Summary of the week ending Mar 2nd

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.

Over on the library’s tumblog, I posted some helpful propaganda from the Ministry of Information, a take on the original trilogy of British posters from WWII.

Unicursal Do what thou wilt poster

Unicursal Freedom is in peril poster Unicursal Know, Will, Dare, Keep Silent victory poster


I announced a Eclectic Esoteric Postal Potlatch participation deadline on April 1st for people to get me things that I’ll send out shortly thereafter to participants, and to get on board as either a supporter or subscribing supporter for extra fun.

Magick, Music and Ritual 6, Winter 2013 anthology album, was released around astronomical Imbolc, 15° Aquarius. So head on over and listen to the whole album now. Consider picking up the digital download to help support the library, and letting people who may be interested know about these tracks and artists!

There’s less than a month left to submit material for the upcoming Hermetic Library Journal. I encourage you to contribute your written and visual work that is part of the overall living Western Esoteric Tradition, and to let others whom you think might be interested know about the project. In particular, notice that the Symposium section theme for Summer Solstice 2013 is Intolerance and Tolerance, and do consider writing something for this reader forum as well.

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

Reading Room

The Man of Light in Iranian Sufism by Henry Corbin, reviewed by T Polyphilus
The Genius Figure in Antiquity and the Middle Ages by J C Nitzsche, reviewed by T Polyphilus
Secret Practices of the Sufi Freemasons: The Islamic Teachings at the Heart of Alchemy by Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff, with substantial introduction and commentary by Stephen E Flowers, from Inner Traditions
Practice excerpt from Secret Practices of the Sufi Freemasons by Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff, courtesy of Inner Traditions
Freemasonry of the Ancient Egyptians by Manly P Hall, reviewed by T Polyphilus
Conan the Bold by John Maddox Roberts, reviewed by T Polyphilus

Visual Pool

Fog St Michel added by D Q
Beyond the Pillars of the Black Pharaoh added by Dakota Crane
9 Tailed Demon Fox added by Harlequinade Art

Audio Pool

Asthore is a track added by Batholiths

Video Pool

Eye in the Triangle a short by Jacques de Beaufort with Jihiya Gia also appears as part of the full film Sanctum and Sacrum

Arts and Letters Pool

In Nomine Babalon, CXLIII – “I swim through the aethyr, alone like a fish”
In Nomine Babalon, XXIX—XXX, in French
In Nomine Babalon, CXLIV – “The wine in the cup is the blood of the saints”

Goods and Services

Baphomet items from Toxic Vision, a number of new items featuring the image or sigil of Baphomet
Aleister Crowley in the Mouth of Hell, a screenplay by Carlos Atanes
Sanctuary of the Sacred Flame: A Guide to Johannite Spiritual Practice by Anthony Silvia
Death Tarot card leggings by Noctex
Anatomical heart vase, in silver and gold, by Blue Bayer
Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia by Andrei Znamenski from Quest Books
Pentapplegram shirt by Sharksplode
Curse of Busla dress by Sisters of the Black Moon


Vinculum Confusium, a post by Hermetic Library fellow Colin Campbell
A Romp through the History of Astrology, a class with Jenn Zahrt at The Public School
My Right Foot, or the Potentially Awkward Issue of Inappropriately Adoring Body Parts, a post by John Griogair Bell
Cirrus, a music video for a new Bonobo track
Blackwind, a music video for a Patrick Waston track by Chloé Poirier Sauvé
Morus Bassanus Sacrum, performance art by Chloé Poirier Sauvé
Hoboken Pizza Man walks in on an interesting scene, a social experiment / performance art video by Tim King
Kenneth Anger Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome 1954 with Anais Nin, excerpt from the movie
Book of Days, the churchyard entertainment scene excerpted from a movie by Meredith Monk
Magick, the Occult, Humor & Song with Lon Milo DuQuette, an episode of the Farkas Files podcast
The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Wagner’s Parsifal playing nationwide in select cinemas

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