Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law!
I have been around the occult street bloc for some twenty-five going on twenty-six years now and have been involved with both the Golden Dawn and various Thelemite groups during most of that time. I am also interested in Sufism and Islamic Magick. I first made Wahid Azal's virtual acqaintance in early 2005 on a Golden Dawn list. In August he informed me in no uncertain terms that a completely new Kabbalah had been revealed to him by the powers that be in the universe. My first reaction was my email buddy was either too self-assured for his own good, had lost his marbles doing some operation gone bad, or both. In this game it happens quite often. When he then informed me he was re-writing the Sefer Yetzirah I was even a little put off and tried convincing myself that indeed Wahid had lost his marbles and all was lost. I thought this until a copy of Liber Decatriarchia Mystica arrived in my mail box courtesy of Wahid.
I will say reviewing this book is going to be an extremely difficult job for any non-adept. This book from its first few opening pages messes with ones head and requires someone who is deeply versed in Sufism, Kabbalah, Hermeticism and Bayani Gnosticism all at the same time. When I opened the book and beheld Wahid's Tree, his Tree of Reality, my jaw dropped to the ground. For all these years we who like to think ourselves as adepts of the Western Hermetic Tradition have held to a dogma of the unassailability of the Kabbalah. In a sense we reified the Kabbalah. We turned the Kabbalah into an end in itself rather than the esoteric approach amongst countless it was always meant to be. We became arrogant. Too self-assured ourselves. Now it would seem the gods above have come teaching us what we do not know through their newest emissary Wahid Azal.
Azal's Tree of Reality is staggeringly profound and it is consistent. I have tried to refute and find its flaws and have so far failed. There are thirteen sephirot and thirty-six paths to this new Tree. Like the traditional Kabbalistic Tree each path of Azal's Tree is represented by a letter of the thirty-four letters in the Farsi alphabet (Persian) and the four vowel signs. Within the Tree itself there is a mandala formed from the paths such that the lower bottom spheres form a perfect pentagram while those above it a 3D hexagram.
As for Azal's re-write of the Sefer Yetzirah I have to say it is better than the original. I dismissed Wahid Azal as a crank and a fool when he told me he was re-writing this foundation book of the Kabbalah. But he has done it and Wahid's Book of Creation is far better than the original, and dare I say far more profound. The treatise which I am guessing gets its name from John Dee's Heptarchia Mystica needs to be read, re-read, studied and digested a number of times. It is not a light read and will require commentaries to make it understandable to lower adepts. As of this review I have read it six times already and am getting new things out of it. His glosses to the treatise are a virtual independent work and as the caption states an advanced primer on Islamic Esotericism.
The Bayani Ritual of the Pentagram in appendix A is quite beautiful and it works. The historical section dealing with the Bayani Gnostics is interesting and very informative although quite polemical against the Bahais. He does however support his anti-Bahai thesis with source material. My only minor beef with Wahid is in some of the divine claims he makes for himself such as being the return of the Thrice Great Hermes and the like. I am also a little worried about Wahid because he seems to be wanting to deliberately put himself out there as a target for Muslim extremists in his allegation that the Koran in its present form is a forgery. But one can say that the claims made by him are more than compensated by this new Kabbalah he has brought forth he says by Metatron that is in many ways a sort of unified theory of Hermeticism married to his beloved ayahuasca shamanism and Bayani Gnosticism.
Overall I am very impressed with Liber Decatriarchia Mystica and believe this work will be with us for a very long time. It is truly a daring piece of esoteric literature and beyond anything our mutual hero Aleister Crowley conceived. I also liked his Nineteen Commandments very much. Perhaps Wahid is AC's son in Liber Aleph after all! I look forward to Wahid's future works and so genuflect in the general direction of this our new self proclaimed Ipsissimus of the Age.
Love is the Law, Love under Will!
O.R.T.O.V. A^ A^