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Further Work With the Azoetia; Or Why Andrew Chumbley is a Genius and Probably Had Some Boss Ass Witch Teachers.

So here’s the T, I somehow got a hardcopy of the Azoetia. Don’t ask how. 

Made pacts with Sethos under the tutelage of my Toad. Got an okay, go ahead memo.

And I have been gradually reading my way through it, and trying my hand at some of the creations and exercises. 

And now in the spirit of sharing, I mma spill some hot T on exactly what the Azoetia is and what the grammar is capable of in a practitioner’s hands. 

Y’all better be thankful for this shit because I am literally putting my head on the chopping block here and can already feel Sethos giving me the side eye to tell me to mind my mouth. 

The Azoetia is a book of ciphers, codes, and sigils. The book details the processes in which the author himself explored the creation of his own magical cipher, complete with language system and associated sigils, against the back drop of the witch traditions he was initiated into. There is a healthy influence of Austin Osman Spare’s style in the artwork and calligraphy, as well as the hermetic thought evident in grimoires that were popular during the time, and good old East Anglian cunning craft, from what I can recognize. 

But here is the thing, that in itself is a cipher. Through the lense of his specific craft work, through his poetry, through his allegories and seemingly theurgic explorations, Andrew Chumbley reveals techniques firmly grounded in the workings of practical witchcraft that is shared in similarities amoung many mediumnistic, spirit working, sorcerous traditions around the world, as one works sorcery, they gain wisdom, familiars, and genius from the collective ancestry of sorcery as a people. In this way he unites the great work with practical witchcraft. To discover one’s soul, he proposes the idea of not divorcing oneself from this life, but actively engaging with it through the work of magic. By uniting the lower mysteries with the higher, we discover truths about our magic and our selves through direct work and engagement. This way, body, mind, AND, soul grows.

People think they have to use the fancy invocations given in the book, and work the rituals to the T, and be unscrupulous in the details, and that turns people off and keeps them away from what the book actually has to offer in addition to all of that. 

I’ll conclude with the invitation, that if you can get your hands on a copy, to look a bit closer, read the beginning words of advice, read Chumbley’s intentions in putting this work to paper. You may be surprised by what you find. By what kind of work is asked of you. 

Because the Azoetia is ciphers within ciphers within ciphers. The golden nuggets of power are buried and scattered and woven into the pretty words and long winded invocations and post graduate manners of speaking. But no one is saying that is the only way these mysteries need to be worked. Not even the author themselves. 

Look closer. You’ll see. Nothing is really real but what you make real. 

anonymous asked:

Hello, what texts would you recommend me to deepen historically witchcraft of Cultus Sabbati? I found relatively little about, at most are poems, drawings and allegories. I therefore wonder whether it's only an artistic philosophy without a fixed liturgy as in Modern/Contemporary Ceremonial Magic or Witchcraft. Are historical sources and legends on Sabbats enough? Thank you!

I don’t consider witchcraft as a whole to have a fixed liturgy, that is unless you are referring to a religion based in or around witchcraft. Yet there are streams of modern witchcraft that are quite ritualized in accordance with the needs and desires of any given order or group. The form of Sabbatic Craft emanating from the Cultus Sabbati is more than an artistic philosophy, and a good portion of its work relies heavily on the use of ritual magic. The Dragon Book of Essex, for instance, is fairly much all formalized ritual from cover-to-cover. 

A listing of their formal publications can be found at xoanon.co.uk. along with a number of essays on magic, witchcraft, and the Sabbatic tradition located in their archives.  I would first recommend reading the short essay Cultus Sabbati: Provenance, Dream, and Magistry which is a brief introduction to the subject of the Sabbatic Craft. It clears up many common (and oft repeated) misconceptions of what Sabbatic Craft purports itself to be. In fact, I’d recommend that anyone who thinks they have an opinion on this subject read this essay.

Most of the published books in the aforementioned listing are of the grimoire variety. Those authored by the late Andrew Chumbley, and to a lesser extent those by Daniel Schulke, tend to use poetic language of an archaic style, including some formal poetry and ciphered verse. These grimoires, as I see them, are not intended to be solely expository in the traditional sense. Though they are instructive in ritual and praxis, their wording in its construction is designed to use the language itself as a working tool. Much of this goes right back to Chumbley’s initial stated goal, which was not to create books about magic, but to create magical books

Many might assume these books represent the whole of Sabbatic praxis when in truth, well I believe, they are components—some foundational, some complementary—that fit into either a wider or more specialized structure of praxis depending on the goals of the aspirant. For some additional background, a more complete collection of Chumbley’s essays on magic and witchcraft are contained in Opuscula Magica Vol. 1 & 2. You will find these essays are written in a more straightforward, expository style. There is also a section on the Cultus Sabbati within Michael Howard’s book Children of Cain: a Study of Modern Traditional Witches and a section on Sabbatic Craft contained in the anthology Hands of Apostasy: essays on traditional witchcraft.

Xoanon’s site also features a bibliography page of recommended reading. There you will find a list of occult texts that are relevant to the Sabbatic Current, along with a list of pertinent scholarly, historical, and speculative works concerning the historical Witches Sabbat, cunning folk, and modern survivals of folk magic.

It should be understood that the published works released by Xoanon are a revised understanding of Sabbatic lore and praxis, in part based on immediate vision, and that the legacy of the Sabbatic tradition owes a debt to a number of sources. I would suggest reading up on Austin Osman Spare and the Zos Kia Cultus.This is a good source hermetic.com/spare.

I also recommend Kenneth Grant’s brief discourse Vinum Sabbati: magical zoomorphisms of the Witches’ Sabbath interpreted in the light of ancient symbols.
An audio reading of that is here http://www.podcastchart.com/podcasts/temple-of-babalon/episodes/kenneth-grant-and-the-witches-sabbath