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One week left for submissions to the Summer 2013 Hermetic Library Album

There’s only one week left until the Summer 2013 submissions deadline for participation on Magick, Music and Ritual 8, the next Hermetic Library Album. So, if you want to participate, but haven’t contacted me yet; you should do so soon!

 

Deadline for submissions is July 15th, 2013. Release planned for Aug, 2013 around Lughnasadh.

Check out the Hermetic Library Album call for Summer 2013 submissions for more, if you like. But do be sure to read through the terms and conditions for artist submissions to an anthology album (which includes some new and more specific information about acceptable file formats), and after that if you have any questions, comments or wish to contribute to this project; contact the librarian.

Please consider joining the Hermetic Library in promoting your work by contributing to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs, materials acquisitions, and other expenses.

 

Check out all the previously released anthology albums, help spread the word about the Hermetic Library anthology project and this new opportunity to participate to those you think may be interested. Especially, check out the most recent release for Spring 2013, Magick, Music and Ritual 7, and the previous Summer release, Magick, Music and Ritual 4.

 

 

Two weeks left for submissions to the Summer 2013 Hermetic Library Album

There are two weeks left until the Summer 2013 submissions deadline for participation on Magick, Music and Ritual 8, the next Hermetic Library Album.

 

Deadline for submissions is July 15th, 2013. Release planned for Aug, 2013 around Lughnasadh.

Check out the Hermetic Library Album call for Summer 2013 submissions for more, if you like. But do be sure to read through the terms and conditions for artist submissions to an anthology album (which includes some new and more specific information about acceptable file formats), and after that if you have any questions, comments or wish to contribute to this project; contact the librarian.

Please consider joining the Hermetic Library in promoting your work by contributing to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs, materials acquisitions, and other expenses.

 

Check out all the previously released anthology albums, help spread the word about the Hermetic Library anthology project and this new opportunity to participate to those you think may be interested. Especially, check out the most recent release for Spring 2013, Magick, Music and Ritual 7, and the previous Summer release, Magick, Music and Ritual 4.

 

 

Hermetic Library Album call for Summer 2013 submissions

I am announcing the Summer 2013 call for submissions for Magick, Music and Ritual 8, the next anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate ritual and magick in their work. These anthology albums help promote artists to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. These albums raise awareness about the connection between ritual, magick and music.

Summer 2013 marks the third album in this second full calendar year of quarterly album releases for the anthology project. The cover for this issue will also be the third in the series of covers by Mustafa al-Laylah, which will combine into a larger poster through the year. The deadline for submissions to the Summer 2013 anthology album is July 15th. Be sure to stay tuned to the blog and the pages for the Hermetic Library anthology project for reminders and updates along the way.

 

In addition to accepting submissions for the Fall 2013 anthology, I’m also looking for an artist to work with on the covers for the next full year. The cover for Fall 2012 was by Valerie Herron and over this year the four quarterly covers for 2013 have been done by Mustafa al-Laylah, but it’s time to start thinking about the next series of covers. If you know someone who would be great for this and interested in working with me on them, please have them get in touch with their ideas for covers that would span all four issues, but either combine into a whole poster or be such that each cover is a detail of some part of a larger image.

 

Deadline for submissions is July 15th, 2013. Release planned for Aug, 2013 around Lughnasadh.

Be sure to read through the terms and conditions for artist submissions to an anthology album (which includes some new and more specific information about acceptable file formats), and after that if you have any questions, comments or wish to contribute to this project; contact the librarian.

Please consider joining the Hermetic Library in promoting your work by contributing to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs, materials acquisitions, and other expenses.

 

Check out all the previously released anthology albums, help spread the word about the Hermetic Library anthology project and this new opportunity to participate to those you think may be interested. Especially, check out the most recent release for Spring 2013, Magick, Music and Ritual 7, and the previous Summer release, Magick, Music and Ritual 4.

 

 

The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magic, Music and Ritual 7

Magick, Music and Ritual 7, the Spring 2013 album, from the Hermetic Library Anthology project is now released for immediate digital download!

Magick, Music and Ritual 7, the Spring 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library

 

Please join the Hermetic Library in thanking and promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project by picking up this release. Please also spread the word to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

Be sure to also check out the entire Hermetic Library Anthology project, all the previous releases; and consider picking up the digital download of this album and any other that strikes your fancy to help support the work of the library!

 

 

The full track list for this Spring 2013 anthology album consists of 15 tracks with over an hour of music:

  1. Januariez – Moments of Knowing 03:38
  2. Ophwurld – Phoenix Light Brigade 09:10
  3. Apollon – Rites of Dissonance 05:33
  4. Utu Lautturi – Pärnämäeltä Pajamäen juoksuhautoihin 09:04
  5. Dr.Hans – Void Elusion 05:00
  6. Salem:1976 – A Backdoor to Heaven 05:53
  7. Shadowcaster – Most Powerful Mother 06:36
  8. Shams93 – Mother of Abominations 11:09
  9. Shams93 – Father of Chaos 03:05
  10. Shadowcaster – Spontaneous Crowd Generated Music 02:03

 

The seventh issue from the Hermetic Library Anthology Project is being released on Beltane in Spring 2013, at 15° Taurus. This is the next album in the second full year of releases, planned for all four quarters in 2013. Magic, Music and Ritual 7 brings together 10 tracks, from new and returning artists, with over an hour of music in this ongoing series.

The artwork and design of this issue was created by Mustafa al-Laylah. This is the second of a full series of covers which will span the entire year. The cover design of this issue is the lower right quadrant from the full set of covers this year which can be combined to make a larger image, a collectable poster that combines the elements of all four seasons. The lower right quadrant, in this case, being related to a position on the wheel of the year and the typical correspondences between this time of year, this Spring season, and various things associated such as magical weapon, element, zodiac, cherub and so on. Mustafa has done a great job in combining various correspondences into a compelling and interesting image for this cover, and we can all look forward to seeing the whole image revealed through the rest of the year.

The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. I started the benefit anthology project to help promote newer works in the Western Esoteric Tradition to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. The anthology project also further raises awareness about the corpus and culture of magick and ritual.

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.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. Please also spread the word about these anthology albums to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library Anthology Project

Production by John Griogair Bell
Artwork and Design by Mustafa al-Laylah

All songs used with permission. All rights reserved.

Less than two weeks left for submissions to Spring 2013’s Hermetic Library Album

There are less than two weeks left until the Spring 2013 deadline for people to submit tracks for participation on Magick, Music and Ritual 7, the next Hermetic Library Album.

Deadline for submissions is April 15th, 2013. Release planned for May, 2013 around Beltane, or May Day.

Check out the Hermetic Library Album call for Spring 2013 submissions for more, if you like. However, be sure to read through the terms and conditions for artist submissions to an anthology album (which includes some new and more specific information about acceptable file formats), and after that if you have any questions, comments or wish to contribute to this project; contact the librarian.

Please consider joining the Hermetic Library in promoting your work by contributing to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs, materials acquisitions, and other expenses.

 

Check out all the previously released anthology albums, help spread the word about the Hermetic Library anthology project and this new opportunity to participate to those you think may be interested. Especially, check out the previous release for Winter 2013, Magick, Music and Ritual 6, and the previous Spring release, Magick, Music and Ritual 3.

 

 

If I were starting a Rosicrucian group …

… it would probably look a lot like the Hermetic Library Fellowship Program, or, rather, what that would be if more fully developed toward what I hope that project will become. And, I’ve been meaning to write more about my ideas and aspirations for the Fellowship Program, so I just might actually do this, even if it’s only in theory for the most part.

Recently, you may have noticed, Jeffrey Kupperman, of Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition, posted a series: “If I were to form a Rosicrucian Order …“, “Why I’m not Starting a Rosicrucian Order” and finally, even after he posted the image of a lamen suspiciously like something for such a thing, “I Did Not Start a Rosicrucian Society“. Likely inspired by this Anthony Silvia, of Gnosis NYC and the Talk Gnosis podcast, posted “I Am Not Forming an Open Source Order of Martinists …“.

Here’s my sense: Rosicrucianism as described in the source material is simply a group of people bonded together by a brief code to be of service to humanity and to develop and preserve certain esoteric knowledge. All of the oft associated structural and dogmatic cruft is either imported from the wider Western Esoteric Tradition during the 17th Century’s Rosicrucian Enlightenment, or accreted during the Victorian and Edwardian period of development by Freemasonry of the Rose Croix degree within Scottish Rite and SRIA/Golden Dawn style syncretic Hermeticism. The literary Rosicrucians of the Fama and Confessio are really quite simply organized without much of anything by way of necessary dogma.

Anyway, the whole highly-structured fraternal and/or teaching order thing has been done and done and occasionally “stick a fork in it” and, even, sometimes “can we bury it now because it is starting to smell.” Many still exist, so why start another one just like something already done? If you want to get involved in one of these, let me commend you to a few excellent organizations, about which I can personally vouch more or less, OTO [also], A∴A∴ [also], Golden Dawn [also, and] … and so on, YMMV. Keep your wits about you and do your own research.

Instead, I would focus on starting from the barest and most minimal interpretation sufficient and necessary. I would be inspired primarily by what the Fama and Confessio say about the Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross, and some few later developments such as Joséphin Péladan’s Salon de la Rose-Croix; and, some few indirect inspirations like Benjamin Franklin’s Junto [also], Utne‘s Salons: The Joy of Conversation, my own dialogical work, and so forth. However, for me, the temptation to develop complicated and convoluted structures is strong and therefore something to strongly avoid.

 

Although I am trying to adhere closely to the simplicity demonstrated by the model of the literary evidence, I am clearly going to eject certain elements. For example, no one will need be German, a Crusader, or even Christian. Nor need one be directly connected to some lineage, order or other organization. Members will also not be required to conform to some such period customs like drinking warm, non-carbonated German beer from tankards made from lead-laced pewter.

If I were to start a Rosicrucian group … it would be a bit of salon, communitarian and egalitarian, for students and scholars, and very likely organized in support of the mission of the Hermetic Library. The group would occasionally meet in person, but connect frequently via modern communication tools and perhaps a private forum. Like a Junto, the group would be dedicated to inquiry and self-improvement; with members providing a weekly summary of some interesting developments to share with the group as well as offering longer form presentations quarterly. I imagine a small group of people, each dedicated to some particular theory and practice. Each would have a personal practice of some kind and they would be engaged in some project to present esoteric thought in service to the larger community, and I imagine that these presentations would be done through Open Access [also] repositories of articles collected in sub-sites for each fellow at the library and also made available via the blog and journal.

There would be no initiations or other accouterments of the Victorian esoteric or pseudo-masonic orders, but there could be shared rituals. I have in mind here the observation made by Ronald Hutton in The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft that without unifying dogma it is the shared rituals that maintain the neopagan community. There may be some shared rituals or practices to help group cohesion, synchronic and diachronic links between members and the collective, including some expressed when apart and some when gathered.

Membership in the group could follow this idea somewhat like the master and apprentice relationship between Jedi and Sith, including the idea that the apprentice only takes the place of the master upon that person’s death, though hopefully without the Sith’s Rule of Two custom of fragging! Within the literature, generation two doubles membership size to generation three, so there is a suggestion that at some time the ranks of the group could be allowed to double, or at least that is something to consider if it ever comes up that members have found a number of suitable potential members to justify growth. Or, instead of setting a rule about this, the group could simply welcome new fellows as they are welcomed to the library site, while helping that process with suggestions and outreach.

In spite of the rule about not being constrained to wear any particular habit, it’d be nice to have some kind of way to identify each other when necessary. Even if that were something similar to and as simple as the shock of red against one’s fashion adopted by Rêveurs, described in Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. But, perhaps this would be a choice made in the moments when necessary, such as prior to any meeting.

 

The organizing principles of the literary Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross are enumerated in just six explicit rules, though there are within the literature other obvious organizing principles, such as that of each member maintaining and developing volumes within the order’s Philosophical Library. This last I would interpret as members participating in both theory and praxis around topics that suit them and their interests, and that they are involved in the preservation and presentation of that information; clearly suited to the overall mission of the Hermetic Library.

Translating the core six rules from the literature, I would propose the following for this new group:

1. That none of them should profess any other thing than to be a student and researcher, and to be involved in making their studies available in accord with the principles of Open Access;

2. None of them should be constrained to wear one certain kind of habit, but therein to follow their own custom and that of their country;

3. That every year, or some reasonable interval, the group should hold some gathering, to meet in person;

4. Members should cultivate relationships with other students and researchers who might be suitable for membership in the group if such openings become available, but in any case, who may interested in participating in the various projects at the library.

5. There should be some identifying insignia or symbol to represent the group, and members should make known their involvement in the group.

6. The group would maintain the privacy of members and their details, in accordance with the general principle of not revealing anything about another that they have not themselves made public; including personal details and details about their studies and research.

 

At this point, one might wonder what makes this specifically Rosicrucian, as opposed to simply a group of people engaged in and organized around esoteric study. To this I would simply elaborate that the group is inspired by the principles of human perfectibility through esoteric study and practice along the lines of the Rosy Cross formula of the Great Work, about which plenty more could be said. However, I think this notion is one that might need to be expressed explicitly for the group to be Rosicrucian. Although, it could also be left unexpressed, and the group could simply be inspired by the model provided by the literary Rosicrucians and this could instead simply be the Hermetic Library Fellowship Program more fully developed, much as the Invisible College and the Royal Society were inspired but not fully constrained by the notion of a network Rosicrucians.

 

Benjamin Franklin details his Junto project in his autobiography writing:

“I … form’d most of my ingenious acquaintance into a club of mutual improvement, which we called the Junto; we met on Friday evenings. The rules that I drew up required that every member, in his turn, should produce one or more queries on any point of Morals, Politics, or Natural Philosophy, to be discuss’d by the company; and once in three months produce and read an essay of his own writing, on any subject he pleased.

Our debates were to be under the direction of a president, and to be conducted in the sincere spirit of inquiry after truth, without fondness for dispute or desire of victory; and to prevent warmth, all expressions of positiveness in opinions, or direct contradiction, were after some time made contraband, and prohibited under small pecuniary penalties.” [via]

With this in mind, I would like to have a group of core people who are actively presenting information of interest not only to themselves, but also to the audience of the library. This means helping to develop content for the site, and related social media.

I also imagine that a group I formed would follow a few of the membership principles set out by Franklin for his Junto, in the form of some questions to which they might answer in particular ways:

1. Have you any particular disrespect to any present members? Answer. I have not.

2. Do you sincerely declare that you are dedicated to the Great Work in service to humanity? Answer. I do.

3. Do you think any person ought to be harmed in his body, name, or goods, for mere speculative opinions, or his external way of worship? Answer. No.

4. Do you support the Hermetic Library and will you endeavor support its mission yourself, and share information about and via the library to others? Answer. Yes.

The group might also generate a series of ongoing questions to guide their inquiries, and make those part of the set of customs for the group.

 

Inspired by Joséphin Péladan’s Salon de la Rose + Croix, ignoring for the most part his overall Mystic Order of the Rose + Croix movement, I would personally would enjoy this more if there were effort to promote esoteric arts and culture, and, like the original, developing actual Salon de la Rose + Croix events could be part of the praxis of the group.

Obviously, this is something that I try to do with the various participatory pools at the library (such as the audio, visual, video and arts and letters pools) as well as within the Anthology Project through the Hermetic Library Albums and Hermetic Library Journal. And, to no small extent, this is one of the motivations behind the idea of a Hermetic Library Reading Room, as it exists in my imagination and also on the library blog.

So, maybe I’m starting to import my other existing projects into this idea, which can and perhaps should remain separate.

 

T Polyphilus has the personal practice of writing something about each book he reads, as he says, “on the principle that if I have nothing to say about something, I can hardly justify the effort to read it in the first place.” I could imagine that it might be good for members of the group to also take up this practice, and that these reviews, like those by T Polyphilus, would be made available via the blog.

 

I recognize that there may be need for more structure to function, and I’d propose that the group keep track of the set of organizing principles, the necessary and sufficient structures, and also a set of customs, the agreed upon additional behaviours. Generally, for this discussion about organizing principles and customs I’m going to use terminology imported from Peter Suber’s Nomic. At the core, I would would begin at Nomic rule zero, that all participants must agree to the rules. Organizing principles would be Nomic immuntable rules. Customs would be Nomic mutable rules. The organizing principles and customs would all be subject to self-ammendment, but always subject to the necessary and sufficient cohesion of rule zero. I also propose an even more primary rule, which I’ll call rule i (imaginary unit), which represents the simple observation that all rules have a scope of real effect, beyond which they are meaningless, in other words rules which attempt to legislate delusions or absurdities are self-evidently meaningless and without need to attempt they be enforced. I see this last as a guard against the group trying to legislate overreach beyond its own self-governance.

 

Recognizing that so far I’ve talked about this idea being tied closely to the library, there’s two alternate directions one might take in modifying the idea: more or less meta. For a less meta alternative, the group might simply be something like a “Friends of the Library” organization; but it would seem a bit presumptuous of me to start my own friends group, and it might be a bit duplicative of the options I already provide for people to show support for the library in a variety of ways. A more meta alternative direction would be to understand that all the specific references to the Hermetic Library and related projects are my particular projects, but that a group could be formed for mutual support and improvement between like-minded site owners who have projects of their own, sites and blogs; a kind of association of project owners. This last reminds me of the point that there appears to be no particular organization or association around esoteric venues, an example of one such is my speculative Reading Room; but that there may be a lot of sense in having some way for people doing similar things, running or planning such venues, to communicate, share and support each other.

 

I’m sure there’s plenty more that could be written about this, but as a final note I think I’ll mention that one thought that has occurred to me is that others might create similar organizations as what I imagine. I’ve always had in mind that the work I do to post on the various social media platforms and so forth is really about trying to encourage people to engage with the materials on the site. So, I could imagine that there might be groups of people who form themselves around their own research and study related to the library. I can also imagine that groups like this might offer information about what they’ve been up to on some regular basis, such as monthly, and I might then post about these presentations and research so that they are available to others as well.

Obviously, there’s no real reason why groups of students would necessarily organize around the library and participate in this idea in particular, but, it’s a thought that came to me in a kind of daydream.

[Originally posted over on John Griogair Bell’s Blog at If I were starting a Rosicrucian group … ]

Hermetic Library Album call for Spring 2013 submissions

I am announcing the Spring 2013 call for submissions for Magick, Music and Ritual 7, the next anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate ritual and magick in their work. These anthology albums help promote artists to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. These albums raise awareness about the connection between ritual, magick and music.

Spring 2013 marks the second album in the new calendar year, the second year of quarterly album releases, for the anthology project. The cover for this issue will also be the second in the series of covers by Mustafa al-Laylah, which will combine into a larger poster through the year. The deadline for submissions to the Spring 2013 anthology album is Apr 15th. Be sure to stay tuned to the blog and the pages for the Hermetic Library anthology project for reminders and updates along the way.

 

Deadline for submissions is April 15th, 2013. Release planned for May, 2013 around Beltane, or May Day.

Be sure to read through the terms and conditions for artist submissions to an anthology album (which includes some new and more specific information about acceptable file formats), and after that if you have any questions, comments or wish to contribute to this project; contact the librarian.

Please consider joining the Hermetic Library in promoting your work by contributing to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs, materials acquisitions, and other expenses.

 

Check out all the previously released anthology albums, help spread the word about the Hermetic Library anthology project and this new opportunity to participate to those you think may be interested. Especially, check out the previous release for Winter 2013, Magick, Music and Ritual 6, and the previous Spring release, Magick, Music and Ritual 3.

 

 

One month left for Summer Solstice 2013 Hermetic Library Journal submissions

There’s only one month until the March 21st, 2013 deadline to participate in the inaugural issue of the Hermetic Library Journal from the Benefit Anthology Project! Release is planned for June 21st, 2013. Consider letting others whom you think may be interested know about this as well, but more importantly consider submitting your written and visual work and the various sections for specific submissions. If you have any questions, comments or wish to contribute to this project; contact the librarian.

The Hermetic Library Journal is intended as a place for both practice and theory, not only informed by the other but with the intention of crossing thresholds between scholar and practitioner. The Journal offers a venue for art and culture that both informs and is informed by esotericism, which will bring the artist into the mix. The Journal is a community of intentional work from theoretic, practical and cultural perspectives that explores and relates to written and visual work about or inspired by esotericism and magick in the form of articles, essays, personal narratives, poetry, fiction, plays, artwork, sequential art, biographies, and more.

There are several sections to which you may be interested in submitting work:

· For general written and visual submissions, I will be accepting a wide and diverse range of materials, basically looking for work that is informed by or engages the living Western Esoteric Tradition, Hermeticism, Aleister Crowley’s Thelema and other subject matter at the library. You may also be interested in reading about the completely optional peer-review process, a way to get feedback on general submissions.

· Symposium, or forum, section is an opportunity for readers to write on a topic pre-selected for each issue, which for this issue is Intolerance and Tolerance.

· Kottabos, or letters, section for letters to the editor.

· Agora, or market, section is a place to provide goods and services of relevant interest that will reach the readership.

· Kerukeion, or announcements, section is a place for brief gratis community notices.

For general information, please read the call for submissions and the terms & conditions for submissions. If you have any comments, questions or concerns; or want to submit your work for an anthology, just contact the librarian.

The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magic, Music and Ritual 6

Magick, Music and Ritual 6, the Winter 2013 album, from the Hermetic Library Anthology project is now released for immediate digital download!

Magick, Music and Ritual 6, the Winter 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library

 

Please join the Hermetic Library in thanking and promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project by picking up this release. Please also spread the word to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

Be sure to also check out the entire Hermetic Library Anthology project, including previous albums and information about the upcoming inaugural issue of the new Hermetic Library Journal. Gander at the call for submissions to Summer Solstice 2013 anthology journal, with a deadline on Mar 21st, and look for a call for submissions to the Spring 2013 anthology album on Mar 15th!

 

 

The full track list for this Winter 2013 anthology album consists of 15 tracks with over 2 hours of music:

Part I

  1. Ego and the Ids – Picture It 03:43
  2. Apollon – Hidden Light 04:38
  3. Dr.Hans – Phasmatis 05:06
  4. Shams93 – Blues for the Man Devil 10:58
  5. yzzy☥kyzy – Narcigesis 01:36
  6. The Psychogeographical Commission – Walking with Omega 05:19
  7. The Implicit Order – Trance Induction 06:21
  8. Mahatma Dalí – Initium Novum 22:53

Part II

  1. Ralph Buckley – The Art of Magick 06:46
  2. Troy Schafer – Sending Anubis 01:59
  3. Exomène – Luna’s Dogma 03:24
  4. ///Δ – Void 13 06:00
  5. KaosMind – 12Lilitu7 12:00
  6. Dessicant – Head of a Pin 11:19
  7. Exomène – Requiem 24:26

 

This sixth issue from the Hermetic Library Anthology Project is being released on Imbolc in Winter 2013, at 15° Aquarius. This is the first album in the second full year of releases, planned for all four quarters in 2013. Magic, Music and Ritual 6 brings together 15 tracks, from new and returning artists, with over 2 hours of music spanning 2 physical CDs.

Magick, Music and Ritual 6 could be a story of a full night’s sleep, but this Winter album seems a fitful rest. There is a bit of tossing and turning here trying to get comfortable through the night. Some thoughts from the daytime of the year have stayed in mind and must be allowed to pass through our minds without attachment. No full story is without healthy variety, evidence of a life being lived.

Winter is a great time of year to contemplate ourselves, our relationships and the world. We can be thankful for the past, while still happily leaving it behind. We can be proud of ourselves and our lives, while still giving ourselves room to breathe, allow for change, and permission to rest. We can be part of the world and participate in seasonal celebrations which echo across the globe, while still choosing for ourselves what to hold close and what let go. Especially in Winter, we can contemplate a vision of what service we will offer in the new year to others that is also in service to ourselves, while recognizing what is not in service to either and rightfully refused. One of the fruits that can be savoured from all our preparations prior to the arrival of Winter is the luxury of time in this night of the year to contemplate and prepare for the coming year, the new beginning to come at the dawn that will be another Spring. This can be a personal ritual in liminal space where we can banish what needs to be past, evoke from ourselves an intentional future, and freely transform ourselves.

The artwork and design of this issue was created by Mustafa al-Laylah. This is the first of a full series of covers which will span the entire year. The cover design of this issue is the upper right quadrant from the full set of covers this year which can be combined to make a larger image, a collectable poster that combines the elements of all four seasons. The upper right quadrant, in this case, being related to a position on the wheel of the year and the typical correspondences between this time of year, this Winter season, and various things associated such as magical weapon, element, zodiac, cherub and so on. Mustafa has done a great job in combining various correspondences into a compelling and interesting image for this cover, and we can all look forward to seeing the whole image revealed through the rest of the year.

The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. I started the benefit anthology project to help promote newer works in the Western Esoteric Tradition to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. The anthology project also further raises awareness about the corpus and culture of magick and ritual.

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.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. Please also spread the word about these anthology albums to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library Anthology Project

Production by John Griogair Bell
Artwork and Design by Mustafa al-Laylah

All songs used with permission. All rights reserved.

Hermetic Library Journal announcement submissions to the Kerukeion for Summer Solstice 2013

There’s only two months until the March 21st, 2013 deadline to participate in the inaugural issue of the Hermetic Library Journal from the Benefit Anthology Project! Release is planned for June 21st, 2013. Consider letting others whom you think may be interested know about this as well, but consider submitting your written and visual work. If you have any questions, comments or wish to contribute to this project; contact the librarian.

The herald’s staff, in Greek kerukeion, in Latin caduceus, is a synecdoche for the herald, or public crier. In the Journal this Kerukeion will be space for short textual news items and announcements of interest to the community. Messages submitted will be free of cost in publication, but will be subject to reasonable editorial selection.

If you have an announcement or notice that you would like to submit, the Journal will offer some space for the community to reach out to each other without cost. However, notices should be very brief and have some indication of how to find out more about the topic or event mentioned, such as offering a URL.

Read more about the Kerukeion, or announcements, section in the call for submissions and in the Kerukeion section of the submissions guidelines.

For general information, please read the call for submissions and the terms & conditions for submissions. If you have any comments, questions or concerns; or want to submit your work for an anthology, just contact the librarian.