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An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … A variety of things the Librarian of Hermetic Library has found to share from beyond the library that you may find interesting.

Circles of Stone

Circles of Stone: Weird Tales of Pagan Sites and Ancient Rites [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library], ed Katy Soar, part of the extensive British Library’s Tales of the Weird series, which is available as a subscription.

Soar Circles of Stone

“In the wood the grey stone rose from the grass, and she cried out and ran back in panicked terror. ‘What a silly little girl,’ the nurse had said. ‘It’s only the… stone.’

Standing stones, stone circles, tumps, barrows and ancient clearings still remain across the British Isles, and though their specific significance may be obscured by the passing of time, their strange allure and mysterious energy persist in our collective consciousness.

Assembled here in tribute to these relics of a lost age are accounts of terrifying spirits haunting Stonehenge itself, stories of awful fates for those who impose modernity on the sacred sites and grim tales in which unwitting trespassers into the eternal rites of pagan worship find themselves part of an enduring legacy of blood. To represent the breadth of the sub-genre, authors include Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood and Rosalie Muspratt alongside lesser-known writers from the periodicals and journals of the British Library collections.”

Amy Denio’s Raven Waltz is musical sigilization

Check out Raven Waltz by Amy Denio, a website soundtrack, commissioned by Raven Chronicles Press, which was composed from a kind of musical sigilization technique.

“This composition is based on my musical alphabet, in which each letter is assigned a specific tone. First I come up with a title, then write down what tones those letters spell. The tones can be bass notes, represent chords, or whatever might work to make the tone row musical.

RAVEN spells these notes/chords:
C# / A F# / E / G.
The accordion melody came to me while folding laundry.”

Denio Raven Waltz

Magical and Activist Ancestors

Magical and Activist Ancestors: Exploring Tangled Roots [Amazon, PDF, Online] by Luke Hauser.

Hauser Magical and Activist Ancestors

“Who are these people who call themselves pagans, witches, and workers of magic?

Are they heirs of ancient witchy feminist pagans who survived underground until their rediscovery by Gerald Gardner?Descendants of Goddess-worshiping, Stonehenge-building Druidic Celts? Disciples of Renaissance Hermetical Cabalistic alchemists whose transmutational formulae have eluded interpretation until our very day?

Or is the truth a bit more humble? Are we sometimes more like magpies looking for shiny objects to decorate our spiritual nests?

Does It Really Matter?

Connecting with and honoring the divine and the Earth is a present-day, living relation. It isn’t based on rediscovering or accurately re-creating the past. Today’s practices are grounded in the here and now.

Yet these practices have a past – a past often obscured by layers of colorful legend and wishful thinking. This book is one person’s search for some of the reality behind the myths.

Join Luke Hauser for a fast-paced, illustrated journey through dozens of aspects of our past, from Mesopotamia to British Wicca, from alchemy to divination to herbology. Learn the latest research about the witch trials, Renaissance magic, and the modern pagan revival. There’s even a section on the hippies!

No ancestors were irremediably harmed in the writing of this book.”

America’s White Evangelicals are an Heretical Extremist Death Cult spewing Garbage In, Garbage Out

“Now, members of his father’s congregation wanted to know if Alberta remained a Christian, whether he was ‘still’ on ‘the right side.’ In his eulogy the next day, Alberta urged the Christians before him to seek out ‘discipleship and spiritual formation.’ They could listen to his father’s old sermons, perhaps, or the pastors of the church could help them. ‘Why are you listening to Rush Limbaugh?’ he asked them. ‘Garbage in, garbage out.’ Hours later, a woman handed him a note from a church elder. In it, the elder expressed his disappointment. ‘I was part of an evil plot,’ Alberta recalls, ‘to undermine God’s ordained leader of the United States.’ He was guilty of something ‘tantamount to treason’ against both God and country. If he investigated ‘the deep state’ instead, he ‘would be restored.’ How did his father’s congregation get to this point?”—”America’s White Evangelical Problem

About The Kingdom, The Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Tim Alberta.

Alberta the Kingdom the Power and the Glory
“The award-winning journalist and staff writer for The Atlantic follows up his New York Times bestseller American Carnage with this timely, rigorously reported, and deeply personal examination of the divisions that threaten to destroy the American evangelical movement.

Evangelical Christians are perhaps the most polarizing—and least understood—people living in America today. In his seminal new book, The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory, journalist Tim Alberta, himself a practicing Christian and the son of an evangelical pastor, paints an expansive and profoundly troubling portrait of the American evangelical movement. Through the eyes of televangelists and small-town preachers, celebrity revivalists and everyday churchgoers, Alberta tells the story of a faith cheapened by ephemeral fear, a promise corrupted by partisan subterfuge, and a reputation stained by perpetual scandal.

For millions of conservative Christians, America is their kingdom—a land set apart, a nation uniquely blessed, a people in special covenant with God. This love of country, however, has given way to right-wing nationalist fervor, a reckless blood-and-soil idolatry that trivializes the kingdom of Jesus Christ. Alberta retraces the arc of the modern evangelical movement, placing political and cultural inflection points in the context of church teachings and traditions, explaining how Donald Trump’s presidency and the COVID-19 pandemic only accelerated historical trends that long pointed toward disaster. Reporting from half-empty sanctuaries and standing-room-only convention halls across the country, the author documents a growing fracture inside American Christianity and journeys with readers through this strange new environment in which loving your enemies is “woke” and owning the libs is the answer to WWJD.

Accessing the highest echelons of the American evangelical movement, Alberta investigates the ways in which conservative Christians have pursued, exercised, and often abused power in the name of securing this earthly kingdom. He highlights the battles evangelicals are fighting—and the weapons of their warfare—to demonstrate the disconnect from scripture: Contra the dictates of the New Testament, today’s believers are struggling mightily against flesh and blood, eyes fixed on the here and now, desperate for a power that is frivolous and fleeting. Lingering at the intersection of real cultural displacement and perceived religious persecution, Alberta portrays a rapidly secularizing America that has come to distrust the evangelical church, and weaves together present-day narratives of individual pastors and their churches as they confront the twin challenges of lost status and diminished standing.

Sifting through the wreckage—pastors broken, congregations battered, believers losing their religion because of sex scandals and political schemes—Alberta asks: If the American evangelical movement has ceased to glorify God, what is its purpose?”

“She fought GOP board on censorship, then took oath on stack of banned books as new president”

From the Not All Heroes Wear Capes dept.

Hermetic Library Omnium She Fought Gop Board on Censorship Then Took Oath on Stack of Banned Books as New President 7dec2023

“While most of the newly sworn in members to the Central Bucks school board chose to swear their oaths on a bible, incumbent Karen Smith brought a stack of books to Monday’s meeting. Smith stood out at the Dec. 4 reorganization meeting as she took her oath of office with her hand placed on top of six frequently banned and challenged books. Smith, who would be named president of the board, and the other Democrats on the board have long cried foul as the former GOP-majority forged ahead with controversial library policy that critics said was a defacto book ban.”—”She fought GOP board on censorship, then took oath on stack of banned books as new president.”

Hermetic Library Omnium She Fought Gop Board on Censorship Then Took Oath on Stack of Banned Books as New President 7dec2023 Books

Night, Elie Weisel
The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
Donna Gephart, Lily and Dunkin
Curato, Flamer
Johnson, All Boys Aren’t Blue
Kuklin, Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Freud’s Last Session

Freud’s Last Session, dir Matthew Brown, with Matthew Goode, Anthony Hopkins, and Jodi Balfour, due January 2024; based on the play Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain; suggested by The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life by Armand Nicholi Jr.

Watch FREUD’S LAST SESSION | Official Trailer (2023)

“London, September 3rd, 1939. The world is on the brink of war.

In his final days, Sigmund Freud, a recent escapee with his daughter from the Nazi regime, receives a visit from the formidable Oxford Don C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia). On this day, two of the greatest minds of the twentieth century intimately engage in a monumental session over the belief in the future of mankind and the existence of God.”

Brown Freuds Last Session Poster

Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain.

St Germain Freuds Last Session

The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life by Armand Nicholi Jr.

Nicholi the Question of God

Duly Noted

From the Keep a Magical Journal dept:

Duly Noted: Extend Your Mind through Connected Notes [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Book Site, Local Library] by Jorge Arango, foreword by Howard Rheingold, due January 2024

Arango Duly Noted

“Better thinking makes you a better person. And few things extend your mind as quickly and powerfully as the humble note. Notes let you fulfill commitments, manage complicated projects, and make your ideas real. Digital notes take you even further. By using the right tools and a bit of discipline, you can cultivate a ‘personal knowledge garden’ where your thinking will blossom.

Who Should Read This Book?
Anyone and everyone who wants to get control of their notes to generate better ideas, learning, and actions. Duly Noted is superb for students, academics, business people, technicians, writers, UX people, managers, leaders—virtually anyone who can benefit from taking and managing notes.

Learn best-practice note-taking principles so you can take more concise notes.
Connect your notes to one another to create a personal network of ideas (your own personal “knowledge garden”).
Capture ideas before you lose them.
Organize your notes so that you can find and make sense of them later.
Learn how connected notes can spark insight and lead to new ideas and learning.
Explore how notes can help you collaborate with other minds, including artificial ones
Learn how to use Obsidian, a powerful digital note-taking tool.
Follow the how-to exercises to lead you through the note-taking maze.”


Benhuset (The Bone House), a collection of poems by Åsa Boström, illustrations by Sophie Lécuyer, editions in original Swedish or English trans by Anna Viola Lovind.

Boström the Bone House

“‘Fall asleep and wake up. Wake up in another place. I have found the way here and maybe I have invented it. To the house, to the garden.

The movement and direction of each night, scattering without gathering. Carry baskets full of shards. Carry a mouth filled with water.

We gather around the table with the green cups. The garden is outside the window and beyond it nothing. Undreamt, as if the land had been devoured.’

A refuge on the outskirts. Porous passages and bodies. Forced transitions and shapeshiftings. The dead come here and the hidden, forgotten, dreamt. With their map-lessness, turning into shards, into abysses, and redrafted voices of otherness. Waiting. A narrator, looking for someone gone missing. The one who fell asleep, while she herself remained awake and was violated.

A collection of poems by Åsa Boström.

Illustrations by Sophie Lécuyer. Translation by Anna Viola Lovind.”

Watch “Benhuset / The Bone House (Book trailer)

Antinous retires to become a priest

“Edoardo Santini, 21, was voted Italy’s most beautiful man in 2019, when he was 17, in a pageant organised by ABE, a fashion group. But after a lifetime of studying drama and dance to achieve his dream of becoming a star, he said on social media Saturday he would renounce his career for his faith.” “‘Of course I have people that speak behind my back. There are those who have no problem telling me that I’m a disappointment, even in my family. But there are also those who support me, believers and non-believers.’ He said that although it ‘terrified him’ to abandon his dream and become a priest, he was sure he will not regret the decision ‘because now I can shout: I am Edoardo, I am 21 years old and I am happy’.”—”‘Italy’s most handsome man’ quits modelling to become a priest. Edoardo Santini won Il Bello d’Italia in 2019, named Italy’s most handsome man. He said he wanted to become an actor before discovering the priesthood.”

Hermetic Library Omnium Antinous Retires to Become a Priest 4dec2023

“Famous Wizard Throws Himself into Mouth of Hell”

5 Messed-Up Reasons People Faked Their Own Death“—”If you’re well-adjusted mentally and properly medicated, thinking about death should not be an enjoyable affair. If the idea of getting pulped by a city bus brings you a deep peace and longing, I encourage you to seek out a mental-health professional. Fantasizing about faking your own death, though? Now there’s an enjoyable bit of theory-crafting.” “Here are five people who faked their death for weird reasons…” “2. Aleister Crowley” “Famous sex wizard Aleister Crowley, on the other hand, seems to have faked his own death purely for the fuck of it. Best guesses as to any possible reasoning outside of pure dark curiosity are that it was an attempt at a literal ghosting of a lover and travel companion. His friend, poet Fernando Pessoa, delivered a suicide note to police informing them the infamous magic man had thrown himself off a cliff and would no longer be occupying the current plane. The cliff in question? Boca do Inferno in Portugal, which translates as ‘Mouth of Hell.’ With a name like that, he might have just felt compelled, given how well it all fit together. After all, a bit of light fraud is a small price to pay for a published headline like ‘Famous Wizard Throws Himself into Mouth of Hell.'”

Yeah, it’s real. Check out the Hermeneuticon article for Boca do Inferno!

Plaque at Boca Do Inferno