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Study this book practically; bring the circle into a square. Mortify the metals; calcinate and purify them of all residua. When you have succeeded, we shall meet again.

Franz Hartmann, With The Adepts

The Hieroglyphic Monad

The Hieroglyphic Monad by Dr John Dee, the 2000 paperback from Weiser Books, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

John Dee The Hieroglyphic Monad from Weiser Books

“This book, written in thirteen days in 1564 by the renowned Elizabethan magus, Dr. John Dee, explains his discovery of the unity underlying the universe, as expressed in a hieroglyph, or symbol. His monad represents the alchemical process and goal of the Magus who, in partaking of the divine, achieves that gnostic regenerative experience of becoming God, and thus furthers the redemption and transmutation of worlds.

Everything, Dee states, is dependent upon the circle and the straight line, which, in turn, are formed from the point. From this point revolve Sun and Moon, intersected to suggest their conjunction and generative faculty. These rest upon a cross, the ternary and quaternary, and all are mounted upon two connected half circles, the original fire of creation. The key to the glyph is in the meditation and study of it, and all it suggests to the ‘creative memory.’ It is not surprising that Dee’s contemporaries in the universities chose to ignore this valuable treatise on a key to the universe, thus causing him to have engraved upon the frontispiece, ‘Who does not understand should either learn or be silent.’—an admonition as true today as it was then.”

 

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Casting Sacred Space: The Core of All Magickal Work

You may be interested in Casting Sacred Space: The Core of All Magickal Work by Ivo Dominguez, Jr., with an introduction by T Thorn Coyle, recently published by Weiser Books.

“The use of casting as a means of establishing sacred space is a common practice in Wiccan and Neopagan traditions. In fact it is widely considered the most important step in spiritual and magickal work. And yet few really know how to do it or do it well.

In Casting Sacred Space, Neopagan practitioner Ivo Dominguez, Jr., offers a comprehensive introduction to the techniques and rituals of casting, including:
How to become grounded and centered before one begins

  • The proper timing for casting and ritual work
  • How to open up one’s psychic senses to work with subtle energies
  • How to set the stage for magickal work both internally and externally
  • Protection, symbols, and meditations for maintaining sacred space
  • The Circle, the Quarters, and other modes of casting sacred space
  • Quartering, energy work, and many cross-practice connections including Qabala and chakras.

This is a practical, accessible handbook for the beginner with cross appeal to seasoned practitioners of ritual magick.” [via]

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Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks, sacred spaces and places, esoteric artefacts and installations, inspired paintings and people – these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick.

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“In the sphere I am everywhere the centre, as she, the circumference, is nowhere found.” [via]

 

The Hermetic Library visual pool is a visual scavenger hunt for images of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks – these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick.