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Nachash

 

Nachash
(Moore)

Nachash appeared originally on ​Initiation​, the premiere EP from​ The Arcanauts​. All compositions are composed by David Andrew Moore, and were recorded at Woolly Mammoth Sound by Geoffrey Nielsen in Waltham, MA on 7/21/2019.

Drums & Percussion — David Andrew Moore
Basses — Greg Toro
Keyboards — Evan Waaramaa
Woodwinds — Joe Albano
Guitars — Tom Dowd
Tenor Sax — Erik Van Dam

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist The Arcanauts

The Arcanauts is a psychedelic jazz band, inspired by the esoteric Mystery traditions of both East and West, and built on a foundation of the musical explorations of the late 60’s and early 70’s.

David is a drummer, percussionist, composer and spiritual aspirant. He is a noted drummer in the Northeastern United States, having performed and recorded with a wide range of artists. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, David’s musicianship is firmly rooted in jazz traditions, yet he is far from a purist or dogmatic about this heritage. Rather, he uses it as a conceptual launching pad for further exploration and hybridization, often drawing from other music from around the globe. Similarly, he pursues The Path of Return studying and practicing traditions both Eastern and Western.

In addition to his musical pursuits, David runs an online Tarot & Qabalah study group, free and open to the public. If you are interested in more information feel free to reach out to him via any of the links on his Anthology Profile.

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Greeting of Earth and Heaven

 

Greeting of Earth and Heaven
(Mishorka)

Composed for moment in Liber XV mishorka rarely saw since hiding in the darkness.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Mishorka

Under the roots in darkness mishorka crouched… Composer, multi instrumentalist and student of mysticism since 80’s.

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Woosh – the Spiraling Djin

 

Whoosh – the Spiraling Djin
(Redfern)

In the dark of the night, blinded in the depth of the desert a whirling opens a portal into utter unsee-ability the spiral of the hidden vortex, the abyss hidden in a tool shed, a closet, a cave.

Created using SonicPi, Raspberry Pi 4, acoustic guitar from Epiphone, and my beloved Behringer B1 condenser mic.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Brian Redfern

Brian Redfern graduated from CalArts in 1998, having studied composition with Nyoman Wenten, Kobla Ladzepko and Wadada Leo Smith. In 2005 Brian switched from guitar to the ancient middle eastern instrument, the oud, studying with virtuoso Yuval Ron.

Previously Brian had been the guitarist for Los Hermanos de Jazz who had opened up for bands such as the Stone Temple Pilots and performed sessions for Death Row Records, back in the wild and crazy early 1990s. Back then he also created a project called “Aleister’s Bastards” inspired by the work 777 by Aleister Crowley. However at the time, he had no idea he lived right down the street from the famous occult author, Lon Milo DuQuette.

Brian’s music runs the gamut from purely acoustic solo oud to electronic music and live electric performance. Brian plays both acoustic and electric oud and uses the ancient system of “Maqam music” from the middle east to compose new material based on ancient patterns.

He is greatly inspired by recent John Zorn projects such as the Crowley String quartet, which explore occult concepts with instrumental music inspired by western classical and avant-garde.

Besides having earned an MFA from CalArts Brian is an initiated Freemason, 3○, 32○, Thelemite and self-initiated Sufi/Ishmaeli. He’s also a 3○ in the OTO and a probationer of the A∴A∴, so occult practice and meditation are massive influences on his music.

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Psycho-Logic-Kills

 

Psycho-Logic-Kills
(Fitzharris)

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Scholar

Rapping since 1991e.v, SCHOLAR The Rapping Occultist has tackled everything from occult hip hop and podcast theme production to collaborating with composers from Cirque du Soleil and adapting an off-Broadway version of “Titus Andronicus” in the style of The Beastie Boys. He can be followed on social media discussing everything from metaphysics and occultism to self help, success, and literature.

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ZAX symphony

 

ZAX symphony
(Mishorka)

Composed in 2017 as multimedia for IAIDA : 418 – A Visual Celebration of Liber CDXVIII, a project by Two Horizons, a visual and audio exhibition which lives on as a downloadable app.

Prelude: The Cry of the 10th Aethyr that is called ZAX.

1st movement: The Devil of the Aethyr, that mighty devil Choronzon cries aloud; ZZNZ. Choronzon has no form, because he is creator of all form; and rapidly he changes from one to the other.

2nd movement: The Scribe is hallucinating – he believes that before him appears a beautiful courtesan …

3rd movement: … Choronzon springs within the circle and leaps upon the Scribe, throwing him to the earth.

Finale: The Seer takes the Holy Ring, and writes the name BABALON, that is victorious over Choronzon, and he is manifest no more.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Mishorka

Under the roots in darkness mishorka crouched… Composer, multi instrumentalist and student of mysticism since 80’s.

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Inhumite

 

Inhumite
(Fr. M∴M∴)

INHUMITE is the second song from the CORRESPONDENCES sequence—a concept album following the metaphysical transformation of protagonist Vriel during the apparent death of the Solar System.

The cycle draws on esoteric subjects and practices (Egyptian and Classical myth, Qabalah, Hermetic Magick, Tarot, and Astrology), creating a paracosm with its own internal logic, mythology, and symbolism.

Channeling gothic romanticism, dark fantasy, and science fiction (in the vein of James O’Barr, Neil Gaiman, and Arthur C. Clarke), CORRESPONDENCES is an occult allegory framed as an Oratorio.

ÆON.I.Δ≡INHUMITE 2020

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I proclaim The Shells are banished unto Their habitations.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist King Venus

King Venus is a project of Frater M∴M∴ from Manchester, UK.

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A Grimoir

 

A Grimoir
(Kis/Crowley)

This is a song about the afterlife of gods.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Haegtesse

Haegtesse is not a conventional band, but an experimental audiovisual collective with filmmaker Richard Lukacs and musician Ivan Kis at it’s core. Richard is writing screenplays and creating sound design, while Ivan composes soundtracks to non-existing surreal movies. These are then pieced together, expanded and recorded live by their revolving circle of friends. The goal is complete sensory overload.

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Soul Dredger

 

Soul Dredger
(Pattenden)

An exegesis on anamnesis.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Jericho Button

Jericho Button is a project of Will Pattenden. He is a drummer (formally of Thee Vicars), but began producing experimental electronic music in January 2020. He have a deep interest in magick, mysticism, and the fundamental nature of being. Though subscribing to no tradition in particular, he has been exploring a variety of systems and techniques, currently emphasising Afro-Brazilian syncretism. Will says his music is ultimately just an expression of his psychic content, which consists mostly of contemplation on the infinite and his futile attempts to reason with it! He currently reside in the East of England.

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Supernatural

 

As a bonus download, included with Magick, Music and Ritual 15, is the video Supernatural. All footage filmed and edited by Vivian Giourousis. Supernatural is a track, used in this video with permission, by Kristeen Young, performed by Waterworks.

Supernatural
(Young)

And the day was on celestial celluloid;
and the night was a life I’ve tried to avoid
He moved in a mystic sphere,
and I needed to join him there.
He seemed ephemeral; if I’d hang-on,
he’d turn to air somehow.

Oh, the commonplace
is a mortal waste of space.
I’ll levitate. I’ll levitate from here.

Running, running – oh running, running – oh –
running, running, running from common.

I would have given all I am.
I would have taken just my share.
It would have been supernatural,
but you pushed me down on earthly ground,
while I was hoping you’d hear
something you’d like,
as I was singing like Scherharazade.

All my life I have to prove that I’m alive.
Shun the life that would seem as if I’d died.
He was on his throne
shooting lightening bolts at Rome.
He’s just flesh and bone,
a frightened gnome behind a megaphone.

Oh, the common man I will never understand.
I need more. I’ll have more, more, more.

Running, running – oh running, running – oh –
running, running, running, from common.

I would have given all I am.
I would have taken just my share.
It would have been supernatural,
but you pushed me down on earthly ground,
while I was hoping you’d hear
something you’d like,
as I was singing like Scherharazade.

Hermetic Library Artist Vivian Giourousis

Vivian Giourousis has explored the medium of analog film in its many formats using a wide variety of pre-digital technologies. She has also worked with some of the very first digital video equipment during its earliest accessibility. She adapted to the fast changes in the field of photography and video for the past 30 years, both as a commercial artist as well as an experimental filmmaker. Most recently, she simply creates using her iPhone because she enjoys the immediacy and the intimate, personal aspect, of working alone. Her approach is a combination of strict visual tradition and innovative experiment. Her work has screened in art galleries, museums, and film festivals around the world but what difference does that make?

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Magick, Music and Ritual 15 cover artwork

Our cover includes “The Hanged Man”, from the Dream Logic Tarot project, a collaboration by Jay Gidwitz and Anthony Teth for this current year in the Thelemic Calendar, An V:vi (2020 e.v.), which represents the docosade of Atu V, the Hierophant and the year of Atu VI, The Lovers. However, the image itself, as described in the artists’ statements, is Atu XII, The Hanged Man, and was chosen because of our current lives in these plague years. We also have an alternative cover, included with the album download, that features Alchemy Mask by Jay Gidwitz.

 

There is also an alternate cover, included in the digital download. This includes “Alchemy Mask” by Jay Gidwitz.

 

My role in the Dream Logic Tarot team is as a photographer and artist. Anthony Teth brings the occult and astrological firepower. For me, part of the power of the Tarot is Archetypal. Tarot is a potent tool for focus, meditation, and exploring universal truths within the human condition.

The Dream Logic Tarot project provided an opportunity to explore our shared human experience through the existing tarot framework while bringing to it my eclectic interests: surrealism, cybernetics, chaos theory, psychology, antifragility, among others.

The Hanged Man card suggests the ultimate surrender, sacrifice, or suspension in time. I believe this card best applies to the strange limbo and accelerant that was 2020.

COVID-19 appeared. Many of us were told not to go outside, not to go to work. Businesses shut down. Tech companies expanded. We seem both suspended in time, yet the future moved towards us ever more quickly.

The Hanged Man suggests the breaking of old patterns, circumspection, letting go, metamorphosis, suspension. When reversed, the Hanged Man card indicates egotism, inability to change, and missed opportunities. For me, this was 2020.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Jay Gidwitz

Jay Gidwitz uses photographic, digital, and traditional techniques to create his imagery, working at the intersection of art and emerging technologies. Inspired as much by the Symbolist’s, Surrealists, and Visionary Art as he is by digital art, Gidwitz brings a painterly touch to his digital work.

After graduating Chicago’s School of Representational Art in classical drawing and painting, Jay went on to receive his B.A. in Visual Art at Brown University where he focused on photography, digital art, web design, digital media.

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The Hanged Man is a card of tribulations. In readings, it tends to represent situations of discomfort, awkwardness, deprivation, severe discipline, extreme stress, general pain, and occasional terror. It also represents one’s ability to transcend all of these troublesome obstacles with generous helpings of grace, brilliance, and self-reflection. However, like in many parts of life, the proverbial gain can only happen post-pain. Side-stepping the trials in question (sometimes well-known and purposefully evaded) nullifies their eventual benefits as well.

Qabalistically speaking, the Hanged Man represents the path of Mem or Water, stretching between the sphere of might and severity (Geburah) and the sphere of intellectual splendor (Hod). Thus, it is sometimes viewed as the path which transmutes the harsh, offbeat and staccato energy of Martial Geburah into the cerebral alacrity of Mercurial Hod.

Water is important in this transition for various reasons, and not merely because its most common glyph in the Western mystical traditions happens to be an inverted Fire triangle. Water’s ability to move and flow, as well as its ability to conform to any sealed container certainly springs to mind. Also emblazoned is the idea that one can only truly ‘dive into’ the unknown. Pawing around its edges gets us nowhere.

Going deeper, water signifies our core emotions, the mirrors of self-reflection, and the vast expanse of consciousness within us all. Embracing these regularly passive parts of ourselves when faced with some of our most difficult life challenges allows us to tap into the limitless wellsprings of inner power usually lost to us, giving us an unseen edge no matter how dire the circumstances.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Anthony Teth

A Rhode Island native, Anthony Teth grew up wandering and learning from New England’s eldritch woods, shadowy alleyways, and history-laden haunts. A regular bouncer and bartender around Providence for over two decades, he also worked construction, earned a history degree, helped (re)launch and organize a few NecronomiCons, studied with ritualists and herbalists in secretive mystical orders, toured the US and Europe as a heavy metal musician, and wrote and edited copy for The Witches’ Almanac.

Obsessed with all things natural and magical since childhood, Teth recently took over ownership of Alchemy Works, an online shop that allows him to spend his days (and nights) keeping up with his esoteric studies and hand-blending mystical oils and incenses for other practicing occultists, witches, magicians, and spiritual seekers. In addition, Teth sometimes hosts lectures and teaches classes on Occult History and Ritual Magic. A frequent hiker, if you can’t find him in his shop/ritual space, he’s probably out harvesting herbs in a forgotten swamp or photographing a crumbling graveyard somewhere.

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