The tarot book has been in need of a new revision. I’ve decided to do a detailed edit of the entire thing. It’s nothing major, mostly commas, catching items the spellchecker missed, and proofreading, but if you’re planning on printing the entire thing out you might want to wait until the end of August to do so. I’ll post an announcement here and on the social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Google +) when it is finished. I have already added a few minor informational details to the first three entries and the entire introduction has been finished as well. I’ve also added the charts to the introduction on the website version, as most tablets and phones have the processing power to load it easily these days.
Hermes is connected with the fourth day of the month and the number four, in general. July 4th is a very special day for the West, as it represents the crowning achievement of the Enlightenment and Western thought; the founding of The United States of America. Ideas of democracy have always been connected to the culture of Greece, and the marks of that ancient culture are all over the place in the U.S.A., from the eagle of Zeus atop our flag, the neoclassical architecture of Capitol Hill, and to the murals of Greek and Egyptian ideas in the Library of Congress.
I’ve been searching for second year curriculum books in anticipation of our membership launch this coming August, which will lead into first year material in March of 2018 for the foundational elements leading up to Mutational Alchemy material which will be presented in the third year. (Yes, it is that involved.) So, naturally I went out and acquired every book on Hermes possible. It’s so difficult finding the perfect book for the job, in any branch of the Hermetic arts.
Few books on Hermes himself have been quite as lovely and thoughtfully written as Karl Kerenyi’s Hermes, Guide of Souls. Even though it goes over common material like the Odyssey, Kerenyi reveals himself as a crack researcher who notices every little detail Homer instilled in his masterpiece, and manages to reveal Hermes in a way that few other books are able to. Many, like The Egyptian Hermes by Garth Fowden, are very insightful, yet they miss the essence of Hermes as he interests Hermetic Alchemists.
Instead of focusing on the obvious, Kerenyi “hacks away the inessentials” to reveal the true Hermes, even touching on the mysterious and sinister titanesque nature of the Prince of Thieves, in his thirst for flesh and blood and devotes an entire chapter to his connection to the night.
It’s definitely an interesting, worthwhile read, and while I would like to say it is the *best* book on Hermes (who has been experiencing a spike in popularity on Reddit’s Occult sub) I haven’t yet passed through 50% of the Hermes books I’ve been reviewing. It is much less dry than Garth Fowden’s “The Egyptian Hermes” which is an incredible window into the ancient world of Graeco-Egyptian life and packed with useful information, but might leave many readers yawning throughout some of the more technical bits.
That being said, both books are worth a peak if you love Hermes already. I’m not sure it’s for every pagan and occultists out there, but it is at least both represent scholarly, careful work.
Kerenyi explores the works of many other writers such as the classical philologist Walter Friedrich Otto, who influenced him deeply:
Danger lurks everywhere. Out of the dark
jaws of the night which gape beside the
traveler, any moment a robber may emerge
without warning, or some eerie terror, or the
uneasy ghost of a dead man–who knows what may
once have happened at that very spot? Perhaps
mischievous apparitions of the fog seek to
entice him from the right path into the desert
where horror dwells, where wanton witches dance
their rounds which no man ever leaves alive.
Who can protect him, guide him aright, give
him good counsel? The spirit of Night itself,
the genius of its kindliness, its enchantment,
its resourcefulness, and its profound wisdom.
She is indeed the mother of all mystery. The
weary she wraps in slumber, delivers from care,
and she causes dreams to play about their souls.
Her protection is enjoyed by the unhappy and
persecuted as well as by the cunning, whom
her ambivalent shadows offer a thousand
devices and contrivances. With her veil she
also shields lovers, and her darkness keeps
ward over all caresses, all charms hidden and
revealed. Music is the true language of her
mystery–the enchanting voice which sounds for
eyes that are closed and in which heaven and
earth, the near and the far, man and nature,
present and past, appear to make themselves
But the darkness of night which so sweetly
invited to slumber also bestows new vigilance
and illumination upon the spirit. It makes
it more perceptive, more acute, more enter-
prising. Knowledge flares up, or descends like
a shooting star-rare, precious, even magical
And so night, which can terrify the solitary
man and lead him astray, can also be his friend,
his helper, his counselor.
– Otto, The Homeric Gods
Kerenyi himself was a friend of Carl Jung and a famed mythographer and classicist. The book is 149 pages and was first published in Switzerland in 1944 in the German language.
Featured Image: The Souls on the Banks of the Acheron by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl, 1898
I’m not sure why occultists are so afraid of conspiracy theories. I think they imagine they might become infected with whatever it is Alex Jone’s followers have if they veer too close. Having observed Alex Jones evolve from his classic Bohemian Grove stakeouts in his early days to the bewildered Trump darling he is today, I can only say that he went where the money is – the dumb and gullible. Not that I don’t think he is presenting plausible theories at times, but certainly that style is not one occultists usually go for. Most of the time they’re trying to avoid remembering the real world exists.
We always have a good time talking about UFO’s and fringe topics on Abrahadabra Forums, and with AF gone private (at least until our membership launches) some lurkers may have been left floundering about for entertainment until Game of Thrones comes out. For those of you unafraid of a little JFK and ufology you might enjoy the site rigorousintuition.ca.
It’s run by some smart people who have interesting things to say, on some fascinating topics, without all of the heckling and jeering you find on other conspiracy theory forums, an experience, for example, on one forum I won’t mention, (*cough* godlikeproductions *cough*) that is a bit like sifting through pebbles of dried dogshit to find good topics wrapped in wet garbage.
I found myself spending a good three hours there happily sifting through topics and outside links, something I rarely find myself doing on any occult forum these days, unless I’m trying to dig something up in the AF archives.
As I said before, I am still not sure why some occultists shun conspiracy theories, but one certainly doesn’t have to entertain any of the speculative stories on the forum as reality. It is a spooky world, however, and tales of what might be going on in the halls of the Kremlin or in underground ritual palaces are often just as entertaining as the latest Mothman sighting or Sigil technique.
It also seems to me that occultists have begun to grow up a little bit, philosophically and politically. The scars of Salem burn into our subconscious a fear of the irrationality of the Trump administration. “In Democracy, you have to be a player” said Hunter S. Thompson. If occultists don’t wish to read the Washington Post, at least they can pick up a few useful things from this forum while sifting through Kubrickian pedophile governments and Even More JFK assassination theories.
Enjoy posts such as:
And so on…
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Run by Thamilar Ulaham, the author features many videos covering obscure and interesting facts about Sanatana Dharma practice from the perspective of Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu is famous for its connections to more esoteric and Tantric aspects of Indian religion and philosophy, and the author’s zealotry for Tamil cultural rights and supremacy over imported revisionism is clear. The age old war between Priest and Magus is neatly encapsulated in the battle between the Vedic and Tantric schools.
The scholar covers a wide range of subjects world wide from a Tamil perspective, even drawing a link between Ravana and Kukulkan, which was entirely unexpected and a bit far-fetched, but very interesting.
While the author makes a flimsy and overwrought stab at the Illuminati in one video from years back, this can largely be overlooked since the rest of his material is fairly entertaining, and even insightful.
It’s rare to run into any Thelema related poetry these days, good Thelemic poetry even less so. I accidentally stumbled on this one via an invocation of The Emperor. I literally navigated to it and purchased in a deep trance. Some of my favorite artists have been discovered this way so it’s a process I’ve learned to trust.
Aijin is not advertised as being related to the Book of the Law, but references to Liber al Vel Legis, Liber Tzaddi and the Book of Lies are prominent throughout the reading. Imagine my shock and awe when I realized I was reading Book of the Law quotes in a seemingly obscure and mundane looking little e-book I was lead to by the Emperor archetype.
The author admits to stealing from Crowley and Blake, midway through the book. The work tends to be a commentary on the true state of the world. I admit to having become quite high reading it. The book pushed my trance session straight into the stratosphere, without any entheogenic input at the time. I played Eve Online shortly afterwards and it was the most ecstatic experience I’ve ever had. I was listening to The Emperor himself speak through my fleet mates over comms.
I’m always careful to watch for hidden messages in works by artists of any kind, but especially the ones I’m lead to during trips. The muses, or, whatever it is I saw, once, for lack of a better term, wanted to reveal the way they work on this world through the minds of men, showing themselves to the chosen ones and disguising themselves from the minds of vulgar men. Some of this I’ll cover in an upcoming article for those of you who want to tap into the TwinStar’s entertainment potential. It’s really very good at this sort of thing – a flexing universe all around us that few dare to even imagine. I’ve seen it. And that’s all I need.
As i sit here and rule about the underworld,
and talk to the minions
and beautiful fucked saints and blood lovers
expanded outward and inward
over the half-faced geometrical map that be the ticking
clocks of war
vomiting earth’s bittersweet black bile crust
into each-other’s faces
transparent bodies watch blindly
weaving in and thru themselves
crying at the loss of such a formerly triumphant frequency
torn and lost they still whisper a slow calming rapture
grinding the sweetest noises out from the particles of dust
as their interwoven transparency gives position to yet
another tangled gesture
– Aijin: Draugur Stúlka
The book is quite lengthy, at 394 pages, and it’s the only work by the author, Ryan James LeBlanc.
It deals especially well with the conundrum of duality, riveting with its reverence and revulsion for every perspective about love and beauty under the sun. The author goes beyond the dark side into some pretty scary territory, necessary for any student of the abyss.
If you’re scared of Crowley, at any point, avoid this. If Crowley was a little too milquetoast for you and you liked the third chapter of the Book of the Law, you might find this to your taste.
You’ll find Nuit aplenty, as well as Hadit’s other sides. I didn’t pick up on a lot of Ra Hoor Khut, this is dealing with mainly very high Supernals material instead of the brewing room of Tiphareth.
It’s only available in Kindle/ebook form currently, the link to amazon is below.