Disambiguation Day

I've been meaning to do this for a while: look up the definition for all these H-words that sound so similar.

Hermetic/Hermetical:    

when in lower-case: "airtight, isolated, not affected by outside influences" (dictionary.com)

Hermetics/Hermeticism:

Hermes Trismegistus, the syncretized purveyor of a movement that characterized the 3rd to 7th centuries, and influenced the shaping of Christianity, and scientists through to Isaac Newton.  It is possible that he was a combination of the Greek god Hermes, and Egyptian god Toth.  Image from Wikipedia.

Hermes Trismegistus, the syncretized purveyor of a movement that characterized the 3rd to 7th centuries, and influenced the shaping of Christianity, and scientists through to Isaac Newton.  It is possible that he was a combination of the Greek god Hermes, and Egyptian god Toth.  Image from Wikipedia.

when in upper case: "of, relating to, or characteristic of occult science, especially alchemy."  OR relating to Hermes Trismegistus or his writings. (dictionary.com)

Hermetic Qabalah:

a syncretism of Kabbalah within Hermeticism (wikipedia).  (Totally random, but I saw it on the Wikipedia disambiguation page and couldn't resist including it here.  Oh my god, does it ever sound interesting).

Hermenutics:

"the theory and methodology of text interpretation" (wikipedia).  I heard this word thrown around a lot in Bible College.  I may even taken a class in Biblical Hermenutics without even stopping to ask myself what Hermeneutics even meant.  Now we know.