Hermetic Library Newsletter #87
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!
EXPLAIN CROWLEY TO ME OR I'LL FUCKING KILL YOU! DON'T DUMB IT DOWN INTO SOME VAGUE SHIT! EXPLAIN CROWLEY TO ME RIGHT NOW OR I'LL LITERALLY FUCKING KILL YOu! WHAT THE FUCK IS THE KHABS IS IN THE KHU NOT THE KHU IN THE KHABS?
Banned Books Week
It’s Banned Books Week! Remember to read something subversive, offensive, or outsider at Hermetic Library. I make a point to read banned books, myself; and I'm sure you can find something that someone wants banned over at Hermetic Library!
Joe said, ‘I read it in the toilet. I hid it in a pillow. In fact, I read it because it was banned.’—PKD, The Man in the High Castle
For Banned Books Week, visit Hermetic Library for something to read in the toilet or hide under a pillow!
Remember Alexandria. Remember book burnings. Remember banned books week. Remember public domain day. Don’t let the forces of anti-enlightenment win!
And, you know, you could also check out ALA’s official site: Banned Books Week, Sept 18–24, 2022.
This week I did experiments with text and image prompts for Eligos, from Goetia. I tried half of these with just the text and the other half with the text plus the image of the seal as a hint, just to see what happened. Also, again, I’ll include these as 4up groups linked to the thread if you want to see more, instead of including all the huge images in this newsletter directly.
Next I ran my experiment for Atu XIV, Art / Temperance as if my David Palladini.
I’ve actually been spreading these images out at a couple a day, so the thread of tarot card experiments for this week is only ½ done atm.
David Palladini was the creator and artist of Aquarian Tarot and New Palladini Tarot, and author of Painting the Soul, and more. He passed away in 2019. I’m not feeling like these captured his style at all, really, but they’re what I got!
👩 Honey, please wake up our son.
- Greater Feast of Paracelsus, Theophrastus von Hohenheim, September 24, 1541 at Salzburg, Austria
- T Polyphilus lists a date for a Feast of Cosmus and Damianus on September 26 on his Liturgical Calendar
- Greater Feast of Raymond Buckland, died September 27, 2017 at Ohio, United States
- Greater Feast of Hugh Hefner, died September 27, 2017 at Los Angeles, California
And, here’s some upcoming events posted to the Calendar blog. I’ve lost track of which of these' I’ve mentioned, so I’ll just start over by including all that are still in the future.
- High Holidays with Beyt Tikkun 2022—Sept–Oct, 2022, Online
- The After Path: A Samhain Spirit Workshop with Pam Grossman—October 27, Online
- Vast Sky Mind: Fundamentals of Nondual Meditation and Awakening — Oct 17, 2022–Jan 16, 2023, Online
- Introduction to Western Esotericism — Nov 16, 2022–Oct 11, 2023, Online
- Zodiacal light, late September — “This triangular tower of light, also known as a ‘false dawn,’ is a fleeting specter, often appearing for less than an hour at the end of evening twilight or just before morning twilight. What's particularly fascinating about it, however, isn't just its ethereal glow, but what causes it to occur in the first place.”
- New moon, September 25 (dark skies, so check out Eye of God!)
- Jupiter at opposition, September 26 (closest approach in 70 years and fully illuminated)
- NASA is crashing, on purpose, into an asteroid, September 26 (Watch via NASA Live starting 5:30pm US/Eastern)
- Thelemic Tephilah, September 23, Saturn, Liber VII, Cap. II, 39-44
- Thelemic Tephilah, September 24, Saturn, Liber VII, Cap. II, 45-53
- Thelemic Tephilah, September 25, Jupiter, Liber VII, Cap. III, 1-7
- Thelemic Tephilah, September 26, Jupiter, Liber VII, Cap. III, 8-19
- Thelemic Tephilah, September 27, Jupiter, Liber VII, Cap. III, 20-26
- Thelemic Tephilah, September 28, Jupiter, Liber VII, Cap. III, 27-37
- Thelemic Tephilah, September 29, Jupiter, Liber VII, Cap. III, 38-44
- Thelemic Tephilah, September 30, Jupiter, Liber VII, Cap. III, 45-52
- Squatting ver. 93 by Jan Shaw
- Untitled by Chandor Gloömy
- The Spam Dagger, an old, new-to-you, verse form, by John Griogair Bell
Things to check out at Hermetic Library
- I’ve added Hermeneuticon entries for Art, Eligos, Soliman ben Aissa, Roddie Minor, Cornelius Agrippa, Agnostic Journal, and Agape Lodge.
- I’ve added new downloadable images to the Unicursal NO GOD WHERE I AM Propaganda page.
And on the blog
- The Doctor Is Out—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Strange: The Doctor Is Out [Amazon, Hoopla, Local Library] by Mark Waid, Emma Rios, & al.
- Omnium Gatherum: 21sep2022—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!
- Kalle was burdened with an intense pain located about a hand’s breadth below his right collar bone. No, there was no tumor or anything of the sort there, he had had it checked, but it was exactly there that it started to hurt whenever life got to him. A black heart pumping despair into his body.—John Ajvide Lindqvist, trans. Ebba Segerberg, Let the Old Dreams Die: Stories [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] [Blog]
- A Rendezvous in Averoigne—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews A Rendezvous in Averoigne: The Best Fantastic Tales of Clark Ashton Smith [Amazon, Abebooks, Local Library] by Clark Ashton Smith, illo Jeffrey K Potter, intro Ray Bradbury.
- What then is happiness? Let us try basing it upon Life.—Plotinus, “The First Ennead” in The Six Enneads [Blog]
- The Long Tomorrow—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Long Tomorrow [Amazon, Bookshop (New), Publisher (New), Local Library] by Leigh Brackett.
- I’d only been there a few days when I got myself into another serious mess, undeserved to tell the truth, because this time around I was entirely blameless—whatever you may have heard.—Catalina De Erauso, trans Michele Stepto, Gabri Stepto, Lieutenant Nun: Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] [Blog]
- Language, Truth, and Logic—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Language, Truth, and Logic [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by A J (Alfred Jules) Ayer. (See also 2nd edition.)
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