Summary of the week ending Jan 18th, 2013

This last week I worked on various improvements to the Hermetic Library. I had conversations via email, social media and others with various people about the collections at the library. I posted and shared a variety of things via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pilgrimage to Far-Distant Countries, Thelema and the Libri of Aleister Crowley, and elsewhere.

The deadline for the Winter 2013 anthology album has passed, and I’m working on preparing that issue for release. You can check out a sneak peek of the cover design by Mustafa al-Laylah on the anthology pages, and the release should be ready in time for astronomical Imbolc, 15° Aquarius, so watch for that!

I also want to remind you to check out the call for submissions to the upcoming The Hermetic Library Anthology Journal. I encourage you to consider contributing written and visual work, and to let others whom you think might be interested know about the project. In particular, the Symposium section theme for Summer Solstice 2013 is Intolerance and Tolerance, so do consider writing something for this reader forum as well.

Here is a summary of Hermetic Library blog posts this last week:

Reading Room

Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism, edited by Henrik Bodgan and Martin P Starr, from Oxford University Press, reviewed by T Polyphilus
The Destiny of Ethan King by Martin Cosgrove
Excerpt fromThe Destiny of Ethan King by Martin Cosgrove
Starr the Slayer: A Starr is Born, a graphic novel by Daniel Way, Richard Corben, and Jose Villarrubia, reviewed by T Polyphilus
Net of Being by Alex Grey and Allyson Grey, from Inner Traditions

Audio Pool

Requiem added by Exomène
The Gods Want To Know Why added by neutrino-f

Video Pool

Roma remixes Showreal 2013 added by Kalma

Arts and Letters Pool

In Nomine Babalon, CXXX – “Fear not, o prophet, for thou are the chosen”
In Nomine Babalon, V—VIII, in French
In Nomine Babalon, CXXXI – “I frolic and dance to the magickal note”
In Nomine Babalon, CXXXII – “O City of Pyramids, I hear your call”

Goods and Services

The Cypher Wheel, a substitution cipher coding and decoding device by Frank Phelps
Summoning of Evil Spirits: Goetia and Solomonic Magick with Lon Milo DuQuette via Thelesis Aura
Hermetica, Leechdoms, Magick, Wortcunning & Assorted Arcana, Weiser Antiquarian Book Catalogue #105
Real spider webs mounted on glass by Emile Fiore
Toxic Vision Ritual Cloak, a unique fashion item crafted by Sharon Ehman


Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity, a new thematic network associated with the ESSWE, was announced
Wanna Burn Something? Calling All Manifesters quoted and linked to Hakim Bey’s The Temporary Autonomous Zone
The Scientific Power of Thought, a video from AsapSCIENCE
Boss of Yourself, a video of a particularly anarchistic Fraggle Rock manifesto, also a musical number.
Societies with secrets, security culture and online social media, an opinion piece by the librarian, John Griogair Bell

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