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

Hermetic Library Newsletter - Issue #39 (Fngbe Bcren Grarg Nercb Ebgnf!)
By John Bell the Librarian • Issue #80 • View online
This week I’ve got the Sator Square ROT-13, PIE gender and magick, Pan in Bensalem, mining synthetic women, doing a really damned shitty job, Our Lady of Darkness, a secret tip about moving books, reminders, updates, quotes, reviews, and more!
And, as always, I worked on various other things on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!

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!
Sator Square ROT-13
Sator Square ROT-13
Ph'nglui mglw'nfah Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn! Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn!
I don’t know about the others, but I think the last 5 letters are pronounced “Embiggen AF”. The middle 5 are probably the secret, true, initiated pronunciation of GIF.
Gender
Thinking about how gender is a linguistic construction, and PIE had “animate” and “neuter” gender. Compare to how we talk in magick and esotericism about active and passive, active and receptive; and how this reflects on not getting stuck on 1:1 relation to sex and biology.
Think of PIE “animate” as the energized, charged, or deific version of a thing, as opposed to the mundane version of a thing which is inert or neuter.
Bensalem
Hold up.
“Police in Bensalem, Pennsylvania have issued explicit warnings suggesting that the trend could cause a panic and lead to pandemonium in their community.” [via]
Bensalem were the same bumblefucks that made up that news about pot edibles being given out as Halloween candy back in September! (And started my whole red book meme thing.)
Seems to me the police in Bensalem may need some edibles so they can chill the hellmaxx out. Or maybe they ate too many and are freakin’ themselves out?
Dare I say? Someone needs to do a wellness check on the police in Bensalem. They may have dipped a bit too deep into the meth in their evidence locker.
In other news, I’ve found the actual source of the panic and pandemonium, and it’s coming from inside the police station. Wonder what else they’re afraid of? Monsters under their bed? Aliens from space coming to probe them in their TheLAMa bama loos?
On the other hand, in honour of the panic and pandemonium: Io Pan! Io Pan Pan! Pan! Io Pan!
Synthetic women
Sexy Javacrucian Costume
Sales:
** Slaps RTX box **
"These CUDA cores can mine so many synthetic women." https://t.co/qMn5QNqsX1
Doing a really damned shitty job
Georgina Rose 🔺
Nothing cracks me up more than the conspiracy theories about thelema, as if thelemites could run a shadow government, when in reality we're too busy bickering with each other over gematria.
The best part of Thelema is that it keeps certain people busy with stuff that doesn’t impact the general population and off the streets. The worst part is that means anyone else in Thelema has to deal with those people in concentrated levels.
And, as for being a conspiracy, to paraphrase what I said of the Illuminati in my review of Perfectibilists: “Clearly it’s not a dangerous conspiracy, because even if they were a conspiracy, then they’re doing a really damned shitty job.”
Our Lady of Darkness
#JenX 🧋♎︎
it's all fun being a bibliophile until you have to move
Or have to reinforce the floor to support enough shelves …
Me: Yes, it’s nice, but can the floor support 4 waterbeds in the main room?
Realtor: ::spit take:: Whut? ::fry squint:: not sure if weird sex cult or a bibliophile.
(In this this house, little lady, weird sex cult and bibliophile is the same thing. My house, my rules!)
Me: Get you a partner who can do both? ::points to Our Lady of Darkness sleeping in my bed::
(Yes, I staged this image, and it’s kinda just whatever I grabbed from my shelves, not super thought out, but … how many of these do you recognize? Have?)
By the by, a secret tip, from me to you, about moving books: milk crates. Line ‘em with 13 gallon trash bags, fill 'em, and then stack 'em as high as you want. Each one is a cinch to move and they are great for storage and moving. As a bonus tip: get a ton of velcro ties you can use to tie the crates together through the holes when they’re in a truck for moving and also you can use the crates tied together as temporary shelving on their sides.
Reminders
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Things to check out at Hermetic Library
And on the blog
Tales of Nevèrÿon
Desolation Road
Mail call
Shipped from Michigan, addressed to current resident, this ~500 newspaper-print quality paperback, claiming a cover price of $15, of a work “first published in the 1880s” arrived at the Reading Room. I mean, if they’re going to send old books, I can think of a few I’d like more, tbh. But also someone’s spending a lot of money on this kind of thing. I presume this is mainly intended as anti-vatican propaganda because of Biden’s catholicism.
The final question on the back cover appears not to be the actual topic of the book, and raises an issue of separation of church and state that I don’t think the people sending this thought through fully. “If a political superpower and a religious superpower join forces, what will be the inevitable result?” They probably want union of church & state, but a specific *cough* evangelical protestant *cough* kind of religious state, I think.
Haha! In a twist I’d didn’t see coming, this is a Seventh-day Adventist related text. Huh! It’s not clear that the publisher is tho. However, they appear to have a major campaign to solicit donations to send these out and their online price per copy goes as low as 84¢ in bulk. Wild. The AOL disc of political religion.
Anyone want to donate lots of money to print and mail out a metric butt load of Hermetic Library propaganda postcards to … what, all the churches everywhere, maybe?
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