Category Archives: Hermetic Library video

The Hermetic Library video pool is an experimental scavenger hunt for video from a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Motion pictures have a peculiar kind of magic certainly, but these are video records of people, places and events inspired by the ideas of Western Esotericism and Mysticism. Music video, interviews, rituals, instruction, documentaries, dramatizations – This group helps create a space for saving and sharing these records with others.

A Lullaby from Myrrha Jamil on Vimeo.

When I saw you, you'd walked right out of darkness,
When I said your name, we were children of the shadows.
When I saw you, you'd walked right out of darkness
When I said your name we were children of the morning.

Animation by Myrrha Jamil Reitman, Music by NOLSE who is Paul Sutfin.
Lyrics written for Christopher on his birthday by Myrrha.

Listen to the music of NOLSE – https://nolse.bandcamp.com/
NOLSE – 'A Lullaby' from the Album October – https://nolse.bandcamp.com/album/october-2

More animation and art- https://www.facebook.com/myrrha.jamil.reitman/

When I go out I bleed magic from Ingrid Torvund on Vimeo.

When I go out I bleed magic
Shortfilm, ca. 20minutes, HD

This is the second movie in the trilogy,with the movie Magic Blood Machine as the first.

Most of the filming took place in Kviteseid in Vest Telemark, where I grew up. There I have access to a unique form of knowledge of the places we have used as locations.Vest-Telemark is known for folk music, wood carving, storytelling and old churches, where pagan and christian symbols exist side by side.Dragons, angels, crosses and demons, troll and talking animals are all present in this tradition.This mixture has intrigued me greatly growing up.
Under this project, I have had a partner, Jonas Mailand, which has been responsible for all filming and assisted in the planning, storyboard, and discussions around the ideas.The music is made by composer Jan Erik Mikalsen.

Magic Blood Machine from Ingrid Torvund on Vimeo.

Magic Blood Machine
Shortfilm, ca. 22 minutes, HD

Ingrid Torvund just finished her bachelor at the art academy i Oslo,where she focused on making this movie titled "Magic blood machine".
In the movie we are introduced to a half-mad fairytale universe.
During a series of tableaux, we see characters in masks, in a forest landscape that is trying to revive a teddy bear-like god figure, by reconstructing his body.In lingering images, we witness a mythological play without dialogue but with mysterious rituals, grief, time travel and hope.The film has no conventional narration and no main character. We follow different characters, while performing their duties. When nothing is explained with words, you get a strong sense of unity between the characters. They are all working towards the same goal, without the need to communicate with each other.I've been working on this project for three years. Most of the filming took place in Kviteseid in Vest Telemark, where I grew up. There I have access to a unique form of knowledge of the places we have used as locations.Vest-Telemark is known for folk music, wood carving, storytelling and old churches, where pagan and christian symbols exist side by side.Dragons, angels, crosses and demons, troll and talking animals are all present in this tradition.This mixture has intrigued me greatly growing up. Under this project, I have had a partner, Jonas Mailand, which has been responsible for all filming and assisted in the planning, storyboard, and discussions around the ideas.The music is made by composer Jan Erik Mikalsen.

Shard #1: Bits and pieces

When I stopped making movies I started making mosaics.

I made hundreds, maybe even thousands of lamps, mirrors, tables, vases, chairs…

Finally, I had found a way to piece together all the cast off broken bits I had been collecting since I was a child… I could contain them, in one place…I could re-construct them into some kind of integrated whole.

Now that I’m back to making movies, I realize I was really always making mosaics…the “shards” that I am posting here are the broken bits I have collected and compiled and abandoned for the past three decades.

As I piece together my latest film/mosaic, “All of the Above” these shards that I made or kept or stumbled on without knowing why, are finally beginning to make sense.

Shard #1: Bits and pieces is a video from Katherine Matheson in the Hermetic Library video pool.