Liber Null and Psychonaut is getting a “Revised and Expanded Edition” soon. Currently scheduled for 2022-06-01 and you can pre-order now.
I personally started with this book. It even helped inspire the first version of my sigil app. It is definitely dated though. I’m excited to see what changes Peter J. Carroll has made in Liber Null Revised.
Original Vs Liber Null Revised
The original version of Liber Null is often criticized for being light on certain topics, and being generally dated. Also it’s written from the perspective of converting existing ceremonial magicians (without explicitly saying so).
Hindsight is 2020 though. It’s important to remember the time and the climate it was written in. It served it’s purpose well, and is still on most chaos magick “recommended reading” lists, sometimes for historical significance alone.
My main gripe was the simplicity of the section on magical trance, and I’m hoping to see much more in this section, as well as a general update to reflect what chaos magick has grown into over the years.
Also I am very curious to see if technomancy is represented, with all the technological advancements we have seen since it was originally published in the 70s.
The essential work on the practice of chaos magic, one of the fastest growing areas of Western occultism.Amazon
“The most original and probably the most important writer on Magick since Aleister Crowley.”—Robert Anton Wilson, author of the Prometheus Rising
“Peter Carroll has successfully broken down many of the patterns that so many magicians cling to. Liber Null and Psychonaut—written not only for students of chaos magic, but to separate the necessary from what may be the unnecessary formula of magick—covers much new territory. Carroll has taken methods from Austin Osman Spare, shamanism, paganism, and Chaos science and synthesized them into a new system of practice.”—The Portal
The practice of chaos magic is clearly outlined here by Peter Carroll. His approach combines methods from shamanism, paganism, and chaos science. The book includes a selection of extremely powerful rituals and exercises for committed occultists with instructions that lead the reader through new concepts and practices.
This new Weiser Classics edition includes a new foreword by Ronald Hutton, author of The Triumph of the Moon.