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Howdy everyone! Here’s a public summary of my activity this week ending March 17, 2023!
Today is the annual recurring Moorish Tag Day, relevant to Moorish Science Temple.
This week I did a bunch of work on Hermeneuticon and pages for Aleister Crowley, T Polyphilus, and William Butler Yeats. Plus the usual weekly stuff like almanac, propaganda, calendar, zine, updates, quotes, reviews, and more!
And, as always, I worked on various other things I’ve not specifically mentioned on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!
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It’s Moorish Tag Day!
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It’s also St. Patrick’s Day, of course; so raise a pint of your beverage of choice!
Here’s upcoming calendar and astronomical events, plus the daily Thelemic Tephilah practice, for the coming week, March 17–24. It’s a big week, since the equinox and the new Thelemic year are upcoming!
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!
First, belatedly, Happy Π Day!
Next, also belatedly, I want to wish you a happy Ides of March, which was this week, and share with you this reminder, from me to you, particularly timely, but also perennially useful motivation: Have a dagger, find a Caesar!
Here’s recurring calendar events in Hermeneuticon for this coming week.
- Feast of Dionysus, March 17
- Moorish Tag Day, March 17
- Greater Feast of Nancy Cunard, died March 17, 1965 at Paris, France
- Greater Feast of Jacques de Molay, Jacobus Burgundus Molensis, died March 18, 1314 at Paris, France
- Spring Equinox, in the Northern Hemisphere; Fall Equinox, in the Southern Hemisphere; around March 20, and this year at 21:24 UTC on March 20.
- Thelemic New Year, around March 20, Year V:ix (The Hierophant and The Hermit)
- Feast for the The Supreme Ritual, The Invocation of Horus, March 20 (at noon in Cairo, Egypt, 1904)
- The Equinox of the Gods, March 20
- Greater Feast of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, died March 22, 1832 at Weimar, Germany
- Feast of Priapus, March 24
And check out this newly posted upcoming calendar events. (Click through to the calendar for all the events, new and previously posted.)
- Scrying: A Workshop on Esoteric Awareness — March 20, 2023, online
- Pan: God of the English Countryside — March 25, 2023, online
- Sing Along a Wicker Man — November 18, 2023, Bristol, UK
- Equinox (Spring in the Northern hemisphere, Fall in the Southern), March 20, 21:24 UTC
- New moon, March 21
Here’s reminders for Thelemic Tephilah daily practice for this upcoming week, from the Hermeneuticon page for the month, and we’re exiting the interregnum, and starting a New Year!
- Thelemic Tephilah, March 17, INTERREGNUM, Silence; or L of LAW
- Thelemic Tephilah, March 18, INTERREGNUM, Silence; or A of LAW
- Thelemic Tephilah, March 19, INTERREGNUM, Silence; or W of LAW
- Thelemic Tephilah, March 19 (evening), Liber VII, Prologue of the Unborn
- Thelemic Tephilah, March 20 (morning), TAV, The Universe, Earth; Liber LXV, Cap. I
- Thelemic Tephilah, March 20 (evening), TAV, The Universe, Saturn; Liber VII,Cap. II
- Thelemic Tephilah, March 21, Shin, The Aeon, Fire; Liber LXV, Cap. IV
- Thelemic Tephilah, March 22, RESH, The Sun, Sun; Liber VII, Cap. IV
- Thelemic Tephilah, March 23, QOPH, The Moon, Pisces; Liber VII, Cap. VI
- Thelemic Tephilah, March 24, TZADDI, The Emperor, Aries; Liber Tzaddi
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.
- Serpent of knowledge by Felix Aldrich
Things to check out at Hermetic Library
- I added Hermeneuticon entries for Moorish Tag Day, Rachel Pollack, 1314, 1772,1965, and 1929; and updated 1923, March 9, March 17, March, March 14, and Light, Life, Love, Liberty
- I did some formatting and improvement updates to some T Polyphlus pages, including An Alternate Anthem for the Gnostic Mass, The Furnace of Ecstasy, B\G\P\ 34/63, A Puissant Ritual, Feast of Cattle, Feast of the Dragon, Feast of the Stars, A “Lesser” Pentagram Ritual, Solar Adorations, Nepios, N.O.X. Litany, Fourfold Word Song, and A First Look at the Gnostic Mass
- I updated formatting on Chapter 85 Κεφαλη Πε Borborygmi and Commentary ΠΕ in Liber CCCXXXIII The Book of Lies Falsely So Called
- I added William Butler Yeat’s play The Countess Cathleen and the firs bits of Per Amica Silentia Lunae, including Ego Dominus Tuus, Prologue. I also added another 5 items to The Celtic Twilight, including The Swine of The Gods, Aristotle of the Books, Miraculous Creatures, Enchanted Woods, and
‘And Fair, Fierce Women’.
- I added another 5 items to Aleister Crowley’s The Winged Beetle, including The Circle and the Point, Rosa Decidua, Ut, The Poet at Bay, and Belladonna.
- And I added a Hermeneuticon entry for Furfur, after a bit of a hiatus, in the ongoing project to generate images which were for a blog post.
And on the blog
All the quotes, reviews, &c. (But not OG, Events Calendar, Zine, &c.)
- Where the fuck am I? Everything reeks of Texas.—Justin Hager, EsoZone Report in Key 23
- Do we not find that the most robust of men express no thoughts at all? They eat, drink, sleep, and copulate in silence. What better proof of the fact that all thought is dis-ease?—Aleister Crowley, Liber CCCXXXIII, The Book of Lies, Chapter 85, Κεφαλη Πε, Borborygmi
- Anthology news, March 12, 2023
- Witness Against the Beast—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Witness Against the Beast: William Blake and the Moral Law by E P Thompson.
- Yet my mind — thanks be to the most high eternal gods! — can never rest for more than an albatross’s glide upon the slopes of the past. Today, writing my memories, I feel as if I were playing a sort of practical joke upon myself. I am hot on the trail of the future. I can imagine myself on my deathbed, spent utterly with lust to touch the next world, like a boy asking for his first kiss from a woman.—Aleister Crowley, The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, Chapter 54
- Perhaps the Stars—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Perhaps the Stars by Ada Palmer, book 4 of Terra Ignota.
- Be neither man nor woman, but both in one.—Aleister Crowley, The Heart of the Master
- He giggled like a hyena when Booker didn’t get it. “There’s no drugs.” “You said they were mules,” Booker insisted. “They are,” Rask crowed. “Not heroin – organs. Why the fuck do you think I told you not to shoot the truck?”—Patrick Todoroff, Sozo
- The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.—Aleister Crowley, The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, Chapter 65
- Happy Π Day!
- Have a dagger, find a Caesar!
- Deals with the Devil—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Deals with the Devil (Abridged): Twelve Terrifying Tales About Men Who Made Pacts With the Devil ed Basil Davenport, with stories from, I had trouble finding the list, so this may include sombunall from this abridged volume and may include some from the prior unabridged edition, in no particular order: J Sheridan LeFanu, Max Beerbohm, Lord Dunsany, Anthony Boucher, John Collier , John Masefield , Henry Kuttner, Theodore R Cogswell, Ford McCormack, Arthur Porges, Isaac Asimov, Guy Maupassant, Stephen Vincent Benét, and L Sprague De Camp.
- This point being established, let me further make a distinction between the two great classes of sodomites. Ulrichs has pedantically christened them Urning and Uranodioning; for the former we have no colloquial name: the latter we term Bimetallist. Being himself an Urning, he has naturally failed to grasp the vast gap that divides the classes, which is that between an indulgence and a morbid craving; between the insane delusion that one is Jesus Christ or Julius Caesar and the sane and healthy resolve to emulate the exploits of these worthies in mysticism and war respectively. We pity the Urning, as we pity the consumptive or the drunkard; but we do not pity him in any special sense, any more than a connoisseur of fine wines pities the drunkard above all other pitiable folk. We do not acknowledge any nervous weakness as having a peculiar claim on us, just because it lies in the same plane as one of our hobbies.—Aleister Crowley, Bagh I Muattar, The Scented Garden of Abdullah the Satirist of Shiraz
- He looks stunned, but he keeps smiling. “You want me to –”Now it’s my turn to smile. “I know, I’m a fucking pervert. You think you can handle it?”—Xnoubis, Tarot Erotica: Tau
- Furfur—Generated visuals for Furfur from Goetia using Midjourney and Dall-E from a mix of parsed text description & seal image prompts.
- How, o my Son, do thou then consider deeply of these Things in thine Ordering of the World under the Law of Thelema. For every Individual in the State must be perfect in his own Function, with Contentment, respecting his own Task as necessary and holy, not envious of another’s. For so only mayst thou build up a free state, whose directing Will shall be singly directed to the Welfare of all.—Aleister Crowley, Liber א vel CXI, The Book of Wisdom or Folly, Αλ De Ordine Rerum
- The Hundred Tales of Wisdom—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Hundred Tales of Wisdom by Idries Shah
- The development of the Adept is by Expansion – out to Nuit – in all directions equally. The small man has little experience, little capacity for either pain or pleasure. The bourgeois is a clod. I know better (at least) than to suppose that to torture him is either beneficial or amusing to myself.This thesis concerning compassion is of the most palmary importance in the ethics of Thelema. It is necessary that we stop, once for all, this ignorant meddling with other people’s business. Each individual must be left free to follow his own path. America is peculiarly insane on these points. Her people are desperately anxious to make the Cingalese wear furs, and the Tibetans vote, and the whole world chew gum, utterly dense to the fact that most other nations, especially the French and British, regard ‘American institutions’ as the lowest savagery, and forgetful or ignorant of the circumstance that the original brand of American freedom – which really was Freedom – contained the precept to leave other people severely alone, and thus assured the possibility of expansion on his own lines to every man.—Aleister Crowley, New Comment on I.31, Liber AL vel Legis, The Book of the Law
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- Anthology news, 12mar2023 [Bandcamp/Followers]