Hermetic Library Newsletter #71

Call for submissions to Magick, Music, and Ritual for 2022!

This week I’ve announced the call for submissions to Magick, Music, and Ritual for 2022! Also there’s AI generative art using MidJourney from the prompts “The Fool by William Blake” and “goetic demon Buer”.

Plus there’s merch, almanac, updates, quotes, reviews, and more!

And, as always, I worked on various other things on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!

AI generative art using MidJourney with the prompt "The Fool by William Blake"

Magick, Music and Ritual 17

On June 1st, I announced on the blog the call for submissions to Magick, Music, and Ritual for 2022! Magick, Music and Ritual 17 will be the 2022 release from the Anthology Project. The deadline for submissions to this anthology album is September 30th, 2022.

I’m also looking for cover artwork and design, tracks for the Patron and Subscriber-Only EP, possible bonus download submissions, and, moreover, content partners who want to participate at RADIO @ HRMTC on TALK or MUSIC stations!

If you want to participate, get in touch! If you know someone who might be interested, let them know!

Meanwhile, be sure to check out all the Hermetic Library albums on Bandcamp, listen there, or to everything in general rotation on MUSIC RADIO @ HRMTC. Everywhere else, you can find a subset that have been made available on the 10 year anniversary of their release to basically all the other digital shops and streaming platforms on the planet. For example, listen to that subset of albums in this Spotify list.

AI generative art using Midjourney with the prompt "goetic demon Buer"


Since it is the start of a new month, I've got new merch for Patrons and public merch shop. For Patrons, I've updated the mug merch with the last of the first series of 4 designs that we've been working through since the beginning of the merch experiment. Here it is!

This is based on the Unicursal MY LIFE WITH THE FILL KILL KULT Propaganda, and is a mashup inspired by the name of a band and the Fill / Kill controversy from a while back.

Speaking of public merch, I haven't updated that yet, but I'll be adding the retired 2nd design for mugs, from way back when it was the Unicursal IN MY MOUTH BE THE ESSENCE Propaganda. This is what one side of it looked like (because it is “… of the Joy of the Earth” on the other) when it was on the Patreon mug, and it will, of course, be similar, but different through the public merch shop.

Ofc I’ll post a public merch shop update when that’s available.

Until my designs make it to the public merch shop, they’re exclusive to Patrons for around a year, and there’s a crazy variety of merch that regularly gets sent out to ongoing Patrons. Consider joining in on the fun of collecting them all before anyone else! And, you know, also help me keep the library going and growing!

AI generative art using Midjourney with the prompt "The Fool by William Blake"


Here’s upcoming calendar and astronomical events, plus the daily Thelemic Tephilah practice for the coming week, June 3–June 10.


Follow Calendar on the web, rss, and in the ‘verse.


Thelemic Tephilah

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AI generative art using Midjourney with the prompt "goetic demon Buer"

Things to check out at Hermetic Library

And on the blog

  • One must develop a certain obliquity of conscience, an elastic attitude toward the truth, to be effective in diplomacy.—Trevanian, Shibumi: A Novel [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] [Blog]
  • Call for submissions to Magick, Music, and Ritual for 2022Magick, Music and Ritual 17 will be the 2022 release from the Anthology Project. The deadline for submissions to this anthology album is September 30th, 2022.
  • Omnium Gatherum: 1jun2022—An irregular hodgepodge of links beyond the library curated together from @OmniumGatherum at Hrmtc I∴O∴ and more. Until this post becomes public in a year, to view this content on the blog, you must be a member of Hermetic Library’s Patreon. However, you can follow the raw feed (drink directly from the firehose!) by heading to @OmniumGatherum at Hrmtc I∴O∴ and participate with likes, boosts, and comments to help curate the best stuff for everyone!
  • Jonathan knew that most vampires did not live as lords and ladies in grand castles. Most lived as rats, hidden in the slums in cities, or out in the countryside as hermits, posing as holy men or witches.—Lavie Tidhar, Judge Dee and the Three Deaths of Count Werdenfels [Amazon, Publisher, Local Library] [Blog]
  • Religion, like nations and individuals, passes through the regular gradation, first of infancy, when religious ideas and thoughts are crude in the extreme; the age of Puritanism, when innocent women and children are burned at the stake for witchcraft, when with gloomy faces and in unsightly dress the poor fanatics sacrificed every pleasure on the altar of duty; the time when Sunday was a day of horror to children from its gloom, a day when every innocent amusement was forbidden. After religion’s infancy comes youth. At that stage, the absurd dress and gloomy faces were not considered essential adjuncts to religion, but free discussion was not allowed upon religious subjects. Everything must be taken for granted, without any investigation on the part of the people. After youth comes manhood, the time when reason has full sway, when superstition and credulities form no part of religious teaching and thought. People are able to think, to reason for themselves. After the age of manhood, comes old age and that is the stage of agnosticism. Questions are being asked, and ideas propounded which must not be overlooked nor treated with contempt. All questions asked in a fair spirit, must be answered in a fair manner. It is not sufficient to say, “it is so”, but good and tangible reasons must be given to prove the truth of an assertion. We are now in the stage of “old age.” Agnosticism and Infidelity are wide spread. After old age comes decay and the decline of the absolutely orthodox. From time immemorial, every religion has passed through the same gradation, of infancy, youth, old age and decay finally comes philosophy.—Lydia Leavitt, Bohemian Society [Amazon, Amazon (Dodo Press), Bookshop (Dodo Press, Gutenberg, Local Library] [Blog]
  • He paused for a second, and asked, “Why did you work on the bomb?” Bryce thought for a minute. Then he laughed at his situation: using a Martian, in a bar, for a confessor. But perhaps it was appropriate. “I didn’t know it was going to be a bomb at first,” he said. “And in those days I believed in pure science. Reaching for the stars. Secrets of the atom. Our only hope in a chaotic world.” He finished the martini. “And you don’t believe those things anymore?” “No.”—Walter Tevis, The Man Who Fell to Earth [Amazon, Local Library] [Blog]
  • Haiti was the only place in the world with a widespread belief in zombies. And what the dead need when they return to the world of the living is sea water. In all mythology there is some kernel of truth, otherwise it would not survive. So therefore…—John Ajvide Lindqvist, Handling the Undead [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] [Blog]
  • but I see, at a great distance, a new world stirring in the ruins, stirring clumsily but in hopefulness, seeking its lost and legendary treasures. And they will all be here, my son, hidden behind the mountains in the valley of Blue Moon, preserved as by miracle for a new Renaissance—James Hilton, Lost Horizon [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] [Blog]

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