This Land Is Mine

This Land Is Mine from Nina Paley on Vimeo.

This Land Is Mine“, an animated video by Nina Paley, to Ernest Gold and Pat Boone’s “The Exodus Song” sung by Andy Williams; “A brief history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant.” Also, see Who’s Killing Who? A Viewer’s Guide: Because you can’t tell the players without a pogrom!

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/27/this-land-is-mine/

THE MAGIC IS STILL
http://hermetic.com/information/the-magic-is-still/

This Unicursal THE MAGIC IS STILL Poster is another piece of helpful propaganda from the Ministry of Information, a take on the original trilogy of British posters from WWII combined with a quote from “The Opium Smoker” in Equinox Vol I No ii.

THE MAGIC IS STILL
http://hermetic.com/information/the-magic-is-still/

This Unicursal THE MAGIC IS STILL Poster is another piece of helpful propaganda from the Ministry of Information, a take on the original trilogy of British posters from WWII combined with a quote from “The Opium Smoker” in Equinox Vol I No ii.

Ultraculture Journal, Vol 1

Ultraculture Journal: Essays on Magick, Tantra and the Deconditioning of Consciousness (Volume 1) from Jason Louv, with Jhonn Balance, Joel Biroco, Ira Cohen, Ganesh Baba, Brion Gysin, Genesis Breyer R-Orridge; may be of interest.

Jason Louv et al Ultraculture Journal

“Ultraculture Journal collects under one cover some of the most volatile and direct tantric and magickal writing currently available in the English language. It will change you at the cellular level. You have been forewarned. This issue includes:
· Genesis Breyer P-Orridge on the holographic Garden of Eden Brion Gysin’s travelogue of his journey to Alamut, the citadel of the Assassins
· Lalitanath and Shivanath on the Magick Path of Tantra
· Jason Louv’s essential guide to Western magick
· Beat legend Ira Cohen on John Dee and the Kumbh Mela, the biggest religious festival in the world
· Dave Lowe and Hans Plomp travel across India’s mountains and rivers without end
· The psychedelic rantings of Ganesh Baba, the world’s most tripped-out guru
· Johnny Templar broadcasts live from the tomb of Christian Rosenkreutz
· Joel Biroco on the “War on Terror”
· Prince Charming interviews Tibetan Tantric Adept Monica Dechen Gyalmo
· New lyrics from the late Jhonn Balance of Coil and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
· Treasure chests full of rituals, reviews and wish-granting genies!

Ultraculture Journal promises to catalyze a twenty-first century actually worth living in. Welcome to the psychedelic make-out party at the beginning of history. Jason Louv is the editor of Generation Hex (2005) and Thee Psychick Bible (2009).”

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/27/ultraculture-journal-vol-1/

Guerilla Theurgy

Guerrilla Theurgy, Videos, Cards, Angels is a crowdfunding effort by Jason Augustus Newcomb to “help transform the world for the positive with this multi-media magical art and action campaign.”

Imagine living in a better, happier, more peaceful world. Imagine a world where creativity, pleasure, joy and spirit received as much attention as commerce, industry, war and competition. We can create a better, more balanced world together, but it requires a shift in consciousness.

Guerrilla Theurgy is a plan to make the world a better place one step at a time by taking small actions in the world to help people feel happier and better, and to awaken ourselves. The specific actions are inspired by the set of 72 angels most well known as the Shemhamphorash. The power of each angel inspires a positive action or instruction.

72 short Videos are in production, each demonstrating one of these angelically inspired actions. See the video above for a fun example. These will be uploaded individually and collected with extras in a DVD.

A deck of 72 cards has been created which give detailed instructions for carrying out these actions. This deck is somewhat like a Tarot, but a Tarot of action rather than oracle.

Together we can change the world in a big way through small things that can be done every day or any day.

This material is created by Jason Augustus Newcomb, author of many books, meditation recordings, and Tarot decks.

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/27/guerilla-theurgy/

Summary for the week ending July 26th, 2014

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending July 26th, 2014.

Unicursal THE MAGIC IS STILL Poster

This Unicursal THE MAGIC IS STILL Poster is another piece of helpful propaganda from the Ministry of Information, a take on the original trilogy of British posters from WWII combined with a quote from “The Opium Smoker” in Equinox Vol I No ii.

If you enjoy the Hermetic Library site, and any of the blogs, tumblogs and social media related to the library, then please consider supporting the Patreon campaign for the Hermetic Library. Of course, there are a variety of ways you can help support and participate at the library, but adding your voice as a Patron of the ongoing work and expansion of the library will not only be very much appreciated.

There are only a couple of weeks left for submissions to Magick, Music and Ritual 10 before the deadline on August 15th, 2014. This will the the one and only Hermetic Library album released this year, so the time to get involved is now. Also, the best way to add anthology releases and this upcoming Hermetic Library album to your personal music collection is through the Patron campaign at Patreon.

I also have announced a call for proposals for artwork and design for the 2014 anthology album, so consider either getting in touch or letting others know, who may be interested in that opportunity.

If you’d like to get a gratis code for Magick, Music and Ritual 10 when it releases, and another gratis download code immediately for any other released anthology, then consider becoming a Patron of the library now, before the anthology is released. That’s two albums of music this year if you act now. If you wait, then you would only get one gratis download code, not both!

Here is a summary of Hermetic Library blog posts:

Reading Room

Liber Sigil-A-IAF by Aion 131, the 2010 library edition hardcover from Waning Moon Publications
Images & Oracles of Austin Osman Spare by Kenneth Grant, the 2003 hardcover from Fulgur Limited

Anthology Project

Postal Potlatch

Visual

Sciences Occultes added by Janis Ganga
Untitled added by Agustin Croxatto
A page in my book of shadows added by Samantha Pina

Audio

Fivefold Impetus Toward Unity (Part I) added by OrosKhaos
Nibiru Zombie Apocalypse added by Ophwurld
macabre faery tail interupted by rambunctious trollz added by zornia fangorn
in the depths of the sea (elegy lost), an uncertain track added by blackantlers

Video

Arts and Letters

The Builders by Charles F Forshaw, 1916

Goods and Services

Apocalypse of the Alien God: Platonism and the Exile of Sethian Gnosticism by Dylan M Burns, in the Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion series, from University of Pennsylvania Press
Dark Enlightenment: The Historical, Sociological, and Discursive Contexts of Contemporary Esoteric Magic by Kennet Granholm, part of the Aries Book series, from Brill
Magick and the Occult. Including Limited and Deluxe Editions from Several Private Collections, Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue #123
Adept Magic in the Golden Dawn Tradition by Frater YShY, preface by Sandra Tabatha Cicero, foreword by Samuel Scarborough, from Kerubim Press
Clavis Journal, Vol 3: Cipher and Stone from Ouroboros Press and Three Hands Press
Handbook of Freemasonry, edited by Henrik Bogdan and Jan A M Snoek, part of the Brill Handbooks on Contemporary Religion series
Make Magic of Your Life, an online class being offered by T Thorn Coyle
American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen, with Larry Lytle, A D Coleman and Michael Moynihan, from Feral House

Calendar

Launch Party for Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin at Atlantis Bookshop on July 31st 2014

Miscellaneous

Bight of the Twin, a crowdfunding effort for a documentary about Vodun in Benin with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
Orgasm: The Cure for Hunger in the Western Woman, a TEDxSF presentation by Nicole Daedone
How It Works, a video introduction for Headspace
Vault of Adepts, Jordon Stratford’s Laudanum Studios crowdfunding effort
Call for papers for The Bosom of Isis anthology
Omnium Gatherum: July 25th, 2014, an irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together …
Gonzo Sociology, a video of an audio interview with Robert Anton Wilson and Arlen Riley Wilson
Bibliotheca, a crowdfunding effort by Adam Lewis Greene to create a presentation of biblical literature
Black Jesus, an extended trailer for the new series

Here are some top site pages:

The Left-Hand Path—”The Black Brothers”
The Theory of the Tarot
Black Magic is Not a Myth
Leah Sublime
The I Ching

Here are some top BBS posts:

What’s missing from the site that should be there?
Any quotes catch your eye from the material on the site?
Notice any typos or other errors on the site?
How should this place be organized?
So this happened then … the new Hrmtc Underground BBS!

Do you have comments, questions, corrections or suggestions? Contact the librarian.

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/27/summary-for-the-week-ending-july-26th-2014/

Black Jesus

Expanded trailer for Black Jesus, a new series on Adult Swim

“Black Jesus is a half hour live-action scripted comedy series on Adult Swim from Peabody award-winning creator Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks, Red Tails) and Mike Clattenburg (Trailer Park Boys). The series finds Jesus living in present day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers.”

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/26/black-jesus/

Bibliotheca

Bibliotheca by Adam Lewis Greene may be of interest. Only a few hours to go on this crowdfunding effort, but it has been funded many times over, to create a presentation of “the biblical literature designed & crafted for reading, separated into four elegant volumes, and free of all numbers, notes, etc” printed in a typeface custom designed for the project. Greene has made clear that “this is not a fundraiser for an edition that you will be able to order after the campaign” but that the campaign is the only way to get the publication with no “guarantee it will be made available again” (though, honestly, I’d bet he gets a number of offers from publishers).

“The literature of the Bible was experienced by its ancient audiences as pure literary art—written or oral—with none of the encyclopedic conventions we are accustomed to today (chapter divisions, verse numbers, notes, cross references, etc.). Furthermore, the texts were appreciated as individual works of literature, which gradually accumulated into what we recognize as the biblical anthology (Biblia, meaning Books). It wasn’t until the middle ages that navigational conventions were added and the many texts were combined into a single volume (The Bible, meaning The Book, singular).

Today, our contemporary bibles are ubiquitously dense, numerical and encyclopedic in format; very different from how we experience other classic & foundational literature, and completely foreign to how the original authors conceived of their work.

By separating the text into several volumes, and by applying classic & elegant typography, Bibliotheca is meant to provide a fresh alternative to the reader who wants to enjoy the biblical library anew, as great literary art.”

Adam Lewis Greene Bibliotheca crowdfunding effort

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/26/bibliotheca/

A page in my book of shadows

Still seeking artwork and design proposals for the 2014 anthology album, if you or someone you know is interested; read more at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/05/call-for-proposals-for-artwork-and-design-for-the-2014-anthology-album/

American Grotesque

American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen, with Larry Lytle, A D Coleman and Michael Moynihan, due in November from Feral House, may be of interest.

William Mortensen American Grotesque from Feral House

“American Grotesque is a lavish retrospective of grotesque, occult, and erotic images by the forgotten Hollywood photographer William Mortensen (1897–1965), an innovative pictorialist visionary whom Ansel Adams called the ‘Antichrist’ and to whom Anton LaVey dedicated The Satanic Bible.

Mortensen’s countless technical innovations and inspired use of special effects prefigures the development of digital manipulation and Photoshop. Includes a gallery of more than one hundred striking photographs in duotone and color, many of them previously unseen, and accompanying essays by Mortensen and others on his life, work, techniques, and influence.”

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/26/american-grotesque/

Make Magic of Your Life

Make Magic of Your Life is an online class being offered by T Thorn Coyle, where you will “join a group of dedicated seekers for a seven month exploration through the Four Powers of the Sphinx: To Know, To Will, To Dare, To Keep Silence. Together, we will work to unlock the fifth power: To Manifest.” This builds on the material presented in Thorn’s book, Make Magic of Your Life: Passion, Purpose, and the Power of Desire, from Weiser Books.

“Our first month will be spent uncovering or clarifying what we want to work on:

A project that we would like support with.
Figuring out what the heck our desire even is.
Getting a better sense of the Four Powers and their uses.
Fully claiming our passion, purpose, and desire.
Each month thereafter will be spent in the activating presence of one of the Four Powers. In the sixth month, we will approach the Quintessence, – To Manifest – and set further goals or refine our wish. In the seventh month, we will work the great spell, enacting the Ritual of Manifestation.

The text for this class is Make Magic of Your Life: Passion, Purpose, and the Power of Desire. Support includes mentoring by Thorn and some of her long-term students via online discussion fora, videos of Thorn discussing the Four Powers, and optional real-time chats. Participants can access homework and discussions at any time.

Cost is on a sliding scale between $300-600 for the seven months, and can be broken into three payments: a deposit at registration, next payment by Sept 1st, final payment in November. Those who pay near the top of the scale support those who need financial aid and scholarships.

Those who cannot afford low end of the scale, please ask for further financial assistance.

Space is limited.”

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/26/make-magic-of-your-life-3/

Gonzo Sociology

Part one in a series of 8, a video of an audio interview with Robert Anton Wilson and Arlen Riley Wilson on the topic of Gonzo Sociology [HT Mark Donahue].

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/25/gonzo-sociology/

Handbook of Freemasonry

Handbook of Freemasonry, edited by Henrik Bogdan and Jan A M Snoek, part of the Brill Handbooks on Contemporary Religion series, may be of interest. You can take a gander at the table of contents and introduction posted by Henrik Bogdan.

Henrik Bogdan Jan A M Snoek Handbook on Freemasonry from Brill

“Freemasonry is the largest, oldest, and most influential secret society in the world. The Brill Handbook of Freemasonry is a pioneering work that brings together, for the first time, leading scholars on Freemasonry. The first section covers historical perspectives, such as the origins and early history of Freemasonry. The second deals with the relationship between Freemasonry and specific religious traditions such as the Catholic Church, Judaism, and Islam. In the third section, organisational themes, such as the use of rituals, are explored, while the fourth section deals with issues related to society and politics – women, blacks, colonialism, nationalism, and war. The fifth and final section is devoted to Freemasonry and culture, including music, literature, modern art, architecture and material culture.” [via]

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/25/handbook-of-freemasonry/

Omnium Gatherum: July 25th, 2014

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for July 25th, 2014

William Mortensen The Mark of the Devil
The Mark of the Devil by William Mortensen at The Grotesque Eroticism of William Mortensen’s Lost Photography — Larry Lytle, VICE

Here are some top gatherum posts from the BBS this week:

  • Excerpt from Hugo Gernsmack’s The Scientific Adventures of Baron Munchausen quoted at U-Boats, Spies, and White Magic: The Invention of Wireless Cryptography — Grant Wythoff, Gizmodo

    “When one contemplates the marvel of sculptured sound on a graphophonic record, and realizes that from the cold vorticity of line there may magically spring the golden lilt of the greatest song voice that the world has ever heard, then comes the conviction that we are living in the days of white magic.”

  • Bringing Back a Lost Museum — Laura C Mallonee, Hyperallergic

    “In 1945, workers at Brown University’s biology department were clearing out storage space when they stumbled on a giant trove of natural and ethnographic specimens and artifacts. The collection had belonged to the Jenks Museum of Natural History and Anthropology, founded at the school in 1871 and dismantled in 1915 to make way for new classrooms. Inexplicably, the workers drove 92 truckloads worth of the carefully curated objects to the banks of the Seekonk River, where they unloaded them into a common dump.

    Now, the collection has been resurrected from that mire by “The Jenks Society for Lost Museums” — a group of students and professors from Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design — with the help of artist Mark Dion. Like previous attempts to reimagine destroyed museums, their three collaborative installations, on view at Rhode Island Hall, recreates parts of the museum while challenging assumptions about permanence in museum work.”

  • The Grotesque Eroticism of William Mortensen’s Lost Photography — Larry Lytle, VICE

    “Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of him—he was written into a footnote by the “straight photography” school of the 1950s, and referred to as “the Antichrist” by Ansel Adams, a tag that stuck after Anton LaVey dedicated The Satanic Bible to him. Primarily known as a Hollywood portrait artist, he developed a myriad of pre-Photoshop special effects to craft grotesque, erotic, and mystical images. This fall, Feral House will release [American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen], a monograph on his occult photography.”

  • Haiti Doesn’t Have a Vodou Problem, It Has a Christianity Problem — France François, Ebony

    “Contrary to the Cardinal’s statement, Vodou is not Haiti’s problem; Christianity is. No push to spread Vodou ever wiped out entire “savage” indigenous peoples. Vodou has caused no wars due to a desire to convert as many people as possible. Vodou doesn’t tell “saved souls” that they must be complacent, accepting their lot on Earth for the potential of future salvation in heaven. Vodou never told Black people they were a curse or 3/5ths of a person.

    Vodou is of the belief system that sustained our ancestors across the Middle Passage, during the brutality of the plantation, and through the victories of slave rebellions. Haiti should never apologize for it.

    Christianity and the West’s real problem with Vodou is that, like the Maroons who practiced it, it remains elusive to those who would aim to profit off of it, package it, and control it.”

  • Newly-discovered records show history of black Masonic lodge in Winfield — Dave Seaton, Winfield Daily Courier

    “A treasure trove of Winfield history was recently discovered in the dilapidated two-story building at 1307 Main, just north of the Dawson Monument Company.

    Realtors Jeff Albright and Jeff Everhart found a trunk upstairs full of records and memorabilia from the former black Masonic lodge here. They also found the lodge’s gavel.”

    “In its heyday, the Winfield lodge hosted a gathering of individual chapters of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Kansas, the organization of black Masonic lodges in the state. The event took place Aug. 20-21, 1917. An estimated 200 Masons attended from around the state.”

  • From the Introduction by Henrik Bogdan and Jan A M Snoek to Handbook of Freemasonry from Brill

    “With roots going back to the medieval guilds of stonemasons, Freemasonry is the oldest initiatory society in the West not dependant on a religious institution. Having lodges in virtually every major city in most parts of the world, it has changed from an originally British institution to a worldwide phenomenon with a wide range of local idiosyncratic features and characteristics. Numbering millions of active members it is also the largest fraternal organization in the world, still managing to attract new members in the postmodern society of the twenty-first century. The continued presence and development of Freemasonry with its rich diversity in practices and interpretations, raises the question what it is that makes such an old phenomenon seem relevant to so many diverse people for over three hundred years? There is no single answer to the question, but part of it surely rests on the fact that despite its emphasis on tradition, transmission and authority, Freemasonry has always been a non-dogmatic organisation in the sense that its rituals, symbols and practices have not had official and final interpretations. On the contrary, Freemasonry is characterised by a striking diversity of interpretation—it is thus possible to find purely moral interpretations of its central symbols, but also scientific, psychological, esoteric, political, philosophical, religious etc. interpretations of the same symbols—a fact that will become more than apparent by reading the various chapters of this handbook.”

  • Bible Cross-References — Chris Harrison [HT Hemant Mehta]

    “He described a data set he was putting together that defined textual cross references found in the Bible. He had already done considerable work visualizing the data before contacting me. Together, we struggled to find an elegant solution to render the data, more than 63,000 cross references in total. As work progressed, it became clear that an interactive visualization would be needed to properly explore the data, where users could zoom in and prune down the information to manageable levels. Together, we struggled to find an elegant solution to render the data, more than 63,000 cross references in total. As work progressed, it became clear that an interactive visualization would be needed to properly explore the data, where users could zoom in and prune down the information to manageable levels. However, this was less interesting to us, as several Bible-exploration programs existed that offered similar functionality (and much more). Instead we set our sights on the other end of the spectrum – something more beautiful than functional. At the same time, we wanted something that honored and revealed the complexity of the data at every level – as one leans in, smaller details should become visible. This ultimately led us to the multi-colored arc diagram you see below.”

    Chris Harrison Bible Cross- References

  • An Incredible Interactive Chart of Biblical Contradictions — Hemant Mehta, Friendly Atheist

    “Now, computer programmer Daniel G. Taylor has taken all that data and turned it into a visual masterpiece.

    His website, BibViz (Bible Visualization), gives you the same linking arcs as before, but when you hover over one of them, it lights up and tells you in the upper right-hand corner of the screen which verses are being linked together. Click on an arc and it takes you directly to those verses as compiled in the Skeptics Annotated Bible:”

    Daniel G Taylor The Holy Bible contradictions

  • Routes of Wholeness: Jungian and Post-Jungian Dialogues with the Western Esoteric Tree of Life — Lloyd Kenton Keane, a thesis

    “This thesis compares and contrasts what could be considered two psycho-spiritual traditions: analytical psychology and the Western Esoteric Tradition. A common link between these two traditions is the use of symbols and metaphors of wholeness, specifically the sefirot of the Western Esoteric Tree of Life.”

  • Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy — Catherine Brahic, New Scientist

    “Unlike any other living thing on Earth, electric bacteria use energy in its purest form – naked electricity in the shape of electrons harvested from rocks and metals. We already knew about two types, Shewanella and Geobacter. Now, biologists are showing that they can entice many more out of rocks and marine mud by tempting them with a bit of electrical juice. Experiments growing bacteria on battery electrodes demonstrate that these novel, mind-boggling forms of life are essentially eating and excreting electricity.”

  • Baleen and sperm whales are ocean’s ‘ecosystem engineers,’ new study says — James Maynard, Tech Times [HT Slashdot]

    “Baleen and sperm whales act like ecosystem engineers in the global ocean, according to a new study from the University of Vermont. Whales help maintain the global ecological balance due, in part, to the release of vast quantities of feces.

    A new study examined decades of research on the marine mammals and their role in maintaining the balance of life in oceans.”

  • Rupert Sheldrake quoted at Scientific Heretic Rupert Sheldrake on Morphic Fields, Psychic Dogs and Other Mysteries — John Horgan, Cross-Check at Scientific American [HT Boing Boing]

    “We both agree that science is at present limited by assumptions that restrict enquiry, and we agree that there are major unsolved problems about consciousness, cosmology and other areas of science… I am proposing testable hypotheses that could take us forward and open up new frontiers of scientific enquiry.”

  • Aleister Crowley: Legend of the Beast (Review) — Blacktooth, Horror Society

    “What astounds me is how ignorance has played into turning Aleister Crowley into a myth instead of a historical figure. Instead of being known as a educated man who was a freethinker that went against the norm he goes down as a Satanist […] This is due to how close-minded the masses are now and how they were then. That is why this bio-pic is so brilliant and powerful. It sheds light on one of the most misunderstood figures in history.”

  • Avoid the Uninitiated Mob — Michael Gilleland, Laudator Temporis Acti

    “Disregard the angry clamour of the lying masses; avoid the uninitiated mob, and you will know happiness and the truth that is revealed to few.”

  • Libraries Are Not a “Netflix” for Books — Kelly Jensen, Book Riot

    “It is not the goal of the library to make money. Nor is it the goal of the library to create levels of service so that those who can afford to indulge will receive more while those who can’t, don’t. Instead, libraries work to ensure their services reach as many facets of their community as possible. Libraries want to offer what they can to those who have nothing and those who maybe have everything.

    The library is the center and the heart of community.”

If you’d like to participate in the Omnium Gatherum, head on over to the Gatherum discussions at the Hrmtc Underground BBS.

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/25/omnium-gatherum-july-25th-2014/

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