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The keystone of this arch of misery
Is set by the unfaltering hands
Of Fate. How desperate the anarchy
Wrought in one hour!
The fickle sands
Run through the glass, and all the light is gone.

Aleister Crowley, The Mother’s Tragedy

Hermetic quote Crowley The Mother's Tragedy keystone arch misery set by unfaltering hands fate desperate anarchy wrought one hour fickle sands glass light gone

The secret of the Lord is set with him
That wonders at His majesty: his praise
Wells from no trembler’s misery: his hymn
Swells the exultant day’s.
His psalm wings upward, and reflected down
Even in Hell makes music and renown.

Aleister Crowley, The Temple of The Holy Ghost, The Mountain Christ

Hermetic quote Crowley The Temple of the Holy Ghost Mountain Christ secret lord wonders majesty praise tremblers misery hymn swells psalm hell music renown

He riddled me — ah, God! I see it now!
The bloody winepress? The ascending sun?
Thy dawning beauty and thine evil bed!
The double meaning! I had evil thoughts
When I pronounced it — else had She Herself,
Hathoör or Mary, risen. Misery!
Incessant mystery of the search for Truth!

Aleister Crowley, Tannhäuser

Hermetic quote Crowley Tannhauser dawning beauty evil bed double meaning evil thoughts hathoor mary risen misery incessant mystery search truth

This time she set her will against my will;
Swore that she would not come: in my despair
I half believed her an enchantress fair
Cruel as hell and dowered with subtle skill
To strain my life out with her love, and kill
My soul with misery: suddenly a rare
Swift smile set shimmering all the ambient air,
And then I knew she was my true love still.

Aleister Crowley, Alice: An Adultery, The Twenty-Sixth Day.

Hermetic quote Crowley Alice An Adultery against my will despair half believed enchantress cruel hell skill strain life love kill soul misery true love still

Horribly useless, this business called life. What does it all matter, when love is gone? And who can hold love? Oh, misery! misery! And still so many years to live. To live alone.

Helen Woljeska, Nocturne

Hermetic quote Woljeska Nocturne horribly useless business called life what matter love gone hold love misery many years to live alone

This neither-neither I, shall transvalue ennui, fear, and all diseases to my wish. Dead is my misery in suffering! How could it exist in my Zodiac, unwilled?

Austin Osman Spare, The Focus of Life

Hermetic quote Spare The Focus of Life neither transvalue ennui fear diseases wish dead misery suffering how could it exist zodiac unwilled

I don’t want to be high any more or again, and this sends me into a spiral of misery, life seems completely empty if this magic world is too painful for me. I want to die and I have infinite terror of the pain of every form of death. I see emptiness and hopelessness everywhere.

Mary Sativa, Acid Temple Ball [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library]

Hermetic quote Sativa Acid Temple Ball dont want be high spiral misery life empty magic world too painful infinite terror death emptiness hopelessness everywhere

Even though tourists appear to be physically present in Nature or Culture, in effect one might call them ghosts haunting ruins, lacking all bodily presence. They’re not really there, but rather move through a mind­-scape, an abstraction («Nature», «Culture»), collecting images rather than experience. All too frequently their vacations are taken in the midst of other peoples’ misery and even add to that misery.

Hakim Bey, Overcoming Tourism

 Hermetic quote Bey Overcoming Tourism tourists nature culture ghost haunting ruins mind scape abstraction collecting images rather than experience vacations add misery