Category Archives: Hermetic Library Calendar

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“Art begins where life ends; beauty is sublimated reality:” Joséphin Péladan and the power of Symbolist art — February 28, 2024, online

“Art begins where life ends; beauty is sublimated reality:” Joséphin Péladan and the power of Symbolist art presented by Sasha Chaitow, hosted by The Last Tuesday Society, February 28, 2024, online

Hermetic Library Calendar Art Begins Where Life Ends Beauty Is Sublimated Reality Joséphin Péladan and the Power of Symbolist Art 28feb2024 Online

““Art begins where life ends; beauty is sublimated reality:” Joséphin Péladan and the power of Symbolist art – Dr Sasha Chaitow

this talk focuses on his concept of the role of art and artists and their power to effect individual and social change according to his esoteric-aesthetic philosophy
Digital Events – Zoom Lecture
Feb 28th 2024
Feb 28th 2024 8:00 pm – 09:30 pm

£6 – £10 & By Donation

Thank you for your support

“Art begins where life ends; beauty is sublimated reality:” Joséphin Péladan and the power of Symbolist art

During the artistic flowering of the Parisian Belle Époque, the Salons de la Rose et Croix (1892-1897) exploded into the 19 th century French art world. With foundations in Western occultism and idealist thought, the instigator and artists sought to unite the arts into a revival of initiatory drama. The Salons were the brainchild of one of the enfants terribles of the French Occult Revival; esoteric philosopher and author Joséphin Péladan (Sâr Merodack, 1858-1918), a key figure in the shaping of fin-de- siècle French Symbolism. His grand vision was a revolution against realism and the re-enchantment and spiritual regeneration of what he saw as a disintegrating and decadent society. Influenced by Platonic philosophy and Luciferian theology, he was attempting to materialise an imaginal world in which artist- initiates would form the inner circle, tasked with igniting a collective awakening in society that would replace religion with art. The artist-initiates would raise the souls of the masses to ecstasy through aesthetic bombardment with symbolic images to stimulate both intellect and the soul. The crescendo of this awakening would be restitution for the Fall of man and angels through human creativity. Péladan’s work crystallises the birth pangs of Modernism and the social upheaval that spawned it. He used every contemporary communication channel available to disseminate his message; inspired scores of artists to take up his cause; and produced a vast literary oeuvre to support and explain his philosophy. A misunderstood and forgotten visionary, he left a rich body of work immortalised in the work of the artists he inspired. After a brief introduction to Péladan and he’s life and times and a contextualisation of his core message, this talk focuses on his concept of the role of art and artists and their power to effect individual and social change according to his esoteric-aesthetic philosophy.”

Get Thee Behind Me, Satan — February 19, 2024, online

Get Thee Behind Me, Satan presented by Carl Abrahamsson, hosted by The Last Tuesday Society, February 19, 2024, online

Hermetic Library Calendar Get Thee Behind Me Satan 19feb2024 Online

“Get Thee Behind Me, Satan – Carl Abrahamsson

Carl Abrahamsson ponders the occasional occurrence of Satan in various guises
Digital Events – Zoom Lecture
Feb 19th 2024
Feb 19th 2024 8:00 pm – 09:30 pm

£6 – £10 & By Donation

Thank you for your support

Get Thee Behind Me, Satan

Taking a look at some golden era Hollywood films, Carl Abrahamsson ponders the occasional occurrence of Satan in various guises. How come this popular yet stigmatized figure/symbol popped up when and as it did in Hollywood? Expect an infernal rollercoaster through masterpieces like ”Madam Satan”, ”Seven Footsteps to Satan”, ”Angel on my shoulder” and many more. Was Satan merely an entertaining symbol of the Immoral, or perhaps of the Immortal principle of lust for life and proud defiance?”

Sheela-Na-Gigs: Power, Politics and Sexuality — March 14, 2024, online

Sheela-Na-Gigs: Power, Politics and Sexuality presented by Jenny Butler, hosted by The Last Tuesday Society, March 14, 2024, Online

Hermetic Library Calendar Sheela Na Gigs Power Politics and Sexuality 14mar2024 Online

“Sheela-Na-Gigs: Power, Politics and Sexuality – Jenny Butler

This talk tracks the history of Sheela-na-gigs in Ireland against the backdrop of Irish history.
Digital Events – Zoom Lecture
Mar 14th 2024
Mar 14th 2024 8:00 pm – 09:30 pm

£6 – £10 & By Donation

Thank you for your support

Sheela-Na-Gigs: Power, Politics and Sexuality

Sheela-na-gigs are sculpted female forms displaying their, sometimes exaggerated, vulvas. While these carvings are found through much of Europe, there is the highest concentration of them in Ireland and Britain, with many also found in France and Spain. Archaeologically, they are categorised as “grotesques”, similar to gargoyles, found on church architecture and thought to ward off evil influence. While there is no consensus on their origin or age, some scholars place the emergence of such carvings in the 11th century. This talk tracks the history of Sheela-na-gigs in Ireland against the backdrop of Irish history. The women of Ireland were subjugated during an era in which female sexuality itself came to be regarded as vulgar, shameful, and deviant. In contemporary Ireland, there has been a resurgence of interest and cultural (re)connection with the Sheela-na-gig. The symbol has been utilised in political campaigns for women’s empowerment, in art, and in spirituality and examples are given of how today the Sheela is a vibrant, powerful, and celebrated form.”

International Lego Classicism Day — February 20, 2024, online

The 8th annual International Lego Classicism Day will be February 20, 2024.

(NB, the only social link on their site that appears to actually be active is Brick Classicists Empire, which is fine for deadbird (because to hades with that place, amirite?), but for some reason their linked IG is broken, and it is actually brickclassicists. They don’t appear to be on Bluesky, Threads or in the ‘verse. IDEK. Maybe this year it is only on ‘gram and foulbook? But you can still browse their hashtags #ILCD #ILCD24 #ILCD2024 #InternationalLegoClassicismDay #InternationalLegoClassicismDay2024 elsewhere, I suppose.)

Brick Classicists Empire Facebook Banner

“International Lego Classicism Day is a social media event celebrated across the world every year on the 20th February, the anniversary of the formation of the Brick Classicists Empire or BCE (previously Lego Classicists). Each year, individuals, organizations and institutions participate by playing with ancient history through LEGO and sharing the results on social media using the official hashtags for the day. This year, 2024, is the 8th Annual International Lego Classicism Day.

International Lego Classicism Day was founded by Liam D. Jensen, “The Brick Classicist” in 2017 and has been hosted by many ancient history and classics university departments, museums and institutions including the The Chau Chak Wing Museum, University of Sydney, the Museum of Antiquities, University of New England and the British School at Athens.

Past participants across the world have included school children, libraries, university classics departments, museums and every day individuals, including the British Museum, the Acropolis Museum, the University of Cambridge and the University of Warwick, who have all joined in the fun. The day encourages diversity and inclusion, and participants have come from countries including the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Italy, Greece and the USA. It is co-ordinated from Australia.

Many renowned academics, authors and classics personalities have participated in the past including Prof. Mary Beard (classicist, Trustee at the British Museum and TV broadcaster), Prof. Michael Scott (classicist at University of Warwick and TV broadcaster), Dr. Donna Zuckerberg (classicist and author Not All Dead White Men), Natalie Haynes (author and comic classicist) and Dr. Stephanie-Anne Ruatta (classicist and historian of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Immortals Fenyx Rising).

By using LEGO bricks, everyone, regardless of their skills, language, culture or education can be directly involved with the ancient world, which provides understanding and perspective relevant to the modern world and our everyday lives. LEGO universalises our ability to communicate and come together in a way that everyone can be a part of.

This event celebrates playfulness, connection, diversity and inclusion by encouraging everyone to be able to be equally involved and relevant.”

“International Lego Classicism Day is open to everyone. All you have to do to join in is play with ancient history (any culture!) using LEGO bricks or figures in any way you like and post your results on the day on your social media using the official hashtags!

#ILCD #ILCD24 #ILCD2024 #InternationalLegoClassicismDay #InternationalLegoClassicismDay2024

You could share a photo of your favourite LEGO ancient world model (the LEGO Pompeii model at the Chau Chak Wing Museum, Sydney, and the LEGO Acropolis at the Acropolis Museum, Athens, are two of my personal favourites), build your favourite classical building with LEGO bricks, or for those lucky enough to be in a part of the world where there are classical ruins, take a photo of a LEGO figure sitting at a famous ancient site. You might even want to make a video, an animation or a graphic novel telling us about your favourite ancient history story! You can do as little or as much as you like – only your imagination is your limit!

Everyone can join in, no matter how old you are, where you live, how much you know about the ancient world or whether you are an institution or an individual.

Throughout the day, a selection of any participants posts is chosen for posting on Lego Classicists social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter) so make sure you use the official hashtags so that we can see your wonderful LEGO ancient world creations!”

The Magickal Women Conference 2024 — June 22, 2024, Birmingham, UK

The Magickal Women Conference 2024, June 22, 2024, Birmingham, UK. Tickets available now.

Hermetic Library Calendar the Magickal Women Conference 2024 22jun2024 London UK

“The Magickal Women Conference 2024

Saturday, 22 June 2024
The Birmingham & Midland Institute
25 speakers on the history, practice, and art of women in the occult
Catered lunch
Our (in)famous raffle
Vendor room

For our third live Magickal Women Conference we’re returning to our roots to focus on the history, practice, and art of women and trans women in the occult, past and present. Early Bird tickets are on sale now for what promises to be another wonderful event celebrating the women in and of occulture. Our Call for Papers will open on 1 May 2023. Vendors can register now, and sponsors and volunteers are always welcome. See below for details.

We welcome men, trans men, women, trans women, and those who identify as nonbinary, agender, bigender, cisgender, genderfluid, genderqueer, etc. We can all recognise the contributions of women and transwomen that have been erased from our stories, and our shared past.”

“The Magickal Women Conference brings together academics, independent researchers, practitioners, artists, authors, and other creators to share their wisdom and knowledge to pay homage to the women of the past who challenged the status quo by embracing mysticism, esotericism, and occult teachings, and to the women who continue those rich traditions through lived practice, performance, and adeptship.”

Florence Farr and the Magical Imagination: The Mystery of Time — April 13, 2024, London, UK

Florence Farr and the Magical Imagination: The Mystery of Time, presented by Caroline Wise and Sue Terry, April 13, 2024, London, UK. Registration is open.

Hermetic Library Calendar Florence Farr and the Magical Imagination the Mystery of Time 13apr2024 London UK

“Following the great success of Florence Farr and the Magical Imagination: A Celebration in July 2023, Caroline Wise and Sue Terry are creating a second celebratory magical event in central London for Spring 2024, ‘Florence Farr and the Magical Imagination: The Mystery of Time’.

Saturday 13th April 2024, Westminster, Central London. A day focused on Florence Farr’s work with The Sphere Group, her Egyptian Rituals and featuring a very special magical reading of her masque, The Mystery of Time, a short play that has rarely been produced for an audience since 1905. Expect an exciting and engaging event of talks, the play, friendly discussion and more – all welcome. Further programme details and all speakers coming soon. Donations and collection in aid of Breast Cancer charity.”

The Divinatory Art of Geomancy — starting February 7, 2024, online

The Divinatory Art of Geomancy, with Paul Wood, hosted by The College of Psychic Studies, 8 weeks starting February 7, 2024, online.

Hermetic Library Calendar the Divinatory Art of Geomancy Starting 7feb2024 Online

“The Divinatory Art of Geomancy: An Introduction
Paul Wood

Starts: Wednesday 7th February 2024 : 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (UK Time)

8 sessions
2 hours per session
Online Course
Level: Open to all

In this 8-week livestream course, you will embark on a captivating journey into geomancy – a divination art that interprets marks and symbols for guidance.

Geomancy interprets the arrangement of symbols and figures, created through various techniques such as making marks in sand. By studying the pattern of these marks, you can unveil the answers to a wide range of questions. Geomancy has been renowned for its ability to reveal hidden truths about relationships, health, career prospects, and even uncover the whereabouts of buried treasures.

This method of divination strikes a remarkable balance between simplicity and intricate depth, making it accessible for beginners while offering profound mastery for those who delve further. Over the course of this eight week course, you will develop your ability to use geomancy as a powerful tool for guidance, personal empowerment, and spiritual growth.

Rooted in the belief that the Earth is a living entity with its own wisdom, geomancy was once a tremendously popular form of divination, second only to astrology. Through its history, geomancy has been deeply influenced by astrological methods, earning it the affectionate title of “Astrology’s little sister”. Regrettably, the practice experienced a decline during the industrial revolution as tastes and fashions changed.

What sets geomancy apart is its remarkable versatility – it can be performed without the need for elaborate tools and is accessible from any location. In moments when extra guidance is sought, geomancy acts as a profound way to access the Earth’s ancient wisdom, allowing individuals to make well-informed decisions and navigate their life’s journey with a renewed sense of clarity and purpose.

Throughout this course, a balanced blend of theory, practical exercises, and spiritual development will equip participants with the skills to cast and interpret geomantic figures, patterns, and charts. You will start your journey in using geomancy readings for yourself and others, offering valuable guidance and much-needed clarity when navigating life’s challenges.”

WitchCon Online — February 16–18, 2024, Online

WitchCon, presented by Brian Cain, Christian Day and the HEX Education Network, February 16–18, 2024, online. Presenters include, non-exhaustively, Caroline Tully, Angela Puca, John Opsopaus, Laurie Cabot, Oberon Zell, Rachel True, and a lot more.

Hermetic Library Calendar Witchcon February 16-18 2024 Online

“Bring the Magic to You!

February 16 to 18, 2024, join the world’s largest livestream magical conference, featuring over 100 Witches and Conjurers from across the globe! Attend your favorite classes live, then watch all sessions on-demand whenever you like!

Watch Classes Live and Then Watch On-Demand Whenever You Want!

February 16 to 18, 2024, Brian Cain, Christian Day and the HEX Education Network present WitchCon Online, featuring classes by over 100 Witches and Conjurers from across the globe ready to share their time-honored wisdom and witchery with beginners and advanced practitioners alike!

WitchCon Online presenters are the preeminent masters of the magical arts and hail from across a rainbow spectrum of occult and spiritual practices.

Registration is limited to 1,000 attendees and includes all live video classes, rituals, and performances, as well as access to recordings of every class after the event has ended via our on-demand library so you won’t miss a single magical moment!

Attendees and fans will love live shopping in our Virtual Vendorium, featuring powerful ritual tools, signed books, exquisite jewelry, and handmade spellcrafts!

Our WitchCon Meetup lets attendees, fans, and presenters chat live on Zoom!

WitchCon Online is livestreamed on the Hex Education Network on Crowdcast, a web-based platform with no need to download an app!”

Swedenborg’s Lusthus: On Memory and Place — January 29–April 5, 2024, London, UK

Swedenborg’s Lusthus: On Memory and Place, a multi-media exhibit by The Swedenborg Society, January 29–April 5, 2024, London, UK.

Hermetic Library Calendar Swedenborgs Lusthus on Memory and Place 29jan 5apr2024 London UK

“Exhibition: Swedenborg’s Lusthus: On Memory and Place

Event: Exhibition: Swedenborg’s Lusthus: On Memory and Place

Date: 29th January 2024 – 5th April 2024

Time: 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Venue: Swedenborg House Gallery

Price: Free

Artist/S: Showcasing Previously Unseen Items From the Swedenborg Collection Plus Works by Chloe Aridjis, Daniel Birnbaum, Anonymous Bosch, Peter Cartwright, John Christie, S T Coleridge, Mark Riley, Iain Sinclair, Bridget Smith, Emanuel Swedenborg, Ben Wickey, Ken Worpole

Curator/S: Stephen Mcneilly”

“Part reliquary, part sanctum and part tourist attraction, Swedenborg’s lusthus has long been an object of pilgrimage and curiosity.

Built as a wooden retreat at the far end of his garden in Stockholm in 1747 and serving as a focal point for his writing and otherworldly conversations, it has come to stand as an emblematic presence of his visionary legacy for over 250 years.

Described as early as 1766 as ‘a kind of temple, to which he often retired for contemplation’ with ‘dim religious light’ it has since been used as a shed for storage, a hideout for a gang of thieves, a house of repose, the site of musical performances and poetry incantations and also as a filmic backdrop. Today it sits in Skansen, the open-air museum in Stockholm, and has been an inspiration for writers and artists for over 200 years.

Showcasing new works by Bridget Smith, Anonymous Bosch, Mark Riley, Ben Wickey, John Christie, Daniel Birnbaum, Iain Sinclair and others — and in conjunction with previously unseen artefacts on loan from the Center of Swedenborgian Studies in the US — this immersive and multi-media exhibition explores the unique spatial conditions of this enigmatic eighteenth-century building and the broader question of the relationship between place, dwelling and the conditions of our visionary states.”

Total Dick-Head’s Guide to Philip K. Dick — starting January 30, 2024, online

Total Dick-Head’s Guide to Philip K. Dick, with David Gill, presented by Morbid Anatomy, 16 weeks with 32 sessions, starting January 30, 2024, online.

Hermetic Library Omnium Total Dick Heads Guide to Philip K Dick 30jan2024 Online

“Total Dick-Head’s Guide to Philip K. Dick, Taught by Dick Scholar David Gill, Beginning January 30
from $185.00

16 week (32 session) Class Taught on Zoom, with Special Guests

Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 30 – May 16, 2024
Hours: 7 pm – 9 pm ET
Admission: $185 Patreon Members / $195 general admission

PLEASE NOTE: All classes will be recorded for those who cannot attend live

Welcome to punk rock literary criticism! This ain’t your parents’ Milton seminar. In tribute to its subject, this homespun class will be an irreverent, funny, authentic, flawed, heartfelt, and hopefully deeply affecting 16-week deep dive into the life and work of Philip K. Dick.

Wanna know what made science fiction’s most enigmatic genius tick? Wanna find the hidden autobiography and obscure literary references in his writing? Take a deep dive into the luminous brilliance of Dick’s fiction and the uncanny weirdness of his life with David Gill, a scholar who has studied PKD for more than two decades, and is currently at work on a full-length biography. The class features an all-star roster of Dick-Head guests including novelist Jonathan Lethem, counter culture thinker Erik Davis, PKD biographer Gregg Rickman, PKD friends (novelist) Tim Powers and (“dark-haired girl”) Linda Levy, PKD scholars, Sam Umland, Umberto Rossi, DH Wilson, DE Wittkower (editor of Philip K. Dick and Philosophy), and Gabriel Mckee.

The sixteen-week zoom, 32 session course will look at the author’s biography, including his traumatic infancy, drug use, and mystical experiences. It will also offer close readings of over a dozen novels, multiple biographies, academic articles, and secondary sources. We will take a deep dive into early short stories like “Roog” and “Progeny,” and novels including Eye in the Sky, The Man in the High Castle, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Martian Time-Slip, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Ubik, A Scanner Darkly and Valis.”