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The Cloud upon the Sanctuary

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Cloud upon the Sanctuary by Karl von Eckartshausen, introduction by Arthur Edward Waite, preface by J W Brodie-Innes, translated and annotated by Isabelle De Steiger, foreword by Edward Dunning.

Karl von Eckartshausen Arthur Edward Waite J W Brodie-Innes Isabelle de Steiger The Cloud upon the Sanctuary

When Aleister Crowley had just been first turned on to magic by reading Arthur Edward Waite’s Book of Black Magic and Pacts, he wrote to the author to find out what he should study to become an occultist. Waite directed him to Eckartshausen’s Cloud Upon the Sanctuary. A freely-edited version of Letter II from this book later became Crowley’s Liber XXXIII: “An Account of A∴A∴” in which Jesus Christ was replaced with V.V.V.V.V., and God with L.V.X.

The rest of Eckartshausen’s book deserves to be read in the same spirit, substituting a more wholesome Thelemic morality and metaphysic for the crypto-gnostic Roman Catholicism of the author. It does afford a surprisingly useful apprehension of the Eternal and Invisible Order that hath no name among men. [via]

Living Thelema

Living Thelema by David Shoemaker is unexpectedly available already in softcover ahead of the planned Aug 25th, 2013 release date.

David Shoemaker's Living Thelema

Living Thelema: A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley’s System of Magick by Dr David Shoemaker, of the Living Thelema podcast, the International College of Thelema, and a Hermetic Library anthology artist, is due for release in September as hardcover or special edition with leather binding by Ars Obscura, and in August in a variety of formats, is available for pre-order.

“The system of spiritual attainment developed by Aleister Crowley is notoriously challenging in its scope. Adapted from the popular podcast segment of the same name, Living Thelema brings a welcome approachability to Crowley’s material, without diminishing the depth of the system. The author focuses on the practical and experiential aspects of the path of Thelema, allowing the reader to grasp the true transformative power of the system.

Beginners and advanced practitioners alike will find much useful advice here, as Shoemaker brings his characteristic down-to-earth style to bear on topics such as ritual and meditation practices, sex magick, astral projection, psychotherapy for magicians, the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel, and that pinnacle of attainment known as the crossing of the Abyss.

The author’s background as a practicing psychotherapist allows an entirely unique fusion of esoteric wisdom and cognitive science. Living Thelema is an invaluable handbook for any modern magician.”


Part One: Tools for the Journey

An Introduction to the Qabalah
The Holy Guardian Angel
The True Will
Getting Started with a Basic Magical Regimen
The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram
The Lesser & Greater Rituals of the Hexagram
Liber Resh vel Helios
Methods of Ritual Construction
Asana & Pranayama
Meditation & Visualization Practices
Astral Projection & Control of the Body of Light
Devotional Practices
Liber Samekh & the Invocation of the Holy Guardian Angel
Sexual Magick & Sexual Mysticism

Part Two: Perspectives on the Path of Attainment

The Methods & Tools of A∴A∴
Tarot & the Path of Initiation
Initiation & Tetragrammaton
The Chakras
The Role of the Ego in the Great Work
The Formulas of LVX and NOX
The Right Use of Magical Power
21st Century Alchemy
The Practical Use of Alchemical Symbolism

Part Three: Life Outside the Temple

Patterns & Cycles in Magical Practice
Qabalistic Coping Techniques
The Anima & Animus
Cognitive Therapy for Magicians”


You may be interested in LVX = NOX an art portfolio with photography by Carlos Melgoza and an accompanying text by Frater Solus Altariora Laboro, which is available from Ouroboros Press.

Carlos Melgoza's LVX = NOX portfolio from Ouroboros Press


Ritual Gesture as expressed by Anima Nocturna
The Occult Photography of Carlos Melgoza

We are pleased to be offering these integral images of ritual gesture in a Limited Edition Portfolio and accompanying rite, The Revelation of the Midnight Sun.” [via]

Carlos Melgoza's LVX = NOX prints from Ouroboros Press

“These photographs are offered in a limited edition portfolio of Type C prints and limited to 26 numbered sets and include a copy of the rite, The Revelations of the Midnight Sun, penned by Frater Solus Altariora Laboro as an outgrowth of his work with the signs in ritual praxis.

Deriving from the western esoteric tradition, LVX & NOX Signs fall into a fascinating repertoire of ritual gestures and postures, mudras and asanas which can also be found in Tantra, internal martial arts such as Tai Chi, and dance such as Butoh. In this specific case the subjects are actual butoh dancers from the Seattle troupe Danse Perdue, given the physical quality of their work they were chosen due to their ability to embody the respective nature of the signs. In Tai Chi they first teach the form or frame, so that one knows how to stand so the energy is flowing. The sign itself is what defines the power. The signs are potent enough to also experience the power of the sign in a meditative space. Sacred postures are thought of as structural conduits of subtle energy. The different ritual postures which one shapes one’s body into conduct specific kinds of energy. The way forces are shaped defines how they act in manifestation. This relates to the magical gestures, the asanas, and especially the god-forms embodied in such ritual postures as the LVX NOX signs. As written in the accompanying text by Frater S.A.L., the combination of the light [LVX] and night [NOX] is what brings on the blacklight experience, an aspect of which entails a realization that that which is perceived to be separate is understood to be united. Thus the nine god-forms represent angles on an ouroboros-like wheel of universal force. In one form of the meditation these signs represent the totality of the universe as expressed in light and shadow. The totality felt through the flesh.” [via]


Lux, originally uploaded by hermeticlibrary.


This is a picture sent to me by T. Thorn Coyle of a framed soap ad with Jayne Mansfield saying “I LOVE LUX”. There’s so many things to love about this image, I’m not even sure where to start.


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