In the three years since the publication of the first edition of Black Magic Evocation of the Shem ha Mephorash, I have written and published four more works. The first addition to my continuously evolving oeuvre was Sacerdotium Umbrae Mortis, a deep, semiotic exegesis of the eleven tribes of Canaan and their enumeration and systematization into a full rite of self-initiation into a priesthood dedicated to penetrating the mysteries of vampirism and predatory sorcery. That book contains some very useful and illuminating corrections to various errors in the Hebrew and in the transliteration of terms in the traditional Qliphoth or adverse Kabbalistic tree of life. At the time I wrote Black Magic Evocation, I had not discovered those errors nor made the corrections.
In the next book I published, Explicit Name of Lucifer, I laid out a complete system of poetic resonances for words that can be written in the English alphabet. I dubbed this system Luciferal Gematria. As it turns out, this tool has proven useful beyond my wildest expectations; it is safe to say that without it, my future works would have been impaired if not impossible. Again, I did not have Luciferal Gematria at my disposal when I wrote the first edition of Black Magic Evocation.
My next book was Sefer Yeroch Ruachot (literally “Moon Spirits Book”), which lays out a previously unknown Shem ha Mephorash subsystem—a cipher representing facets not of the creator deity Yahweh but of said divinitys nemesis, Satan, in said archfiends lunar aspect. Some of the spirits enumerated in Sefer Yeroch Ruachot belong to the same angelic detachments as those discussed in Black Magic Evocation (in fact, one spirit is a member of both Shem ha Mephorash systems). Once again, when I wrote the first edition of Black Magic Evocation, I had not done the deeper research that became Sefer Yeroch Ruachot.
As a result, when I agreed to the second edition of this book, in addition to performing the usual tasks of error correction, clarification of some difficult topics, and rewriting awkward prose, I decided to retrofit and extend the entire book using the knowledge and tools I created and perfected in those later works, changing and adding information as needed. I first changed the Qliphothic names to the corrected versions formulated in Sacerdotium Umbrae Mortis. I then used Luciferal Gematria from Explicit Name of Lucifer to mine deeper poetic resonances for each spirit, determine which chimeric forms they might be expected to take when manifesting in the conjuration chamber, provide additional sacraments for each entity, and divine mantras of Luciferally resonant power words which aid in bringing them into conscious interaction by means of Luciferal resonance. After I had finished these tasks, I updated information on various spirits when my knowledge of them had benefited from the additional and deeper research that became Sefer Yeroch Ruachot.
Finally, I carefully and meticulously created several indexes which list each of the 390 spirits and 60 angelic detachments that are discussed in this treatise. I also, to give the reader a sense of context, provided, for the first time, a complete list of the 52 subsystems, 1273 angels, and 250 angelic detachments which comprise the entire Greater Shem ha Mephorash, and which will be the subject of The Complete Encyclopedia of Shem ha Mephorash Spirits.
(There is in addition to this Hebrew supersystem a Shem ha Mephorash hidden in the Greek New Testament. This system, being constructed from different semiotic primitives, is apart from the Hebrew Greater Shem ha Mephorash supersystem and is treated in a separate volume entirely.)
The result is that the second edition is 509 pages compared with the first editions 249 pages. The new content alone is enough to fill a 200-page second volume. I hope this new version provides greater clarity, richness, detail, illumination and usefulness to all witches embarking onpathworking using the spirits herein, or who are reading the book for knowledge and edification, or just out of curiosity or for enjoyment.
Gilles de Laval
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