Michael Ford - Scales of the Black Serpent (Basic Qlippothic Magick) (25.0 MB)
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THE ORDER OF PHOSPHORUS is an initiatory order of practitioners focused on Luciferian and Left Hand Path Magick and ideology. While traditional Cabalists and Magickans view the Qlippoth as an Unclean and perverse inversion of the Tree of Life, suggesting that those who practice Magick avoid it due to the dangers within. The 22 Scales of the Serpent are the Spheres and Tunnels of the Qlippoth which allow the Black Adept or Luciferian the ability to gain power from the depths of knowledge. Qlippothic demons and Archdemons are ... More >>>
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THE ORDER OF PHOSPHORUS is an initiatory order of practitioners focused on Luciferian and Left Hand Path Magick and ideology. While traditional Cabalists and Magickans view the Qlippoth as an Unclean and perverse inversion of the Tree of Life, suggesting that those who practice Magick avoid it due to the dangers within. The 22 Scales of the Serpent are the Spheres and Tunnels of the Qlippoth which allow the Black Adept or Luciferian the ability to gain power from the depths of knowledge. Qlippothic demons and Archdemons are deep symbols of primal wisdom and possibility.
First the good: This book is very accessible, it doesn't require you to go buy all these obscure materials nor does it tell you to practice it on a certain day on a certain hour. While it suggests certain basic ritual tools, the invocations and meditation are all you really need to grow a connection to the demonic forces of the Qlippoth (I highly recommend "The Rite of the Qlippoth", a guided pathworking CD made by the same author). The invocations are short and simple, but powerful and meaningful nonetheless.
Now for the bad: While all the content in the book is good, it is abysmally lean. The whole book is only a measly 88 pages, and even then it uses large font and alot of white space. The meat of the book is mostly in its invocations, there are virtually no sigils or ritual structures to work with. Even its theory portion is very incomplete. The Qabalah/Qlippoth is an extremely deep and complex subject, one that can't be adequetely explained in a few pages. While the teachings presented in this book will be helpful to the beginner, they will still have many unanswered questions about the roles of each sphere and how they relate to each other, which is very important. However the author does refer to his other books quite a bit, like he expects you to read them in order to fully understand what he's talking about in this particular book. I guess it's just another way to milk the customers. Regardless, Michael Ford is hands down the best teacher of the left hand path and infernal magic in the world today, so it's very dissappointing that a man of his apptitude wouldn't put more into a book on a subject so deep. Basic Qlippothic Magick is an understatement, more like Barebones Qlippothic Magick.
I still recommend Scales of the Black Serpent to those who want to seriously explore the powers of the Qlippoth but don't know where to begin, simply for the lack of usable material on the Qlippoth availible. But don't expect anything more than a very basic starting point.
UPDATE: If you want a more balanced and philosophical view of the Qlippoth I'd highly recommend "Qabalah, Qliphoth, and Goetic Magic" by Thomas Karlsson. More expensive but alot more bang for your buck. (reviewed by Mark R. Davis)
Michael W. Ford is the Magister of The Order of Phosphorus, a closed order of solitary initiates and The Black Order of the Dragon, the inner guild based around Yatukivah - Persian and Chaos sorcery. He is the author of "Luciferian Witchcraft" which contains 12 different grimoires including the Left Hand Path Tantric Grimoire, Adamu, a forbidden book of Sexual Magick, Goetic Sorcery, a Luciferian approach to the 72 Spirits of the Shemhamforasche, Yatuk Dinoih and other works focused on the darksome rites of the path of Shadow Sorcery and so-called Skir-hand Witchcraft, introduced by Nathaniel J. Harris, a Hereditary Witch from the UK. Known as Akhtya Seker Arimanius, Ford also is the author of Liber HVHI, an explaination of the Luciferian trinity and the rituals of the Qlippoth, The Book of the Witch Moon which features an introduction by Chaos Magician Peter J. Carroll and numerous articles and essays.
Recording with Black Funeral and Darkness Enshroud, a ritualistic-darkwave band, Ford relocated for the first time to Houston, Texas, having just recorded and released his first industrial record, Valefor - Death Magick on Cold Meat Industries "Death Factory Records" in 1996.
Michael Ford was granted the Order of Nine Angles command by Christos Beest in 1996, from which Ford operated until 1998 in Indianapolis. Ford left the active ONA due to what he has described as its Neo-Fascist stance and political ideals, which in his view are not an inherent part of Magick or Satanism:
"I was and still am very interested in the Northern Tradition and the runes... It was something I am not interested in, Nazism and my projects NEVER HAD anything to do with it... I was more of an anarchist in many ways than the labeled "anarchists", I said things which would disturb, that is the point... I am NOT by any means (and this is in practice too) any kind of racist or such. That is ignorance in a high form."
Michael spent several years developing his Magickal practice between 1998 and 2000, when moving to Houston, Texas in October 1999 and editing his Book of the Witch Moon, where he had previously corresponded with Kenneth Grant.Ford continued working on music and recorded several ritual-music albums in the late 1990s, under the band name Psychonaut. Michael's interest in the works of Austin Osman Spare, Kenneth Grant and the mythology of the Adversary throughout the history of humanity were his primary interest during that time .
In 2001 Ford met Dana Dark, a gothic model and vocalist from Houston, and two others to begin recording ritual workings and the practice of the specific "luciferian" magick.The band recorded several albums from that point on, performing several live rituals. The group practiced magick as a Coven during this time period.
In 2003 Ford began publishing chapbooks and distributing them at low cost throughout the Satanic and Left Hand Path underground, which was designed as a type of "hit and run" guerrilla tactic. Ford had written in numerous published interviews that his goal was to upset and redefine the often-stagnant occult genre with an "Adversarial" approach. 2004 brought Michael's first contribution to a soundtrack, during his collaboration with Hexentanz, a ritual-medieval music project, with The Soil Bleeds Black and Psychonaut 75).
Ford published Luciferian Witchcraft in 2005, which quickly reached LULU.com's top 100, where it remained through 2008. Soon after Ford published numerous other left hand path and satanic books, redefining and presenting a new approach to so-called Dark paths of Magick and religion.
Ford is also the founder of The Order of the Phosphorus and The Black Order of the Dragon and a co-founder of The Church of Adversarial Light, a Luciferian Church. Ford has been an initiate and developer of the Luciferian Path for over ten years and also takes a significant interest in ancient Zoroastrian mysteries and Yatukih Sorcery. Ford is the co-owner of Succubus Productions and The Luciferian Apotheca.
He has done soundtracks for the movies Cadaver Bay and Hell Bound Book of the Dead released in 2004. (from wikipedia.org)