Monday, December 17, 2012

A Peak Into The Hermit's Lair: Inception & Transgression.



[Review of 'Whisperings from the Void: The Amaranthine Arcanum of Holy Image and Revealed Exegesis',
from Patrick John Larabee. -- By G. McCaughry (Anathema Publishing) - MMXII]


Introduco:
How does one quantify personal experience? - Well, somehow, 'Whisperings from the Void: The Amaranthine Arcanum of Holy Image and Revealed Exegesis', Patrick John Larabee's first published manuscript in the form of a whole book (courteously released via Aeon Sophia Press), attempts and aims at answering this sempiternal question and proposes a thorough and undeniable observation concerning that which is the Witch's only true salvation and key motto; in essence, the Ways, Wants and Woes of the Wayfarer treading the Hermitical Path of Mysteries... And Mr. Larabee does so with the care and attention of a true believer, or better yet an astute student and researcher.

'Whisperings from the Void' is not a Grimoire per se, even if there is enough Gnosis within to readily constitute various components of a Greater Grimoire (perhaps in time?). The crux of the oracles here-presented speaks about the results of various devotional operations/prayers and is an authentic outlook into the Magickal Arte, moreso a direct and heartfelt access into one's own private praxes and syncretic relation with the Wyrds of Umbris.

In many ways 'Whisperings...' stand as an initiatory/introductory work into the Arte, however, some parts are clearly meant for those already in the "Know", as some invocations will often not be accompanied by any explanatory texts, forcing you to experiment on your own instead.

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'Book I: Hermitus Pathos', is in itself a motivator, oiling the engine of the Adept and sparking the Flame; with invigorating essay-like texts and litanies helping us to renew with the Arte and generate deeper interest, therefore helping us remember why we came to answer The Calling in the first place, realizing the potential lying dormant inside, and supporting our very foundations and layers as Will-full Individuals.

In Mr. Larabee's words:

 

A huge emphasis has been put on the role of the "I" within the Cosmic Order and the Demiurgic Schema, and thus what constitute our Inner and Upper Self, as a reflection from behind the Void's ghastly shroud. The fascination for the "Eye" throughout the Book is another indicator that the words offered within aren't plainly spell'd to be read but are purposely meant for us to "see" & "behold".



Simply put, the book doesn't need to take you by the hand to show you the (or a) way to go about the Path. It rather opens a door and lets you in for a peak, leaving you wanting more. (If you catch my drift.) There is no pretension to educate here, nor even a deliberate attempt at any spiritual guidance really, so long as the Absolute portrayed within these pages remains apparent and flowing seamlessly out from the various texts and illustrations. (The illustrations, by the way, are honestly wonderful.)

Texts of particular interest within Book I., to my own humble opinion, are: “Seeing the Unseen: being beyond the self: The Eye of the I” (also featured in PILLARS I - “Psychopompos”), “The Emanation and Inheritance of the Sorcerous-Fire”, “Corpus-Cask of the Dynamically Aqueous Soul” (love the title!), “And the Shadow is cast...”.


* I think I may have this one inked as a tattoo someday...

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'Book II: Libra Ab Sanguis' truly stand as a monumental acknowledgement of both the Spirit of Truth and the Truth-in-Spirits, of the HolyMost-"I" and of Mother Nature combined, and it is an especially vivifying pact of devotion, for care has been put into every small poetic oraisons and I am glad this "part" made it whole into 'Whisperings...'. (The "Invokations of the Watchtowers of the Universe" are especially poignant.)

This, is a work of close-proximity, I'd even say intimacy, as if this work is at arm's length in terms of accessibility, being of malleable and adaptable content, which is somehow contre-courant to certain books focusing more on astral soaring and ascent, this one has instead, a more terrene and solemn overall tone.



Of the numerous pictographs:

In many ways this tome could also serve as an artist's portfolio (in this case the author's). Mr. Larabee's sigil work is always very-well woven together, cohesive and stunning by the effectiveness as you can literally feel the energy speeding through them. Given, his artistic style and fashion may not be to everyone's taste, but it is certainly always on-point and moreso exude a tangible passion for the portrayed Daimon and its concordant seal. There is a certain innocence of character in the way he goes about his drawing and painting, and I mean that in the best possible way, for here Innocence is synonymous with Purity; a style untainted by the popular way most come to expect the Veiled Masters to be depicted.


My personal coup-de-coeur certainly goes for the various sigils and illustrations done for the 'Book of Emanations' ('Book II: Libri Ab Sanguis', of 'Whisperings...'), to me,  they are the most evocative pieces within The Book; actual, embodied manifestations of the Dark Shadows-Made-God since times immemorial, and are very powerful symbols in-deed.

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Conclusio:
I started this review, or rather mere stating of facts (albeit from a subjective standpoint), with a Question and I shall try to conclude by suggesting an answer, or perhaps a hypothesis. - There is no need to neither quantify nor qualify personal experiences. Nor is there any actual obligation when it comes to the sharing of these. But when One goes about to let the words bleed honesty on paper, the cautious reader should definitely pay attention, for this is a rare gift nowadays.



This offering from Patrick J. Larabee is a balm on the Souls walking the Path of Revelations, barefooted on the burning ambers of the charred and dying presumption that a book of such magnitude shouldn't be an enjoyable and easy reading from the get-go.

On a slightly bitter note, I wouldn't be honest with myself if I would not mention that one thing that kind of marred the reading experience at times, is the sheer amount of typos throughout the book. Of course, there is always a lot of these getting left behind in any books, but I guess a more thorough review of the manuscript first could've easily prevented the ones I noticed from making it into the final printed version. Same goes with the handling of some of the technical graphic specifications needed to be observed when including images that are bound to go to print. (Such as to include illustrations at a high enough resolution to make sure it doesn't come out pixelated or not "sharp" enough.) - I believe the actual size of the book itself isn't the best of choice when it comes to format, for me, it is simply too large, which makes for a slightly difficult handling when reading and forcing a bigger typefont size that I would have normally deemed fitting for such a book.
(Also, some of the Illustration's names are sorely missing from the List of Illustration at the end of the book... strange?)

It is my most sincere hope, to a fellow occultist and friend, to see this tome soar past the first edition and thus see it eventually revitalised with some of the technical aspects of the product itself, enhanced and rectified. But despite these few flaws, 'Whisperings from the Void' is a strong and solid first entry in the domain.

The Hermetic Realms are indeed vast, and Mr. Larabee, with his 'Whisperings from the Void', proves that an additional soldier-soul in the foray against the ignorant minds of our time trying to shield the Many against the Truth delivered by the Few, is always a very welcomed present for us all who are genuinely interested in the matter.

Gratitude & Benison.
-G. McCaughry

O' Secret Light cast by the Witche's Fire,
O' Secret Light cast by the Sorcerer's Pyre,
Burn bright, grow high, forever alight in the Mind's Eye.
[- Patrick John Larabee]




Sunday, December 16, 2012

Qliphoth Opus II now available to pre-order.

Pre-order started yesterday, December 15th, the reaction so far has been overwhelming!

And judging from the number of advance reservations we received....we expect to keep pre-order option open another week or two.*

*(depending on availa
bility)

If we have leftover exemplars, they will be added to the webstore by the end of February 2013.

Thank you.

Monday, December 10, 2012

'Tracing the Solitary Path' A review of "Whisperings from the Void".



Tracing the Solitary Path

Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold

A Review of: Patrick John Larabee: Whisperings from the Void (Aeon Sophia Press, 2012)

‘Whisperings from the Void’ is a revelation through words, images, hymns, prayer and rituals in honour of the Lonely Road, a testimony of how gnosis and enlightenment can be found in isolation and solitude, amidst the denizens of the healing bush and poison apple, within the void and the winds of night.

It is an intimate and philosophical text constantly questioning the very substance of being, nothingness, soul and spirit that in its exegesis takes the shape of a Valentinian revelation colored with the gestalts of our fragmented and constantly recreated worlds and our perception of these worlds as we see, watch, feel and enter into communion with the other side on the wings of dream and the lone sojourner’s ecstasy.  




Central for the book is the quintessence of magic as revealed in leaps and states of dream congress with the otherness along the via negativa. It is the void and nothingness that is the womb and tomb for the possibilities enacted in the sensorial and ensouled body adorned by spirit. It is the void that is conceived as beginning and therefore affirmation of all that is by a constant reference to transformation. 

A recurring theme in the book is the meditations upon the nature of the soul. These meditations turn from contemplations of the soul in light of the Aristotelian soul as the life-giving power to a thing, to seeing the soul as dream proper. By presenting such meditations and paradoxes Larabee is constantly accepting and deconstructing not only the soul, but also key concepts in the book, such as ‘dream’, ‘void’, ‘flesh’, ‘awareness’, ‘senses’ -  and in this the book turns into an exercise and testament-giving word to the constant transmutability of the ensorceled witch.

The one constant in the book, the pole and anchor that transformation dances around and within is the ‘I’ – the Self as revealed through its self awareness. It is this perpetual constant that is the axis that enables understanding and knowledge for the transformation of perception, meditation and experience throughout the book. As Larabee writes: “We so often believe that we are the same being all of the time, but this is not the truth, for we are ever-changing sentient entities that are constantly in flux, every moment adapting to both our inner and outer realities.” (p.55)

All this must be brought into unity – and unity is not a Self defined by categories and forms – but a still centre of reflection and understanding that enables interaction within the worlds that are in a constant transformation.
Larabee is cunningly describing the apparent duality of the world, and sees this as something that must be subject for unity by a dual acceptance of the world of clay and the world of spirit – it is only here the soul can be at peace and cling to the axis of ‘I’. As he writes:


“Here though it must be stated that we are each capable of containing both heavens and hells, that when we reach into the heavens of our own selves we must also reach down into our own self created hells; we each are a legion of demons and angels and we are constantly at work within this battlefield of the mind, of the soul, there is never a cessation of this inner turmoil, whether positive or negative.” (p 22/23) 

This constant turmoil is experienced as fragments, parts of a yet unknown whole that must be brought together. Larabee sees this as crucial to the Lonely Wanderer, and this also implies making peace with the world of profane reality as much as the ideal world where spirits more pure reign. The Solitary Witch is in a constant exile – and it is perhaps because of this acceptance of exile the perception of the Witch is often so different and often provocative for the mundane world. As he writes: “Exile is both a blessing and a curse, in that through it we are placed outside of the boundaries of the world as we know it, yet it is this very placement that gives exile its power, its purpose.” (p.32)

It is the exile itself that enables the establishment of the ‘I’ because exile forces one to look at the axis from the outside… and this leads to the following conclusion, that: “The Man of Spirit lives within the spiritual moment, the ever-present, becoming, the Eternal Now; which is the vertical-axis which intersects the horizontal-plane of manifest reality.” (p.73)



The second part of the book is ritualistic in nature as it details and suggests ways of spirit congress through soul travel and the placement of the sensorial body as the ritual field in the Eden of the Witch gods and goddesses. The Compass and crossroad are used as points of entrance both to the spirits of the land, the Mighty Dead and the wielders of witchblood.  In this, the Dream Sabbath becomes the metastasis of ‘I’ and is resurrected into a perpetual possibility that turns the lonely road crowded with spirits from all possible kingdoms and the route towards Self. 

The book concludes with a series of invocations to sixteen faithful gods and goddesses that encircle the ‘I’ and this retinue is given as: Hekate, Qayin, Lucifer, Lilith, Samael, Rahab-Tiamat, Baphomet, Tubal Cain, Naamah, Mahazhael, Lilis, Janus, Ruha, Azazel, Lucifera, Asmodeus, all of them with deep and thick ties to witchblood proper. 

‘Whisperings from the Void’ is a companion for the Witch on the Lonely Road, it is an exegesis on themes of grave importance to the exile and it is a constant meditation on the nature and substance of the ensorcelled Self or ‘I’. As such Patrick John Larabee has given from his soul a testimony of the hooks and crooks of the path that should be read with care and received in gratitude – especially for the Solitary sojourner.   

There is a distinct sense of generosity in ‘Whisperings from the Void’, a desire to share and not to overwhelm, which gives this book a beauty in its nakedness that by itself makes this testimony of the Solitary path worthy and good! 

                                                                                                 Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Pre-order is open for QLIPHOTH Opus II on DECEMBER 15th!

Pre-order is open for QLIPHOTH Opus II on DECEMBER 15th!!!

QLIPHOTH Opus II "Flesh Totems And Mask Bones"

Limited to 111 exemplars, deluxe hardcover book.


Including approx 190 pages in book format. First 55 copies receive: EMME YA A3 Deluxe cd

There is a secret sign to be drawn...
A transgressive dance to be done
A flesh totem to be bathed in blood
A mask bones to be mould...
And a sole path to drink from the sacred vessels
ov the Qliphoths..

“We are the Quintessence, the dissolution of self-ecstasy of pain and death
Beyond Daath, Beyond the Void...” Edgar Kerval 111


 
- Stryx -The Magician as Vampire - Andrew Dixon
- The Tellum Scorpionis (Atrum Semita Pondera) R.N Lant
- The Arte Of Blood - S.Ben Qayin
- Formula Ov The Red Ecstasy (Trance and Erotocomatose Rite) - Edgar Kerval 111
- The Mass Of Tiamat - Aion 131
- Becoming Hoodoo (part II) – Kyle Fite
- The Fundamentals of Utilizing the Qliphoth to Perfect Being of Becoming In Nothingness/Everything In The Path Tranfixed Of The Void - Angela Edwards
- Theoretical Demonology In Psychoanalysis - Alexei Dzyuba
- A short Optical about The Zos Kia Cultus by A lover Of Ecstasy - Claudio Cesar Carvalho
- Blackmouth Beach - Sean Woodward
- Symbology Of The Serpent - Marco Grosso
- Parasitic Vampyrism And The Inspiring Aspects Of Motivational Vampyrism - Dante Miel
- The treatise 393 SEFEKH, THE CONSORT OF THOTH – Robert Dalla Valle

And two more articles still to come!

Visual arts by:

qliphothtic tarot colorful images by Alexei Dzyuba
Isa Lam'DeFond Ramdani
Nestor Avalos
Edgar Kerval 111
Kyle fite
Magick kaziM

And more!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Preview for: 'CHTHONIC Prose & Theory' by Vadge Moore

We are currently working on the final details of the lay-out of the forth coming book 'CHTHONIC Prose and Theory' by Vadge Moore.

This book will be a re-print of the now sold-out paperback format.

We will produce a very high quality cloth
bound hardcover and will be a very limited print run!

More info about the author and synopsis will be provided with the pre-order announcement.

Book specs:
- 192 pages
- 6 inch x 8.5 inch
- Burgundy color moire silk cloth binding
- Black end papers
- Silk ribbon page-marker
- Gold foil lettering on spine and and gold foil stamp on front
 
 
"From the pen of Vadge Moore, one of American counterculture's most notorious debauchees, comes a tome devoted to all the base, depraved, wicked and vile aspects of the animal Man.

Asserting that the savage, primal elements of the human sp
irit are, in fact, the proverbial Lead from which spiritual Gold can be spun, Moore takes us on a tour through Hell; the passage of which - for those bold enough to undertake it - can lead to a Heaven of a decidedly different nature than that posited by orthodox religion …"

Click on the link below to access the preview of his forth coming book:
 
 
 

Small update for QLIPHOTH Opus II and CHTHONIC Prose & Theory.

Dear friends,

In the next days we will announce the pre-order date for QLIPHOTH Opus II and Cthonic Prose & Theory.

Once the pre-order date is posted on this wall, we encourage you to mark that date in your calendar. So you don't miss out on securing your copy of QLIPHOTH Opus II and/or 'Chthonic Prose & Theory'!

- 'Chthonic Prose & Theory'. This book will be printed in a limited edition of 50 exemplars only. And will NOT be re-printed.

- QLIPHOTH  Esoteric Publication Opus II. This will be printed and bound as a cloth-bound hardcover book format of 111 exemplars total. And will NOT be re-printed. More details will be provided with the pre-order announcement.

Only 90 copies will be made available to the public. 'Opus I' was sold out within 1.5 week....we expect 'Opus II' will be gone quickly as well. Please don't wait to long with ordering your copy once pre-order is open. Requests for reservations in advance will not be accepted.