Summary of the week ending Mar 9th

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.

Here’s another new piece of helpful propaganda from the Ministry of Information, a take on the original trilogy of British posters from WWII. Go take a gander. There’s downloadable tablet and desktop wallpapers of each, and links to t-shirts and posters for the first three designs as well.

Unicursal Seek Beauty poster


Let me quickly remind you that I announced an 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.

You can see a photo of a pile of tchotchkes that have been sent out over on the postal potlatch page, and also this week one recipient of a package posted a glamour shot of what she found in her mailbox, if you’d like to get an idea what this is all about. What people get is a selection of what I have to send out, so I don’t even know necessarily what will end up in each package; but I do try to be equitable and send a fun selection to everyone that participates.


Magick, Music and Ritual 6, Winter 2013 anthology album, was the most recent Hermetic Library Album, 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!


Finally, 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

Nemo: Heart of Ice by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill, reviewed by T Polyphilus
Sorcerer: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth’s Alchemist by Geoffrey James, available from Grand Mal Press, arrived courtesy of the author
The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasonry, and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus by Christopher Knight, reviewed by T Polyphilus
Jesus Christ, Sun of God: Ancient Cosmology and Early Christian Symbolism by David Fideler, reviewed by T Polyphilus
Moses the Egyptian: The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism by Jan Assmann, reviewed by T Polyphilus
The Apocalypse Codex by Charles Stross, reviewed by T Polyphilus

Visual Pool

Save the Boyd added by Harlequinade Art
Some creepy bro added by Harlequinade Art
Masque of le Harlequinade added by Harlequinade Art
Spider Circus added by Harlequinade Art
la lune added by chasing the rabbit
Teratología added by chasing the rabbit
Untitled added by Espada y Brujeria

Audio Pool

We Drink From Her Breast is a track added by Shadowcaster
Shadow becomes light is a track added by StykninY
Inna Nomiine is a track added by shams93

Video Pool

Ritual film: Vibrations on the analogue is a short by doomtube, which had been featured earlier in the week as a late night video; but was subsequently added by doomtube in much higher quality to the pool

Arts and Letters Pool

In Nomine Babalon, CXLV – “The archer, his bow drawn tight with an arrow”
In Nomine Babalon, CXLVI – “The chemical wedding, the marriage divine”

Goods and Services

Arcanum Bestiarum, a video promo for the new book by Robert Fitzgerald, illustrated by Liv Rainey-Smith, available from Three Hands Press
Approaching the Kabbalah of Maat by Don Karr, forward by Colin Low, launched this week from Black Jackal Press and available through Weiser Antiquarian Books
A stash of 2012’s Beltane Fortune and Favor Quadrivium Oil was made available by Bkwyrm
Goetic demon statues and more from Christian Day’s HEX: Old World Witchery
Catalogue Four: Select Works by Austin Osman Spare from Fulgur Esoterica


Tree of Life corporate organizational chart, a post by Hermetic Library librarian John Griogair Bell
THE terrifying maSSive SHARD of DEATH, a short film by doomtube
ritual film: Vibrations On The Analogue, a short film by doomtube
Coreopsis, a Journal of Myth and Theatre is being relaunched through the Concrescent Scholars imprint
RIGOLO Sanddornbalance 2012 art installation, a performance art piece about balance
Mayday is a new series from BBC which sounds a bit like The Wicker Man
I:MAGE An Inaugural Exhibition of Esoteric Artists at Store Street Gallery on May 19-25, 2013 in London

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