Hermetic Library Newsletter - Issue #64 (you can never trust or rely on a platform you don't control to continue to function in the same way or, moreover, exist)

Hermetic Library Newsletter - Issue #64 (you can never trust or rely on a platform you don't control to continue to function in the same way or, moreover, exist)
By John Bell the Librarian • Issue #136 • View online
This week there’s how to read, social media, MMR3 and a listening party, almanac, memes, updates, quotes, reviews, and more!
And, as always, I worked on various other things on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!

Thelema — Your Will Must Flow
Thelema — Your Will Must Flow
How to read
In many places you’ll be exhorted to read things, like in A Syllabus of the Official Instructions of the A∴A∴ or Appendix I of Magick in Theory and Practice (“Bibliography and Curriculum of the A∴A∴”), or to read or recite texts for practices like Thelemic Tephilah. Almost all of these simple tell you to read or recite the texts but not really anything about how to do that, especially in a more intentionally engaged way.
Of course, there’s the notion of the practical sonorous magical voice one might use when reading such things, and that’s a topic to consider, but right now I’m talking more about the intellectual way one approaches, even ritually, reading important texts.
A lot could be said about this, but let me touch briefly on a few ideas you might consider.
First, I’ve talked a lot about how to approach things on pages about the interrelated Hermeneuticon, Metadata and Concordance projects. There’s a lot to consider there about how to approach texts in various ways and contexts, so take a gander through those pages.
But those pages aren’t quite a distilled practical process. I also wanted to offer a more useful kind of outline toward a practice you could take up, or modify as you like for any particular text (or book!) you’re reading through.
1) Read through the text or book and, perhaps on the first, or else on a second read through, look for main topics and themes.
2) Consider the context of the text. When, where, how was it written? Was period for the author was it written, with special attention to how their work may have been different before, during, and after this work. Consider what others were writing about similar topics and themes at the time and through time, before and after, that document.
3) For each section of the text, whatever that means for the particular text you’re reading, paraphrase for yourself, in your own way, what that bit is about.
4) Make notes and highlights! Make a record of any questions about the text you have; any terms that are new, unfamiliar or confusing; make a record of any passages that you could have a conversation about with someone else, that sparks you to thinking more or which make you want to recommend the text to others; make a record of any passages to which you have a visceral reaction, like wanting to throw the text across the room!
5) Note any cross references that occur to you, such as other works, by this author or others, that reflect on your current text’s topics and themes. Also, consider checking any available concordance for important terms in the current text that appear elsewhere. Hey! Why not use site search at Hermetic Library to see if any of those terms appear in other texts within the scope of the subject matter?
6) Consider how this text extends past the page for you through reflective practice and praxis. Take time away from the act of reading the text to reflect on it and record any observations or insights you have later. What, if anything, was in the text that you could or would apply in your life, in a practical way?
7) Come up with your own elevator pitch about the book. How would you summarize it to someone in a 10-floor elevator trip? How would you summarize it in just one sentence or a brief 1-floor elevator trip?
8) Extra credit! Send in a write up of your thoughts or your review of the text or book for the library blog!
Haha, see what I did there at the end? Yeah.
This is just one quick sketch of a practical practice around engaging texts and books, but, of course, there’s many others. Do what works for you, but, if you’re not already doing something like this, at least consider that simply reading or reciting a text is only the first step and that there’s a lot to be gained from a deeper engagement with the material available, if you want it.
By the by, if you’ve checked out any of the quotes that I post online, to the blog and elsewhere, you’re reading my own highlighted passages from things I’ve read using a personal practice similar to this one I’ve outlined here!
Social media
Welp, apropos of nothing (🤢 Oligarch Elephant Tusk trying to take over Twitter 🤮) I guess I’m thinking again about possible accelerated contingency plans for replacement and migration of microblog and email list, just in case.
Good time to remember, again, you can never trust or rely on a platform you don’t control to continue to function in the same way or, moreover, exist. Build your own online home. Get yourself a domain and point it at a page you control with your deets.
Then consider creating some kind of web of trust page with links to other people’s pages who you can personally verify are who they say they are, like what I’ve talked about last week around Fraternity.
I’ve been thinking about migrating further away from social media for a while, but taking out Twitter would be kind of a double blow since it is my most preferred microblog and also is the parent company of Revue, which is the service I use for this mailing list.
Whatever happens, I can take the mailing list with me anywhere and get set up somewhere else if I need to do so. But, never forget that you can always find links to all the official things at Hermetic Library. I put links to everything there, and everywhere else I link back, but if it isn’t listed and linked on the main library site, or Hrmtc Undergound, then it’s not me.
I’ve tried so many things in the past that it’s hard to think that setting up my own social again again would be any different or better than it was when I have tried BuddyPress, Discord, Discourse, or soever to no real effect.
But, I’ve also had “Run your own social. How to run a small social network site for your friends” by Darius Kazemi bookmarked for a long time now, and separate from whatever I might decide for myself and the library, it might be of interest to you.
OTOH, just leaving social media entirely seems more and more like an overall, or at least on balance, good thing, TBH.
IDEK. But, if I end up doing something, you’ll probably be the first-ish to know!
New Aeon religious family reunion illustrated
New Aeon religious family reunion illustrated
Magick, Music and Ritual 3
Magick, Music and Ritual 3 is now available to stream and buy on all the platforms, like Apple, YouTube, Amazon, Spotify, and many more around the world. The 10 year anniversary of this album’s release is coming up in June!
In addition to being available in all the places, and on RADIO @ HRMTC, I’ve also added this to the Hermetic Library Anthology - Magick, Music and Ritual playlist on Spotify with all the anthology albums so far available gathered together. Currently this has all 4 albums, 77 tracks, and over 8 hours of music that have been made available through the various platforms.
Of course, this album is still available through Bandcamp, either for purchase or as Patron perk, and that remains the best way, I think, to get the download. But, it’s now available everywhere else!
Listening party today!
MUSIC RADIO @ HRMTC listening party: Magick, Music and Ritual 3, Friday, April 15, 8:88pm (aka 9:28) US/Central
That’s later today!
(I’ll probably also do this again closer to the actual anniversary in June, so if you miss this one look forward to another chance around then.)
So, head over to the MUSIC RADIO page later and listen in on this event! (Or just head over there now and listen all day?)
Neither cute nor funny! White Wizards only do this when they are stressed.
Neither cute nor funny! White Wizards only do this when they are stressed.
Almanac
Here’s upcoming calendar and astronomical events, plus the daily Thelemic Tephilah practice for the coming week.
Calendar
Astronomical
  • Full Moon, April 16
  • Lyrid Meteor Shower, April 22
Thelemic Tephilah
Impress your friends, worry your boss, and scare the hell out of OTHER unions!
Impress your friends, worry your boss, and scare the hell out of OTHER unions!
I’m telling my kids this is Lam.
Things to check out at Hermetic Library
And on the blog
The Price You Pay
Cult and Controversy
House of Suns
Also, elsewhere
Magick, Music and Ritual 3 is now available in all the online shops, and listening party April 15 @ 8:88pm US/Central [Patreon/Public]
Anthology news, April 15 [Bandcamp/Followers]
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