Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending April 23th, 2017.
Lots of ongoing work on the site, preparing Postal Exchange boxes for Patrons (the next batch should be heading out tomorrow), responding to 2017 Hermetic Library Surveys (which will close for new answers at the end of the month), and more this week.
This week was also a big milestone. Seshat and the Clitoris by Nandani Felicia Bharrat, the very first guest post was posted to the blog. And, it was a super popular post on the blog already, so if you’ve not checked that out, go take a gander.
Also, I added a comment to the post via the BBS and so you can see an example of how the BBS integrates with the blog for commenting. So, head on over to the BBS and join the conversation on this or other posts to the blog.
This post made it through the new pitch and submission process which starts by heading over to submit your pitch. So, you know, get on over there and submit your pitches! Did I mention that you should submit a pitch?!
Special thanks to Funding and Patron supporters for their support and help making this submission process and guest post happen. Not only do supporters help provide funds so that I can pay authors for these new posts, but Patrons with access to the private Patron Lounge on the BBS are able to take part in the submissions process.
In addition to the submission process, there’s a lot of other ways to participate, not the least of which is the new submission process. Consider also participating on the BBS forums or send in something for the Zine! And, if there’s something else you’ve got in mind, just get in touch so we can discuss your idea.
Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week
- Greater Feast of Richard Payne Knight — Calendar
- “A prominent writer calls attention to himself by the device of calling attention to the pangs of slaughtered oxen; another affirms his brotherhood with the Chicago Pig. Countless thousands turn Vegetarian, and then quarrel as to whether it is or is not True Vegetarianism to eat eggs. The war between the Fruitarians and the Nut-foodists nearly came to a cross word! I knew a ‘man’ who refused to eat bread because it was a fermented drink! A friend of mine knew an Anarchist who refused cocoa because it excited his animal passions!” — Quote
- “Throughout my life, I have always wanted to speak the truth, but speaking wasn’t my forte. My mouth would open to utter something and my brain would demand my mouth to shut immediately, lest I make a fool of myself. I possessed a profound inability to articulate my thoughts verbally.” — Quote
- Earth Day 2017 — Calendar
- “Everyone admits that we have reached the summit of wisdom, scaled the loftiest pinnacles of morality, put the crown of perfection upon the cranium of progress, and everyone knows perfectly well how this remarkable result has been achieved. But at the first hint that anyone proposes to take a step farther on this road, he is universally set down as a lunatic of the most dangerous type. However, the most savage Lolos are content with that diagnosis, whereas the most enlightened English add that the pioneer is not only a lunatic but a pervert, degenerate, anarchist an the rest of it—whatever terms of abuse chance to be in fashion. The abolition of slavery, humane treatment of the insane, the restriction of the death penalty to serious offences, and of indiscriminate flogging, the admission of Jews, Catholics, Dissenters and women as citizens, the introduction of the use of chloroform and antiseptics, the application of stem to travel, and of mechanical principles to such arts as spinning and printing, the systematic study of nature, the extension of the term poetry to metres other than the heroic, the recognition of painting other than voluptuous coloured photographs as art, and of music other than classical melody as art—these and a thousand similar innovations have all been denounced as chimerical, blasphemous, obscene, seditious, anti-social and what not.” — Quote
- “Sad children bewitched by nodding hollow wooden sockets of their skulled toy.” — Quote
- Greater Feast of Prince — Calendar
- “America is seething with anarchy on every plane, because of the constantly changing economic conditions, the conflict between creeds, casts, codes, cultures and races. Society has never had a chance to settle down. The expansion westward, the discovery of gold, coal, iron and oil, the slavery question, the secession question, the constant flux caused by the development of technical science, the religious and moral instability, the conflict between federal centralization and state sovereignty, the congestion of cities, the exploitation of the farmer by the financier, the shifting of the economic centre of gravity, these and a thousand other conditions arising from the unprecedented development of the country combine to make it impossible even to imagine stability in any plane of life. There is thus a radical distinction between Europe and her daughter. We know more or less what to expect in any set of circumstances. Heterogeneous as we are there is a common ground of thought and action. We are even able to draw reasonable conclusions about Asia and Africa. London and Tokyo are sufficiently alike in essentials to make our relations intelligible, but in spite of the community of language, customs, commercial conventions, and so on, between London and New York, the difference between us is really more radical. There are many incalculable factors in any formula which connects the United States with Europe.” — Quote
- Greater Feast of Bram Stoker — Calendar
- “you’re not accustomed to history, most facts about the past do sound incredible.” — Quote
- “You say—permit me to condense your more than somewhat tautological, pleonastic, prolix, diffuse and incoherent elucubrations!—that the whole idea of the Great Order is based on faith in Progress. The doctrine of successive aeons is nothing else. The system of training is nothing else. Nothing, in fact, is anything else.” — Quote
- Mail from M∴M∴ of OLD WVLF — Visual
- Kitsch — Review
- “If you were less pretty I think I should be very much afraid of you” — Quote
- “Anyhow, all that I really want you to get into your head ‘sunning over with little curls’ is that Progress demands Anarchy tempered by Common Sense, and that the most formidable obstacle is this Biology. The experience of the Magician and the Yogi does suggest that there is room in the human brain as at present constituted for almost limitless expansion. At least our system of Training is more immediately practical than digging up our Corpora Quadragenina and planting them in a Monkey’s Medulla just to see what will come of it. So put down that bread-knife!” — Quote
- Mail from Quadrivium Supplies — Visual
- “ultimately we’re not honest unless the deep truth we live from is our own.” — Quote
- PROGRESS ANARCHY COMMON SENSE — Propaganda
- Mail call 21mar2017 — Visual
- The Star Fraction — Review
- Seshat and the Clitoris — Guest Post
Some top pages at the library
- The Bornless Ritual — Bill Heidrick
- What Is Thelema? — T Polyphilus
- The Enochian Hierarchy — Enochia
- Tahuti — Sabazius
- Notes on the Lesser Ritual of the Hexagram — Mark Stavish
Some top posts on social media
- Prefatory Note – Liber LXXI The Voice of the Silence / The Two Paths / The Seven Portals – Technical Libers of Thelema – The Libri of Aleister Crowley – Hermetic Library
- Preliminary Invocation – Goetia – Classics of Magick – Norton’s Imperium – Hermetic Library
- Liber Israfel sub figurâ LXIV – Technical Libers of Thelema – The Libri of Aleister Crowley – Hermetic Library
- What Is True Christianity? – Franz Hartmann – Hermetic Library
- Demons – Theurgia or The Egyptian Mysteries By Iamblichos – Sacred Texts – Hermetic Library
Some top posts on the BBS
- “They seem to have a more flexible gate for the visual information that breaks through into their consciousness”
- A Handbook of Stellar Magick
- “he added sex, blood and Norse literature”
- Flambeau Noir, International Left-Hand Path Conference 2017, in Ottawa, Canada on April 28-30
- Ron Bass wearing the t-shirt from his special edition Postal Exchange perk
“The puritan is always trying to make it impossible for those things which frighten him to exist. He does not understand that sensibility is not to be cured by protecting it from the obvious stimuli. The diseased tissue will merely begin to react to all sorts of contacts which have a merely symbolic relation with the original perils. This psychological fact is at the basis of such phenomena as fetishism. The saint hurries to the Thebaid to avoid the danger of Thais, only to find that the very stones rise up and take her place.”
— Chapter 68 from Confessions
Greater Feast of Richard Payne Knight, died April 23, 1824 at London, England
“A prominent writer calls attention to himself by the device of calling attention to the pangs of slaughtered oxen; another affirms his brotherhood with the Chicago Pig. Countless thousands turn Vegetarian, and then quarrel as to whether it is or is not True Vegetarianism to eat eggs. The war between the Fruitarians and the Nut-foodists nearly came to a cross word! I knew a ‘man’ who refused to eat bread because it was a fermented drink! A friend of mine knew an Anarchist who refused cocoa because it excited his animal passions!”
— The Vindication of Nietzsche from The Giant’s Thumb
“Throughout my life, I have always wanted to speak the truth, but speaking wasn’t my forte. My mouth would open to utter something and my brain would demand my mouth to shut immediately, lest I make a fool of myself. I possessed a profound inability to articulate my thoughts verbally.”
—Tom Taylor, Aphorisms to the Individual: Notes for my Sons
Earth Day, April 22, 2017