776½

776½: Tables for Practical Ceremonial by James A Eshelman, from the College of Thelema, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

James A Eschelman 776.5

“Reigniting the spark of magick in the hearts of a new generation of aspirants!

Have you ever tried to use (really use it!) to design and implement magical ritual?

Can you read it without your glasses? Can you read it with your glasses?

Can you tell its ג from its נ? Can you pronounce the Hebrew names and words in 777 once you can read them? Can you find your way around the tables quickly and efficiently? (Can you answer “yes” to any of these questions?)

Aleister Crowley’s Liber 777 remains one of the most important occult references of the 20th Century, demonstrating the interrelationships of diverse philosophical, religious, mystical, and magical systems from around the world. one of Crowley’s finest contributions to both practical and theoretical philosophy was this correlation of numerous world traditions, of East and West alike. Yet it has never been very handy for the practicing magician.

Now, this extraordinary compilation by James A. Eshelman, titled 776½, is designed exclusively to support the practice of ceremonial magick, According to its author, “776½ is not quite 777.”

776½ contains 182 tables of the most useful and practical ceremonial information. Although much of this comes originally from 777, most of the tables have been supplemented and expanded. The Hebrew and other letters are large, clear, and readable. The columns have been reorganized into a more useful sequence. Additionally, almost every Hebrew word or Name in the entire work is also transliterated into English to assist the practitioner in pronunciation. numerous typographical and other mistakes from 777 have been corrected.

New tables have been added on such topics as: The Genii and Averse Spirits of the 22 Paths from Liber Arcanorum and Liber Carcerorum; the Thelemic, Scandanavian, Assyro-Babylonian, Celtic, Voudoun, and Santeria panteons; Psychological Attributions of the 32 Paths; use of the Unicursal Hexagram; the Enochian alphabet and three models of its enumeration; and more. Practical correspondences of animals, plant, precious and semiprecious stones, magical weapons, incenses, “magical powers and magical states,” and others have been expanded.

And that’s just the first half of the book!

Supplementing these extensive lists is a new essay on Ritual Construction (which is also a partial study guide to Crowley’s Magick in Theory and Practice) and ten sample magick rituals for such purposes as generating magical force, prosperity, obtaining angelic guardians, remapping your character patterns, the highest spiritual attainments, and The Thelemic Mass.

This third revised edition expands the already popular 1995 edition with new tables and additional data. The instructional essays have been significantly expanded and updated to incorporate new teaching approaches. A new Appendix contains instructions for frequently used small rituals of banishing, invoking, and energizing—including the never-before-published Liber Pleiades.

In this new edition, 776½ has grown so much, it should be renamed 776¾” — back cover

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/13/776-and-a-half/

Lafcursiax

Lafcursiax (22nd Tunnel of Set)” is a track added by y3mk in the Hermetic Library audio pool.

Lafcursiax is the ninth stage in a personal quest through the Tunnels of Set, involving several kinds of consciousness alteration methods.

It is creative chaos, yet it is also the idea that even though everything seems filled with endless possibilities, many of them might be empty choices. Beware!

In my personal experience Lafcursiax also meant the idea that even if trapped in a labyrinth, the only choice would be to keep on fighting and loving until the very end.

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/13/lafcursiax/

FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE SUN
http://hermetic.com/information/from-the-point-of-view-of-the-sun/

This Village FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE SUN Poster is another piece of helpful propaganda from the Ministry of Information … inspired by the signs that can be seen around the Village in The Prisoner and a quote from the essay “Stepping Out of the Old Æon into the New” by Frater Achad (Charles Stansfeld Jones).

FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE SUN
http://hermetic.com/information/from-the-point-of-view-of-the-sun/

This Village FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE SUN Poster is another piece of helpful propaganda from the Ministry of Information … inspired by the signs that can be seen around the Village in The Prisoner and a quote from the essay “Stepping Out of the Old Æon into the New” by Frater Achad (Charles Stansfeld Jones).

Esoteric studies group in Seoul, South Korea, every other weekend

Esoteric studies group in Seoul, South Korea meets every other weekend, if you’re in the area.

“A recently formed esoteric interest group that meets every other weekend in Seoul, South Korea. We have not yet settled upon a regular meeting place or day of the weekend, but because of the sunny Summer weather we’ve been leaning towards afternoons in outdoor spaces. We’re a fairly diverse group in terms of our interests and backgrounds. So our conversations are quite informal and organic.” [via]

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/13/esoteric-studies-group-in-seoul-south-korea-every-other-weekend/

Summary for the week ending July 12th, 2014

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending July 12th, 2014.

Village FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE SUN Poster

This Village FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE SUN Poster is another piece of helpful propaganda from the Ministry of Information … inspired by the signs that can be seen around the Village in The Prisoner and a quote from the essay “Stepping Out of the Old Æon into the New” by Frater Achad (Charles Stansfeld Jones).

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 be very much appreciated.

The call for submissions to Magick, Music and Ritual 10 has been posted with a 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.

Here is a summary of Hermetic Library blog posts:

Reading Room

The Sexual Revolution (subtitled inside: “Toward a Self-Governing Character Structure”) by Wilhelm Reich, translated by Therese Pol
Rituals of the First Four Grades: Societatis Rosicrucianæ Reipub Confoed. America by Charles Meyer and Harold V B Voorhis, reviewed by T Polyphilus
Listen, Little Man! by Wilhelm Reich, translated by Theodore P Wolfe, illustrations by William Steig, from The Noonday Press
The Trail of Cthulhu by August Derleth
Selected Writings: An Introduction to Orgonomy by Wilhelm Reich, foreword by Mary Boyd Higgins, from The Noonday Press
The Chess Garden by Brook Hansen, reviewed by T Polyphilus
Character Analysis by Wilhelm Reich, edited by Mary Boyd Higgins and Chester M Raphael, translated by Vincent R Carfagno, from The Noonday Press
The Light of Sex: Initiation, Magic, and Sacrament by Maria de Naglowska, translated and introduced by Donald Traxler, foreword by Hans Thomas Hakl, from Inner Traditions, reviewed by T Polyphilus
Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin: Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic by Tobias Churton, a new hardcover volume from Inner Traditions, courtesy of the publisher
The Rhesus Chart by Charles Stross, reviewed by T Polyphilus
The Book of Primal Signs: The High Magic of Symbols by Nigel Pennick, from Destiny Books, an imprint related to Inner Traditions, courtesy of the publisher
Cities of the Fantastic: The Invisible Frontier Vol. 1 by Benoit Peeters and Francois Schuiten, reviewed by T Polyphilus
The Mystical and Magical System of the A∴A∴: The Spiritual System of Aleister Crowley & George Cecil Jones Step-by-Step by James A Eshelman, from the College of Thelema
The Magic Monastery by Idries Shah, reviewed by T Polyphilus

Anthology Project

Postal Potlatch

Visual

A Tree of Life added by Victor AllAHaRa
Untitled added by Agustin Croxatto
Conception of Time added by Kyla Dawn Clay

Audio

Ghayat Al-Hakim added by Twelve Hides
Dawn City Girls, with Arthur-Louis Cingualte and Eleodora Nesua, added by Manuel Montero
Shelley 5 & 6 added by Manuel Montero
Inhabitants Of The Emptiness added by rfcl
Intrinsic Divine (Full Circle) added by Odd Shrouds
Passin Em By added by The Wendigo
The World added by The Wendigo

Video

Arts and Letters

Fellowcraft Degree

Goods and Services

Mandrake Plushies from The Beast Peddler
Lucifer, Azrael and Mephistopheles masks from The Art of the Mask
Vanth, Nyx and Eos masks from The Art of the Mask
Dionysus and Maenad masks from The Art of the Mask
Anatomically correct human skull … 100% chocolate from Black Chocolate Co.
Aleister Crowley. Used and Rare Books and Ephemera, Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue #122

Calendar

Miscellaneous

The Talismonger Art Project, a patronage campaign by Austin Gandy
The Contrarian’s studio was burglarized, a crowdfunding effort by Casey Rae Hunter
Sasha Chaitow crowdfunding participation at OCCULT in Salem, MA
Omnium Gatherum: July 11th, 2014, an irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together …

Here are some top site pages:

Sepher Sepheriroth sub figurâ D
AL (Liber Legis) The Book of the Law sub figurâ XXXI
Hymn to Pan
Daath and the Abyss
On the Formulae of the Unicursal Hexagram

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/2014/07/13/summary-for-the-week-ending-july-12th-2014/

The Magic Monastery

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Magic Monastery by Idries Shah.

Idries Shah The Magic Monastery

This volume is one of quite a few by Idries Shah in which he presents an assortment of traditional Sufi parables. This is one in which he does not scruple to mix in teaching stories of his own authorship, and no provenance is noted for any of them.

As is generally the case with these books, the interest and usefulness of individual stories (none of which runs more than four pages, and most less than one) is highly variable, but even one can be worth the whole book. In my case — on this particular pass — that one is “Secret Teaching” (173).

Shah is sometimes a bit heavy with the sarcastic insistence that the stories are “not about us, but rather from those stupid people of the Land of Fools” (165). Perhaps this is a traditional formula in Sufi instruction? [via]

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/12/the-magic-monastery/

The Mystical & Magical System of the A∴A∴

The Mystical and Magical System of the A∴A∴: The Spiritual System of Aleister Crowley & George Cecil Jones Step-by-Step by James A Eshelman, from the College of Thelema, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

James A Eshelman The Mystical & Magical System of the A∴A∴

“Initiation is a reality. Humanity has a potential to grow far beyond its native state of consciousness and capability. This growth is a spiritual growth. its fruits inform and empower every facet of human, mortal expression, while disclosing to each of us our own inherently immortal natures.

On this spiritual growth, more than any other thing, the future welfare and progress of humanity depends.

For thousands of years, Adepts have known how to unlock or awaken this growth—how to mature it and unleash genius at will. Beginning in 1906, two such Adepts, Aleister Crowley and George Cecil Jones, organized and made public the mystical and magical disciplines by which any motivated person can achieve this spiritual maturity and have direct experience of realization, liberation, union with God, or cosmic consciousness.

They called their system A∴A∴. Its methods are those of empirical science; its aim, those of devoted religion.

This book explores, step-by-step, the mystical and magical system of the A∴A∴. For many in the West, it is a strange thought that spirituality can be drilled in the same way that a muscle is strengthened. Yet, an ear trained to listen to music detects wondrous subtleties that the untrained ear misses. The same is true of the palate trained to distinguish fine food and wine, or the eye trained to discriminate nuance in any of a thousand areas.

The same is true of spiritual experience. The stages of its unfolding are distinct: the discovery of one’s True Will (or who one is in the Universe), and the practical means of expressing this in the world; the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel (or conscious union with the Divine); and the continued advance toward and through that vast gulf, or Abyss, which lies between humanity and Divinity.

The author, in more than 20 years of experience of the the mystical and magical system of the A∴A∴, has derived enormous value from it. This book is the clearest, most comprehensive presentation of the system ever written.” — back cover

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/12/the-mystical-magical-system-of-the-a-a/

The World

The World” is a track added by The Wendigo in the Hermetic Library audio pool.

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/12/the-world/

Conception of Time
Aleister Crowley. Used and Rare Books and Ephemera

Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue #122 is a collection on “Aleister Crowley. Used and Rare Books and Ephemera” and may be of interest.

The catalogue comprises our usual mixed selection, ranging from relatively recent reprints to some genuine rarities. Amongst the more unusual books are a copy of what is arguably the most handsome book published by Crowley during his lifetime: The Book of Thoth (1944) limited to 200 signed and numbered copies; as well as a First Edition of The Book of the Goetia of Solomon the King (1904) resplendent in a later black full-leather binding; and a copy of The Winged Beetle (1910), limited to 300 numbered copies thus, a work which famously has an alarming and blasphemous alternate meaning encrypted in its dedication. Also unusual are a near-fine copy of Book 4, Part I (1912), a proof copy of The Equinox, Vol. I No V (1911), and a copy of the “leather-bound” issue of the 1981 Thelema Publishing edition of The Book of the Law, limited to 200 copies. Somewhat quirkier items include two original metal printing blocks for the spine and cover titling of the 1976 Thelema publications edition of “The Book of the Law” and a selection of different editions of Leah Sublime, including the infamous Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Leah Sublime (1996), whose instigator, the appositely pseudonymed Frater Pheremone assured that there really was a scent underneath each of the paper swatches (although perhaps mercifully, whatever odour there was seems unlikely to have survived the passing of time).

A small collection of quite remarkable ephemera, all in Crowley’s handwriting, includes some particularly interesting items, such as a picture postcard of “Voo-doo’s Bar” in 1930s Berlin sent by Crowley to Colonel J. F. C. Carter, of Scotland Yard, in which he jokes about his own activities as an informant and Carter’s concerns for Maria Theresa de Mirimar; and a rough draft of a letter in which “the Beast” accuses a doctor of malpractice, quite possibly on the basis that he had performed abortions, to which Crowley was strongly opposed. Two letters, both signed, from Crowley to Frieda Harris, shed light on their relationship, with one including his musings on his new lodgings, and the other his thoughts on progress with the tarot. A selection of works with contributions by Crowley, includes a number of very scarce magazines with pieces by and about him, including a bound volume of The Idler (1909) which contains the first publication of the short story “The Drug” which was not only the first short story to be sold by Crowley but probably one of the first accounts of a “psychedelic experience” to be published in England. [via]

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/12/aleister-crowley-used-and-rare-books-and-ephemera-2/

Anatomically correct human skull … 100% chocolate

100% Chocolate Skulls, Anatomically Correct Human skull from Black Chocolate Co may be of interest … for reasons [HT Laughing Squid].

Black Chocolate Co Anatomically Correct Human Skull

“These anatomically accurate, life size chocolate skulls are hand cast from a mould taken from a genuine human skull and are available in the following choices of the finest Belgian chocolate:

Dark chocolate
Chilli chocolate
Caramel chocolate
Milk Chocolate

These unique chocolate skulls will be a great present for a loved one or an incredible addition to an event that will get everyone talking.

The skulls are handmade, finished and then dusted in fine cocoa powder in a sterile environment and will be edible for up to 6 months when kept in a cool, dry area (NOT in a fridge).

If you just want to display it (again, in a cool and dry area), it will practically keep forever (we have one kept in a glass box on our book case).

As these skulls are hand cast, individual and unique, each will show differing characteristics (the skull shown with the cracked brow, for example) and we feel that this adds to each skull’s individual charm.

With that said, any showing signs of moulding defects are of course melted down and recast.

Some skulls may show evidence of what could appear to be mould, but in actual fact this is chocolate bloom, or ‘blooming’, an inherent part of the casting process which does not affect the chocolate in any way (and only adds to the skull’s gnarly, ‘fresh from the ground’ look)

Each skull contains: 1.5 kg of quality Belgian chocolate (may contain traces of nuts)”

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/12/anatomically-correct-human-skull-100-chocolate/

Cities of the Fantastic: The Invisible Frontier

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Cities of the Fantastic: The Invisible Frontier Vol. 1 by Benoit Peeters and Francois Schuiten.

Francois Schuiten Benoit Peeters Cities of the Fantastic

Schuiten’s art in this title is breathtaking. There are splendid fantasy architectures and landscapes that communicate the feeling of vast spaces and filtered light. The characters are expressive and attractively rendered.

In the story, an aspiring cartographer finds himself in the elite bureaucracy of his craft, where there are disturbing changes underway: mechanization, militarization, and possible conspiracies.

The hardcover volume digests three BD issues, and does not conclude its plot. [via]

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/11/cities-of-the-fantastic-the-invisible-frontier/

The Book of Primal Signs

The Book of Primal Signs: The High Magic of Symbols by Nigel Pennick, from Destiny Books, an imprint related to Inner Traditions, has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of the publisher. This is a 2nd edition of Primal Signs: Traditional Glyphs and Symbols from Spiritual Arts & Crafts. Inner Traditions has a preview of the book online as well.

Nigel Pennick The Book of Primal Signs from Destiny Inner Traditions

“From ancient rock and cave art to the contemporary brand logos of politics and business, human beings have always created symbols to denote specific ideas, groups, or important objects as well as to convey deeper information than can be communicated in words. Many glyphs have retained their meanings over millennia whereas some have modern meanings vastly different from the original connotation. In this study of symbols, Nigel Pennick explores glyphs as agents of higher consciousness and ports of access to the collective unconscious, acknowledging the continuity of tradition, both deliberate and not, as well as how interpretations of some symbols, such as the swastika, have changed dramatically.

With more than 300 unique woodcuts, drawings, calligraphy, and photographs—many never before reproduced—Pennick examines ancient and enduring glyphs in detail, such as the circle, cross, eye, pentagram, fleur de lis, tree of life, and horseshoe, as well as several families of symbols, such as craftsmen’s marks, runes, symbolic beasts, human heads and skulls, and the sigils of Mammon. The author explains the multiple forms and uses of each from ancient times to the present day, reflecting their roots in the Western Mystery tradition. He explores the symbols of high magic such as the glyph of John Dee’s monad, those of folk magic such as the traditional cock on the weather vane, and the creation of modern glyphs such as the peace sign and the anarchy symbol.

Contrasting the hi-jacked use of power symbols in modern advertising with the vital role of symbols in traditional arts and crafts, Pennick reveals how symbols link the cosmic with the terrestrial and allow us to infuse the mundane with the numinous.” — back cover

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/11/the-book-of-primal-signs-2/

Passin Em By

Passin Em By” is a track added by The Wendigo in the Hermetic Library audio pool.

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/11/passin-em-by/

Dionysus and Maenad masks from The Art of the Mask