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The Book of the Jackal

by Roger Williamson

From the author of The Sun at Night (reviewed in Dagobert’s Revenge 3#1) comes a limited edition of The Black Book of the Jackal, hand-bound in papyrus-like paper and scented with sandalwood oil that’s sure to remind you of the incense smell in your favorite New Age shop. It’s a modern spiritual interpretation drawn from ancient Egyptian initiatic texts and scriptures such as The Egyptian Book of the Dead, and specifically, The Book of Going Forth By Day. There also seems to be a great deal of not-so-ancient material from the Hermetic Order of the golden Dawn, the OTO, and the Qaballah, which he spells “QBL.” It seems as though it was written for neophytes because there are chapters explaining quite elementary concepts like “Astral Projection”, and yet later on he makes passing reference to things like banishing rituals, or “The analysis of the key word” on the obvious assumption that the reader already knows what these are and how to perform them. It seems as though you are expected to use this book in conjunction with other books about “QBL and the rituals of the Golden Dawn. Luckily, I had enough of a background in both areas that I was able to make perfect sense of this stuff. Basically, this book contains instructions (along with beautifully illustrated diagrams) for how to invoke the “Seven Arits”, or God-forms of Egyptian mythology, corresponding to the seven planets of astrology and the seven lower sephiroth on QBL Tree of Life. Roger Williamson calls the ritual and meditation techniques he’s devised for invoking these Arits “Machines of Attainment”, and he explains, “Machines can be used to transport people or tings from one place to another, to communicate with other life-forms and to shape and transmute you.” Once these Arits have been invoked one by one, you can integrate them with your personality and become a completely balanced person, ready to get sacrificed for the Egoless state of Godhood. Williamson recommends that you draw all of the seals and symbols required for the ritual on actual papyrus paper, to help you get in the ancient Egyptian frame of mind, and recommends that you destroy them after completing each Arit, as “Burning the hieroglyphs is your sacrifice of what you have achieved for the opportunity of a new experience.” He also warns you against getting attached to any of the planes of reality that you visit in each Arit, for “failure to return all of your consciousness will result in fragments of the plane, ghosts, alien visitations, and so-called creatures of the night remaining and breaking into your consciousness at random.”

The most interesting part of the book though, I thought, was the first chapter, “Breaking the Seal”, describing an astral trip into “the interior regions of the Earth, where still dwell the ancient gods... The door before me casts its charm, representing as it does the gown of the virgin interior... I shout the words in the ancient tongue of the occupant of this long-forgotten tomb. ‘In this sacred tomb where dwells the jewel, the sacred prize, I come to kiss the lips of the shadow woman in the depths of the abyss and to awake from sleep in the heart of my soul the star demon that I might be whole. Sounds like the Hollow Earth, where dwell the Ancient Ones of Nephilim and the Sleeping God (Hermes? Lucifer? Kronos? Cthulhu?) The similarities are unmistakable, and it would be interesting to know how close these words are to the original Egyptian texts.

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