Category Archives: The Hermeneuticon

Hermeneuticon

Hermeneuticon and the Hermeneuticon Wiki are some of the original site enhancements I’d planned to develop when I took over the Hermetic Library site. Hermeneuticon and projects hosted there are intended to enhance the content of the main library site by offering a place for the kind of additional information I personally find interesting and useful, and, of course, hope you will also. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons this companion site has lain fallow for far too long …

Recently I’ve renovated the Hermeneuticon site a bit, but also completely converted the Hermeneuticon Wiki to a new wiki engine and also more closely integrated it with the library.

 

Hermeneuticon

The Hermeneuticon site name is inspired by and a play on the folk etymology of “hermeneutics”, which suggests that the origin comes from Hermes, the messenger of the gods in Greek religion; because of the adianoeta and allegory with Hermes Trismegistus, to whom the terms hermeticism and hermetic are related.

I wanted to have a place where I could develop projects that added value to and encourage engagement with the texts offered by the main library site through sharing metadata, including hermeneutics, cross-indexes, cross-references, annotations and other marginalia; primarily through a wiki where such information could be collectively developed, but also through other projects as well.

There are currently five projects living at Hermeneuticon, four of which are being built on the wiki, including the Hermeneuticon Wiki itself but also Metadata, Concordance and Serapeion project spaces. A fifth project, the Aleister Crowley Reference Desk, is a separate development intended as a resource and generator for useful information, especially concordance tables and tag clouds, but is still in a very early alpha state though it may see itself renovated soon as well to support the rest of the projects, especially the Concordance Project for which it was originally developed.

 

Hermeneuticon Wiki

The primary tool at Hermeneuticon is the wiki.

The Hermeneuticon Wiki root namespace is intended to develop entries on key terms found across the entire main library site, similar to what one might expect from a wiki-based encyclopedia. However, articles in the primary namespace are intended to be unique resources, not copies or duplicates of another encyclopedia. If there are other articles or references, instead of importing them there, as one might on some other wiki, one will simply add them to one of the reference link lists toward the end of the article. However, if the material in another resource is of particular interest, one should consider quoting from those resources in an appropriately fair use citation.

There are some initial examples of articles and you can take a gander at all the pages and namespaces via the sitemap. Mostly there are some stub articles, but there are a few just a little bit more filled out, such as the entry for Florence Farr, to give you an idea.

 

I especially want to point out to you today the way that the information from the Metadata Project at the wiki is now more fully integrated with the rest of the library. As I mentioned already, the idea of offering a place for metadata is to increase the breadth and depth of engagement with the texts on the site. I think an example will do much to demonstrate what I mean by all of this.

If you head over to the main library site, and for this example I’m looking at Liber Ararita, in the upper right corner of most pages are a few useful links, such as a site search tool (including a convenient way to add the Hermetic Library site search to your browser, by clicking on the ‘+’ mark, if your browser supports such things), a link which opens some helpful bookmarking links, and a ‘Metadata’ link.

Hermetic Library metadata link

Clicking on this Metadata link will open a window which is populated with information directly and dynamically pulled from the matching page on the wiki from the Metadata Project.

Hermetic Library - Hermeneuticon Wiki metadata window

 

I think you can see from this example the potential for adding useful hermeneutics, cross-indexes, cross-references, annotations and other marginalia that are not part of the text itself, but of interest to the student and researcher, to the site. On the whole, there are not many entries available yet, but if you have comments, questions, or suggestions about these things or the site in general, feel free to contact me via the librarian alias.

The Tracing Board of Walter Leslie Wilmshurst

The Tracing Board of Walter Leslie Wilmshurst is the newest section of the Hermetic Library. Starting with W.L. Wilmshurst’s first book The Meaning of Masonry, published in 1922, this section will collect the books and articles of this masonic author and philosopher. Strictly speaking, although there’s other materials about Freemasonry on the site, this turns out to be the first section specifically about Freemasonry at the Hermetic Library.

 

You can read a very minimal entry about Walter Leslie Wilmshurst at Wikipedia:

“Walter Leslie Wilmshurst (22 June 1867 – 10 July 1939) was an English author and Freemason. He published four books on English Freemasonry and submitted articles to The Occult Review magazine.”

I’ve also gone ahead and added an entry to the Hermeneuticon wiki for Walter Leslie Wilmshurst.

 

The addition of this section was suggested and made possible by a generous supporter of the Hermetic Library. There are a variety of ways you can help support the library too.

Thelema Coast to Coast #04: May 14, 2005

In Thelema Coast to Coast #04: May 14, 2005, which you can listen to via Episode #4, there’s an interview with Tony Stansfeld-Jones, the son of Charles Stansfield Jones, Frater Achad. You can read quite a few of the works by Frater Achad over at The Qabalistic and Thelemic Works of Frater Achad.

I’ve also gone ahead and added a stub entry for Charles Stansfeld Jones at the Hermeneuticon wiki. Yeah, and I’ve also tried to fix a few places where I’d spelled “Stansfeld” wrong on pages in the library, even on pages in the Frater Achad section.

something something Aleister Crowley

 

I think the text is

“L.G.P. Ano 12, Sol em Balança

Não Posso Viver Sem Ti.
A outra “Boca de Infierno” (sic)
apanhar-me-á não será tão quente como a tua

Hisos

Tu Li Yu

Texto da carta de Aleister Crowley (famoso mago Inglês; 1875-1947), para a sua companheira “A Mulher Escarlate” simulando o suicidio na Boca do Inferno.

Esta carta foi publicada em jornais nacionais como o “Diário de Notícias” ou o “Notícias Ilustrado”, e estrangeiros, para credibilizar o sucedido, com a conivência do Poeta Fernando Pessoa e do Jornalista e Occultista Augusto Ferreira Gomes. Em Setembro de 1930, com o intuito de conhecer Fernando Pessoa, Aleister Crowley permanence em Lisboa Sintra e Estoril durante cerca de 20 dias.”

for which a messy translation attempt could be

“L.G.P. Year 12, Sun in Libra

I Can not Live Without Thee
The other “Boca de Infierno” (sic)
catch me will not be as hot as your

Hisos

Tu Li Yu

Text of the letter of Aleister Crowley (famous magician English, 1875-1947), his companion for “The Scarlet Woman” simulating the suicide in the Mouth of Hell.

This letter was published in national newspapers as the “Daily News” or the “Illustrated News”, and foreign credibility to what happened with the connivance of the poet Fernando Pessoa and the Journalist and Occultist Augusto Ferreira Gomes. In September 1930, in order to meet Fernando Pessoa, Aleister Crowley remains in Lisbon, Sintra and Estoril for about 20 days.”

I’ve added a stub for Fernando Pessoa to the Hermeneuticon Wiki and now added a link to this image there.

 

The Hermetic Library visual pool is a visual scavenger hunt for images of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks, sacred spaces and places, esoteric artefacts and installations, inspired paintings and people – these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick.

Dr. Kenneth Anger I

Dr. KENNETH ANGER I
Dr. KENNETH ANGER I, originally uploaded by Mark Berry.

 

“‘Don’t disobey me. Do as I say and don’t talk back!’ waspishly screamed the author, artist and filmmaker, waving his fist and practically foaming at the mouth. This was not really an interview; this was more like a strange brief encounter with Kenneth Anger. ‘I can be charming,’ he explained staring straight into my eyes, ‘but I’m not going to be!’ This is a man whose volatile temperament is renowned and recently due to a rare medical condition hadn’t slept for six months. I had been warned though…'”

— Mark Berry in Bizarre Magazine

 

I’ve recently added a stub for Kenneth Anger to the Hermeneuticon Wiki and now added a link to this image there.

 

The Hermetic Library visual pool is a visual scavenger hunt for images of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks, sacred spaces and places, esoteric artefacts and installations, inspired paintings and people – these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick.

A little light reading…

A little light reading...
A little light reading…, originally uploaded by Theremina.

 

Since the book Aleister Crowley & The Hidden God (Samuel Weiser, 1974) is featured in this image, I’ve added a stub for both Kenneth Grant, Samuel Weiser and Aleister Crowley & The Hidden God to the Hermeneuticon Wiki each with links to this image.

 

The Hermetic Library visual pool is a visual scavenger hunt for images of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks, sacred spaces and places, esoteric artefacts and installations, inspired paintings and people – these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick.

a hundred years ago…

a hundred years ago...
a hundred years ago…, originally uploaded by goslingstar.

 

“Aleister Crowley inscribed an Equinox for his lawyer, E.S.P.Haynes. Haynes handled Crowley’s divorce from his first wife, Rose Kelly in 1909.”

This particular image shows a volume of The Equinox is Vol I No III. I’ve added stubs for both Rose Edith Kelly and Edmund Sidney Pollock Haynes to the Hermeneuticon Wiki each with links to this image.

 

The Hermetic Library visual pool is a visual scavenger hunt for images of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks, sacred spaces and places, esoteric artefacts and installations, inspired paintings and people – these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick.