Category Archives: Hermetic Library Reading Room

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition, Hermeticism in a broad sense, and Aleister Crowley’s Thelema. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

The sad—the chilling conviction therefore, went to the old man’s heart, that the only being left to solace him on earth, had deserted him; and his spirit was bowed down in despair.

George W M Reynolds, Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf

Hermetic quote Reynolds Wagner despair

“But,” I objected, “such an institution would require an Adept as a teacher. Would you consent to teach?” To this Theodorus answered, “Wherever there is a want, the supply will not fail to come, for there is no vacuum in nature.”

Franz Hartmann, With The Adepts

Hermetic quote Hartmann Adepts teach

He balls me better than anyone I know, no weekend joy-popping thrill, but like wine, grass, home-baked bread, a real nourishment for body and soul, day in and day out.

Mary Sativa, Acid Temple Ball

Hermetic quote Sativa Acid balls

it doesn’t do nowadays to say anything you think, or one might be taken for one of those dreadful advanced people that are always clamouring for free thought, and free speech, and free everything. I feel it so very necessary to keep on thinking just what is right and proper.

Florence Farr, The Dancing Faun [also]

Hermetic quote Farr Faun thinking

I was half conscious and in that place where I usually see the faces of people I don’t know melt into dark eyed skulls and other horrors.

Parker Gordon, Parallel Lives

Hermetic quote Parker Lives horrors

“Look, J., despite all my efforts, I still can’t honestly say that I feel closer to God and to myself,” I tell him, with barely concealed exasperation. “That’s because, like everyone else on the planet, you believed that time would teach you to grow closer to God. But time doesn’t teach; it merely brings us a sense of weariness and of growing older.”

Paulo Coelho, Aleph

Hermetic quote Coelho Aleph time