Hermetic Library Newsletter #73

Every time I glance at it my brain thinks it is dirty

This week I’ve got LOVE IS THE LAW RAINBOW propaganda for Pride, solstice, and two upcoming listening parties.

Also there’s AI generative art for the week using MidJourney for the prompts “Adjustment tarot card by Norman Rockwell” and the description of Bael from Goetia.

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

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


Summer solstice, midsummer, is an astronomical calendar event occurring in June for the Northern Hemisphere, December for the Southern Hemisphere.

Solstice, when Sun is at 0° Cancer, will be on June 21st at 9:14am UTC in 2022.

“The DEACON: But ye, O my people rise up and awake. Let the rituals be rightly performed with joy and beauty. There are rituals of the elements and feasts of the times.”—Liber XV {Book 15} O. T. O.

You should can also watch a live stream of both sunrise and sunset on the solstice at Stonehenge broadcast on the English Heritage YouTube channel’s upcoming live streams.

Hope you have a good one!

Listening Party

In celebration of release day for Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Blasting Rod’s Of Wild Hazel, I’m doing a listening party Tuesday, June 21, 8:88pm (aka 9:28) US/Central over on MUSIC RADIO @ HRMTC.

If you caught the previous listening party, there’s something new! I sat down with Sven of Blasting Rod for a conversation, which came out to be about an hour. I’ll broadcast that for the first time as part of this listening party. And, if you didn’t catch the previous listening party, well, then, everything will be new!

Also, I realize this isn’t much advanced notice, but I’m re-broadcasting the listening party for Magick, Music and Ritual 3 later tonight, June 17, at 8:88pm (aka 9:28) US/Central, in celebration of it’s 10th year release anniversary this month!

Of course, if you miss the listening party tonight, you can always listen to all the tracks from all the artists who participate on an anthology in general rotation on MUSIC RADIO @ HRMTC, and MMR3 is also available in all the places you listen to music, like Apple, YouTube, Amazon, Spotify, and everywhere else. And, I put together a Spotify playlist with all the Anthology Albums currently available on the digital shops and streaming services.


This week’s experiments with MidJourney started with the prompt “Adjustment tarot card by Norman Rockwell”.

Um, that glitchy one is kinda weirdly, uh, suggestive, innit? Almost seems like someone got a little Austin Osman Spare in my Norman Rockwell. Every time I glance at it my brain thinks it is dirty, but when I look closer it isn’t really. I guess my mind is just in the gutter. Cool!

Then I tried the description of Bael from Goetia:

“The First Principal Spirit is a King ruling in the East, called Bael. He maketh thee to go Invisible. He ruleth over 66 Legions of Infernal Spirits. He appeareth in divers shapes, sometimes like a Cat, sometimes like a Toad, and sometimes like a Man, and sometimes all these forms at once. He speaketh hoarsely. This is his character which is used to be worn as a Lamen before him who calleth him forth, or else he will not do thee homage.”

And I’ve now added these images to new entries in the Hermeneuticon.


Here’s upcoming calendar and astronomical events, plus the daily Thelemic Tephilah practice for the coming week, June 17–June 24.


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  • Third quarter Moon, June 20
  • Solstice, Sun at 0° Cancer, on June 21 at 9:14am UTC

Thelemic Tephilah

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Things to check out at Hermetic Library

And on the blog

  • Omnium Gatherum: 15jun2022—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!
  • Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Fifth Head of Cerberus [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Gene Wolfe. [Blog]
  • “If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely. They’re beastly to one. Do you know, they shut me out of absolutely everything? When the other boys were sent out to spend the night on the mountains—you know, when you have to dream which your sacred animal is—they wouldn’t let me go with the others; they wouldn’t tell me any of the secrets. I did it by myself, though,” he added. “Didn’t eat anything for five days and then went out one night alone into those mountains there.” He pointed. Patronizingly, Bernard smiled. “And did you dream of anything?” he asked. The other nodded. “But I mustn’t tell you what.”—Aldous Huxley, Brave New World [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] [Blog]
  • Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Ythaq: No Escape [Amazon, Publisher, Local Library] by Christophe Arleston, Adrien Floch. [Blog]
  • “I just haven’t had the heart.” And that was the truth.—T Thorn Coyle, Bookshop Witch [Amazon, Bookshop] [Blog]

Also, elsewhere