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Charles Cameron’s Hipbone Games

I’ve mentioned Hipbone Games’ Glass Bead Game implementation previously, and have been in communication with Charles Cameron for a couple years now off and on. Today I am happy to announce the newest authorized and official mirror at the library is Hipbone Games. Charles and I have been talking about adding new material as well, so the site could soon see some additional updates, becoming more than just a mirror.

This new addition to the site is home to a number of resources on game design and theory by Charles including his implementation of the Glass Bead Game, from Hermann Hesse’s Magister Ludi.

So, head on over and explore the entire HipBone Games site, but especially check out “Here’s your invitation to play the HipBone Games” and “HipBone: dreams and other reasons you might want to play …

If you’re inspired to play a round of the Glass Bead Game around themes of classical, esoteric or philosophical interest, using one of the board designs provided or using a new one of your own devising, consider sending a record of your session to me so I can share it with others.

An Historical Summary of Angelic Hierarchies from Part VII: The “Seven” Thrones in In Operibus Sigillo Dei Aemeth by David Richard Jones.

“The last important source for understanding the Thrones and the Dionysian hierarchies before the discovery of the Hermetica is Dante (c. 1265–1321). The Dionysian order is central to the structure of the Paradiso of Dante’s Divine Commedy and therefore the Thrones must be encountered on the celestial ascent.

Above are mirrors, Thrones you call them,
from which shines to us God the adjudicator
thus we ensure that it is right to say all these things

Here she was silent, and she appeared
to turn toward other things, reentering, onto the wheel
and again into the dance.
Dante, Paradiso Canto 9″ [via]


Canto 9 — Botticelli


All Night in White Stains by Aleister Crowley.

“But we will wrest from heaven a little star,
The Star of Bethlehem, a lying light
Fit for our candle, and by devils’ might
Fix in the vast concave of hell for us
To lume its ghastly shadows murderous,
That in the mirror of the lake of fire
We may behold the image of Desire
Stretching broad wings upon us, and may leap
Each upon other, till our bodies weep
Thick sweet salt tears, and, clasping as of yore
Within dull limits of Earth’s barren shore,
Fulfil immense desires of strange new shames,
Burn into one another as the flames
Of our hell fuse us into one wild soul” [via]

I Make Myself Invisible in Articles by Aleister Crowley.

“In Mexico, too, I made my first experiments in acquiring invisibility. By invoking the God of Silence, Harpocrates, by the proper ritual in front of a mirror, I gradually got to the stage where my reflection began to flicker like the images of one of the old-fashioned cinemas.” [via, also]

I Make Myself Invisible in Articles by Aleister Crowley.

“Later, when I was transferring my apparatus to my house in Scotland, I employed two workmen to remove the mirrors. As they were working they were suddenly overcome, knocked out by unseen assailants. It took several hours to revive them.

People passing the doorway suddenly fell down in fits. That flat remained without a tenant for years after I had left it. All this was because I had not enough experience to control the forces.” [via, also]

Egyptian Magic in Egyptian Magic by Florence Farr.

“To the Ancient Egyptians the most eminent man was he who had by hard training gained supremacy over the Elements, from which his own body and the Manifested World were alike formed; one whose Will had risen Phœnix-like from the ashes of his desires; one whose Intuition, cleansed from the stains of material illusions, was a clear mirror in which he could perceive the Past, the Present and the Future.” [via]


Untitled, originally uploaded by Jacqueline Gomez.


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