Hermetic Library Newsletter - Issue #3 (Magical Work in Oz)

Hermetic Library Newsletter - Issue #3 (Magical Work in Oz)
By John Bell the Librarian • Issue #3 • View online
Check out guest artist Miky Morgado’s “The Tower”! Look for more from Miky on the blog and in the zine soon.
For my part, I was reminded of Oz, made an authentic Unicursal Hexagram pizza, a special Unicursal Heart for Lupercalia, and, as always, worked on the website, blog, and more … Enjoy!
By the by, this week through next week is a winter storm, with snow everywhere and temperatures way below freezing all day, here at the library. Hope you’re staying comfy, whatever value of comfy is appropriate for your current local weather!

The Tower - XVI by Miky Morgado
The Tower - XVI by Miky Morgado
The Tower - XVI by Miky Morgado.
Mixed media on 300gr paper
Magical Work in Oz
There’s recently been news about plans for another remake of Wizard of Oz. As if anyone could do better than The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz? Pshaw! (Ugh, and don’t even get me started on Wicked which is only redeemed at all by the musical, which was far better than the book.)
But, I’m always surprised when I meet people that don’t know the movie was based on the book by L Frank Baum, and that book is only the first in an extensive series, which also continued long after Baum’s death. Frankly, the first book, I think, isn’t even the best. Personally, I stan Ozma and Jack Pumpkinhead.
Back in 2006, I was involved in a planning committee for BC Witchcamp, an annual retreat in the Reclaiming tradition, and helped select the theme Wizard of Oz. I then spent a silly amount of time doing my own research and thinking about the theme, and came up with a bunch of stuff. I was in grad school at the time. I was probably avoiding working on my thesis, tbh.
The Shelfie of Oz
The Shelfie of Oz
I put a lot of it online, but, as I gander at it now, I realize I didn’t finish it. (I ended up not going to the actual camp event, for personal reasons, and so didn’t finish those pages.) But, what I wrote is still up. You might find it interesting.
“Yeah, it’s about modern western magic in the framework of the Oz stories, as a modern myth that is in the public domain.
There is a great deal of work that has been done on Oz as metaphor, allegory, myth, & c., but surprisingly little has been done on Oz as magic. Even more, few of the published books rest on the original materials, instead they are primarily based on the classic MGM cinema version of the story and only occasionally reference the original story as an aside.
These pages are an exploration of the connections and patterns between the original Oz stories and the work of magic, in both theoretical and practical aspects.
Traveling to Oz is a chance to experience more than what the common state of the human condition. On one level, Oz is a magical place that isn’t normal earth, either the faery realms or a land of dreams. On another, Oz could be the afterlife. Another, Oz could be seen as the promise of an ‘awakened’ life in contrast to the sleepy, somnambulant humans stuck in Kansas. Or, Oz is an allegorical tale of initiation and growth, where an individual comes into her power, and meets other powerful allies, who all form either aspects of a reconnected whole self or a vibrant family of choice.
Moreover, the experience of Oz is one of magic. Oz is a place where people come into their power and develop skills in the appropriate and right use of power.”
There’s a lot more, even if some of it isn’t finished, and some of what is finished, apparently, could use some additional editing. ::sad trombone:: Still, I’m kind of proud of that work, and think about it every time something about Oz comes up. So, if you’re interested, head over to my personal site, and check it out!
(Eventually I’ll probably mirror this over at the library, but I’ve just not gotten a round tuit, plus then I’d have to actually finish it.)
Ozma and Glinda k-i-s-s-i-n-g
Ozma and Glinda k-i-s-s-i-n-g
Authentic Unicursal Hexagram Pizza
Look what you monsters made me do! Here’s an authentic Unicursal Hexagram Pizza for real! “The Only Correct Way To Slice Pizza. Fight Me."™️
We finally really did it. [falls to his knees screaming] YOU MANIACS! YOU CUT IT UP! AH, DAMN YOU! GOD DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!!
As much as I liked the silly graphic I made, I wanted to see a real one.
Twirling the cutter all the way around seemed too awkward, so I let myself angle and reverse direction within the one cut.
Thelemic Konami Code!
Yeah, I cut it before cooking it. But, um, you know they come that way, right? Haha, j/k!
I mean, no, they actually do come that way, but I was just going to cook 1 serving, not the whole thing. So, I decided to cut it first and use my toaster oven.
But, really, it’s because “I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel.”
There’s even special sauce on it. Wait. What? NOOOOOooooOOOOOooooo. Not that kind. I meant hot sauce. Geez!
Unicursal Heart
Speaking of Unicursal Hexagrams, just in time for your Valentine’s / Lupercalia festivities, be sure to check out my new Unicursal Heart Serpent Blood Love Law Hexagram design. I’ve had this wyrming around in my brain for over a year now, and, given the season, thought it was a great time to make it finally happen.
e-girl and her podcaster boyfriend
e-girl and her podcaster boyfriend
Suspicious blank
I have run into a misprint in the text for Crowley’s Gargoyles as presented within in Collected Works,Vol III. I ran into this as I was preparing the page for this at the library sourced from both Bill Heidrick’s project to digitize Crowley material and in the print version of Collected Works, or, more properly Works of Aleister Crowley, in three volumes.
There’s a suspicious blank space in Gargoyles at “Kali” where it seems like the type slug didn’t hit the paper fully, or something. Moreover, the old Heidrick transcriptions faithfully includes this oddity without change or comment. By my eye, the text “may _ie” maybe should be “may die”?
"may _ie"
"may _ie"
I mean, if it had been “may d_e” that would have been super goofy fun given that the next line will “annihilate the ‘I’” but …
Turns out there’s a scanned copy of the physical 1907 edition from Ohio State University Library. In this detached edition, the missing type on that page is an “l” and that makes the word “lie”.
"may lie"
"may lie"
Now that’s all sorted and it’s restored and now presented at the library in a convenient, searchable page.
Unicursal THE TRUTH IS THE UNKNOWN Propaganda Poster
Unicursal THE TRUTH IS THE UNKNOWN Propaganda Poster
Stuff at Hermetic Library to check out
Foras, Asmoday, Gaap & Unicursal Heart
Foras, Asmoday, Gaap & Unicursal Heart
Also, over on the blog
Martinezism, Willermozism, Martinism and Freemasonry
The Transparency of Evil
Other stuff
I thought I’d mention I actually have another kinda email list thingy, other than this one, over on Bandcamp. Earlier this year, because I want to do better at keeping up with what all the Anthology Artists are doing and sharing that with everyone interested in the Anthology Project, I started using the community messaging tool on the library’s profile.
This was another attempt to reach people outside of the social media web where messages don’t reach people through the algorithms and noise, like what led me to start this email newsletter proper. I realized that I had a couple of “channels” that I needed ways to reach people, including those specifically interested in support and participating in the anthologies.
So, take a gander! I’ve included links to a couple examples from this month so far. If you’d like to get these, just follow Hermetic Library on Bandcamp!
And, you know, if you didn’t already, do check out all the awesome Anthology Albums! Currently there’s 15 albums, 142 artists, and 1d 1h 47m 32s of magick, music and ritual, plus there’s another 2 exclusive albums for Subscribers on Bandcamp. (Patrons on Patreon get offered gratis download codes for new albums when they release too!)
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