Omnium Gatherum: 4nov2020

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for November 4, 2020

It’s the first Omnium Gatherum of the month, so I’ve again made this available, not just to Omnologists and above, but to all ongoing Patrons! Please enjoy this grab-bag of interesting things in partial thanks for your ongoing support of Hermetic Library and the work I do. Thank you!

Lots going on in the world, in general and in specific. Consider self-care. If you need it, there is 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline +1-800-273-8255. Feeling stressed out? Head to Crisis Text Line or text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor. Need help with LGBTQ+ issues? Head to The Trevor Project, text START to 678678 or call the +1-866-488-7386. Want help figuring out what to do? Go to MindWise Innovations’ Mental Health Screening for a brief, anonymous, and confidential questionnaire for recommendations and key resources.

I’ve been doing more to link to shops other than Amazon. I’ve talked about this before, and I’ve been doing this more or less for a while now already. You can see plenty of examples on the blog and below, of course. However, here’s a recent article about Bookshop expanding to include indie bookshops in the UK: “‘This is revolutionary’: new online bookshop unites indies to rival Amazon. Bookshop.org, which launched in the US earlier this year, has accelerated UK plans and goes online this week in partnership with more than 130 shops.”

I’ve been thinking more about how I might still develop an active mailing list. Haven’t done anything about it, but I realized I’ve got two topics for lists, probably separate: anthology activity and a general attempt to reach people outside of social media algorithms. I’m definitely going to be in the thinking about it phase for a while. As an aside, and reminder, you can check out the old list I experimented with, but only posted a couple newsletters before realizing that the way I was doing things wasn’t sustainable. Also, I’ve tried a lot of different ways to try to get people to connect more directly, like the old BBS and Discord, but so far Patreon has been the only one with much traction or that’s sustained. Anyhow, so, I’ve got some experience to include in trying to think about how I’d go about it now.

Just a reminder that Astronomical Samhain, ☉ at 15° ♏ (Sun at 15° Scorpio) occurs in the Northern Hemisphere at 22:56 UTC on November 7, 2020. So, feel free to keep the month of Halloween going for a few more days!

And, I previously posted this only for Patrons with various Exchange perks, but still have these treats unclaimed. So, I’m going to open these to all of you Patrons!

As a special treat for you all as ongoing Patrons, I have a number of things which I thought I’d offer first-come-first-served. If you want one of these, comment on this over at Patreon; or send an email, private message, or soever with your request. I’m making this open to all of you. I’ll contact you privately for your preferred mailing address if you’re first-served.

1. Esoteric Book Conference (small-ish) Tchotchke Bag

Esoteric Book Conference (small-ish) Tchotchke Bag

2. EGC (front) / Sekhet Maat Lodge (back) Shirt Large

EGC (front) Shirt Large

Sekhet Maat Lodge (back) Shirt Large

3. 418 Lodge 30th Anniversary Shirt Medium

418 Lodge 30th Anniversary Shirt Medium

4. Esoteric Book Conference (slightly off center) Shirt Medium

Esoteric Book Conference (slightly off center) Shirt Medium

5. Robert Anton Wilson Medical Fundraiser / If you can read this, you are a Pope! Shirt Large

Robert Anton Wilson Medical Fundraiser / If you can read this, you are a Pope! Shirt Large

Um. Yeah. These are all black fabric. Huh. Go figure. Each have been lightly worn (er, or used, in the case of the bag) once or twice at most, but either way are washed and clean and have been in storage for ages. Some may have bonus library cat fur and dander, as all have been in a home with several cats, so if you’ve allergies, consider proper airlock protocols until they are washed (again.) But, they’re spiffy, and I thought they’d make a nice treat that some of you might want!

Here’s a variety of notable things I’ve recently found that you may also be interested in checking out:

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Omnium Gatherum: 28oct2020

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for October 28, 2020

Last week, at library HQ, there was a day with a high in the 80s F. This week there was a day entirely below freezing all day and snow, which stayed on the ground for two days. Hope you and yours are staying warm, well, and safe!

Here’s a variety of notable things I’ve recently found that you may also be interested in checking out:

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Omnium Gatherum: 4oct2020

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for October 4, 2020

Here’s a variety of notable things I’ve recently found that you may also be interested in checking out:

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Omnium Gatherum: 30sep2020

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for September 30, 2020

Here’s a variety of notable things I’ve recently found that you may also be interested in checking out:

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Omnium Gatherum: 19aug2020

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for August 19, 2020

Here’s a variety of notable things I’ve recently found that you may also be interested in checking out:

This post was possible because of support from generous ongoing Patrons and Members of the newsletter. Both Patrons and Members get access to Omnium Gatherum immediately and directly via web and email. On the blog, this will be exclusive to Patrons for one year, after which I’ll make it publicly available to everyone so they can see what they’ve been missing.

Omnium Gatherum: 21apr2020

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for April 21, 2020

Here’s some things I’ve found that you may be interested in checking out:

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Omnium Gatherum: July 9, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for July 9, 2019 If you’d like to participate, head over to Omnium Gatherum on the BBS, or suggest something. Tweet by Alex Norris ouroboros is a self-love icon pic.twitter.com/nnQfBJ8twb — Alex Norris (@dorrismccomics) July 7, 2019 “The Curious Mystical Text Behind Marianne Williamson’s Presidential […]

Omnium Gatherum: May 23, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for May 23, 2019

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

  • Jinn, an ominous, supernatural teen drama, the first Arabic-language “original” for Netflix, due June 13

    “A group of high schoolers’ lives are disrupted when a jinn arrives seeking their help. High school will never be the same. Coming June 13. Only on Netflix.”

  • His Dark Materials: Season 1, from BBC with two seasons funded, distributed by HBO, coming in 2020 [HT Michael M. Bind Trump Hughes]

    “Adapting Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction, the first season follows Lyra, a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets Will, a determined and courageous boy. Together, they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living — and the dead — in their hands.”

  • The House of Flames by Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Michael Idehall, limited edition of 23, on pre-order

    Idehall The House of Flames

    “The House of Flames contains two intersecting books: Tavulaxa and Glyphï. Tavulaxa details 11 mythological concepts of the Draconian current and navigational sigilisations that assist the reader in connecting the mystery to the accompanying sound composition. Glyphï consists of 23 channelings of automatic ink drawings and oracular texts. The third component is an indexing diagram called The Circle of Sight which is a matrix displaying how the different oracles, sigils, and sound compositions correspond to each other.

    This is an edition limited to 23 copies. The box set contains a hand bound book in quarter leather binding, one of the 23 original ink drawings featured in the book, a CD, and an LP. €170 + shipping. Place your order here: info@belzebez.se”

  • Early Greek Alchemy, Patronage and Innovation in Late Antiquity [also] by Olivier Dufault, from California Classical Studies [HT OlivierDufault]

    Dufault Early Greek Alchemy Patronage and Innovation in Late Antiquity

    Early Greek alchemy, Patronage and Innovation in Late Antiquity provides an example of the innovative power of ancient scholarly patronage by looking at a key moment in the creation of the Greek alchemical tradition.

    New evidence on scholarly patronage under the Roman empire can be garnered by analyzing the descriptions of learned magoi in several texts from the second to the fourth century CE. Since a common use of the term magos connoted flatterer-like figures (kolakes), it is likely that the figures of “learned sorcerers” found in texts such as Lucian’s Philopseudes and the apocryphal Acts of Peter captured the notion that some client scholars exerted undue influence over patrons.

    The first known author of alchemical commentaries, Zosimus of Panopolis (c. 300 CE), presented himself neither as a magos nor as an alchemist. In his treatises, he rather appears as a Christian scholar and the client of a rich woman named Theosebeia. In three polemical letters to his patroness, Zosimus attempted to discredit rival specialists of alchemy by describing them as magoi and demon-worshippers and by equating their techniques with Egyptian temple practice. In a subtler attempt to edge out his competitors, Zosimus pointed to their limited education and suggested that true alchemy could only be acquired by a meticulous interpretation of Greek alchemical texts.

    Extant evidence thus suggests that alchemical texts were first introduced among other Greek scholarly traditions when Zosimus annexed Egyptian temple rituals into the ambit of paideia thanks to the support and venue provided by his patroness.”

  • Strange Angel Season 2 – Official Trailer from CBS All Access

    “… new season of Strange Angel, premiering June 13th …

    In season two, the U.S. is fully engaged in World War II, transforming Jack’s rocketry work into a lucrative business and further entrenching him in the military-industrial complex. While Jack’s career takes off, he and his wife Susan’s devotion to their new occult religion grows, leading them to invite the sex cult into their Pasadena mansion and Jack to forge a personal relationship with the group’s notorious founder, Aleister Crowley himself.”

  • Boleskine House: Former Highland home of occultist Aleister Crowley and Led Zeppelin founder is sold” — Alison Campsie, Scotsman

    Scotsman- Boleskine House Aleister Crowley sold

    “The former Highland home of occultist Aleister Crowley that was largely destroyed by fire four years ago has been sold.

    The new owners of Boleskine House near Loch Ness will be hoping for a new peaceful chapter in the property’s story with it understood the house is to become home to a charitable foundation and opened up to the public.”

  • Joaquin Phoenix and ‘The Gospel of Mary’: Gnostic fiction at a theater near you” — John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris, Christian Post; about Mary Madalene directed by Garth Davis, with Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix, from IFC Films,

    Davis Mara Phoenix Mary Magdalene

    “Remember that 1980s cough syrup commercial when Chris Robinson said, ‘I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV’? I wanted to paraphrase these immortal words when I read what actor Joaquin Phoenix of ‘Gladiator’ fame said about his role as Jesus in the movie, ‘Mary Magdalene.’ Phoenix is not the Son of Man, but he plays him on the big screen. His is a very different Jesus than the one we meet in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

    Judging by the trailer and the press roll-out, the movie drew heavily on a second-century Gnostic text known as ‘the Gospel of Mary.’ In a recent interview with Newsweek, Phoenix slammed early Christianity for not canonizing this and other apocryphal writings about Jesus, saying: ‘Why was Mary’s book not included in the Bible? The stench of blatant sexism,’ he says, is ‘inescapable.’

    Phoenix went even further in another interview: ‘Somebody made that decision to exclude [Mary Magdalene’s] observations and feelings about the life of Christ and her experience. There seems to have been an overt intention to exclude women from that process.'”

  • Muslims of Color Issue Call for Unity” — Hamil Harris, The Washington Informer

    “Noble Drew Ali was the Moorish American leader who founded the Moorish Science Temple of America. Considered a prophet by his followers, Ali founded the Canaanite Temple in Newark, New Jersey, in 1913 before relocating to Chicago, where he gained a following of thousands of converts before his death in 1929.

    ‘We organized as the Moorish Temple of Science in the year of 1925, and were legally incorporated as a civic organization under the laws of the State of Illinois, November 29, 1926,’ Ali once said in a statement. ‘The name Moorish Temple of Science was changed to the Moorish Science Temple of America, May 1928 in accordance with the legal requirements of the Secretary of the State of Illinois. The object of our Organization is to help in the great program of uplifting fallen humanity and teach those things to make our members better citizens.’

    Brother R. Jones Bey, Grand Sheik of the Moorish Science Temple of America Inc., told the gathering, ‘You must be the message that you bring. … I can’t lead anybody being a hypocrite, and if you are going to be real it has to begin with you.’

    Some of the toughest words were challenged issued by the Moorish Science brothers who have been instrumental in working with inmates across the country.

    ‘We separate ourselves because we don’t practice Islam the same way,’ said Brother Lomax Bey. ‘This ain’t about me, this ain’t about brother Yahya, it is about doing Allah’s work because he ain’t pleased in what we are doing. What we have to do is find our way back home.'”

  • The black Muslim female fashion trailblazers who came before model Halima Aden” — Kayla Renée Wheeler, Grand Valley State University, The Middletown Press

    “In the 20th century, black Americans were reintroduced to Islam through several people and organizations.

    These included the Moorish Science Temple of America and the Nation of Islam. The Moorish Science Temple of America was founded by a Moorish American, Noble Drew Ali, in 1913 in Newark, New Jersey.

    Drew Ali taught his followers that they were not Negros or Ethiopians, rather they were Moors and that Islam was their true religion. According to Drew Ali, Moors are descendants of the ancient Moabites who founded Mecca, one of the most important cities in Islam.

    Clothing played a central role in constructing a unique black Muslim identity. Black Muslim women used their dress to challenge American beauty standards, which typically holds thin young white women as the ideal beauty. Their dress practices also challenged beliefs that Islam was only an Arab religion by encouraging members to develop their own local dress practices.

    In the Moorish Science Temple of America, male members wore fezzes or turbans and women wore turbans often paired with long shift dresses as part of their everyday wear.”

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