The Hermetic Library is primarily a website for which I have an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition, Hermeticism, and Aleister Crowley’s Thelema.
There are also many ways to follow the Hermetic Library which you may be interested in checking out, or you may want to get in touch with the librarian with comments, questions, or suggestions.
You may be interested in a recent You Can’t Eat The Sunshine podcast episode titled Charisma & Magic, hosted by Kim Cooper and Richard Schave of Esotouric, which includes an interview with “Craig Berry of the Star Sapphire Lodge of the Ordo Templi Orientis, for an introduction to Aleister Crowley’s Law of Thelema, and the impact of Crowley’s mystical thinking on the culture of Southern California.”
“Join us this week as we talk with Gale Banks, the guru of high-performance automotive turbo-charging, about his time as a child prodigy on the Southern California evangelical circuit in the 1950s. We’ll also visit with Craig Berry of the Star Sapphire Lodge of the Ordo Templi Orientis, for an introduction to Aleister Crowley’s Law of Thelema, and the impact of Crowley’s mystical thinking on the culture of Southern California.
We’ll also discuss the seating area at Union Station now open only to Amtrak and Metrolink passengers, abandoned South LA rail tracks could become a greenbelt, and the 2014 season at Brookledge and beyond kickstarter project. All this and more as Kim & Richard usher in the week of December 16th, 2013.” [via]
By now you’ve probably already heard about Welcome to Night Vale, the semi-monthly podcast from Commonplace Books, written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, narrated by Cecil Baldwin, and with music by Disparition. If not, you really should check it out.
Welcome to Night Vale logo by Rob Wilson
“WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.
Turn on your radio and hide.”
Of course the podcast is available from all theusualproviders for you to use in your app of choice. In addition to checking out their page about the podcast, you can follow along via their Twitter and Facebook pages, but also be sure to search out some of the copiousfanart and creativity action that is going on too. This show has really got people talking and creating, and it hits so many of the right notes for those amused and entertained by the esoteric and strange.
“In the pilot, Rusty Shackleford interviews Howard Bloom, author of The Lucifer Principle, The Global Brain or The God Problem. He was also publicist for top music talent for two decades, including Michael Jackson, Prince, Styx, Billy Joel, and many others. Howard manages to distill the essence of the past hundred years in culture – especially the culture of rebellion evident in music – into a 40 minute interview.” [via]
“In this special Pilot episode of the new Modern Mythology podcasting series, Rusty Shackleford takes time to have a sit down chat with Howard Bloom. Many of you know Bloom from his books The Lucifer Principle, The Genius of the Beast and The Global Brain, in addition to his interviews and appearances on the disinformation television series. In this interview, Rusty discusses Howard’s role in helping to build relationships between artists such as Prince and Joan Jett and their public, touching upon the role of the artist as a modern day myth maker and the heir apparent of the shaman. Bloom’s scientific and biological perspectives are also examined in conversation, particularly in reference towards the cultural myths explored and exposed in his newest book The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates.” [via]
The newest section of the library is the official static archive of Thelema Coast to Coast, a podcast that was dedicated to the exploration of Thelema, Aleister Crowley, the New Aeon, ceremonial magick, and the occult. As the official archive, the old domain thelemacoasttocoast.com is now pointing to the library, and many of the podcast sites have already begun to show the new location for the show and the podcast audio files. So, you may want to go take a gander at the new archive of this podcast.
Last week I was contacted by John L. Crow, who was the person behind the podcast, about whether I’d be interested in being the new home for the site and all the files. He had seen the work I’d been doing on several previously difficult to find articles at The Meditations of Allan Bennett and my work on the recently added guest site The Enochian and Thelemic Works of David Richard Jones along with several of David Richard Jones’ historical sites, such as Invisible College; and thought that the library would make a great new, permanent home for Thelema Coast to Coast. So, I spent a bunch of time converting the old WordPress site into a static archive, and checking that all the files where there. This was actually something similar to what I’d done when I created the mirror for The Eidolons of Ash, which was originally built on top of Mediawiki. The result you can see is only slightly different in appearance from the original dynamic site, but is actually improved a bit behind the scenes and now all the comments are closed.
Not only are all the show files available, but you may be interested in a few pointers to some interesting things. First, there’s the really fun Postcards page which displays images of a number of artistic things sent to the podcast via postal mail as part of a sticker giveaway promotion. There’s also archived on the site Episode #0, Promo (which only appears in the RSS feed) and an Enhanced Podcast available with slides of the lecture linked in the show description for Episode #19.
I’ve also been given permission to run the old Thelema Coast to Coast swag shop, as a way of offering some nostalgic items but also to help support the library in offering space for preservation of these and other sections of historically interesting materials. I promised to buy John one of the mugs if I actually have people get enough of the swag to cover the costs of it, so, you know, help out with that if you’re interested in having a souvenir.
The newest Thelema Now! podcast is with J. Daniel Gunther, author of Initiation in the Aeon of the Child, available via iTunes or RSS. This episode wasn’t listed on the website yet when I looked, but I would imagine it will appear there soon also: Thelema NOW! podcast