Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending January 8th, 2017.
Outwardly it’s been, comparatively, a little slow this week, but I’ve mostly been working on cleaning up the crappy import cruft on the new site, getting pages pretty again. I forget just how much material there is at the library, until moments like these when I’m going through and touching every single page, like when I first took over the site. Of course, there’s more than double the pages since 2009, so … I don’t know what I was thinking!
I’ve started to announce some of the new sections that I’d been adding to the development site, but are now in production. Links to those will start to show up in the next summary.
After moving the pages from the Hermeneuticon wiki over to the new site, I’ve also been thinking more about how to work that into things again. I’ve slowly been getting my thoughts about that organized, and there’s some changes there, which haven’t been announced yet. But, you can take a look.
I think there’s a lot of use and value to be had from the various indexing possibilities, not the least of which is the long desired metadata and concordance projects. I’ve got to figure out how to integrate those again on the relevant pages, and that’s probably going to involve building a custom Dokuwiki plugin to programatically place relevant links on pages.
I suppose I’ve also been hoping to better integrate the Hrmtc BBS as a discussions area for the main site. Way back, I’d been working on integrating the forums from WordPress / BuddyPress, when I was trying to get that going at Hrmtc Underground. But, after getting the Discourse based BBS going, I didn’t ever get embedded discussions on the main site going. I’ve never intended to use the wiki’s own discuss link thingy, which I find to be awful both functionally and aesthetically.
I’m starting to ramble. This week up on the mountain, it’s been snowing and freezing. Lost power several times briefly, and for a few hours last night. Satellite Internet goes down, until I can clean off the dish long enough for the signal to return to strength. All that kind takes the wind out of being able to focus on the site, or even being able to access it remotely at all. But, I think I’ve been able to get a lot done this week in spite of the stormy skies.
Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week
- Sancta Mater, Musa #2 by Leah Bee
- The Old Man of the Mountain by Shams93
- Mirrors by Kieran Mahon
- “Thelema utterly rejects the notion of original sin, and states, rather, that we are all divine creatures—‘Every man and every woman is a star’ (AL I:5). As such, Thelema rejects the idea that emotional states like guilt, shame, and pity are virtues, and instead recognizes positive virtues, such as honor, pride, and courage. Thelema also does not recognize any personified source of ‘evil’, such as the Judeo-Christian Satan (although a personification named Choronzon is used to represent malicious confusion, egotism, and illusion). Rather, Thelemites are encouraged to discover their own divinity, as well as their personal sense of right and wrong, based on both rational thinking and through apprehension of their True Will.”—John Bowie, Thelema 101
- Summary for the year 2016
- “In earlier chapters, I have given my views with regard to libel actions in general; I should refuse to fight in any circumstances for the simple reason that I cannot waste my time on anything of the kind. I must maintain my concentration upon creative work. There is a further objection, mixing oneself up with people of alien mentalities.
The only misfortune in the matter was that my publishers reflected that doing as they did a large business in bibles and similar pious publications they could not profit by the publicity as their clear duty was to do. They professed all sympathy with my position, but insisted on some sort of vindication before proceeding to carry out their contracts. I find their attitude inexcusable. They live in a country which boasts of sportsmanship and fair play as their copyright, but refuse to apply their principles, to say nothing of elementary justice, to cases which involve the suspicion of sexual irregularity. The accusation is sufficient. Even a successful public defence does not clear the character of the person attacked. It is notorious that most exculpations of this sort are the result of compromise or the payment of blackmail and it is known universally assumed that everyone is guilty of the offences of which they know themselves at least potentially capable and whose commission is a function of opportunity and moral courage. The sense of sin assures the English that all men alike are inevitably transgressors.”—Aleister Crowley, Confessions
- “The price of success was moral courage up to the theatrical limit. I must beggar myself of funds, friends and honour for the time being. I doubt whether I considered this clearly beforehand; I might have funked if I had. I do not want to claim undue credit for courage. I did what I did because it lay in my war to do it. My first step was the natural reaction to the opportunity. But this at least I do claim, that when I found how loathsome my work was, what humiliations and privations it involved, I set my teeth and stuck to the job.”—Aleister Crowley, Confessions
- “Early in January Cyril Grey received a letter from Lord Antony Bowling. ‘My good Grey,’ it began, ‘may the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall!’”—Aleister Crowley, Moonchild
Some top pages at the library
- A Beginner’s Guide to Crowley Books by Frater Julianus — Bkwyrm
- Aleister Crowley’s writings on astrology — Aleister Crowley
- RITUAL OF THE 0°=0¤ GRADE OF NEOPHYTE — The Equinox
- Zodiac — Mark Stavish
- Austin Osman Spare and the Zos Kia Cultus from The Magickal Revival by Kenneth Grant — Austin Osman Spare
Some top posts on social media
- You can and should use logic and reason all you want. But it would be a great mistake to ignore the stray bit of data that doesn’t fit into your preconceived theories, that may even confound everything you thought you were sure of.
Barbara Ehrenreich, Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything
- Hermetic Library Zine November 2016, Issue #2, from Hermetic Library
- Remember the first rule of magick: if it works, use it; if it doesn’t, drop it. There’s no need to complicate your practice with a distracting level of concentration. There aren’t any shoulds in sex magick, just choices.
Brandy Williams, Ecstatic Ritual: Practical Sex Magick
- humanity facing the choice between anarchy and totalitarian control
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited
- Just like a computer, your brain has a search function—but it’s even more phenomenal than a computer’s. It seems to be programmed by what we focus on and, more primarily, what we identify with. It’s the seat of what many people have referred to as the paradigms we maintain. We notice only what matches our internal belief systems and identified contexts.
David Allen, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
Some top posts on the BBS
- 2017 Money Luck Grimoire
- Modern witch’s superstition book and urban divine deck
- “If you understand the function, you can identify abnormal function, and then you have disease”