Omnium Gatherum: 2aug2020

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for August 2, 2020

Here we are in August! And, here’s a new Omnium Gatherum open for every Patron!

I want to specifically mention a couple of new things I’ve started recently. A new sigil for these times, a place for friendship and mutual support, and a place to start, re-start, and remember.

I was inspired by current events, and a little bit by the Antifa Cascadia “3 Trees” design by LikkitP among other things, and spent some time coming up with an Anti-fascist Nuclear Disarmament Algiz Lilith Foot sigil, in solidarity, which you may find interesting.

Next, I wanted to mention that I created a place on the site for a kind of directory, a place to recognize people, entities, and organizations with services to offer others that have helped Hermetic Library with meaningful support or participation. I’ve called this section Fraternity. A while ago someone asked if I’d considered having something like this, and I had but not done it. There are already the index of anthology artists and Fellows, of course, but what about a place for other listings? Well, I’d been thinking about it for a while, and then started to think about it more. Then I wanted to remind myself of how some others had done things, and in the course of that discovered that the venerable site WitchVox, which for many years was for many people an essential site for finding groups and information, has gone dark, with the old domain apparently now being squatted by who knows who with a blank blog. So, I thought about it a little more, specifically how I would do this, in my own way; and now I’ve done it! Which is as much to say, I started it. There’s not much there to look at yet! I’ve begun to reach out to a few people to add the first few listings, so I can see how that goes, and then I’ll keep adding more as time goes by, getting in touch with people and adding them. Furthermore, I just want to mention, as you are a Patron here, that if you offer services or are a vendor of things, let’s talk about putting up a listing for you, as an ongoing supporter!

Last, but certainly not to be exhaustive, I wanted to mention that I’ve also long thought about doing some kind of curated section with suggested practices. I had originally created a stub section on the site I called Praxis, where I was going to put a bunch of subsections with links to existing specific practices, and also new things. One of the new things was inspired by the Thelemic Tephilah series I’d been posting to social media, and finished an entire year cycle of earlier this year, and also the 30 day yoga journeys from Yoga by Adriene on YouTube, I’ve been thinking about doing a few 30-day daily practice sequences. Well, I started to get more serious about pulling this together and realized some things. The first was that the project was bigger than just praxis, so I created a new section for the site called Fundamentals, which will become a kind of meta-index for links to existing material, and also a repository for new material, about not just practice, but also theory, study and journeys. Maybe there’s more too, but that’s where I’m at right now. Again, there’s not much to look at yet, but Robert Mitchell created the first journey, which you can take a look at right now: The Hermetic Cross: Sixteen Days of Insight. We’re still doing some minor editing, and I’ll be adding a bio with links to his stuff, but I wanted to share what we’ve got right now.

Okay, so, there’s some stuff I’ve been working on that I’ll continue to work on, and I’m excited about these ideas, that I’ve been tossing around in my head for literally years, finally coalescing into real sections of the site. So, take a gander! Let me know what you think, and if you’ve specific ideas, or have a particular practice, moreover a journey, to share that others might find useful, let me know! Also, if you’re in touch with someone who may be interested in participating with something, let them know to let me know, you know?!

I hope you are doing well and weal, staying safe and sane out there, and thank you for your ongoing support!

Here’s a variety of notable things I’ve recently found that you may also be interested in checking out:

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