Book of Lies: The Disinformation Guide to Magick and the Occult

by
Richard Metzger (Editor),
Grant Morrison (Introduction),
Michael Moynihan (Contributor),
Tracy R. Twyman (Goodreads Author) (Contributor),
Vere Chappell (Contributor),
Mark Pesce (Contributor),
Genesis P-Orridge (Contributor),
Paul Laffoley (Contributor),
Daniel Pinchbeck (Contributor),
Nevill Drury (Contributor),
Donald Tyson (Contributor),
Erik Davis (Contributor)

 


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Table of Contents

Dedication PREFACE

Introduction

MAGICK IN THEORY AND PRACTICE POP MAGIC!

THINKING ABOUT IT FIRST STEPS ON THE PATH HOW TO BE A MAGICIAN HOW TO BE A MAGICIAN 2 HOW TO BE A MAGICIAN 3

MAGICAL CONSCIOUSNESS EXPERIMENT: EXPERIMENT:

APPLIED MAGIC

THE MAGICAL RECORD BANISHING

SIGILS

SIGILS: DISPOSAL VIRAL SIGILS EXPERIMENT: HYPERSIGILS EXPERIMENT:

HOW TO CHAT UP GODS HOW MANY HERMES?

EXPERIMENT:

DEMONS ARE… EXPERIMENT:

HEALING EXPERIMENT:

DUDE, WHERE’S MY EGO? THE ABYSS EXPERIMENT:

REVOLT INTO MAGIC!

THE EXECUTABLE DREAMTIME WORD AND WILL

RHETORIC AND REASON WORD AND WORLD

THEE SPLINTER TEST

SKILLFUL SPLINTERING CAN GENERATE MANIFESTATION. [THEE SPLINTER TEST -APPENDIX A.]

[THEE SPLINTER TEST -APPENDIX B.] [THEE SPLINTER TEST -APPENDIX C.] [THEE SPLINTER TEST -APPENDIX D.] [THEE SPLINTER TEST -APPENDIX E.]

MEMENTO MORI – Remember You Must Die I. (THANATAESTHETICS)

II. (THE TRIMURTI OF DEATH) PERSPECTIVE ONE: PERSPECTIVE TWO: PERSPECTIVE THREE:

Endnotes

JOE IS IN THE DETAILS ARE YOU ILLUMINATED?

INITIATION AS A PROCESS CRISIS AND CALL

THE INITIATORY SICKNESS THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL

MACRO AND MICRO-INITIATIONS GETTING THE FEAR

RELAX INTO FEAR SAHAJA

INNERWORLD CONFRONTATIONS ILLUMINATION

GNOSIS CHEMOGNOSIS

TRYPTAMINE HALLUCINOGENS AND CONSCIOUSNESS

An Extended Excerpt from BREAKING OPEN THE HEAD 1. Not for Human Consumption

  1. New Sensations
  2. Magical Thinking ICONS

KICK THAT HABIT – Brion Gysin-His Life & Magick THE DREAM MACHINE

MAGICK GYSIN IN PARIS

THE CUT-UP TECHNIQUE

WHO IS THERE WILLIAM BURROUGHS

Endnotes

MAGICK SQUARES AND FUTURE BEATS – The Magical Processes and Methods of William …

BEING THE FIRST PART: CHANGE THE WAY TO PERCEIVE AND CHANGE ALL MEMORY

BEING THE SECOND PART: IN A PRE-RECORDED UNIVERSE WHO MADE THE FIRST RECORDINGS?

BEING THE THIRD (MIND) PART: NOTHING HERE NOW BUT THEE RECORDINGS

A CASSETTE TAPE RECORDER AS A MAGICKAL WEAPON:

BEING THE FOURTH PART: LOOK AT THAT PICTURE IS IT PERSISTING?

NOTE: THE DISCIPLINE OF DO EASY

Endnotes:

AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE – Divine Draughtman ZOS AND KIA

SPARE’S MAGICAL COSMOLOGY SIGILS AND ECSTASY

Endnotes

VIRTUAL MIRRORS IN SOLID TIME – The Prophetic Portals of Austin Osman Spare

CALLING CTHULHU – HP Lovecraft’s Magick Realism A PULP POE

THE HORROR OF REASON CHAOS CULTURE

PROOF IN THE PUDDING WRITING THE DREAM…

…AND DREAMING THE BOOK

Excerpt from THE ROAD OF EXCESS FULL MOON AT BOU SAADA BOU SAADA DECODED.

Endnotes

LEARY AND CROWLEY – An Excerpt from Cosmic Trigger Starseed

A MESSAGE FROM COSMIC CENTRAL?

SOME EGYPTIAN GODS INTRUDE ON THE NARRATIVE AND OUR LADY OF SPACE SPEAKS AGAIN

Endnotes

THE GREAT BEAST 666 SIX VOICES ON CROWLEY

“DO WHAT THOU WILT” THE BOOK OF THE LAW THE TREE OF LIFE SPIRITUAL PRACTICE TRUTH AND FALSEHOOD

SEX MAGICK AND SUFFRAGE DRUGS AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICE CHRIST AND LUCIFER CROWLEY’S PERSONALITY READING CROWLEY

ALEISTER CROWLEY AS GURU

Endnote

THE ENOCHIAN APOCALYPSE A SAINT AND A ROGUE

THE REALITY OF THE ENOCHIAN ANGELS THE GATES AND THE KEYS

THE NATURE OF THE APOCALYPSE ENTER, THE GREAT BEAST

A MENTAL ARMAGEDDON

Endnotes

THE CRYING OF LIBER 49 – Jack Parsons, Antichrist Superstar

“FOR I AM BABALON, AND SHE MY DAUGHTER, UNIQUE AND THERE SHALL BE NO OTHER …

HECATE RISING…

JAMES DEAN OF THE OCCULT

“ONLY IN THE IRRATIONAL AND UNKNOWN DIRECTION CAN

WE COME TO IT [WISDOM] … A MAGICAL CALL TO ARMS

SCARLE WOMEN

CAMERON – The Wormwood Star THE BIRTH OF BABALON THE RED WITCH

Endnotes

IDA CRADDOCK – Sexual Mystic and Martyr for Freedom REFERENCES

ROSALEEN NORTON – Pan’s Daughter THE GODS, IN THEIR OWN RIGHT

Endnotes SECRET SOCIETIES

MAGICAL BLITZKRIEG – Hitler and the Occult Peter Levenda Interview THE HISTORY

DIETRICH ECKART ALFRED ROSENBURG WILHELM GUTBERLET RUDOLF HESS HIMMLER AND THE S.S.

THE ALLIED OCCULT OFFENSE

Endnotes

THAT WHICH HAS FALLEN HALO OF FLIES

ORDO TEMPLI ORIENTIS AND GNOSTIC CATHOLIC CHURCH THELEMA AND LOSS OF IDENTITY

OUT OF THE CLOSETS

HARE RAMA HARE SUPERMARKET

MANUFACTURED GNOSIS WE ARE BORG …

… AND DAMAGED FRANZ KAFKA’S PROCESS THE ODOR OF THE O.T.O.

AURA OF THE O.T.O. PHENOMENON CYBERCATACOMBS

FAHRENHEIT 418

I AM THE BRAND NAME

THE SECRET HISTORY OF MODERN WITCHCRAFT

THE LEGEND OF WITCHCRAFT AND THE ORIGIN OF WICCA ORIGINS IN DREAMLAND

THE DEVIL, YOU SAY

THE CHARTER AND THE BOOK (BEING A RADICAL REVISIONIST HISTORY OF THE ORIGINS OF …

WAITING FOR THE MAN FROM CANADA THE REAL ORIGIN OF WICCA

WICCA AS AN O.T.O. ENCAMPMENT

Endnotes SYMPATHY FOR THE

ANTON LAVEY – A Fireside Chat With the Black Pope SEASON OF THE WITCH

(OCCULT WAR)

THE ADVENT OF AHRIMAN An Essay on the Deep Forces Behind the World-Crisis

AUTHOR’S PREFACE SPIRIT AND SOUL

SPIRITUAL BEINGS AND EARTHLY EVOLUTION AHRIMAN IN MODERN TIMES

THE DEGRADATION OF LANGUAGE THE AHRIMANIZATION OF CULTURE GOOD AND EVIL

BACONIAN AND GOETHEAN SCIENCE AN EVOLUTIONARY LEAP

TURNING EVIL TO GOOD

THE EPOCH OF CONSCIOUSNESS SOME OCCULT POLITICS

Endnote

JULIUS EVOLA’S COMBAT MANUALS FOR A REVOLT AGAINST THE MODERN WORLD

Endnotes

THE OCCULT WAR – Excerpt From Men Among the Ruins WEAPONS IN THE OCCULT WAR

Endnotes

SECRET OF THE ASSASSINS SORCERY

The universe wants to play.

MEDIA HEX – The Occult Assault on Institutions Endnotes

THE SECRET OF THE GOTHICK GOD OF DARKNESS THE GOTHICK GOD

THE SECRET

CONTRIBUTORS ARTICLE HISTORIES

To Nimrod Erez, Bradley Novicoff, Mike Backes, my beautiful angel Naomi Nelson, and my partner in Disinformation, Gary Baddeley

PREFACE

GRANT MORRISON

Magic, you say?

Me, I’m a hard-nosed skeptic, when all’s said and done. Try as I might, I can’t find any convincing evidence to support the notion that flying saucers come from other planets to visit us, I don’t “believe” in reincarnation, the Loch Ness Monster, ghosts of the dead, news reports, the objectivity of Science or the literal truth of Bible stories. In an overloaded, supersaturated mediasphere, my own best compass is the evidence of my senses.

Having said that, in the course of 24 years of almost daily occult practice and exploration, some very bizarre things have manifested in front of my lovely, flaring nostrils and I’ve been forced to alter my view of life, death and “reality” accordingly.

Because whether you “believe” in it or not, whether you like it or not, magic WORKS (I use the devalued word “magic” precisely because I’m amused by its associations with illusion, conjuring and deception, whereas Richard Metzger prefers to use the High-spelling form “magick,” in honor of the heroic and misunderstood Aleister Crowley who broke centuries of Church- imposed silence and obscurity when he published the “secrets” and techniques of magic in his great, democratic work Magick in Theory and Practice, published in 1929). Magic has worked for all of the contributors to this book, as you will see, and it can work for everyone. Personally, I don’t need to know HOW it works—although I have bucket loads of colorful theories—just as I don’t seem to need to know how my TV works in order to watch it, or how a Jumbo Jet stays up when I’m dozing through in-flight entertainment at 35,000 feet. What I do know for sure, based on the evidence of my senses and on many years of skeptical enquiry, is that magic allows us to take control of our own development as human beings. Magic allows us to see the world entire in a fresh and endlessly significant light and demands of us a vital and dynamic collaboration with our environment. Magic brings coherence and structure to psychological “breakdowns,” psychedelic experiences or transpersonal encounters. Magic allows us to personify our

fears and failures as demons and outlines time-honored methods of bargaining with these feelings or banishing them. Magic is the sane response to a world filled with corporate ghost-gods, roaming, mindless laws and peering surveillance lenses. Above all, magic is about achieving results. It’s about manipulating real-time events, dealing with devious “spirits” and other autonomous energy sources. It’s about conjuring dead pop icons to do your bidding and writing it all down so that it reads like an exciting adventure story and changes the world around it. Magic is glamorous, dark and charismatic. “Magic” is the hopelessly inadequate Standard English word for a long-established technology which permits access to the “operating codes” underlying the current physical universe. Becoming a “magician” is a developmental skill, like learning to talk, to reason, to empathize or to see perspective.

Magic, in short, is Life as it is meant to be Lived by adults.

Disinformation’s Book of Lies is a 21st century grimoire, a How To book designed to inspire the young magician-warriors of this new and turbulent century. In the apparent derangement of our times, this book is both a call to arms and an armory also. Read on, get tooled up, get out there… and start bending reality.

And welcome, one and all, to the New Magical Century.

INTRODUCTION OPERATION MINDWARP RICHARD METZGER

“The best place to hide something is right out in the open. No one ever thinks to look there.”

-Robert Anton Wilson

“Can you teach me how to do a magic trick?”

At first this question used to really flummox me—did they expect me to do like a card trick? A little sleight of hand perhaps? What did they expect me to whip out and impress them with? By now I’m used to this line of inquiry and interestingly, the question is always asked with complete sincerity, never with sarcasm or scorn, just an open attitude to the idea of “magick.” In situations where my reputation has preceded me, I think this is kind of fun. I’ve even come to enjoy this question, as it sure beats making normal small talk.

So the first time I ever jerked off, it was to a picture of a butt- naked Maxine Sanders, Queen of the Witches. I think this explains a lot about me, actually…

But to answer the question, well, yes, I can teach you how to do a magick, uh, trick that will most assuredly bring you dependable results (within reason) and I can likely explain it to you within 10 minutes time. If you did what I told you, things would start happening, but before you go feeling all impressed with yourself, if you’d ask someone to teach you a song on the piano in 10 minutes, they could do so, but you’d still only be playing “Chopsticks.”

Just to put that into perspective…

For some reason, I have always considered myself to be a warlock. Even when I was very young. I don’t know why, really, but it is true. I have had

this self-identity for as long as I can recall. There was never a time when I didn’t feel this way. I don’t remember how I gravitated towards magick in the first place, but when I was a little kid I really loved Bewitched. These were people who I could relate to and all the comics I liked had heroes who were sorcerers and warlocks: Dr. Strange, Adam Warlock, and Captain Marvel.1 My parents even have a Super8 film of me dressed in a “wizard” costume replete with cloak and Merlin cap, reading my “grimoire” and “scrying” into a makeshift crystal ball that doubled as a funky early ’70s ashtray. I was about five years old when this was shot. Thirty some years later I look back on this and laugh at how consistent I have been. The older I get the more I see a fairly straight trajectory from there to here. It’s weird to contemplate it.

One strong shove in the direction of magick might have something to do with a book called Witchcraft, Magic and the Supernatural, a full color hardback picture book that came out in the 1970s with a bloody goat head on the front cover and an Austin Spare painting of a demon on the back. Since the audience for such a book was undoubtedly on the young side, this book—like many such occult tomes published by Octopus Books—had several pictures of foxy “sky-clad” witches nestled within its pages to attract more horny young buyers. I convinced my mother to purchase this book for me at the mall. I smiled sweetly, such a good little boy.

So the first time I ever jerked off, it was to a picture of a butt-naked Maxine Sanders, Queen of the Witches.

I think this explains a lot about me, actually…

When I was younger and first starting to read up on the occult, I was always puzzled why it all seemed to be so “ancient”—I’d read book after book looking for something to latch onto, but little of it had much relevance to my life and my interests. Latin incantations, wands, daggers, robes and the various occult “props” all seemed pointless to me and very ineffectual ways of making magick happen. I’d read about purification rituals, “casting circle,” the “Mass” of this or that, “hand fasting” and all of this stuff that magicians were supposed to do, but where was the sorcery? When does it get to the part where it explains how to make shit happen? That’s the part that I was interested in and it was the only part I was ever interested in. Forget about all this hokey Dungeons and Dragons robe-wearing nonsense, I wanted results.

I recall watching Kenneth Anger’s films for the first time and grasping

intuitively how his films were ritual on celluloid, constructed with magical efficacy foremost in mind. Color, music, pacing and especially his choice of actors (such as Anais Nin, Marjorie Cameron, Marianne Faithful and others) who he viewed as “elementals,” all figured into making Anger’s cinematic spells so potent and brilliant. There was also the angle of how, because they existed on film and could be screened over and over again all over the world, they were incantations of especial power. I was awestruck by what I was seeing and I learned a great lesson about “making” magick through a careful study of Anger’s work and through this influence, in part, I continued to move towards combining my career ambitions of working in film, television and publishing with my private magical interests.