Knock, knock, knock!
Howdy everyone! Here’s a public summary of my activity this week ending March 10, 2023!
This is, depending on how you count, newsletter 111 knocking at your door! Won’t you let it in? “My prophet is a fool with his one, one, one”—AL, I.48
This week I mostly did more work on The Winged Beetle and Hermeneuticon. There’s also new German folklore to check out for this month from Jürgen Hubert.
Plus the usual weekly stuff like almanac, propaganda, calendar, zine, updates, quotes, reviews, and more!
And, as always, I worked on various other things on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!
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Here’s upcoming calendar and astronomical events, plus the daily Thelemic Tephilah practice, which is still in its interregnum period, for the coming week, March 10–17.
Follow Calendar on the web and rss. And, if you have a current or upcoming event to share, add it to the Hermetic Library Calendar!
Here’s recurring calendar events in Hermeneuticon for this coming week.
- Greater Feast of Israel Regardie, died March 10, 1985 at Sedona, Arizona
- Greater Feast of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, died March 14, 2020 at New York, NY
- Feast of Dionysus, March 17
- Greater Feast of Nancy Cunard, died March 17, 1965 at Paris, France
By the by, I do want to mention, belatedly, that yesterday, March 9, has been 100 years since the Greater Feast of Charles Henry Allan Bennett. This wasn’t on the calendar … until now!
And check out this newly posted upcoming calendar events. (Click through to the calendar for all the events, new and previously posted.)
- Darren Aronofsky’s Pi on Pi Day — March 14, 2023, various cities, US
- Third quarter moon, March 14
Here’s reminders for Thelemic Tephilah daily practice for this upcoming week, from the Hermeneuticon page for the month, although we’re still in the interregnum, and will be for a while (until the equinox).
- Thelemic Tephilah, March 10, INTERREGNUM, Silence; or L of WHOLE
- Thelemic Tephilah, March 11, INTERREGNUM, Silence; or E of WHOLE
- Thelemic Tephilah, March 12, INTERREGNUM, Silence; or O of OF
- Thelemic Tephilah, March 13, INTERREGNUM, Silence; or F of OF
- Thelemic Tephilah, March 14, INTERREGNUM, Silence; or T of THE
- Thelemic Tephilah, March 15, INTERREGNUM, Silence; or H of THE
- Thelemic Tephilah, March 16, INTERREGNUM, Silence; or E of THE
- Thelemic Tephilah, March 17, INTERREGNUM, Silence; or L of LAW
Follow Zine on the web and rss. And, if you something you’ve created to share, send it in to the Hermetic Library Zine!
I’ve slowed down posting to one item a week because I’m low on things. I more than filled the previous issue, but now I need more submissions for this current one, if it is to happen, as planned, on Aphelion 2023.
- By the Book ye shall live, But by the d’buk ye must die from The Headflux Chronicles, Book 1, by Will Lorimer
Things to check out at Hermetic Library
- Belatedly added Greater Feast of Charles Henry Allan Bennett to March, March 9, and 1923 at Hermeneuticon.
- Added another 5 items to the contents of The Winged Beetle, including The Ladder, The Archæologist, The Silence of Columbine, A Slim Gilt Soul, and Clytie
- Added the newest tale Hulda and the Blessed Maidens to Jürgen Hubert’s German folklore.
- Created new Hermeneuticon entries for the collocations “Light, Life, Love, Liberty“, “fair play“, “qabalistic speculations“, and “grotesque blunders”
- Created a new page under Crowley’s Correspondence for Excepts from Aleister Crowley – Charles Stansfeld Jones correspondence which has some material that appeared on the blog, but wasn’t on the site proper. (The old Google-based site search used to combine results from the site and blog together, but the built-in site search in the wiki engine no longer returns that post; so it makes sense to copy it over!)
- I added an entry for Montgomery Evans to Hermeneuticon. Evans was a book collector, and corresponded with Crowley. I added this on the occasion of some annotations by Hirsig and Crowley from Evans’ copy of The Diary of a Drug Fiend were posted online, and I mentioned on the blog in an OG post.
- Fixed a bunch of migration cruft at a Beast Bay post: On Liber Oz. The switch to a wiki engine was not kind to any of the work I had done on restoring that old board, so there’s still a lot of mess there to fix.
And on the blog
All the quotes, reviews, &c. (But not OG, Events Calendar, Zine, &c.)
- This is how vampires work. They’re like drugs. They make us feel. They make us want more. We know they hurt us, but it’s just so good, and we’re just so fucking empty that we’ll do anything for a pleasurable death, since it’s so much better than a boring life.—Olivia Hill and Filamena Young, #iHunt: Killing Monsters in the Gig Economy
- To you who yet wander in the Court of the Profane we cannot yet reveal all; but you will easily understand that the religions of the world are but symbols and veils of the Absolute Truth. So also are the philosophies. To the adept, seeing all these things from above, there seems nothing to choose between Buddha and Mohammed, between Atheism and Theism.—Aleister Crowley, Liber Porta Lucis sub figurâ X, verse 19
- River God—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews River God by Wilbur Smith, book 1 of the Egyptian series.
- The forces of good were those which had constantly oppressed me. I saw them daily destroying the happiness of my fellow-men. Since, therefore, it was my business to explore the spiritual world, my first step must be to get into personal communication with the devil.—Aleister Crowley, The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, Chapter 14
- We all KNOW that there is more to “Do What Thou Wilt” than “Whatever the fuck I want”, and it seems to me your present case is along that very well known, valid line of reasoning. I am only pointing out that we do not at present know the limits of our abilities … and that certain limitations you are placing on yourself and others are incorrect fore drawn conclusions.—Comment on On Liber Oz at Beast Bay
- The soul is beyond male and female as it is beyond Life and Death. Even as the Lingam and the Yoni are but diverse developments of One Organ, so also are Life and Death but two phases of One State. So also the Absolute and the Conditioned are but forms of THAT. What do I love? There is no form, no being, to which I do not give myself wholly up.—Aleister Crowley, Liber CCCXXXIII, The Book of Lies, 35 Κεφαλη Λε Venus of Milo
- Stingbat says …—a couple possibly funny, but definitely goofy, memes, for funsies
- Husk—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Husk by Frederic L’Homme and Arnaud Boudoiron.
- “Where are you going, so meek and holy?” “I’m going to temple to worship Crowley.” “Crowley is God, then? How did you know?” “Why, it’s Captain Fuller that told us so.” … While this sort of thing is styled success I shall not count failure bitterness.—Aleister Crowley, Winged Beetle, The Convert
- Anthology news, March 8, 2023
- She needed to see desire in her eyes. To see everything that gave her power over Oxana—her gentleness, her patience, her fucking virtue—dissolve into sexual surrender.—Luke Jennings, Killing Eve: Codename Villanelle
- The length of thy longing shall be the strength of its glory. He that lives long & desires death much is ever the King among the Kings.—Aleister Crowley, Liber AL vel Legis, The Book of the Law, II:74
- The Sacred Prostitute—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Sacred Prostitute: Eternal Aspect of the Feminine by Nancy Qualls-Corbett, foreword by Marion Woodman, part of the Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts series.
- One thing I will say: that I do not expect anything to come of qabalistic speculations. I think that they may even be extremely mischievous in times like the present. Our sole business should be to use the Law to reconstruct the world from the chaos into which it is already half tumbled. That formula is a simple one, and requires no specialised training. The work requires the cooperation of tens of thousands of people who have never heard of the Qabalah, and they have to be addressed in language which they can understand.—Aleister Crowley to Charles Stansfeld Jones, correspondence on August 28, 1936
- they believe that Bush was chosen by God to lead the country against the infidels or whatever the fuck it is. Power needs a narrative to operate even if it only exists for its own sake, and this story never ends no matter how old it is.—Archons & War Pigs
- The sex-instinct is one of the most deeply-seated expressions of the will; and it must not be restricted, either negatively by preventing its free function, or positively by insisting on its false function.What is more brutal than to stunt natural growth or to deform it?What is more absurd than to seek to interpret this holy instinct as a gross animal act, to separate it from the spiritual enthusiasm without which it is so stupid as not even to be satisfactory to the persons concerned?The sexual act is a sacrament of Will. To profane it is the great offence. All true expression of it is lawful; all suppression or distortion is contrary to the Law of Liberty. To use legal or financial constraint to compel either abstention or submission, is entirely horrible, unnatural and absurd.—Aleister Crowley, New Comment on I.41, Liber AL vel Legis, The Book of the Law
- Anthology news, March 8, 2023 [Bandcamp/Followers]