This First Night of the Prophet and his Bride Poster is helpful propaganda from the Hermetic Library Office of the Ministry of Information … for this Thelemic Holy Day in Anno V0. This is the anniversary of the first night Aleister Crowley and Rose Edith Kelly spent together when they were married on August 12, 1903 EV.
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
There will be a launch party for Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin: Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic at Atlantis Bookshop, London, on July 31st 2014.
The Beast in Berlin… in London!
The Beast in Berlin
Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic
by Tobias Churton
Thursday 31st July 2014 7pm
Gnostic poet, painter, writer, and magician Aleister Crowley arrived in Berlin on April 18, 1930. As prophet of his syncretic religion “Thelema,” he wanted to be among the leaders of art and thought, and Berlin, the liberated future-gazing metropolis, wanted him. There he would live, until his hurried departure on June 22, 1932, as Hitler was rapidly rising to power and the black curtain of intolerance came down upon the city.
Drawing on previously unpublished letters and diary material by Crowley, Tobias Churton examines Crowley’s years in Berlin and his intense focus on his art, his work as a spy for British Intelligence, his colorful love life and sex magick exploits, and his contacts with German Theosophy, Freemasonry, and magical orders. He recounts the fates of Crowley’s colleagues under the Nazis as well as what happened to Crowley’s lost art exhibition–six crates of paintings left behind in Germany as the Gestapo was closing in. Revealing the real Crowley long hidden from the historical record, Churton presents “the Beast” anew in all his ambiguous and, for some, terrifying glory, at a blazing, seminal moment in the history of the world.
Please note that this is a guest list only event so RSVP to this email or telephone 020 7405 2120 to ensure that your name appears on the Magick List!
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]
Art and Alchemy: The Mystery of Transformation is an exhibit at Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf through Aug 10th, 2014 that may be of interest [British Library]. The exhibit includes four ‘Ripley Scrolls’ from the British Library, which four are also available as Digitised Manuscripts and which you can read about on the British Library blog, if you can’t make it to see them in person.
Detail of a hermetic illustrating stages in the alchemical process and the revelation of alchemical wisdom, Add MS 5025, f. 4r.
“For the first time in Germany, an exhibition spanning all epochs and genres will be introducing the exciting link between art and alchemy in past and present times. 250 works from antiquity to the present, encompassing Baroque art, Surrealism, through to contemporary art from collections and museums in the USA, Great Britain, France, Mexico and Israel reveal the fascination which alchemy exerted for many visual artists. Artists featured in the exhibition, such as Joseph Beuys, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Max Ernst, Hendrick Goltzius, Rebecca Horn, Anish Kapoor, Yves Klein, Sigmar Polke, Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens and David Teniers the Younger invite visitors to explore the mystery of transformation.
Alchemy was invariably practised in secret, but was by no means a rare occurrence until well into the 18th century: Eminent personalities, including Paracelsus, Isaac Newton and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, were alchemists, too. It was not until the Age of the Enlightenment that alchemy was ousted and became intermingled with occultism, sorcery and superstition. In connection with 19th and early 20th-century psychoanalysis alchemy was brought to new life.
The exhibition was conceived by Museum Kunstpalast in cooperation with the research group ‘Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe’ at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, as well as a group of experts at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, which also provided many pieces on loan. A Wunderkammer of curious and exotic treasures from flora and fauna is offered for visitors to explore. In an extensive accompanying programme the subject of art and alchemy will be expanded upon by means of lectures, talks and guided tours. For the exhibition, a studio for children was set up, where the theme of ‘The Alchemy of Colour’ is explored by taking a close look at colours, along with their archetypical elements and production.”
David Shoemaker will be giving a talk, “The System of Aleister Crowley’s A∴A∴ Methods and Tools of Attainment”, followed by a Q&A session and book signing for Living Thelema, at Atlantis Bookshop on July 11th, 2014.
“David Shoemaker at The Atlantis Bookshop
The System of Aleister Crowley’s A∴A∴
Methods and Tools of Attainment
Friday 11th July
Doors at 7pm; Event begins at 7:30
The talk will be followed by a Question & Answer Session and book signing featuring
Dr. Shoemaker’s new book, Living Thelema.” [via]
The Community Announcements forum at the Hrmtc Underground BBS is a place for people to announce calendar events, goods and services, creations of various kinds and gatherings that are of relevant interest to the audience of the Hermetic Library.
For calendar events consider providing the following information in the post title when possible and reasonable: Event at Place in Region by Organizing Entity on Date at Time.
Generally, each announcement should be made only once, not repeated. Self-promotion in this category is okay and prefered. Obfuscated, shortened, 3rd party and affiliate links are not allowed, but a good link to a canonical first party source for more information should always be provided. If you are acting as paid, compensated or arranged agent on behalf of someone else, contact the Librarian to explain the relationship before posting.
The intention is to provide a space for the community to reach out to each other without cost with brief notices that include some indication of how to find out more about the good, service or event mentioned, such as offering a link. Of course, I’ve been posting Goods and Services and Calendar Events on the blog for quite some time, but, until now, there was no formal way to submit or post these if I didn’t find them on my own, through my own ongoing search safari generally from day to day. By creating this new space on the BBS, it is possible to help not only get the word out to the community, but also I may occasionally feature these announcements on the Hermetic Library blog.
There are, of course, a variety of ways you can help support and participate in the work of the library and the overall community, but now there’s one more! Head on over to the BBS and join the discussions there, including this new space for Community Announcements.
Unheard-of Curiosities: An Exhibition of Rare Books on the Occult and Esoteric Sciences is an exhibition at Alexander Library, Rutgers University, through July 3rd, 2014 and may be of interest, especially as it includes two of Hermetic Library figure J F C Fuller‘s paintings.
“The Rutgers University Libraries invite members of the Rutgers community and the general public to view “Unheard-of Curiosities”: An Exhibition of Rare Books on the Occult and Esoteric Sciences, the new exhibition in Alexander Library. The exhibition will showcase rare books from Special Collections and University Archives that illuminate the enduring popular interest in a diverse constellation of “occult” topics from the sixteenth century to the present day.
Many of the books in the exhibition were collected by the late Rutgers Professor of English, Clement W. Fairweather, Jr and predominantly focus on astrology and early astronomy from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries including works ranging from Arati Solensis Phaenomena et Prognostica (1569) to William Lilly’s Starry Messenger (1645) to the colorful Astrologer of the 19th Century and intriguing Raphael’s Witch!! Other titles featured explore topics such as prediction and prophecy, demons and the devil, witchcraft and magic, and the mysteries of ancient Egypt. The exhibition also highlights the exquisite illustrations of the tablet of Isis in the Mensa Isaica (1671), the whimsical The Magic Mirror of Nostradamus, and Book Four (1911), the work of the infamous Aleister Crowley.”
Apparently there was also a colloquium, on Jun 23rd, on “The Soldier and the Seer: J.F.C. Fuller, Aleister Crowley, and the British Occult Revival” with Henrik Bogdan, Christian Guidice, Gordan Djurdjevic, Richard Kaczynski and Robert Stein; and that probably would have been of great interest, as it relates to both J F C Fuller and Hermetic Library figure Aleister Crowley and their interrelationship, if I’d been able to post about it before it was too late to attend.
I:MAGE 2014 – Travelling with Unfamiliar Spirits, the second exhibition of esoteric art from Fulgur, will actually be a series of events in London and online from October 21st through November 2nd, 2014, with art, events, publications and stories.
“The spirit world comes to life in this two-week-long celebration of esoteric art. The show’s theme coincides with the time of year: the beginning of the dark months. Popular culture calls it Hallowe’en but contemporary Witches and Druids across Europe and North America call it Samhain, Heathens Winter Nights, Greek reconstructionist movements Thesmophoria; Vodou practitioners celebrate Fete Ghede, followers of Santeria and indigenous religions in Latin America observe Día de los Muertos, while Welsh folklore advises staying away from cemeteries on Calan Gaeaf.
In most magical and esoteric traditions the end of October is a sacred time of year, a time for honouring the dead and communicating with the spirit world. It is a time to acknowledge the winter months and delve into the darker part of the year and of the self. The boundaries between the familiar and what is Other shatter. The veil is thin. The magic begins. For I:MAGE 2014, artists will explore what it means to communicate with spirits through art. They will give us a glimpse of a unifying theme across different esoteric practices and offer us the perfect opportunity to introduce you to a truly international show.” [via]
At the core is a selling exhibition hosted by Fulgur Esoterica that brings together an a number of international artists in the esoteric genre. That exhibition will take place at Cob Gallery in London and feature a number of artists.
Arrington de Dionyso
Barry William Hale
Austin Osman Spare
Of particular interest, for those not nearby London, may be the artist blogs but especially Veil of Dreams: A Pilgrimage through Icelandic Magic with Jesse Bransford and Max Razdow, an interactive esoteric art project which you can start following now and in which you can participate.
Artists Jesse Bransford and Max Razdow set out to inhabit the same dream space for six months, blog about it and travel across the world to tell the story. Their starting point: Icelandic Magic.
For the next five months Jesse Bransford and Max Razdow will use Icelandic magical symbols as a reference point to enter the larger dream divination space of the Seiðr traditions and to synchronise their dreams. The results are published here on a daily basis. The project will culminate with a pilgrimage: the artists will travel to Iceland to visit sacred sites, perform a series of workings and find physical correspondences with their shared dream experiences and then to London, where they will exhibit the journal, the original artworks emerging from the dreams and be interviewed about their experience. Be a part of their story. [via]
Odd Scraps of Magical Wisdom exhibit from the Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University runs through Aug 25th, 2014.
“The word occult describes a broad variety of ideas, beliefs, and practices. For some, the term has an entirely negative connotation, referring to black magic, devil worship and other such scary stuff. And some simply laugh at anything occult-related. But for many others, the term is applied liberally to a host of familiar interests, including astrology, Spiritualism, divination, magic, Tarot, alchemy, extra-sensory perception or ESP, and many types of ‘pseudoscience’ including palmistry, phrenology and numerology. The unifying theme along the way remains stepping outside of the mortal coil to explore the mysterious side of the universe.
However which way you define occult, it is true that a dichotomy of opposing practices may be found throughout the Western Esoteric Tradition, one tending toward the benevolent and the other, toward the malicious. Referred to as the Right-Hand and Left-Hand Paths, these opposing practices involve, in simpler terms, the use of white and black magic. Students of the Western Esoteric Tradition are as diverse as students of any other discipline, so resulting views vary wildly. A surprising number of organized religions also feature occult elements, including Neo-paganism, Wicca, Vodun (voodoo), Santería, Qabalah, and New Age – as well as some schools of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity, in fact.
In 2005, Hugh C. Hyde, known for his continued support of SDSU’s Living Writers series, made a generous donation of books belonging to his father, Lawrence Kaye Hyde. The collection, referred to by Kaye as his “occult library,” features over 2,000 titles on esoteric topics including the great majority of titles in this exhibit. Special Collections invites you to explore the secret teachings and many mysteries of the universe through the eyes of scholars, philosophers, mystics, whack jobs, and maniacs. We suspect you may be surprised to find occult roots in something very ordinary and familiar to you.”