Peter James Carroll is a modern occultist, author, cofounder of the Illuminates of Thanateros, Carroll’s book Liber Null & Psychonaut is considered one of the defining works of the chaos magic movement. Carroll was a co-founder of the . Language English. An Introduction to Chaos Magic. Identifier LiberNullAndThePsychonaut. Identifier-ark ark://t47p93v Ocr ABBYY FineReader LIBER NULL PETER J. CARROLL With Illustrations by Andrew David To all who helped keep Liber Null in print and produced a limited edition of Psychonaut .
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Liber Null and the Psychonaut
Liber Null and Psychonaut: 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 psyxhonautik perform group magic, or who work as shamanic priests to the community.
Published April 1st by Weiser Books first published January 15th To see what psychonauitk friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Liber Null and Psychonautplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Liber Null and Psychonaut. Lists with This Book. Jun 02, Michael rated it liked it Recommends it for: Chaos Ilber, beginning magicians, occult theorists. I wasn’t terribly impressed with this book at the time I read it, although it does contain some interesting material.
Essentially it is the compiled handbooks or “libers” of the Illuminates of Thanateros IOT, worked out by Peter Carroll and others during the s and early s.
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The IOT prides psychnoautik on exploring occult traditions while breaking with much of the hierarchy and stick-up-the-ass seriousness of traditional magical study. Chaos Magic, as I used to say, is what happens to you whe I wasn’t terribly impressed with this book at the time I read it, although it does contain some interesting material.
Chaos Magic, as I used to say, is what happens to you when you start to take Discordianism seriously if you stop taking it seriously, you’re in the Church if the Subgenius. It is the sort of system that will work excellently for a certain type of student, and not at all for others, and which can only be adapted for different needs by an experienced Teacher.
Indeed, this is the problem with most beginning books on magic; only very rare individuals can apply something directly from a book without interaction with others of varying levels of experience. While the book implies that the student may apply to the IOT, they are notoriously unresponsive and spychonautik have published the book more to discourage inquiries rather than encourage themand thus “study groups” of varying quality have spring up locally and on the internet.
The other problem with publishing a program like this in book form is that students will tend to rush through it, having no guide to appropriate levels of progress, and will attempt powerful psychonwutik impressive-looking Workings before they have truly mastered the basics the concept of “Mastery” is one psychnoautik current society is largely uncomfortable with in the first place.
The first 11 pages of libed book, “Liber MMM,” could readily be a program of two or more years for an average student, but it doesn’t look very impressive, and there’s all those other pages with cool stuff to try, so people will rush ahead and start invoking Goetic spirits and messing around with “aethers” before they’ve learned null mind control techniques they need. Psychonautikk is also a reason that traditional schools used to dole out their wisdom very slowly, and guard it so jealously from the newer Initiates, but those days have been exploded, for better or worse, by the end of Secrecy in our culture.
It is composed of 40 short essays on subjects ranging lliber “Shamanism” to “Levels of Consciousness” to “Chemognosis. As with the techniques in pxychonautik Null,” it seems, without guidance students will make what they want of a magical text and follow the path of least resistance. Many independent Chaos Magicians one meets are little more than druggies with a spiritual justification for their habits.
More important is the final essay, which explains Carroll’s “Catastrophe Theory of Magic,” one of the more original contributions of Chaos Magic liher the field of occult study. It is essentially based in a topological model in which forms or paradigms are distorted without altering their perceived basic features. The work overall will be more or less useful to people who study it from differing backgrounds and perspectives.
It has, no doubt, been a key text in the trainning of some very successful magicians. Psychknautik me, it was a rather dry read with little new that tended to race through the more important subjects and leap to speculative areas. Your Mileage May Vary.
May 30, Lizbeth Gabriel rated it liked it Shelves: Also, my copy is missing a page of text and half its contents table. Damn to demise all marshmallows in existence and some theoretical ones.
How can someone actively choose to experiment on everything that makes them who they are AND nul ? The advice is pretty clear: Keep doing that My head hurts.
Keep doing that that until you manage to disentangle your inner core from your present personality, because personality is essentially a completely arbitrary construction based on experience and chance. What remains is aligned with the portion of you that is transcendent, in other words, with the needs of your psychonaktik.
Yep, do all that AND at the same time hold down a job, maintain your relationships, practice psychohautik and try to see life for the cosmic joke it is. Excellent theory, but I am afraid that this can only be done by not having to work, not being in a relationship and not having a family of any kind. It’s an interesting book with some excellent ideas but very little practical application for the practitioner who also wants to have a life outside the occult.
It’s also difficult llber follow at parts. Still a good read for someone who wants to be introduced to Chaos Magick. One of the classics. As with all classics, pick and choose the paychonautik that suit you and ignore the rest.
Jan 23, Garrett Cook rated it really liked it. To be inflexible is to be the servant of death”- the Tao Te Ching Even if chaos magick is not a magical tradition you practice, even if you are not a practicing magician at all, there is much to learn from Liber Null.
It is a guide to psychic flexibility, to seeing shades of meaning in your environment and to expressing intent. As such, this is a seminal work not just for the magician, but for the artist as well.
Lea “When we are born, we are soft and supple, in death we are stiff and inflexible. Learn to be flexible, learn to be adaptable and learn that your world and the reality around you are every bit as flexible.
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Jun 04, Terra Bosart rated it really liked it. This was my first introduction to Chaos Magic, and it came across quite well.
The writing and descriptions and concepts resonated with me so well that Pdychonautik began magical practice again. This book, along with Liber Kaos, challenged my perspectives and dropped me off where Psychonaurik started.
Jan 14, Wesley rated it really liked it. This book was interesting. Sure it’s all in our heads – but how big are our heads? If your mind is stuck in familiar ruts, this book might be a good place to go “off road”. Jun 04, Alistar Baker rated it it was amazing. One of the Seminal texts on postmodern magick. A true classic which definitely changed my view on magick dramatically, perhaps even my life.
A liberating book that inspires creativity, and self-expression. If you’re tired of overly-complex rituals based on some medieval mythos that seems like a joke to you, then this is the book for you. I mean, if you don’t believe in the supernatural at all, then how could you take things like demons, angels, Gods, null Goddesses seriously?
Yet you can still do One of the Seminal texts on postmodern magick. Yet you can still do magick just as effectively if not psychonautim so, than someone who buys into some religions philosophy as being True independent of the believer, or the group.
Islam and Christianity are good examples of this herd mentality that Chaos magick can easily make use of or toss out the window. Even Thelema has in some circles a bit of Orthodoxy and dogma — required beliefs to progress. But Nuull Magick has no such limitations. Creativity, boldness, and self awareness are required instead, not subjugation to the magickal authorities.
More importantly though, this book teaches you how to use ANY belief to accmplish your will. Even beliefs completely anathema to Chaos Magick will work, because Chaos is not subject to non-contradictory identification unless you want it to be that way. You can will rationality just as easily as absurdity.
Ljber most powerful teaching in this book, I think, is Sigil Magick — which may have originated with another psychonzutik named AO Spare. Incredibly simple, yet highly effective and based on fairly sound psychological principles of trance, self-hypnosis, self programming.
Sigil Magick really works, and so do servitors, because what matters is what you put into it, and how you use these tools. On a psychological level, this book is far more entertaining, fun, and creatively inspiring than blabbing at some therapist for the rest of your life. At the very least psychonautikk is a useful book for learning about your True Lier, or your whole self by experimenting with different personas, or adopting myths that help you get a handle on aspects of your psyche that you want to understand, control, or make use of.
You learn alot about yourself by identifying your desires in life, but most people put limitations on their life by trying to be too ‘realistic’ all the time, too enslaved to strict rationality; thus unfulfilled, and complacent. This book cuts through all the bullshit and gives you tools to do real magick meaning it teaches you how to do your will in the real world. Artists could benefit from this book as well because it allows you to learn the basic underlying nkll of any ritual, giving you the template in which you can create any ritual you desire for any purpose.
Chaos Magick does have a few problems though. It is all too easy to try and pigeonhole it into psychnautik another belief system full of dogmas, strict rules, and the typical personality cult magick often leads to.
It also could result in lazy lazy, self congratulatory, pointless magick since ‘anything goes’. But as William Blake wrote, ‘The fool who persists in his folly will become wise’. Jul 12, kit psyvhonautik it really liked it Shelves: Very good–if often pompous and opaque–text from Pope Pete. Probably not a good introductory book on Chaos Magick, as the spiralling psycohnautik sometimes nears the Crowleyesque. Still, it can be an exciting read, even if the concepts aren’t as easily appliccable as when outlined by Hine.