Summary of the week ending Jan 26th, 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.

This week I also talked about the Hermetic Library with Bishop Thomas Langley and Tony Silvia on Gnostic NYC‘s Talk Gnosis video podcast for Jan 26th, 2013, so head over and check that out.

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

Greater Trumps, by Charles Williams, reviewed by T Polyphilus
Chapter 3: Awake (The Ministry of Hate) by SickTanicK
Review of Awake, about the new SickTanicK album, reviewed by John Griogair Bell
William Blake and the Tree of Life by Laura DeWitt James, reviewed by T Polyphilus
Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf by the pseudonymous David Madsen, reviewed by T Polyphilus

Anthology Project

Hermetic Library Journal deadline for Summer Solstice 2013 in two months
Hermetic Library Journal general written and visual submissions for Summer Solstice 2013
Hermetic Library Journal submissions to the Symposium forum for Summer Solstice 2013
Hermetic Library Journal letter submissions to the Kottabos for Summer Solstice 2013
Hermetic Library Journal submissions to the Agora market for Summer Solstice 2013
Hermetic Library Journal announcement submissions to the Kerukeion for Summer Solstice 2013

Visual Pool

Advocatus Diaboli added by LitterART
Moon Conjunct Saturn added by J Swofford

Audio Pool

Oneiric Field Mandala added by Dr Quandary
Void Elusion added by Dr.Hans

Arts and Letters Pool

In Nomine Babalon, CXXXIII – “I adore You with kisses that tasting of wine”
In Nomine Babalon, IX—XII, in French
In Nomine Babalon, CXXXI – “You come upon me while th’ evening moon wanes”

Goods and Services

Toxic Vision Ritual Cloak, a unique fashion item crafted by Sharon Ehman
Via Siniestra by Edgar Kerval, from Aeon Sophia Press
The Pass-Keys to Alchemy by Lapidus (David Curwen) from Salamander and Sons


Joe Pyne interviews Anton LaVey, a video of an interview circa 1966
Satanis: The Devil’s Mass, a movie from 1969
Eco-spirituality and theology links to an essay by Hermetic Library fellow Sam Webster
A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, 1967 to 1973, Part I by Aiden Kelly discusses Ordo Templi Orientis in California during the Grady McMurtry years
Jack Parsons, Scientology and the Jet Propulsion Lab gathers some discussions about Lawrence Wright’s new book about Scientology, Going Clear and Jack Parsons
The Hermetic Library on Talk Gnosis, talking about the library with Gnostic NYC on their video podcast

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