The Sleeper Must Awaken

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(Photo by Kate Williams on Unsplash)

First and foremost, happy new year!

Secondly, my apologies for waiting so long to write a new post, although, I doubt that anybody is really keeping track. It does, however, offer me a great opportunity to address the frequency of how often I will post. I’ve purposely avoided to set any kind of schedule as to which I shall share my content, and it will most likely, over time, be sporadic at best. However, at the very least, I’m aiming for at least a couple of new posts a month. I’ve got a few planned, and I do have some things in my archives and notes that I might revise and publish on this platform through the coming year(s).

Anyhow, the 12 Days of Christmas (aka “Omen Days”) have mostly been spent reading, watching season 2 of Preacher, some superhero movies, and perhaps one of the most interesting/best/coolest movies of 2018, namely Mandy.

I’d like to take a moment to disclose my reading list, henceforth lovingly referred to as The Desert (reading) Sessions, as well as add some commentary.

The Desert (reading) Sessions

Presented in (almost) chronological order in which they were read by yours truly.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

This is of course a classic that I’ve been meaning to read for year, and boy am I glad I finally decided it was time! Because it did not disappoint. I wish I had read this much sooner, but in a way, it couldn’t have happen at a better time. It’s a genuinely inspiring story, with many deep lessons and it offers some great insight, about following your heart and your dreams. Your true desires. Your “True Will” as Crowley would have put it. It also teaches you alchemy. Real alchemy. This is a contender for my top 10 favourite books of all time. Time will tell, but the story is one that has stuck in my mind.

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Folio Society has an exquisite hardcover edition that will elevate the reading experience if you have the funds to spare. Well worth price if you ask me,

Dune by Frank Herbert

Another classic, and an old favourite of mine, and one that’s literally on my top 10 list. I can’t recommend this enough, as it might possibly be the best sci-fi novel ever, and also because it transcends the genre and subsequently has become a timeless story that has yet to be captured with live action (but I have hopes that they’ll one day manage to do it justice).

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Once again, although I already owned two other editions of this book, I opted for the utterly breathtakingly gorgeous hard bound Folio Society published one.

Entering the Desert by Craig Williams

So, while I was still in the middle of Dune, this paperback desert grimoire showed up, and in ways it stands in stark contrast to the sublime talismanic bindings of the two previous books discussed. However, it also goes to show how a paperback edition of an occult release could and should look like. If every publisher took as much care in the presentation and design of their paperbacks as Anathema Publishing then I think this whole niche market would flourish, as I surely would splurge on even more strange tomes as this. Anyway, I’m digressing… This was a much quicker read than I had anticipated and I found myself plowing through the text in just two days. Now, I’ll surely have to go back and study it more, as there really is a lot in between the lines here. And although I might not agree with every notion and idea presented here, it still offered some insight and has inspired me to pursue some more creative occultism and to hopefully one day be able to explore and share some of my own take on magick sometime in the future. However, this book might not be for everyone, and I’m still on the fence if this really fits into my path, as this clearly is leaning towards a more Left Hand and sorcerous approach. Yet, I am of the belief that any which path you choose, if applied correctly, will end up in the same place regardless.

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I’ve already started on the connected book Cult of Golgotha by the same author, which at the time of writing this is still available in a couple of hardback editions over at the publisher’s website: https://www.anathemapublishing.com/

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Now, lastly, from one kind of reading to another:

The Year Ahead Spread

I did my Year Ahead Spread for 2019, and it suggests a strange journey to come.

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January starts with The Magician, and so far I would say that that is indeed the archetype I’ve decided to embody this month. It does lead into The Hierophant for February and The Hanged Man in March and continuing on with the Chariot in April, which to me suggests a sort of gathering of momentum, that turns into The Sun and The Universe respectively. July is all about the Wheel of Fortune spinning a yarn that might very well do all it can to trip me up in the form of The Tower in August, something I’m not exactly looking forward too, but at least I have a heads up, right? The Last four months came up as The Empress, The Fool, The Emperor ending with Strength in December, so seems like there is some good news after all.

I’m still taking in the information laid out in the circle, and I will take it to heart, and use it as a map, still with the knowledge of “the map is not the territory” held clearly in mind. The sleeper must awaken indeed. I can’t sleep forever, can I?

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Lots of reviews and articles to come my fellow travellers.

The Master Works of Chaos Magick – Review*

The Master Works of Chaos Magick

Practical Techniques for Directing Your Reality

By Adam Blackthorne

  • Paperback
  • 100 pages
  • Black and white printing/coloured cover
  • Published by The Gallery of Magick/CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

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I feel I need to start this off by mentioning that this probably shouldn’t be your first Chaos Magick book, however, I actually think it could bevery useful as your second, or third. Because here in you’ll find some interesting topics and techniques that you might find very helpful. Still, you really should read Liber Null by Peter Carroll and perhaps Condensed Chaos by Phil Hine first, and/or maybe some other classics, just so you get where this all originally came from. Learn the basics before you break the rules. And break the rules you definitely should. When the time is right.

Ok, so secondly, the cover is pretty cheesy, but not as cheesy as say Modern Magick for instance, so just ignore that, as there is actually are some rather intriguing information in here. Not as much as you would think though, with a title like The Master Works of Chaos Magick. That sounds way, way more grandiose than this thin book really is, but if you take a look at the subtitle, which is “Practical Techniques for Directing Your Reality”, then that gives you a better idea of what this “grimoire” is about.

And that’s just it, this really is kind of a little grimoire, or at least the last third or so. Which is neat system for working with Olympic spirits. And I truly think that’s were this release shines.

It’s a very streamlined and “simplistic” (or perhaps modernized?) system of working with Olympic spirits. To be honest, at first I was a little put off by the minimalism, but it stuck in my mind, and after rereading that chapter, I came to the conclusion that it was in fact very neat, and that there is much more depth to it than I initially thought. The author also goes on to explain the thoughts behind the distillation of this method, which helps a lot.

And if you’ve never worked with spirits before, and don’t know how to start, this is a really good introduction and it gives you all the steps in a step by step format. So step right in and step on the gas! Kick start that magick of yours with a little help from “friendly spirits“!

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Now, I’ve got to point out that I’d really like to see some sources cited. Where did all this information come from? Could we at least get a bibliography at the end? No. No such luck. This is a big pet peeve of mine, because sadly I see this mysteriously omitted all too often. Maybe it isn’t such a big deal for most people, or for the beginners that most likely is the target audience for the Master Works of Chaos Magick, but I for one would like to see what the primary sources are so that I can do my own research and do further study if I so wish. And I don’t believe I’m the only one who thinks so.

Come to think of it, I think this might have been discussed in another Gallery of Magick release**. Maybe it would be a good idea to add the same sort of explanation as an appendix or some form of notification somewhere inside.

I know that it would mean more work for the author, but I sincerely believe that a simple bibliography and/or list of sources would add a whole lot more value in the long run, not to mention the book’s longevity. Ok, rant over. At least the book isn’t long enough to warrant an index, so I don’t have to get started on that!

Anyway, this is just 100 pages of light reading, with short chapters, and it’s pretty cheap as well, so in that regard, it’s a great little book to supplement your journey into Chaos Magick. And please, don’t just sit there and read this stuff, get out and go try it out for yourself!

https://galleryofmagick.com/

*This is a highly rewritten and expanded version of this review which I previously posted somewhere else a while ago.

** Archangels of Magick – Part Ten: The Source of Angelic Power p. 295 

Metro Magick – Review

Metro Magick

By Lorne Cross

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Edition: 1st.
  • Printing: Black and white with colour cover.
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Released: March 11, 2016

 

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This is a short book, with just 88 pages, so I’ll try to keep this review relatively short as well. Not only is it pretty slim, it’s also smallish enough to easily fit into your bag or backpack or whatever without taking up much space. I personally love to take books with me when I’m out and about, but sometimes these magick tomes can be rather big and heavy. Anyway, I also think this paperback looks stealthy and undercover enough to be read out in public (if that is a concern of yours), on a train, a bus, subway, or cafe without causing suspicion by non-practitioners. 

First of all I’ll say that I really enjoyed Metro Magick. I used to live in the city and have done my fair share of city magick in my time there. And while I am currently living in a small town (village actually) in the country side, that is only a temporary relocation and hopefully I will get back to the big city life sooner or later. I’ve been feeling particularly stuck lately, so I discovered this weird little book just at the perfect period of my life, and it has made me dream of the concrete jungle once again.

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The book itself has no writing on the spine, which could prove to be annoying if you have an extensive esoteric library, making it difficult to locate. I’m sure I’m not the only one having problems with disappearing books. Sometimes they seem to have a life of their own, hiding away but also showing up just at the right moment. Yeah, books can be strange. 

This is a of self published, print on demand release,  but the actual quality of the book itself is very good. In addition, there is some weird sentence structures here and there, and a lack of proof reading and editing, so it appears a little clunky in some places, but it’s not too bad. Information is still excellent and the points comes across.

It does mention his other book Occult Magick, so perhaps some of this material would benefit from reading that one first, especially if you’re new to these kinds of things it would prove to be helpful, as this is not a beginners manual.  

There is about 9+ spells and/or variations of spells in here, if memory serves me right that is… Thankfully they are given in such a way that it makes it easy to adapt and modify them for your own use, which is always a nice thing. There’s also some cool ideas for magical tools in here too, like using your drivers licence as a wand for instance!

All in all, I highly recommend this for my fellow urban witchcraft and magick practitioners. It’s a quick and fun read, with heaps of inspiration and ideas for you to play with and/or customise for your own modern magical practice.

Surprisingly, you can actually find this as an audiobook on audible.

Here’s a handful of bonus books that you might want to check out if this is your cup of tea magick:

City Magick by Christopher Penczak (2001)

Post-Modern Magick by Seth (2004)

Postmodern Magic: The Art of Magick in the Information Age by Patrick Dunn (2005)