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West of Memphis

West Of Memphis is the “true story centering on the new investigation surrounding the the 1993 murders of three 8-year-old boys in the town of West Memphis, Ark., that ultimately broke the case open and led to the release of the so-called West Memphis Three.” It is now available via iTunes and Amazon Instant, and releases on physical media on Aug 6th.

 

 

The Spirit of Tragedy

 

“The Spirit of Tragedy” from Aleister Crowley’s The Rite of Sol, a rock opera by Eleuyve Productions

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

This video is an artistic edit of “The Spirit of Tragedy” containing additional clips from Aleister Crowley’s The Rite of Sol, a rock opera as it was performed during November of 2012 in Seattle, WA at The Richard Hugo House.

The feature length DVD will be available from Eleusyve Production on March 8th, 2013.

For more information on this and other presentations, sound track recordings and full length DVDs visit us at eleusyve,com

Love is the law, love under will.” [via]

 

Excerpt from Aleister Crowley‘s The Rite of Sol:

Mortals never learn from stories
How catastrophé becomes;
How above the victor’s glories
In the trumpets and the drums
And the cry of millions “Master!”
Looms the shadow of disaster.
Every hour a man hath said:
“That at least is scotched and dead.”
Some one circumstance; “At last
That, and it effects, are past.”
Some one terror—subtle foe!
“I have laid that spectre low.”
They know not, learn not, cannot calculate
How subtly Fate
Weaves its fine mesh, perceiving how to wait;
Or how accumulate
The trifles that shall make it master yet
Of the strong soul that bade itself forget. [via]

The Royal Arch of Enoch

The Royal Arch of Enoch: The Impact of Masonic Ritual, Philosophy, and Symbolism by Robert W Sullivan IV [also] is a book from last year which appears to offer an exploration of the 13th degree of Scottish Rite Freemasonry (of which McClenechan says, “This degree, in fact, forms the climax of Ineffable Masonry” [via]) and its history, but I was especially struck by the part of the description which claims this book “also documents the symbolic restoration of the sun as the premier icon in all of Freemasonry and as the supreme emblem of imperial administration and religiosity lifted from the Ancient Mysteries” as indication the work may be relevant to those interested in Ordo Templi Orientis, not primarily specific to Freemasonry.

Robert W Sullivan IV's The Royal Arch of Enoch

 

“The result of over twenty years of research, Robert Sullivan’s The Royal Arch of Enoch, presents a real life “Da Vinci Code/National Treasure” mystery which, until the publication of this book, was previously unknown to history and historians in both the East and West.

“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” — Genesis 5:24. The Royal Arch of Enoch: The Impact of Masonic Ritual, Philosophy, and Symbolism documents an undiscovered historical anomaly: how a high degree Masonic Ritual — developed in France in the mid 1700’s — included elements of the Book of Enoch (a/k/a I Enoch) which was considered lost until Freemason and traveler James Bruce returned to Europe with copies from Ethiopia in 1773. These copies were not translated into English until 1821 at Oxford University. This high degree ritual — titled The Royal Arch of Enoch — documents the recovery of the “Lost Word of a Master Mason”, the Name of God.

It is this ritual in particular that has defined, among other things, the American national character. The Royal Arch of Enoch also documents the symbolic restoration of the sun as the premier icon in all of Freemasonry and as the supreme emblem of imperial administration and religiosity lifted from the Ancient Mysteries, incorporated in the Abrahamic faiths, and carried on in both Blue Lodge and High Degree Masonry.” [via]

 

The Destiny of Ethan King

The Destiny of Ethan King by Martin Cosgrove has arrived at the Reading Room, courtesy of the author.

Martin Cosgrove's The Destiny of Ethan King

 

“A university professor discovers the notes of a little-known 12th century alchemist detailing the creation of a mystical substance called Universal Matter. This substance is capable of generating unlimited energy and has the power to either end humanity’s greatest problems, or destroy us all. The ancient documents claim that, when the time is right, one human soul will be given the ability to create Universal Matter. His name is Ethan King.” [via]

 

“An emotionally-charged tale of fantasy, the supernatural and the unexpected.

The Destiny of Ethan King has all the elements of a modern fantasy, but nothing is as straightforward as it first appears. Ethan’s life is turned upside-down by a series of events which are out of his control. And to top it all, he learns that he is the only person on the planet capable of creating a mystical substance with infinite power which could either end humanity’s greatest problems … or destroy us all.

Thrown into a world in which the boundaries between good and evil are blurred, Ethan is left with no choice but to embark on a cosmic adventure with potentially global consequences. The Liverpudlian teenager quickly learns that good and evil is a sliding scale present within each of us and that big words such as ‘destiny’ and ‘morality’ are a smoke screen when dealing with real matters of family, friendship and love.

The Destiny of Ethan King can be read on several levels. To the uninitiated, it reads as a modern fantasy in the style of The Magicians by Lev Grossman. To those adept at peeking behind the veil, however, this is an occult novel containing true esoteric knowledge drawn from Hermeticism and Kabbalah.”

 

“I would classify this book as an ‘occult novel’ in the traditional sense of Zanoni or The Red Lion for example; books that try to convey essential ‘truths’ about magic in a fictional context, often revealing actual occult practices and beliefs. That is what The Destiny of Ethan King is, a true ‘occult novel'” — Rawn Clark

 

 

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Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism, Part 3 of 3

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus posts the third part of a response to Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism, ed. Henrik Bogdan and Martin P Starr, from Oxford University Press, over on his blog at “Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism, Part 3 of 3” which speaks to essays, about Witchcraft, Scientology and Satanism, by Ronald Hutton, Keith Richmond, Hugh Urban and Asbjørn Dyrendal; giving special attention to the chapter by Ronald Hutton.

“Hutton does perceive the properly religious character of Crowley’s 1904 revelation and consequent activities. However, he wants to dismiss the religious dimension of Thelema on the (somewhat justifiable) basis of the magical-rather-than-religious orientation of many latter-day Thelemites. It is an understandable position for him, in defense of his slogan touting Wicca as “the only fully formed religion that England has ever given the world.” (In light of the patently and confessedly religious nature of O.T.O., I would suggest a different gambit to Hutton: The revelation in Cairo to the globe-trotting adventurer Crowley, the German roots of O.T.O., and the subsequent formation of the first durable Thelemic communities outside of Britain indicates that Thelema isn’t so much a product of “England” as it is an inherently intercultural, cosmopolitan synthesis.) As in The Triumph of the Moon, Hutton is here focused on English witchcraft, especially as formulated by Gerald Gardner. He consequently gives no attention to the witchcrafts of American Jack Parsons and Australian Rosaleen Norton, both strongly influenced by Crowley themselves, and not via Gardner’s work.” [via]

“With a few minor exceptions, the level of scholarship in this volume is considerable. More than that, the papers tend to be lively and challenging reading. As Wouter Hanegraaff points out in his foreword, the caricature of Crowley as a quasi-medieval Doctor Faustus conceals a figure who is quintessentially modern, and to give the Beast his third dimension places him in the same space that the reader inhabits.” [via]

 

The Petit Albert

The Spellbook of Marie Laveau: The Petit Albert is a pseudonymous work of Albertus Parvus Lucius translated by Talia Felix, available from Hadean Press, presumably from some version of the 18th Century French «Secrets merveilleux de la magie naturelle et cabalistique du Petit Albert», itself an apparent translation of a 13th Century Latin original. Although the cover states that this is the spellbook of Marie Laveau, the connection is apparently only circumstantial and speculative, according to the translator’s introduction. It is, however, a work of period significance, so may be of interest in itself.

Talia Felix's translationg of Petite Albert from Hadean Press

“The Petit Albert is a collection of recipes, talismans, and occult secrets attributed to several authors, chief among them Paracelsus, and compiled by a pseudonymous narrator who stresses that the secrets contained therein ‘do not in any way surpass the occult powers of nature; that is to say, of any of the known beings that are scattered throughout this vast universe, which are in the skies, in the winds, on the land and in the waters.’ This cautious reminder did not change the opinion of the Catholic Church in regards to the Petit Albert–it was a book of black magic and therefore to be avoided at all costs, an attitude which assured the book’s popularity among nobles, farmers, and priests alike.

From its first printing, the Book of the Fantastical Secrets of the Petit Albert made its way into the most rural of French hamlets and eventually to the colonies beyond, where it became a great success in the Caribbean and North America – especially in Québec in the north and in New Orleans in the south. It is there that the Petit Albert was almost certainly used by the hoodoo and voodoo practitioners of the nineteenth century, including the Voodoo Queen herself, Marie Laveau.

In The Spellbook of Marie Laveau: The Petit Albert, translator Talia Felix presents the full text of the Petit Albert in the English language, and offers a compelling argument that the Petit Albert was most likely one of the spellbooks in Laveau’s arsenal, if indeed she was literate at all. At the very least, as Ms. Felix states in her introduction to the book, ‘it presents a period-correct view of the sort of magical knowledge that was likely to have influenced the real and genuine life and works of the famous Marie Laveau, and of New Orleans Voodoo as a whole.'” [via]

 

A Modern History of the O.T.O.

“This is the video record of a talk given on December 16, 2012 at Swirling Star Lodge of Ordo Templi Orientis. It includes numerous photos of influential figures in the development of Thelema as well as the early years of TAHUTI Lodge in New York City. James Wasserman shares his experience in the development of the modern Thelemic movement and his enthusiasm for the spiritual teachings of Aleister Crowley.”

New Aeon English Qaballa and The Ethics of Thelema

The Heretic’s Guide to Thelema Volume 2 & 3: New Aeon English Qaballa and The Ethics of Thelema by Hermetic Library fellow and anthology artist Gerald del Campo has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of Concrescent Press.

 

Gerald del Campo's New Aeon English Qaballa and The Ethics of Thelema from Concrescent Press

 

“6×9 inches, 266 pages, Illustrated, Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9843729-7-3

This is volume 2 and 3 of a new edition of a now classic work from a long-time practitioner of Thelema. It is a expression of his experience in a variety of forms of Thelema and a number of Thelemic institutions. Some will object, and thelemically, they are welcome to do so. But the Magi have always learned from Nature and so we must note that although Nature abhors a vacuum, She hates monocultures: She always and only destroys them. Variety and diversity only will strengthen the current of Thelema. As it is said: Success is your proof.

Volume 2: New Aeon English Qaballa first appeared in 2000 and since then it has opened up the way to serious research into the mysteries of The Book of the Law by suggesting a non-Crowleyan solution to one of the most profound mysteries in one of the most profound books of our age.

Volume 3: The Ethics of Thelema, was also penned in 2000 out of the author’s desire to share his ethical values as a Thelemite, not with dogma or orthodoxy but how Thelema is working through him as a Thelemite, in the hope that Thelema might be able to explain not only what was wrong with our values, but what values we should consider to prevent looming catastrophe.” [via]

 

You may wish to check out a sample chapter (PDF).

 

 

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. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

New Aeon Magick

The Heretic’s Guide to Thelema Volume 1: New Aeon Magick by Hermetic Library fellow and anthology artist Gerald del Campo has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of Concrescent Press.

 

Gerald del Campo's New Aeon Magick from Concrescent Press

 

“6x9in., Paperback, 208 pp. 1st of 2 in series.
ISBN: 978-0-9843729-3-5

This book is a new edition of a now classic work from a long-time practitioner of Thelema. It is a expression of his experience in a variety of forms of Thelema and a number of Thelemic institutions. First written as an explanation for the author’s young children, this recently corrected and improved version is a unique presentation of Thelema as it is actually lived. It is valuable to us all not because it is right, or orthodox, or for any other reason but that is IS. Thelema needs every form itself to be manifest in order for its full potential to be realized.

Some will object, and thelemically, they are welcome to do so. But the Magi have always learned from Nature and so we must note that although Nature abhors a vacuum, She hates monocultures: She always and only destroys them. Variety and diversity only will strengthen the current of Thelema. As it is said: Success is your proof.” [via]

 

You may wish to check out a sample chapter (PDF).

 

 

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. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

Most popular Hermetic Library blog posts of 2012

Here are the top 5 most viewed posts of 2012:

  1. The Copiale Cipher: An Early German Masonic Ritual Unveiled
  2. Da Pacem Domine
  3. Leather steampunk Anubis and Bast masks
  4. Hello Aleister Crowley Kitty
  5. Boleskine House

Here’s the 5 most popular search terms:

  1. krampus (Last year’s 3rd)
  2. boleskine house
  3. aleister crowley
  4. thelema (Last year’s 2nd)
  5. abbey of thelema

If you want to compare, take a look at the most popular posts and search terms of 2011. Are you curious about the other posts in the top 50 for 2012? The most popular posts are quite an interesting variety! Interestingly, the most popular post of 2011 (DIONYSUS) doesn’t appear anywhere in the top 50 this year, though there’s quite a few posts from last year that are still popular these days. Here’s the next 45 most popular posts:

  1. The historical place of Aleister Crowley in fact and fiction is explored a bit and somewhat sorted in a column about “Bad Books you never want your co-workers to know you’re reading”
  2. Leather masks of Thoth, Anubis and Ra
  3. The Red Goddess and Crossed Keys from Scarlet Imprint
  4. Krampus Tee Shirt
  5. Open letter from John Michael Greer to the Golden Dawn community
  6. More on the Copiale cipher and the revealed rites of a secret society of Oculists
  7. Abbey of Thelema
  8. Mapping the Occult City: Exploring Magick and Esotericism in the Urban Utopia
  9. krampus postcard
  10. The Moonchild of Yesod is also available as a free download
  11. AMORC altar set
  12. Hakim Bey and the Occupy Wall Street movement
  13. “O coffee! By the mighty Name of Power do I invoke thee, consecrating thee to the Service of the Magic of Light. Let the pulsations of my heart be strong and regular and slow! Let my brain be wakeful and active in its supreme task of self-control! That my desired end may be effected through Thy strength, Adonai, unto Whom be the Glory for ever! Amen without lie, and Amen, and Amen of Amen.”
  14. The Book of Soyga
  15. Lost Lucifer Rising soundtrack by Jimmy Page revisited, remixed and released today
  16. The Mysteries of John the Baptist
  17. Do What Thou Wilt Print
  18. The Book of Law of the Venerable Secret Order of the Eye
  19. Grand Guignol II: HÄXAN – Satan + The Women who love Him
  20. Mr. Aleister Crowley, the author, declines to make himself invisible in court
  21. September 1930, Lisbon: Aleister Crowley’s lost diary of his Portuguese trip
  22. The Nightmare Paintings
  23. The Mystery of the Letters and The Tree of Life
  24. “If the standard premises upon which the Golden Dawn formulates its planetary hexagrams are applied, a symbolically consistent system of invoking and banishing can be derived. Further these formulations can be verified by corollary application of the elemental paradigm, with similarly consistent and symbolically harmonious results.”
  25. Hello Baphomet Kitty
  26. TYLER Beta Testing
  27. Leather masks of Anubis, Bast and Egyptian cat
  28. babalon
  29. Dream Logic Tarot
  30. The Book of Baphomet
  31. Aleister Crowley related shirts from Fear and Clothing
  32. It’s funnier in Copiale
  33. Aleister Crowley, Lam and the Amalantrah Working mentioned in an interview with Brian Butler
  34. Witch and wicked
  35. The Celtic Golden Dawn: An Original & Complete Curriculum of Druidical Study
  36. The Moonchild of Yesod
  37. The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 4
  38. Enochian Chess
  39. Oracle Tarot Deck
  40. A few preliminary prepared remarks for those early in their study of Esotericism
  41. Debunking the Lovecraftian Occult
  42. Stele of Revealing replica of the miniatures commissioned by Aleister Crowley
  43. Occult Guide
  44. Secrets of Secret Societies
  45. Guy Fawkes Bandana Mask