The Octavo: A Sorcerer-Scientist's Grimoire
(Roundworld Edition) A Sorcerer-Scientist's grimoire:- Every universe potentially has its own Supreme Grimoire containing the spells which define its reality and the magic which you can perform within that reality. In this Octavo we have assembled scattered secrets for a Supreme Grimoire for Roundworld, the universe in which you're standing. To this end we have taken some inspiration from Pratchett's Discworld, and a lot from Theoretical Physics and Practical Chaos Magic.
Paperback: 186 pages
Publisher: Mandrake; Roundworld ed edition (25 Oct 2010)
The Octavo is remarkable in the finest sense of the word: a great and indeed unique achievement, making a genuine physics of magic’.
Professor Ronald Hutton - Fellow of the British Academy
Of course, the very name of the book The Octavo comes from that parallel Pratchett universe the Discworld. Just as its namesake contains the eight spells which hold the Discworld together, so too does this Octavo hold us in Roundworld. But it also liberates us. What can one say about a book that redefines our understanding of our existence: original, essential, with far-reaching implications? All of the above and much more. Expect a journey through the aeons as well as around the universe, and a tantalising invitation to create our future. By the end of the book, phrases like "vorticitating hypersphere" and "immanentising the eschaton" will seem like your everyday vocabulary. But mind when and where you use them: don't forget what happened to those who first challenged the flat world theory.
Don't read this book if you want a list of how-to instructions about casting sigils or whatever, but if you want to see the work of someone who's really trying to examine the wiring under the board of how and why esoteric techniques work, then this book is a must. Personally I feel Pete's analysis could do with a dash more psychology or phenomenology. After all magick isn't just a science it's also an art and that requires a different, though complimentary language to describe it. However all magicians should strive to be technicians of the sacred and with The Octavo they may finally have the first-steps towards a manual for the operating system of the universe.
Read it from cover to cover in five hours. Pete Carroll writes with definitive erudite, while maintaining a humble, practical, sensible, and reasonable approach to understanding reality. This could be a difficult read for most people but the formulas have far reaching implications upon our potential futures and I would encourage anyone desiring an understanding of truth and reality to take a stab at this book. It is slightly whimsical, fun, while explaining advanced mental concepts that are directly applicable and therefore potentially beneficial for everyday life. Most common persons could find this book to be radically liberating and more mind altering than any drug.