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The Choronzon Machine

The Choronzon Machine: a Multi-media Multi-cultural Multi-subcultural Ritual Opera by the Metamophic Ritual Theatre company, written and more by Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule (credited on the cover as Orryelle Bascule-Defenestrate), with music by The HarleQuintet, a 2006 DVD of enhanced live performances from 2001, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Metamorphic Ritual Theatre Orryelle Defenstrate-Bascule The Choronzon Machine

I picked this up a few years ago primarily for the track “Melek Taus“, about a figure of importance with the Feri Tradition which I also later found mentioned in relation to Aleister Crowley’s Aiwass, and to a lesser degree because of the name of The HarleQuintet.

“In the ritual theatrickall-musical device we call The Chrononzon Machine the Audience Initiates follow the Fool Initiate’s journey through the Great Wheel of the TARO/ROTA, as he cycles through different refractions of Self as reflected through the archetypes of the Major Arcana. On one level this is a personal journey, as the Fool with a child’s innocence heedlessly plunges past the dweller on the threshold and into the Abyss. Through a series of ordeals he confronts and accepts the shadow of Choronzon as he progressively opens to ever more layers of complexity in the hidden mechanisms of the universe. The journey brings him eventually full circle back to the innocence of Zero but with a new layer of Wisdom and Understanding …

The Play is also socio-historical, as The Fool apprehends the escalating frenzy of ‘progress’ & technology in the post-modern world; which the audience also must deal with. It is they, after all, who are controlling the Machine—putting the 33.3¢ Illuminati coins—collected by the Jackal—in it which make the cogs start turning to generate each new scene of coupled polar cards …

Of course it’s not real, it’s just a Play, an Illusion generated by the Magicians for the Audience—a collectively willed hallucination. Is there a play? Is there a ritual? The HarleQuin de-faced itself. The machine goes on … Civilizations rise & crumble and fall. Were they ever There at All?” — back cover

The Choronzon Machine Ritual Opera was performed 3.33 times in Melbourne (Australia) on 2001. The original footage of the already spectacular live production is now further enhanced with effects, animations, and diverse studio-recorded music into a feature-length film.” — back cover

Tarot Reading in Theory and Practice by Lon Milo DuQuette on Sun, Mar 9th, 2014

Tarot Reading in Theory and Practice by Lon Milo DuQuette is an online event, through Thelesis Aura, on Sunday, March 9th, 2014, that you may be interested in joining.

“For nearly 40 years, the legendary Tarot Grandmaster Lon Milo DuQuette has been working the cards of ancient and sacred wisdom. He has not only studied the magical, qabalistic, and astrological meanings of Tarot like few others now living, he has used the cards as a divinatory tool to counsel people from all over the world and from every walk of life.

Lon readily admits his Tarot reading methods and techniques are unique and unorthodox, but he is happy to teach them to serous students of the Tarot who wish to explore and develop their own skills for personal or professional applications.

Lon’s method is disarmingly simple, but the training session is hands-on and interactive. Thelesis Aura is now using the latest online training technology. Registrants will need to participate in a brief pre-event interview/test of their computer set-ups to assure they will be able to fully participate. Lon’s class will be limited to 25 people so as to insure adequate attention to all students. A certificate of completion will also be issued to all students who attend.” [via]

Dracula: Quite A Card!

Dracula: Quite A Card! by Walter C Cambra, a 2012 monograph, which examines Bram Stoker’s Dracula from historical and symbolic frames such as Stoker’s involvement with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, astrology, kabbalah and tarot (which last suggests correspondences between Dracula as The Devil and Mina Murray as The Empress, and, in part, is inspiration for the title), is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Walter C Cambra Dracula: Quite A Card!

Silent Tarot

Silent Tarot Handmade Tarot Deck by Silent Citadel is a specialty deck created in mixed media by the artist and then produced as full decks. There’s a tumblog about the cards, and a videos by the creator; as well as a number of other videos by artists in the ASMR community such as Heather Feather, asmrnovastar, and more.

Silent Citadel Silent Tarot

“A gorgeous handmade 78 card tarot deck.
All majors and minors are included.

These cards are about 3×4.

The suit of cups has been replaced with the suit of hearts — but the other cards and suits follow standard tarot assignments — sticks, coins, and swords.

The deck took over a year to create, and was originally made by hand collaging mixed media on cardstock. I then scanned them at high resolution (600dpi) and had them professionally printed, though I am still hand cornering every card. They are printed on 100lb matte card, with the highest quality reproduction values possible.

You really do have to see them in real life to understand how pretty they look as cards.”

Silent Citadel Silent Tarot The World

“This deck took an enormous amount of creative input from me, and each one was lovingly, and painstakingly crafted to be as close to perfect as I am capable of. Some took hours to make, some took days.

Each deck will come with a handmade cloth carrying pouch crafted by a dear friend of mine, and a booklet written by me, with brief defenitions of the cards and a description of the deck.

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Please note: These were originally printed as 4.25 x 5.75 (much larger). Those were a LIMITED EDITION and are SOLD OUT. Sorry! This size (4×3) is not a limited edition.”

Silent Citadel Silent Tarot Justice

Silent Citadel Silent Tarot Devil

The Daemon Tarot

The Daemon Tarot: The Forbidden Wisdom of the Infernal Dictionary is a book and deck of cards by Ariana Osborne, due from Sterling Ethos on November 5, 2013, and has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of the publisher.

Ariana Osborne The Daemon Tarot from Sterling Ethos

First things first: this is not actually a tarot deck. There are no suits, no major/minor arcana, and the deck has 69 cards. However, personally, I think that’s a good thing. Instead of being yet another novelty themed tarot deck which merely swaps out images from any other, this is something actually new and different.

Ariana Osborne is a print designer, from Portland, OR, who has taken inspiration from Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy’s 1818 Le Dictionnaire Infernal and the commissioned engravings by Luis Breton of these many entities for a later edition, and used those to create a cartomancy deck useful for creative divination, study and more. In fact, I’d previously mentioned her “Cartes Infernales” crowdfunding effort for this, and so it is actually quite wonderful to see this become a major release.

Ariana Osborne The Daemon Tarot book and cards from Sterling Ethos
Inside the box: book and card deck

Each card has a name, image and brief description of one entity; and the companion book is primarily comprised of a reference for each card with additional information, including an annotation about the entity, an inspiration as relevant connection to the modern world, and a divination with suggested meaning for those using the cards for cartomancy.

There’s a tiny bit of dancing apologetics in the preface, which, you know, is fine if it soothes the squares and avoids being burnt alive or worse when the narrow-minded mob becomes nasty during Consumermas, but even with that this is a nice, cleanly designed reference and divinatory set of uncommonly complex entities which could be of interest to you.

Ariana Osborne The Daemon Tarot Abigor Abraxas Adramelech Orobas Paimon Stolas
A few familiar fiends: Abigor, Abraxas, Adramelech, Orobas, Paimon, and Stolas

“What does the Daemon Tarot hold in store for you? Summon the power of infernal beings to guide you on your path …

For the 1893 sixth edition of his Dictionnaire Infernal (‘Infernal Dictionary’), a volume filled with entries about magic and the occult, demonologist Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy commissioned over five hundred unique engravings—including 69 signed illustrations by Luis Breton, mostly compelling portraits of named daemons. Now author Ariana Osborne has created a matched set of 69 cards out of Breton’s works and written a companion book of illustrated entries for each. These entries detail each daemon’s attributes compiled not only from the Dictionnaire, but from a variety of other sources; Osborne’s own interpretations and insights into the subject of each card; and focused meanings to use in a traditional one-card draw or a six-card spread—’the next best thing to dragging a daemon into your living room to answer all your questions.'” — box copy

 

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The Legacy of the Beast

The Legacy of the Beast: The Life, Work, and Influence of Aleister Crowley by Gerald Suster, with foreword by Francis X King, the 1989 paperback from Samuel Weiser, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Gerald Suster The Legacy of the Beast from Samuel Weiser

“Tracing the roots of Crowley’s ideas and demonstrating their enduring relevance, Gerald Suster has produced a much-needed reappraisal of the ‘Great Beast’ and his continuing influence, as well as fascinating exposition of a supremely practical spiritual discipline.

Casting a critical but sympathetic eye over Crowley’s writings, the author reveals a man of enormous and original intellectual gifts, whose contributions to the understanding of the occult sciences are matched only by his daring experiments in the development of human consciousness. Crowley’s own magical system encompassed Buddhism, ritual magic, the Qabalah, Yoga, the Tarot and Taoism, though its most original element derived from the personal revelations Crowley received in Cairo in 1904 and which formed the basis of his most important work—and perhaps the most important occult work of the century—The Book of the Law.”

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

Sexual Alchemy & Tarot with Lon Milo DuQuette

You may be interested in Sexual Alchemy & Tarot: Understanding Crowley’s Thoth Deck, an online training session with Lon Milo DuQuette, offered through Thelesis Aura on Sun, Sept 15 from 9am-11am PDT (12pm-3pm EDT).

Lon Milo DuQuette's Thelesis Aura classes

“For more than 35 years, the Thoth Tarot has been one of the most popular and best selling Tarot decks in the world. Designed by Aleister Crowley and painted by Frieda Harris, it is considered by many to be the most important magical object d’art of the 20th century – it is also one of the most misunderstood.

Crowley’s own The Book of Thoth, written in the last years of his life, is naturally the most authoritative work on the subject, and represents a synthesis of a lifetime of magical study and illumination. Yet like many of Crowley’s works, it is hard to digest without a considerable background in occult education.

Join author and Crowley expert, Lon Milo DuQuette (author of Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot), for an in-depth (and relatively painless) look at the classic and revolutionary structure of the Thoth Tarot; its artistic mysteries; and the secrets of sexual alchemy hidden within the stunning imagery of its 78 mini-masterpieces.”

The Book of Thoth

The Book of Thoth: A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians, Being the Equinox Volume III No. V by The Master Therion (Aleister Crowley), the 1983 ninth paperback printing, from Weiser Books, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Aleister Crowley The Master Therion's The Book of Thoth from Weiser Books

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.