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The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 15

Magick, Music and Ritual 15, the Hermetic Library Anthology Album issued for 2020, Sun in Sagittarius, An Vvi, from the Hermetic Library Anthology project is now released for immediate digital download.

Magick Music and Ritual 15 The Hermetic Library Anthology Album for 2020, Sun in Sagittarius, An Vvi


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 2020 anthology album consists of 8 tracks by 7 artists:

  1. Jericho Button – Soul Dredger 13:37
  2. Haegtesse – A Grimoir 06:03
  3. King Venus – Inhumite 06:33
  4. Mishorka – ZAX Symphony 15:00
  5. Scholar – Psycho-Logic-Kills 03:05
  6. Brian Redfern – Whoosh – the Spiraling Djin 03:19
  7. Mishorka – Greeting of Earth and Heaven 02:03
  8. The Arcanauts – Nachash 07:14


Magick, Music and Ritual 15, the anthology album for 2020 from the Anthology Project, is being released for the anniversary of the December 3, 1996 birthday of the Hermetic Library, with a playlist of 8 tracks by 7 artists, new and returning voices, for this Hermetic Library Anthology Album.

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.

As a bonus download, included with this issue, is the video Supernatural by Vivian Giourousis, with music by Kristeen Young, performed by Waterworks.

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. Consider becoming a Patron today!

After a year hiatus, I’m delighted to be able to share this new anthology album. Helping to usher these into the world, both as individual releases and as part of an ongoing and growing corpus, is something I sorely missed, but now am able to give to everyone and the world as a gift to share. In an always curiouser and curiouser time, when everything seems topsy turvy and uncertain, the world needs more intentional and active love in all its healthy forms.

The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Esoteric Tradition, Hermeticism & Aleister Crowley’s Thelema for over 20 years. I started the benefit anthology project to help promote newer works in the 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 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 from the Dream Logic Tarot project, a collaboration by Jay Gidwitz and Anthony Teth

All songs used with permission. All rights reserved.

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.

Follow Ace of Space via
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Write an article, review, or story for Hermetic Library

Interested in writing for Hermetic Library? Now you can!

I am announcing an open and rolling call for you to pitch ideas for submissions to Hermetic Library’s blog, site, private publication for subscription Patrons, or, possibly-maybe-once-and-future, journal!

(If you want to post to the Hrmtc Underground BBS or submit something to the wild & wooly Zine instead, go ahead! There’s no formal submissions process for either of those. What I’m describing here is specifically for publishing to the blog, site, and/or journal.)

I recently created an online form which you can use to submit a pitch for your submission idea. I’d mentioned it in a couple of places, and have it linked on the website and in the sidebar of the library blog, but wanted to make sure I more formally announce it to you here.

You’re probably already familiar with the library and the blog, but if not you should be sure to get an idea of what the library is all about before making a pitch. Consider taking a gander at the submissions guidelines for the Anthology Journal for some general idea of what I thought submissions to that might have looked like. Now that I’m thinking about it, there’s also the contributors’ guidelines in the Caduceus archive you can consider as well.

But, once you’ve got an idea that you feel is right for the library audience, you’re ready to start. You should pitch your idea for a submission!

What happens next, you ask? What’s the process of moving from making a pitch, developing a submission, compensating you, and, finally, publishing your work for the public audience of the library to read? Well, I’m so excited you asked! Let me tell you!

The Pitch

When a pitch comes in, what I plan on doing is posting it to a private forum for my Patrons. I’ll do that to give them a chance to let me know what they think, and if they’re interested in reading the proposed submission. I’ll take their feedback into consideration on whether to accept or reject the pitch, and move forward with the idea as a submission.

If the pitch idea is not accepted, I’ll suggest whether or not to revise the submission for another try. Optionally, the author may consider posting the submission as topic for Discussion on the BBS.

If the pitch is accepted, then I’ll ask the author to submit the article, review or story for consideration.

The Submission

When a submission comes in, what I plan on doing is posting it to a private forum for my Patrons. I’ll do that to give them a chance to let me know what they think about the various merits of the submission. I’ll take their feedback into consideration on whether to accept or reject the pitch, and move forward with compensation for the author and then posting the submission to one of Hermetic Library’s projects.

If the submission is not accepted, I’ll suggest whether or not to revise the submission for another try. Optionally, the author may consider posting to their work as a topic for Discussion on the BBS, or submitting to the Hermetic Library Zine instead.

If the submission is accepted, I’ll move forward with compensating the author. Once I’ve successfully compensated the author for their work, I will then post the the article, review or story for the public to read one of the variety of places I publish.


For submissions that are accepted for publication, I happily offer thanks. I’m also delighted to send you a gratis download code for any one of the released anthology albums.

For work accepted through this process, I am currently able to offer an honorarium of up to $50 per successful submission, supported by my generous Patrons.

For established reviewers, I am happy to see about getting a reviewer’s copy sent to you in advance.

Finally, if there’s something else you’ve got in mind, or an idea I’ve not mentioned, let me know!

Rights to Publish

As part of this submission process, creators affirmatively agree to non-exclusively release the information in their pitch for private sharing with those involved in the process in perpetuity.

If an eventual submission is accepted, authors and creators, of course, retain copyright on their work. They will merely affirmatively agree to release their submission non-exclusively for use by the library, granting rights to publicly present the work in perpetuity.


If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, do get in touch. Also, if the process seems daunting or there’s some aspect of it that creates difficulty for you in some way, let me know so we can find a way forward that works better for you. Finally, if you’re thinking of something that doesn’t seem to fit what I’ve described here, get in touch and let me know what you’re thinking so we can figure out whether and how we can consider your cool out-of-the-box idea. Go ahead and use the form and fill out as much as you can and I’ll get back to you, or contact me directly.

Current contact information should always be up on Hermetic Library, so you can reach me via email or post.

I look forward to hearing from you, so pitch your idea today! (Besides, you read this far, right? You might as well follow through with a pitch too!)

Updated 5jan2019: Revised to better reflect the current process, and increased available honorarium. The most current information on this will be on the actual form to pitch an idea itself.

Library News for July 2016

It’s the 15th of July and that means there is only one month left until the submissions deadline for this year’s anthology. This anthology is going to be awesome and a great way to celebrate the 20th year of the library online! Be sure to check out all eleven past anthologies. Gander at the call for submissions to the 2016 anthology. Consider participating and spreading the word to those who may be interested.

Call for Submissions for Magick Music and Ritual 12


I currently have a number of other things going on as well.

First off, slightly off topic for the library, I’ve got another anthology I’ve just started up this year. All the technical details are pretty much the same, but this one is for my geeky, nerdy persona as Rigaroga. Also, there’s actually a theme for this one. You can check out the call for submissions to BENT BROKEN BEAUTIFUL, the first anthology for Rigaroga’s Odd Order for more.

Odd Order album BENT BROKEN BEAUTIFUL call for 2016 submissions


Listen to the first Reader’s Theatre! Become a Reader; consider sending in your reading. I have had no submissions since releasing this first selection, so have no idea when I can put another one together. I need participation for this to continue happening, so join me! It’s super easy and I’m sure you’ve got some favourite material you’d like to share with others.

Reader's Theatre with Hermetic Library


With special thanks to ongoing Patrons of the library and supporters of the 2016 Funding Campaign, most recently, I released the first Hermetic Library Zine, for June! I’ll put out another zine as soon as I’ve got enough submissions, so send in your material soon, or, now! Check out the call for submissions to the zine, or head over to Hermetic Library’s digital publications.

Hermetic Library Zine June 2016


Finally, in that strange way that things work out, even if they’re falling apart … I recently moved myself, the library cats, and the library to a new location, a new Abbey of the Library. It was a bit expected and unexpected. It was a bit of stress and relief. I’m now even more removed into the semi-civilized woods of Cascadia. The place I’ve ended up had significantly reduced my expenses, but at the same time I’ve ended up with some crazy ideas. Although along a

I’m thinking about how any abbey should have things like a monkish brew of ale and an herbal liqueur. I’m also thinking that I now have actual land on which a physical library and reading room could actually be built. I’m thinking about the feakin’ awesome idea of creating Abramelin and Holy Anointing cocktail bitters.

And, I’m thinking about the possibility for offering a residency program! If you are interested in talking about becoming part of an experimental trial run of what may turn into Hermetic Library’s residency program, get in touch!

I’m thinking 3 or 6 month residencies for creatives, scholars, and practitioners; offering a place for physical, mental and spiritual improvements and work can be done in-residence at the new Abbey of the Library. I imagine that this would be an exchange, where those engaged in the residency program would also offer to help with some physical, mental and spiritual improvements and work at the library as well. This place is not yet set up for a real residency program, but there’s potential enough for an experiment to be possible.

This isn’t going to be a resort, by any stretch of the imagination. Currently there’s a very rustic, almost off-grid feel to the situation. The amount of land is limited. I also have to admit that I’m struggling to cope with the fact that the best and only broadband option is satellite, which significantly curtails what I’m used to being able to do online.

But, it’s not nothing. I have the opportunity to be of service by offering a way to get away from things and reduce living expenses so those in residency can focus on their work. Nothing is set in stone, and I’m just brainstorming right now. If you’re interested in brainstorming with me about this idea or want to offer support to help make it happen, let me know!


There are so many ways you can help support or participate in the work of the library. Consider how you can start actively participating at the library!

Extending the Call for Submissions to Hermetic Library album for 2015

Just after announcing the most recent call for submissions, I had a major meltdown during a heatwave and my computer literally melted down (or at least the GPU did). I was unable to properly promote the upcoming album. Then I procrastinated. Then I got busy. Then I procrastinated more.

Therefore, while I’ve already told some people via email, I’m officially extending the deadline for submissions into the first half of November. I have some submissions, but not nearly enough. Please consider contributing to the anthology project and letting others know, who you know have interest in such things. Check out the previous ten albums, and help me keep this going!

I am extending the 2015 call for submissions for Magick, Music and Ritual 11, the next anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate ritual and magick in their work. These anthology albums help promote artists to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. These albums raise awareness about the connection between ritual, music and magick. And, they are a mass of awesome fun.

Magick, Music and Ritual 11 will be the one and only album release for 2015 from the Anthology Project. The deadline for submissions to the 2015 anthology album is November 15th, 2015. Be sure to stay tuned to the blog and the pages for the Hermetic Library anthology project for reminders and updates along the way.

Call for Submissions to Magick, Music and Ritual 11, Hermetic Library Album for 2015


Deadline for submissions is November 15th, 2015. Release is planned for a subsequent date to be determined before the end of 2015, but probably in time to commemorate the birthday of the library in December.

Be sure to read through the terms and conditions for artist submissions to an anthology album (which includes some new and more specific information about acceptable file formats), and after that if you have any questions, comments or wish to contribute to this project; contact the librarian.

Please consider joining the Hermetic Library in promoting your work by contributing to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs, materials acquisitions, and other expenses.


Check out all the previously released anthology albums, help spread the word about the Hermetic Library anthology project, and let those you think may be interested know about this new opportunity to participate.


Also, the best way to add anthology releases and this upcoming Hermetic Library album to your personal music collection is through the Patron campaign at Patreon. Patrons will each receive a gratis download code for the 2014 release in addition to all the other patronage rewards they may receive, and that ends up being the most cost effective way to get these albums. Consider becoming a Patron today!

Originally posted on my personal blog at Extending the Call for Submissions to Hermetic Library album for 2015

Call for papers for The Bosom of Isis anthology

Avalonia UK has posted a call for papers (and artwork & photography) to The Bosom of Isis, an “anthology exploring the history, myths, worship and resurgence of the goddess Isis” with a deadline for submissions on September 19th, 2014.

“The Bosom of Isis is an anthology exploring the history, myths, worship and resurgence of the goddess Isis. Isis (Aset, Iset) is arguably one of the most important ancient goddesses, honoured by peasants, artisans, pharoahs and aristocrats. Evidence for her worship can be found from the earliest dynasties of Egypt, through her proliferation in Europe during the Greco-Roman period and more recently as part of the resurgence of the Divine Feminine through the Western Mystery Tradition into modern Paganism and Goddess spirituality. Isis was the mother of Horus, the sister-wife of Osiris, the twin sister of Nephthys and daughter of Nuit and Geb. She is a protectress of children, goddess of magic and closely associated with rulership, with the meaning of her name being ‘throne’.”

Wilhelm Reich: Selected Writings

Selected Writings: An Introduction to Orgonomy by Wilhelm Reich, foreword by Mary Boyd Higgins, from The Noonday Press, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Wilhelm Reich Selected Writings from Noonday

“This anthology is not intended to replace any of the works of Wilhelm Reich, but rather to serve as an introduction to them. The chapters include material from The Function of the the Orgasm; The Cancer Biopathy; Character Analysis; Ether, God and Devil; Cosmic Superimposition and The Murder of Christ. In addition the volume reprints many important later articles from various journals.” — back cover

Music, Mysticism and Magic

Music, Mysticism and Magic: A Sourcebook by Hermetic Library fellow Joscelyn Godwin, the 1988 paperback from Arkana, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Joscelyn Godwin Music, Mysticism and Magic from Arkana

“‘At the highest levels of music little changes: it is always the same vehicle for voyages to another world, the same revelation of divine and cosmic laws, the same powerful tool for self-transformation, as it was in ancient and even in prehistoric times’&mdask;from the Preface

This anthology brings together over 2,000 years of the perennial wisdom associated with music—its spiritual, philosophical, mystical and magical dimensions—in writings spanning the ages from the ancient world to the twentieth century, from classical, Judaic, Islamic, Christian and secular civilizations.

The writers range from composers, philosophers and novelists to monks, Kabbalists and astronomers. Plato and Plutarch, Kepler and Chateaubriand, Balzac and Gurdjieff, Schopenhauer and Stockhausen, Wagner and Schumann, Rudolf Steiner and George Sand are only some of the distinguished names included. Yet the common ground they share is astonishing: the power of music to awaken the spirit and trigger magical and mystical experience recurs throughout their writing.

From Cicero’s account of the music of the spheres and the medieval hermit Richard Rolle’s mystical experience of canor—a continuous state of song which welled up in him unbidden—to the utopian socialist Fourier’s use of music in a recipe for ritual magic, this sourcebook leads us far beyond current limited views of music as mere entertainment or emotional stimulus.”


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.

The Queen of the Sky Who Rules Over All the Gods

Bibliotheca Alexandrina has announced a call for submissions to The Queen of the Sky Who Rules Over All the Gods: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Bast, with a submissions period that closes January 20, 2014 and a projected release date in April 2014.

“Bibliotheca Alexandrina is seeking submissions of original material by modern pagans and polytheists for The Queen of the Sky Who Rules Over All the Gods: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Bast. This anthology is being edited by Dorothy Spees of the Temple of Bast.

Suggestions for possible contributions include, but are not limited to:
-short fiction

Those interested in contributing to this anthology are encouraged to explore the complex and wide-ranging influence of the Lady of the Beautiful East, who always was, and continues to be, so much more than just “the cat goddess”. Aspects of Bast that contributors may wish to explore include, but are not limited to: Bast as a goddess of the sun, women, fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, protection, the home, motherhood, prosperity, healing, devotion, purity, music, dancing, perfume, joy, secrets, lions, and of course, cats.

Contributors are also welcome to explore Bast in the context of her close relationships, and often shared identities with other Egyptian deities, such as Ra, Hathor, Sekhmet, and Atum.

We also welcome submissions based in Greco-Egyptian syncretism that explore the worship of Bast in the context of her identification with the Hellenic deities Artemis and Aphrodite, and personal writings on the mystical experiences of modern devotees who have come to their own unique understandings of their Divine Mother.” [via]

Dr.Hans first physical album

You may be interested in helping Hermetic Library anthology artist and audio pool contributor Dr.Hans kickstart his first physical album, which he hopes to do on coloured vinyl with bunches of extras.

“I’m ready to create my first physical album, on coloured vinyl, packed with stickers and a limited run, custom art print. All signed!”

“The project is to create a physical album, as all of my preliminary releases are all digital. I want to create an artistic project, so my idea is to create an aesthetic launch for Dr.Hans. I will be creating a coloured, art experience of a vinyl including unique stickers and a limited run of a commissioned artwork, ‘Passage’, collaboratively designed by Dr.Hans and a (yet to be chosen), phenomenal artist. You can expect dark soundscapes and music fit for meditation and imagination, creating a magickal environment, so we all may visit the void, and return with gnosis. ” [via]