Summary of the week ending Mar 16th

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 several designs as well.

Unicursal Keep Calm and Babalon poster


This week I split the stream of re-blogged images that I’d been posting to the library tumblog into a new blog. I want to encourage you to check out the new tumblog at The library tumblog will continue to be a mirror for all the unique posts from the library blog, including posts from the various audio, visual, video and arts & letters pools; news about the anthology issues such as the Hermetic Library Albums and the new Journals; posts about books and reviews from the Reading Room; and much more besides. However, the stream of interesting re-blogging I’ve been posting there will now be found on the new blog instead.


Let me quickly remind you that there are less than two weeks until the 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.


This week I’ve announced the call for submissions for Magick, Music and Ritual 7, the Spring 2013 anthology album, with a deadline on April 15th. The album will be released around astronomical Beltane, 15° Taurus, after May Day. This will be the second album to feature a cover by Mustafa al-Laylah, and that cover will be the next piece in the larger poster being formed by combining all four issues this year.

Please check out the previous release, Magick, Music and Ritual 6, the Winter 2013 anthology album, and the last Spring’s release, Magick, Music and Ritual 3.

Also, please consider helping to spread the word about these anthology releases, as well as about the tracks and artists who have participated in these anthologies, to people you know and who may be interested in them or in participating in the next issue!


Finally, the deadline to submit material for the upcoming Hermetic Library Journal is on April 21st. 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

Inside the Occult: The true story of Madame H. P. Blavatsky by Henry Steel Olcott, reviewed by T Polyphilus
Revolt in 2100 by Robert A Heinlein, reviewed by T Polyphilus
The Rose Croix by David Tod Gilliam, illustrated by Ted Ireland, reviewed by T Polyphilus
Smith of Wootton Major by J R R Tolkien, reviewed by T Polyphilus
Warrior of Scorpio, book 3 of the Saga of Prescot of Antares, by Alan Burt Akers, reviewed by T Polyphilus

Anthology Project

Hermetic Library Album call for Spring 2013 submissions

Eclectic, Esoteric Postal Potlatch

Two weeks until the Postal Potlatch participation deadline on Apr 1st

Visual Pool

Química added by chasing the rabbit
Untitled added by chasing the rabbit
Untitled added by Espada y Brujeria
Thelemic Sigil Rose Template added by Kyla Dawn Clay

Audio Pool

Choose ye an island! is a track added by HOST
To what end? is a track added by HOST
Everlasting Roka is a track added by Sib tibi terra levis
The Growth of the Flame is a track added by anantakara
The Faithfull Orbit of Her Life is a track added by anantakara
All Candles Burn Blue is a track added by Isobelle
Row the Raft is a track added by ReV Chloe

Video Pool

BAPHOMET is a short by Justin C Larwick
the cuge solution was added by pxzl

Arts and Letters Pool

In Nomine Babalon, CXLVII – “With angelic tablets, my spirit aflame”
The Birth of Babalon by John Whiteside “Jack” Parsons – “What is the tumult among the stars”
In Nomine Babalon, CXLVIII – “Worship and praise to the Victorious Queen”

Goods and Services

Aleister Crowley’s The Rite of Sol, a rock opera, available on DVD


Tarot Show at Bows and Arrows in Sacramento on Apr 5th — May 2nd, an art show by 78 artists interpreting the Tarot
Myths, Marvels & Magic at Splendorporium in Portland through Mar 29th, a show that includes Liv Rainey-Smith

Do you have comments, questions, corrections or suggestions? Contact the librarian.