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Hermetic Library Newsletter #161

as I’m wont to do … and, wonting again soon!

Howdy everyone! Here’s a public summary of my activity this week ending February 23, 2024 and reminders about some things upcoming!

I mentioned, and you may have noticed if you follow socials that aren’t the library’s Mastodon profile, I am now posting all the calendar, thelemic tephilah, and oracle posts everywhere. Previously, I was only doing that in the ‘verse, originally to the Calendar, Tephilah and Oracle profiles on HRMTC I∴O∴ and then all together on the new library profile on Mastodon. I wrote Python scripts to do the work. For the calendar events, that’s pretty straight forward, just a list of events for each date. But, I do computationally create the divinations: I create a deck, shuffle, and pull a card; I create the PGM die, then roll them; I create sticks and then toss them to find the hexagram and moving line. So, I try to computationally closely adhere to the physical acts. My scripts used to then also post to the library profiles in the ‘verse. But, doing these everywhere, I’m now using the script to generate results, creating a spreadsheet of posts, and then bulk uploading them into a post scheduler. I’m still getting the hang of the bulk upload part of things, as it’s an extra step, and kinda boring to do. At first, I was doing a week or two ahead, partially to make sure it was working correctly. But, I’m on track now to have March entirely bulked out, so to speak. Cool. Almost totally behind the scenes until they post, but cool.

Which brings me to: It’s a leap year! I … didn’t really think about it at all until I started setting up the Thelemic Tephilah for March, because things change from Feb 29 through March 19. Anyhow, leap year. Yay? Maybe do something fun for your extra day!

Welp, in other news, I guess Tumblr is in the doghouse again. JFC. That place. Welp, I deleted my side blogs, redirected the hostnames to the main library blog, and I’ll look into deleting all the posts on main, probably. Then I’ll just leave it empty and to rot, like I have done with deadbird site.

In other other news, I’ve made a list for postal and deluxe mailing! Everyone that’s a current Patron with merch or postal perks, plus people that have sent me things, will be on the list for the next postal exchange. If that’s not you, then it could be next time around if you want. You just gotta become a Patron with a mailing perk. As a side note, I’ve closed the library’s post office box and removed that address from the contact page; I just never really got much, except for one particular person (they know who they are!). So, pretty much, from here on out, the only way to get mailings from me will be to be a Patron above the tip jar tier. IDEK why more people didn’t participate in the exchange. It’s a bummer to me, but at least, for my part, for years, I tried! But, the PO box has been underused and an expense, for which the price is increasing; so, bah. I guess, I give in. It was one of those things I thought was a cool idea, but that others didn’t seem interested in. Time to move on. But, for those with postal perks, I’ll still be sending stuff, as I’m wont to do … and, wonting again soon!

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Hermetic Library Newsletter #160

an entirely unreasonable number of memes to post in one day

Howdy everyone! Here’s a public summary of my activity this week ending February 16, 2024 and reminders about some things upcoming!

Late in the week, I discovered that Charles Cameron, of HipBone Games on the site, passed back in 2020, so I did a bunch of work on his pages.

I also received a box of zines to accession and things to distribute for postal exchange. It was also healthy & appropriate parasocial acquaintance day this week, so I hope you’ll continue to be mine. And this week I made fun of annual footsie sportsball day, as one does, by posting a meme every hour on Sunday, mostly all the Superb Owl things I’ve created over the years, but also new ones added to the mix. I have been making fun of it long enough that I have an entirely unreasonable number of memes to post in one day. Sorry, not sorry.

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Hermetic Library Newsletter #159

I guess the caffeine kicked in

Howdy everyone! Here’s a public summary of my activity this week ending February 9, 2024 and reminders about some things upcoming!

This week I plowed through a ton of new entries in Hermeneuticon. I guess the caffeine kicked in. I’ve had some places and organizations for a while, but I added a whole lot more. Anyone else in here remember WitchVox? (They still have a presence on foulbook, but the site and all the resources once there is gone.) One of the various things they had was a directory, and I always kinda wanted to do something similar, and made little moves in the direction. But, now I’ve done a bunch, with, like, an infinite number of others not added.

So, here’s where you come in! Right now make a list and send it to me. Look at your esoteric and occult books, and let me know what titles, authors, and publishers are there which you would tell others to check out? Also, what actual places have you visited and events have you attended, both historical and ongoing, like: bookshops, conferences, occult shops, vendors, workshops, & c.? What organizations do you know about and would mention to others? (Where places have locations to visit, organizations might or might not also have one or more associated locations, but not to visit per se, though they might have related places too, if you see what I mean.) Yeah. So, you know, make a list, however short or long, and send it to me so I can consider adding them! I might know of them, or I might not; but consider what entries would be important or interesting to add that I haven’t yet.

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Hermetic Library Newsletter #158

You know, because I really need something new to add to my to-do list

Howdy everyone! Here’s a public summary of my activity this week ending February 2, 2024 and reminders about some things upcoming!

I hope you have a great Imbolc, in whatever way you might celebrate or mark these milestones. Imbolc, observed was yesterday, or today. Astronomical Imbolc, when ☉ in 15° ♒︎ (Sol in 15° Aquarius), will be on February 4 at 02:43 UTC this year, so that’s tomorrow night, here at the library.

I was thinking about the cross-quarter days, and I know why they are milestones, and the various correspondences; but I wonder about the other signs: what about the sun at 15° in the other 8 signs? Does anyone celebrate those? You know, I don’t know if I’m just drawing a blank, but I don’t think anyone does. Why don’t we? And what would those milestones be? Might be an interesting project. If there were reasons, I might add those milestones to the calendar, maybe. You know, because I really need something new to add to my to-do list.~ *cough*

This might be incomprehensible, but I thought I’d share. I happened to notice that the ipv6 address that shows up in my logs for Facebook’s external hit bot ends in face:b00c and that is actually pretty funny, in a 0xDEADBEEF kinda way. If you know, you know?

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Hermetic Library Newsletter #157

no harm in just throwing my posts into the void

Howdy everyone! Here’s a public summary of my activity this week ending January 26, 2024 and reminders about some things upcoming!

Imbolc, observed Feb 1 or 2, is this coming week! I hope you have a great one, in whatever way you might celebrate or mark these milestones. Astronomical Imbolc, when ☉ in 15° ♒ (Sol in 15° Aquarius), will be on February 4 at 02:43 UTC this year, so I’ll be mentioning that next week.

I spend a ton of time this week getting things going across all my active library social for daily posting, like what I had been doing exclusively only in the ‘verse on the library’s Mastodon profile. And, hey, look! There’s over 666 on people now following the library on Threads, even though I’m not really there.

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Hermetic Library Newsletter #156

give those of us doing it a little care and attention

Howdy everyone! Here’s a public summary of my activity this week ending January 19, 2024 and reminders about some things upcoming!

Another somewhat random post went a bit bonkers, mainly on foulbook. Due in part to that post and a bunch of other traffic, the blog has already had its best January in 6 years, and although I don’t think it will beat even earlier years than that, there’s still a little bit of time. If another post went bonkers … who knows? Also, I didn’t really mention it before, but last year was the best overall in 3 years, only narrowly missing 4 and 5 years ago. But, I don’t want to jinx it, this bodes well. Could it be possible that the blogosphere is finally healing a bit? One can only hope, and keep on keepin’ on.

Anil Dash, inspired by a Cassidy Williams blog post, said on socials: “the thing the human web really needs these days is discovery and curation. Let’s find the magical things.” And, of course I responded, over on Bluesky, like … “::chopped liver voice:: I mean … I’m right here, (still) doing the thing.” So are so many others, frankly. After all, though the blogosphere’s herculean, perhaps sisyphean, moreover cassandran, creation and curation retreated from awareness and withered from neglect as everyone went into corporate silos, it never really went anywhere, just need to clear away some of the settled dust and debris. Then, give those of us doing it a little care and attention!

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Hermetic Library Newsletter #155

I guess, I might try posting a few more

Howdy everyone! Here’s a public summary of my activity this week ending January 12, 2024 and reminders about some things upcoming!

I worked mostly on some Hermeneuticon and Serapeion stuff this week, along with the usual tasks related to site and blog. But, I also revived the random diorama thing I was doing briefly a year ago as a new creative prompt, there was a silly fun Crowley as ska punk rocker religious iconography meme thing I did, and I went back and looked at the top, best nine (new) posts on the blog in 2023.

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Hermetic Library Newsletter #154

Okay, I’m just workshopping here, but, hear me out …

Howdy everyone! Here’s a public summary of my activity this week ending January 5, 2024 and reminders about some things upcoming!

I hope you had a good new calendar year celebration, and a great perihelion this last week! (Also, did you realize that last Sunday, Dec 31, was the only time this century that, in the US, the date could be written 123123?!)

At least Gävlebocken made it … sort of, after a fashion. Did you see? Practically all that was left to retire for the year was the wooden scaffolding! (I’ve wondered how healthy that straw was for the birds, since I understand it’s usually heavily treated with flame retardant …) Yule Goat this year sponsored, apparently, by the Ninth House from Muir’s Locked Tomb series, amirite? (Pretty big mood crawling into the new calendar year, big goat friend. But, you did good this year!)

Over the week, I finalized Hermetic Library Zine 7 on Perihelion, and we’re starting Zine 8 for Aphelion in July this weekend. I mused about Dune and a property pass from 1947 I found whilst dusting. And I did a bunch of other stuff on the library site and blog, as I tend do.

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Hermetic Library Newsletter #153

I’ll just waive my hands at all the things meaningfully …

I mostly worked on stuff behind the scenes this week. I migrated the library’s email to a different, more secure and other technical improvements, server. I also did a whole lot of work on the blog, setting up a bunch of draft posts and getting things tidy. So, this week was kind of an end of year sprint to do some things that needed to be done, but aren’t reader facing stuff and are probably way too much about making the sausage than anyone wants to hear me ramble on about in detail. So, I’ll just waive my hands at all the things meaningfully …

As a side note, Gävlebocken has not been burned down but it has been absolutely devoured by those birds! It’s practically just a wooden scaffolding now. I’m glad no one has burned it with those birds inside, as fun as flamin’ goat is sometimes, not when the birds are in there, please and thank you. By the by, there’s a timelapse video out there showing the little feathered piranha at work. There’s also a special note about the voracious dinosaur attack this year on the Gävlebocken page at Wikipedia. Only a few more days until it is time to retire until next year, big goat friend!

Also, happy upcoming perihelion, when Sun is closest to Earth! In this house, where I try to stay personally aware of the astronomical calendar and seasonal hours, what I generally think of as the new year since it is the astronomical event closest to marking the beginning of the calendar year, is perihelion, and in 2024 that is on Wednesday, January 3 at 00:38 UTC!

And, with that, this is the last newsletter in 2023! Thanks for being here, being a reader of things at the library, on the site or blog! And, especial thanks to those who have been ongoing supporters of the library and my work, because they’ve made all of it possible for everyone else!

The next newsletter will be next calendar year! I hope you all, each and every one, and yours have a great rest of the winter holiday season, and see you on the flip side! (At which point I will, probably, once again, be using fewer exclamation points! We can only hope!)

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Hermetic Library Newsletter #152

for those interested in a rabbit hole to explore

Howdy everyone! Here’s a public summary of my activity this week ending December 22, 2023 and reminders about some things upcoming!

Winter Solstice was about 14 hours ago, as Sun is at 0° Capricorn, on Friday, December 22 at 03:28 UTC in 2023, though it was last night for me here at the library. But, it’s also coming up on Dies Natalis Solis Invicti on the 25th! (By the by, there’s a connection between that festival and Heliogabalus’ black stone of Emesa, for those interested in a rabbit hole to explore.) Although I said it last week too, I hope for you all and yours well and weal in this festive season and in the future!

I have to confess that I didn’t get much done on the library site proper, time slipped away from me somehow, but I did continue working throughout the week on various other library things, as I am wont to do.

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