Hermetic Library Newsletter #98
Goodbye Library Cat Mars Hypotenuse Pteropus!
This week I said goodbye to Library Cat Mars as she passed away. Egads. Along with (her mother? sister?) Beesknees, who passed early last year; and Ereshkigal also unexpectedly passing earlier this year, it’s been an awful lot of loss and heartache to handle at the library lately, tbh. It’s a bit hard to write about it without having to take a break, you know?
In other news, I also had an outage this week that took me offline for most of a day, which was a bummer; but, I did laundry, read, sipped on a smoothie, and cuddled library cats. That was fine. More of that. Maybe not the laundry part, per se. Almost sad to get the Internet back, but needs must!
Plus, almanac, propaganda, a sort of meme thing, calendar, zine, updates, quotes, reviews, and more!
And, as always, I worked on various other things on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!
Mars Hypotenuse Pteropus
Goodbye Library Cat Mars Hypotenuse Pteropus! After hardship, and, frankly, horror, before we met in 2016; she became a sweet (and yet still annoying!) snuggle bug. Please help me send her on her way by having her in your kind thoughts for a while.
She had been abused, abandoned and left to starve when she came into my life.
I tried to gave her the best I was able in the last years of her life, safe and warm and fed and loved.
She would often rush to try and claim a spot near or on me where she could hold on to my arm and rest her head on my hand. I had nicknamed her squeaker because she made a funny squeaking noise any time I picked her up. She would sometimes wake up a bit confused and yell out thinking she'd been abandoned again, and I would always rush to assure her that was merely a different lifetime and she was home now.
I have no idea how old she was. She was an adult when we met. But, whatever age, she started to show it, and slow down; and recently started feeling ill. I’ve been nursing her and made her as comfortable as I could, and in the end I held her in my arms as she passed.
Followers in the ‘verse
Whilst the growth has definitely slowed down, the follower count over on the main library social in the ‘verse has passed 412 …
… and 418 …
“Being of the Angels of the 30 Aethyrs THE VISION AND THE VOICE With COMMENTARY by THE MASTER THERION”—LIBER XXX AERUM vel Saeculi sub figvra CCCCXVIII
I don’t know when I’ll stop shouting these out. It’s still a little bit fun for me, but I might quit after 666, and then mention the count again only if it reaches a new increment of 1000. If it does. Who knows?
But, I can pretty much say, with confidence, that even with only 400+ followers atm, I’m still reaching more of those followers than I used to reach on big social, and a lot of other people besides who also see things in boosted by others and in the federated feed on their instances without following me specifically. Way more people see what I’m posting now in the ‘verse than ever did in the other places, even with orders of magnitude more people trying to follow along.
MidJourney & DALL-E
Finishing up the series from last week, I started new ones. I began a series for Bune from Goetia on Tuesday.
(26.) Bune or Bimé.—The Twenty-sixth Spirit is Buné (or Bim). He is a Strong, Great and Mighty Duke. He appeareth in the form of a Dragon with three heads, one like a Dog, one like a Gryphon, and one like a Man. He speaketh with a high and comely Voice. He changeth the Place of the Dead, and causeth the Spirits which be under him to gather together upon your Sepulchres. He giveth Riches unto a Man, and maketh him Wise and Eloquent. He giveth true Answers unto Demands. And he governeth 30 Legions of Spirits. His seal is this, unto the which he oweth obedience. Hath another seal (which is the first of these, but the last is the best).
Here’s 4up grids with previews.
Then, on Thursday, I started a series for Princess of Wands from the Thoth Deck.
- Geminids meteor shower, December 13–14
- Third quarter moon, December 16
- Thelemic Tephilah, December 9, Nuit, Liber L., Cap. I, 64-66
- Thelemic Tephilah, December 10, (Silence)
- Thelemic Tephilah, December 11, Hadit, Liber L., Cap. II, 1-2
- Thelemic Tephilah, December 12, Hadit, Liber L., Cap. II, 3-4
- Thelemic Tephilah, December 13, Hadit, Liber L., Cap. II, 5-6
- Thelemic Tephilah, December 14, Hadit, Liber L., Cap. II, 7-8
- Thelemic Tephilah, December 15, Hadit, Liber L., Cap. II, 9-13
- Thelemic Tephilah, December 16, Hadit, Liber L., Cap. II, 14-16
- Crowley Cocaine Poetry by John Griogair Bell
- A Letter Tablet Exchanged Between Babylonian Court Exorcists Relating the Process of the Ancient Exorcistic Healing Rituals by T.A.L. de Sacks
Things to check out at Hermetic Library
- I added entries in Hermeneuticon for Princess of Wands and Bune.
- I added the next 5 TOC for Tiny Tales from the Sufis, including The Dervish and the Rich Man, The Sufi and the Gravedigger, The King Enslaved, The Faithful Man’s Shadow, and The Boy and his Candle.
- I added te next 5 TOC for Tiny Tales of Nasruddin, including How Old Is Nasruddin’s Wife?, Nasruddin’s Wife and the Stew, Nine Months for a Baby, Nasruddin’s Toothache, and Nasruddin’s Lost Key.
- I added new tales for the month from Jürgen Hubert: The Moss Woman’s Hindquarter, A Wood Woman Mourns Her Husband, and The Hounded Forest Woman.
- Updated the images on the Village THIS PLACE THIS TIME THIS WORK Propaganda page.
- Made some improvements to Liber תישארב (ThIShARB) Viae Memoriae sub figurâ CMXIII, and Uranus Symbolically Considered.
- I also actually did a little bit of work fleshing out a small section of my own writing on Witchcraft, Thelema and Christianity which I hadn’t touched in a million years, approximately.
And on the blog
- It turns out that it doesn’t matter much what activity a person is doing. Typically fun activities didn’t correlate much with happiness. Instead, what matters is whether you are paying attention to what you are doing. Focused attention was strongly correlated with feeling happy, whereas having a wandering mind was usually accompanied by unpleasant feelings. Interestingly, human beings are very prone to mind wandering.—Michael Taft, The Mindful Geek: Mindfulness Meditation for Secular Skeptics [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] [Blog]
- Living in the Sunlight—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Living in the Sunlight: Making a Forgotten Meditation an Atomic Habit [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher] by Steve King.
- Omnium Gatherum: 7dec2022—First OG of the month, so this one is available to all Patrons! 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!
- Having attained that state, he may retire from the world and employ his energies for the employment and the further expansion of the spiritual power which he possesses. He will be perfectly happy, because that which he desires he can create in his own interior world. He expects no future reward in heaven; for what could heaven offer to him except happiness which he already possesses. He desires no other good but to create good for the world.—Franz Hartmann, With The Adepts [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library, Hermetic Library] [Blog]
- Memoirs Found in a Bathtub—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Memoirs Found in a Bathtub [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Stanisław Lem, trans Michael Kandel and Christine Rose, book 2 in the From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy series.
- I have seen possibilities which have enforced a humbleness that is not good for my happiness nor conducive to my development. Henceforward I will espouse the cause of vanity. It is only the vain who deprecate vanity in others.—J D Beresford, The Wonder [Amazon, Bookshop, Gutenberg, Gutenberg (alt), Local Library] [Blog]
- Transit to Scorpio—Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Transit to Scorpio [Amazon, Abebooks, Local Library] by Alan Burt Akers, part of the Dray Prescot series.
- Anthology news, December 5 [Followers/Bandcamp]
- Join me in welcoming Seidmen as a MUSIC RADIO @ HRMTC content partner over on @musicradio where their album The Insatiable Peripheral Quadriga of Sex is now in the general rotation mix!
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