in the depths of the sea

in the depths of the sea (elegy lost)” is an uncertain track added by blackantlers in the Hermetic Library audio pool.

O’ Great Depths, O Starres!
How long until your grace?
The priestess watches with a veil of lace
Must the lion lay with the lamb of scars?

O’ distant Night Sky
With the vast Sea mirroring you
To Rise and Fall, into your eternity for I
The sublime light of the darkest blue.

Archangels I follow thee
Through this treacherous path
The Starres have laid out for me
O’ protect me from Blackened Wrath

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/23/in-the-depths-of-the-sea/

The Builders

If in the rearing of an edifice

We form one stone that makes the perfect whole;

To us ‘twould be the beau-ideal of bliss

And prove glad unction to the work-worn soul.

A Temple with proportions just and true

Can but erected be by Masons skilled,

Instructed by an Architect who knew

Exactly how to tell them what to build.

And he taught us—however small the stone—

To plumb and level by th’ unerring Square—

To make it pattern, so that all might own

‘Twas strong and beautiful beyond compare,—

With Chisel and with Gavel we have wrought

To gain “Well Done,”—The Tongue of Good Report.

— Charles F Forshaw, 1916

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/23/the-builders-2/

Call for papers for The Bosom of Isis anthology

Avalonia UK has posted a call for papers (and artwork & photography) to The Bosom of Isis, an “anthology exploring the history, myths, worship and resurgence of the goddess Isis” with a deadline for submissions on September 19th, 2014.

“The Bosom of Isis is an anthology exploring the history, myths, worship and resurgence of the goddess Isis. Isis (Aset, Iset) is arguably one of the most important ancient goddesses, honoured by peasants, artisans, pharoahs and aristocrats. Evidence for her worship can be found from the earliest dynasties of Egypt, through her proliferation in Europe during the Greco-Roman period and more recently as part of the resurgence of the Divine Feminine through the Western Mystery Tradition into modern Paganism and Goddess spirituality. Isis was the mother of Horus, the sister-wife of Osiris, the twin sister of Nephthys and daughter of Nuit and Geb. She is a protectress of children, goddess of magic and closely associated with rulership, with the meaning of her name being ‘throne’.”

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/23/call-for-papers-for-the-bosom-of-isis-anthology/

Vault of Adepts

Vault of Adepts by Jordon Stratford’s Laudanum Studios is a crowdfunding effort to create a game which is described as “Penny Dreadful meets Arkham Horror in this pen and paper RPG of secret societies in 1900 London. Occult schemes in the age of absinthe.”

“VAULT OF ADEPTS is a pen and paper Role Playing Game of secret societies set in 1900 London. These occult Lodges attracted the elite of London society — poets and politicians, actors and heiresses, alchemists and aristocrats scheming against a backdrop of cut glass, in the age of absinthe.

You play one of these eccentric characters, choose a faction and an agenda — do you want to proceed through the mystic Grades to achieve enlightenment? To take over? To destroy from within? – and speed from location to location to secure ancient knowledge, spread rumours, and foil your opponent’s efforts.

A séance gone horribly wrong. A gentleman approached after a Mason’s meeting with an inquiry if he’d be interested in something more…unconventional. A book dealer looking over an incoming tome, and knowing more than he lets on. Somewhere in London, between Scotland Yard and the Blind Beggar, is the key to someone’s lifelong obsession. Seek it out. But will you use it, sell it, or destroy it?”

Laudanum Studios Vault of Adepts 1900

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/23/vault-of-adepts/

macabre faery tail interupted by rambunctious trollz
Sciences Occultes
Sciences Occultes #0 The Summer Issue
Sciences Occultes #0 cover for Sciences Occultes Magazine, “a quarterly magazine about photography, fashion and arts in general who tries to offer a view on the invisible side of things,” added by Janis Ganga in the Hermetic Library visual pool

Sciences Occultes #1 The Fall Issue

Sciences Occultes #2 The Winter Issue

Sciences Occultes #3 The Spring Issue

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/22/sciences-occultes/

Adept Magic in the Golden Dawn Tradition

Adept Magic in the Golden Dawn Tradition by Frater YShY, preface by Sandra Tabatha Cicero, foreword by Samuel Scarborough, from Kerubim Press, hardcover available directly from the publisher, paperback due for wide release in September, may be of interest.

Frater YShY Adept Magic in the Golden Dawn Tradition from Kerubim Press

“Within this tome are the secret instructional papers of a modern Golden Dawn order. The first half of the book contains an advanced exegesis of the Neophyte Ceremony using Lurianic Kabbalah, Freemasonry, modern Wicca and Greek mythology. The second half includes the author’s own application of the same magical formulae in his personal rituals. Among these are an example of his fusion of evocation and classical statue Theurgy, a careful interpretation and re-contextualisation of the Adept invisibility formula with new advanced visualizations, a Shamanic-style transformation ritual, and a higher genius or ‘higher self’ working that the author personally conducted over many years.” [via]

“Preface by Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero
Foreword by Samuel Scarborough
Introduction by Frater YShY
Chapter One: Zeta 1, Sephirotic Attributions to the Neophyte Hall
Chapter Two: Zeta 2, Planetary Attributions to the Neophyte Hall
Chapter Three: Zeta 3, Three Principal Officers
Chapter Four: Zeta 4, The Four Elements at the Equinox and Neophyte Ceremonies
Chapter Five: Zeta 5, Neophyte God-forms
Chapter Six: Zeta 6, The Hierophant’s Speech From the Throne
Chapter Seven: Zeta 7, The Seven Floor Officers as the Seven Planets
Chapter Eight: Zeta 8, The Zodiac and the Wheel of the Year
Chapter Nine: Zeta 9, Violence, Hazing and Power Struggles in Masonic and Magical Ritual
Chapter Ten: Zeta 10, The Ten Sephiroth Combined in Seven Palaces in the Neophyte Hall
Chapter Eleven: Solitary Z2 Workings
Z2 Yod: Planetary Evocation Ritual
Z2 Shin of Aleph: Invisibility Ritual
Z2 Shin of Mem: Transformation Ritual
Z2 Shin of Shin: Gathering the Divine Sparks, a Spiritual Development Ritual” [via]

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/22/adept-magic-in-the-golden-dawn-tradition/

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

There will be a launch party for Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin: Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic at Atlantis Bookshop, London, on July 31st 2014.

The Beast in Berlin… in London!

Aleister Crowley:
The Beast in Berlin
Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic

by Tobias Churton

Thursday 31st July 2014 7pm

Gnostic poet, painter, writer, and magician Aleister Crowley arrived in Berlin on April 18, 1930. As prophet of his syncretic religion “Thelema,” he wanted to be among the leaders of art and thought, and Berlin, the liberated future-gazing metropolis, wanted him. There he would live, until his hurried departure on June 22, 1932, as Hitler was rapidly rising to power and the black curtain of intolerance came down upon the city.

Drawing on previously unpublished letters and diary material by Crowley, Tobias Churton examines Crowley’s years in Berlin and his intense focus on his art, his work as a spy for British Intelligence, his colorful love life and sex magick exploits, and his contacts with German Theosophy, Freemasonry, and magical orders. He recounts the fates of Crowley’s colleagues under the Nazis as well as what happened to Crowley’s lost art exhibition–six crates of paintings left behind in Germany as the Gestapo was closing in. Revealing the real Crowley long hidden from the historical record, Churton presents “the Beast” anew in all his ambiguous and, for some, terrifying glory, at a blazing, seminal moment in the history of the world.

Please note that this is a guest list only event so RSVP to this email or telephone 020 7405 2120 to ensure that your name appears on the Magick List!

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/22/launch-party-for-aleister-crowley-the-beast-in-berlin-at-atlantis-bookshop-on-july-31st-2014/

How It Works

Headspace – How It Works from Headspace on Vimeo.

How It Works is a video introduction for the Headspace meditation website, and mobile apps.

Headspace is meditation made simple. Using our app and online techniques we make we make it easy-to-learn, fun-to-do, and relevant to your everyday life.

Scientifically proven to help you de-stress, get more sleep, gain more self-control and worry less – our bite-sized exercises will help bring some calm and clarity into a very busy life.

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/21/how-it-works/

Images & Oracles of Austin Osman Spare

Images & Oracles of Austin Osman Spare by Kenneth Grant, the 2003 hardcover from Fulgur Limited, is part of the collection at the Reading Room. The only place that appears to have this still new in stock is JD Holmes, so the rare 1976 Weiser Books edition seems to have been joined in rareness by the 500 copies of the 2003 Fulgur reprint.

Kenneth Grant Images and Oracles of Austin Osman Spare from Fulgur Limited

Images and Oracles of Austin Osman Spare concerns one of the most unusual artists of the twentieth century. Frequently compared with luminaries such as Aubrey Beardsley, Albrecht Dürer and William Blake, the eccentric genius Austin Osman Spare (1886–1956) was fêted as an Edwardian draughtsman of exceptional power and ability—but he quickly gained another reputation—that of a practising sorcerer.

His early relationship with an aged member of the Witch Cult influenced his entire life, leading him into the more obscure byways of the occult world. Such was his knowledge and ability that Aleister Crowley claimed him as a disciple, but Spare was not born to follow. He turned his back on worldly ambition—the ‘inferno of the normal’ as he called it—and devoted his remarkable gifts to trafficking with the denizens of other dimensions.

Spare’s highly individualistic system of sorcery is applicable to daily life. His magical deployment of art and sex in the service of self-realization may surprise or mystify, but for those who test his methods they will prove certain means of self-knowledge and consciousness expansion—doors opening on worlds of strange beauty.

Written by Kenneth Grant, Spare’s literary executor, Images and Oracles is here reprinted after nearly thirty years in response to an increasing interest in the artist and his philosophy. It contains a biographical essay that includes many personal recollections, a practical introduction to Spare’s unusual system of sorcery—and many excerpts from his final magical treatise: The Zoetic Grimoire of Zos.” — flap copy

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/21/images-oracles-of-austin-osman-spare/

Nibiru Zombie Apocalypse
Magick and the Occult. Including Limited and Deluxe Editions from Several Private Collections

Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue #123 is a collection on “Magick and the Occult. Including Limited and Deluxe Editions from Several Private Collections” and may be of interest.

The books in the catalogue are very varied, ranging from scholarly editions of mediaeval grimoires to working texts by modern practitioners. As is well-known, the last two decades have witnessed an upsurge in occult publishing, with many small presses producing limited and deluxe editions, a number of which are both splendid examples of the publisher’s craft, and talismans in their own right. This catalogue has an excellent selection of these very special works, including publications by Golden Hoard, Ixaxaar, Scarlet Imprint, Society for Esoteric Endeavour, Teitan Press, Xoanon Publishing and others. Many of the deluxe editions were produced in genuinely tiny editions, often less than 150 copies, and were specially-bound in exotic materials.

Scattered throughout these recent publications are a selection of interesting earlier works, including a charming early nineteenth century edition of Les admirables Secrets d’Albert le Grand, a first edition of the Arthur Edward Waite edited The Mysteries of Magic: A Digest of the Writings of Éliphas Lévi (1886), the Montague Summers edition of Ludovico Maria Sinistrari’s Demoniality (1927), the first edition of Leo Vinci’s GMICALZOMA! An Enochian Dictionary (1976) which includes the preface by Madeline Montalban that was omitted from later printings; along with various other works. [via]

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/21/magick-and-the-occult-including-limited-and-deluxe-editions-from-several-private-collections/

Dark Enlightenment

Dark Enlightenment: The Historical, Sociological, and Discursive Contexts of Contemporary Esoteric Magic by Kennet Granholm, part of the Aries Book series, from Brill, may be of interest.

Kennet Granholm Dark Enlightenment from Brill

“In Dark Enlightenment Kennet Granholm explores the historical, sociological, and discursive contexts of contemporary esoteric magic. The book is focused on the Sweden-originated Left-Hand Path magic order Dragon Rouge in particular, but through a detailed contextualizing examination of this case study it offers a broader visage of contemporary esotericism in general. The author takes cue from both the historiography of Western esotericism and the sociological study of new religions and religious change, aiming to provide a transdisciplinary framework for a comprehensive study of esotericism in late modernity.” [via]

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/21/dark-enlightenment/

Orgasm: The Cure for Hunger in the Western Woman

Orgasm: The Cure for Hunger in the Western Woman, a TEDxSF presentation by Nicole Daedone [HT Bad Witches]

“The practice at the heart of her work is called OM or Orgasmic Meditation. OM uniquely combines the tradition of extended orgasm with Nicole’s own interest in Zen Buddhism, mystical Judaism and semantics. Helping to foster a new conversation about orgasm—one that’s real, relevant, and intelligent—she has inspired thousands of students to make OM a part of their everyday lives.”

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/20/orgasm-the-cure-for-hunger-in-the-western-woman/

Liber Sigil-A-IAF

Liber Sigil-A-IAF by Aion 131, the 2010 library edition hardcover from Waning Moon Publications, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Aion 131 Liber Sigil-A-IAF from Waning Moon Publications

“A modern grimoire of New Aeon Magick that consists of a series of Major Sigils crafted as ritually manifested automatic drawings along with arcane writings ‘pertaining’ to them. Thelemic at it’s core, this work is empowered by the energies of the current Aeon of HORUS but is also deeply rooted in other Aeonic energies, most specifically the magickal current of MAAT: the aeon to come which is manifesting here and now as well. Together they form The Double Current. The book is organized by the ‘natures of the spirits manifest’ into five sections that fall under the major Thelemic/Aeonic Archetypes NU, HAD, HERU, MAAT and the Shadow which is PAN. They are representations of abstract laws, powers, and conglomerates of symbols with uniting elements that can be activated and used to access deep strata of the inner-being. They are not to be intellectualized. The Grimoire is both a work of art magick as well as a tool that can be used to help accomplish The Great Work by the open minded New Aeon Adept with Love & Will.” [via]

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/20/liber-sigil-a-iaf/