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The Revealing


The Revealing

The lyrics come from an ancient Shiite text, The Mother of Books which has a very gnostic character, this passage talks about the mystical nature of the 7 angels and 12 dimensions of manifestation. These seven and twelve are reflected down into the composition of the “astral body” of the human being.

For this I recorded my oud along with analog synth and drum machine plus my tonal plexus which enables me to work with 72 tet tunings when plugged into the iPad software synths like the Moog modular emulation.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artists Shams93

Shams93 is the brainchild of composer/performer Brian Redfern. Brian 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.

Shams93 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 the music of Shams93.

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The Principle of Rhythm


The Principle of Rhythm

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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Flesh Light


Flesh Light

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Nada Baba

Nada Baba is Dr. James G. Barrett born 1969 in Australia.

Born and grows in the eucalypti forests on the escarpment of the Great Dividing Range in land of the Jagera, Giabal and Jarowair peoples.

Studied language and writing in Australia and in Sweden BA, MA, PhD. Traveled in Thailand, India, North Africa and Europe.

Lives in Stockholm.

Music is reality. Language is a doorway.

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