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Hermetic Library’s top nine posts (on Instagram) for 2023

I suppose it’s that time of year to check out Hermetic Library’s top nine posts (on Instagram) for 2023! I didn’t do one last year, since I’d tried to leave big social media, then after a hiatus returned. So, now that I’m back, here’s a kinda odd mix of things that people seemed to like, out of all the stuff I posted over the year.

Hermetic Library Top Nine Posts on Instagram for 2023

Three of the top nine were Omnium Gatherum posts about things beyond the library. One was a calendar event. One was a meme. One was a new piece of propaganda from the Office of the Ministry of Information. One was a review by T Polyphilus (and posts about that review in particular went wild across several platforms). One was an Aleister Crowley quote from the corpus of materials at the library. And, one was a new post from the zine.

If I were smart, I should post more stuff like those things, probably; but, I’m a loner, Dottie! A rebel!

But, seriously, there’s so much to check out in the entire archive for the year on the blog. There’s a lot of things both on and off the site I talk about over the year, and a wide variety of things that are related to the overall subject matter of the library. I hope you enjoyed this last year with me, and found things of interest to check out! I’ll look forward to sharing more with you and everyone next calendar year!

A man’s possibilities are the heights to which he should climb. They are inherent in his own nature. Possibility fulfils itself whenever any individual makes it actual. The effect of any such act is to create the ineffable joy which accompanies the satisfaction of the ache resulting from the sense of imperfection.

Aleister Crowley, The Comment K on Liber Legis, The Book of the Law, I.13

Hermetic quote Crowley The Comment K Liber Legis The Book of the Law man possibilities heights climb inherent nature fulfils actual create ineffable joy satisfaction ache sense imperfection

“You love the sea, don’t you, Captain?”

“Yes, I love it! The sea is everything. It covers seven-tenths of the globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert where a man is never alone, for he can feel life quivering all about him. The sea is only a receptacle for all the prodigious, supernatural things that exist inside it; it is only movement and love; it is the living infinite, as one of your poets has said. And in fact, Professor, it contains the three kingdoms of nature — mineral, vegetable, and animal. This last is well represented by the four groups of zoophytes, by the three classes of articulata, by the five classes of mollusks, by three classes of vertebrates, mammals and reptiles, and those innumerable legions of fish, that infinite order of animals which includes more than thirteen thousand species, only one-tenth of which live in fresh water. The sea is a vast reservoir of nature. The world, so to speak, began with the sea, and who knows but that it will also end in the sea! There lies supreme tranquillity. The sea does not belong to tyrants.”

Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library]

Hermetic quote Verne Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea everything breath pure healthy immense desert man never alone feel life quivering prodigious supernatural movement love living infinite

A ritual is not a melancholy formality; it is a Sacrament, a Dance, a Commemoration of the Universe. The Universe is endless rapture, wild and unconfined, a mad passion of speed. Astronomers tell us this of the Great Republic of the Stars; physicists say the same of the Little Republic of Molecules. Shall not the Middle Republic of Men be like unto them? The polite ethicist demurs; his ideal is funereal solemnity. His horizon is bounded by death; and his spy-glass is smeared with the idea of sin. The New Aeon proclaims Man as Immortal God, eternally active to do His Will. All’s Joy, all’s Beauty; this Will we celebrate.

Aleister Crowley, New Comment on II.36, Liber Legis, The Book of the Law.

Hermetic quote Crowley New Comment Liber Legis The Book of the Law ritual not melancholy formality sacrament dance commemoration universe

Know Naught! All ways are lawful to Innocence. Pure folly is the Key to Initiation. Silence breaks into Rapture. Be neither man nor woman, but both in one. Be silent, Babe in the Egg of Blue, that thou mayest grow to bear the Lance and Graal! Wander alone, and sing! In the King’s Palace his daughter awaits thee. — The Heart of the Master

Quote featured at BE NEITHER MAN NOR WOMAN from the Ministry of Information.

Unicursal BE NEITHER MAN NOR WOMAN Propaganda Poster from Hermetic Library Office of the Ministry of Information

This constitutes a profound Riddle of Holiness. Note η Σφίγξ = Υραίος = 781 = 71 x 11. See authorities for special meanings of these words.*

Those only understand it who combine in themselves the extremes of Moral Idea, identifying them through transcendental overcoming of the antinomy. They must have gone further yet, beyond the fundamental opposition of the sexes. The male must have completed himself and become androgyne; the female become gynander.

This incompleteness imprisons the soul. To think “I am not woman, but man” or vice versa, is to limit one’s self, to set a bar to one’s motion. It is the root of the ‘shutting-up’ which culminates in becoming “Mary inviolate” or a “Black Brother”.

Aleister Crowley, Commentary to Liber LXV, V.44 in Commentaries on the Holy Books and Other Papers, pp202–204 and In The Continuum, vol II no 1, pp37–38

* “η Σφίγξ is ‘the Sphinx,’ or ‘the strangler.’ Υραίος is not a Greek word but adds to 781, and appears to be a transliteration of ‘uræus.'”—Hymenaeus Beta, Commentaries on the Holy Books and Other Papers (N.B. Though ‘uræus’ indeed seems more relevant, I note that υραῖος appears at least in Skeat’s as a Greek word meaning “aged, gray” listed as a root for the word “gray”—Librarian)

Hermetic quote Crowley Commentary Liber LXV think not woman man vice versa limit self bar motion root shutting up culminates becoming mary inviolate black brother

These, dear girl, are for you. They form this pleasant book. Now strip yourself and get a candle; lunge in front of a looking-glass and read and frig alternately. If you are grown up, a dog or a man to suck you saves labour—of any sort—and time. But I want you to swim in a perfect ocean of fuck as you read—and please God if we ever meet—what ho!

Aleister Crowley, Snowdrops from a Curate’s Garden, Prologue

Hermetic quote Crowley Snowdrops in a Curates Garden dear girl strip lunge in front of a looking glass read frig swim in a perfect ocean fuck