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a bit of a journey full of surprises

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Howdy everyone! Here’s a public summary of my activity this week ending January 27, 2023!

This week I continued to work on new server Crocell, and decommissioned a bunch more stuff including the HRMTC I∴O∴ social network and RADIO @ HRMTC, and am moving the Calendar, Zine and Newsletter to the main library blog. And, I created a new bit of propaganda and added more tales from Laura Gibbs.

Plus the usual weekly stuff like almanac, propaganda, calendar, zine, updates, quotes, reviews, and more!

And, as always, I worked on various other things on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!

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Hermetic Library Newsletter by John Bell the Librarian of Hermetic Library

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banging my head against the wall for a while, as one does

This week I continued to work on new server Crocell, and decommissioned servers Abraxas and Furcas. I added the first chapter of St Irvyne, a Rosicrucian themed novel, by Figure Shelley and started adding The House of the Vampire by Figure Viereck. And, I’ve been working with someone on a cover for pretty PDF version of the recent zine issue, so there’s a sneak peek at the current draft WIP front and back.

Plus the usual weekly stuff like almanac, propaganda, meme, calendar, zine, updates, quotes, reviews, and more!

And, as always, I worked on various other things on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!

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♬ Action cat, moving quick, lookin' good ♬ passing through your neighborhood ♫

This week I’ve welcomed Crocell as a new trainee on the team of machines that run Hermetic Library stuff. Crocell is an experiment that I’m going to be trying to consolidate a few things, in order to reduce costs. Not to jinx it, but I’m hoping that will help me economize at least at least a little bit, if not more. We’ll see how it goes and if I can do what I’m hoping will work. I don’t have much else to say about that right now, but it’s been a big part of my week.

Plus, there the usual weekly stuff like almanac, propaganda, memes of cats and things, calendar, zine, updates, quotes, reviews, mail call, and more!

And, as always, I worked on various other things on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!

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Don't open it, Pandora! You'll let the Internet out! Run!

First week of the new calendar year! Hope your festivities were … festive. For my part, I was just hanging out with the library cats, as one does. But, I was most excited for perihelion, when the earth is closest in its orbit to the sun.

Speaking of perihelion, I’ve wrapped an issue of Hermetic Library Zine for January 2023! With that, I’ve started collecting contents for an issue at aphelion in 6 months. I also took a break from creating images for Goetia and tarot this week, but kept posting from the previous week (except not entirely cold turkey because I did create a meme). This week I also welcome Trevor Blake’s OVO ‘zine as a new Reflection, a restored archive of a zine that fall off the Internet. And, after a lengthy hiatus, I posted new merch for Patrons and on the public shop!

Plus, there the usual weekly stuff like almanac, propaganda, memes, calendar, zine, updates, quotes, reviews, mail call, and more!

And, as always, I worked on various other things on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!

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I did a double take, then my brain melted into a puddle and leaked away.

Time to take a look over the last year and do a little retrospective! I look back at all the stuff I remember doing, and include here by reference anything I forgot about.

Plus, there the usual weekly stuff, like Goetia, tarot, almanac, propaganda, memes, calendar, zine, updates, quotes, reviews, and more!

And, as always, I worked on various other things on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!

So, that’s a wrap! This is the last newsletter for the arbitrary location of earth in its orbit around the sun. See you on the flip side of the earth relatively near this general location! But, whatever you celebrate in this season, thank you for being here and following along with Hermetic Library in this newsletter and anywhere else you do, and, most of all, I wish you and yours well and weal in this upcoming trip around the sun!

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a brand new cryptid egregore just dropped

I hope you had a good solstice this week! And, during this overall season, however you might celebrate such things, I wish you and yours well and weal now and in the coming year!

So, depending on how and from where one counts, of course, this is newsletter 100. Not the last for the year, but it is a nice round number. I mean, it’s a thing. Some thing of some kind, anyway.

Also, as I write this, I’m kinda boggled that right now, at the moment, this morning, the difference between my modest indoor thermostat eco setting and the outside “feels like” temperatures is separated by over 90° F. How do external walls even wall tho?

The last of the posts on the blog in the series about all the tracks on Magick, Music and Ritual 17 will post later today. And, that’s a wrap until next year!

Really feeling like the end of the year wrapping up around here even though there’s one more newsletter to go just under the wire.

I didn’t do my regular Goetia and tarot image experiments this week, but I did do a bunch of images because a brand new cryptid egregore just dropped. If you’re not on Mastodon, you may have missed this, but out of nowhere on Dec 16th a new entity was birthed and/or revealed to the world: John Mastodon.

Speaking of the ‘verse, the followers count for the main library account passed 489 last night, and the profile for the Omnium Gatherum firehose is also just shy of 333! Boy, won’t I be embarrassed if OG gets more followers than on main? I mean, it’s all just for fun, and my numbers are really modest anyway. But, celebrate the things, when they do things, as and when one can.

Plus, almanac, propaganda, meme, calendar, zine, updates, quotes, reviews, and more!

And, as always, I worked on various other things on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!

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I tried? Not well enough, apparently. So it goes.

As I type this, it is below freezing outside all day, and there’s a few random snowflakes blowing around every once in a while. Time to put the ambient fireplace on the TV and send out a newsletter!

I had hoped to get some seasonal cards in the post for Patrons this week, but that looks like a big nope. They’ll go out but they’ll be late. ::sad trombone:: I tried? Not well enough, apparently. So it goes.

There’s now ~450 followers of the main library account in the ‘verse. I did post about reaching 420 for giggles, but that’s the only one this last week, though it’s still climbing as people find me, mainly in spurts as Space Karen melts down the other place. I’ve barely even looked at any of the old accounts on big social, tbh.

Belatedly, I’ve been posting each day about the new anthology release, a post about the covers and then once for each track. That’s still going on. But, it’s something I like to do so there’s a post for each participant on the blog about them and their track on the issue.

What else? IDEK! I’m sure I’m forgetting something … but, I’ll either remember or I won’t.

Hope your season is and will be great so far. There’s one more newsletter before the general week of festivities, so I’ll just leave it at that for now, with sending you those thoughts around normal people holidays. But, hey, look! As of an hour ago, it looks like Gävlebocken is still standing!

And, for those of us paying more attention to the travels Earth around the Sun for our annual milestones, this coming week will mark Sol in 0° Capricorn, Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at 21:48 UTC. Huzzah! Hope your trip around the sun since the previous one was successful! Here’s to another one!

Plus, almanac, propaganda, calendar, zine, updates, quotes, reviews, and more!

And, as always, I worked on various other things on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!

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Goodbye Library Cat Mars Hypotenuse Pteropus!

This week I said goodbye to Library Cat Mars as she passed away. Egads. Along with (her mother? sister?) Beesknees, who passed early last year; and Ereshkigal also unexpectedly passing earlier this year, it’s been an awful lot of loss and heartache to handle at the library lately, tbh. It’s a bit hard to write about it without having to take a break, you know?

In other news, I also had an outage this week that took me offline for most of a day, which was a bummer; but, I did laundry, read, sipped on a smoothie, and cuddled library cats. That was fine. More of that. Maybe not the laundry part, per se. Almost sad to get the Internet back, but needs must!

Plus, almanac, propaganda, a sort of meme thing, calendar, zine, updates, quotes, reviews, and more!

And, as always, I worked on various other things on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!

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because it’s just … wow!

This morning I released Magick, Music and Ritual 17 and there’s so much involved in releasing another album! I’ve been busy all week, and still have things to do around this event, and I keep finding things I’ve forgotten to do. It’s a big bright spot in my year. I’m really excited for everyone to get to hear this now, and not just me listening to it (and last week’s TINAHLAA-4) over and over to be sure it’s just right!

I also generated image for Glasya-Labolas from Goetia and Prince of Wands from Thoth Tarot. There was some noise I made about the number of followers I had in the ‘verse. And there’s an image from NASA’s Artemis 1 Orion, because it’s just … wow!

Plus, almanac, propaganda, a meme in here somewhere, calendar, zine, updates, quotes, reviews, and more!

And, as always, I worked on various other things on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!

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Omg! Don’t do it, gnome! Put down those matches!

Hope your turkey day was a success, if you celebrate! But, today the arrayed forces of Buy Nothing Day face off against the sinister army of Black Friday, so be safe out there!

This week I did a bunch related to the release of This Is Not An Hermetic Library Anthology Album -4 as a big thank you to my ongoing supporters, who help make all that I do possible. Really. They are the best! (And, if that’s you, hi!) I also generated image for Naberius from Goetia and Queen of Wands from Thoth Tarot. And, it was last Thursday of the month, so there was an Occult Love Fest-ursday. And, and, I’m holding a reverse sale on the library’s digital publications. And, and, and … gaining followers in the ‘verse, thinking about burning goats!

Then, on top of whatever I may have forgotten to mention, one of the library cats, too sweet (and yet still annoying!) snuggle bug elderly Mars, is not feeling so well right now. She could use your kind thoughts.

Plus, almanac, propaganda, memes, calendar, zine, updates, quotes, reviews, and more!

And, as always, I worked on various other things on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!

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