This course is an exercise in the disciplines of magical trance, a form of mind control having similarities to yoga, personal metamorphosis, and the basic techniques of magic. A magical diary is the magician's most essential and powerful tool. It should be large enough to allow a full page for each day. Students should record the time, duration and degree of success of any practice undertaken.

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No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, without permission in writing from Samuel Weiser, Inc. Reviewers may quote brief passages. Magic I. Tide: Liber null and psychonaut.

C38 To all those Psychonauts with whom I have stood in midnight forests, in temples, in subterranean chambers, and atop mountains, invoking the Mysteries. Acknowledgments I wish to gratefully acknowledge all the people who, over the years, have helped make this book possible. To Ray Sherwin, who helped make the first version of Liber Null available for students of the IOT in , and who worked with me to produce the revised version of ; to Christopher Bray of the Sorceror's Appren- tice, who helped keep Liber Null in print and produced a limited edition of Psychonaut, and who helped by making these available to students through his bookstore; to Andrew David, who did the illustrations for Liber Null; and to Brian Ward, who did the illustrations for Psychonaut.

My thanks to you all. The present edition is a completely updated and edited version, which makes both works available in one binding. These rituals and exercises should be performed by readers who are in good health.

If one suffers from heart disease, epilepsy, or any chronic disease, please do not use the material in this book. The author and the publisher will not accept any responsibility for misuse of this material, nor will they accept any responsibility for anything that may occur when read- ers use the exercises discussed here. Two major themes run through this book: that altered states of consciousness are the key to unlocking one's magical abilities; and that these abilities can be developed without any symbolic system except reality itself.

The magical style of thinking is explored with chapters on alternative belief and the alphabet of desire. A natural inclination toward the darker side of magic is as good a point as any from which to begin the ultimate quest, and half this book is devoted to the black arts. Independently of ancient dusty books and mystification the vital elements of many traditions conspire here to create a living art. This book, written originally as a sourcebook for the IOT, is now being released for those who wish to work alone and for those seeking admission to the Order.

Although the initiate is referred to as "he" throughout, the reader should understand that this is merely in keeping with the traditional style of magical texts of this type, and that this course of study by no means excludes women.

The survival of the magical tradition. The Order and the Quest The secrets of magic are universal and of such a practical physical nature as to defy simple explanation. Those beings who realize and practice such secrets are said to have achieved mastership. Masters will, at various points in history, inspire adepts to create magic, mystic, religious, or even secular orders to bring others to master- ship. Such orders have at certain times openly called themselves the Illuminati; at other times secrecy has seemed more prudent.

The mysteries can only be preserved by constant revelation. In this, the IOT continues a tradition perhaps seven thousand years old, yet the Order in the outer has no history, although it is constituted as a satrap of the Illuminati. In the Order with no past there is nowhere to conceal the future from the present.

It takes its name from the gods of sex, Eros, and death, Thanatos. Apart from being humanity's two greatest obsessions and motivating forces, sex and death represent the positive and negative methods of attaining magical conscious- ness. Illumination refers to the inspiration, enlightenment, and liberation resulting from success with these methods. The specific purpose for which the IOT is constituted is to help determining in what form the as yet embryonic fifth aeon will manifest. Its task, although historic, consists in disseminating magical knowledge to individuals.

For at no time since the first aeon has humanity stood in such need of these abilities to see its way forward. There is no formal hierarchy in the IOT. There is a division of activity depending on ability as it develops.

Students strengthen their magical will against the strongest possible adversary — their own minds. They explore the possibil- ities of changing themselves at will and explore their own occult abilities in dream and magical activity.

They should also find others capable of aspiring to the Order and offer them help. Adepts seek perfection in all aspects of personal magical power, wisdom and liberation. Masters seek to realize the aims of the Order by whatever forms of action or non-action they deem appropriate.

Diagram 1 is an exposition of the survival of magical tradi- tions from the first aeon to the fifth. For an extended discussion of the aeonics involved, consult "The Millenium" on page A magical diary is the magician's most essential and powerful tool.

It should be large enough to allow a full page for each day. Students should record the time, duration and degree of success of any practice undertaken. They should make notes about environ- mental factors conducive or otherwise to the work. Those wishing to notify the Order of their intention to begin the work are invited to do so via the publisher.

This is accomplished in a number of stages: absolute motionless- ness of the body, regulation of the breathing, stopping of thoughts, concentration on sound, concentration on objects, and concentration on mental images. Motionlessness Arrange the body in any comfortable position and try to remain in that position for as long as possible. Try not to blink or move the tongue or fingers or any part of the body at all. Do not let the mind run away on long trains of thought but rather observe oneself passively.

What appeared to be a comfortable position may be- come agonizing with time, but persist! Set aside some time each day for this practice and take advantage of any opportunity of inactivity which may arise. Record the results in the magical diary. One should not be satisfied with less than five minutes. When fifteen have been achieved, proceed to regulation of the breathing. Breathing Stay as motionless as possible and begin to deliberately make the breathing slower and deeper.

The aim is to use the entire capacity of the lungs but without any undue muscular effort or strain. The lungs may be held empty or full between exhalation and inhala- tion to lengthen the cycle. The important thing is that the mind should direct its complete attention to the breath cycle. When this can be done for thirty minutes, proceed to not-thinking. Not-Thinking The exercises of motionlessness and breathing may improve health, but they have no other intrinsic value aside from being a preparation for not-thinking, the beginnings of the magical trance condition.

While motionless and breathing deeply, begin to withdraw the mind from any thoughts which arise. Only the greatest determination can win even a few seconds of mental silence, but even this is quite a triumph. Aim for complete vigilance over the arising of thoughts and try to lengthen the periods of total quiescence. Like the physical motionlessness, this mental motionlessness should be practiced at set times and also whenever a period of inactivity presents itself.

The results should be recorded in your diary. The Magical Trances Magic is the science and art of causing change to occur in con- formity with will. The will can only become magically effective when the mind is focused and not interfering with the will.

The mind must first discipline itself to focus its entire attention on some meaningless phenomenon. If an attempt is made to focus on some form of desire, the effect is short circuited by lust of result. Egotistical identification, fear of failure, and the reciprocal desire not to achieve desire, arising from our dual nature, destroy the result. Therefore, when selecting topics for concentration, choose subjects of no spiritual, egotistical, intellectual, emotional, or useful significance — meaningless things.

Object Concentration The legend of the evil-eye derives from the ability of wizards and sorcerers to give a fixed dead stare. This ability can be practiced against any object — a mark on a wall, something in the distance, a star in the night sky — anything. To hold an object with an absolutely fixed, unwavering gaze for more than a few moments proves extraordinarily difficult, yet it must be persisted in for hours at a time. Every attempt by the eye to distort the object, every attempt by the mind to find something else to think of, must be resisted.

Eventually it is possible to extract occult secrets from things by this technique, but the ability must be developed by working with meaningless objects. The chosen sound is repeated over and over in the mind to block all other thoughts. No matter how inappropriate the choice of sound may seem to have been, you must persist with it. Eventually the sound may seem to repeat itself automatically and may even occur in sleep. These are encouraging signs.

Sound concentration is the key to words of power and certain forms of spell casting. Image Concentration The part of the mind in which pictorial thoughts arise is brought under magical control by image concentration.

A simple shape, such as a triangle, circle, square, cross, or crescent, is chosen and held in the mind's eye, without distortion, for as long as possible. Only the most determined efforts are likely to make the imagined form persist for any time.

At first the image should be sought with the eyes closed. With practice it can be projected onto any blank surface. This technique is the basis of casting sigils and creating independent thought forms. The three methods of attaining magical trance will only yield results if pursued with the most fanatical and morbid determina- tion. These abilities are highly abnormal and usually inaccessible to human consciousness, as they demand such inhuman concen- tration, but the rewards are great.


Peter J. Carroll

By Peter J. Two complete volumes in one. Liber Null contains a selection of extremely powerful rituals and exercises for committed occultists. Psychonaut is a manual comprising the theory and practice of magic aimed atthose seeking to perform group magic, or who work as shamanic priests to the community. All rights reserved. Reviewers may quote brief passages.


Liber Null & Psychonaut: An Introduction to Chaos Magic – Peter J. Carroll

Peter James Carroll born 8 January , in Patching , England is a modern occultist , author, cofounder of the Illuminates of Thanateros , and practitioner of chaos magic theory. Carroll studied science at the University of London and graduated with a "precisely calculated minimum pass". In , Carroll announced his desire to step down from the "roles of magus and pontiff of chaos". This experience re-awoke his interest in the subject of magic and he has since continued writing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other people named Peter Carroll, see Peter Carroll. Archived from the original on


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