Feast for Heracles in Hermeneuticon at Hermetic Library

Heracles, Ἡρακλῆς, Hēraklês; born Alcaeus, Ἀλκαῖος, Alkaios, or Alcides, Ἀλκείδης, Alkeidēs; a divine hero of Greek mythology, in the tradition of Indo-European epic heroes, who both challenge and uphold the cosmic order.

“In more remote times, the constituent originating assemblies of the O.T.O. included such men as: … Herakles”—Liber LII Manifesto of the O.T.O.

“The DEACON: Lord of Life and Joy, that art the might of man, that art the essence of every true god that is upon the surface of the Earth, continuing knowledge from generation unto generation, thou adored of us upon heaths and in woods, on mountains and in caves, openly in the market-places and secretly in the chambers of our houses, in temples of gold and ivory and marble as in these other temples of our bodies, we worthily commemorate them worthy that did of old adore thee and manifest thy glory unto men … Heracles”—Liber XV {Book 15} O. T. O.

Heracles appears in all versions of Liber XV, published during Aleister Crowley's lifetime. Heracles is on the short list of only the Equinox version, and is therefore a name celebrated at only performances when the full Saints Collect, unless the version is from Magick in Theory and Practice, is read.

Gnostic Saint International Equinox Magick in Theory and Practice
Heracles Heracles Heracles Heracles
  • Thomas Bullfinch, The Age of Fable, 1855; republished by Mentor, New York 1962
  • J G R Forlong, Faiths of Man, a Cyclopaedia of Religions [Bernard Quaritch, 1906], University Books, NY 1964
  • Robert Graves, The Greek Myths, Vol. II, George Braziller, NY 1959
  • F Guirand, “Greek Mythology” in The New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology, Hamlyn, NY 1959/1968
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses, translated by Rolfe Humphries, Indiana University Press, Bloomington 1955/1973
  • Herbert Spencer Robinson and Knox Wilson, The Encyclopedia of Myths and Legends of All Nations, Kaye & Ward, London 1962
  • J E Zimmerman, Dictionary of Classical Mythology, Harper & Row, NY 1964
  • Tau Apiryon and Helena, Red Flame No. 2 – Mystery of Mystery: A Primer of Thelemic Ecclesiastical Gnosticism, Berkeley, CA, 1995


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