The Hermetic Library Anthology Album - Magick, Music and Ritual 1

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The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. This is an anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate ritual and magick in their work. This anthology album will help promote artists to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. It will also further raise awareness about the connection between magick, music, and ritual.

Over the last year, as a project of the library, I have created a group at SoundCloud, the Hermetic Library audio pool, for tracks and artists inspired by or manifesting the Western Esoteric Tradition. With this group I’ve been working to raise awareness that music and performance can be a form of ritual and magick. This has been a space for artists to share their music and other audio, as well as connecting artists who feel drawn to these topics and ideas, or, especially, incorporate and manifest ritual and magick in their works with other artists and a larger audience.

I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com, 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 Western Esoteric Tradition. You may also wish to check out other posts at the Hermetic Library blog and the Twitter and Facebook reflections to see how the library engages people in a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs and other expenses like materials acquisitions.

Additionally, this album is being released on Dec 3rd to celebrate the birthday of hermetic.com which was Dec 3, 1996. This release date marks the Hermetic Library's 15th year in existence.

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released 03 December 2011
Production, Artwork and Design by John Griogair Bell
Mastering by SickTanicK of SKR

Thanks to SickTanicK, Casey Rae-Hunter and Katherine Palakovich for their invaluable advice and feedback.

Dedicated to Minou, for giving me inspiration, motivation and a whole new heart. We may never have made it to Paris, but we'll always have the 30th Aethyr.

All songs used with permission.

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Track Name: Mahatma Dalí - Whence Came You
The Pentagram by Aleister Crowley

In the years of the Primal Course, in the dawn of terrestrial birth, Man Mastered the mammoth and horse, and Man was the lord of the earth.

He made him a hollow skin from the heart of a holy tree, He compassed the earth therein, and Man was lord of the Sea.

He controlled the vigour of steam, he harnessed the lightning for hire; He drove the celestial team, and Man was the lord of Fire.

Deep-mouthed from their thrones deep-seated, the choirs of the æons declare The last of the demons defeated, for Man is the lorde of the Air.

Arise, O Man, in thy strength! the kingdom is thine to inherit Till the high gods witness at length that Man is the lord of his spirit.
Track Name: Crossways - Invocation of the Kundalini
I am the Heart; and the Snake is entwined
About the invisible core of the mind. 
Rise, O my snake! It is now is the hour
of the hooded and holy ineffable flower. 
Rise, O my Snake, into the brilliance of bloom
On the corpse of Osiris afloat in the tomb!
O heart of my mother, my sister, mine own, 
Thou art given to Nile, to the terror Typhon!
Ah me! but the glory of ravening storm
Enswathes thee and wraps thee in frenzy of form. 
Be still, O my soul! that the spell may dissolve
As the wands are upraised, and the aeons revolve, 
Behold! in my beauty how joyous Thou art, 
O Snake that caresses the crown of mine heart!
Behold! we are one, and the tempest of years
Goes down to the dusk, and the Beetle appears. 
O beetle! the drone of Thy dolorous note
Be ever the trance of this tremulous throat! 
I await the awaking! The summons on high
From the lord Adonai, from the Lord Adonai!

- Liber LXV Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente sub figura ADNI
http://hermetic.com/crowley/libers/lib65.html#i.1
Track Name: The Contrarian - The Magician
The Magician

Mercury infect eternal mind
Left to earth, right points to the sky
Purity, skillfully combined

Walk the path, scrutinize the signs
Read the text, see between the lines

Hierophant
He watches

Meaning is erased
Flame is burning down
Carrion and prey
Rotting in the ground
Empty harbor dawn
Sails torn and frayed
Ignorance abounds
Sky a flashing grey
A single light abides
High upon the peak
Illuminate the way
For all of those who seek
Track Name: Pandemonaeon - Heart Girt With A Serpent
I am the Heart; and the Snake is entwined
About the invisible core of the mind. 
Rise, O my snake! It is now is the hour
of the hooded and holy ineffable flower. 
Rise, O my Snake, into the brilliance of bloom
On the corpse of Osiris afloat in the tomb!
O heart of my mother, my sister, mine own, 
Thou art given to Nile, to the terror Typhon!
Ah me! but the glory of ravening storm
Enswathes thee and wraps thee in frenzy of form. 
Be still, O my soul! that the spell may dissolve
As the wands are upraised, and the aeons revolve, 
Behold! in my beauty how joyous Thou art, 
O Snake that caresses the crown of mine heart!
Behold! we are one, and the tempest of years
Goes down to the dusk, and the Beetle appears. 
O beetle! the drone of Thy dolorous note
Be ever the trance of this tremulous throat! 
I await the awaking! The summons on high
From the lord Adonai, from the Lord Adonai!

- Liber LXV Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente sub figura ADNI
http://hermetic.com/crowley/libers/lib65.html#i.1
Track Name: SickTanicK - Path of Initiation
My blood boils with rage it burns slow like sage and with every song i write
I fill up another page in this grand grimoire you can open doors mentally
Let my words sink into your pores and into your mind you’ll never know
What you’ll find these premonitions or more than a simple sign its more
Deep than mankind more deep than a false savior more deep than the hands
Of time it’s like every word i say is a part of this puzzle don’t be mistaken
The answers is forever shuffled within the artwork tracks and numbers
This is initiation for it you must suffer take my hand let me lead you straight
Into the fire you bought the record so it must be what you desire i am the
Prophet speaking to my congregation disciples now prepare for the path
Of initiation

This is the path of initiation the cycle of death brings forth creation
You must die for illumination divination is your destination

So you say that you want to be your own god (yes) do you accept these
Words as your one law (yes) so mode it be love is the law love under will
Follow the steps your desires will be fulfilled never put any god before yourself
Reject the lies put religion back on the shelf and let go of your false
Hopes and all fear without death there’s no reason for being here
Death is certain but life is not so you got to live life like your digging your own
Plot bury yourself with knowledge and power become a Therion cause a Therion
Devours everything in its path do the math for addition to anything in life
You must subtract i am the priest speaking to my congregation disciples
Now prepare for the path of initiation

This is the path of initiation the cycle of death brings forth creation
You must die for illumination divination is your destination

Stand tall like an obelisk place your hand on your chest with your left let it be
Expressed to the east draw the pentagram repeat on all four sides and accept
That you reject the lamb six candles five black and one white to become a part
Of darkness you got to understand the light then meditate for as long as it takes
And let go of everything you know and mentally masticate once you reach your
Peak stand up on your feet and decree

There is no god above me there is no god below me BABALON is my mother
And she loves me

A true gift of every sin where the next path starts the old one ends yeah
I am the priest speaking to my congregation disciples take heed to this path
Of initiation

This is the path of initiation the cycle of death brings forth creation
You must die for illumination divination is your destination

This is the path of initiation the cycle of death brings forth creation
You must die for illumination divination is your destination




Excerpt from "The Pentagram" by Aleister Crowley

In the years of the Primal Course, in the dawn of terrestrial birth, Man Mastered the mammoth and horse, and Man was the lord of the earth.

He made him a hollow skin from the heart of a holy tree ...


"The Sun" from V: OF THE OFFICE OF THE COLLECTS WHICH ARE ELEVEN IN NUMBER, Liber XV, book 15, Ecclesiæ Gnosticæ Catholicæ Canon Missæ by Aleister Crowley

Lord visible and sensible of whom this earth is but a frozen spark turning about thee with annual and diurnal motion, source of light, source of life, let thy perpetual radiance hearten us to continual labour and enjoyment; so that as we are constant partakers of thy bounty we may in our particular orbit give out light and life, sustenance and joy to them that revolve about us without diminution of substance or effulgence for ever.

So mote it be.

http://hermetic.com/crowley/libers/lib15.html