This course is an exercise in the disciplines of magical trance, a form of mind control having similarities to yoga, personal metamorphosis, and the basic techniques of magic. A magical diary is the magician's most essential and powerful tool. It should be large enough to allow a full page for each day. Students should record the time, duration and degree of success of any practice undertaken.
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Two complete volumes in one. Liber Null contains a selection of extremely powerful rituals and exercises for committed occultists. Psychonaut is a manual comprising the theory and practice of magic aimed atthose seeking to perform group magic, or who work as shamanic priests to the community.
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Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. I was really excited about this book based on the reviews, but it turned out to be the over-hyped babbling of an author who passes off a few subjective experiences as time-tested occult doctrine. This compilation is ostensibly a series of 2 books packed together as one. Upon closer analysis, one realizes that in actuality, it's a collection of essays tenously linked to each otherin questionable order.
The author passes off several opinions as universal truth in Liber Null, only to admit that this is just one possibility of many in Psychonaut. His view of "the universe"being either Chaos or a Spiritual Conciousness being one example. He readily admits that he chooses to believe in the "meanigless chaotic"view because it appeals to his spiritual proclivities.
Moreover, the author never provides a single reference or backs up anything of what he says. The man is guilty of the same crimes he blames monotheistic religion of i. Finally, he keeps spouting the same nonsense lines that other "pseudo-enlightened" types love to profess - that being that there is no "good or evil" and "truth or lies", simply limited, relativistic human perspective.
In the literal next chapter, he contradicts himself by then proclaiming what is true and what is false as if he never said this. A lot of so-called Taoists these days do the same thing. A brilliant refuation of this illogical position is allegedly credited to Socrates - If nothing is true, then how do you know that to be true? The rituals he advises in this book are extreme, and he readily warns that they may do more harm than good. Furthermore, they require all manner of elaborate ceremony - so I hope you have a spare art department in your home.
He readily admits that one has to do several exorcisms and banishment rituals before and after so your life and soul don't get destroyed by demons. He explains that a seeker must basically dedicate their entire lives to this and discard all desire or a normal life for the nebolous "benefits" that are not adequately described. In business terms, this is what we call a bad ROI. Overall, I cannot reccomend this book.
If you're interested in taking a peek at what some occultists interpret as truth, go ahead. Peter J. I was shocked by how much I liked this book. If you are interested in practicing chaos magick this is absolutely the book to start with. In fact, this is one of the few magical text that I find myself reading cover-to-cover repeatedly.
The only complaint I have is that I didn't find it sooner. I needlessly wasted a lot of time and money on inferior publications before making this purchase. Ignore some of the more negative reviews, like I wish I had done, and get this book. This book has proven to be such a high water mark in the chaos magick universe that no one, including the author, has been able to surpass it.
If you are only going to read one book on chaos magick make sure this is the one. I was in between returning this book as derivative nonsense and keeping it to complete my library of books on chaos magic. I must say that I definitely prefer Phil Hine's organization, presentation, and take on the chaos magic theory in Condensed Chaos and Prime Chaos. Peter Carroll seems to present rather great ideas but his presentation and organization is lacking comparatively to that of Phil Hine.
I also must admit I was hesitant of getting this because I read a bit of it in a book store and honestly was disappointed when I did read it. Liber MMM is a presentation of mindbody manipulation techniques which forms the basis of practice for the rest of Liber Null.
The rest of Liber Null presents intriguing ideas but seems to not thread all of the ideas together. It's as if Peter had a basic outline and and improvised most of the material as he went from section to section which isn't a bad exercise come to think of it. Also would like to say that the dogmatic tone is unnecessary. I personally am going to go over the book once more, take the ideas and theories presented, and reorganize them, strip the dogmatic tone, and get just the gist of what is being stated; this is mainly for my benefit and probably useless for it mostly appears that Phil Hine did just that in his books.
But I want to take Carroll's ideas and see what I can do with them. Overall I would say that Peter J. Carroll as an author on the occult is dogmatic, but informative, and probably should only be taken as serious as you Will. Take what's useful and leave the rest, for me it's more of the latter.
Carroll is kind of a genius. What else to say. Pete Carroll is smart, articulate and something of a genius. Written closer to the beginning of his career, he's obviously been thinking about these things for a long time. I wish he offered more practical process along with the theory, but the theory is awesome. I enjoyed the layout of the book.
It is organized into brief essays on a per subject basis. I liked the first half of the book better than the 2nd half. The first half keeps it simple and practical. The closer the book gets to the end the more dizzying the material gets. But I've heard of this book for a while now and would recommend it to anyone trying to get a grasp on Chaos Magick. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.
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Liber Null & Psychonaut: An Introduction to Chaos Magic – Peter J. Carroll
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Liber Null and Psychonaut: An Introduction to Chaos Magic
Peter J. Carroll
By Peter J. Two complete volumes in one. Liber Null contains a selection of extremely powerful rituals and exercises for committed occultists. Psychonaut is a manual comprising the theory and practice of magic aimed atthose seeking to perform group magic, or who work as shamanic priests to the community. All rights reserved. Reviewers may quote brief passages.
Liber Null & Psychonaut: An Introduction to Chaos Magic