Dungeon Solitaire: Labyrinth of Souls

Dungeon Solitaire: Labyrinth of Souls by Matthew Lowes, has arrived at the Reading Room, fulfilling part of my support for the successful crowdfunding campaign.

Matthew Lowes Dungeon Solitaire

You can check out some rules and downloads for this and other games for free.

Dungeon Solitaire is a narrative fantasy card game. With each turn you defeat monsters, disarm traps, open doors, and explore mazes as you delve the depths of a dark dungeon. The original game, Tomb of Four Kings, used a standard deck of playing cards, and is still available free on my website.

Now the game is being expanded to use a 78 card tarot deck, plus up to 12 additional cards used in an advanced version of the game. And these new rules will be paired with a custom illustrated dungeon-themed tarot deck exclusively created for the Labyrinth of Souls.

Library News for July 2016

It’s the 15th of July and that means there is only one month left until the submissions deadline for this year’s anthology. This anthology is going to be awesome and a great way to celebrate the 20th year of the library online! Be sure to check out all eleven past anthologies. Gander at the call for submissions to the 2016 anthology. Consider participating and spreading the word to those who may be interested.

Call for Submissions for Magick Music and Ritual 12

 

I currently have a number of other things going on as well.

First off, slightly off topic for the library, I’ve got another anthology I’ve just started up this year. All the technical details are pretty much the same, but this one is for my geeky, nerdy persona as Rigaroga. Also, there’s actually a theme for this one. You can check out the call for submissions to BENT BROKEN BEAUTIFUL, the first anthology for Rigaroga’s Odd Order for more.

Odd Order album BENT BROKEN BEAUTIFUL call for 2016 submissions

 

Listen to the first Reader’s Theatre! Become a Reader; consider sending in your reading. I have had no submissions since releasing this first selection, so have no idea when I can put another one together. I need participation for this to continue happening, so join me! It’s super easy and I’m sure you’ve got some favourite material you’d like to share with others.

Reader's Theatre with Hermetic Library

 

With special thanks to ongoing Patrons of the library and supporters of the 2016 Funding Campaign, most recently, I released the first Hermetic Library Zine, for June! I’ll put out another zine as soon as I’ve got enough submissions, so send in your material soon, or, now! Check out the call for submissions to the zine, or head over to Hermetic Library’s digital publications.

Hermetic Library Zine June 2016

 

Finally, in that strange way that things work out, even if they’re falling apart … I recently moved myself, the library cats, and the library to a new location, a new Abbey of the Library. It was a bit expected and unexpected. It was a bit of stress and relief. I’m now even more removed into the semi-civilized woods of Cascadia. The place I’ve ended up had significantly reduced my expenses, but at the same time I’ve ended up with some crazy ideas. Although along a

I’m thinking about how any abbey should have things like a monkish brew of ale and an herbal liqueur. I’m also thinking that I now have actual land on which a physical library and reading room could actually be built. I’m thinking about the feakin’ awesome idea of creating Abramelin and Holy Anointing cocktail bitters.

And, I’m thinking about the possibility for offering a residency program! If you are interested in talking about becoming part of an experimental trial run of what may turn into Hermetic Library’s residency program, get in touch!

I’m thinking 3 or 6 month residencies for creatives, scholars, and practitioners; offering a place for physical, mental and spiritual improvements and work can be done in-residence at the new Abbey of the Library. I imagine that this would be an exchange, where those engaged in the residency program would also offer to help with some physical, mental and spiritual improvements and work at the library as well. This place is not yet set up for a real residency program, but there’s potential enough for an experiment to be possible.

This isn’t going to be a resort, by any stretch of the imagination. Currently there’s a very rustic, almost off-grid feel to the situation. The amount of land is limited. I also have to admit that I’m struggling to cope with the fact that the best and only broadband option is satellite, which significantly curtails what I’m used to being able to do online.

But, it’s not nothing. I have the opportunity to be of service by offering a way to get away from things and reduce living expenses so those in residency can focus on their work. Nothing is set in stone, and I’m just brainstorming right now. If you’re interested in brainstorming with me about this idea or want to offer support to help make it happen, let me know!

 

There are so many ways you can help support or participate in the work of the library. Consider how you can start actively participating at the library!

Alphonse Mucha’s Le Pater

Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha’s Symbolist Masterpiece by Thomas Negovan, has arrived at the Reading Room, courtesy of Century Guild, a set of book with mini-poster and postcard.

Century Guild Mucha Le Pater

The hardcover version, in a variety of options, as well as lithographs, are available.

This version is also greatly expanded in its academic research with the addition of important and rare historical photos and a thorough decoding of the Judeo-Christian and Masonic Symbolism hidden in the artworks.

Century Guild ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to get this back in print.

By December 20, 1899, Alphonse Mucha had experienced four years as the most recognizable proponent of Art Nouveau graphics and the most celebrated illustrator in Paris. The massive output of the artist in his first four years in the advertising and decorative world earned much for Mucha’s publisher but very little for the artist himself.

As the end of the century grew near, Alphonse Mucha insisted upon the release of a deeply personal work, and printed 510 copies of what he for the remainder of his life considered his works-on-paper masterpiece, Le Pater.

Decidedly non-denominational, Mucha’s exploration features a female deity protecting humankind and a number of sophisticated occult themes across a series of images of mystical illustrations.

Unlike the advertising art that had dominated Mucha’s output since his “discovery” by Sarah Bernhardt in late 1894, Mucha described this series of images to a New York reporter as “the thing I have put my soul into.” (The Sun newspaper, 5 January, 1900)

Century Guild Mucha Le Pater Book

Century Guild Mucha Le Pater Mini-poster

Century Guild Mucha Le Pater Postcard