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Successful appeal to help Aaron Leitch

You may have heard a recent call to crowdfund medical assistance for occult author Aaron Leitch at “Save Aaron Leitch’s eye sight“. I was sitting down to follow up on my retweet of Christopher Pencak with an actual post to this blog to find that this need has already been met by the community, in a few hours [see].

It is both unfortunate when health issues strike and that appeals for help must needs be crowdfunded instead of handled by a rational and civilized universal health care system, but it is wonderful to hear that this appeal for help with Aaron Leitch’s medical issue was a success.

This, I think and if you’ll allow, would be a good time for a quick reminder about how this issue has touched the occult community. You may want to read “Adopt an Elder!” by the late P E I Bonewits, an essay about caring for our elders in the pagan, and, by extension, the larger occult, community. You might recall Order of Thelemic Knights, an effort to create philanthropic action in the larger Thelemic community, founded by Hermetic Library fellow Gerald del Campo. This issue of caring for need is neither new nor in isolation.

In addition to Bonewits himself, who had medical issues and made appeal to the community for help, I’m also reminded, of course, of the plights, within the larger occult community, of Robert Anton Wilson and, even further afield, of Utah Phillips; both of which involved appeals to the community for assistance; and those are only the highly visible tips of a much larger issue. I’m sure your own life has been touched by someone who has been in need for basic care that has not been met, perhaps even yourself. And, let us be very clear, for every well known person that is able to make an appeal, there are a vast number whose cries for help are unheard. It seems wrong to me that anyone should be forced to rely on chance, contingency or fragile meritocracy of patronage for their health care; but for those able to do so, I offer hearty congratulations for their luck and success. But what of, a far vaster number, those not able to do so?

The need for such effort to meet pressing needs that I feel should be covered by a powerful and pervasive social net seems to me an example that something is painfully wrong with how our economy is organized around maintenance of basic care. I am reminded of how we have lost many of the social structures that provided such care to their members to the painfully profitable insurance industry and that a much desired and needed universally available alternative has yet to replace those mechanisms. In the absence of a broad non-exclusive and non-profit social net, perhaps in the spirit of a neo-romantic and reconstructionist occultism, the role of early fraternal orders in the creation of self-organized mutual aid networks around important social needs is something in need of extremely pressing revival.

For something like this that is both recent and ongoing, you may wish to take a gander at Solar Cross, started by T Thorn Coyle, which is along these lines and may be of interest.

Picture It

 

Picture It
(del Campo)

“Picture It” came to me on the realization that people believe the earth is immortal and unbreakable. That was the only reason I could come up with for completely ignoring the facts of how tenuous our existence is. I have performed ceremonial magick for the purpose of preventing certain environmental things, but in order to drive that point home, I had to treat it is a “thing.” In our day and age, people only seem to be concerned with things.

Before the ritual, I attempted to change my perspective by seeing myself infinitely large and infinitely small. The image I ended with was the tiny earth sitting in my hands. It may sound like a cliché, but that image is what gave me the idea for the song.

Ego and The Ids is a musical project more than a band. It is a collaboration of musicians who wish to create something beautiful and huge with sound while exploiting music’s ability to make people feel something they can relate to. It is about evoking mental images of life, death and everything in between, always taking the time to show the grandeur of the human experience.

This band views music as an alchemical process, a formulation of experience and musical influences. Simply put, their music is orchestral, melodic, and experimental.

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Website
Casa del Campo
and
Anthology Profile

 

Magick, Music and Ritual 6, the Winter 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library Anthology Project – Magick Music and Ritual 6

 

 

New Aeon English Qaballa and The Ethics of Thelema

The Heretic’s Guide to Thelema Volume 2 & 3: New Aeon English Qaballa and The Ethics of Thelema by Hermetic Library fellow and anthology artist Gerald del Campo has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of Concrescent Press.

 

Gerald del Campo's New Aeon English Qaballa and The Ethics of Thelema from Concrescent Press

 

“6×9 inches, 266 pages, Illustrated, Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9843729-7-3

This is volume 2 and 3 of a new edition of a now classic work from a long-time practitioner of Thelema. It is a expression of his experience in a variety of forms of Thelema and a number of Thelemic institutions. Some will object, and thelemically, they are welcome to do so. But the Magi have always learned from Nature and so we must note that although Nature abhors a vacuum, She hates monocultures: She always and only destroys them. Variety and diversity only will strengthen the current of Thelema. As it is said: Success is your proof.

Volume 2: New Aeon English Qaballa first appeared in 2000 and since then it has opened up the way to serious research into the mysteries of The Book of the Law by suggesting a non-Crowleyan solution to one of the most profound mysteries in one of the most profound books of our age.

Volume 3: The Ethics of Thelema, was also penned in 2000 out of the author’s desire to share his ethical values as a Thelemite, not with dogma or orthodoxy but how Thelema is working through him as a Thelemite, in the hope that Thelema might be able to explain not only what was wrong with our values, but what values we should consider to prevent looming catastrophe.” [via]

 

You may wish to check out a sample chapter (PDF).

 

 

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.

New Aeon Magick

The Heretic’s Guide to Thelema Volume 1: New Aeon Magick by Hermetic Library fellow and anthology artist Gerald del Campo has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of Concrescent Press.

 

Gerald del Campo's New Aeon Magick from Concrescent Press

 

“6x9in., Paperback, 208 pp. 1st of 2 in series.
ISBN: 978-0-9843729-3-5

This book is a new edition of a now classic work from a long-time practitioner of Thelema. It is a expression of his experience in a variety of forms of Thelema and a number of Thelemic institutions. First written as an explanation for the author’s young children, this recently corrected and improved version is a unique presentation of Thelema as it is actually lived. It is valuable to us all not because it is right, or orthodox, or for any other reason but that is IS. Thelema needs every form itself to be manifest in order for its full potential to be realized.

Some will object, and thelemically, they are welcome to do so. But the Magi have always learned from Nature and so we must note that although Nature abhors a vacuum, She hates monocultures: She always and only destroys them. Variety and diversity only will strengthen the current of Thelema. As it is said: Success is your proof.” [via]

 

You may wish to check out a sample chapter (PDF).

 

 

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.

Post-Apocalyptic Ho-down

 

Post-Apocalyptic Ho-Down
(del Campo)

A previously unreleased song called which is going to be on the next Ego and the Ids album Kinemortaphobia.

Ego and The Ids is a musical project more than a band. It is a collaboration of musicians who wish to create something beautiful and huge with sound while exploiting music’s ability to make people feel something they can relate to. It is about evoking mental images of life, death and everything in between, always taking the time to show the grandeur of the human experience.

This band views music as an alchemical process, a formulation of experience and musical influences. Simply put, their music is orchestral, melodic, and experimental.

egoandtheids.com

You can also gander at the guest site of Gerald del Campo at the Hermetic Library.

hermetic.com/casa_del_campo/

 

 

The full track list for this inaugural anthology album consists of 15 tracks by 15 artists, 66 minutes of fantastic music:

  1. Kim Cascone – Black Flame
  2. David Shoemaker – In Space, There Might Be North
  3. Mahatma Dalí – Whence Came You
  4. Alka – Nether
  5. Last Three Lives – Memory
  6. Crossways – Invocation of the Kundalini
  7. Ego and the Ids – Post-Apocalyptic Ho-down
  8. The Moon is a Spaceship – Sweet Revenge of the River Bollo (Part 2)
  9. The Contrarian – The Magician
  10. NVSBL – NVSBL
  11. Whip Angels – Hermes
  12. Pandemonaeon – Heart Girt With A Serpent
  13. yzzy☥kyzy – 93
  14. SickTanicK – Path of Initiation
  15. J Simpson – Strange Angels

 

The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. This is an anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate ritual and magick in their work. This anthology album will help promote artists to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. It will also further raise awareness about the connection between magick, music, and ritual.

Over the last year, as a project of the library, I have created a group at SoundCloud, the Hermetic Library audio pool, for tracks and artists inspired by or manifesting the Western Esoteric Tradition. With this group I’ve been working to raise awareness that music and performance can be a form of ritual and magick. This has been a space for artists to share their music and other audio, as well as connecting artists who feel drawn to these topics and ideas, or, especially, incorporate and manifest ritual and magick in their works with other artists and a larger audience.

I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you. The site was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Western Esoteric Tradition. You may also wish to check out other posts at the Hermetic Library blog and the Twitter and Facebook reflections to see how the library engages people in a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs and other expenses like materials acquisitions.

Additionally, this album is being released on the birthday of hermetic.com which was Dec 3, 1996. This release date marks the Hermetic Library’s 15th year in existence.

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