The Hermetic Library Anthology Album - Magick, Music and Ritual 9

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THE SILENT NOW by Craig Conley Listen to this golden moment just before the rain. Hear the leaf that's gently gliding; the cardinal's hushed refrain. Stand upon this precipice, the point where language falls away. Words should be like glass, transparent, windows seen right through. Leaving just the poet's meaning, were the glass removed. Here on the horizon's edge— the vagueness of destiny. Conclusions and beginnings coexist in the silent now. The corner of this world upon your map plainly shows you how. Listen for the pause in music, the stillness in the dance. Calligraphic circled spaces, emptiness enhanced. Thread through the needle's eye, and sew on ad infinitum. Conclusions and beginnings coexist in the silent now. The corner of this world upon your map plainly shows you how. Conclusions and beginnings coexist in the silent now. The corner of this world upon your map plainly shows you how. Pause here long enough to notice, life is all in jest. If you refuse to verbalize it, you can't be outguessed. Weave intention with compassion, a sutra is a stitch in time. The predicate and the antecedent are silently understood. I'd spell them out in a wide vocabulary if words only could. Conclusions and beginnings coexist in the silent now. The corner of this world upon your map plainly shows you how.
One day he noticed a flier advertising for a director of training. This was, of course, not his first stint in the desert. By that time he no longer believed in a uniform, absolute time. “But we cannot possibly ignore certain pathological aspects of the subject,” he wrote. “I will analyze the actions of men as if it were a question of lines, of planes, and of solids.” He applied for the job and eventually got it. He then projected an infinite series of times, and he postulated that he could get humans to choose the path he designated. “Each choice we make feels to us as if it must be unique,” he wrote. He found a human community nearby and began to notice that in a growing, dizzying net of divergent choices a choice could be handled by his intellect as any other object is handled in a lab. “They came to me to solve problems,” he wrote. They wanted him to lay bare the causes in which the choice originates. They didn’t really know what he was doing with the tangled webs of their lives. In later years, he focused more on mass psychology than on individual intelligence, on convergent rather than parallel times. “A deep consideration came upon me” “It was me,” he wrote. “It was just me all along.” It was then that he developed a full-blown systematic approach to training, involving a great network of choices which approached one another. “I am no such thing as many. I am MYSELF, MYSELF alone. That’s what each of us believes.” He built three pieces of equipment each of which forked, broke off, and even became unaware of one another for centuries. This game eventually became immensely popular as it embraced all possibilities of time, all conceivable choices all possible outcomes. His name has long been lost but the game persists in the desert where the lines can almost be seen with the naked eyes.
Research on presence has brought to us a blindingly strange understanding. In order to evoke an illusion it is said things might work better in the company of the white rabbit. Thereafter we are set free to explore different mediations of virtual reality. Then again, snow despite its being a major concept in this field, is most often overlooked or confused in various studies in the field of cognition. Such problems can't be avoided without the help of external perceptual inputs. Soon the entire process tends to disappear, dismembered. It will go on to form a space-time referent in which one will be able to experience a particular sensation. Various theories have been proposed They all amount to gooble gobble gooble gobble. Electric fire purely evoked by our mind becomes the dream.


The ninth issue from the Hermetic Library Anthology Project is being released on Samhain in Fall 2013, at 15° Scorpio. This is the final album in the second full year of releases, and completes all four quarters in 2013. Magic, Music and Ritual 9 brings together 16 tracks, from new and returning artists, with over an hour of new music in this ongoing series.

The artwork and design of this issue was created by Mustafa al-Laylah. This is the fourth of a full series of covers which has spanned the entire year. The cover design of this issue is the upper left quadrant from the full set of covers this year which can be combined to make a larger image, a collectable poster that combines the elements of all four seasons. The upper left quadrant, in this case, being related to a position on the wheel of the year and the typical correspondences between this time of year, this Fall season, and various things associated such as magical weapon, element, zodiac, cherub and so on. Mustafa has done a great job in combining various correspondences into a compelling and interesting image for this cover, and we can all look forward to seeing the whole image revealed through the rest of the year.

The Hermetic Library at has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Esoteric Tradition. I started the benefit anthology project to help promote newer works in the Esoteric Tradition to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. The anthology project also further raises awareness about the corpus and culture of magick and ritual.

I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you. The site was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Esoteric Tradition.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. Please also spread the word about these anthology albums to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.


released November 7, 2013

Production by John Griogair Bell
Artwork and Design by Mustafa al-Laylah

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