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The Wand, Summer 2013 ev, An IVxxi

The Summer 2013 / An IVxxi issue of Wand, the journal of Coph Nia, a local body of Ordo Templi Orientis in the valley of Eugene, OR, whose body master is Hermetic Library fellow David Richard Jones, has arrived courtesy of that body and is now part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Coph Nia Wand Summer 2013 An IVxxi
Cover: Frater Achad, Charles Stansfeld Jones from An XV, Sun in Aries

The Book of Going Back By Night

The Book of Going Back By Night by Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule is a new publication of the complete three-part transmission of a received text, part one of which has long been a feature at the Hermetic Library’s Recieved Wisdom section. After considerable time, all three parts are available in published form directly from Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule in a fully illustrated book with commentary by both Orryelle and Nema, through iNSPiRALink. Multimedia Press.

Oryelle Defenestrate-Bascule The-Book of Going Back by Night

“The verses are hand-calligraphed, introduced and illustrated by Orryelle; with an extensive commentary by Orryelle and Nema.”

“The text of this book is a transmission from the double-lion/ess Hrumachis Aker, through the masks and forms of Sekhmet, of the Egyptian and Grecian SphinXes, and (in the Third Chapter) of Babalon and the Beast.

Voices from the ‘future aeon’ of Maat deliver information which intersects with the currents of the Ancient Egyptian ‘Book of Coming Forth by Day’ (translated by E.A.Wallis Budge as The Egyptian Book of the Dead) in the present.

The book is esoteric and mytho-poetical yet has socio-political implications for our times. The Nu Word of IAHM and its formula and application are presented, as well as the AZOTh casting and banishing system.”


Dionysos: Exciter to Frenzy by Vikki Bramshaw, from Avalonia UK, may be of interest. This volume was due to release in December but appears to still be in pre-order, both via the Avalonia site and through Amazon.

Vikki Bramshaw Dionysos from Avalonia

Dionysos: Exciter to Frenzy is a phenomenal and scholarly exploration of one of the most complex, liminal and paradoxical gods of the ancient world. The author Vikki Bramshaw guides the reader through the mysterious world of the multifaceted Dionysos, revealing his hidden faces and forms and his presence in different cultures, the growth cycles of nature, the establishment of theatre and the ancient Greek calendar.

The roots of the wine god Dionysos, like his vines, spread throughout the ancient world. From the Cretan Zagreus, to the Thracian Sabazios and the Egyptian Iachen, his stories permeated the myths and traditions of both the untamed wilderness and the culture of cities such as Athens. Joined by slaves and rulers, wild flesh-ripping Maenads and vegetarian Orphics, wine-makers and hunters, the thrice-born Dionysos danced his way through the challenges of rebirth and initiation, with the liberating ecstasy of trance and possession.

The god Dionysos unites opposites, he is many-formed, dying yet eternal, chthonian and heavenly. His ancient myths, mystical symbols, pagan rites and incarnations represent a uniquely detailed and relevant perspective of the transformation he brings through prophecy and personal liberation which is still relevant today.” [via]

The Numbers of the Beast and the House of Yeshua

The Numbers of the Beast and the House of Yeshua by Walter C Cambra is a 2013 monograph, which proposes Nero Caesar of 1st C c.e. as the referent for 666 in Revelation 13:18. which arrived courtesy of the author and is now part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Walter C Cambra The Numbers of the Beast and the House of Yesua

Most popular Hermetic Library blog posts of 2013

Here are the top 5 most viewed posts on this blog for this 2013 calendar year’s end:

  1. Leaf and twig design ring sets
  2. Da Pacem Domine (Last year’s 2nd also)
  3. Hello Aleister Crowley The Magician Kitty
  4. Satanic Knit Baphomet Sweater
  5. My Life with the Fill Kill Kult

All but one of the top 5 are newly posted this year. The 1st most popular post from last year The Copiale Cipher: An Early German Masonic Ritual Unveiled fell off as a discrete post, but, as you will see, shows up strongly in the searches still, and it is still in the top 50 posts along with a number of other items about the copiale cipher.

While last year’s Hello Aleister Crowley Kitty was the 4th most popular then, The All-Seeing Cat appears again with her sculptures in the top with Hello Aleister Crowley The Magician Kitty this year, and a number of related works appear elsewhere in the top 50.

Leaf and twig design ring sets is the real dark horse here. These are pretty interesting ring sets I noticed from BandScapes, but still rather a surprise to find at 1st place as the most popular post on the blog for this entire year.

Overall views of posts on the blog is fully double last year’s total and a striking 6 times what it was in 2011. Also, the drop off in total views between posts seems remarkably gradual on the rest and whole way down, so that shows me posts on the blog have a really nice and strong long tail. (Or, you know, it could just mean everything on the blog is equally unpopular in the grand scheme of things, because statistics.)


Here’s the 5 most popular search terms on this blog for 2013:

  1. baphomet
  2. krampus (Last year’s 1st and 2011’s 3rd)
  3. aleister crowley (Last year’s 3rd as well)
  4. da pacem domine
  5. oculists secret society

The site-relevant keyword thelema, which was 2nd in 2011 and 4th in 2012, dropped down a few more this year, although if one combined all the Aleister Crowley related search terms together that aggregate would be 1st in the list by far. Also, if one added copiale cipher and order of the eye, then “oculists secret society” would jump to 4th instead of 5th; as that search was quite popular all year long in various variations; The Copiale Cipher: An Early German Masonic Ritual Unveiled was the most popular post in 2012 and continues to be something of interest to people. “da pacem domine” seems strange to me in the top searches this year, as there’s only one actual post relevant to that term, but it was the 2nd most viewed article in both 2012 and this year, all in all, so people are definitely still finding that via their search engine of choice.


If you want to compare, take a look at the most popular posts and search terms of 2011 and 2012.

Also, if you want to head off on your own journey through the past, for over the last year I’ve been posting summaries, usually weekly, that you can gander through tagged Hermetic Library; or, just head to either the blog archives or search tool for your own self-guided exploration of this blog’s long tail of, I trust, interesting and entertaining posts.


Are you curious about the other posts in the top 50 for 2013? The most popular posts are quite an interesting variety of new fascinations and old favourites! Here’s the next 45 most popular posts on this blog in 2013:

  1. More on the Copiale cipher and the revealed rites of a secret society of Oculists
  2. Sex Secrets of Ancient Atlantis
  3. 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”
  4. The Book of Soyga
  5. Baphomet items from Toxic Vision
  6. Jesus Potter Harry Christ
  7. Magickal Self-Defense on Aug 18, 2013
  8. The Book of Law of the Venerable Secret Order of the Eye
  9. The Book of Abraxas: A Grimoire of the Hidden Gods
  10. Handmade leather boots with a Baphomet design
  11. Secret Practices of the Sufi Freemasons
  12. Hello Baphomet Kitty
  13. Krampus Tee Shirt
  14. Summoning of Evil Spirits: Goetia and Solomonic Magick with Lon Milo DuQuette
  15. Silver and garnet pomegranate pendant
  16. The Wild Unknown Tarot
  17. The Occult Anatomy of Man & Occult Masonry
  18. Hail Satan and Drink Coffee
  19. Open letter from John Michael Greer to the Golden Dawn community
  20. The Moonchild of Yesod is also available as a free download
  21. The Daemon Tarot
  22. Whore of Babylon tattoo tights
  23. A Report on Current Magical and Esoteric Blogs
  24. Oracle Tarot Deck
  25. The Celtic Golden Dawn: An Original & Complete Curriculum of Druidical Study
  26. Priest/ess
  27. Goetic demon statues and more
  28. Ruby Snake Ring
  29. Baphomet cameo necklace
  30. The Copiale Cipher: An Early German Masonic Ritual Unveiled
  31. Baphomet Burning Cigarette Pants and more
  32. Tree of Life corporate organizational chart
  33. The Secret History of the World
  34. Leather masks of Thoth, Anubis and Ra
  35. Leather steampunk Anubis and Bast masks
  36. Hello Aleister Crowley Kitty
  37. Photos From An Album Discovered In The Burnt Out Lair Of A Sixteenth Century Crypto-Alchemist
  38. Death Tarot card leggings
  39. The Complete Golden Dawn Cipher Manuscript
  40. AMORC altar set
  41. The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians
  42. It’s Aleister Crowley’s Birthday
  43. Aleister Crowley in: Facing Death
  44. Peaches Geldof has signed up to Aleister Crowley’s sex cult OTO
  45. Cats, Coffee, Satan & Spells


Hermetic Library shelfie

Here’s a recent #shelfie of the Hermetic Library … not exactly the Bodleian but I do have my cosy little #librariandreams


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The Mass of the Phoenix public and private

Coph Nia, a local body of Ordo Templi Orientis in the valley of Eugene, OR, whose body master is Hermetic Library fellow David Richard Jones sent a sheet with two version of Liber XLIV, The Mass of the Phoenix; one is the familiar version which is a eucharistic ritual for an individual Magician, and the other is a version you may or may not know about, a version once ‘ordained for public service’, which is designed as a public eucharistic ritual that predates the Gnostic Mass, which was first published in The International in March 1918 and written in 1915 during Russian tour of Crowley’s Ragged Ragtime Girls troupe, as a Thelemic ritual designed for public service. This last “was publicly performed, in London, by Crowley, Leila Waddell & possibly Victor Neuburg” in 1913, and you can find it published in Equinox IV 2, p 370, as a footnote to Liber CDXV, Opus Lutetianum or The Paris Working. This handy reference has arrived and is now part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Coph Nia Mass of the Phoenix

Overthrowing the Old Gods

Overthrowing the Old Gods: Aleister Crowley and the Book of the Law by Don Webb, the 2013 paperback from Inner Traditions, which includes a commentary on Liber AL vel Legis by Michael A Aquino, and includes, as part II, the collection of essays once available in the old Rûna-Raven Press book Aleister Crowley: The Fire and the Force as well, is part of the collection at the Reading Room courtesy of the publisher.

Don Webb Overthrowing the Old Gods from Inner Traditions

“Received by Aleister Crowley in April 1904 in Cairo, Egypt, The Book of the Law is the most provocative record of magical working in several hundred years, affecting not only organizations directly associated with Crowley such as the Ordo Templi Orientis but also Wicca, Chaos Magic, and the Temple of Set.

Boldly defying Crowley’s warning not to comment on The Book of the Law, Ipsissimus Don Web provides in-depth interpretation from both Black and White Magickal perspectives, including commentary from Michael A. Aquino, Ph.D., who served as High Priest of the Temple of Set from 1975 to 1996. Webb examines each line of the Book in the light of modern psychology, Egyptology, existentialism, and competing occult systems such as teachings of G. I. Gurdjieff and contemporary Left-Hand Path thought. Discarding the common image of Crowley formulated in a spiritually unsophisticated time when the devotee of the Left-Hand Path was dismissed as a selfish evildoer, Webb unveils a new side of Crowley based on his adoption of the Loki archetype and his aim to become a vessel of love for all humanity. In so doing, he shows how The Book of the Law is connected to both Right- and Left-Hand Paths and reveals how Crowley’s magickal path of mastery over the self and Cosmos overthrew the gods of old religion, which had kept humanity asleep to dream the nightmare of history.

Providing in-depth analysis of Crowley’s sources and Webb’s own self-identification with the First Beast of Revelation from a profound esoteric perspective, Webb takes his views out of the Golden Dawn matrix within which he received The Book of the Law and radically recasts the Cairo Working as a text of personal sovereignty and a relevant tool for personal transformation.” — back cover


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