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Hermetic Library Newsletter - Issue #23 (Θώθ, what's this?)

Hermetic Library Newsletter - Issue #23 (Θώθ, what's this?)
By John Bell the Librarian • Issue #33 • View online
This last week at the library has been daily rain and thunderstorms and (seriously?) fireworks, and daily flood warnings (some even flash flood warnings!), and hot temperatures; though I have to admit it hasn’t been as bad as some other places have been having it, both for weather and events, I can’t help but wish I already had my new roof at Hermetic Library HQ, but that’s still in the works, but some progress has been made, at least.
I’ve updated the design for the Patreon merch sticker, retiring the previous design. There’s a new special offer, a collaboration with Century Guild, that started this month and runs through at least August on Patreon, a new issue of the Zine officially releases on July 5th (although it is technically already released!), because of a hashtag on Twitter there’s been an opportunity to talk about mental enclosure and to enjoy people’s shelfies with their occult books, plus the regular raft of quotes, reviews, and more.
Also, since it’s the beginning of the month, there’s a reminder about upcoming calendar events to keep in mind. I’ve also made public the Omnium Gatherum posts on the blog for June 2020 that were all previously exclusive for a year, so check those out.
And, as always, I worked on various other things on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!

Uwu / Θώθ Meme Sticker
Θώθ, what's this?
Θώθ, what's this?
I just refreshed the sticker design for Patrons in this year’s ongoing Patreon merch experiment. This is based on a quick kitbashed image as a fun meme I created for a Twitter thread earlier this year, which is, of course, informed by the observation that UwU and Θώθ look strikingly similar, apparently most significantly by Tumblr users Necromanceher and sadoeconomist back in 2017.
If you want in on this, and other cool perks, merch, and more, whilst helping both myself and Hermetic Library keep at it, consider becoming an ongoing Patron!
Century Guild Collaboration
In collaboration with Century Guild, through August, I have an exclusive limited-time special offer for new Sol (Propagandist) and Saturn (Fashionist) Patron supporters in their first month of a special archival reproduction of an antique poster in addition to all the other awesome perks, merch, giveaways, and offers.
The first 10 posters!
The first 10 posters!
Thanks to Century Guild for being part of this, and moreover this special offer is an extra and especial way for both of us to say thank you to those able to support my work and Hermetic Library at these new pledge levels.
Read more about this with details about each poster in the first set over at Century Guild archival reproduction antique poster special offer collaboration on Patreon.
Sneak peek at Hermetic Library Zine July 2021
It's real!
It's real!
Although not actually released until Aphelion on July 5th, I have technically released Hermetic Library Zine, Aphelion, July 2021, Issue #4!
I’m sure I’ll mention this again, as I am wont to do, but here’s the details:
Each zine is a wild and wooly whatever of occultura and esoterrata compiled together, generally related to Hermetic Library’s overall mission of archiving, engaging and encouraging the living Esoteric Tradition, Hermeticism, and Aleister Crowley’s Thelema.
Contents of this issue are:
Richárd Lukács—Babalon #2, Aiden Reese—O Chaos O God, Richárd Lukács—Esbat #1, David Raffin—Switzerland is nice, as they say in Switzerland, Maevius Lynn—Demiurge, Jonathan Korman—Esoteric Cultural Appropriation, Frank Ra—The Renaissance Mantegna Tarot: History Meets Applied Psychology, Johana Reuter—Ritual Beads: Gate-Key to Magick, John Griogair Bell—Caption Contest, John Griogair Bell—Advancement is no guarantee of attainment, John Griogair Bell—Meme, John Griogair Bell—The shocking truth about magic talking cats, Richárd Lukács—Babalon #1
There it is! It exists! That’s two issues in 2021! After not being able to make more issues since the first two in 2016, because of not having material for them, it’s exciting to get these so close together.
And, um, not for nothing, but, hey, yeah. Got something for the next one, hopefully to release at Perihelion in January 2022? Because, wow. I’ve got another empty layout to fill now! Send me something!
Mental enclosure movement
Apparently, lately, again, there are some people currently saying that books are bad. Some are saying old books are bad. Others are saying new books are bad. Some say particular books are bad. I mean, yeah, some of them are, sure; and there are publishers that have had a tendency to publish books that have various certain qualities, sure. But, counterpoint: I suggest that people generalizing from specific examples to all things are bad are themselves bad, and I might even be willing to bet those who make that leap have bookshelves, if they even have them, which are a red flag.
Mourn Alexandria. Mourn book burnings. Celebrate banned books week. Celebrate public domain day. Don’t let the forces of anti-enlightenment win!
Check out #DefendOccultBooks for more on this with a bunch of people’s occultish shelfies for fun.
Here’s a picture of Hermetic Library’s Reading Room from several years ago.
The (prior to the previous) Reading Room
The (prior to the previous) Reading Room
More to the point, this is my library and anti-library [see, also, also, and]. My shelves have books I’ve read and not read. There are books I want to read and books I don’t. There are books I read decades ago and books I read recently. There are a few I’ve read multiple times, others that I occasionally reference, and others I’ve read but only remember when I see their spine; as I get older, there are even some I’ve mostly forgotten all about which haunt my shelves like ghosts that want to jump scare me. There are books I love and books I hate. There are books I agree with and books I don’t. And each of these is a merism not binary.
I’ve said before, I don’t require everything I read agree with me. And, you know, I read plenty of books across the town-gown-tau spectrum, and some of them aren’t all that great, even if they aren’t bad bad, y'know? But I’ve gotten something out of reading them natheless.
Also, as I’ve said before, in part, a house is not a home without a library for soul, among other needful things.
Anti-intellectualism and anti-enlightenment are mental enclosure movements. Don’t let mental landlords claim your mind and rent it back to you for their benefit and profit, or kick you off it to become mindless.
This is also true for the enclosure of information that feeds your mind. For example, make it a practice to read banned books! Support copyright reforms that restore our shared-good public domain. Furthermore, help efforts to preserve and present, collect and curate materials that otherwise might be lost to time, I might add …
Become a philosophical Digger or Leveller!
Also, death to the Mind Parasites!
Things at Hermetic Library to check out
Um. I did work on converting the old kludgy Symbol font in-browser display code from the original issue that no longer works (either in the issue or in the archive) into actual Unicode glyphs for the Ισοψηφος article in JWMT added last week, but I’ve only just gotten started. Mainly I created a tool to help me automate some of it and tested it out on just the first little bit. Still, that’s going to take a while before it is done!
This week has been super busy with stuff that wasn’t specifically about pages on the site, and there’s a lot going on this month. But, I hope to get back to adding and improving stuff for this newsletter feature in the coming week!
And on the blog
Ravalette
Zanoni
June 2020 - The Hermetic Library Blog
Also, elsewhere
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