“The Magician” is a limited-time exclusive from the upcoming album Arjuna, by The Contrarian. The song, like all on this record, deals with the Metaphysical Masculine in times of strife or opposition. This track is an attempt to reflect the qualities of the Magician tarot card, in both a literal depiction of its symbolic qualities, and a more hermetic transmission of its subtle ones — including, but not limited to – the material and spiritual challenges of attainment. It celebrates any spur to action through the ongoing investigation of wisdom techniques.
“The Magician” was composed, performed and recorded by Casey Rae-Hunter at Sounds of the Baskerville studios in Washington, DC. Casey’s magazine, also called The Contrarian, can be found at
His record label, Lux Eterna Records, can be found at
The Magician by The Contrarian
“Mercury infect eternal mind
Left to earth, right points to the sky
Purity, skillfully combined
Walk the path, scrutinize the signs
Read the text, see between the lines
Meaning is erased
Flame is burning down
Carrion and prey
Rotting in the ground
Empty harbor dawn
Sails torn and frayed
Sky a flashing grey
A single light abides
High upon the peak
Illuminate the way
For all of those who seek”
The full track list for this inaugural anthology album consists of 15 tracks by 15 artists, 66 minutes of fantastic music:
- Kim Cascone – Black Flame
- David Shoemaker – In Space, There Might Be North
- Mahatma Dalí – Whence Came You
- Alka – Nether
- Last Three Lives – Memory
- Crossways – Invocation of the Kundalini
- Ego and the Ids – Post-Apocalyptic Ho-down
- The Moon is a Spaceship – Sweet Revenge of the River Bollo (Part 2)
- The Contrarian – The Magician
- NVSBL – NVSBL
- Whip Angels – Hermes
- Pandemonaeon – Heart Girt With A Serpent
- yzzy☥kyzy – 93
- SickTanicK – Path of Initiation
- J Simpson – Strange Angels
The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. This is an anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate ritual and magick in their work. This anthology album will help promote artists to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. It will also further raise awareness about the connection between magick, music, and ritual.
Over the last year, as a project of the library, I have created a group at SoundCloud, the Hermetic Library audio pool, for tracks and artists inspired by or manifesting the Western Esoteric Tradition. With this group I’ve been working to raise awareness that music and performance can be a form of ritual and magick. This has been a space for artists to share their music and other audio, as well as connecting artists who feel drawn to these topics and ideas, or, especially, incorporate and manifest ritual and magick in their works with other artists and a larger audience.
I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you. The site was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Western Esoteric Tradition. You may also wish to check out other posts at the Hermetic Library blog and the Twitter and Facebook reflections to see how the library engages people in a living Western Esoteric Tradition.
Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs and other expenses like materials acquisitions.
Additionally, this album is being released on the birthday of hermetic.com which was Dec 3, 1996. This release date marks the Hermetic Library’s 15th year in existence.