the center of the universe.

2. “In the lore of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Mons Abiegnus (Latin, ‘fir covered mountain’) was a mythical mountain that symbolized the spiritual journey of the initiate. Borrowed from Rosicrucian symbolism, Abiegnus is visualized as the kabbalistic tree of life in the form of a subterranean mountain.”

3. The Aleph Ritual. A Ma’aseh Merkabah ritual constructed from traditional sources and from the angelic pantheon adopted by the Order of the Golden Dawn. This ritual is to be performed in conjunction with a study of the Tree of Life.

Mons Abiegnus… Mount Aleph

There you have it. Not only does Golden Sun partly originate from a secret religious discipline (it also takes a lot from Norse mythology and others), but nearly all my ideas for Golden Sun III are aligned with it.

Pretty awesome.



  1. June 21, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    I like the post – that’s so weird seeing the similarities. I never really looked into the historical roots of Golden Sun’s world and plot.

  2. July 14, 2008 at 11:34 am

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  3. August 27, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    […] my mind, is becoming quite allegorically mystical. Don’t be worried about this, because as Origins reveals, Golden Sun is already quite symbolic of such ancient mystic […]

  4. Jared Kay said,

    September 26, 2008 at 11:10 am

    pretty cool and interesting stuff

  5. Anon. said,

    October 30, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    “First, the founder of Hermeticism: Hermes Trismegistus (meaning “Thrice Great”), named so because, as he claims in The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, he knows the three parts of the wisdom of the whole universe. One of those three things is Alchemy.”


    What is the second and third parts of the wisdom of the whole universe?


  6. daftmonk said,

    October 30, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Alchemy is the driving force behind Golden Sun because it IS the Operation of the Sun.

    The other two are Astrology (The Operation of the Moon) and Theurgy (The Operation of the Stars). This may seem to be mixed up. 😛

  7. daftmonk said,

    June 6, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Oh, and thanks for your comments guys. I appreciate your interest in this! 🙂

  8. November 3, 2009 at 1:00 am

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  9. D Iribarren said,

    February 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Hey, great write up! Where does the card come from on the title or upper graphic ….
    Golden Sun (within a key) = this card!!

    Thank you!!

    • daftmonk said,

      February 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm

      I found it in an old Google search for “hermeticism”. I can’t find it anymore though, sadly. Thanks for reading!

  10. Alzeranox said,

    February 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    gratz on 15000

  11. Alzeranox said,

    March 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Also, I’m still waiting for part 4 of gloom. And I kinda think it’s past Golden Sun at this point. What you’ve done is far more than what Camelot did with Dark Dawn, personally if you changed one or two words in you story to remove the Golden Sun elements you’d have the base for a pretty good novel. Otherwise, I look forward to this being created as a hack for Golden Sun in the possibly distant future. I guess we will have to wait for GS 4 to see how they conclude this GS arc.

  12. daftmonk said,

    March 6, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Haha, I think you’re right. In any regard, I plan to make this into a novel at some hopefully-not-too-distant point in the future. It shall undergo an alchemical process and be transmuted anew. 🙂

    Gloom 4 is coming. Most likely April. Thanks for supporting this little writer!

  13. Tim said,

    August 16, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Constantly surprised at what you’ve uncovered, deep stuff.

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