We are still faced with the challenge of understanding the complex ways race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, and ability are intertwined—but also how we move beyond these categories to understand the interrelationships of ideas and processes that seem to be separate and unrelated.
Angela Y Davis, ed. Frank Barat, preface by Cornel West, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library]
the task of repoliticizing mental illness is an urgent one if the left wants to challenge capitalist realism.
Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism: Is there no alternative? [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher]
What am I doing here, trying to make my way in a spiritual tradition whose roots are in the remote past, far from all the challenges of the present moment?
Paulo Coelho, Aleph
Our society doesn’t prepare people to deal with most of the challenges we actually end up facing. Stress, overwhelm, constant worry, the breakup of meaningful relationships, death of loved ones—these are just a few of the aspects of life that our schooling never addresses.
Michael Taft, The Mindful Geek: Mindfulness Meditation for Secular Skeptics
This is the experimental premiere of an audio challenge for the Hermetic Library audio pool. What can you make from these source files? Post your creation to the group pool at The Hermetic Library audio pool or to The Hermetic Library drop box.
“Owl field recording” is a set of two field recordings of adult owls, owlets and ambient sounds by D. Scriven. When I heard these, they reminded me of so many things that I felt others might find these inspiring to some project or another. I asked, and he was kind enough to let me make them available via a CC NC-BY license for this audio challenge in the Hermetic Library audio pool.
The Hermetic Library audio pool is an experimental auditory scavenger hunt for sounds and music of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.
Music and performance can be a form of ritual and magick. Works and artists have long been inspired by the ideas of Western Esotericism and Mysticism. This group is to help create a space for sharing, music and other audio, and connecting with artists who feel drawn to these topics and ideas, or, especially, incorporate and manifest ritual and magick in their works.