Magick, Music and Ritual 9

Released Nov 7, 2013

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 a whole image revealed throughout the year.

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.

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

Part I

  1. 0=2 - Dwellers in Silence 05:38
  2. Yöri Bjartsdottir - Aethyr 03:04
  3. The Howling Larsons - Mask of Winter 04:31
  4. Arthur Loves Plastic - The Silent Now 04:40
  5. Yöri Bjartsdottir - North (H3x3n Remix) 03:26
  6. United Gods - Speculative Speculum IX 2013 04:16
  7. Dessicant - Return 09:45
  8. Malifick Satyrino - Facing Destiny 05:25
  9. Sun Duel - A Ladder 07:00

Part II

  1. 0=2 - Enchanters 05:15
  2. Radio Free Clear Light - Labyrinth (Remix 2013) 05:04
  3. idaydream - hand in hand we explore the inferno 03:06
  4. Twelve Hides - The 57th Step of the Pyramid 07:07
  5. Antibarbarus - Zum schwarzen Ferkel (Oktober Mix) 04:33
  6. Radio Free Clear Light - In the Company of the White Rabbit 03:17
  7. y3mk - Malkunofat 04:32

The Hermetic Library at has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. I started the benefit anthology project to help promote newer works in the Western 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.

This is the Fall 2013 anthology album project, the final album in the second full year, and the ninth in the ongoing series. The artwork and design of this album finishes the advent calendar reveal a unified poster made from the four quarterly covers. This release feels to me like a big milestone, two full years and 9 albums later, and is something I've been proud to be part of making happen and for which I am extremely grateful to all the participants who have participated and everyone who has taken time to listen and support the work of not only the library and the anthology project but all the artists as well!

Whereas I characterized the previous release as one of pronounced breaks and transitions, the playlist that emerged from the submissions this time is one of a kind of meditation on silence and sound. Both in the lyrics and in the music, there seems this time to be a strong interplay between the space that separates and the coming together in music and song. There is a riotous rapture in the interplay, and there is a continuation of each in the other. This has been an interesting emergence and seems wholly appropriate for the Fall season, both a settling in for the coming Winter but also a promise that life continues and merely changes venue and form for a while.

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 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.

— John Griogair Bell