Tag Archives: Peter J Carroll

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.

Find this book at Amazon, Abebooks, and Powell’s

Epoch

Epoch. The Esotericon & Portals of Chaos by Peter J Carroll and Matt Kaybryn, a new hardcover book and 55-card deck, published by Arcanorium College for Spring Equinox 2014, is available now, signed by author and illustrator, from Weiser Antiquarian.

Peter J Carroll Matt Kaybryn Epoch book from Arcanorium College

Peter J Carroll Matt Kaybryn Epoch deck from Arcanorium College

This illustrated and “illuminated” hardback opens with a detailed historical resume of magical and esoteric thought before presenting the reader with three complete grimoires. From the publisher: “this superbly produced book contains extensive text by Peter J Carroll and over 50 large full colour illustrations from Matt Kaybryn, which are represented in the accompanying deck. Carroll’s text begins with a historical resumé of magical and esoteric thought before moving on to present the reader with three complete grimoires. The first grimoire of Elemental magic deals with modern practical magical techniques and the classical and modern interpretations of the traditional elemental symbolism. The second grimoire of Planetary magic deals with the Pagan and Neo-Pagan-magical archetypes or ‘god-forms’, their contemporary roles in the human condition, and how the magician can access them for their inspiration and to borrow their abilities. The third grimoire of Stellar magic deals with the ‘Elder Gods’, those foci of awesome and dangerous extraterrestrial knowledge and power that await us in the vast deep reaches of the cosmos. This grimoire constitutes the latest upgrade to the ever evolving Necronomicon. Complementing and supporting the grimoires, further chapters deal with the history of symbolism, the creation and/ or the evolution of gods and goddesses, and the physics of parapsychology and extraterrestrial communication. All in all this book contains enough to keep any wizard, magician, esotericist or natural philosopher entranced and busy for quite quite some time to come.” Accompanied by oversized deck of 55 cards, called a “Cartomagical tool for the 21st century, the Deck presents 54 Altar Icons spanning the three Spheres of Elements, Bi-Planets and Stellar god-forms.” [via]

Occult Conference in Glastonbury, UK on Mar 22nd, 2014

Occult Conference 2014 will be held in Glastonbury, UK on March 22nd, 2014, with tickets available online through March 16th. This event will have vendors, workshops, lectures, a Gnostic Mass ritual, keynote, an evening ball, and more.

“The new and re-imagined Occult Conference will be investigating five Initiatory Traditions within British Occultism:
· Alexandrian Wicca
· Dion Fortune Western Mystery Schools
· Illuminates of Thanateros
· Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids
· Ordo Templi Orientis

We have brought together fantastic representatives of these Traditions, and will be offering lectures and workshops to allow attendees a glimpse behind the curtains, and to gain hands-on experience of the praxis within.

After a packed day, we will be converting the venue into a Temple for a very special celebration of Liber XV: The Gnostic Mass by Ordained Officers of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, under the auspices of O.T.O. All will be welcome to celebrate the Divine in Humanity, and the Generative and Creative forces of Nature.

The Jupiterian Ball will round off the evening with aplomb: Dance and enjoy cocktails to music from Swing to Rockabilly, decked out in your finest evening-wear or vintage dress. Separate tickets for partners or friends will be available for this section.

We will also be hosting Peter J. Carroll and Matt Kabryn as they launch EPOCH: The Esotericon and Portals of Chaos! Make sure to attend for an exclusive chance to buy signed first editions, and discuss this work with the authors themselves.”