They claim that the substance transits between the material plain and the spiritual plain and can thereby be used as a communication device to the Otherworld. There is, however no science at all to back these claims - just thousands upon thousands of assumptions.
The strict etymology of the word is divided. Most scholars claim that Ormus/Ormuz is derived from the Persian word Hur-mogh, meaning simply “date-palm.” Others claim that orme is the ancient word for worm or serpent (which I found in my other work to be no different to the fire of thought - illumination).
In fact, the date-palm and the serpent share symbolic similarities.
The palm itself is symbolic of several important myths. Firstly, it was the sign of the “Flaming Column” found on the coinage of Carthage. The palm also stood for fire and the Tree of Life. The leaves were never changing, and in this they signified the unchangeable Lord. The Phoenicians also held the palm in high esteem, and their coinage displayed the serpent coiled around its trunk - the fire of the tree (spine - see entries on the kundalini earlier in the book).
The name of the deity “Baal Tamar” meant “Lord of the Palm,” and “Tamar” means “resplendent Sun Fire.”
So we simply have a circular argument here. Let me explain. Ahura Mazda was a fire god or shining illumination of the Persian Zoroastrians that have been implicated by many Gnostic scholars as progenitors of much Gnostic thought, and were extreme mystics in outlook. Ahura Mazda is therefore the same as the palm and is indeed imaged by the palm.
The name itself means simply “Lord of Wisdom,” and mazda is in fact a feminine noun, which reveals a hidden Gnosis behind the name.
You see, true Gnosis or knowledge or indeed wisdom (the “good mind” above) can only be gained through balance, and this was often imaged in ancient times as balance between the sexes.
The world saw this feminine principle in the myths of Sophia, the female element of wisdom and from where we derive “philosophy.” In fact, what Zoroaster was saying here was that true wisdom lies in the balanced state, and this balance was imaged by the world axis or tree - perfectly upright and running between the opposites (“wrongful and the righteous”).
The palm as a symbol of fire and Ormus (Ahura Mazda) as the deity of wisdom and fire was simply “illuminated” or “enlightened.” It was the image of perfection. And so, what we end up with is the etymology and the actual hidden Gnosis in the name, giving us the real truth behind the name our modern pseudo-scientists have given to a particular substance.