Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending February 5th, 2017.
I started Hermetic Library on Instagram this weekend. Consider checking that out and following along, if you like.
I’ve had an account set up for Hermetic Library on TinyLetter for quite some time. I’ve not started to use it, but I’ve been contemplating the idea of using it for something. I could just use it to post the weekly summary to email, but I generally like doing something a little different for each channel I use, though there’s always some overlap. So, I’ve been thinking about something like weekly email letters with a couple of paragraphs of ramble about something I’m thinking. Maybe something I’ve been reading made me think of something that I’ll write about; or there’s something on the site that I’ve been working on that caught my mind for a moment and I’ll write about that. Maybe I’ll write poetry or start doing some art that I’l post. Maybe there will be some other special stuff I come up with just for those following via email. I don’t know! But, I’ll tell you what: If I get 93 subscribers to the email list, I’ll start using it. I’ll aim for weekly email letters. And, as long as there’s at least 93 people listening, I’ll keep going. Help get that started by signing up!
In the back of my head I’ve been flirting with the idea of setting up regular office hours, and a periodic voice conference; probably using a hypothetical Hermetic Library server on Discord, which I haven’t set up yet. Perhaps active participation will be for Patrons, but open for everyone to listen in. I might also record my side as a video and post that after. I wonder if that’s something that could be a thing. I’ll keep thinking about it, unless, you know, I end up just doing it. Now I’m just speculating, but I can imagine all kinds of vloggish things I could do (or a call in talk show?!), but if you’ve thoughts about that, or ideas you’d like to suggest, or if you’re into participating, then let me know!
Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week
- Unity sound reactive test 23 — Video
- Called for Freedom: The Changing Context of Liberation Theology by José Comblin, trans Phillip Berryman — Bkwyrm
- A History of Pagan Europe by Prudence Jones and Nigel Pennick — Bkwyrm
- “Even among the occulture there’s a certain focus on image. People have this idea that once you become an author or some other notorious character that you automatically forfeit your right to make mistakes. There are those who take advantage of the vulnerability of being public by trying to tear down anyone whose success intimidates them. They work on the tabloid mentality that any public figures, even in a subculture, MUST be perfect, and any flaws are automatic signs of ill repute.”—Lupa, Get me off this damned pedestal! — Key 23
- A Lullaby from Myrrha Jamil — Video
- A Wicked Pack of Cards: The Origins of the Occult Tarot by Ronald Decker, Thierry Depaulis, and Michael Dummett — Bkwyrm
- A History of Magic by Richard Cavendish — Bkwyrm
- “Occultists often like to reconcile dualities, sometimes through harmonious union and other times through the constructive harnessing of their conflict, but it is worth remembering here that the root polarisation here is not between optimist and pessimist, but rather between desirable and undesirable. Pessimism and optimism only represent two of many attitudes towards this polarity and both represent unreconciled viewpoints of it.”—anton in sludge, Beyond Optimism and Pessimism — Key 23
- When I go out I bleed magic from Ingrid Torvund — Video
- A Witches’ Bible: The Complete Witches’ Handbook by Janet and Stewart Farrar — Bkwyrm
- Ritual of Imbolc — Calendar
- A Circle of Stones: Journeys and Meditations for Modern Celts by Erynn Rowan Laurie — Bkwyrm
- Magic Blood Machine from Ingrid Torvund — Video
- Datamancer, interview — Key 23
- “What is the subtle and sublime mechanism that underlies magick? In whatever system or technique, by some process we manifest mind into reality. Internally we can call it self improvement yet we know there’s so much more. By some arcane, digitally feral technologies our thoughts are often heard by the chaotic web of life, which responds in kind giving us that one sideways glance and cocked smile at just the right fucking moment to be beyond a doubt a sudden mind-blowing manifestation of magick. It’s as if there is a great presence existing in some very real yet abstracted layer of reality that interpenetrates everything, leading from the backs of our minds right to the central servers of the Akashic Record.”—lvx23, magickal constructs — Key 23
- الصحراء — Visual
Some top pages at the library
- The Gnostic Mass: With Annotations and Commentary — Sabazius
- The New Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram — Frater Osiris
- On the Powers of the Sphinx, Part 1: Eliphas Lévi — Frater Osiris
- The System of Enochian Magick, Part I: An Introduction to the Structure of Enochian Magick — Enochia
- Masonic Legacy: Craft Symbolism in the Gnostic Mass — Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica
Some top posts on social media
- Man has the right to live by his own law—
to live in the way that he wills to do:
to work as he will:
to play as he will:
to rest as he will:
to die when and how he will.
- Our Father, Who art in heaven, Cursed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be spited, on earth as it is in hell. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us not our trespasses, as we never forgive those who trespass against us. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory. Amen.
John Logan, Penny Dreadful s03e06
- Not the Life of Sir Roger Bloxam by Aleister Crowley
- Hermetic Library Zine November 2016 by Hermetic Library
- Let’s stop saying that manipulation is not what we do. It is what we do. Embrace manipulation and get better at it; be deliberate to achieve the best results for everyone.
Jon Taffer, Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions
Some top posts on the BBS
- Seekers Into The Mystery
- Habib Galbi
- Strange Labyrinth
- “It’s only now as we explore more of the deep oceans that we’re finding all these bits of ancient continents around the place.”
- The Aleph-bet song (Hosha’ana)