Liber Sigillum, by Frater E.S. is a work presented by the A.A.O. that deals a lot with the DKMU. Confusing, I know. But basically it’s a treatise that covers the godforms of the group, as well as a bit on the work the A.A.O.
The artwork in this 1st edition is gorgeous, as is the layout. While there are quite a number of editing errors and grammatical mistakes, it is to be expected of a first edition, and one can only assume that these will be worked out in later editions, and sources of quotes then added. The book begins with a foreward of sorts from the author, in which he explains Root System Theory, and includes a list of esoteric commonalities that is rather interesting. In this section he lays out the ideas behind the circles used in the A.A.O., and their purposes (the circles are 1-4).
The first section is “Initiation: The Theatre,” and is a narrative that continues throughout the book, leading us into the “Foreword.” This narrative concerns the Fool, as well as the Magician, and their simultaneous roles. In “The Dweller on the Threshold,” we are introduced to the perils of working with godforms like ELLIS, and a wise practitioner will heed this warning. In “Introductory Notes,” we get a peek at the reasons behind the book.
Finally we make it to chapter 1, “The 156/663 Current,” a much needed explanation of the ideology of the magical current, and the particulars of the 156/663. Here we find the Atomosphere, which leads perfectly to chapter 2, “The DKMU.” Here we find a lovely overview of the group and its mechanism, as well as some history and the hopes for the future. Chapter 3 is “The Organic Temple,” and is a guide to Circle 1 of the A.A.O., or the TMOG (The Manifestation of Glory), previously taken up by individuals of DKMU. The main intention is to construct a personal regiment or routine that includes diet, exercise, and healthy living.
Chapter 4 is “Meditation & Dream,” and is the next step on the Magician’s journey. This chapter covers meditation (an hour a day), including the techniques for sitting, breathing, and transcendental meditation, along with the author’s recommendations. I found this section fairly useful, and underlined quite a bit- visualization can only be conquered through meditation, and it is another step along the way. He covers the use of mantras, trance and it’s meaning, as well as lucid dreaming and its practical application in magick. I feel this section is important because it discusses the issues had by lucid dreamers and techniques to use, such as dream recall, MILD, WILD, and Induction devices. Out of Body Experiences are covered and the author includes a number of personal accounts.
The 5th chapter is titled “On Magick.” It serves as a basic primer on what Magick is, offering up an explanation on why we use the K at the end, and a number of personal accounts to the power of magick. There are also a number of short subsections that cover basics such as banishing, purification, consecration, invocation, evocation, astral travel, eucharist, divination, and enchantment. What follows these are some defining sections on the subconscious, aether, psychic censor, midconscious, superconscious, contamination, and direct experience. The different types of explanations for magick are covered as well- genetic, spiritual, modern-discordian, consciousness, and then the A.A.O.’s version. Altar setup and elemental symbolism are also covered briefly here.
The basic primer trend continues in chapter 6, “Sigils: And a Treatise on Gnosis.” There is an excellent overview of sigils here, including how to create them using Spare’s methodology and how to take it further. A.A.O. particular postures are detailed, as well as information given concerning the personal Alphabet of Desire. In 7, Servitors and Egregores are covered in another great overview. The idea of Gods is discussed, and the creation of them briefly touched upon.
Chapter 8 covers the DKMU godforms, beginning with Ellis, of course. Each godform is briefly introduced with some of its history, the sigil is shown, and a preliminary calling is included with a cheat-sheet of shorts that covers its names, archetypes, functions, and more. After Ellis comes 663, Ino, Black Trigag, Zalty, The Red King, The White Queen, and Conjunctio. There is also a section titled “An A.A.O. Examination of the 156/663 Current” that discusses the godforms’ creations, and relationships.
In Chapter 9, we return to the narrative previously begun, in “The Timeless Eye.” This is continued in Chapter 10, “The Mountain,” and Chapter 11 “A Rare Council,” in which the Fool meets with the Magician, only to discover it was himself all along. Here we come upon “An Interview with Joel Biroco,” a worthwhile and interesting addition. In this section is my favorite quote:
“It is solely a matter of what might be regarded as ‘inner calling’ but is really just slight movement at the precise point, like a leaf lifted by the wind, in the direction of the way one was always going to go. Some call that destiny, but this is over-grand, it is simply chaos calling the shots and you allowing it, since that is what you have dedicated yourself to. One may attempt to apply order to chaos, but it is better if chaos does it… The Fool is already the Magician; he simply has to realize it.” (Pages 280-281)
Next is an Index of Seals & Symbols, wherein different forms of the Linking Sigil are shown, as well as some of the A.A.O.’s schemas and the author’s personal sigil anchors. One can only wonder what types of results have been had from them. There is also a “recommended materials” section, which is followed by “The Fool Takes a Bow,” the conclusion of the fool’s narrative. There are then a few pages of quotations, and a Final Word from the author.
Overall, this is an excellent book, and I can’t wait to see what the next edition turns out like. While still a rough gem, with some polishing, I could see it easily becoming one of the most common and popular tomes of Chaos Magick.