Hermetic Library Newsletter #81
I see the truth of it
Today is First Night of the Prophet and his Bride! This is a Thelemic holiday on the anniversary of the first night Aleister Crowley and Rose Edith Kelly spent together when they were married on August 12, 1903 EV. Yeah. “Even magicians do it”—Cole Porter, probably. There’s also a lot more on the calendar for today, in case, you know, you don’t want to necessarily think about Crowley gettin’ it on! Oops. Made you think about it.
Also there’s AI generative art for the week using MidJourney for the prompts “The Hermit tarot card by Max Ernst” and the description of Buer from Goetia.
Plus almanac, 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!
“I am alone: there is no God where I am.“—Bernie Sanders, probably
“Behold! these be grave mysteries; for there are also of my friends who be hermits.“—II, 24
This week I experimented with generating images using the description of Buer from Goetia. I had previously done a few when I first started doing these, but now I’m working through the list and ended up here again.
(10.) Buer. – The Tenth Spirit is Buer, a Great President. He appeareth in Sagittary, and that is his shape when the Sun is there. He teaches Philosophy, both Moral and Natural, and the Logic Art, and also the Virtues of all Herbs and Plants. He healeth all distempers in man, and giveth good Familiars. He governeth 50 Legions of Spirits, and his Character of obedience is this, which thou must wear when thou callest him forth unto appearance.
And then I asked for “The Hermit tarot card by Max Ernst”.
Then, when I was done, added these new images to the entry for Buer and created a new entry for The Hermit in Hermeneuticon.
Here’s upcoming calendar and astronomical events, plus the daily Thelemic Tephilah practice for the coming week, August 12–August 19.
- Feast for the First Night of the Prophet and his Bride, August 12
- T Polyphilus lists a date for a Feast of Heracles, August 12 on his Liturgical Calendar
- Greater Feast of William Blake, died August 12, 1827 at Westminster, United Kingdom
- Greater Feast of Isaac Bonewits, died August 12, 2010 at Clarkstown, New York
- Greater Feast of Hippolytus, died circa 235 ce at Sardinia; T Polyphilus lists a date for a Feast of Hippolytus, August 13 on his Liturgical Calendar
- Greater Feast of Rodrigo de Borja, Roderic Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, died August 18, 1503 at Rome, Italy
- Full moon, August 12 (Supermoon)
- Perseids Meteor Shower, August 12–13 (peak)
- Saturn at Opposition, August 14 (closest approach to Earth and fully illuminated by Sun)
- Moon appears very close to Jupiter, before sunrise August 14 (try even binoculars to see Jupiter’s largest moons!)
- Third quarter moon, August 18
- Moon appears close above Mars and near Pleiades, before daybreak August 19
- Thelemic Tephilah, August 12, Spirit, Liber LXV, Cap. V, 3-4
- Thelemic Tephilah, August 13, Spirit, Liber LXV, Cap. V, 5-6
- Thelemic Tephilah, August 14, Spirit, Liber LXV, Cap. V, 7
- Thelemic Tephilah, August 15, Spirit, Liber LXV, Cap. V, 8
- Thelemic Tephilah, August 16, Spirit, Liber LXV, Cap. V, 9-11
- Thelemic Tephilah, August 17, Spirit, Liber LXV, Cap. V, 12-13
- Thelemic Tephilah, August 18, Spirit, Liber LXV, Cap. V, 14-15
- Thelemic Tephilah, August 19, Spirit, Liber LXV, Cap. V, 16-18
- Welcome To The New World Dystopia by Jan Shaw, based on Crass promotional stencil
- Into Howling by Jason Triefenbach
Things to check out at Hermetic Library
- Added The Hermit and updated The Hermit entries in Hermeneuticon.
- Added a placeholder vintage cover image for Aleister Crowley’s The Sword of Song.
- Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Sun Duel has a new website linked on their profile.
- I’ve added the next 5 tales to Tiny Tales of Nasruddin by Laura Gibbs: The Wisdom of Camels, Nasruddin and the Fish, How Old Is Nasruddin?, Nasruddin and the Stranger, and Nasruddin in the Rose Garden.
- I’ve added the next 5 tales to Tiny Tales from the Sufis by Laura Gibbs: Majnun and Layla’s Beauty, Majnun’s Eyes, Majnun and the Letter-Carrier, Majnun and the Shepherd, and Majnun and the Caravan.
And on the blog
- The leper women, deprived of their revels, suddenly found themselves face to face with their disease and spent their evenings sobbing in despair.—Italo Calvino, The Cloven Viscount [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] [Blog]
- Omnium Gatherum: 10aug2022—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!
- Logan’s Run—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Logan’s Run [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by William F Nolan and George Clayton Johnson.
- In this particular lifestyle the motto is “Be happy now because tomorrow you are dying,” but the dying begins almost at once, and the happiness is a memory.—Philip K Dick, A Scanner Darkly [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] [Blog]
- Yeats, the Tarot, and the Golden Dawn—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Yeats, the Tarot, and the Golden Dawn [Amazon, Local Library] by Kathleen Raine.
- His pulses pause For his despair ineffable.—Aleister Crowley, Song of Charicles in the Tale of Archais, Part I [Blog]
- A Coney Island of the Mind—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews A Coney Island of the Mind [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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