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
G. D. Laval's "Black Magick Evocation of the Shem Ha Mephorash" is quite the exquisite modern Grimoire, which packs a complete system of Goetic magick which can be used to summon the fractured disembodied intelligences that make up the greater Shem Ha Mephorash system. The Shem Ha Mephorash itself is the supposed sacred name of god embodied within a particular passage of the Bible. Derived from the text using advanced Gematria (a Hebrew practice of using numerology to find esoteric correspondences between different words and concepts, as well as used to sharpen the mind and create complicated ciphers and hidden text such as this name itself), this name is broken into 72 three letter seals, which can be used to either invoke an angelic entity or evoke a Qliphothic one. These entities are metaphorical representations of different energetic currents which run parallel across both The Tree of Life and Tree of Death, also described in greater detail in the study of Kaballah, and have governance over particular traits or faculties of the ruling forces of the universe. This book, hence the name Black Magick Evocation, focuses predominantly on Qliphothic evocation, though it is said that the information provided within could theoretically be used to do Angelic Invocations as well with creative reworking. However, the greater symbolical meanings provided for each individual potential seal of invocation/evocation, which can often go on for several pages per individual seal, is almost exclusively pertaining to uses of Left Hand Path evocation.
G. D. Laval is probably one of the most hard working, innovative, and creative Left Hand Path writers of the modern era. Not bothering to water his material down with dark fluff, unnecessary reinterpreted mythology, or spooky aggressive language you see in much of the modern LHP material, this is a book of no-nonsense, practical, workable Goetic magick. Just measuring over 500 pages, you'd think this book would be filled with long essays, and verbose material on the nature and history of Shem Ha Mephorash. Instead you are found with a huge tome of sigils, relations, charts, and and descriptions all relating to the core workable system of Evocation which is central to the text. Leaving the historical and magickal primer research up to the reader, which the reader should have no problem doing considering the extensively provided bibliography to this wonderful text, the core of the book's contained content is descriptions of the various entities summonable, a collection of charts and references to help aid the caster in use of the system provided and of course, the usual table of contents/preface/introduction package.
A Grimoire of the truest nature, this text gives you the most basic of elements on how to actually use the text, and focuses almost entirely on the meat. A vast majority of the book is left to detailing the Shem Ha Mephorash entities. For each of the 72 names there is provided a beautifully crafted sigil which can be used as a primary focus of of meditation, or as a seal in an actual act of ritual summoning itself. These seals follow a relatively uniform fashion, with two sets of double lined circles, in between them being the English translation of the name, and resting inside the smallest circle being the sigil itself composed of a series of dots and predominantly curved lines and squiggles. All extremely aesthetically pleasing to look at, and most likely conjured out of some sort of automatic state, having personally meditated upon many of these I know they work as perfectly self-contained passageways to the aethereal realms the authors wishes you to be able to traverse. Above the sigil is provided a three letter Hebrew name, the English translation, and the planetary and elemental correspondences for the entity. Below the sigil is a breakdown of symbolically corresponding information derived through the authors research into Gematria correspondence, starting with a basic list, followed by the entities Qliphothic name, then fleshed out with a deeper breakdown of some of the more important or relevant correspondences in further detail, or information on the evoked entities particular place in a infernal hierarchy. The text on the individual seal is always finished with an example chant which the author has found useful in ritual.
The back end of the book, which starts at about 370 pages in, is filled with wonderfully laid out tables and charts which present quite concretely the many different references which can aid a magician in ritual preparation, including a complete breakdown of the Sethurian calendar, many different versions of Gematria ciphers, planetary and elemental correspondences, infernal hierarchies (which tie into his other books), and much much more. Information that could be found out by the reader himself if he read through the immense and well cataloged bibliography provided by the author at the very end of the book (following the extensive list of charts), but is instead all in one neat and tidy place, and including various specifications and corrections as discovered by the author through his thorough research. It's rather handy, making this tome of work not only useful in application for working with the system presented in this book itself, but useful in the practice of left hand path magick in general.
The book itself is bound well. I've had it for almost a year now, and it's been moved around a fair amount through reading and storage, and if done properly and carefully (as I have done so myself) the book looks as good as when I got it. The cover is ordained with a large gold printed seal, centralized around a 9 pointed star, with many different shards of light emanating from it. Inside the different elements of the star, and in between the shards of light are various Hebrew symbols, which I believe to be the various three letter names of the Shem Ha Mephorash itself. It's all plated gold, and the book itself is in a solid red cloth binding. It's pleasing to the touch, and the paper inside the book is appropriately thick. The paper's background is a very solid white, with printing done in very dark and traditional black text, all leading to a very concrete sense of legibility. Fine printing, aesthetically pleasing all around if you ask me, though I'm not a "book specialist" by any means.
Overall, this book is a fine presentation of the system that the author is looking to demonstrate, and acts as the first in a series which make up a greater esoteric system he has devised/discovered. The other books he has in personal bibliography, and which make up the currently printed aspects of system I reference, are The Explicit Name Of Lucifer, which includes a Lucifarian English Gematria, Sacerdotivm Vmbrae Mortis, a Sethurian Vampiric system of necromantic pathworking, and lastly Sefer Yeroch Ruachot, a book similiar in format to Black Magick Evocation, except it covers Satanic Lunar energies. All of these books are interlinked into a larger system, working individually, but best as a whole (providing greater context and functionality). All of said books are of a similar excellent quality in thoroughness, providing efficient presentation that gets to the point clearly, has detailed connectivity and reference to his other works and the works that which he has referenced to build his own system, and lastly but not least of all importantly, there is a high quality of book printing and formatting consistently across all of his releases. I would highly recommend any of the books in the series, starting with of course the one covered in this review.
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