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Liber Null & Psychonaut: An Introduction to Chaos Magic Paperback – April 1, 1987
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About the Author
Andrew David Was Formerly Employed in the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office in Taunton
Peter J. Carroll is Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University.
Top Customer Reviews
Carroll presents his information in a clear, rational and pragmatic way. Readers who have read his later books will notice that some of the theories presented here have become dated, which is only natural considering that the book was written over twenty years ago and that the development of magical theory and practice has progressed since then. In spite of this, it is important to familiarize oneself with the information presented here as it gives a solid foundation for understanding the basic priciples and techniques that his later, more advanced books only touch upon briefly. For example the book has the clearest system for attaining proper mind control which is absolutely necessary for more advanced work. It also explains the different methods of going into trance as well as the procedures for creating personalized sigils or encoded desires.
The second part of the book entitled Psychonaut (great word by the way) consists of essays on a variety of topics related to the subject at hand: The use of psychoactive substances in ritual, different models for explaining magical phenomenon, etc.
In a way, I tend to regard this book as a successful clarification of what Crowley and Spare tried to say in their confusing and long-winded fasion.
As with any Peter Carrol book it contains dogmatism about his personal beliefs. However that is more than cancelled out by the wealth of ideas that is hidden throughout the book. If you see magic as being divided in black and white and different subdivisions within each one this book will prove trully valuable to read and try. If not (which was my case) it will prove as an interesting source of information that you can adapt or discard according to your liking and the belief system you are currently ingrained in.
If you want a good introduction to Chaos Magick and to see some unique ideas, I highly recommend getting Phil Hine's "Condensed Chaos" (also available here on Amazon). His writing is excellent, and he does a much better job of clearly presenting the basics of Chaos Magick with a pragmatic attitude.
Carroll is interesting from a historical perspective since he was one of the early Chaos Magicians, so this is probably worth having for the completist.
This book, more or less, is an instruction manual for initiates of the IOT, an order of anarchist-occultists founded by the scientist/punk/philosopher (my kind of guy!) Pete Carroll. It outlines the practices of Neophytes, Initiates, Adepts, and Priests of Chaos, as well as includes some basic practices (a combination of A.O. Spare's Zos Kia, non-religious Thelema, Wicca, Sorcery, Shamanism, Goetic Necromancy, and Vajrayana Buddhism)... in other words, total and complete wickedness. Check it out.
Highly recommended for any occult reader.
It's true that he does add his own theories and perspectives on certain issues, but I found these to be extremely helpful in understanding the teachings within.
This is a very enlightening book, one of the best occult texts on the market. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anybody who's interested in occultism or magic (not to mention chaos magic).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I picked this paperback up on a whim(?) at the bookstore; tho I (consciously) thought the odds were good it was going to be prettymuch yet another New Age... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Woodrow S Charles Willow
Don't waste your money. I found it very typical "New Age" psychobabble of someone who has rejected one major religion, Catholicism, and cannot get past his neurolinguistic... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lawrence Pardun
This book changed my perspective on magick significantly. Amazing book.Published 2 months ago by Aaron Van Zile
wonderful book! I can compare it only with Erchard Tolle's book on how much of insight about self and others it gives you.Published 2 months ago by bayazet2001
I'm satisfied and frightened of what I might use this for. Please stop me.Published 7 months ago by Walter S.