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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.

Witchland

Witchland: The Graphic Novel [Amazon, Bookshop] by Tim Mulligan, Phrynk.

Mulligan Phrink Witchland

“There’s something in the air…

This graphic novel adaptation of the critically acclaimed play WITCHLAND takes place in Richland Washington, “the most toxic place in the Western Hemisphere,” near the infamous Hanford Nuclear Plant, which in the 1940s and 1950s released significant amounts of cancer-causing radioactive materials into the nearby environment. This is the story of a family who moves to this town and the unexplained terror that surrounds them. Is it owed to the nuclear plant…or something more sinister?”

Mabel & Francine

Mabel & Francine by Pierre Lloga. The story of two cats who travel into space, looking for a strange treasure that will make them rich.” Crowdfunding effort with 20 days to go …

Hermetic Library Omnium Mabel and Francine 25feb2024

“Created over a stretch of two and a half years, Mabel and Francine tells the story of two cats who travel into space, looking for a strange treasure that will make them rich and help them escape the drudgery of their everyday lives.

The comic is heavily inspired by classic DOS point and click adventure games and French Sci Fi comics of the 70’s and 80’s.

The comic itself is wordless, runs at 48 pages long with an additional 8 pages of sketches and back matter.”

Occult Germany

Occult Germany: Old Gods, Mystics, and Magician [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Christopher McIntosh, due April 2024.

McIntosh Occult Germany

“An exploration of German esoteric history from prehistory to the present

No country is richer in occult and esoteric traditions than Germany. In this magical journey through the inner history of Deutschland, Christopher McIntosh explores evidence of many of these traditions, including prehistoric sacred sites, ancient shamanic traditions, Rosicrucianism, and the survival and revival of the old pre-Christian gods.”

“· Examines the survival and revival of the old pre-Christian gods, investigates prehistoric sacred sites, and reveals ancient shamanic traditions

· Looks at Rosicrucianism and the distinctive Germanic forms of astrology, alchemy, and the Kabbalah

· Discusses German poets, philosophers, and mystics, such as Dr. Johann Faust, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Meister Eckhart, Hildegard of Bingen, and Jakob Boehme

No country is richer in occult and esoteric traditions than Germany. In this magical journey through the inner history of Deutschland, Christopher McIntosh explores many of these traditions from prehistory to the 21st century.

Recounting the longstanding magical tradition of Germany, McIntosh investigates the numerous prehistoric sacred sites that point to a nearly-forgotten ancient shamanic civilization. He examines the survival and revival of the old pre-Christian gods in folklore, customs, and practices as well as witchcraft. He looks at Germany’s rich and many-faceted spiritual heritage and explores Christian mysticism and theosophy as exemplified by Meister Eckhart, Hildegard of Bingen, and Jakob Boehme.

Examining Rosicrucianism, which originated in Germany, the author also looks at other secret societies that flourished in Germany such as speculative Freemasonry, the Fraternitas Saturni, and the Golden and Rosy Cross. He explores how the Church sought to stamp out the old gods and pagan beliefs, as well as how periods of the Church’s heaviest oppression produced immortal poets, philosophers, theologians, artists, and mystics. He examines the distinctive forms adopted by astrology, alchemy, and the Kabbalah in Germany as well as the esoteric influences on Romanticism.

Exploring more recent centuries, the author looks at the Nordic revival in the 19th century and the influence of Theosophy and the movements that grew out of it, such as Steiner’s Anthroposophy. Examining the esoteric traditions of the 20th century, he looks at the work of neo-Nordic occultists and esoteric writers like Meyrink and Hesse. He explores certain occult aspects of the Third Reich, which resulted in a backlash against the occult. He also looks at modern occult practices and the rise of neopaganism.

Revealing both the enlightened and the dark sides of occult Germany, the author shows how this country has long been a cauldron in which esoteric ideas have flourished, spread, been condemned, and lauded, leaving an enduring mark.”

The Goddess Discovered

The Goddess Discovered: Exploring the Divine Feminine Around the World [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Shelley A Kaehr, foreword Kris Franken.

Kaehr the Goddess Discovered

“Your Complete Guide to Hundreds of Goddesses Around the World

Meet the many incarnations of the divine feminine, past and present, with this comprehensive reference guide by bestselling author Shelley A. Kaehr, PhD. Featuring more than five hundred goddesses, over forty exercises and journal prompts, and guided journeys for understanding yourself at the soul level, this book connects you with ancestral energy and can bring peace and balance to your life.

Shelley first introduces you to goddesses of the ancient world, exploring Egyptian, Celtic, Greek, Norse, and Mesoamerican pantheons. She then shares the living goddesses of modern world religions―African, East Asian, Hindu, and Indigenous peoples. Each goddess entry features her keywords, categories, history, and lore. In discovering these deities, you can enliven goddess energy within you and even uncover past lives.”

Bones & Honey

Bones & Honey: A Heathen Prayer Book [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Danielle Dulsky

Dulsky Bones and Honey

“WILD MEDICINE FOR APOCALYPTIC TIMES

This Witch’s devotional is a collection of nature-inspired prayers, mythic incantations, stories, and pagan poetry that can be enjoyed slowly or all at once. It will resonate with anyone looking to soothe the wounds of modernity with eco-devotional language, spellwork, and daily spiritual nourishment.

Danielle Dulsky speaks to the expanding movement of those returning to slow, simple living and cultivating an Earth-inspired, sustainable existence. Organized around thirteen archetypes and their themes, ranging from the Mountain Mage (solitude) and Bone-Witch (grievers) to the Heathen Queen (empowerment) and Shepherd (nurturing), Bones & Honey will carry you to the “third road,” the unforeseen way that arises from the tension of opposites.”

The Examined Run

The Examined Run: Why Good People Make Better Runners [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Sabrina B Little.

Little the Examined Run

“Can running make me a more moral person? Can striving to be a better person make me a better runner?

In The Examined Run, philosopher and ultramarathon runner Sabrina B. Little asks whether running can be a laboratory for developing our character. She looks at the key ideas in virtue ethics–virtue, vice, exemplarism, moral emotions, and competition–and brings them into conversation with her experience in training and racing. Little pushes against the frequent conversations about ethics and sport that focus on the negative–doping and other forms of cheating or on simplistic expressions like “no pain, no gain.” She argues that these ideas don’t address the rich picture of how athletics inform a good life, and sport’s relationship to acts of justice or courage. A good athlete is not just one who avoids cheating–rather, they perform feats of perseverance and courage, and succeed by working to develop their natural capacities. Little employs her own experiences in training, coaching, and racing in world class ultramarathons to reveal how athletics and virtue are deeply interconnected.”

The Web We Weave

The Web We Weave: Why We Must Reclaim the Internet from Moguls, Misanthropes, and Moral Panic [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Jeff Jarvis, due October, 2024.

Jarvis the Web We Weave

“A bold defense of the internet, arguing that attempts to fix and regulate it are often misguided

The internet stands accused of dividing us, spying on us, making us stupid, and addicting our children. In response, the press and panicked politicians seek greater regulation and control, which could ruin the web before we are finished building it.

Jeff Jarvis is convinced we can have a saner conversation about the internet. Examining the web’s past, present, and future, he shows that most of the problems the media lays at the internet’s door are the result of our own failings. The internet did not make us hate; we brought our bias, bigotry, and prejudice with us online. That’s why even well-intentioned regulation will fail to fix hate speech and misinformation and may instead imperil the freedom of speech the internet affords to all. Once we understand the internet for what it is—a human network—we can reclaim it from the nerds, pundits, and pols who are in charge now and turn our attention where it belongs: to fostering community, conversation, and creativity online. 

The Web We Weave offers an antidote to today’s pessimism about the internet, outlining a bold vision for a world with a web that works for all of us.”

Lilith

Lilith: A Novel [Amazon, Bookshop, Libro.fm, Publisher, Local Library] by Nikki Marmery.

Marmery Lilith

“A triumphantly feminist retelling of ancient creation myths in the tradition of Madeline Miller and Claire North.

Lyrically rendered, this epic U.S. debut tells the story of the woman known as Adam’s first wife and her fall from Paradise and quest for revenge.

Before Eve, there was Lilith.

Lilith and Adam are equal and happy in the Garden of Eden. Until Adam decides Lilith should submit to his will and lie beneath him. She refuses—and is banished forever from Paradise.

Demonized and sidelined, Lilith watches in fury as God creates Eve, the woman who accepts her submission. But Lilith has a secret: she has already tasted the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. Endowed with Wisdom, she knows why Asherah—God’s wife and equal, the Queen of Heaven—is missing. Lilith has a plan: she will rescue Eve, find Asherah, restore balance to the world, and regain her rightful place in Paradise.

Lilith’s quest for justice drives her throughout history, from the ziggurats of Ancient Sumer, to the court of Israel’s Queen Jezebel, and to the side of a radical preacher in Roman Judea. Noah’s wife, Norea, Jezebel and Mary Magdalene all play their part in Lilith’s enlightenment. In the modern age, as she observes the catastrophic consequences of a world built on inequality, Lilith finally understands what must be done to correct the wrong done to women—and all humankind—at the beginning of time.

Inspired by ancient myths and suppressed scriptures, Lilith is a thought-provoking and ambitious novel with an evocative literary voice and a triumphantly engaging heroine.”

Satanic Feminism

Satanic Feminism: and the witchcraft of fem resistance [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Seth Katz.

Katz Satanic Feminism

“This zine is all about viewing Satanism through a political lens. Both Satanism and Witchcraft are often misunderstood to be dark and evil forces. That or cults, cauldrons, and curses. But, in reality, it’s about using the power within yourself to challenge what is wrong in the world through everyday acts of rebellion.

To most Satanists, including myself, Satanism is atheistic and more of a political standpoint than a religious view. Rather than worshiping the guy that tried to swindle Eve out of knowledge and free will back in Genesis, this zine (and overall Satanism) focuses on worshiping thyself and taking note from the serpent that just ended up dealing with a whole lot of slander. This zine explores ways to actively hex racist, sexism, capitalism, transphobia and the binary. And, no, you don’t need to sell your soul.”

If you outlaw librarians, then librarians are just more cool because they’re also now pirates.

Ahoy! Might ye be wantin’ tae borro’ a treasure chest o’ banned and outsider books?

“The West Virginia House of Delegates debated the merits of removing protections for public librarians and school librarians from criminal prosecution in the off chance a minor encounters books and content some consider to be obscene. The House passed House Bill 4654 – removing bona fide schools, public libraries, and museums from the list of exemptions from criminal liability relating to distribution and display to a minor of obscene matter – in a 85-12 vote Friday, sending the bill to the state Senate.” “Supporters of the bill said it does not ban books or stop the selling or distribution of books some consider to be controversial or obscene. It merely provides the same prohibition against knowingly providing obscene materials to children outside the supervision of parents and guardians that already exist.” “Opponents of the bill said that while the bill does not ban books, the bill would have unintended consequences for public and school libraries, resulting in increases in challenges to even classic books and attempts to criminally charge librarians over books not pornographic in nature, but books that include descriptions of sex. They also said it could result in improper criminal charges against library staff.”—West Virginia House passes bill allowing prosecution of librarians

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“As book bans continue to sweep the United States, public librarians, educators, schools and museums could soon be exposed to criminal prosecution for showing children ‘obscene’ material in West Virginia after state lawmakers advanced a controversial bill.” “Notably, an amendment that would have made an exemption for public health teachers who provide materials for sex education was shot down as well.” “Some people think that certain ways of life and certain groups of people are just obscene, we’ve heard that. All it takes is a prosecuting attorney, or someone else who wants to make a statement, political or otherwise, to ruin somebody’s life.”—”‘What you are seeing is done in third-world countries’: Librarians, schoolteachers could become felons as censorship law advances.”

“Those nefarious librarians are probably plotting to commit evil acts like stocking children’s books that present sexuality in an informative and non-threatening way, and maybe they’ll even bring in people wearing women’s clothing to entertain kids and encourage reading. It’s all part of their wicked plan.”—”Shall we criminalize libraries?

Hermetic Library Omnium if You Outlaw Librarians Then Librarians Are Just More Cool Because Theyre Also Now Pirates 23feb2024