“In the jungle the strong slay the weak until only the strong remain,” said Tanub. “And then the strong prey upon each other?” asked Orne. “That is a quibble for women,” said Tanub. “It’s too bad you feel that way,” said Orne. “When two cultures meet like this they tend to help each other.”

Frank Herbert, Missing Link

Liber Null and Psychonaut

Julianus reviews Liber Null and Psychonaut by Peter J Carroll in the Bkwyrm archive.

This seems to be the seminal text of the Chaos Magick movement and is comprised of the instructional papers of the Illuminates of Thanateros (IOT.) Frankly, I don’t think much of it. Much of the material is best described as a paraphrase of Crowley’s Magick in Theory and Practice, without credit and so abbreviated that I doubt a beginning student could really use it successfully. Carroll does include a version of Austin Spare’s sigil Magick in the curriculum but there really is not much original material here.

Another thing that struck me is that, while Carroll talks so much about “Chaos” and rants against “dogma,” he is himself one of the most dogmatic writers on Magick I have ever encountered.

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Liber LXIX Vel Pan-Priapus

Phil Hine reviews Liber LXIX Vel Pan-Priapus: Sexual Magick in Theory & Practice by James Martin in the Bkwyrm archive.

Sexual Magick is one of those ‘difficult’ subjects where it is impossible to please everyone. Although there are a number of books available on the subject, many of them are either too twee, coy, or limited by the author’s own inhibitions to appeal to a wide readership. Happily this self-published work from James Martin does not shirk from delivering the goods. Exhaustive (in all senses of the word) and wide-ranging in scope, this book is a must for anyone with a serious interest in sexual magick, whether practical, theoretical or historical. James Martin serves up a heady brew, distilled from his own experience (in a refreshingly frank manner!), the works of Crowley, Dadaji, Reich, the Gnostics, and other magical approaches, both ancient and contemporary.

I have for some years been puzzled by the fact that although Thelema as a magical philosophy recognises the primacy of sexuality in magick, its numerous advocates appear to display a curious tendency to evade the discussion of sexuality in other than symbolism-drenched passages. Again, Pan-Priapus throws off the veil of coy symbolism, and gets stuck in with gusto! Fetishism, bondage, buggery, masturbatory rites, homosexual opera (both male and female), bisexuality, drugs, sexual demons and much more are given an open and honest appraisal. In addition, there is a thorough glossary, bibliography, and useful contact addresses.

Informative, inspiring, witty – at times eyebrow-raising; this is an excellent book for the magician or pansexualist of any persuasion.

Details of availability, price & postage from: James Martin, PO Box 1219, Corpus Christi, TX 78403-1219, USA

“A fairy!” hooted the centaur, throwing back his head and laughing wildly. “Why in the name of Pan would anyone ever waste their time on those silly little pests!

Anna Elizabeth Bennett, Little Witch