Summary for the year 2016

Here’s a summary of activity for the year 2016.

It’s been a huge year for milestones at the library. I suppose I’ve probably missed all kinds of great stuff that happened in 2016 below, but if there’s something else you thought was too super to skip, let me know; here’s a few of the big ones!

I created the first ever Hermetic Library survey, back in April, to get some thoughts from those who responded about what they most value at the library, and that was interesting for me as I hadn’t ever reached out like that before.

Starting on May 1st, May Day & Beltane, I ran the Hermetic Library 2016 Funding Campaign to try to help the library survive and thrive by offering some crowdfunding perks, including offering Featured Support links on the website and blog.

The Hermetic Library Zine was not only new this year, but had issues in June and November, in no small part due to the support of Funding and Patron supporters who made that work possible. A new zine, with two issues.

The Aethyrs comic was something that I’d been thinking about doing for several years, but finally went for it as part of Inktober, posting a panel a day for over a month, and then released a collected volume.

Part of releasing digital publications was creating a place for those, and so this year I created the Hermetic Library digital publications shop.

Back a few years ago at the local OTO body in Sacramento, I started up a monthly Reader’s Theatre, and that was fun, while it lasted. So this year I announced that as a library project and was able to put out the first Reader’s Theatre in May.

Hey, had the account for years, but this year I actually started using Pinterest for something! I also created an brand new Instagram account, but haven’t started using it yet for anything.

The annual Hermetic Library Anthology this year was an absolutely awesome monster in both quantity and quality. Magick, Music and Ritual 12, for 2016, for Anno V ii, rang in the library’s birthday anniversary with 45 tracks by 41 artists and a playlist that is 6 hours long; with new and returning artists from every prior anthology! I also introduced the first ever Odd Order Anthology this year, which was pretty darned nifty too.

Huge news, just under the wire, this year is that I moved the completely new site I’d been working on into production. There’s still way too much to do, but I just couldn’t let the year end without making this switch. I’d been working on it for a long time, and had hoped to have it completely ready; life got in the way of spending the time I’d hoped on getting it ready. However, in spite of the dust and disorder, this is something I’m super happy to have gotten in place this year. I’ve also upgraded Blog, BBS and Hermetic Library itself with SSL certificates.

But, I suppose, of all the milestones for the year, the stunningly awesome one was the library’s 20th year online! The anniversary of the site’s birth was on Dec 3rd, 1996. Huzzah!

Thank you for being part of the Hermetic Library family, whether you’re just a guest browsing the site, a participant in the work, a Funding or Patron supporter, or soever; without you the library would not have been able to continue Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition, Hermeticism & Aleister Crowley’s Thelema for 20 years!

Some top posts on the blog from 2016

Some top old posts at the blog

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and all the ways you can participate at the library and support the work.