Omnium Gatherum: January 8, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for January 8, 2019

If you’d like to participate, head over to Omnium Gatherum on the BBS, or suggest something.

  • The Aliites: Race and Law in the Religions of Noble Drew Ali by Spencer Dew, from University of Chicago Press, due in August, 2019
  • Temple to skinless deity Flayed Lord uncovered in Mexico” — Jack Guy, CNN [HT small and horrible] [also]

    “Archeologists have uncovered the first known temple to the important pre-Hispanic deity called the Flayed Lord, who is represented by a human’s skinless corpse.
    The Flayed Lord, or Xipe Tótec, was linked with fertility, agricultural cycles and war, according to a statement from Mexican authorities released on Wednesday.

    A dig at Popoloca Indian ruins known as Ndachjian–Tehuacán in Puebla state, central Mexico, revealed two skulls and a torso from ancient statues of the deity.”

  • Freed From Copyright, These Classic Works Are Yours To Adapt” — Milton Guevara, NPR

    “Well, the chance to dust off these three — and countless other works originally copyrighted in 1923 — has arrived. A large body of films, music, and books from that year entered the public domain on Jan. 1, the first time that’s happened in 20 years. And that means they can be used according to the will of new creators who wish to adopt or adapt them.”

  • Lunar eclipse 2019: How to watch the ‘super blood wolf moon’: Your next chance to see a total lunar eclipse won’t come until 2021.” — David Freeman, NBC News

    “Skywatchers across the continental U.S. will be treated to a total lunar eclipse overnight on Jan. 20-21, when Earth’s shadow sweeps over the lunar surface to give it a reddish tinge and turn it into what some call a “blood moon.”

    This will be the first lunar eclipse of 2019 and the last total lunar eclipse until 2021. It coincides with the year’s first full moon — a “wolf moon” in the folklore tradition because it occurs at a time of year when wolves howl outside villages — and comes when the moon is slightly bigger and brighter because it’s at the closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit.

    Since it’s a so-called supermoon that’s being shadowed, some media outlets have dubbed this eclipse a “super blood wolf moon.””

  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sent beard shavings to Azealia Banks so she could make an amulet to protect him from ISIS” — Nick Reilly, NME

    “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly once sent his beard shavings to Azealia Banks so the rapper could make him an amulet that wards off evil spirits.

    The bizarre claim was first mentioned by Banks on Twitter in 2016, when she claimed that Dorsey ‘sent me his hair in an envelope because i was supposed to make him an amulet for protection.'”

  • Bringing balance to the universe: New theory could explain missing 95 percent of the cosmos” — University of Oxford, Phys.Org

    “Scientists at the University of Oxford may have solved one of the biggest questions in modern physics, with a new paper unifying dark matter and dark energy into a single phenomenon: a fluid which possesses ‘negative mass.” If you were to push a negative mass, it would accelerate towards you. This astonishing new theory may also prove right a prediction that Einstein made 100 years ago.”

  • Festive Satanic statue added to Illinois statehouse” — BBC News

    BBC Festive Satanic Statue Added to Illinois Statehouse

    “Placed between a Christmas tree and a menorah, the four-foot sculpture depicts a snake coiled around an outstretched arm holding an apple.

    It’s the first display sponsored by the Chicago chapter of the Temple of Satan.

    The state government said the temple had the same right as other religious groups to have a display.
    ‘Under the Constitution, the First Amendment, people have a right to express their feelings, their thoughts,’ Dave Druker, spokesman for the Illinois secretary of state, told the State Journal-Register. ‘This recognises that.'”

  • 8-Week Intensive Greek and Latin Summer School” — Chris, The Medieval Academy Blog

    “8-WEEK INTENSIVE GREEK AND LATIN SUMMER SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, IRELAND

    June 17th – August 8th 2019

    For the 20th year running, the Department of Classics at UCC offers an intensive

    8-week summer school for beginners with parallel courses in Latin and Ancient Greek. The courses are primarily aimed at postgraduate students in diverse disciplines who need to acquire a knowledge of either of the languages for further study and research, and at teachers whose schools would like to reintroduce Latin and Greek into their curriculum. Undergraduate students are more than welcome to apply as well.

    The basic grammar will be covered in the first 6 weeks and a further 2 weeks will be spent reading original texts.”

  • Black Mass by Run Vaylor

    Run Vaylor Black Mass

  • Tweet by TwinkleTwinkle; from the I-See-Sigils dept.

  • Damien Echols Tzadkiel Blend by Dead Sled

    Damien Echols Tzadkiel Blend Dead Sled

    “Damien Echols Tzadkiel Blend is a pairing of coffees that together evoke a magic best enjoyed with creative friends, outcast neighbors, or while reading the latest book by Damien Echols, “High Magic: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row.”

    Damien’s blend is named after Tzadkiel, who the archangel of freedom, benevolence and mercy.

    The talisman on this packaging was designed by Damien himself. The coffee comes from the Sito Marmeleiro farm in Brazil and the Finca Nuevo Amanecer coffee from Guatemala.

    Bag size is 12oz.

    Tastes Like: Stout, Coco, Coca; In other words, it is rich, smooth and nutty.”

  • The Modern Woman Is Embracing Her Inner Witch. This season, designers cast a spell with gothic silhouettes, mystical prints, and otherworldly textures.” — Carmen Maria Machado, Harper’s Bazaar; Photographs by Pari Dukovic; from the DEPT dept. [HT Sam Kestenbaum]

    Machado Dukovic The Modern Woman is Embracing her Inner Witch Harpers Bazaar

    “Witchcraft has also spread its wings into the bright halls of fashion, with Gucci leading the way. After Alessandro Michele’s much-discussed fall collection, which included a procession of dragon bearers and cephalophores—saints who are depicted carrying their own severed heads—the artistic director ushered in Resort 2019 with a collection that can best be described as a goth teen’s wildest dream. The show took place in a Roman necropolis in southern France, accompanied by smoke and candles and a dramatic 17th century musical composition sung in Latin. Fashion’s elite surrounded by the dead—and, by extension, reminders of their own mortality. And the clothes were anything but breezy holiday fun. There were crucifixes, lace, brooches, tall boots, capes, veils, crushed velvet, spikes, high collars, long sleeves. Other brands showed similar inclinations: Picture Louis Vuitton’s bone-white Victorian gown, Vera Wang’s jet-black tulle, and Max Mara’s ethereal capes.

    Modern witchiness reveals itself through fashion in clothes that articulate joy and express a healthy relationship with mortality while also being difficult for the male gaze. It’s not about dressing to please an amorphous other but yourself: Grey Gardens meets Wednesday Addams meets Stevie Nicks meets nuns. Luxe meets feeling yourself meets fuck off.”

  • Artist Uses 100,000 Banned Books To Build A Full-Size Parthenon At Historic Nazi Book Burning Site” — who, Bookish Buzz; from the DEPT dept. [HT Lara Maynard]

    Artist Uses 100,000 Banned Books To Build A Full-Size Parthenon At Historic Nazi Book Burning Site Bookish Buzz

    “The German city of Kassel has just become home for one of the most impressive pieces of art that we’ve seen in a while. It was created by the Argentinian artist Marta Minujín, 74, who has decided to bring back the topic of political oppression by making a full-size replica of the Greek Parthenon using 100,000 copies of banned books.

    Part of the Documenta 14 art festival the massive structure called ‘The Parthenon of Books’, represents the resistance to political repression by taking the symbol of democracy and coating it with the countless written evidence of oppression.”

Summary for the year 2018

Here’s a summary of Hermetic Library activity for the year 2018.

Every year there’s so much going on, I’m sure I’m going to miss some things. Consider going through all past summaries for more details about what was going on each week of last year. However, here’s some important things that come to my mind immediately.

Personally there was a lot going on for me. The place I had been living was sold. I moved across the country, with everything and cats, in almost an exact reverse of the historical Oregon Trail. I had my computer die, and went through a 4+ month ordeal of trying to get it fixed. And, all the sundry trials and tribulations one goes through …

The biggest project for 2017 was the switch from static, hand-coded HTML to the new wiki engine. I’ve made a lot of progress in 2018 on more of this, but I’m still working on it. Both old and new pages are constantly being worked on, and I think the library is already better than ever with this change. I knew that the transition was going to be a huge project, and require a lot of work; but, I honestly didn’t realize just how big and how much. I’m glad I did it, and there’s so many things that are better than they were, for me working on the site and for visitors trying to find things and navigate the site; but there’s still work to do. I feel so much gratitude for the support of my ongoing Patrons for making all this work on the library possible.

This year, I released Magic, Music and Ritual 14, the 2018 issue from the Hermetic Library Anthology Project. The newest release joins all the others, and they’re all great! Check them all out, and check out the anthology profiles for the artists who participate.

Magick Music and Ritual 14 The Hermetic Library Anthology Album 2018

Last year, I created a process to pitch ideas for submissions to the blog and the library. This hasn’t been as active as I had hoped. The only submission to make it through the process this last year was The Unknown Soror. There was only one in 2017 as well, but I’d hoped that there would be more. With the generous support from Patrons of the library, I did increase the available honorarium already, and this year I’ll be increasing that again to further encourage submissions.

I did have the opportunity to have a conversation with musician Jesse Heikkinen, who then went on to become an artist on the 2018 anthology. Perhaps there will be more conversations with others in this next year?

Hermetic Library has actively pursued its mission of archiving, engaging and encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition, Hermeticism, and Aleister Crowley’s Thelema for 20 years. Thanks to each and every Funding and Patron supporter of my work and the library for making the Hermetic Library possible for everyone, that mission continues!

Still looking for help and others to join me in a working community around the library, of course.

Lots of new pages and work on old pages on the site, which is pretty much every week, really. You can always check the front page of the site which shows the most recent changes and new pages, or check out the Recent Changes special page for a full list.

Want to join me on this blog and create new art or writing for Hermetic Library? Pitch your Idea.

Help get some conversations started over on the BBS and Chat.

Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and drop a buck in the tip jar, subscribe on Bandcamp, or become a Patron.

Consider also checking out what I’m up to on my personal blog and at Odd Order.

Top 50 posts on the blog last year

Top 50 sections at the library

Top 50 pages at the library

Top 50 posts on the BBS

Summary for the week ending Dec 30th, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending December 30th, 2018.

It’s a new year on the Gregorian calendar! I wish well and weal to you and yours! And, please join me in a toast to another great, bigger, and better year for the library!

Still looking for help and others to join me in a working community around the library, of course.

Lots of new pages and work on old pages on the site, which is pretty much every week, really. You can always check the front page of the site which shows the most recent changes and new pages, or check out the Recent Changes special page for a full list.

Want to join me on this blog and create new art or writing for Hermetic Library? Pitch your Idea.

Help get some conversations started over on the BBS and Chat.

Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and drop a buck in the tip jar, subscribe on Bandcamp, or become a Patron.

Consider also checking out what I’m up to on my personal blog and at Odd Order.

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from this last week

Summary for the week ending Dec 23rd, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending December 23rd, 2018.

I wish well and weal to you and yours for this winter season for whatever festivities you enjoy and rituals you celebrate and into the new Gregorian year!

Also, check out this cool thing! The Librarian’s mother sent this gift for the library: an actual card catalog!

Still looking for help and others to join me in a working community around the library, of course.

Lots of new pages and work on old pages on the site, which is pretty much every week, really. You can always check the front page of the site which shows the most recent changes and new pages, or check out the Recent Changes special page for a full list.

Want to join me on this blog and create new art or writing for Hermetic Library? Pitch your Idea.

Help get some conversations started over on the BBS and Chat.

Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and drop a buck in the tip jar or become a Patron.

Consider also checking out what I’m up to on my personal blog and at Odd Order.

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from this last week

Corpo Elipsis

 

Corpo Elipsis
(Vergara)

This piece was first conceived as a sound intervention for the art exhibition “Corpo Elipsis” of Pedro Magaña, a contemporary Mexican artist.

The pieces created by Pedro revolve around the concept of Musica Universalis. Following this idea, the sound piece presents different sound sculptures mixed in 5.1 and set to rotate around the art show room, orbiting the physical pieces in the exhibition.

Each sound heard represents a planet and started out as a sample of its most culturally representative occult/mystical symbolism (mars = war samples).

Each sample was then processed through different sound manipulation techniques defined by each planet’s hard scientific data (the orbit defined the sound’s length, among other things).

This results in an aural representation of an alchemical union between the planet’s symbolic ethereal aspects and its fixed hard properties.

The piece is also named Corpo Elipsis (as the exhibition) and here presented in a 2.0 stereo mix.

What started out as a more traditional approach to “trying to make it” playing in a band in the music business, has now turned itself into an exploration of that undefined thing known to some as “sound-art”.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Jesús A Vergara

What started out as a more traditional approach to “trying to make it” playing in a band in the music business, has now turned itself into an exploration of that undefined thing known to some as “sound-art”.

I consider myself primarily a cheater with a love for philosophy and an affair with all things occultism and alchemy.

I love to have those two in my bed every chance I get and these experiences (along with some psychedelic ones) have taught me that there might not be a real difference between them… nor art for that matter.

I work and live in Monterrey MX.

Follow Jesús A Vergara via
Bandcamp
and
Anthology profile

 

The Witch House and the Reverberate Abyss

 

The Witch House and the Reverberate Abyss
(Stibrany)

Inspired by HP Lovecraft’s The Dreams in the Witch-house story. Imagine yourself finding the secret room in that eldritch building, being set upon by the witch and the Black Man of the Sabbat, slowly falling down an abyss and coming to terms with the abject indifference of the cosmos while traveling outside of space and time.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Chris Stibrany Terborgh my summer home

Raised for half of his life in The Netherlands and Germany, Chris also spent much time studying and working in Japan and Korea. After many various jobs and a short time in the Army, he currently resides with his wife in Colorado. Besides magick and meditation with a focus on Thelema, his hobbies are reading (fiction (horror, sci fi, classic lit), history, metaphysics/occult) playing the drums, and hiking and swimming.

Follow Chris Stibrany via
Soundcloud
and
Anthology profile