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Conjuration of Oysters from the diaries of Aleister Crowley and published in Liber DCCCLX, John St. John by Aleister Crowley, which book appears as a Special Supplement to The Equinox, Vol I No I.

“O oysters! be ye unto me strength that I formulate the 12 rays of the Crown of HVA! I conjure ye, and very potently command. Even by Him who ruleth Life from the Throne of Tahuti unto the Abyss of Amennti, even by Ptah the swathed one, that unwrappeth the mortal from the immortal, even by Amoun the giver of Life, and by Khem the mighty, whose Phallus is like the Pillar in Karnak! Even by myself and my male power do I conjure ye. Amen.” [via]

The first three Coph Nia editions of the Holy Books of Thelema, with commentaries

I just added some images of the first three Coph Nia editions of the Holy Books of Thelema, with commentaries, to the visual pool. So far, they are Liber B vel Magi and Liber Liberi vel Lapidis Lazuli chapter I & chapter II. I thought people might be interested in taking a look. I did mention Coph Nia’s edition of Liber VII, pt 1 when I got it a while back, but I thought I’d post again now that the next in the series has arrived.

The first three Coph Nia editions of the Holy Books of Thelema, with commentaries
The first three Coph Nia editions of the Holy Books of Thelema, with commentaries

"I creep under Thy carapace, like a lover into the bed of his beautiful." - Liber Liberi II.8
“I creep under Thy carapace, like a lover into the bed of his beautiful.” – Liber Liberi II.8

A Commentary to Liber VII
A Commentary to Liber VII

Coph Nia, a local body of Ordo Templi Orientis in the valley of Eugene, OR, has started issuing a small number of pamphlets which contain Class A technical libri by Aleister Crowley along with comment and notes. The text of the technical libri are taken, of course, from the excellent versions online at the Hermetic Library, but are supplemented with a variety of additional commentary, which come variously from sources such as Equinox IV, I as well as from otherwise unpublished papers and notes. These works are being curated by the team at Coph Nia, which includes Hermetic Library fellow David R Jones.

Liber Astarte vel Berylli sub figura CLXXV recently cataloged at Goodreads

Liber Astarte vel Berylli sub figura CLXXV as it appears in Equinox Vol I No vii has recently been added to the catalog at Goodreads, a “site for readers and book recommendations”. (ASTARTE vel Liber BERYLLI sub figurâ CLXXV is also available separately from the Equinox with the other Technical Libri along with so many other diverse works by Aleister Crowley at the library.)

 

The reason I mention this is several-fold. Primarily, it’s just kinda cool that the record was added, right? Also, having one of the Technical Libri cataloged is a very interesting development because this appears to be the very first item from the Hermetic Library added to the catalog at Goodreads. Further, because I was listed as an editor correcting and editing the text for presentation at the library, I have now ended up with an author profile at Goodreads. So, this now raises some interesting possibilities.

Let me be clear: I am not one to spend a lot of time asking people to promote the library by mostly meaningless shout-outs for more likes and clicks and followers who don’t actually use the site. Such activities that campaign for numbers are attention seeking distractions from the great materials on the site. Instead of seeking attention for having sought attention, I try to get attention that is focused on the actual materials being offered by the site. I do both very much welcome and rely on the organic development of support and word of mouth from people like you who actually use the site, people like you who find the materials useful, people like you who decide for yourselves that you want to tell other people about the Hermetic Library. I always value most the feedback of real people who actually use the site, and am constantly glad to be of service collecting, curating and creating materials for the site, but in doing that I just won’t get into some transparently shallow, and desperate for attention, game of numbers for the sake of numbers themselves. But, here is something very real: having a record for materials at the library appear in the catalog at Goodreads is a new opportunity for the Hermetic Library and for you, as someone who really uses the site, to help others find the fantastic and broad selection of materials available.

Perhaps you would consider, as you are gandering at something on the site you find valuable, adding an entry for that material as it appears at the Hermetic Library into the catalog at Goodreads? You can use the example provided by the entry for Liber Astarte vel Berylli to help know what to add. Do be sure you check if the work is already in the catalog, but you can add records by heading to the Add a New Book page.

For my part, I’m also considering ways that the new author profile I’ve ended up with might be used to help promote the materials at the library. If I can determine a good way, which for me means something that I feel is sensible, ethical and aesthetic, to use the author profile at Goodreads to promote the library then I’ll definitely do that. As I mentioned in a post previously, I try to engage on behalf of the Hermetic Library on social networks in ways that make sense to me and for me as long as they fit with the overall mission of the library and fit within my workflow. But, thanks to having an author profile at Goodreads, and thanks to the person who added the record for the material, a few new tools are open for my use that I otherwise wouldn’t have available.

After all, the mission of Goodreads “is to help people find and share books they love. Along the way, we plan to improve the process of reading and learning throughout the world” [via]. So, why not help share the materials at the library so other people around the world can find them even easier than before?

 

By the by, while looking at the pages for this liber, as it appeared on the site, I also ended up making several corrections and updates. So, you may want to also take a gander at it if you haven’t done so in a while. I don’t normally post about the many little updates and corrections I end up making, but since these changes are related to this post I’m mentioning them now. However, I do want to point out that while I constantly do my own work at finding mistakes and correcting them on the site, I do appreciate it when someone is kind enough to send me an email pointing out something specific that is in need of my attention. So, in conclusion, I’ll just mention that if you ever do find something amiss on the site, feel free to contact me.

Coph Nia’s edition of Liber VII, pt 1

Coph Nia, a local body of Ordo Templi Orientis in the valley of Eugene, OR, has started issuing a small number of pamphlets which contain Class A technical libri by Aleister Crowley along with comment and notes. The text of the technical libri are taken, of course, from the excellent versions online at the Hermetic Library, but are supplemented with a variety of additional commentary, which come variously from sources such as Equinox IV, I as well as from otherwise unpublished papers and notes. These works are being curated by the team at Coph Nia, which includes Hermetic Library fellow David R Jones.


Coph Nia's edition of Liber VII, pt 1 [via]

“Liber VII pt. 1 (the Prologue & Chapter I) went out in the mail today. Regular supporters of Coph Nia will be receiving theirs in the mail soon. Thank you all, we really appreciate what you do for us. Copies are available for a $20 donation to Coph Nia Lodge (http://www.cophnia-oto.org/treasury.htm). Our print run is strictly limited to 93 copies and these are going fast.” [via]

Not only are these nice in and of themselves, but they are the praxis of a Holy Books study group, as David R. Jones writes, “… they are really nice little editions and they help us with our Holy Books study group. I do the first drafts and our group proofs them and adds input.”

I’ve had a chance to check out the first issue of these pamphlets, which was for Liber B vel Magi sub figura I, and think they are quite well done. It is especially nice to have not only the text, but the comment and notes handily available together.

The Mystery of the Letters and The Tree of Life

You may be interested in The Mystery of the Letters and The Tree of Life by Robert C. Stein, available from Weiser Antiquarian Books.

The Mystery of the Letters and The Tree of Life is an important new contribution to Thelemic studies. It begins with an examination and analysis of the “Class A” texts of the Thelemic canon, with special emphasis on the manuscript and symbolism of The Book of the Law. The author, Robert Stein, reminds us that the prophet of Thelema, Aleister Crowley, declared that the manuscript of The Book of the Law (Liber XXXI) was unequivocally the first and final authority above all other Thelemic literature. He surveys the mysteries and questions it poses, and encourages his readers not just to rely on a typeset version of the text, but also to study a copy of the manuscript, so as to derive a direct and personal understanding from it. He then examines the symbolism of Thelema by comparison to archetypal messages expressed historically through god-forms, kabalah, trigrams (I Ching), Tree of Life models, and alphabets. Stein further proposes a three-dimensional Tree of Life, relates it to Tarot and the paths in Liber 231. The model originates in Liber Trigrammaton and the Cube of Space, but while based on historical material, it approaches the symbolism from a fresh perspective. The Mystery of the Letters and The Tree of Life is not an “introductory work” or a “beginner’s guide,” but a serious and challenging study of a complex subject.

The author, Robert C. Stein, is a Professor Emeritus of Biology in the NY State University System, whose involvement in the study and practice of Thelema spans three decades and travels in five continents. In writing this study he has, as far as possible, approached the texts from a scientific and logical viewpoint, and in most instances has included facsimile excerpts of the pertinent material illustrating the basis of his thought.”

 

I had the chance to attend a presentation by Bob Stein back in 2009 at the seventh National Ordo Templi Orientis Conference (NOTOCON VII), and he has some strong opinions and interesting ideas about the Book of the Law as it appears in both Liber CCXX (Book 220) and the original manuscript Liber XXXI (Book 31).

“Crowley strived to have an unequivocal ultimate source book for Thelema. However, the Book of the Law has several variations that may affect an initiate’s individual interpretation. The history of the editions published during Crowley’s lifetime show the changes. The importance of the manuscript is emphasized. Please bring a copy of Liber AL that includes both the manuscript and the typeset version.” [via]

In fact, that presentation was one of the reasons I decided to do my own transliteration of Liber XXXI for the library, and though I know the same had been done previously I avoided referencing Ash’s version until after I’d completed my own. Anyhow, if that presentation was any indication, if you’re interested in the subject matter, you’re going to find this new release an interesting read.