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CollectionsYour library (3,044), Currently reading (7), To read (101), Favorites (30), Boxed (2,259), Pamphlet boxes (61), Office shelf (10), Borrowed (2), Read but unowned (344), Wishlist (223), All collections (3,603)

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Tagsoccult (680), science fiction (328), christianity (275), thelema (236), comics (189), au br (185), yog-sothothery (181), graphic novel (177), medieval (175), antiquity (172) — see all tags

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About meI am not an Atheist in your sense of the word: your doctrine is too coarse for any known blasphemy to shame it.
I am not an Atheist in your sense of the word: fancy a Priest let loose on Society!
As long as men and women shall bury their own perfect natures in fear, guilt, and shame--I am against Atheism, and for the Mysteries.
Every "rational enlightenment" has engendered new superstitions.

What if the Apocalypse has already happened?

The last board game I played was:


My Other Reader is a professionally trained librarian, as I am not. I was already an avid book collector before we met. In 2006 her principal gift to me at the Winter Solstice was a LibraryThing lifetime membership, where she had already entered over five hundred of my books. She has never become as active on the site as I have, a free account being sufficient for her own purposes.

My engagement with LibraryThing has developed gradually. At first, I was very focused on getting my actual collection cataloged. Only in later years did I start to use more of the social features beyond keeping a short list of friends and reading reviews. Now I'm very active in weekly group reads on The Weird Tradition group; and since summer of 2009, I have posted a review for every book I've read.

HOMO SUM, DIVINI NIHIL A ME ALIENUM PUTO.

There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.

About my library"A fool may buy all the books in the world, and they will be in his library; but he will be able to read only those that he deserves to." --Vivekananda

"After all, what is reading but a vice, like drink or venery or any other form of excessive self-indulgence? One reads to tickle and amuse one's mind; one reads, above all, to prevent oneself thinking." --Mr. Scogan

Most volumes in my library are seldom circulated, but also rarely crucified.

My copious reviews have been originally written for diverse audiences: scholars, occultists, freemasons, and thingamabrarians, among others. Have a response to one of my reviews? Please leave a comment below.

Some unusual tags defined:
au st and sb st indicate books whose authors and subjects (respectively) are saints of the Gnostic Catholic Church.
19c gd is the 19th-century manifestation of the Golden Dawn magical order, while neo-gd includes its putative successors and revivals in the 20th and 21st centuries.
While kabbalah is the Jewish mystical tradition beginning in the Middle Ages, cabala is its Christian esoteric derivatives from the Renaissance onward, and qabalah is the heuristic, non-doctrinal "hermetic qabalah" of 20th and 21st century occultists.
Alternate history is the sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy which deploys variants of historical settings (e.g. The Years of Rice and Salt), but alternative history is the field of historical speculation associated with popular revisionism and conspiracy theory (e.g. Holy Blood, Holy Grail).

GroupsBallantine Adult Fantasy, Book Organizers, Bookshelf of the Damned, Booze!, Chess, Cthulhu Mythos, Erotica, Freemasonry, Happy Heathens, Let's Talk Religionshow all groups

Favorite authorsApuleius, James Branch Cabell, Italo Calvino, Mary J. Carruthers, Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, Henry Corbin, Ioan P. Couliano, Aleister Crowley, John Crowley, Joscelyn Godwin, M. John Harrison, Robert Irwin, Anna Bonus Kingsford, Jeffrey J. Kripal, R. A. Lafferty, Tanith Lee, Jean-François Lyotard, David Madsen, Ian McDonald, Friedrich Nietzsche, Marguerite Porete, Thomas Pynchon, Ishmael Reed, Lee Siegel, Clark Ashton Smith, Algernon Charles Swinburne (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresAlchemy Arts, Amaranth Books, Chicago Rare Book Center, Comix Revolution, Myopic Books, Occult Bookstore, Quimby's Bookstore, Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Squeezebox Books & Music, The Gallery Bookstore

Favorite librariesHenry S. Olcott Memorial Library, J.R. Ritman Library - Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, Miskatonic University Library, Newberry Library, Ordo Templi Orientis U.S. Grand Lodge Library, University of Texas Libraries - Harry Ransom Center

Favorite publishersFeral House, Yale University Press, Zone Books

Homepagehttp://hermetic.com/dionysos/main2.htm

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Real nameT Polyphilus

LocationThe Foot of Voormithadreth

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Member sinceNov 17, 2006

Currently readingThe Book of the Law by (Aleister Crowley)
The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ: The Philosophic and Practical Basis of the Religion of the Aquarian Age of the World and of the Church Universal by Levi
The Politics of Truth by Michel Foucault
The Thoth Tarot, Astrology, & Other Selected Writings by Phyllis Seckler
Dragon Path: Collected Tales of Kenneth Morris by Kenneth Morris
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