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- Publication Date: July 28, 2016
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- Language: English
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Pieces of Eight: Chaos Magic Essays and Enchantments Kindle Edition
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This volume is really Gordon White's 100% chaos magic book. Pieces of Eight continues what I liked about Chaos Protocols, providing a ton of food for thought on many subjects relating to magic. While I don't agree with everything Gordon writes (in part because I simply am not well read enough in some cases to have an opinion!) it always makes me think. This is one very sharp man's approach to practical magic taken to a logical limit, and a great view into a particular take on magic itself, and one I have a nice stack of notes and ideas to try out from. Not much better can be said in my opinion.
I think that this book + Chaos Protocols + Jason Miller's The Sorcerer's Secrets + Visual Magick by Jan Fries provide a rock solid ground for anyone interested in chaos magick, practical sorcery - whatever you'd like to call it- to rock & roll from. Top notch, and a very fun read as well.
Gordon is hitting many major magical points in a quick but thorough manner, giving the reader much to chew on, and even more to digest especially if they are new to some of these topics.
The common misconceptions and detractors (and singularity) regarding chaos magic was the leading reason for my dismissal of the practice. But, now that Gordon has shed his high beams on the matter, I realize that my own magical practice has a lot more in common with chaos magic than I had originally anticipated.
Whether you're looking for a book on chaos magic or simply some solid suggestions and examples for refining your current practice, Pieces of Eight will most certainly be your proverbial ace up your sleeve. But, honestly...Gordon's witty and amusing writing style is the real gem in this jewel box!
...you have been Alerted)... the more I see the Real, Tangible results of these Subtle arts coming in to, dropping in to, manifestation. I have read the previous works (almost in full for Star.Ships) and can tell you that this work is on par, and forms the third of a trinity which produces a 'hidden fourth book' - so be sure to purchase both Pieces of Eight and The Choas Protocols and Star.Ships... as is the wont of such a 'force', I had a premonition this book was being released, and there in me emailz is 'All Red Line' confirming my 'pingspicions'.
As to the content of each of these books, a review is needless, only serving the bots of 'first day release in Merka, so while it's tryed and truwe that I don't 'need' to tell you how great these works (namely in this case Pieces of Eight) are, you must either realize that this is something you really do Want (and in many ways Need), or you are making the most terrible mistake one can possibly make, is to miss the work of Gordon White.
Each of these books is an essential. The works on their own stand impervious to the peevishness of history and many men's minds. Buy this book. It's good for ya.
This book isn't very long or difficult to read but it is dense- much more dense than one originally realizes. It is definitely one of those books you'll want to re-read a few times, and every time you re-read it, different things will stand out. I found myself taking tons of notes while reading- not just quotes from the book itself but also tens of ideas that the book inspired. It is definitely a book that makes you think and gets your creative juices flowing. This is not a beginner's book in the sense that if you need a magic 101 guide this is not what this book is, but I cannot think of anyone -whether a long-time practitioner or someone who has just taken his first steps in magic- who will not benefit from it. Even if you are an absolute beginner, you will still gain a lot by reading the first part of the book.
From the practical enchantments, what stood out to me the most was the invocation to Wake the City (a call to place spirits), the ritual for the Tritopatores (unnamed, forgotten ancestral gods), as well as the Benediction of the Sybils.
This book is his first truly "practical" tome and highly recommended to anyone who wants to not only stay abreast of what's happening in the world but to rise above the noise and find beauty in chaos through participation.
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This book may not appeal to the most hard-core rationalist/materialist - but as always - they don't know what they don't know when it comes to ontological fun like this.
My advice - just buy it anyway. It's a really fun read.
Buy it, treasure it.
Also, the cover is exceptional. :)