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Hermetic Library Newsletter - Issue #45 (I am attracted to this cake. Therefore, I am cake.)

Hermetic Library Newsletter - Issue #45 (I am attracted to this cake. Therefore, I am cake.)
By John Bell the Librarian • Issue #97 • View online
This week I’ve got Magick, Music and Ritual 16! Also strange drugs, Chaosmas star, Wrock, Gävlebocken, ramen, Heaven’s Gate, swimming in the tar, the real reason, werewolves of New Jersey, ghost ship, divine cake, corporate death penalty, Dear Krampus, RIP Twitter, preserving notes & highlights, reminders, updates, quotes, reviews, mail call, and a whole lot more randomness than usual!
And, as always, I worked on various other things on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!

MMR16
Magick, Music and Ritual 16
Magick, Music and Ritual 16
At midnight this morning, my timezone, I released Magick, Music and Ritual 16, the anthology album release for 2021 from the Anthology Project, the 10th year of anthologies, is being released for the 25th anniversary of the December 3, 1996 birthday of the Hermetic Library, for immediate digital download!
Not only that, but it’s actually Bandcamp Friday today! So, it’s a great time to pick up the latest release, or another (all!) Hermetic Library Anthology Album at The Hermetic Library on Bandcamp and check out the work of all the artists over the years via their profiles.
The last 4 anthology albums
The last 4 anthology albums
By the by, I bet you didn’t know that for a while I actually had another, now inactive, anthology project. If you did, then this is merely a nostalgic reminder. If you didn’t, welp, that’s probably why it’s inactive now, eh?
This was the Anthology Project from Rigaroga’s Odd Order which was an attempt to issue annual compilations of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate geekery and nerdy mishegoss in their work.
Three issues oo1–3 from 2016–2018. BENT BROKEN BEAUTIFUL, GIT COMMIT GLITCH, and BIT NIBBLE BYTE. I wonder what the next one would have been. Maybe something “AR VR MR XR”?
Anyhow, I found myself thinking about it for some reason, and I’m listening to it all again, again. Look, I’m biased, I know, but damn!
Take strange drugs
“To worship me take wine and strange drugs"—Liber AL, II.22
Wine 🍷 & vaxx 💉 party!
Be safe out there, still & again!
Chaosmas Star Merch
It’s the beginning of a new month, so I’ve updated merch for Patrons again! Here’s a sneak peak!
Chaosmas Star
Chaosmas Star
It’s a brand new Chaosmas Star graphic I kitbashed from emoji and some other stuff I found under the couch! I literally just made this yesterday morning for funsies, and I was waffling about what I was going to do and had something else for the sticker I almost settled on, but … I mean, this was right there in front of me! Kismet! Er, I mean Chaosmet!
Don't they know it's Chaosmas?
Don't they know it's Chaosmas?
John Bilodeau
@hermeticlibrary Arioch, Arioch, egg and nog for my lord Arioch!
Xiombarg and Mabelode! Stop your fighting right now! Play nice or I’ll take all your presents back!
And to all a gesundheit!
Wizard Rock
I was realizing I don’t really miss Harry Potter anymore (Rowling can suck it), though you’ll have to pry Alfonso Cuarón’s revelatory genius movie from my cold dead hands, but I do miss Wizard Rock. Anyone else in here miss the wild creativity of Wizard Rock?
Gävlebocken
Hey, hey! If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know that
┏┓
┃┃╱╲ in
┃╱╱╲╲ this
╱╱╭╮╲╲house
▔▏┗┛▕▔ we
╱▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔╲
are conflicted about whether we want the Gävle goat to burn
╱╱┏┳┓╭╮┏┳┓ ╲╲
▔▏┗┻┛┃┃┗┻┛▕▔
But, you know, like last year, after years and years of delighted chortling in glee about the sacrifice, I’m still tending to feel like everything has been such a dumpster fire already that I kinda really am rooting for the big goat again.
Gävlebocken
I don't know if you have noticed...but the Castle Square is under renovation of some sort!
Luckily it does not affect my shining aura as you can see🌟😉
#gävlebocken#shinebrightlikeadiamond https://t.co/P7NpAFtTBU
I’m not sure Gävlebocken really needed trenches and moats, but okay. Anyhow, either way, a reminder to keep watch. It’s that time of year! Be safe, big goat friend!
Ramen
🔥David Raffin🐇🎩👙
I’m sure it has been pointed out our nation’s top Ramen is among the lowest priced!
There was a time, mainly when I was in community college, I used to measure the relative price of things by how many ramen it would be. Thus: that costs as much as X ramen! Or: that’s so expensive, if that was in ramen, where would you even store it all?!
Around the same time, I used to tell another joke tangentially similar to this one, inspired by the waitresses at the midnight diner after theatre rehearsals: Why would anyone want the 57th of anything when they can have the A 1 of it?
To which I’ll now add: after all it’s not like any town anywhere on the planet has a 57th Church of anything, when every town everywhere has at least one, probably even more, 1st Church.
Heaven's Gate
Georgina Rose 🔺🎄
I miss when conspiracy theories were fun and wacky things like flat earth and not divisive political debates.
It’s funny, and not so funny, on several levels, that I was recently watching a documentary about Heaven’s Gate and thought to myself about how mundane the crazy responsible for the largest group suicide in the US was in comparison to today.
Swimming in the tar
As strange and potentially flattering as it is to see someone on this site re-post an image I created, it’s a bit of a slap in the face when they’ve edited the image and tried to obscure the “hermetic.com” credit, and don’t link to the site. But it’s also kinda pathetic that they can’t even hide the watermark completely. I mean, seriously. If you liked my work enough to take it and modify it, but hate the site apparently, then, thanks for nothing, former mutual!
Not to put too fine a point on it, but if someone, especially a mutual, moreover with more followers, is going to irrumate me in public, they can at least also sweetly whisper my name whilst they do it.
I’m used to images I’ve put on the site and soever showing up being posted by people I don’t know with no credit or reference to Hermetic Library. That’s the Internet. People should be & do better, but there it is.
I’m also used to the constant & ongoing, direct & indirect, overt & covert efforts of the asshole wings of pro-OTO, anti-OTO, and inbetween shitting all over me and my work, behind my back to others and even to my face. A pox on both their houses.
These things are gods damned exhausting sometimes, sure, and I admit sometimes doing what I do feels like walking uphill alone in a flood of molasses, but this all is not unexpected or a surprise. Since it’s a contestant pattern of behaviours, it’s ultimately meaningless background noise. Only sometimes it seems too loud to concentrate.
But, for my part, I try to offer and expect in return mutual respect and mutual support with my mutuals, online and offline. I don’t and wouldn’t think that’s too much to ask, really. I’d say that makes me really easy to get along with, but apparently it doesn’t, for some reason.
Unexpectedly and surprisingly, people that don’t offer mutual respect and mutual support get pissed when they aren’t given respect and support unilaterally they feel entitled to.
I feel it is fair to say that mutuals that can’t reciprocate don’t deserve me and I’m not interested in swimming in the tar of their narcissism, and I also certainly won’t be recommending their swirling blackholes to others.
Anyhow find the original image for the greater feast of Aleister Crowley, that I created for my calendar project, which I did a number of years ago, on the Aleister Crowley page in Hermeneuticon.
And check out all the calendar events for December. I created graphics for all of them, and posted them over the course of a couple years. I still have to add some of the images to Hermeneuticon for the relevant entries though. But I did all the calendar events each day they occurred for a couple years and also posted for every Thelemic Tephilah through an entire year cycle.
O.K.A.Y. Doomer
O.K.A.Y. Doomer
The real reason
God
“On the day that you eat from it you will certainly die.” —Genesis 2:17

Oops. https://t.co/tOqCIZjhJq
Not only didn’t kill them, made them stronger. But the real reason kicked out:
And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever—Genesis 3:22-24
Werewolves of New Jersey
Ken Layne
Hearing the news the old-fashioned way: from loud retirees in a cafe, who say a *werewolf* was killed by cops in New Jersey.
It appears to have a certain corroborative verisimilitude! I mean, maybe this is the “cover up” story! Wow. Also, fucked up either way.
New Jersey Cop Who Killed Pedestrian, Took Body Home Was Turned in by Father: Prosecutor
Ghost ship
Ghost ship: you rang?
Ghost ship knocking: Anchor you glad you’re not me?
Ghost ship Hulk: That’s my secret. I’m always anchor-y.
Divine cake
Melek Taûs: My cake is no lie.
Deity. It does a body good. Get in my belly!
🔥David Raffin🐇🎩👙
@hermeticlibrary The purpose of this cake is to attract other cakes.
I am attracted to this cake. Therefore, I am cake.
Corporate death penalty
Corporate death penalty and criminal charges soon, right? Right?
Well, specifically I was thinking about an article I included in OG for Nov 28 which was this bit of delightful recidivist behaviour
Facebook accused of continuing to surveil teens for ad targeting – TechCrunch
but, you know, *waves hands around at everything*
Dear Krampus
Guess it’s December, I suppose it’s finally time to start making a wishlist:
Dear Krampus, All I want for Saturnalia / Winter Solstice / Perihelion is more people as Patrons I can give albums and merch to next year! Everyone else gets coal, but not enough to stay warm.
But , you know, I’m not cruel. Everyone should get UBI. Just that non-Patrons also get a useless amount of coal instead of presents.
Hermetic Library
*looks at Petite Lenormand again*

Bookish me: Hey, I just made the connection these are like the pictograms on the Golden Compass alethiometer.

RPG me: Hey, it's 36 things, and that'd fit on a d66 oracle table.
RIP Twitter
Haha. RIP Twitter? If only. “That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die.”
But, um, just in case, remember this email list and the actual Hermetic Library website with links to all the things.
Although, to be fair, neither first nor the last service that Hermetic Library has outlived …
Except all the people whining and whingeing about Twitter dying because Dorsey is stepping down seem to be reactionary right, and to heck with them anyway.
Preserving notes & highlights
Another random thought that I’ve been thinking off and on for a decade.
Psst! Hey, buddy! Want to share some wisdom?
Anybody here have a favourite book, somewhere in or adjacent to the subject matter of Hermetic Library, in which they’ve made copious highlights and notes? Interested in a way to preserve those in Hermeneuticon to share them with others?
Yeah, so get in touch. Let’s talk about how to preserve and share your highlights and notes from those, maybe!
Reminders
Send something for the Zine
Pitch an Idea
Things to check out at Hermetic Library
And on the blog
November 2020
The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 16
Pure War
Century 1969
This Is Not An Hermetic Library Anthology Album -3
Also, elsewhere
Mail call
Well, well, well, look what the cat dragged in. Yeah, so I guess Patreon took care of some constipation, or something, and these finally pooped out. ::sad trombone:: ::poop emoji:: I checked all the tracking numbers and they were all sent on Nov 24 or 25. So, no, this wasn’t the fault of a de-joyed USPS or anything. Patreon’s merch sample crew just went on a 6 month bender, I guess. Well, okay. I’ll do an unboxing video of these and so on, as I am wont to do. Maybe I should go ahead and now request the samples I didn’t bother requesting because their system was broken? Also, glad to know how Patreon support was so on the ball about everything working fine. *Han Solo voice* Uh, had a slight shipping malfunction. But, uh, everything’s perfectly all right now. We’re fine. We’re all fine here, now, thank you.
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