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Liber E vel Exercitiorum sub figura IX: Part VII — A Course of Reading

Upon first glance, this part appears simple and straightforward. For the most part, it is. However, I’d like to elaborate upon each point for this part in order to show the importance of narrative sensemaking as well as describe how it aids one in the journey to come.

What is Narrative Sensemaking?

Gary A. Klein (2006) presented a theory of sensemaking as a set of processes that is initiated when an individual recognizes the inadequacy of their current understanding of events (i.e. cognitive dissonance). This builds upon Cohen’s (1996) recognition-metacognition model which describes the processes that are used by individuals to build, verify, and modify stories in situational awareness to account for a foreign experience, and Piaget’s (1977) processes of assimilation and accommodation in his theory of cognitive development. Sensemaking is an active two-way process of fitting data into a mental model and fitting a frame around the data. Data evokes frames and the frames select and connect data. When there is no adequate fit, the data is either reconsidered or revised (through the Path of Pe!)

This means that in a Thelemic context, the practitioner actively participates in new experiences (e.g. by following the course of the A.’.A.’. system) to understand the symbolism for himself, which then allows for deeper experiences and so on and so forth.

Enter Liber CLVII: The Soldier(!) and the Hunchback(?)

Note: 148 = NTzCh [Netzach; victory], MAZNIM(f) [Libra; the scales], BNI ALHIM(f) [Beni Elohim; Sons of the Gods (the angelic choir of Hod)], AHIH IH IHVH ALHIM(f) [A name of God]

In a nutshell, Liber CLVII teaches us the importance of skepticism and samadhi. The “true skeptic” is a man of science, eager, alert, and without bias. He devises some means of answering his first question, and its answer is another question. We can expect our skepticism to continue spinning words and never answer any questions, but this is simply the swing of the pendulum. No combination of thoughts can be greater than the thinking brain itself. However, skepticism along the path ensures that we keep questioning in order to progress towards the attainment of personal truth without bias, which is its ultimate function.

On the other hand, samadhi is a breakthrough in levels of consciousness to a higher plane and therefore leads to the Knowledge and Conversation of the HGA by providing clarity and objectivity; it is the Point from which the pendulum of !s and ?s hang. The purpose of living (and the meaning of living a Victorious Life) is so that we may attain the K&C of the HGA, that the ! may lie in harmony with the ? and that we may find Joy in the swing of the pendulum between the two.

To apply Liber CLVII to the concept of narrative sensemaking means to vigilantly question our understandings and test our experiences while finding Joy in this process, which is, in fact, the Victorious Life.

So what does this have to do with Liber E, Part VII?

Here’s a summary of the first point: No, you’re not wasting your time reading this list of books. But the second point is much more vague:

2. That you may gain some insight into the nature of the Great Work which lies beyond these elementary trifles, however, we should mention that an intelligent person may gather more than a hint of its nature from the following books, which are to be taken as serious and learned contributions to the study of nature, though not necessarily to be implicitly relied upon.

The third point is obvious, the fourth point rings similar to Liber CDLXXIV, and the fifth point needs no elucidation. However, the sixth through to the ninth are kind of interesting, so I’ll summarize below:

6. Find and attach yourself to a competent master, but don’t give up on how hard it will be to find one.

7. Whatever you do, don’t rely on that master (even though you just searched the ends of the earth for him/her). You “must rely entirely upon [yourself], and credit nothing whatever but that which lies within [your] own knowledge and experience.”

8. Your records are your only lifeline.

9. And thus, let the work be duly accomplished.

Once again, no. 7 alludes to the idea of Victory, Netzach and Liber 148. No. 6, 8, and 9 are easy to correspond with Tiphareth, Hod, and Yesod, and all four of these represent the directions of Liber Resh, which if you have been doing for a while aids in one’s understanding of Liber E in its totality. In conclusion, the purpose of Part VII is not only gain practical insights to how to perform the Great Work, but more importantly, how each individual, by use of their symbol set (frame) and experiences (data) have done so, including one’s own master.

To reiterate, the goal is to do this as honestly and accurately (through skepticism and samadhi) as one can.

If you recall in the previous post, my “lesson” from Part II of Liber E:

The harder one tries, the more out of sync the results. Also; that you don’t know what the hell is happening but the more you do it, the more variables in the operation are known (i.e. superstitions are being created, and thus, useful to you). Siddhis appear when these variables are in the right condition–

But most importantly, when one arrives at the City of the Pyramids, this narrative of superstition and variables (otherwise known as narrative sensemaking frames and data, symbol sets, etc) will be the only real thing in the end, since you can place their beginning and creator; oneself.

So Liber E is, quite literally, the Foundation of all your Work.


Metaphorical Cannibalism

Death, flux, pleasure;

The eating of flesh is the ultimate death of the flesh; the more mentally equivalent the being, the closer in proximity to one’s own ego-death- to consume is to be consumed by the macrocosm; the sacrifice/value previous apparent to the ego becomes assimilated. 

Eat thyself; to eat is to die. Complete banishing. Supreme invokation; the mutual pleasure that arises, the arousal of death in its most permanent and irrevocable form- must pass through the conscious mind; and with the conscious denial, ‘intentional forgetting’ of purpose (done automatically through sexual excitement; as reason holds no power here) the subconscious is free to explore. 

Food and the experience of it, in respect of death is the common example in Ancient Greek philosophies; true Epicureanism, hedonism, Joys of which influence one’s consciousness and lead one to taste the Abyss; an apriori function of the human psyche- but few can last, without having done the work.

That which touches the foundation, and activates one’s love, sets the momentum to dwell within the City of Pyramids.

Yet, without acknowledgement, use, and the mastering of one’s own limbs, one cannot project the full potential and sharing of the experience. Rely on thyself; there is much to do, as it never ends; flux is life.

Those who have died and chose to live are unphased not just because of self preservation (after knowledge, there is no-such-thing) but because of the momentum of the Universal Will; thou hast no right but to do thy Will; the enjoyment of deaths align with unity in a much larger scale. And there be no fear, as all is Love and recognized incarnations thereof. The Light is the veil which surrounds Naught; as Limitless Light, limitless anything is Naught.

Musings on Enochian Magick

That: Thou hath now been chosen to come forth to command and understand the orders and true natures of every aspect of thine Universe; ME.

Thou art That: I, accepting the Macrocosm within my heart, also understand the microcosm that I AM. As below, I have been chosen; As above, I now seek to command all aspects of Myself. A Calling to undertake Enochian magick is simultaneously a Calling of the Aethyrs themselves.

“Know(Gnosis–Sophia–Binah/Chokmah) Thyself” meaning “Be Gnosis-Sophia-Binah/Chokmah.”

Know the nature of thy sea; of every drop which it containeth–from its molecular structure, to its sentimental appearance/qualia of attributes according to one’s own Restriction called Life. These are to be the Angels, and their rankings therein.

Know the nature of thy waves (but more importantly; feel them. Like one wave feeling the power of all others that crash into him). And because of the nature of Motion, and that of Chaos, they can never be fully predicted–they do not need to be. All Motion is Will. 

Record what thou can, and appreciate what thou canst; there is no fear–“Because of me in Thee which thou knewest not. for why? Because thou wast the knower, and me.” This is to be the nature of thy Magick; to command thine Angels and move the heavens and the earth as the Will of God.

“The noumenon remains, the phenomenon changes.”