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AAO - Liber Sigillum 2nd Ed Intro Notes

AAO - Liber Sigillum 2nd Ed Intro Notes

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Published by Ellis D. Williams
Introductory Notes to the 2nd Edition of Liber Sigillum: The Black Book Called None. Rough.
Introductory Notes to the 2nd Edition of Liber Sigillum: The Black Book Called None. Rough.

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LIBER SIGILLUM: THE BLACK BOOK CALLED NONE
PRELIMINARY NOTES
Whether a student of the A.A.O., another group orintrepid lone wolf, the practitioner is highly encouraged tokeep a regular record of his notes, ideas, feelings and thoughtswithin a magickal journal if he is to exercise the material,particularly the gates and circles, found herein. Indeed, thisrecommended item serves a variety of practical purposes andmay take any form so long as it suits the practitioner.For the most part, this journal should be for your eyesonly, though it is entirely appropriate to share its contentsamongst fellow students and trusted friends. Discouragingly,some appear to be apprehensive about keeping a journal suchas this, despite it being a tried and true mechanism of self-
 
reflection, note keeping and all-purpose record of attainment,not to mention that nearly every occult order had requiredthe keeping of a magickal journal in one form or another, andwith very good reason. For one, we might not remembereverything that we experience, with a journal serving in thisway as a more concrete form of remembrance when it comesto dream recall and the subtle thoughts, feelings and messagesone receives during meditative sessions or throughout theday. Often, the mere act of writing something down increasesthe odds of it being remembered tenfold. The second reasonis more traditional, and details the meticulous recording of any and all attempted operations and experiments so thatformulas for success may be kept and failures dissected,understood and overcome. For the student of the A.A.O., themagickal journal shall very likely increase ones chances of continued success, and should therefore be in ones possessionbefore he attempts the operations and goals described by theschema of distillation in section three.As a textbook, this volume may serve one better as atome of reference rather than a casual read-through, thougheither approach is apt. However, a brief review of itspreviously unexplained contents may assist before proceeding.We may begin by noting the at-times surreal prose utilized inthe sections titled “Initiation: the Theatre”, “An Age of Reason”, “The Timeless Eye”, “The Mountain” and “A RareCouncil”. These are segmented and spread throughout as theywere in the first edition, though without proper explanationmay only serve to throw some readers off, or at the veryleast cause some unnecessary confusion as to their hiddenmeanings. To partially understand them we mightacknowledge the time in which the first edition was written,being the foremost exploratory incarnation of Circle Zero,called ground zero or Zero Point.A full explanation of circle zero may be found in sectionthree, though we can describe it here in brief as: an operationand state of mind whereby one forcefully tears away ortemporarily (or permanently) discards the many layers of self (which contain intellectual assumptions, beliefs, etc.) in orderto arrive at something resembling a core or naked state of 
 
being. This naked state of being no doubt exists, as it maycertainly be experienced, though a superb sensation of utterdisconnection serves as its foremost benchmark. This sense of disconnection is felt more on a cosmic or metaphysical level,as a start, rather than any other. It is felt at the very centerof oneself, and must then be faced without the usual toys andtools of contemporary, information-based civilization. Whilesuffering this, one becomes somewhat knowledgeable of howearly man might have felt as a frightened, fledgling specieswith no idea one way or the other as to the natural forces hefinds himself incarnate amongst, and in this way, encounters asort of primal nihilism taken root within his conceptions of existence. He is a being that is not animal and yet not human.However, one then soon becomes aware of a means bywhich he may assuage this nihilism by the act of consciousinvention. He becomes dissatisfied with the emptiness and sodecides, truly decides, to make something more out of it. Bydoing this, be begins to create himself, his surroundings andthe role he has chosen to play within them. He creates aworld of thought, feeling and belief around himself, and bythis act of invention, finds himself as being more than afrightened, empty animal – he becomes a magician.Given this harrowing initiation, the word ‘invention’might hardly do the process much justice, for the long climbtowards stability does not enact itself upon any idealisticfunction, but that, strangely enough, when one finds himself without anything at all to grasp onto within those internalplanes, that something which we shall simply call “Nameless”here as to avoid any cultural bias, sparks up within his emptycore and proclaims a purpose, meaning and function. Althoughmore felt than intellectually rational, as it is certainly felt asan Other-being confronting that which we perceive as self. Itsmessage is at the time so clear and seemingly truthful as toboth stupefy and invigorate with newfound drive and reasonto live, to carry on, and to explore the existence which one isfound born within. Could this be the shadow of the primalconception of God or divinity tucked deep within the self?One may easily construe it as such, though as a staunch

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