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By John Bell the Librarian

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Omnium Gatherum: 24oct2021

“David Zwirner Announces Hilma af Klint: Tree of Knowledge. November 3–December 18, 2021 Press viewing: Wednesday, November 3, 3–5 PM 34 East 69th Street, New York.”—”As with many of her peers, af Klint was profoundly interested in spiritual movements and phi…


Hermetic Library Newsletter - Issue #39 (Fngbe Bcren Grarg Nercb Ebgnf!)

If you run the Sator Square through old-school Internet's ROT-13 filter, it comes out as something that almost might have been said by a Cthulhu worshipper: Fngbe Bcren Grarg Nercb Ebgnf!

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Omnium Gatherum: 20oct2021

Scarlet Imprint has a new website design.“The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming. Document Transcriptions.”—”We invite you to use these images and transcriptions to read the original documents in The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming. Sev…

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Omnium Gatherum: 17oct2021

“31 Days of Horror, Day Twelve: A One Year Anniversary Giveaway For The Art Of The Occult“—”And sneaking this in here, which means you had to read this whole post in order get to this point: wouldst thou like to win a delicious, signed copy of The Art of the …


Hermetic Library Newsletter - Issue #38 (TheLAMa is a UFO cult CONFIRMED! 👽🛸)

Curious bit of sigilization technique from an article I was reading "What I Learned About My Writing By Seeing Only The Punctuation. I made a web tool that lets you spy your hidden literary style."I applied this to all of Liber Al vel Legis, for fun.

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Omnium Gatherum: 13oct2021

“So Mote That Con. 10/16/2021 & 10/17/2021. A virtual conference on living as a witch in today’s world, with workshops, raffles, & more.”Missed mentioning this, but maybe you noticed it? “‘Moderate’ geomagnetic storm headed for Earth; aurora could be …

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Omnium Gatherum: 10oct2021

“European Film Festival in South Africa. 14 – 24 October 2021. The 8th edition of the European Film Festival in South Africa will present a select curation of 18 top new films from Europe. With South Africa still facing a lot of uncertainty around COVID and f…


Hermetic Library Newsletter - Issue #37 ("'There is a budding morrow in midnight', wrote Keats.")

The newest merch I've added this month for Patrons is based on the Pandora and the Laptop meme I created back in July. I've added this design on an organic tote. Here's what it looks like!

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Omnium Gatherum: 6oct2021

“Looking Past The Pandemic and Transforming Theater“—”The second production of the season is On Baile’s Strand, by William Butler Yeats. It will be directed by Professor Barry Cavin and performed February 18-27, 2022.” This will be from the Florida Gulf Coast…

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Omnium Gatherum: 3oct2021

“Stoicon 2021 by Modern Stoicism. The 9th Annual International Stoicon Conference, Organized by Modern Stoicism Ltd., Held Online: Saturday, October 9, 2021.”—”Modern Stoicism, Ltd., is a non-profit organization run by a multidisciplinary team of volunteers. …


Hermetic Library Newsletter - Issue #36 (♬ Mommas, ♫ don't let your babies grow up ♪ to be Centres of Pestilence ♫)

Deadline for Magick, Music and Ritual 16 (and TINAHLAA -3!) was yesterday! So, now I get to work on getting playlists sorted and all that stuff I have to do before release, which for the anthology will be early December, on the library's birthday anniversary!…

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Omnium Gatherum: 29sept2021

Last 48 hours: “Tales From When I Had A Face. A modern fairy-tale about death, loss, and finding redemption in the strangest places.”—”Tales From When I Had A Face is a part of an ongoing fictional universe, The Fallen Cycle mythos, created by James Curcio, a…

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Omnium Gatherum: 26sept2021

“The New Enlightenment: Discussion with Peter B. Kaufman & Catherine Stihler by Internet Archive. A discussion with the author of The New Enlightenment, Peter B. Kaufman, and the CEO of Creative Commons, Catherine Stihler. Wed, September 29, 2021. 12:00 P…


Hermetic Library Newsletter - Issue #35 (Party like it's 2011!)

It was 10 years ago this December, for the 15th anniversary of the birth of the library in 1996, I released Magick, Music and Ritual 1 in 2011. This was the first album from the Hermetic Library Anthology Project! Aside from having all of them on Bandcamp, I …

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Omnium Gatherum: 22sept2021

“First day of fall: Why the equinox isn’t as equal as you might think.”“The Equinox Pass Words Employed by the Original Order of the Golden Dawn“—”Yet, perhaps surprisingly to some, we know the actual Pass Words used by the original Order, for quite a number …

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Omnium Gatherum: 19sept2021

So, the people that bought Boleskine are asking for more money, this time for the roof. “‘Raise the Roof’ of Boleskine House“—”We Need Your Help by Christmas 2021 to ‘Raise the Roof’ of Boleskine House!”Tweet—”Hi Internet! I’m Drew and THIS IS MY FACE. If thi…


Hermetic Library Newsletter - Issue #34 (Too spicy? Too salty?)

Toward the end of my Masters program in Whole Systems Design, I started to think about the idea of "field thinking" as an answer to some of the holes I started to feel existed in the field of "systems thinking". Unfortunately, a lot of what I was thinking abo…

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Omnium Gatherum: 15sept2021

Crowdfunding with 23 days to go: “Anne of Green Gables: Vampire Hunter. A limited edition case laminate hardcover of ‘Anne of Green Gables: Vampire Hunter’ for readers 9-12.”—”A limited edition case laminate hardcover of an original Anne Shirley gothic advent…

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Omnium Gatherum: 12sept2021

Via email—”Marseille Tarot Courses. Can taken independently of one another” from Treadwell’s. “Major Arcana. This online course gets you right into the Marseille tarot which goes back to the 17th century. These four weeks dive to the 22 major cards, their sym…


Hermetic Library Newsletter - Issue #33 (I'm not sure if my eyes aren't still a little bit stuck from how hard they rolled)

Twitter just reminded me that I've been on that platform, as Hermetic Library, for 12 years now.