Hermetic Tablet Winter Solstice 2016

Its been a while since I last wrote a review but I’m happy I’m back writing and a review of one of my favorite publications. I’ve written two reviews before on The Hermetic Tablet, The Hermetic Tablet Summer Solstice 2016 and The Hermetic Tablet 2014/2015.

Everything I said before about The Hermetic Tablet is still true. I look forward to new issues being published as there is always a range of writing, from short thought provoking articles to long essays that gives me some ‘time out’ from my crazy life.

This editions authors are from…

Jake Stratton-Kent – Grimoires for Pagans,

Mike Magee – Israel Regardie, the Golden Dawn and me,

Tony Fuller – A peculiar unseen Stella Matutina Rite, and A rare Stella Matutina manuscript: Rising In the Planes,

Aaron Lietch – A Sorcerer’s view of Chaos and the LHP,

Jayne Gibson – Iyrin, Watchers Faithful Angels, Fallen Angels and their Descendants, the Nephilim,

João Pedro Feliciano – The Sacred Book of Hermes to Asclepius,

Nick Farrell – The Titanomachy and the Rise of the Olympics,

Ina Cüsters-Van Bergen – The forgotten art of re-animating creation magic,

Dion Fortune – The Tree of Life,

David Nez – Tracking the Celestial Bears: Myth and Magic of Ursa Major and Minor,

Charles and Sandra Tabatha Cicero – Covering of Concealment: A GD Ritual to create the Helm of Darkness,

Wynn Westcott – A glance at the Kabalah,

Mogg Morgan – Osiris and the Masonic Myth,

Eric V. Sisco – The Alpha et Omega ceremony of Consecration of a Temple and the Ceremony of Installation of the Chief.

Along with a review of Gordon Whites excellent “Starships” by Mogg Morgan. Another book that I reviewed and highly recommend. Mogg Morgan did a far better review than I could have.

I wish I had Jayne Gibson’s article about 6 weeks ago as it would have settled a pub argument for me (I drink with some strange people). My introduction to mythology was watching movies like Jason and the Argonauts. My child like love of mythology has never left me and Jayne’s article just leaves me lusting after more information on the subject. I often wonder how myth’s such as the Nephilim, fallen angels and Lucifer come into being, what was the seed that started this fable thousands of years ago. Which reminds me that Peter Grey’s Lucifer: praxis will be published soon. Another must read that will leave me anting more.

A favorite in this edition was Ina Cüsters-Van Bergen’s article on the magical act of creating art. Whether it be drawing out talisman’s, creating magical tools or painting representations of your favorite deity’s. Dion Fortune’s definition of magic is “Magic is the Art and Science to create Changes in Consciousness”. The very act in itself is magical. This made’s me look at my pathetic creations in a different light and encourages me to be more involved in the act of creation, rather just reading and following rituals. I need to borrow my children’s paints and pens and concentrate in a meditative fashion on the act of creation.

Another favorite is David Nez’s article on the celestial bear. If you’ve read Starships you’ll notice the familiar lines this article is along. As more people connect the dot’s in our myths and how they are linked to the sky above us I think we will have a much better understanding of our past and the common threads and belief’s that link us all.

A final article I’ll mention is Mogg Morgan’s Osiris and the Masonic Myth. In the past few years I’ve become interested again in Freemasonry. I was raised as a Master Mason in 1986 but have not stood in an open lodge since 1990. Despite being a life member, I think my mother lodge would be rather shocked if I walked back through there doors again. However, only in the past few years, with my involvement in the occult have I truly been able to understand the rituals. At the time (and probably still) in Scotland the lodge is seen as a gentleman’s drinking club. I wonder if many people actually contemplate the mysteries that are revealed to them, how they were developed or the deeper meanings. A lot of things recently have brought up my involvement in Freemasonry in the past and Mogg’s article had me contemplating those initiations and the office I used to hold. The similarities in the mysteries of Western magical occult school’s and the Freemason’s can not be overlooked. The obvious connection is that the 3 founding members of the Golden Dawn were all Freemasons but Mogg’s article hints at a much older connection. One thing I can’t understand though is, if the Golden Dawn from its outset in 1888 allowed the initiation of women, then why is the York Rite and Scottish Rite still med only? Something I intend to address with the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

I feel the Hermetic Tablet is highly undervalued publication and deserves a wider readership. In Nick Farrell’s editorial he talks about the poor financial conditions a lot of occultist’s find themselves in. I was contemplating this a few weeks ago, from a very well paid job and a life as a muggle, to rekindling my interest in the occult and being unemployed for the first time in my life (in my late 40’s) was very sudden. Months after being laid off I was able to see the connection. Life’s harder now but in many ways better. There is a feeling of being connected to something greater. I’m sure others feel similarly that if they were not magically inclined their lives maybe financially richer. A popular mage can launch an appeal to assist with an unexpected disaster but this publication receives very little support, even when it is run to support occult charities.

The Hermetic Tablet, Journal of Ritual Magic

The Hermetic Tablet, Lulu 2014/15

Journal of Western Ritual Magic

Edited by Nick Farrell

A different review, this is of a bi-annual journal. To date there has been 4 issues of this journal. The first being published at the Autumn Equinox 2014. Subsequent issues roughly follow the solstices (Winter 2014, Summer and Winter 2015). The journal is available in paperback or hardcover.

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Writers and articles in Volume 1…

Jake Stratton-Kent – The Conjuration of Nebiros
Mike Magee – Kenneth Grant and the Serpent of Fire
Sandra Tabatha Cicero – Beloved Isis: Invoking the divine famine in the Golden Dawn
Aaron Leitch – Michael Workings
Christine Zalewski – Ritual timing and preparation
Nick Farrell – Theurgy
Jayne Gibson – A Ritual evocation of Isis and Nephthys and the 19th path on the tree of life
Harry Wendrich – Manipura and the opening of the third eye
Alex Sumner – Non-divinatory uses of the Tarot
Carman Lawrick – Cerberus: Guard dog from Hell
Steve Nichols – TSAKLI – the totemic Tibetan Tarot
Cynthia Caton – What is done cannot be undone
Jorge Quinones – Commentary on the lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram
Dr Alfonso Rica – An ancient Hittite ritual for abundance


Writers and articles in Volume 2…

Jake Stratton-Kent – What is Goetia?
Mike Magee – How Western magic went wrong with Tantra
Chic & Sandra Tabatha Cicero – Consecration of a Mercury talisman
Aaron Leitch – Magical offerings in Western Occultism
Christine Zalewski – Beyond the Grave
Nick Farrell – Dark Gods
Jayne Gibson – The four elements and their implements
Samuel Scarborough – Ars Suffimentum: The art of Incense
Harry Wendrich – Anahata: The investigation of perfection
Michael Straw – Kernunnos: The horned one
Cynthia Caton – Profile Josephine McCarthy
Angela Seraphim – Online occultism: Social media and secrecy
Eric V. Sisco – The Alpha et Omega ceremony of consecration of a temple and Ceremony of installation of the chiefs


Writers and articles in Volume 3…

Jake Stratton-Kent – Other magicians and the Goetia
Mike Magee – The beginnings of AMOOKOS
Chic & Sandra Tabatha Cicero – Consecration of a Venus talisman
Aaron Leitch – Restoring the Enochian heptarchia
Nick Farrell – The return of the fates
Jayne Gibson – Consecration of a Cabalistic Talisman
Tony Toneatto – Hekate: Compassionate goddess of the highest mind
Michael Straw – Traditional Wicca as a spiritual path
Samuel Scarborough – A Golden Dawn healing ritual: the Rosicrucian art of healing
Tony Fuller – Golden Dawn a small part of a solution
Wynn Westcott – An essay on the ancient mysteries
Ina Cüsters-Van Bergen – The shield of Heracles: The spiritual task of the ego
Morgan Drake Eckstein – Evocation of the four sons of Horus
Carman Lawrick – The lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram and the great work
Christine Zalewski – Calvary crosses and their influences within the Enochian tablets


Writers and articles in Volume 4…

Jake Stratton-Kent – Necromancy
Mike Magee – House Gods
Chic & Sandra Tabatha Cicero – Found perfect before the gods: Osiris and the Golden Dawn
Aaron Leitch – The Holy Guardian Angel
Nick Farrell – Following the dawn: The magical life of Christine Zalewski
Jayne Gibson – Through the power of the sun with a winter solstice ceremony
Tony Toneatto – Athena: Goddess of Hermatic gnosis
Tony Fuller – A small Golden Dawn war
Wynn Westcott – The Devil and evil spirits according to the Bible and ancient Hebrew Rabbis
Ina Cüsters-Van Bergen – Spiritual developments of paranormal talents
Morgan Drake Eckstein – The four royal stars
Cynthia Caton – Death is for the living
João Pedro Feliciano – Hermetic liturgies: Agathodaimon
David Nez – Familiar Spirits
Christine Zalewski – Jack Taylor: The colourful Magus


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As can be seen just from the list of authors and articles it is very varied with many leading occultist’s and a range of topic’s. Each edition is 250+ pages, often many more. Several editions also contain reviews of recent books. I just couldn’t do just to the 1095 pages (yes, I counted them) of excellent writing in 1000 words (over half of that listing the contents, so I’ll stick to just basic’s. I have many favourite authors in the list, such as Aaron Leitch, Jake Stratton-Kent, Nick Farrell, the Cicero’s etc… but I also discover new authors with each edition.

Paper

The quality of Lulu’s hardbacks (perhaps somebody else with the paperback editions could comments on the binding?) is good with the journals being solidly put together and feel like they will last many years. From the image you can see however that the paper stock used does vary quite a bit. Normally its a cream/ off white coloured paper but one edition I received has a bright white paper.

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The typography and layout is typical of Nick’s books with a flair for decoration similar to books from the late Victorian period. For the subject matter at hand I think it suits the work. There is many diagrams and illustrations throughout the editions that the authors have included with their articles, whether it’s describing a layout of a working, images of deity’s to work with or diagrams of tools used etc…

A recent article that I enjoyed was by Samuel Scarborough on the art of making incense. Samuel included tables with his article and an extensive bibliography. Also, Tony Toneatto’s article on Hekate, a Goddess that I’m very interested in. However, there is many more articles that I’ve enjoyed. The Hermetic Tablet is something I pick up again and again. I deliberately do not read each edition through but pick out articles that interest me, read them, probably read them again, this time taking notes and then notice other topics that have piqued my interest and schedule a quite hour to go through them. Reading the journals this way keeps me going back to all 4 of the journals and discovering gems a new or rediscovering one’s to reread and new practices to incorporate into my daily practice.

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I’m sure you can see that I highly value the work of the authors along with Nick and Paola for editing and creating each volume. If your savvy you’ll wait for a good discount code from Lulu but even without that I’d buy these journals.