A Call

A Call” is a track added by Pleito in the Hermetic Library audio pool.

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/08/04/a-call/

Is It Masonry?
Natural Sorcery

Natural Sorcery: Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition by Cora Anderson, a 2nd edition of Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition with additional material including annotations, due in December 2014 from Marion Street Press, may be of interest.

Cora Anderson Natural Sorcery from Marion Street Press

Profound and insightful, this revised and expanded 20th-anniversary edition of Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition is filled with information not available anywhere else and is the definitive text on the Anderson Craft. Written as a gift to her husband, the blind poet and shaman Victor Anderson, on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary, this guide from Cora Anderson distills their work and teachings in the fairy faith of the Old Religion, explaining the thealogy, physics, and social structure of the Anderson Craft. Natural Sorcery is a practical, working grimoire that discusses the guardians, symbols, and ethics of the still-living oral Feri Tradition in a highly personal, conversational style. This special, limited edition also features annotations by members of the Andersons’ final coven. Anyone interested in this deep and secretive tradition need look no further than this book by one of its most influential teachers.

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/08/04/natural-sorcery/

Have you heard that the deadline for Magick, Music and Ritual 10 is less than 2 weeks away?

Magick, Music and Ritual 10 will be the one and only album release for 2014 from the Anthology Project. The deadline for submissions to the 2014 anthology album is August 15th, 2014. Be sure to stay tuned for reminders and updates along the way.

Read more
http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/06/09/hermetic-library-album-call-for-2014-submissions/

Magick, Music and Ritual 10
http://hermetic.com/anthology/album/magick-music-and-ritual-10/

Be sure to read through the terms and conditions for artist submissions to an anthology album (which includes some new and more specific information about acceptable file formats), and after that if you have any questions, comments or wish to contribute to this project; contact the librarian.

Submission Guidelines
http://hermetic.com/anthology/submissions/#albums

Contact the Librarian
http://hermetic.com/contact/

If you’d like to get a gratis code for Magick, Music and Ritual 10 when it releases, and another gratis download code for any other released anthology (that’s two albums of music this year), then consider becoming a Patron of the library. Either way, also take a gander at all the ways you can participate at the library, as well.

http://hermetic.com/patron/
and
http://hermetic.com/participate/

Two Copper Pennies
Cities of the Fantastic: The Invisible Frontier Vol. 2

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Cities of the Fantastic: The Invisible Frontier Vol. 2 by Benoit Peeters and Francois Schuiten.

Francois Schuiten Benoit Peeters Cities of the Fantastic Vol 2

This “Volume 2″ does seem to conclude The Invisible Frontier, with chapters that become shorter and more discontinuous as the story proceeds. Like the preceding volume, it is full of beautiful images. Shame on the publishers for cropping the English cover image so that the feminine form of the terrain is obscured. [via]

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/08/03/cities-of-the-fantastic-the-invisible-frontier-vol-2/

(RS)-(±)-2-Methyl-1,2,3,4,10,14b-Hexahydropyrazino[2,1-A]pyrido[2,3-C][2]benzazepin
LET THE FLAG OF FREEDOM FLY
http://hermetic.com/information/let-the-flag-of-freedom-fly/

This Unicursal LET THE FLAG OF FREEDOM FLY 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 Aleister Crowley’s A Hymn for the American People from International, Vol XII Iss 3 (March, 1918).

LET THE FLAG OF FREEDOM FLY
http://hermetic.com/information/let-the-flag-of-freedom-fly/

This Unicursal LET THE FLAG OF FREEDOM FLY 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 Aleister Crowley’s A Hymn for the American People from International, Vol XII Iss 3 (March, 1918).

Summary for the week ending August 2nd, 2014

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending August 2nd, 2014.

Unicursal LET THE FLAG OF FREEDOM FLY Poster

This Unicursal LET THE FLAG OF FREEDOM FLY 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 Aleister Crowley’s A Hymn for the American People from International, Vol XII Iss 3 (March, 1918).

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’s less than two 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

Anthology Project

Postal Potlatch

Visual

Amber by Ivan Mrsic

Audio

Video

Arts and Letters

The Palace by Rudyard Kipling

Goods and Services

Guerrilla Theurgy, Videos, Cards, Angels is a crowdfunding effort by Jason Augustus Newcomb
Ultraculture Journal: Essays on Magick, Tantra and the Deconditioning of Consciousness (Volume 1) from Jason Louv, et al.
Afterlife With Archie by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla
Party at the World’s End by James Curcio
Surrealism and the Occult: Occultism and Western Esotericism in the Work and Movement of André Breton by Tessel M Bauduin
Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women by Kate Cooper, from Overlook Press
Lucifer Rising shirt on offer by Jimmy Page
Magic and Masculinity: Ritual Magic and Gender in the Early Modern Era by Frances
The Isis Oracle: Divination Plate and Speaking Stones by Surcadiana
Do What Thou Wilt shirt from 6DollarShirts

Calendar

Candlelit Evenings at Museum of Witchcraft on first Saturdays through Oct, 2014

Miscellaneous

This Land Is Mine, an animated video by Nina Paley, to Ernest Gold and Pat Boone’s “The Exodus Song” sung by Andy Williams
July 23rd, 1973 from DMITV with music by Chapel Supremesus
Omnium Gatherum: July 20th, 2014, an irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together …
Christians listening to Stairway to Heaven forwards, a video from clemtinite

Here are some top site pages:

The Body of Light in the Western Esoteric Tradition
The Sepher Yetzirah: The Book of Creation
The Chaldean Oracles
Enochian Pronunciation Guide — Phonetic Guide
Malkuth

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/2014/08/03/summary-for-the-week-ending-august-2nd-2014/

Do What Thou Wilt shirt
The Isis Oracle

The Isis Oracle: Divination Plate and Speaking Stones by Surcadiana may be of interest.

Surcadiana The Isis Oracle

“Hand painted and stained 11.5″ wooden divination plate used to read the casting the 28 howlite dyed turquoise stones. Howlite can prepare the user to receive wisdom from the divine. It is a stone used to calm energies prior to meditation or readings. It can be used to access past lives and to aid in journeying. Each stone is hand painted with a different hieroglyph plus one blank. The board is used to divine answers to questions through spreads, the casting of the stones and as a spirit board using the blank as a planchette. The plate can also be used for offerings or charging talismans, jewelry, spell work, etc. Several mystery schools are represented and many divination techniques are possible with this system. Instruction book included teaches how to cast the stones and read their energies. Techniques for several spreads are also included.”

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/31/the-isis-oracle/

Magic and Masculinity

Magic and Masculinity: Ritual Magic and Gender in the Early Modern Era by Frances, part of the International Library of Historical Studies series, from I B Tauris, may be of interest. Dan Harms posted a review over on his blog.

Frances Timbers Magic and Masculinity I B Tauris

“In early modern England, the practice of ritual or ceremonial magic – the attempted communication with angels and demons – both reinforced and subverted existing concepts of gender. The majority of male magicians acted from a position of control and command commensurate with their social position in a patriarchal society; other men, however, used the notion of magic to subvert gender ideals while still aiming to attain hegemony. Whilst women who claimed to perform magic were usually more submissive in their attempted dealings with the spirit world, some female practitioners employed magic to undermine the patriarchal culture and further their own agenda. Frances Timbers studies the practice of ritual magic in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries focusing especially on gender and sexual perspectives. Using the examples of well-known individuals who set themselves up as magicians (including John Dee, Simon Forman and William Lilly), as well as unpublished diaries and journals, literature and legal records, this book provides a unique analysis of early modern ceremonial magic from a gender perspective.”

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/31/magic-and-masculinity/

Christians listening to Stairway to Heaven forwards

Video from clemtinite of Christians listening to Stairway to Heaven forwards shows backwards televangelists listening to Led Zeppelin’s track played forwards. Truly frightening hidden messages revealed! [HT Boing Boing]

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/30/christians-listening-to-stairway-to-heaven-forwards/

Lucifer Rising shirt

Jimmy Page has on offer a Lucifer Rising shirt, related to the ill-fated soundtrack for Kenneth Anger’s movie, in grey and black, that may be of interest.

Jimmy Page Lucifer Rising black shirt

Jimmy Page Lucifer Rising grey shirt

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/30/lucifer-rising-shirt/

Omnium Gatherum: July 20th, 2014

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for July 30th, 2014

Afterlife with Archie issue 6
“Afterlife With Archie” Issue 6 is a comic every Lovecraft fan will enjoy — Mike Davis, Lovecraft eZine

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

  • The Baphomet Sculpture Hidden in Brooklyn — Jena Cumbo, Village Voice

    “Lucien Greaves (a.k.a. Doug Mesner), one of the people who commissioned the sculpture, that now sits in a warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn, asked the sculptor — we’ll call him “Jack” — to forgo the breasts. This Baphomet is smooth-chested and muscular, with thin, shapely lips and rectangular pupils. The sculptor based his physique on a blend of Michelangelo’s David and Iggy Pop.”

  • ‘Join us in our ritual,’ beckons Cthulhu-based cryptocurrency — Adrianne Jeffries, The Verge

    “Written in the voodoo cultspeak of futurist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft’s short story, ‘The Call of Cthulhu,’ the creepy Cthulhu Offerings may be the most confusing digital currency yet.

    ‘The time draws near, the return of The Great Old One is upon us,’ writes the developer. ‘Join us in our ritual.’”

  • 70,000 Year-Old African Settlement Unearthed — Past Horizons

    “During ongoing excavations in northern Sudan, Polish archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology in Poznań, have discovered the remains of a settlement estimated to 70,000 years old. This find, according to the researchers, seems to contradict the previously held belief that the construction of permanent structures was associated with the so-called Great Exodus from Africa and occupation of the colder regions of Europe and Asia.”

  • The Occult Knowledge – Strategies of Epistemology in La Société Voudon Gnostique — Maria Liberg, a Bachelor thesis in Religious Studies at University of Gothenburg, supervised by Henrik Bogdan

    “The academic research on Western esotericism in general and contemporary occultism in particular has been largely neglected in earlier scholarship and has only recently gained serious academic attention. This thesis examines how the contemporary occult group, La Société Voudon Gnostique, headed by David Beth and an organization under the general current Voudon Gnosis, legitimate their claims to knowledge, mainly through three discursive strategies of epistemology offered by Olav Hammer, namely: the appeal to (1) tradition; (2) scientism as a language of faith; and narratives of (3) experience. Since Hammer argues that these strategies can be found in esoteric currents in general, but only examines theosophy, anthroposophy and New Age as well as only examining “esoteric spokespersons” this thesis aims at examine them in relation to contemporary occultism as well as in relation to both the spokesperson and to “ordinary adherents”. In order do this, La Société Voudon Gnostique works as a case study in qualification of being a contemporary occult group that has gained no academic attention before.

    The conclusions of this thesis are that the strategies are all prevalent, to a more or less extent, in La Société Voudon Gnostique and they are also used by the adherents. Besides the strategies proposed by Hammer, this thesis argues that the secrecy and elitist approach, which can be found in the texts, also can be seen as a discursive strategy of epistemology.”

  • Christian Persecution: The Movie! — Scott Stenwick, Augoeides; about the forthcoming movie Persecuted

    “Persecuted, is based on a laughably impossible premise that the audience is supposed to find threatening. In this case, it’s the government attempting to legislate religion, something Poor Oppressed Christians are totally for until they realize that religious freedom also applies to non-Christians. Then they go off the rails about how wrong and unfair it is that they aren’t treated as special and given more privileges than everyone else.”

  • The True History of Libertarianism in America: A Phony Ideology to Promote a Corporate Agenda — Mark Ames, NSFWCORP at Alternet

    “Pull up libertarianism’s floorboards, look beneath the surface into the big business PR campaign’s early years, and there you’ll start to get a sense of its purpose, its funders, and the PR hucksters who brought the peculiar political strain of American libertarianism into being — beginning with the libertarian movement’s founding father, Milton Friedman.”

    “That is how libertarianism in America started: As an arm of big business lobbying.”

  • Aldous Huxley quoted at Reversed Alchemy — Michael Gilleland, Laudator Temporis Acti

    “Certain authors possess the secret of a kind of reversed alchemy; they know how to turn the richest gold into lead. The most interesting subjects become in their hands so tedious that we can hardly bear to read about them.”

  • Ian Clark quoted at The Limits of “Unlimited” — Barbara Fister, Inside Higher Ed

    “By speaking up, we are not only defending public libraries but the entire notion of public services. Silence is not how we defend ourselves against an ideological battle, it is how we surrender.”

  • More Songs for the Witch Woman — John Coulthart, feuilleton

    “It’s been a great pleasure in recent years seeing the welling of interest in Cameron’s work. In 2001 when I was compiling notes for an abandoned study of occult cinema, Cameron as artist, witch or mere human being was a shadowy presence about whom nothing substantial seemed to have been written; her art was impossible to see anywhere, all one had were fleeting references in books”

  • Love Spells — Sarah Anne Lawless

    “Love spells are black magic. Love spells to manipulate the body, heart, and soul. Love spells to dominate, to bind, to cause destruction and madness and pain.

    Love spells are not about love, they are about the lustful eye and the selfish heart. Be honest with yourself about it and then move on to the work at hand.”

  • Bible Stories for Newly Formed and Young Corporations — Tom the Dancing Bug, Boing Boing

    Tom the Dancing Bug Bible-stories for Young Corporations detail

  • Stick-Gods — Inonibird

    “‘Stick-Gods’ is the culmination of over a dozen years of fascination with Ancient Egypt—particularly, its mythology and deities. Whether you’re studying Egyptology, a practicing Kemetic or just a fan of myths, there should be something in there for you! I’m doing my best to balance informed content with a fair bit of silliness. …And puns. Lots of puns.”

    Inonibird Stick-Gods

  • William Blake’s Sexual Path to Spiritual Vision, by Marsha Keith Schuchard — Gesigewigu’s, Spiral Nature; a review of William Blake’s Sexual Path to Spiritual Vision from Inner Traditions

    “Reading William Blake one cannot help but realize this is a man who is both religious and spiritually active, especially his poems known as the prophecies. The question is what was the nature of his spiritual life? What inspired Blake to create works that are both heavily Christian and at the same time antagonistic to many Christian ideals? The surprising answer is laid out as Schuchard leads us back into the complex religious web of mystical Christianity of the 17th and 18th century.”

  • A Victim of Drunken Channeling — Scott Stenwick, Augoeides

    “Aleister Crowley criticized spiritism as ‘a sort of indiscriminate necromancy’ because of a complete lack of formal magical procedures and protections, in which many mediums simply opened themselves up to whatever spiritual force happened to be present. Modern channelers such as Knight still employ essentially the same methods that Crowley was talking about. As such, there’s a real possibility that any channeling attempt could reach just about any spirit, like some sort of metaphysical Chatroulette.”

  • Mary Magdalene and the Gospel according to Mary — Kate Cooper; an edited excerpt from Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women from Overlook Press

    “The argument between the four disciples seems to be our anonymous writer’s way of exploring the different positions being taken by the men and women of his own day on the question of an alternative tradition being handed down by women. But he is also expressing his concern that the Church is changing, and not for the better. In his eyes, Peter seems to represent the voice of a faction in the community which wants to ‘make rules or lay down laws other than the Saviour gave’ – in other words, a group that wants to develop an institutional structure to replace the more fluid and informal movement of the early decades. This was clearly a topical warning after the death of the disciples who had known Jesus. Levi thinks that the new rules are a way of drawing the community away from fulfilling its task of preaching the gospel. The anonymous writer seems to be using Levi to suggest that too much emphasis on authority from the ‘Peter faction’ is stifling the Church.”

  • “Afterlife With Archie” Issue 6 is a comic every Lovecraft fan will enjoy — Mike Davis, Lovecraft eZine

    “As the story begins, our heroine Sabrina Spellman is relating one of her eldritch dreams to her psychiatrist, Dr. Lovecraft. Sabrina has apparently been committed to an institution because after her aunts died in a house fire, she had a breakdown and couldn’t deal with the reality of their death.

    But is that really what happened?”

If you’d like to participate in the Omnium Gatherum, head on over to the Gatherum discussions at the Hrmtc Underground BBS. You can check out all the other gatherum posts, like posts you enjoy, and even add your own posts with links to other things of interest, related to the subject matter of the library, from elsewhere around the Internet.

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/30/omnium-gatherum-july-20th-2014/