Tag Archives: 2011

Machines, Take Up Thy Schematics and Self-Construct!

 

“Designed for Joshua Madara’s Electronomicon project, for the 2011 Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle.”

 

The Hermetic Library visual pool is a visual scavenger hunt for images of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks, sacred spaces and places, esoteric artefacts and installations, inspired paintings and people — these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick.

American Idol: On Nietzsche in America

American Idol: On Nietzsche in America” by Ross Posnock is an article in the Nation from Nov, 2011 which talks about Friedrich Nietzsche and a book American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen.

 

“Nietzsche paid a heavy price for daring to strip away the comforting props of Victorian piety, bringing readers face to face with the imperative ‘to become what you are.’ He launched his own version of Emerson’s project, which begins with the recognition that man is but ‘a half-man,’ a ‘dwarf of himself.’ The time was ripe: how thrilling it must have been for Americans long shackled to the ‘agonized conscience’ of Puritan rectitude, the ‘yoke’ of the genteel, in George Santayana’s phrasing. Cease hiding behind conformity and habit and laziness, Emerson and Nietzsche implore; the former invites ‘every man to expand to the full circle of the universe,’ while the latter will eventually call for the overcoming of the human, summoning what he will name the ‘overman.'” [via]

 

“Nietzsche-mania erupted in Europe a decade before the philosopher’s death in 1900, spreading throughout the continent and on to Russia, and reaching the United States in the new century’s first decade. A question raised almost at once (and periodically revived) was why Nietzsche was proving so popular here: ‘What is the philosophy of an anti-Christian, antidemocratic madman doing in a culture like ours? Why Nietzsche? Why in America?’ Ratner-Rosenhagen wonders. Nietzsche became the exemplar for those seeking, in Emerson’s words, ‘not instruction, but provocation’; not intellectual doctrine but the visceral sense of liberation in hearing the inadmissible given voice. Radical leftists—anarchists, socialists and feminists—were early enthusiasts, including Emma Goldman, Randolph Bourne and the Harlem socialist Hubert Harrison, who found in Nietzsche’s contempt for religion and democracy a way to rouse the masses from obedience to Christian ideals of submission and democratic fictions of a free market.” [via]

 

 

Of course, Friedrich Nietzsche is proclaimed Saint of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica in the Gnostic Mass and there are other resources in the collection of the Hermetic Library. You may also be interested in these other articles at the library which mention Nietszche, to name a few:

Most popular Hermetic Library blog posts of 2011

Well, I really wasn’t going to do this, but why not? The top 5 most viewed posts of 2011 on this blog are:

  1. DIONYSUS
  2. Hakim Bey and the Occupy Wall Street movement
  3. The Red Goddess and Crossed Keys from Scarlet Imprint
  4. White Trash, Black Magick (originals)
  5. Pre-release of The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1

Yeah, that “Dionysus” video sure was something, wasn’t it? But, it’s nice for me to see one of the posts about the Anthology Album in that list too. Anyhow, if you missed any of these posts, check ’em out; if you did see them already, you could check ’em out anyway and re-live the experience.

The most popular search terms are:

  1. christopher conn askew
  2. thelema
  3. krampus
  4. hakim bey occupy
  5. unicursal hexagram

Nice to see Thelema near the top there. There are some nice posts about Krampus, but there’s a lot more Krampus stuff on the Hermetic Library tumblog, if that’s something you’re interested in. The Red Goddess from Scarlet Imprint, and the cover by Christopher Conn Askew made it on both lists. Of course, the Occupy Movement and the connection to the work of Hakim Bey was pretty popular on both lists too. But, there is currently only a single post that returns for the term “unicursal hexagram” and yet it was a very popular search term; maybe I should work on adding some more content responsive that term …

Winter Solstice

 

“Winter Solstice” by Of the Wand and the Moon

“Blood winter feast a solstice pledge
Lean on the blade lean on death
I’ll rip all your angels all apart
This winter no love no heart
This endless plunge towards the end
I’ll smile as you fall as night descends

Blood and Algiz above
Midnight veil midnight veil my love
Your ignorance has slain your gods
Your emptiness will slay your heart

What empty things this winter brings
What lovely tune sweet Satan sings
6-6-6 upon the wind
What empty deeds the future brings
The smell of Iodine in the air
If you should fall then I don’t care

Blood and Algiz above
Midnight veil midnight veil my love
Your ignorance has slain your heart
Your emptiness will slay your gods”

The physical CD of the Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1

If you follow the library on twitter, you got a sneak peak already, but I wanted to post some nice images of the physical CD of the Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1. These have started to arrive for those that ordered them, although the disc winging its way to Australia may still be in transit …

As a reminder, I’ve announced the call for submissions for the next Hermetic Library Anthology Album, with a deadline of Jan 15th, 2012, to be released in early February. Help spread the word about both the first album which is available now, and the deadline for the coming album!

Anyhow, back to the physical disc … This looks fantastic! I did the design for these and they are professionally pressed by the same company that SickTanicK of SKR uses for his releases. It turned out really great, I think. I hope you agree!

The anthology physical CD is available, along with digital downloads, for you to spend all that money you got by returning things received yesterday for Consumermas Merry Mithras!

 


Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1


CD insert


CD disc


CD tray card

Bowie2001: A Space Oddity

This is … an oddity, but maybe of some interest. Bowie2001 is apparently a collection of media around “a compilation of brand new remixes of many Bowie songs”. If you’re into the old Infrared Roses remixes of Grateful Dead or the idea of syncing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon with MGM’s The Wizard of OZ, then this “may even be what you are looking for.” The production of this seems to be pretty well done, but honestly I’m still not sure if this is legit or not. But, it’s definitely interesting. I’ve been listening to the mix as I’ve been preparing this post, and I’ve certainly enjoyed it.

“Bowie2001 is many things. It may even be what you are looking for.

It’s a compilation of brand new remixes of many Bowie songs. It is also, a non-stop continuous mixpiece comprising those remixes and other Bowie moments. And yet it is a movie, a re-imagined re-edited version of 2001, synchronised to this mixpiece.”

“Bowie2001 is a non-linear existential gothic drama hyper-cycle, a divine odyssey about the creation of the cosmos. Starman telling the story of starchild. Ziggy covered in moon-dust geysering into the vacuum of space. The Thin White Duke’s pursuit of a wide black monolith. Major Tom killing Nathan Adler’s electro-mechanical reincarnation as HAL 9000.

From the Dawn of Supermen to Life in Mars and Beyond the Infinite, astronaut Dr. Dave Bowie tells the story of the universe with a supersonic musical piece synchronised with a intergalactic film, producing the transcendent experience known as Bowie2001; a mixtape, a movie, and also a remix album.”

Note that the downloadable torrent link is actually a zip which includes 3 torrents, one each for the free versions of the mixpiece, remix CD and the movie; so, if you’re going to consider grabbing them, just start with grabbing the torrent files instead of clicking on each link on the page.

“The Mixpiece

A non-stop coninuous mix of all the remixed tracks, with sounds from the movie and other Bowie songs. An ambient journey into the world of Dr. Dave Bowie, through the eyes and ears of Fritz von Runte.

The edited version comprises mainly the Bowie2001 remixes. The 100 minutes full version is the complete soundtrack of the movie which includes a few hidden gems.”

“The Movie

Bowie2001 – A Space Oddity. Starman telling the story of starchild. Ziggy covered in moon-dust geysering into the vacuum of space. The Thin White Duke’s pursuit of a wide black monolith. Major Tom killing Nathan Adler’s electro-mechanical reincarnation as HAL 9000.

The full-feature film, a complete re-interpretation of Kubrick’s 2001 to match Fritz von Runte’s re-interpretation of Bowie songs.”

“The Remix CD

The collection of Bowie tracks re-imagined and re-mixed by Fritz von Runte. The original music used in the movie Bowie2001 A Space Oddity and its Mixpiece. Complete unmixed full length new versions of classic songs, spanning Bowie’s vast discography. The CD and Remix Bundle come with exclusive bonus tracks.”

Griffith Park Rose Vine Altar

 

“In ancient Egypt roses were used to worship the goddess Isis, the ideal mother and wife. They were considered sacred flowers and have been found in Egyptian tombs.

The Griffith Park Rose Vine Altar was constructed as an offering to Isis on the occasion of the New Moon in Sagittarius on November 25, 2011.”

 

Griffith Park Rose Vine Altar

 

The Hermetic Library visual pool is a visual scavenger hunt for images of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks, sacred spaces and places, esoteric artefacts and installations, inspired paintings and people – these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick.

Havel’s ‘Respect for Mystery’ versus the Techno-Gnostics

Havel’s ‘Respect for Mystery’ versus the Techno-Gnostics” by Joseph P. Duggan is a recent post over at The American Spectator which discusses a modern ‘techno-gnosticism’ while imagining a scene at the pearly gates made possible by the recent synchronous deaths of Václav Havel, Christopher Hitchens and Kim Jong-Il. This article is ostensibly about one of the people I’ve personally considered one of the great modern minds, and a definite influence for me, but I think it also has value for those interested in “scientific illuminism” as a potential warning to avoid a scientific attitude, or scientism, or techno-gnosticism, or, if you allow, a scientific management of humanity; that devolves into merely another superstition or fails to be life affirming or supportive of the overall human experience, or ignores illuminism.

“Most recently, this conscientious thinker was preoccupied with a disorder of the mind and soul as old as Descartes, vexing contemporary civilization no less today than it did during the Communist era. This is a mindset I call ‘techno-gnosticism,’ more or less the same ideology of scientism that Walker Percy and Neil Postman eloquently criticized. Among the consequences of this mindset are the global financial crisis and the collapse of post-Communist hopes for a ‘Europe whole and free’ into the reality of a Europe fractured and bankrupt.

One of Havel’s final testaments was his lecture at the Prague Forum in October 2010. He lamented ‘the swollen self-consciousness of this civilization, whose basic attributes include the supercilious idea that we know everything and what we don’t yet know we’ll soon find out, because we know how to go about it. We are convinced that this supposed omniscience of ours which proclaims the staggering progress of science and technology and rational knowledge in general, permits us to serve anything that is demonstrably useful.’

With an intimation of immortality, Havel observed: ‘With the cult of measurable profit, proven progress and visible usefulness, there disappears respect for mystery and along with it humble reverence for everything we shall never measure and know, not to mention the vexed question of the infinite and eternal, which were until recently the most important horizons of our actions.’

Who can say God lacks a sense of humor? Not the honest searcher Havel, sometimes agnostic but always a friend to religious believers. He finds himself in the queue in the celestial waiting room on the same day as atheist gnostic know-it-all Kim Jong-Il. If St. Peter likes a good laugh, he will grant Christopher Hitchens credentials to report on the scene for media fleeter than Fleet Street’s.” [via]

“Deep in reflection in the city that gave us Kafka and the Golem, Havel said at the 2010 Prague Forum: ‘I regard the recent crisis as a very small and very inconspicuous call to humility. A small and inconspicuous challenge for us not to take everything automatically for granted. Strange things are happening and will happen. Not to bring oneself to admit it is the path to hell. Strangeness, unnaturalness, mystery, inconceivability have been shifted out of the world of serious thought into the dubious closets of suspicious people. Until they are released and allowed to return to our minds things will not go well.'” [via]

“Two decades ago, Neil Postman saw things going not well at all. In his book Technopoly he described the metastasis of technology’s relationship to man from usefulness to power (technocracy), thence to a sort of totalitarian monopoly of the mind (technopoly).

Postman dissected scientism and technopoly into three ideological components. First is the idea that “the methods of the natural sciences can be applied to the study of human behavior.’ Second is that ‘social science generates specific principles which can be used to organize society on a rational and humane basis.’ The final pillar of technopoly is that ‘faith in science can serve as a comprehensive belief system that gives meaning to life, as well as a sense of well-being, morality, and even immortality.'” [via]