Hermetic Library Newsletter

Newsletter for Hermetic Library by John Bell the Librarian

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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I mean, yes? And … you say that like it’s a bad thing?

Big thing for me this week is I got everything sorted for the upcoming release of This Is Not An Hermetic Library Anthology Album -4 for US Thanksgiving, a supporter exclusive issue that adds on the actual anthology album, which is coming up in December, for the library’s birthday anniversary. But, I’ve got a special sneak peek for you!

This week’s generative art is Aim in Goetia and the Knight of Wands tarot card. I’ve got a bunch of 4-up grids here linked to the threads on the library’s social if you want to see them all, being individually posted until done.

Plus watching social media grow, almanac, propaganda, memes, 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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Well, I’ll keep telling myself that’s okay, anyway!

With the insanity going on on birdsite of late, a lot of people have been newly making their way to the ‘verse, as an alternate lifeboat or just simply moving for real kit and kaboodle, and a lot of those directly on some Mastodon instance. Followers of the main library profile at Hrmtc I∴O∴ has definitely been increasing, all the way to over 175 this morning. Hey, it’s slow, for sure, but it’s something! And, every follower means that the reach of Hermetic Library extends to whatever instance they are on, so potentially tons of other people not following are also seeing things too. I mean, people seeing things I post is a wild improvement over no one seeing anything, right?!

This week’s generative art experiment is text and seal prompts for Ipos in Goetia, and text and image hint for The Universe tarot card as if by Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson. I’ve got a bunch of 4-up grids here linked to the threads on the library’s social if you want to see them all, being individually posted until done. I try out a new rendering engine version that MidJourney is testing. I also go a little meta thinking about what kind of -mancy all this might be.

Plus a new shelfie, almanac, propaganda, a meme, 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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Thelema, Agape, and a bunch of other more or less secret words!

Welcome to newsletter 93! Thelema, Agape, and a bunch of other more or less secret words! Of course, it’s kinda arbitrary, and whether this is actually newsletter 93 depends on how you count them, but still fun to notice.

Also, I, synchronistically, just passed 93 followers on the library’s Hrmtc I∴O∴ account; and, coincidentally, passed 69 over on the Omnium Gatherum account. It’s definitely been way slower than on other platforms to gain followers in the ‘verse, but even with the library accounts on my little instance I’m at least seeing some people are still able to find me and those few see what I post.

Happy (upcoming) astronomical Samhain, when ☉ at 15° ♏︎ (Sun at 15° Scorpio), which occurs Nov 7 at 10:36 UTC this year. Also, this whole week from observed to astronomical, join me in keeping the real spirit of the season alive!

This week I’m still working mostly on some behind the scenes stuff. I’ve got to migrate the actual library site, and that’s a super big pain to do.

This week’s generative art experiment is text and seal prompts for Marax in Goetia, and text and image hint for The Aeon tarot card as if by Johfra Bosschart. I’ve got with 4-up grids here from MidJourney and DALL-E, and I link to the threads on the library’s social if you want to see them all, being individually posted until done.

Plus almanac, propaganda, a meme, 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 guess, um, I don’t use it much, eh?

Hey there! Happy (upcoming) Halloween, Samhain, or soever you celebrate at this time of year around the sun! And, don’t forget that you can celebrate on the observed date Oct 31/Nov 1, this week, and also next week for astronomical ☉ at 15° ♏︎ (Sun at 15° Scorpio), which occurs Nov 7 at 10:36 UTC this year. Also, the whole week. And, the entire rest of the year. As I’m wont to say: It’s always Spooky Season in your heart, if only you want it to be.

Also, 92 is pretty close to 93 innit? Like, so close to each other they could kiss.

This week I mostly worked and am still working on some behind the scenes stuff. I’ve got to migrate the actual library site, and that’s a super big pain to do. But, whilst I’m still working on that, I also finished adding stuff in time for November to both Calendar and Thelemic Tephilah bots for the social accounts in the ‘verse.

For my generative art experiments, I worked with text and seal prompts for Purson in Goetia, and text and image hint for The Sun tarot card as if by John Singer Sargent. I’ve got with 4-up grids here from MidJourney and DALL-E, and I link to the threads on the library’s social if you want to see them all, individually posted.

Plus almanac, propaganda, a meme, 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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Hey, even entities can slapstick and pratfall …

This week I added a new page for Unicursal FREEDOM IS DEATHLESS Propaganda. I actually created the poster and mentioned it on the blog and so on back in 2016 but apparently the page at Ministry of Information for it disappeared at some point. Okay. Well, I’ve fixed that now.

And it’s still Spooky Season and you really must beware of what might show up in your candy. Who knows? Well, at least a couple more memes, anyway.

For my generative art experiments for Goetia and Tarot, I worked with the text and seal of Sallos and text and image hint for The Moon card using MidJourney with 4-up images and some attempts using DALL-E, and I link to the threads on the library’s social if you want to see them all, individually posted.

Plus almanac, propaganda, memes, 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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BEWARE

This week I added a new page for Village BEWARE OF ARTISTS Propaganda. I actually created and posted the poster to social media back in 2016 but apparently didn’t ever create a page at Ministry of Information for it. Well, I’ve fixed that now.

And it’s time again to beware of what might show up in your candy. Who knows? You might get lucky and find rainbows or red books!

For my Goetia and Tarot experiments I worked with the text and seal of Bathim and The Star card using MidJourney with 4-up images here, and I link to the threads on the library’s social if you want to see them all, individually posted.

Plus almanac, a meme, 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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different from the usual and particularly fun

This weekend is going to be cold enough here at Hermetic Library World HQ that I got freeze warning alerts from the National Weather Service. So, I’ve put a goofy styrofoam hat on my outside faucet a few months earlier than last year.

For my Goetia and Tarot experiments I worked with the text and seal of Botis and The Tower card using MidJourney with 4-up images here, and I link to the threads on the library’s social if you want to see them all, individually posted.

Plus almanac, propaganda, a meme, 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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Pierrot? Dat u?

Today is the last reminder, until next year, about the Magick, Music and Ritual 17 deadline which is … today. Right now. It’s almost too late!

I’ve got a sneak peek at the current album cover, which is one I created with MidJourney whilst I was messing around. Although there’s a chance I might see a couple more submissions, there’s currently just enough to make both supporter exclusive and also a public issue. So stressful after over a decade to come down to the wire like this still, tbh. But, huzzah!

For my Goetia and Tarot experiments I worked with the text and seal of Zepar and The Devil tarot card using MidJourney with 4-up images here, and link to the threads on the library’s social if you want to see them all, individually posted.

This week I’ve also got a bonus goofy set of “Aleister Crowley as a Pokémon” using a different new tool.

Plus Occult Love Fest-ursday, almanac, propaganda, new and old memes, zine, updates, quotes, reviews, and more!

Aaaaaaaand, my washing machine just now went kaput in a cloud of smoke. Yeah, the washer not the dryer. Smoked. What the hell. Okay. Hey, um, can, like, 23 people go buy the library’s entire discography on Bandcamp before I run out of clean clothes?

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

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I make a point to read banned books, myself

This week is Banned Books Week again. There’s plenty of subversive, offensive, or outsider material at Hermetic Library someone would ban if they could. Hell, the entire site is on a number of Internet filter lists. And, there’s plenty of people who wish the site didn’t exist. And, I mean, the site is pretty tame, really. But still! It’s a real thing.

For my Goetia and Tarot experiments I worked with the text and seal of Eligos and the Art / Temperance card using MidJourney with 4-up images here, and link to the threads on the library’s social if you want to see them all, individually posted.

By the by, as an almost final, last minute reminder, it is the last week before the Magick, Music and Ritual 17 deadline on September 30th, next Friday. I’ve got covers, bonus downloads, and a few submissions. I still don’t have enough submissions yet for a full release, so if you know anyone who would be interested in participating, let them know. If that’s you, get in touch now!

Plus almanac, propaganda, new and old memes, 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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