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Pantheacon 2013 program guide posted

The program guide for Pantheacon 2013 has been posted and there’s quite a number of people I recognize on the schedule, too many to list really except for Hermetic Library fellow Sam Webster and anthology artists T Thorn Coyle and Pandemonaeon, and, of course, Lon Milo DuQuette. Lon appears multiple times on the schedule, including one class, at 7pm on Fri, where he and T Thorn Coyle will be offering “Love Your Demons, Love Your Self: a Conversation & Working”. This last class will apparently also be offered in an extended format at Oakland later in May.

Pantheacon 2013

Hexenfest

You may be interested in a campaign to support the first annual Hexenfest, Festival of magick-based music and dance. Two of the people behind this are Sharon Knight and Winter, who together form Hermetic Library Anthology Album artist Pandemonaeon, and Winter worked with T. Thorn Coyle on her Anthology Album track.

“Our Story

Hi there. We are Sharon Knight, Winter, and Anaar. Two musicians and a fashion designer inspired by myth, magick, and the realms of faerie. This is Sharon, writing this. Winter and I travel the land as a touring duet under my name. As yet we haven’t been able to tour with our full 6-piece band, Pandemonaeon. So we decided to create the kind of festival we’d like to play at, right here in our home town. Anaar, a dark tribal bellydancer and clothing designer for Tombo Studio, liked the idea, and Hexenfest was born.

There is no way we had time to make a video with all this first year festival prep going on, but if you want to learn more about us and see that we’re real people out in the world doing cool stuff you can visit us here: http://www.sharonknight.net, http://www.pandemonaeon.net, http://www.tombostudio.com/. And you can see Pandemonaeon live in this here video: http://www.pandemonaeon.net/videos/Pandemonaeon…

The Impact

Hexenfest will be the first Pagan/Pagan-friendly festival focused on music and the arts in California that we know of. In traveling to festivals all over the country, Winter and I have found that there is far more going on in terms of Mythic faires, Faery festivals, and Pagan festivals on the East Coast than there is on the West Coast. We aspire to change that.

This campaign is intended to launch what we hope will be an annual festival dedicated to quality Pagan/Pagan-friendly music, art, & dance – i.e.themes based in myth, legend, folkloric tradition, earth spirituality, fairytale, and the like. We feel the demand is here, especially in the Bay Area. If you would like to see such an event happen every year, this is your chance to help make it real.”

Heart Girt With A Serpent

 

Heart Girt With A Serpent
(Crowley/Knight/Winter)

San Francisco-based gothic tribal folk metal band Pandemonaeon celebrates the release of their third album, Dangerous Beauty. Founded by a guitarist with a penchant for unusual chords and a vocalist enchanted by Celtic melancholy, Pandemonaeon blends their driving rock sound with the delicate beauty of folk instruments such as violin, oud, saz, mandocello, bouzouki, flute, and percussion. Fleshing out their sound with heavy rhythm, lush keys and “beauty and the beast” vocal stylings, Pandemonaeon is reminiscent of a harder edged Dead Can Dance. Their sound has been described as “Dark tribal fusion with powerful vocals and metal accents” and “Music for bellydancers in combat boots”.

Captivated by the realms of myth and dream, Pandemonaeon draws on Celtic, Scandinavian, and Middle Eastern folk traditions, imbuing their songs with rich archetypal imagery and creating soundscapes both modern and timeless. At times haunting and stark, at times driving and passionate, the result is deeply evocative. Pandemonaeon’s archetypal themes and otherworldly sound have made them popular among neo-tribals, neo-Pagans, Tribal Fusion bellydancers and lovers of dark fantasy. Dangerous Beauty was chosen as the number one Pagan music release of 2010 by tastemaker Jason Pitzl-Waters of “The Wild Hunt ” blog and “A Darker Shade of Pagan” music podcast. Their music has also been featured in the cult horror film, “The Commune” (2009) and a Gothic Fusion bellydance DVD “Dark Imaginations” by Anaar (2009).

Following an early courtship by Warner Brothers, they have maintained a strident DIY ethic, adopting a warrior-like can-do attitude toward bringing their musical vision to light despite hardship. This steely-spirited commitment to perseverance is reflected proudly in Dangerous Beauty.

pandemonaeon.net

 

“I am the Heart; and the Snake is entwined
About the invisible core of the mind.
Rise, O my snake! It is now is the hour
of the hooded and holy ineffable flower.
Rise, O my Snake, into the brilliance of bloom
On the corpse of Osiris afloat in the tomb!
O heart of my mother, my sister, mine own,
Thou art given to Nile, to the terror Typhon!
Ah me! but the glory of ravening storm
Enswathes thee and wraps thee in frenzy of form.
Be still, O my soul! that the spell may dissolve
As the wands are upraised, and the aeons revolve,
Behold! in my beauty how joyous Thou art,
O Snake that caresses the crown of mine heart!
Behold! we are one, and the tempest of years
Goes down to the dusk, and the Beetle appears.
O beetle! the drone of Thy dolorous note
Be ever the trance of this tremulous throat!
I await the awaking! The summons on high
From the lord Adonai, from the Lord Adonai!”

- Liber LXV Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente sub figura ADNI

 

Originally from Dangerous Beauty, released 25 September 2010

Sharon Knight: lead vocals
Tim Rayborn: harmony vocals, saz
Paul Nordin: extreme vocals
Winter: acoustic & electric guitars
Caith Threefires: bass
Mark Abbott: drums

 

 

The full track list for this inaugural anthology album consists of 15 tracks by 15 artists, 66 minutes of fantastic music:

  1. Kim Cascone – Black Flame
  2. David Shoemaker – In Space, There Might Be North
  3. Mahatma Dalí – Whence Came You
  4. Alka – Nether
  5. Last Three Lives – Memory
  6. Crossways – Invocation of the Kundalini
  7. Ego and the Ids – Post-Apocalyptic Ho-down
  8. The Moon is a Spaceship – Sweet Revenge of the River Bollo (Part 2)
  9. The Contrarian – The Magician
  10. NVSBL – NVSBL
  11. Whip Angels – Hermes
  12. Pandemonaeon – Heart Girt With A Serpent
  13. yzzy☥kyzy – 93
  14. SickTanicK – Path of Initiation
  15. J Simpson – Strange Angels

 

The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. This is an anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate ritual and magick in their work. This anthology album will help promote artists to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. It will also further raise awareness about the connection between magick, music, and ritual.

Over the last year, as a project of the library, I have created a group at SoundCloud, the Hermetic Library audio pool, for tracks and artists inspired by or manifesting the Western Esoteric Tradition. With this group I’ve been working to raise awareness that music and performance can be a form of ritual and magick. This has been a space for artists to share their music and other audio, as well as connecting artists who feel drawn to these topics and ideas, or, especially, incorporate and manifest ritual and magick in their works with other artists and a larger audience.

I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you. The site was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Western Esoteric Tradition. You may also wish to check out other posts at the Hermetic Library blog and the Twitter and Facebook reflections to see how the library engages people in a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs and other expenses like materials acquisitions.

Additionally, this album is being released on the birthday of hermetic.com which was Dec 3, 1996. This release date marks the Hermetic Library’s 15th year in existence.

Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library blog
Hermetic Library audio pool

The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1

The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1 is now available for immediate download!

Please join the Hermetic Library in thanking and promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project by picking up this release. Please also spread the word to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

Also, back on Dec 3rd 1996 the domain hermetic.com was registered. Today is Dec 3rd. So, this anthology album is being released today in order to also celebrate the birthday of the Hermetic Library itself. So: Happy Birthday, Hermetic Library!

 

 

The full track list for this inaugural anthology album consists of 15 tracks by 15 artists, 66 minutes of fantastic music:

  1. Kim Cascone – Black Flame
  2. David Shoemaker – In Space, There Might Be North
  3. Mahatma Dalí – Whence Came You
  4. Alka – Nether
  5. Last Three Lives – Memory
  6. Crossways – Invocation of the Kundalini
  7. Ego and the Ids – Post-Apocalyptic Ho-down
  8. The Moon is a Spaceship – Sweet Revenge of the River Bollo (Part 2)
  9. The Contrarian – The Magician
  10. NVSBL – NVSBL
  11. Whip Angels – Hermes
  12. Pandemonaeon – Heart Girt With A Serpent
  13. yzzy☥kyzy – 93
  14. SickTanicK – Path of Initiation
  15. J Simpson – Strange Angels

 

The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. This is an anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate ritual and magick in their work. This anthology album will help promote artists to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. It will also further raise awareness about the connection between magick, music, and ritual.

Over the last year, as a project of the library, I have created a group at SoundCloud, the Hermetic Library audio pool, for tracks and artists inspired by or manifesting the Western Esoteric Tradition. With this group I’ve been working to raise awareness that music and performance can be a form of ritual and magick. This has been a space for artists to share their music and other audio, as well as connecting artists who feel drawn to these topics and ideas, or, especially, incorporate and manifest ritual and magick in their works with other artists and a larger audience.

I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you. The site was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Western Esoteric Tradition. You may also wish to check out other posts at the Hermetic Library blog and the Twitter and Facebook reflections to see how the library engages people in a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs and other expenses like materials acquisitions.

Additionally, this album is being released on the birthday of hermetic.com which was Dec 3, 1996. This release date marks the Hermetic Library’s 15th year in existence.

Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library blog
Hermetic Library audio pool

Last few hours to grab the pre-release bonus track along with The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1

I’ve previously announced the pre-release availability of The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1 and in just a few more hours … this will finally be released into the world!

While that’s incredibly exciting for me, and I’ve been waiting impatiently to finally share the entire anthology with everyone, I want to mention once again that only pre-orders of the anthology album include immediate download of “Inner Conversation” by Mahatma Dalí. This is a 28 minute incentive track available as part of this digital pre-release in 2 parts, in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or other formats. This extra material really works well when added together with the entire album, but will neither be included in downloads once the whole thing is released nor will it appear on physical CDs of the anthology. So, if you’re looking to grab that, it’s time to get on that before it is too late!

Either way, whether you do decide to preorder the anthology or pick it up when it releases, please join the Hermetic Library in thanking and promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. Please also spread the word to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

As a reminder, you can read the original announcement at Pre-release of The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1 or head directly over to the anthology itself at The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1.

 

 

Two new physical CD packages added to the pre-release of The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1

I recently announced the pre-release of The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1, and have just added two new options for those looking to also have a physical CD of the anthology.

The first option is to pre-order a “Compact Disc + Digital Album” and the second is “Compact Disc + T-Shirt + Digital Album”. Both include a CD professionally mastered by SickTanicK, and professionally pressed, with original cover and insert artwork by me, John Griogair Bell, the librarian.

Ordering the compact disc includes the full digital album, of which the two part pre-release bonus track is immediately available. People who pre-order the anthology will be sent an email when the album releases so they can download the entire set.

The t-shirt that is available is one of the fitted American Apparel men’s t-shirt with the Hermetic Library logo, made of ultra-fine, combed ring-spun cotton, that gets softer with each washing. These shirts are cut small, so size up for a looser fit.

 

 

Pre-release of The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1

I am incredibly excited to announce the pre-release availability of The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1.

I have been listening to these tracks for over a week now, as I’ve been getting this pre-release ready, and I think you are all in for a treat. These tracks are really quite amazing. I’ve got 16 total tracks from 15 artists, including a two part track as a special pre-order bonus. Including the bonus, this anthology is a wild 1.5 hour ride through a variety of music from musicians inspired by the Western Esoteric tradition. It goes from ambient and atmospheric through some vocals and then starts to hit hard with some rock and rap and then finishes out with a bit of noise to bring it full circle. I’ve been listening to it nonstop on repeat for this whole week, and I haven’t gotten tired of it. I’m really happy with it, and hope you will all like it as much as I do!

Pre-order of the anthology album includes immediate download of “Inner Conversation” by Mahatma Dalí, a 28 minute bonus track available only as part of this digital pre-release in 2 parts, in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or other formats. A link to the complete album will be emailed to you the moment it’s released on Dec 3, 2011.

Please join the Hermetic Library in thanking and promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project by picking up this pre-release, along with the bonus track. Please also spread the word to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

 

 

For this pre-release a 28 minute bonus track in two parts, “Inner Conversation” by Mahatma Dalí, is available immediately:

  1. Mahatma Dalí – Inner Conversation Part 1
  2. Mahatma Dalí – Inner Conversation Part 2

The full track list for this inaugural anthology album is another 15 tracks by 15 artists, another 66 minutes of fantastic music:

  1. Kim Cascone – Black Flame
  2. David Shoemaker – In Space, There Might Be North
  3. Mahatma Dalí – Whence Came You
  4. Alka – Nether
  5. Last Three Lives – Memory
  6. Crossways – Invocation of the Kundalini
  7. Ego and the Ids – Post-Apocalyptic Ho-down
  8. The Moon is a Spaceship – Sweet Revenge of the River Bollo (Part 2)
  9. The Contrarian – The Magician
  10. NVSBL – NVSBL
  11. Whip Angels – Hermes
  12. Pandemonaeon – Heart Girt With A Serpent
  13. yzzy☥kyzy – 93
  14. SickTanicK – Path of Initiation
  15. J Simpson – Strange Angels

 

The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. This is an anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate ritual and magick in their work. This anthology album will help promote artists to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. It will also further raise awareness about the connection between magick, music, and ritual.

Over the last year, as a project of the library, I have created a group at SoundCloud, the Hermetic Library audio pool, for tracks and artists inspired by or manifesting the Western Esoteric Tradition. With this group I’ve been working to raise awareness that music and performance can be a form of ritual and magick. This has been a space for artists to share their music and other audio, as well as connecting artists who feel drawn to these topics and ideas, or, especially, incorporate and manifest ritual and magick in their works with other artists and a larger audience.

I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you. The site was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Western Esoteric Tradition. You may also wish to check out other posts at the Hermetic Library blog and the Twitter and Facebook reflections to see how the library engages people in a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs and other expenses like materials acquisitions.

Additionally, this album is being released on the birthday of hermetic.com which was Dec 3, 1996. This release date marks the Hermetic Library’s 15th year in existence.

Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library blog
Hermetic Library audio pool