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Magick, Music and Ritual 13 cover artwork

The “Graces” cover for this 2017 issue includes “The Three Graces, minus one” by Laura Dear, for this current year count Anno Viii, which can be represented by, and thus can be seen as having correspondence to, a combination of both Atu V, the Hierophant, and Atu III, the Empress. For me this is a compelling cover with both digital and classical themes, reflecting the nature of the library; but also brings to mind thoughts about identity, gender, disappearing, glitching, and graces as archetypes.

Magick Music and Ritual 13 Graces cover

I once had an instructor during my college years who told me something to the affect of “An artist’s job is not to create something new, but to take what’s already there and find new ways to look it over.” When considering several different sculptures of the Three Graces, I started to notice the common form of groupings. Two of the three always seemed to end up just a bit closer, just a bit more intimate than the third individual. Considering this, I wanted to create something that explored the gap that forms between the two and the one. I wanted to consider the breadth of distance and words that might exist within that space and what story it could possibly tell.

With the digital aspects of the work, I wanted to contrast the idea of the Graces as a modern relevant concept as opposed to an ancient artifact. My work has been heavily influenced by its digital qualities and I have strove to highlight them rather than attempt to hide them. It was my hope that this portrayal would give the impression of a loss or corruption of data, of the missing sister in the group, or the artifacts of a lost connection.

 

For the first time, there’s also an alternate cover, included in the digital download. The “Snow” cover includes “The Circle” by Laura Dear. This alternate cover has a kind of Stranger Things / Witch, with maybe a little bit of Let The Right One In, vibe for me.

Magick Music and Ritual 13 Snow alternate cover

The woods have always been a very personal place to me. It’s where I had adventures with friends as a child, and where I first had the chance to really explore any part of the world on my own. Years later as an adult, the woods were where I went to find myself, to reflect internally and grow.

It was also here that I was first introduced to Magic with a K, and had my eyes opened to a part of the world I had no idea was there. In the woods I first felt energy as a present thing, and learned to quiet myself and allow myself to exist as one part of the unified whole around me.

As it is, the woods are something of a place of the soul for me, of the subconscious. In this piece I wanted to show those woods in the winter of their life, with the individual, the explorer, coming across a jarring vision of the past. Amidst a snowstorm there is an abrupt emerald glade, where a circle of witches are seen mid-ritual. I wanted this piece to be about self reflection, like a flashlight in the dark illuminating an old box of keepsakes, memories from greener times.

 

Laura Dear is a fairly new occultist living quietly in the bible belt state of Arkansas. Before this chapter of her life, she has been working as a digital artist. Dabbling into everything from illustration to video editing and production. With her work as a practitioner, she’s explored sigils, psionics, crystal and other earth based craft.

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all forms of serious art and knowledge—in other words, all forms of truth—are suspect and dangerous.

Georges Bataille, Story of the Eye

Hermetic Library 2017 Funding Campaign

Help the Hermetic Library make Magick for another year!


Go to https://igg.me/at/hermeticlibrary

Help fund content, creation and curation at Hermetic Library!

Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition, Hermeticism & Aleister Crowley’s Thelema for 20 years.

Will you help us be of service for another year?

Hermetic Library needs your help to keep going. For 20 years Hermetic Library has been the one of the most comprehensive and popular resources on the Internet for the kind of information in its collection. The Hermetic Library is justifiably famous, and perhaps a little infamous, as the source for an amazing collection of information useful to every researcher and student of the ancient and living Western Esoteric Tradition. Many students over the last two decades found their start with their studies by perusing the materials of the Hermetic Library and consequently started building their own actual libraries by downloading numerous pages of content made available to them in electronic and searchable form by the library.

Since 2009, John Bell, the Librarian, has been working to expand what was just a website into a multi-platform online presence, with active social media accounts in all the right places. He’s been working on constant updates and improvements to the site. He’s introduced many new services provided by the library. It’s still essentially a one-person show, with everything—all the work on the site and constant curation effort on social media and on the site and all—being done by John. Keeping the library going is more than a full-time job! The time and energy needed to keep up the pace and continue growing just isn’t possible without your help to make it sustainable.

This is the second funding drive for the library, and with your help we can beat last year’s $1,694 campaign total! If we beat last year’s total and reach our base budget of $9996 we can keep going for another full year. However, if there is enough additional support that surpasses the necessary goal, we can actually take large steps toward doing even more. With additional budget beyond the campaign goal, we can provide

  • more content from additional materials in existing and expanded sections;
  • more communication through developing a newsletter, podcast, or even finally launching our journal;
  • more curation of all the new and interesting things to be discovered through the website, blog, tumblogs and social media;
  • more creation through actively developing new ideas, new resources, and even commissioning new work from authors and artists to develop new ideas and resources.

What We Need & What You Get

$9996 dollars will allow us to pay our bills and expenses for the entire next year. That means providing money to offer a stipend or honorarium to volunteers for their effort, expenses related to keeping our websites up and running, and the tools needed to keep our social media presence going.

This budget is what is necessary for Hermetic Library to continue to be of excellent and essential service to the community. We need your help now in order to continue. It’s time to decide not only if we can keep going but if we can keep growing!

It is not a coincidence that this campaign is being announced on May 1st. Not only is this timing to coincide with celebration and solidarity for May Day—this campaign is a loud mayday call through the aethyrs to you. Will you help?

The Impact

The Hermetic Library is a shining example of excellence for providing and supporting a living esoteric tradition online. Millions of people a year visit the site. A hundred thousand people follow the Hermetic Library on various social media platforms. Every year more and more people can count on the Hermetic Library as their best and primary esoteric resource online.

We need your help not only in making the current level of activity sustainable, but also in taking the next step in our ongoing growth. This 2017 fundraising campaign will be what decides whether to keep going and growing or not. We need your help to make that decision, and your support is needed to continue putting in all the incredible amounts of time, effort, and love into this endeavour.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you aren’t able to help out by contributing, there are still plenty of ways you can participate and support this effort!

  • Let your esoterically-minded colleagues and friends, who may be interested in such matters, know about this campaign.
  • Please share this campaign on your social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and with any forums where you are active. Use the sharing tools here on Indiegogo, or post your own personal messages.
  • Let other people know how important Hermetic Library is to you!

Share this link: https://igg.me/at/hermeticlibrary

 

Magick, Music and Ritual 12 cover artwork

The cover for this 2016 issue includes “Dark Night of the Soul”, a collage created by Eugenia Loli, for this current year count Anno V ii, which can be represented by, and thus can be seen as having correspondence to, a combination of both Atu V, the Hierophant, and Atu II, the High Priestess.

 

 

Eugenia Loli originated in the technology sector, but she left that impersonal world behind in order to build new, exciting worlds via her art. Her collages, with the help of the title, often include a teasing, visual narrative, as if they’re a still frame of a surreal movie. The viewers are invited to make up the movie’s plot in their mind.

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Hermetic Library Zine

I have been considering putting together a ‘zine. Anyone want to contribute words or images?

Send in your submissions to Hermetic Library Zine

A draft library zine may or may not exist … but if it did it’s an awful mess right now. It’s just about 20 pages of stuff (some graphics, some scans of someone’s notebook and 1 article) I had from the handful of submissions I got back in 2013 for when I tried to start up a journal. (This isn’t that!) I don’t really know what I’m doing with it. I’ve just thrown everything together and started messing with brutally simple layout.

There’s no particular theme right now. And it’d be easier to say what I’m not looking for than what I am looking for, I think. Generally, I think I’m open to anything tangentially related to the subject matter of the library, but not limited to just the scope of what is on the site; and things for which the submitter can offer permission to me to publish, and that don’t directly spill degree related mysteries.

There’s no particular deadline right now. I’ll publish these when I’ve got enough submissions that it feels like time to issue. But, that doesn’t mean to procrastinate. Rather it means send in your stuff so I have it.

I’m vaguely thinking about doing this zine, like how I do the audio pool. The audio pool is a kind of a wild and wooly version of what I do more formally with the music anthology. I’ve thought about doing a zine as a kind of wild and wooly version of what would more formally be done as a journal, if I ever get to re-introduce that.

So, I’m totally in the storming phase here, and haven’t figured out anything yet set in stone, if ever that will be a thing. I’m open to whatever, so if you’ve got an idea let me know, or better yet just show me your idea in a submission.

Ideally, graphic submissions of art or layout should be “camera ready” pages I can just put into the thing. But, as for guidelines on submissions, follow the suggestions provided for general submissions I created for when I tried starting the journal.

Any thoughts or feedback? Got ideas? Wanna talk about it? Send me an email and let’s talk!

Yeah?

Hermetic Library 2016 Funding Campaign

Help the Hermetic Library make Magick for another year!

Hermetic Library 2016 Funding Campaign
Go to https://igg.me/at/hermeticlibrary

Help fund content, creation and curation at Hermetic Library!

December 2016 will be the 20th anniversary of Hermetic Library!

As it enters its 20th year, the Hermetic Library needs your help to keep going. Hermetic Library has been the one of the most comprehensive and popular resources on the Internet for the kind of information in its collection. The Hermetic Library is justifiably famous, and perhaps a little infamous, as the source for an amazing collection of information useful to every researcher and student of the ancient and living Western Esoteric Tradition. Many students over the last two decades found their start with their studies by perusing the materials of the Hermetic Library and consequently started building their own actual libraries by downloading numerous pages of content made available to them in electronic and searchable form by the library.

Since 2009, John Bell, the Librarian, has been working to expand what was just a website into a multi-platform online presence, with active social media accounts in all the right places. He’s been working on constant updates and improvements to the site. He’s introduced many new services provided by the library. Until recently, it’s been a one-person show, with everything—all the work on the site and constant curation effort on social media and on the site and all—being done by John. Even with the beginning of a wonderful volunteer team forming this year, the time and energy needed to keep up the pace and continue growing, as well as the new effort required for volunteer coordination, just isn’t possible without your help to make it sustainable.

This is the first ever funding drive for the library, and we can keep going for another full year on our base budget. However, if there is enough additional support that surpasses the necessary goal. We can actually take large steps toward doing even more. With additional budget beyond the campaign goal, we can provide

  • more content from additional materials in existing and expanded sections;
  • more communication through developing a newsletter, podcast, or even finally launching our journal;
  • more curation of all the new and interesting things to be discovered through the website, blog, tumblogs and social media;
  • more creation through actively developing new ideas, new resources, and even commissioning new work from authors and artists to develop new ideas and resources.

What We Need & What You Get

$9996 dollars will allow us to pay our bills and expenses for the next year. That means providing money to offer a stipend or honorarium to volunteers for their effort, expenses related to keeping our websites up and running, and the tools needed to keep our social media presence going.

This budget is what is necessary for the Hermetic Library to continue to be of excellent and essential service to the community. We need your help now in order to continue. It’s time to decide not only if we can keep going but if we can keep growing!

But, seriously, this is crunch time for the future of the site. It is not a coincidence that this campaign is being announced on May 1st is not only about timing to coincide with May Day—it is a loud mayday call through the aethyrs to you. Will you help?

The Impact

The Hermetic Library is a shining example of excellence for providing and supporting a living esoteric tradition online. Millions of people a year visit the site. Close to an hundred thousand people follow the Hermetic Library on various social media platforms. Every year more and more people can count on the Hermetic Library as their best and primary esoteric resource online.

We need your help not only in making the current level of activity sustainable, but also in taking the next step in our ongoing growth. This 2016 fundraising campaign will be what decides whether to keep going and growing or not. We need your help to make that decision, and your support is needed to continue putting in all the incredible amounts of time, effort, and love into this endeavour.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you aren’t able to help out by contributing, there are still plenty of ways you can participate and support this effort!

  • Let your esoterically-minded colleagues and friends, who may be interested in such matters, know about this campaign.
  • Please share this campaign on your social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and with any forums where you are active. Use the sharing tools here on Indiegogo, or post your own personal messages.
  • Let other people know how important Hermetic Library is to you!

Share this link: https://igg.me/at/hermeticlibrary