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individuals who set themselves up as magicians (including John Dee, Simon Forman and William Lilly), as well as unpublished diaries and journals, literature and legal records, this book provides a unique analysis of early modern ceremonial magic from a gender perspective.”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/

Band of Angels

Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women by Kate Cooper, from Overlook Press, may be of interest. You can also read an excerpt online at the author’s site.

Kate Cooper Band of Angels from Overlook Press

“In this inspiring new history of the early Christian movement, award-winning historian Kate Cooper reveals a vivid picture of the triumphs and hardships of the first mothers of the infant church. As far as recorded history is concerned, women in the ancient world lived almost invisibly in a man’s world. Piecing together their story from the few contemporary accounts that have survived requires painstaking detective work, but it can render both the past and the present in a new light.

Following the lives of influential women across the first centuries of the church, Band of Angels tells the remarkable story of how a new way of understanding relationships took root in the ancient world. As Cooper demonstrates, women from all walks of life played an invaluable role in Christianity’s growth to become a world religion. Peasants, empresses, and independent businesswomen contributed what they could to an emotional revolution unlike anything the ancient world had ever seen.

By sharing the ideas that had inspired them, ancient women changed their own lives. But they did something more. Their story is a testament to what invisible people can achieve, and to how the power of ideas can change the world, one household at a time.”

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/30/band-of-angels/

Amber
Surrealism and the Occult

Surrealism and the Occult: Occultism and Western Esotericism in the Work and Movement of André Breton by Tessel M Bauduin, due in December from Amsterdam University Press, may be of interest.

Tessel M Bauduin Surrealism and the Occult from Amsterdam University Press

“This book offers a new perspective on a long-debated issue: the role of the occult in surrealism, in particular under the leadership of French writer André Breton. Based on thorough source analysis, this study details how our understanding of occultism and esotericism, as well as of their function in Bretonian surrealism, changed significantly over time from the early 1920s to the late 1950s.”

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/29/surrealism-and-the-occult/

Party at the World’s End

Party at the World’s End is book one of Fallen Nation / The Fallen Cycle by James Curcio. This may be confusing because Fallen Nation: Party At The World’s End was released in 2011, and there’s another, Fallen Nation: Babylon Burning, from back in 2007; the author’s own page says book one will release in 2014, followed by two more books still in production. However, “Party At The World’s End is the conclusion to a project over a decade in development, as well as the first installment of the Fallen Cycle, a series that presently sprawls through a pile of notebooks, sketchbooks, and documents. ” At any rate, there are a number of books involved in this series that may be of interest. You can check out the first chapter over on Scribd, and there are several albums of music and more which are connected to the narrative you can find on Bandcamp.

James Curcio Party at the World's End

Take a mad ride past the event horizon of sanity with the band Babylon,
in the final days of the American Empire.

Party At The World’s End
Lilith has returned. Or so she says.

In her hand is a ticket to a party on the rooftops as the cities burn. This is the story of that party, and the pranksters that tried to outrun reality and got branded terrorists on their psychedelic roadtrip across the highways of the collective unconscious.

We are on the side of man, of life and of the individual. Therefore we are against religion, morality and government. Therefore our name is Lucifer.

We are on the side of freedom, of love, of joy and laughter and divine drunkenness. Therefore our name is Babalon.

Sometimes we move openly, sometimes in silence and in secret. Night and day are one to us, calm and storm, seasons and the cycles of man, all these things are one, for we are at the roots. Supplicant we stand before the Powers of Life and Death, and are heard of these powers and avail. Our way is the secret way, the unknown direction. Ours is the way of the serpent in the underbrush, our knowledge is in the eyes of goats and of women.

—Jack Parsons

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/29/party-at-the-worlds-end/

July 23rd, 1973

A video titled “July 23rd, 1973” from DMITV with music from The Day I Achieved Contact by Chapel Supremesus (Thad McKraken, Dean Swanson and Kerry Weinrich) [HT disinformation] named for “the day Robert Anton Wilson ‘achieved’ contact with an extraterrestrial from Sirius or started hallucinating like mad, whatever way you wan to look at it.”

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/28/july-23rd-1973/

The Palace

When I was a King and a Mason—

A Master Proven and skilled—

I cleared me ground for a Palace

Such as a King should build.

I decreed and dug down to my levels;

Presently, under the silt,

I came upon the wreck of a Palace,

Such as a King had built.

There was no worth in the fashion—

There was no wit in the plan;

Hither and thither, aimless,

The ruined footings ran.

Masonry, brute, mishandled,

But carven on every stone,

“After me cometh a Builder;

Tell him I, too, have known.”

Swift to my use in my trenches,

Where my well-planned groundworks grew,

I tumbled his quoins and his ashlars,

And cut and rest them anew.

Lime I milled of his marbles;

Burned it, slacked it, and spread;

Taking and leaving at pleasure

The gifts of the humble dead.

Yet, I despised nor not gloried

Yet, as we wrenched them apart,

I read in the razed foundation

The heart of that builder’s heart.

As he has risen and pleaded,

So did I understand

The form of the dream he had followed

In the face of the thing he had planned.

When I was a King and a Mason,

In the open noon of my pride,

They sent me a Word from the Darkness—

They whispered and called me aside.

They said, “The end is forbidden.”

They said, “Thy use is fulfilled.

Thy Palace shall stand as that other’s—

The spoil of a King who shall build.”

I called my men from my trenches,

My quarries, my wharves, and my sheers;

All I had wrought I abandoned

To the faith of the faithless years.

Only I cut on the timber—

Only I carved on the stone:

“After me cometh a Builder;

Tell him I, too, have known!”

— Rudyard Kipling

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/28/the-palace/

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

Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, Cornwall, is having candlelit evenings from 8pm – Midnight on first Saturday through October (Aug 2nd, Sept 6th, and Oct 4th).

Come and see this magical museum by beautiful candlelight

Candlelit evenings at Museum of Witchcraft 2014

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/28/candlelit-evenings-at-museum-of-witchcraft-on-first-saturdays-through-oct-2014/

Afterlife With Archie

Afterlife With Archie is “a new, ongoing horror series by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla” from the official Archie Comics publisher [HT Lovecraft eZine].

“This is how the end of the world begins… Harvey Award-winning writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Carrie, Archie meets Glee) and Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla (Batman, Black Beetle) take Archie and the gang where they’ve never been before—to the grave and back! A horrific accident sets off a series of grim events and Sabrina the Teenage Witch must try to repair the unspeakable evil her spell has unleashed. Gasp in horror as Riverdale faces an impending zombie Arch-pocalypse in this brand-new, spine-tingling ongoing series—but be warned, kiddies, this one’s not for the faint of heart!” [via]

Afterlife With Archie issue 6 cover

Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2014/07/28/afterlife-with-archie/

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.