Hermetic Library Newsletter #84
“aw, it isn’t that bad? it’s kind of interesting?”
This week there’s a bit of an update about my experimental milpa garden, and a safety tip from me to you. I’m also introducing Beleth, the newest library server to join the team.
Also there’s AI generative art for the week using MidJourney for the prompts “The Hanged Man tarot card by Zdzisław Beksiński”, the description of Beleth from Goetia, and some variations on Aleister Crowley’s illustration of LAM from Liber LXXI.
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!
A new server has joined the Hermetic Library team! Join me in welcoming Beleth. I’m in the middle of the annoying process of migrating things now, and once I’m done I will then be decommissioning Buer. Buer has been in service hosting library related stuff, but not the main site, for, wait for it, 9 years! I’ll be sad to grant Buer’s license to depart, but it’s time to refresh a few things that are just simply easier, even if annoying to do either way, with a new server than trying to keep updating the old one.
So, this will take a while, but, it needed to be done. I’ve been working on that this week and will probably be doing this off and on for the next week or two. Hopefully not longer than that!
After that, I’ll be looking at doing another. Abaraxas, which serves the main library site, has only been in service for 3 years now, but it may be time to migrate the site again. There is a major software update that is troublesome to do on the existing server, so moving to a new server may be just the thing.
Oy. That’s a lot of migrations. Even if I only have to do it every few years, it is still a pain. Also, maybe a bit more of a pain than if I were doing it all the time still, tbh. When there’s so much time between moves, I tend to have to remind myself about a lot of things that I just don’t need to remember otherwise.
But, it’s a big deal, takes time, and is a bit stressful, even if I’ve got backups and all that jazz, just in case.
StarSpongeBob TriangleHat & Partly Burnt Runaway Stellar Remnants on tour!
First album: Peculiar Thermonuclear Supernovae
I know it’s kinda off topic maybe, but I’d mentioned my experiment with rows of milpa that I’ve benignly neglected for fun here at Hermetic Library World HQ before. I don’t know if it’s the way it should be, but it seems like I’m finally getting stuff very late in the year. Maybe it’s the late frost or perhaps I picked the wrong milpa mix. But, I’ve recently seen some actual things in the garden. Here’s a peek at some little baby corn, the first two squash, and a big sunflower.
Now, here’s a little tip from me, an amateur gardener, to you. If you pick a squash from your garden and cook it up, but find that it tastes bitter … do not keep eating just because it was from your garden and muscle through it because “aw, it isn’t that bad? it’s kind of interesting?” Yeah. Don’t do that. Spit it out. For my part, I, um, won’t make that mistake … again. I hope I won’t anyway. Oops.
The Thirteenth Spirit is called Beleth (or Bileth, or Bilet). He is a mighty King and terrible. He rideth on a pale horse with trumpets and other kinds of musical instruments playing before him. He is very furious at his first appearance, that is, while the Exorcist layeth his courage; for to do this he must hold a Hazel Wand in his hand, striking it out towards the South and East Quarters, make a triangle, △, without the Circle, and then command him into it by the Bonds and Charges of Spirits as hereafter followeth. And if he doth not enter into the triangle, △, at your threats, rehearse the Bonds and Charms before him, and then he will yield Obedience and come into it, and do what he is commanded by the Exorcist. Yet he must receive him courteously because he is a Great King, and do homage unto him, as the Kings and Princes do that attend upon him. And thou must have always a Silver Ring on the middle finger of the left hand held against thy face, as they do yet before AMAYMON. This Great King Beleth causeth all the love that may be, both of Men and of Women, until the Master Exorcist hath had his desire fulfilled. He is of the Order of Powers, and he governeth 85 Legions of Spirits. His Noble Seal is this, which is to be worn before thee at working.
Then I tried creating “The Hanged Man tarot card by Zdzisław Beksiński”.
“Zdzisław Beksiński … was a Polish painter, photographer, and sculptor, specializing in the field of dystopian surrealism.”
This week I also discovered that I could feed existing images into this thing. So, for funsies, I tried some variations based on Aleister Crowley’s illustration of LAM/The Way from Liber LXXI. You know the one! Here’s the first set.
- T Polyphilus lists a date for a Feast of Mosheh on September 4 on his Liturgical Calendar
- Greater Feast of Robert Fludd, Robert de Fluctibus, died September 8, 1637 at London, United Kingdom
- First quarter moon, September 3
- Look for Saturn shift from the left to the right of the moon, September 7–8
- Full moon, September 9–10 (Harvest Moon, full moon nearest autumnal equinox)
- Thelemic Tephilah, September 2, Spirit, Liber LXV, Cap. V, 50
- Thelemic Tephilah, September 3, Spirit, Liber LXV, Cap. V, 51
- Thelemic Tephilah, September 4, Spirit, Liber LXV, Cap. V, 52-56
- Thelemic Tephilah, September 5, Spirit, Liber LXV, Cap. V, 57
- Thelemic Tephilah, September 6, Spirit, Liber LXV, Cap. V, 58-59
- Thelemic Tephilah, September 7, Spirit, Liber LXV, Cap. V, 60-63
- Thelemic Tephilah, September 8, Spirit, Liber LXV, Cap. V, 64
- Thelemic Tephilah, September 9, Spirit, Liber LXV, Cap. V, 65
Dark Brandon says “Do what thou wilt.”
Things to check out at Hermetic Library
- In the Hermeneuticon, I added entries for LAM, The Hanged Man, Beleth, Act of Truth, Forrest J Ackerman, Abramelin operation, and A C S & H Crowley. I updated Charles Stansfeld Jones, Abyss, Ab-ul-Diz, Abrahadabra, Abbey of Thelema, A∴A∴, Fortune.
- I added a new external reference to Cyclonopedia Studies.
- Updated images and things for the Unicursal MY ECSTASY MY JOY Propaganda.
And on the blog
- August 2021—After a year as an exclusive to Patrons, who generously help make everything I do possible, I have made all curated Omnium Gatherum posts on the blog from August 2021 public. Head to the blog! Remind yourself about everything I posted that month!
- The Bridge of Lost Desire—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Bridge of Lost Desire [Amazon, Local Library] by Samuel R Delany.
- Omnium Gatherum: 31aug2022—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!
- Mail call 30aug2022—Let’s open this envelope that’s arrived at the Reading Room! It’s physical fulfillment for Tales From When I Had A Face, a crowdfunding effort by James Curcio [Amazon]!
- Everywhere I go, there I am.—Miki Johnson, Ozark, s03e09, Fire Pink [Blog]
- The Mad Scientist and A Dusting of Mummies—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec Vol. 2: The Mad Scientist and A Dusting of Mummies [Amazon, Publisher, Local Library] by Jacques Tardi.
- the display screen showing the status of the disaster mitigation effort—all the ships, people, Jedi, Republic, locals. Red, green, blue, worlds, lives, hope, despair.—Charles Soule, Light of the Jedi [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] [Blog]
- The Age of Reason—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Age of Reason [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Thomas Paine, ed Moncure Daniel Conway.
- Happiness for everyone! Free! As much happiness as you want! Everyone gather round! Plenty for everyone! No one will be forgotten! Free! Happiness! Free!—Arkady Strugatsky & Boris Strugatsky, Roadside Picnic [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] [Blog]
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