The Book of Law of the Venerable Secret Order of the Eye

I noticed a post over at Slashdot, “Copiale Cipher Decoded“, about how the breaking of the Copiale Cipher has revealed the previously coded instruction documents for the ritual of an 18th century secret order “that apparently had a fascination with eye surgery and ophthalmology.” Of course, for those interested in such things as secret orders, […]

Sent from the Second Order

Andrew Finley reviews Sent From the Second Order: The Collected Letters of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn [Abebooks] ed. Darcy Küntz at Sent from the Second Order in the Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition archive. Mr. Darcy Küntz, with his eye for detail and his keen interest in the historical roots of […]

The Order of the Solar Temple

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Order of the Solar Temple: The Temple of Death, edited by James R Lewis. There is little durable literature on the Order of the Solar Temple in English, but the group’s nature and catastrophic demise is extremely important to understanding the situation of minority religions and occult groups […]

Story of the Eye

The librarian John Griogair Bell reviews Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille, translated by Joachim Neugroschel. Meh. Perhaps I am simply too jaded, a beneficiary of the sea change such books brought about, but I had high hopes for Bataille’s Story of the Eye, with its substantial reputation and with my previous reading of […]

Blue eYes

Blue eYes from Glendalina Ziemba on Vimeo.   “‘Recognize the One who fashions bodies for a seed of Soul,’ said the young boy to Paul. Before the physical Man comes the psychical, created from Those who have become everything but Human.”   Blue eYes is a video from Glendalina Ziemba added to the Hermetic Library […]