I have a couple of problems with this latest book on Ceremonial Evocation Magic by Joe Lisiewski. I must begin by noting that I am not disputing his methodology - I have little doubt that this "Old System Magic" really works for him and for many of his readers. I would also like to say that anyone serious about Magic needs to read this book, and its predecessor, Ceremonial Magic and the Power of Evocation. Together, they will knock a considerable amount of sense into you - even if you have no intention of ever performing an evocation ceremony. For the most part, I love his writing style, and wish more people/authors would have the guts to just say what they mean.
But, before you go burning your Crowley, Golden Dawn, DuQuette, Greer, Regardie collection, destroying and desecrating your working tools which you have carefully crafted over the years, and alienating yourself from all of your fellow lodge members (which Joe directs you to do as Step #1 in the process), you may want to consider the following:
The first, in my opinion, is that this book (like his other on the subject) is premised on the reader coming from essentially a Catholic (at least a strong Christian) background. If that is not you, then you are going to have some instantaneous problems to overcome. Don't burn your library until you get this point. He very quickly writes you off if you are not of said background, by telling you in one short paragraph that, well, you ought to pray to Christ anyway, because it will be good for you as you pursue this magical path. (Beyond the obvious concerns here, I have boys with white shirts and black name tags knocking on my door telling me this too!)
The second is the slightly less obvious matter of fundamental hypocrisy. Joe uses a lot of ink reminding you that you must use Four Words... "Where Are The Results?" and/or "Show Me The Proof". I love that! They are valid questions which we should all be asking ourselves every time we practice!
So... Joe, in his promotional notes is touted by his publisher as being a "noted physicist". Therefore, again, before you burn your books etc., Google-search his many noted published scientific works in the field of the Relativistic Space-Time Continuum. (Ph.D.s must publish or perish they say). You should find them along side Stephen Hawking's works.
A very wise friend and respected Mage once told me that the best way to make a small fortune publishing occult literature is to start out with a large one. You should therefore surmise that Joe is independently wealthy and highly successful, having expertly commanded those Goetic Demons to do his bidding over many years now, and is merely publishing these works either for fun, out of the tedium which often accompanies aristocratic malaise, or he is genuinely interested in sharing his secret for success with a very small segment of the general public, and you are lucky enough to be one of them. (On the other hand, if this is his master-plan for achieving fame and fortune, I suspect that he may have been duped by some of those nasty little demons).
Maybe we could we ask Joe to "Show us the proof"? Where exactly on the list of noted physicists is he? Did he make Forbes this year? With all of those evocations and real-life results, as a scientist, surely he has at least attempted to follow some scientific methodology and dispassionately and objectively record some of his manifestations in some way, thereby knocking the quantum physics world on its ass. Joe, please, where are the results, where is the proof? Please.
As we await the Howlings from the Pit DVD, and the many scientific journals, continue to do the work toward developing your spiritual self and your personal connection with the All. Read and re-read your library. Buy this book and his others...read and consider them carefully and add them to your collection. "Study, learn, understand and practice" - use it all. Form your own processes; they will work for you just as this system works for many, or go ahead and try this one. Just keep your wits about you, always.