Hermetic Library Newsletter #76
I almost missed it as it wizzed by
This week I talk about the new Hermetic Library Oracle bot I created for Hrmtc I∴O∴, and several other things about the socials, including 666 posts on the library account!
Also there’s AI generative art for the week using MidJourney for the prompts “The Emperor tarot card by Leonora Carrington” and the description of Marbas from Goetia.
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!
I almost missed it as it wizzed by, but I’ve hit 666 posts on the still relatively new library social account! 🤘😈🤘
Of course, I’ve since handily passed that now. But, managed to capture a pic of it when it happened for funsies. Anyhow, consider joining me there for all the things!
I also realized this week that while I’ve been talking about the new blogs and submission tools for zine and calendar, that I’ve not really mentioned that both are also email newsletters that you can subscribe to separately, if you like. So in addition to being on both open web and rss at both the blog and their social accounts, there’s email lists for each to consider, if that’s more convenient for you. But, just to clarify, the email lists will only be what comes in from the submissions, not everything that posts to the socials; so they will be a little different, with the lists being much more infrequent content.
This week I added a new Hermetic Library Oracle social account and coded a new bot. I’d been thinking about this for a while and finally got a first go at it done. Currently, the bot shuffles a tarot deck and pulls a single card each morning, then posts it to the social about the card for the day. When I pull the card, I don’t say much else about it, but I do link to the card in the Book of Thoth for people that want to read more, and show an image of the card. The images I’m using aren’t super, tbh, but they’re the ones I have from the site at hand already. I was thinking I might use the cards I’m generating through Midjourney eventually as an interesting alternative, or at least add them into the mix.
I’ve been thinking what other oracles might make sense to code in future, and I’m thinking that I might code the bot to randomly pull sticks to construct both I Ching and geomantic figures as well, and link to those at the library. Yeah, look, I could easily just have it pull a single number, but it feels a little more interesting to have it toss a set of virtual sticks to come up with them, doesn’t it?
Maybe later on I might try having it do some bibliomancy of some sort from the material at the library, but that would be way down the road. But, essentially, it could be a random word with a link to context, or it could be a passage linked to the source. Kinda fits in a little bit with the idea for the Concordance project, doesn’t it? 🤔 I’ll have to think about that!
Anyhow, something new to check out!
Witch Finder General says “My god is Confirmation Bias, and my faith is never wrong.”
“Only the Adversary is wrong, and they are always utterly wrong.”
(5.) Marbas.—The fifth Spirit is Marbas. He is a Great President, and appeareth at first in the form of a Great Lion, but afterwards, at the request of the Master, he putteth on Human Shape. He answereth truly of things Hidden or Secret. He causeth Diseases and cureth them. Again, he giveth great Wisdom and Knowledge in Mechanical Arts; and can change men into other shapes. He governeth 36 Legions of Spirits. And his Seal is this, which is to be worn as aforesaid.
And, I asked for “The Emperor tarot card by Leonora Carrington”.
And, when I finished those, I created entries in Hermeneuticon for them too.
Here’s upcoming calendar and astronomical events, plus the daily Thelemic Tephilah practice for the coming week, July 8–July 15.
- Feast of Bardesanes, born July 11, 154 at Edessa, Turkey
- Greater Feast of Grady Louis McMurtry, Hymenæus Alpha, died July 12, 1985 at Martinez, California
- Full moon, July 13 (Supermoon / Moon closest to Earth)
- Comet C/2017 K2 (PanSTARRS) closest to Earth, July 14
- Thelemic Tephilah, July 8: Water, Liber LXV, Cap. III, 62-63
- Thelemic Tephilah, July 9: Water, Liber LXV, Cap. III, 64-65
- Thelemic Tephilah, July 10: (Silence)
- Thelemic Tephilah, July 11: Fire, Liber LXV, Cap. IV, 1-2
- Thelemic Tephilah, July 12: Fire, Liber LXV, Cap. IV, 3-4
- Thelemic Tephilah, July 13: Fire, Liber LXV, Cap. IV, 5-6
- Thelemic Tephilah, July 14: Fire, Liber LXV, Cap. IV, 7-8
- Thelemic Tephilah, July 15: Fire, Liber LXV, Cap. IV, 9-10
Things to check out at Hermetic Library
- I added articles for Aphelion, Marbas and The Emperor to Hermeneuticon.
- There’s new and old German folk tales, for July 2022 and 2020, added from the translations by Jürgen Hubert: The Captured Water Man near Wartha, The Milk Stone, the Blood Stone, and the Trude Stone, and The Trudenfuß.
And on the blog
- Sure, it’s illegal, but this is insider advice I’m giving you and a true insider lets you in on all the secrets, all of them.—Harmon Cooper, Dear NSA: A Collection of Politically Incorrect Short Stories [Amazon, Local Library] [Blog]
- Omnium Gatherum: 6jul2022—An irregular hodgepodge of links beyond the library curated together from @OmniumGatherum at Hrmtc I∴O∴ and more. Until this post becomes public in a year, to view this content on the blog, you must be a member of Hermetic Library’s Patreon. However, you can follow the raw feed (drink directly from the firehose!) by heading to @OmniumGatherum at Hrmtc I∴O∴ and participate with likes, boosts, and comments to help curate the best stuff for everyone!
- Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Letters from the Earth [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Mark Twain, ed Bernard DeVoto. [Blog]
- They listened, and they believed him. They had always believed him. It scared him, the way they believed, almost as if they were half asleep, or some part of them were missing. Truth be told, he, too, felt as if he were half asleep or half real.—Michael Poore, Up Jumps the Devil [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] [Blog]
- Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Doktor Sleepless: Engines of Desire [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Warren Ellis and Ivan Rodriguez. [Blog]
- Its handy to have friends who are weird as you are.—G Willow Wilson, & al., Ms Marvel, Vol 2: Generation Why [Blog]
- Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Ape Who Guards the Balance [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Elizabeth Peters, book 10 of the Amelia Peabody series. [Blog]
- Check out the new Hermetic Library Oracle and follow along via web, rss, or in the ‘verse!
- Anthology news, July 5 [Bandcamp/Followers]
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