Centre For Ritual Occult Studies Audio Output 1st March 2014 from doomtube
Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/03/07/centre-for-ritual-occult-studies-audio-output-1st-march-2014/
Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs by Bob Brier, introduced by Zahi Hawass.
The subtitle of this book regarding “Our Three Thousand Year Obsession” with Egypt raises the irritating question: Who are “we”? Author Bob Brier encourages the reader to identify with Roman emperors and a Renaissance pope, as well as Napoleon and his team of scholars. Brier himself is a popularizing Egyptologist, and this book leverages his personal collection of Egyptophilic consumer artifacts along with research into the historical contexts of the various Egyptian “revivals” (or “manias,” as he would put it) in European and American taste. The result combines a survey of Egypto-kitsch with the cheeriest history of imperialist domination of northeast Africa you’re ever likely to read.
The considerable amplitude of the topic results in some evident omissions. Despite an account of mummy tunes from Tin Pan Alley, and an accessible survey of Egyptian themes in 20th-century cinema, there is nothing about operas such as Mozart’s Magic Flute or Verdi’s Aida. Brier briefly discusses the involvement of American Freemasons in the transport and installation of the New York obelisk, but he doesn’t touch on the high profile of ancient Egyptian religion in the movements of modern occultism. He does, however deliver the full goods on a history of relevant touring museum exhibits, and Egyptian-styled tobacco packaging.
The whole thing reads very quickly, and contains a host of amusing historical anecdotes. It’s a book that almost seems determined to avoid the importance of its subject matter, reducing cultural intercourse to issues of personal obsession and popular appeal. [via]
Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/03/07/egyptomania/
The Rites of Passage: a classic study of cultural celebrations by Arnold van Gennep, a paperback from University of Chicago Press, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.
“Birth, puberty, marriage, and death are, in all cultures, marked by ceremonies which may differ but are universal in function. Arnold van Gennep (1873–1957) was the first anthropologist to note the regularity and significance of the rituals attached to the transitional stages in man’s life, and his phrase for these, ‘the rites of passage,’ has become a part of the language of anthropology and sociology.” — back cover
Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/03/07/the-rites-of-passage/
“Thelema” is a track added by deuslunus in the Hermetic Library audio pool.
Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/03/07/thelema-2/
“Anatomy Occultus” is a limited edition art print by Chuk Vinson, on offer by Dove & Serpent, a local body of Ordo Templi Orientis in the Valley of Atlanta, and may be of interest.
“Anatomy Occultus is a study of the Tree of Life in its anthropomorphic Adam Kadmon form.
This original piece of fine art from CHUKART is sold exclusively through Dove & Serpent Oasis. These are high quality, limited edition print. Each one is signed and numbered by the artist.”
Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/03/07/anatomy-occultus/
Video for “Drakospitia” by Temple Music (Alan Trench, also in The Howling Larsons), and outtake from their album Thanatafferent Matter
Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/03/06/drakospitia/
Exodus: From Slavery to Barbarism—Consolidation of a Theocratic Oligarchy by Walter C Cambra, a 1984 monograph, has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of the author.
“Proposal: To explore the story of the the Hebrew journey from the exodus to the entry into the promised land as depicted in the Old Testament
The scenario presented here is the result of an elevation of perspective acquired after detailed reading and analysis of the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Joshua. The scenario suggests the formation and consolidation of a theocratic oligarchy prior to the Hebrew entry into the promised land.”
Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/03/06/exodus/
Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Golden Thread: The Ageless Wisdom of the Western Mystery Traditions by Hermetic Library fellow Joscelyn Godwin.
Godwin’s Golden Thread is an impressive survey of its subject. In a brief and accessible form, he treats esoteric traditions from antiquity, through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, to modernity and the present. Although the book presumes shockingly little prior acquaintance with such material, he manages to avoid any tone of condescension, and he embroiders the necessarily broad outlines of such a high-level overview with many interesting details.
This volume is published by Quest Books, a Theosophical Society imprint, but it doesn’t pander to that organization. Godwin professes a metaphysical perspective in common with Paul Brunton (1898–1981, a pupil of Alan Bennett and later Ramana Maharshi), and he takes seriously—without conceding to—the anti-occultist esotericism of the Traditionalists.
As an introductory survey, The Golden Thread doesn’t provide the depth or originality one might be looking for in the course of academic research, but Godwin is careful to furnish extensive references for further reading. These notes enhance the value of the book as a historical primer in its field. I would recommend it to anyone with a preliminary curiosity about its subject, and it is sure to provide rewarding perspective for those who have a practical engagement with the Masonic, Rosicrucian, or Theosophical traditions. There are few books that cover so much ground with such clarity and ease. [via]
Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/03/06/the-golden-thread-2/
Aristotle’s Children: How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Middle Ages by Richard E Rubenstein, a 2003 hardcover from Harcourt, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.
“The astonishing story of revelation and transformation in the Middle Ages. When Aristotle’s lost works were translated and available once again, the medieval world was galvanized, the Church and the universities were forever changed, and the stage was set for the Renaissance.” — back cover
Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/03/06/aristotles-children/
“Roda da fortuna” is a track added by deuslunus in the Hermetic Library audio pool.
Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/03/06/roda-da-fortuna/
Today I am announcing a new Patreon campaign for the Hermetic Library. Would you please consider supporting the ongoing work and expansion of the library by becoming a Patron today?
Your interest and your support will determine what the library is able to accomplish. The first future goal that will happen only with your help is that I will announce Magick, Music and Ritual 10 as the Hermetic Library Album from the Anthology Project for 2014!
If you decide to become a Patron by pledging $1/month or more to help support the work of the library, I will send you one gratis download code for any one of the nine already released Hermetic Library Albums from the Anthology Project, that’s any of the Magick, Music and Ritual releases from 2011–2013, in thanks. You can use that download code yourself, or even give it to someone else as a gift if you like.
When the campaign reaches the initial milestone of 100 Patrons, I will announce Magick, Music and Ritual 10 as the Hermetic Library Album from the Anthology Project for 2014. Once released, all patrons will receive a gratis download code for the entire album, for yourself or to give as a gift to someone else. That’s in addition to the previous code, so, if this initial milestone is reached, for merely $1/month you will get at least 2 whole digital albums of fantastic music this year!
If you’ve enjoyed these anthology albums as much as I have, then be sure to check out all the previously released anthology albums, consider participating when the next call for submissions is posted, and let people you know, who may be interested in these albums, know about the project.
Also once this initial campaign goal is met, I will introduce additional new stretch goals and Patron rewards that you can help make happen for the future expansion of the site, and I hope to be able to announce a number of goals and rewards that I think will be exciting for everyone.
If enjoy the Hermetic Library site, and any of the blogs, tumblogs and social media related to the library, then please consider becoming an active Patron. Of course, there are a variety of ways you can help support and participate in the work of the library, but adding your voice as a Patron to this new campaign will be very much appreciated. Plus, this is your chance to help make Magick, Music and Ritual 10 happen in 2014!
Meanwhile, if you have any questions, comments or want to talk about the anthology project, feel free to contact the librarian!
Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/03/06/become-a-patron-to-launch-magick-music-and-ritual-10-for-2014/
If enjoy the Hermetic Library site, and any of the blogs, tumblogs and social media related to the library, then please consider becoming an active Patron. Of course, there are a variety of ways you can help support and participate in the ongoing work and expansion of the library, but adding your voice as a Patron to this new campaign will be very much appreciated.
Patreon campaign for the Hermetic Library
Become a Patron
Thee Last Rites ov Spring is a “post-industrial celebration ov thee spring eqiunox” presented by Dreamland and Tsalal Productions on March 22nd, 2014 at Dreamland art gallery in Buffalo, New York.
The theme for the event is: Thee Great God Pan, Spring, Fire, Baphomet. There is currently an open call as well, if you want to get involved, but currently the line up of contributors includes Hermetic Library audio pool contributor uncertain as well as Samsara Music, Fe Vajen, Lara Buckley and John Tetragrammaton.
Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/03/06/thee-last-rites-ov-spring-at-dreamland-on-mar-22nd-2014/
Video for “Beach Flute Song” by Hermetic Library anthology artist The Howling Larsons from their forthcoming album Midnight Folk
Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/03/05/beach-flute-song/
Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Witchcraft It’s Power in the World Today by William Seabrook.
This 1940 work is a decidedly chatty melange of memoir, folklore, occultism, and parapsychology. Seabrook insists on his materialistic skepticism throughout, but towards the end provides powerful anecdotes to test it.
He compliments the laboratory parapsychologists for taking the matter seriously, while suggesting that they are unlikely to succeed with their clinical approach. He points to Sufism, particularly the Mevlevi Order, as a repository of disciplines which might lead to genuinely “supernormal” power. “Dervish dangling” becomes his shorthand for the inducement of visionary states through physical stress, which he observes in “games” with a girlfriend, and in a shamanistic eskimo ceremony.
The book provides eminently fair (some might say generous) sketches of three prominent occultists who were the author’s contemporaries: George Gurdjieff, Aleister Crowley, and Pierre Bernard. The chapter which covers this ground (ch. III of part three, “Our Modern Cagliostros”) is alone worth the rest of the book to read. Seabrook was personally acquainted with the first two, and his account of the I Ching elsewhere in the book shows traces of Crowley’s unacknowledged instruction.
There are some basic factual fumbles, like the “pentagram” that has seven points, or the “57 varieties of the mystical hexagram” from the I Ching (p. 147—even while the illustration on p. 148 shows all 64). Long pieces of text have been relegated to appendices, which seems like an odd choice in a book that is basically a topical survey without a sustained argument or chronology.
In any case, it is a quick and entertaining read, and Seabrook’s sincerity seems unimpeachable. It’s good amusement for anyone interested in the occultism of the first half of the 20th century. [via]
Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/03/05/witchcraft-2/