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The Zoetic Grimoire of Zos by Austin Osman Spare 1886 - 1956



That man is a complex of appetites seeking satisfaction—imperative—either 'copulatio or suppositio' (or both).

That by certain arbitrary and deliberate acts he can synchronize desire and event 'as now', i.e., as though arbiter.

That any desire, sufficiently dynamic, compressed into a single wish or belief (as 'question-request'), if arabesquely formulated, will fulfil its evolution expediently and return its conative possibility.

Transference from the conscious to the subconscious is automatic when [the wish is] suppressed and sublated by symbols, sigils or glyphs understood either personally or universally. Man is a ratio of his experience, but the subconsciousness is all-knowing (limit unknown).

The mind grants limitless power (will), only measured against belief, and indifferent re: 'quo animo'.

Familiarity breeds all things, including Gods, and Virus, the rare compathy or the commonplace: either we are 'arrivists' or recidivists.

Anyone is capable of anything (will plus belief is ability) if they themselves create the opportune moment and incentive. Heaven gives no genius to disbelievers and no vengeance worse than the body denied.

The terrain between pure Ego (mediator) and ego empirical (conative) is the formative, amalgamative and rationalizing domain which reveals by symbols and metaphor only, and which answers only by such presentation, i.e., a problem, a cryptograph and picturesque arabesques. Hence:

Such a question is answered at once (as near as). But written as an absurd succession of corrupt semantics, thus: "What is truth?", is never answered. The original relation of shapes, sounds and meaning is lost—tortuosities—ambiguously dissipating. Other factors are scattered in the text (q.v.) as given.

Although only one desire is expressed (No. 1, supra), with little alteration it would fit many others. The change is in the Wish, the Familiar employed, and appropriate ritual modifications. Three other alternatives are suggested, the four being classified:

No. 1: Desire for Truth expressed as a question in word-symbols thus:

("What is consciousness?")

sigillated thus:

No. 2: Desire for Pleasure. Request to realize Ideal tactually: "I desire a large-bottomed woman for social congress". As word-symbols:

As sigil:

No. 3. Desire for unique experience expressed as: "I desire intercourse with a vampire".



No. 4: Altruistic desire, as: "I wish the death of Stalin".

Word-Symbols thus:

(N.B. Names always given as sigils.)


Apart from the above, the rest is symbolic metaphor as an abstract ritual of the thesis, and here the use of spatial and expressive language is justified and gives colour and verisimilitude. Onomatopoeic words should be used.

The ritual opens with an ovation or hymn to Isis—chosen as presiding deity (for personal reasons, though Thoth or Athene would have been more appropriate). Hymn begins:

"O' Glorious Isis, Mother of men, let thy hand reach out and touch my travail...", etc., all of which is expressed by sigils (they should be of one's own composition) followed by the evocation of the familiar or elemental necessary: (1) to act as carrier and bring en rapport subject and object, (2) to pierce the protective aura of the subject, if necessary, (3) to assist the dynamic qualities. The animal chosen should typify the qualities necessary: Tiger = strength, fierceness, etc., or selected from one's own Totem or from face value, i.e., if you look like a horse or a snake, they are your nearest familiars. They are evoked by their secret name which should be inscribed on a strip of parchment, and burnt immediately after calling their name. Except for the name, the evocation is expressed by word-symbols. The familiar chosen is Horus:

Or an Owl could be used. The operator's stance is entirely 'exercite', his gnosis is within the arcanum symbolized by a geometric form without a parallel, issuing from which is the correspondence between all factors used (as modus operandi). Acts of simulation are essential:

For No. 1, writing the desire on a strip of parchment, enclosing it in an envelope and burning or burying it is sufficient—as symbolizing transference. For No. 4, the tradition of making a wax image of the subject and stabbing same should be followed; it is essential that the operator simulates the pains that will be suffered by the victim. The 'Death Posture' (The Book of Pleasure q.v.) is often depicted:

this symbolizes the positive negation of everything except the wish desired. Previous to the adventure, token sacrifices and abstinences should be made. Some will have difficulties of expression, being neither draughtsmen, scholars or writers: it is sufficient to do your best, however naïvely. The only potent magic now existent is Obeah, practised by ignorant, arrested natives, who know not what they do. But they have this virtue—they believe and perform sufficiently the remnants of a great tradition reaching back to the pure and pristine mind of man.

Arbitrary Transference: illustration

The technique for materializing our demands is simple for Nature embraces all those who seek individuation, as Nature herself seeks every differentiation:

1) Our desire (for the thing) must be whole-hearted and all else sacrificed to that end.

2) Our belief must be fixed and be-lived, at least 'as if'.

3) Our will (nervous energy) must be secret, and suppressed, to create tension and released only at the psychological moment. At that time gaze into, and beyond, the familiar vista (from hill-top), into The Aeon, the spaciousness beyond your meannesses, corners of reality, borrowed precepts, dogmas and beliefs; until you are in spacious unity. Indraw your breath until your body quivers and then give a mighty suspiration, releasing all your nervous energy into the focal point of your wish; and as your urgent desire merges into the ever-present procreative sea you will feel a tremendous insurge and self-transformation. The Devil himself shall not prevent your 'will' from materializing. In your prayers (media), remember: your Soul is your nearest, and the bringer of all good things. Your God is stone deaf.