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Invoke Me Under My Stars for the Darkness Shines

 

Invoke Me Under My Stars for the Darkness Shines
(Furtkamp)

A previously unreleased track …

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Robert Furtkamp

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. And in those sounds, the proto-sounds that came out of the void, the first form from formlessness, there is beauty.

Music for me has always been a spiritual pursuit — before I ever picked up an instrument, I found the ever-living spirit of the void in a fountain pen. And as I wrote, and read the works of Crowley and Spare and whatever a young man could scrounge before the Internet was young, words began to fail at times to convey the spirit of the Voice in the Void.

It wasn’t about verse-chorus-verse or format or key or even a definited note — if the Voice wanted to speak in those terms, it would just use words. But there were things I found, things I woke up with dancing in between my ears, that would not stop until I committed them to tape, that led to years of work with “automatic music”, the equivalent of automatic writing or drawing but with sound.

Sometimes it’s harsh, sometimes it’s beautiful. Sometimes the Angel sings. And sometimes it’s smaller than the moment and bigger than me. Hook up the recorder, plug in an instrument, hit record, bell, book, and candle, and it’s there.

The best things that come from my hands and my lips and my eyes aren’t mine. I don’t dare claim them as anything but the literal product of the Work. Even as my body has failed me and blessed formlessness is near, the Voice and the music and the echo is there.

These days I am a magician and musician and dreamer, mystic and idiot, effectively locked away from the world by the curse of failed flesh, but in the Voice and the sound and the music, I am free.

I have played absolutely free for twenty years — I have only broken this rule once, just to break it. I do not play covers or set songs or even my own material twice. It is a thing of the moment, living, breathing, dying, and remaining as a record of that thing, that intent. It is a sigil of the pain, the joy of existence, the sound of the moment.

It is generally recorded live or as live as it can be given that there are times when to satisfy the piece and the moment I cannot clone myself. Overdubs are limited to complete passes and what I call “pseudo-live” in that it’s “use what’s committed to record” or “scrap the whole thing” to prevent losing the moment in the pursuit of perfection.

If at all possible, I record live in one pass, 24 tracks available at a time to allow me to focus on performance rather than mixing (and to use totally wet processing where needed live, not in post production).

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Moving Targets

 

Moving Targets
(Ace of Space/Paul Le Hat)

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Ace of Space

Discontent is unavailable …

One man wave of cinematic electronica from Northumbria. Has so far produced five full length albums.

Whatever it means to Ace of Space it means capturing the moment, just like taking a photograph or snapshot, in musical terms. These eclectic collections are a mixture of old school electronica and guitar instrumentals and atmospheric soundtrack work.

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The Principle of Rhythm

 

The Principle of Rhythm
(Heikkinen)

This song is based on the Hermetic law of Rhythm. According to the Hermetic philosophy, a divine rhythm is to be found everywhere in the cosmos. Everything is just an eternal dance of birth and death.

It is stated in the song that life is but a brief moment of consciousness, surrounded by oblivion. To quote the poet Algernon Charles Swinburne: “His life is a watch or a vision, between a sleep and a sleep.”

Another useful Hermetic principle to study is the Principle of Polarity. Birth and death are mostly understood as two opposite phenomenas, but in Kybalion it reads that “opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree”. That being said, birth and death should be seen as two extreme ends of the same phenomenon – the phenomenon called life.

In this song you can hear the 7/4 rhythmic pattern. This pattern has a certain symbolic meaning. After that comes the last verse, where it is sung:

“I have seen my own death
Decompression of the self
But above as below
Once again it will be whole”

The key to this verse is the Hermetic principle of Correspondence. “As above, so below”.

In Thelemic context this song can be about finding the inner star and to adore the solar shining within.

Chakra: Anahata
Element: Water
Qabalah: Tiphereth
Taoism: The Taoist Body, Chi, Yin Yang
Thelema: Liber Resh vel Helios
Thoth Tarot: The Wheel of Fortune

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Iterum Nata

Jesse Heikkinen is a 30-year-old musician from Tampere, Finland. He has lived most of his life in the Northern part of the country, where the winters are fierce and dark, and in the summer the sun never sets. Besides being a musician, Heikkinen also teaches the guitar and works with the disabled.

He grew up surrounded by guitars and other instruments, so no wonder that music has always been the main channel for him to express himself. When Heikkinen was a kid, his father used to listen to Electric Light Orchestra, The Beatles and Pink Floyd with him. These bands fed his interest to the universe and the occult already then.

In the last ten years Heikkinen has been touring and making records with so many bands that he can’t even name all of them. There has been everything from children’s music to jazz to prog metal. He has worked as a guitar teacher for nine years now.

Nowadays Heikkinen plays the guitar in such bands as Hexvessel, The Aeon and King Satan. He also has a solo project, Iterum Nata. All of these bands are heavily influenced by the occult, although from totally different perspectives. In 2016 Heikkinen was in a theatre play about Aleister Crowley. He performed in the house band (to be known as The Aeon) and played a small part as Jimmy Page.

After the play Heikkinen moved to Tampere and started to write his own songs, influenced by Crowley’s philosophy, Thelema. That’s how Iterum Nata (latin for “born again”) was born. The first album was really serene and calm and the main theme was how to find the Godhead within. As Crowley puts it: “Every man and every woman is a star”.

The second Iterum Nata album, however, is something totally different. It is more percussive and darker than the first – even manic from time to time. The musical and lyrical themes revolve around the seven Hermetic laws and the dialogue between birth and death. The name of the album, “The Course of Empire”, is a tribute to the American painter, Thomas Cole. The name also suggests that everything happens in a certain course, just like the Hermetic laws allude.

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Melody for Erin

 

Melody for Erin
(Ace of Space/Paul Le Hat)

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Ace of Space

Discontent is unavailable …

One man wave of cinematic electronica from Northumbria. Has so far produced five full length albums.

Whatever it means to Ace of Space it means capturing the moment, just like taking a photograph or snapshot, in musical terms. These eclectic collections are a mixture of old school electronica and guitar instrumentals and atmospheric soundtrack work.

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Bilateral

 

Bilateral
(Carbenia)

Structure, built alchemical. A shadow of the singular, just as Heaven reflects the Earth a mound of miracles to offer – a mind as deep as any water. Timid, I approach the other and I show her what I brought her, it’s a world inside another, surely a miracle.

Out of Mister Rogers Neighborhood a ruckus. consult a guide or blind your eyes – on a magic carpet ride from Walgreens aisles, good golden Atlas came from a dream of mine and said to come again when I can stay a little longer, and stick around for Mister Rogers.

And so we ride the buttock of Babalon into orgasm. Breathe deeply be free my lover.

And as of the sun would set so streaks my subconscious into copper-colored waning sky and the deepening blue of the night. and as the Sun would rise, I’ll awake in your eyes into golden morning light as I shrug away the night.

When faced with death my ego stands and shouts into an empty place I know that this is all there is and ever was. He hoped the world might come together if taken in and torn to pieces and fit into the shape of something better.

And as of the sun would set so streaks my subconscious into copper-colored waning sky and the deepening blue of the night. and as the Sun would rise, I’ll awake in your eyes into golden morning light as I shrug away the night.

To all lower high mammals, I utter a remark: to hold your head higher. your spine will be straightened, your wallowing days in the mud sink far behind you. Your brains grow in size and might make you some money.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Firmament

Firmament is a Progressive/Alternative Rock from Canton, Ohio with Eric Carbenia, Alex Herstine, Matt Spradling, and Brandon Carbenia.

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Harpy

 

Harpy
(Stibrany)

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.

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Magick, Music and Ritual 14 cover artwork

The cover for this 2018 issue includes the work “Babalon” by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos, for this current year count Anno Viv, which can be represented by, and thus can be seen as having correspondence to, a combination of both Atu V, the Hierophant, and Atu IV, the Emperor. For me this cover is a compelling image that reflects key themes related to the library, including those of ritual, worship, eucharist, and, of course, Babalon.

Magick Music and Ritual 14 The Hermetic Library Anthology Album 2018 Babalon cover

 

There’s also an alternate cover, included in the digital download. This alternate cover includes “The Beast of Great Desire” by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos. I have thoughts that include Goetic entities and Assyrian lamassu arise from this visual.

Magick Music and Ritual 14 The Hermetic Library Anthology Album 2018 alternate Beast of Great Desire cover

 

Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos, or just Lupe, is a Brazilian artist and illustrator born in the middle-western town of Goiânia in 1982. Drawing compulsively since early childhood, she developed through time and practice a strong sensibility for linework. Mysterious, fluid and dark, her art plunges on the realms of the mythical, mystical and occult. Ink is her medium par excellence, but she doesn’t shy away from other materials, notedly tempera gouache and acrylics. Her visual influences include ancient art from various cultures, medieval art, painters from the renaissance and baroque, symbolism, illustrators from the Golden Age, surrealism and the US east coast art scene from the mid 20th century, particularly the circle of Marjorie Cameron and Wallace Berman. She currently resides in the mountain town of Teresopolis.

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The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magic, Music and Ritual 14

Magick, Music and Ritual 14, the one and only album in 2018, from the Hermetic Library Anthology project is now released for immediate digital download.

Magick Music and Ritual 14 The Hermetic Library Anthology Album 2018

 

Please join the Hermetic Library in thanking and promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project by picking up this release. Please also spread the word to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

Be sure to also check out the entire Hermetic Library Anthology project, all the previous releases; and consider picking up the digital download of this album and any other that strikes your fancy to help support the work of the library!

 

 

The full tracklist for the 2018 anthology album consists of 11 tracks by 9 artists:

  1. Chris Stibrany – Harpy 05:05
  2. Firmament – Bilateral 05:36
  3. Ace of Space – Melody for Erin 02:54
  4. Iterum Nata – The Principle of Rhythm 04:43
  5. Ace of Space – Moving Targets 02:31
  6. Robert Furtkamp – Invoke Me Under My Stars for the Darkness Shines 06:23
  7. Shams93 – The Revealing 02:49
  8. Children of Osiris – Parasiel 04:34
  9. Robert Furtkamp – Twin Pillars Crumble and Shake 06:07
  10. Chris Stibrany – The Witch House and the Reverberate Abyss 03:13
  11. Jesús A Vergara – Corpo Elipsis 39:54

 

Magick, Music and Ritual 14, the one and only album release for 2018 from the Anthology Project, is being released for the anniversary of the December 3, 1996 birthday of the Hermetic Library, with a playlist of 11 tracks by 8 artists, new and returning voices, for this Hermetic Library Anthology Album.

Our cover and alternate includes artwork by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos for this current year in the Thelemic Calendar, An V:iv (2018 e.v.), which represents the docosade of Atu V, the Hierophant and the year of the Atu IV, The Emperor.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. Please also spread the word about these anthology albums to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

The best way to add this anthology, as well as previous releases and future Hermetic Library albums, to your personal music collection is through the Patron campaign at Patreon. New Patrons receive a gratis download code for a previous anthology release of their choice in addition to all the other patronage rewards they may receive. Further, active Patrons also receive an additional gratis download code for every new release as they become available. Patrons as of this release will have had the opportunity to receive at least two full anthology albums from the collection, and more in the future, as well as helping to support the Anthology Project and the work of the library. Consider becoming a Patron today!

The release of a new anthology album is one of the highlights of my year, and always feels like opening a gift for the holidays after all the hard work for all the prior months. Only, this is a gift that I get to share with everyone, and everyone gets to open!

The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. I started the benefit anthology project to help promote newer works in the Western Esoteric Tradition to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. The anthology project also further raises awareness about the corpus and culture of magick and ritual. The site itself was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Western Esoteric Tradition. I encourage you to check out Hermetic Library and everything in the collection there, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you.

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Production by John Griogair Bell
Cover and alternate artwork by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos

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