Book Review, Neuromancy

Readers of my work The NeuronomIcon will be aware of its correspondences to the psychic technology presented in the CIA declassified document The Gateway Experience, a full version of which may be founds here – complete with the previously missing page 25 >

The CIA paper is concerned with out-of-body movement and escape from space-time. It also includes instructions on the creation of what might otherwise be described as astral weapons. As with the techniques described in The Neuronomicon, the essential process of The Gateway Experience requires attainment to a specific mental state, measurable on an enceolephograph as precisely 7.83Hz. The researchers speculate as to the matching of this brainwave with a higher frequency, which parallels the most powerful techniques I describe when Theta 7.83Hz brainwaves are matched with the higher states of Gamma; a phenomena yet to be recorded by neuroscience at the time the CIA investigation was conducted. That such evidence as this should be made publicly available so soon after the publication of The NeuronomIcon seems like the intervention of The Absolute. Do take the time to read through the paper!

The Gateway Experience had not been made available to me when I published the original hard-back edition of The NeuronomIcon, but someone who bought that work sent me a link. Although the techniques described are quite basic compared to the The NeuronomIcon the parallels are striking; so much so that the paperback edition is re-edited in parts for ease of congruence between the two – chiefly, the use of term’The Absolute’; a term that appears also in the works of William C. Gough and Dean Radin, and meaning exactly what I had referred to in the first edition as ‘Greater Mind’. It is also the name of the first hexagram in my latest work, The Sorcerer’s Yi-Jing.




Above: Qian / Mind

Below: Qian / Mind

Nuclear Trigrams: Qian / Mind and Qian / Mind

Ruling line: 5th

The Absolute conceives sublime success, / Beyond Space-Time. / The Absolute generates the Force. / The Adept maintains integrity. / Sacrifices are accepted. / The Omens are favourable. / The movements of the Absolute are powerful. / The Force is strong in the Adept.

The charaktēre corresponding to the first hexagram in Bronze Age survivals of the Yi-Jing has been endlessly argued over by translators and academics. It is perhaps representative of an astronomical / astrological constellation. The modern scholar and poet Wen Yiduo identifies it with the Pole Star. The Chinese name Qian may be translated to mean the head, the Heavens, Attainment, and the primal consciousness to which all creation owes its origins; The Absolute.

The doubling of the trigram Qian / Mind over Qian / Mind indicates unceasing repetition, such as one day following another, bringing us to the concept of Time. The hexagram is formed entirely from solid lines; its attributes are strength, integrity, modesty, and justice, indicating both the way of Heaven and of the Adept. The Absolute corresponds to Light giving power at its zenith.

All things, animate or inanimate, consist of light. The material plane exists within the 49th octave of vibration of the electromagnetic light spectrum. Below this range are barely visible radiant heat, then invisible infrared, television and radiowaves, sound and brainwaves; above it is barely visible ultraviolet, then the invisible frequencies of chemicals and perfumes, followed by x-rays, gamma rays, radium rays and unknown cosmic rays. The idea that any of us are separate from the light is an illusion. Light has no beginning and no end; it is eternal.

In relation to the macrocosm this denotes the generating power of The Absolute, what some have called the Mind of God, apprehending and giving actuality to the Universal Laws and bringing about all phenomena, along with ideas yet to become real.

In relation to microcosm it relates to the inspiration that awakens the Mind to develop its higher faculties, and the seeking of Truth. Each step Attained is in preparation to the next; just as the Absolute conceives all things until each takes form, then keeps them in conformity with its harmonising resonance. Yet success depends not on mere persistence; the Adept must work towards a clearly conceived goal, harmonising with the Universal Laws.

The Oracle advises that the Way is Opened and Attainment lies ahead. Success comes from the apparent intervention of the Absolute, as if it were aligned and working toward a common goal. Everything depends upon persevering in what is correct. Time is not the enemy, but the means of making real what begins with the Mind.

9 in the 1st place;

Occult potential. / Have patience. / Power in a lowly position.

The first line is light in a light position, suggesting the first stages of Creation. Since it is subsumed beneath the nuclear trigram, and not a part of it, the line’s light giving qualities are still in potential.

In terms of the macrocosm, the influence of the Absolute is still hidden, existing only in potential yet discerning the immutable Laws that may bring about enduring conditions both in and beyond space-time.

In the microcosm this represents the Aspirant, who has great potential but has yet to Attain. Nonetheless, they remain true to their own self, unassuaged by hopes and fears. The Adept learns how to develop their self so that their influence may endure, casting out all that is profane and disintegrating. Thus they Attain the discipline of meditation, which is the first step towards Attainment

The Oracle advises confident patience. If the Will is to prevail it must not lust after results. Drawing strength from within, each action is followed by another, without cease.

9 in the 2nd place;

Power becomes apparent. / It furthers one to consult the Adept. / Inner power spreads its influence / Across the four quarters of the world.

The second line is a light in a dark place. Being the centre of the lower primary trigram, and the first line of the lower nuclear trigram, it is no longer subsumed and is thus twice as powerful as the previous line. Additionally, it is in affinity with the Magi in the fifth place.

The influence of the Absolute begins to show itself. In terms of the microcosm, it denotes that the Adept has Attained a seriousness of purpose which exerts an influence upon their environment without conscious effort. Even in ordinary speech they are reliable, and responsible in their actions. They learn in order to gather information, and question in order to ascertain its Truth. Their character is influential as an agent of transformation. Since they are inevitably set upon the path to Attainment it furthers one to consult with them.

The Oracle advises that our behaviour remains moderate and correct, maintaining integrity while doing away with whatever is false. We should go quietly about our work without boasting of our Attainments.

9 in the 3rd place;

All day long the masses flock. / At night the Adept / Contemplates the Shadows. / Danger. Maintain integrity. / The Adept walks in power, / Advancing and retreating.

The nine in the third place is light in a light position. It shows redoubled strength, yet is not in a central position, while also being neither above or below. Therefore it must be persistent in its progress, yet also cautious if dangers and mistakes are to be avoided.

The sphere of influence opens up for the Adept and their fame spreads. All day long the masses flock to them, and in the evening their mind is troubled with the cares and concerns of humanity, and by their own Shadows. The Adept labours at the Great Work and fosters their character through loyalty and faith. But there is danger here; many an Adept has been swept along by the masses and carried with their course.

The Oracle advises to remain in touch with the demands of the time. By working on our words, ensuring they rest upon Truth, we make our work endure. Knowing how this is to be achieved, and then achieving it, we are able to initiate the right potentials. We must not be proud if our position is superior, nor despondent if subordinate. We must remain creatively active and, as is appropriate, cautious of our situation; in this way we avoid mistakes.

9 in the 4th place;

Standing at the Crossroads. / Maintain integrity. / No error in advancing.

The line is neither above or below, nor is it in the middle. It is light in a dark position. Here the way of Mind is about to transform itself, testing its powers. The line represents the upper limit of what pertains to the profane man within this hexagram, and in order to advance it must sacrifice its place within the Matrix and soar into realms beyond space-time.

A choice must be made; the Adept may take the left hand or the right hand path. Each must choose according to the inner law of their nature. Each must determine their own destiny. If the Adept remains true to their self they find the Way best for them and maintain their integrity. Having freedom of choice we make no mistakes.

9 in the 5th place;

Occult powers. / Fame spreads throughout the world. / It furthers one to consult the Adept. / The Adept begins the Great Work.

The fifth place is the Magi of the hexagram; it is light in a light place, meaning both its position and character are in accord; a strong leader of a hexagram consisting entirely of light lines, and so at harmony with itself.

Things that accord in tone harmonise together. Things with inner affinity seek out one another. Water flows towards the wet, fire flows towards the dry. Clouds follow the dragon, wind follows the tiger. Thus the Adept rises, and all people follow him. What is born of Heaven has affinity to what is above. What is born of Earth has affinity to what is below. Each follows its kind.

The Oracle advises that we adapt to the needs of the time. We are now in a place of power and responsibility. Everything goes easily and there is no resistance. When the Adept harmonises with the Absolute it does not contradict them, the Laws accord with them and do not resist them; thus it furthers one to consult with them.

9 in the 6th place;

Arrogant Magi will have cause to regret. / Pride before the fall.

The final line is light in a light position, standing above both nuclear trigrams and at the conclusion of the upper primary, and thus of the hexagram as a whole. By the law governing all the changes mapped out within the Yi-Jing, whatever reaches its extreme becomes its opposite, turning back upon itself.

Whoever stands high yet has no corresponding position, whose following do not have their support, will have cause to regret at every turn. Arrogance is pressing forward when one should hold back, going to extremes, thinking only of success and admitting no possibility of failure. In time it exhausts itself. The wise Adept knows when to advance and when to retreat, knowing both existence and annihilation, without losing their Truth and integrity.

If all lines are nines;

Manifestations of power are witnessed. / Good results. / The Absolute is the only reality. / All else is the Matrix.

When Qian / The Absolute undergoes change in all the lines the laws of reality are conceived, each in turn, generating K’Un / The Matrix. It is at this point that omniscient Awareness, cognisant of its Self, collapses the wave form of the holographic universe.


Excerpt from The Sorcerer’s Yi-Jing.

The STARBURST interview

Book Review

I was recently interviewed by STARBURST magazine. You can read the original on their own website here;


As one of the UK’s foremost writers and authorities on magic and the occult, Nathaniel J. Harris’s life has run the gauntlet of the ‘80s Goth explosion, goblins, creepy clowns, vengeful poltergeists and dodgy hippy festivals – an extraordinary existence that led to him being mythologised in the pages of 2000 AD comic. As he publishes Accidental Antichrist, the first volume of his controversial autobiography, we dabbed ourselves in holy water, entered his chamber and dared ask him a few prudent questions…

STARBURST: Why have you decided to tell your own story now?

Nathaniel Harris: I wrote Accidental Antichrist to reclaim my past after losing my family to an abusive mind control cult. As the process continued, it grew to become a book. Like its author, it was conceived by accident and acquired purpose as it went along. Plus, I heard it is almost impossible not to love someone if you know their life story, so it seemed like a good tactic.

STARBURST: Why is it subtitled ‘A Survivor’s Grimoire’?

Nathaniel Harris: I think the grimoire is an under explored literary art. If you make a study of the classics, like The Testament of Solomon, or The Black Raven, they read as much like dramatic novels as books of rituals. I’ve written a few theoretical and instructional works, but they’re kind of abstract if taken out of context. For myself, magic was something I grew up with, coming from an old Essex witchcraft family and living in a place so rich in history and folklore. It wasn’t a game, or something to be disrespected. If you wanted to learn the practice, and you didn’t come from a hereditary lineage, you’d have to join a coven or an order. There weren’t all the occult bookshops, workshops, and online courses there are today, and it wasn’t something the middle classes took up as an interesting hobby. It was also my survival strategy. Many of those who come to me are also survivors, and we work together to reclaim identity and a sense of agency. The best healers often have to heal themselves first.

STARBURST: How did you come to know the writer Pat Mills and end up as a character in 2000 AD comic?

Nathaniel Harris: I met Pat’s daughters in the street and they took me and my gang of teen punk friends round to meet him. This was in 1986. You can find us in Book Four of Nemesis – brothers Nathaniel, Ivan, Owain, and John, the renegade terminators. Pat was also in the early stages of creating Slaine, whose appearance was inspired by our spiked hair and tartan trousers. Our friendship has continued since then.

STARBURST: How has science fiction and fantasy influenced your writing?

Nathaniel Harris: Science fiction and fantasy deal with archetypes, at least when done well, and so does magic. Plus of course magic is allowed in science fiction and fantasy. They provide a space where the possibility can be discussed without anyone having to worry about whether they believe in it. The relationship between them often produces surprising hybrids, too. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos, for example, inspired Kenneth Grant, and many other magicians.

Chaos Magic was massively popularised in 2000 AD comic during the 1980s – 1990s, which I am perhaps partly responsible for. Nemesis the Warlock made many references to it, and it was my idea to put Deadlock in charge of the ABC Warriors. I have appeared in it as a character quite a few times. I stopped buying it for a while, to my shame, and when I found it in my local newsagents, I was amazed to see the archangel Nathaniel, wearing armour stolen from Dr Dee, flying over East Anglia in Defoe, so got back in touch and haven’t missed a Prog since. Alan Moore and Grant Morrison were also writing for 2000 AD in those early days, and both now openly admit to practising magic. Plus, my biological father, who you meet briefly in Accidental Antichrist, was a set designer and special effects man who worked on Superman the Movie [1978], The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy [BBC 1981], and Knightmare [ITV 1987-94].

So, science fiction and fantasy has influenced me a lot, and been a big part of my life. My book The Neuronomicon deals with neuromancy, a term borrowed from William Gibson, although my theories draw from neurology, quantum physics, and noetic science, as well as traditional occultism. To some people it probably reads like Gibson’s crossed with Lovecraft, with elements of Wilson and Shea’s Illuminatus!, but while my style may be whimsical, I’m confident it’s a genuine advance in the technology of magic, perhaps the first in 100 years.

STARBURST: Was revisiting your ‘70s and ‘80s childhood for this book, while living in 2019, a Dr Manhattan-like experience?

Nathaniel Harris: It definitely gave me a sense of being outside the circles of time. The places I write about are all kind of timeless, too. Rural Essex, the town of Colchester where Old King Cole and Humpty Dumpty come from, and the wilds of the Pyrenees mountains, these are places where past and present are simultaneously present, and I was writing in the present about my past. And, of course, it made a kind of psychic call to the people I had grown up with, many of whom I’d lost contact with over the years. It was amazing how many of them came back into my life. Getting involved with international occult conspiracies, alleged Illuminati orders, coven networks, and the voodoo underground, it can uproot your sense of self. But that’s all for the follow up books, some of it I’ve written about already although not so descriptively.

STARBURST: You’ve had more than your fair share of run-ins this with black magic cults, what have they got against you?

Nathaniel Harris: I used to run a London-based temple of the Illuminates of Thanateros. I resigned in 2001 because I found Chaos Magic to be a cul-de-sac, which embarrassed them, considering my previous status. They’ve spread the worst kind of libel and tried to write me out of their history, but it hasn’t worked. Chaos Magic’s nihilistic ultra-relativist pseudo-philosophy seemed cutting edge in the ‘80s, but in my honest opinion, it was all over long before it got popular with nerds, and long before the IOT’s leadership brought it to such shame. If one wishes to become one thousand, one merely has to attract enough zeroes.

After resigning, I wrote Witcha: A Book of Cunning, which I self-published in a hand-bound leather volume. This was before the craze for luxury occult books. And just before Owen Davies’s Cunning Folk came out, the first academic study of the Britain’s genuine magical tradition. This got me into a squabble with Andrew Chumbley, who was trying to pass himself off as the Magus of East Anglia. There were all kinds of rumours when he tragically died, which didn’t help my reputation. I like to think that if he had lived, we would have gotten over our differences.

Shortly after I published the first edition of Witcha, Kenneth Grant encouraged a Pythoness of his Typhonian Order into attempting to seduce me to join. She was an author, and wrote an erotic novel with a character in it she said was based on me, and who ends up being horribly killed. I also have a flattering deconstruction of my name by gematria included in a letter Grant sent to her, which she cheekily photocopied for me. It didn’t work, as I found the whole situation manipulative and sleazy. I mean, why not just write to me with an invitation?

Then there are the Satanists, with their big campaign to point the finger at anyone but themselves, so they don’t like that I wrote about ritual abuse in The Neuronomicon. We’ve had a serious problem right here in this city where I live. That’s not to say all Satanists are involved in brainwashing child sex slaves, but the case has similarities with others here and abroad that to my mind don’t seem to have been investigated properly. I’m not up for defending anyone’s image if it means covering up that kind of thing. And despite the protestations, it is well known that Jimmy Savile thought he was some kind of Satanist. It might sound like conspiracy theory, but it was right there in the paper and there is nothing the Temple of Satan can do to make this publicly available evidence go away. It doesn’t make me popular when I point these things out. If I was the Devil, I’d be embarrassed by these people and would refuse to turn up to their rituals, so it’s no wonder they’re atheists.

STARBURST: So most practitioners of ‘real’ magic are just charlatans of one kind or another?

Nathaniel Harris: These days, most of what masquerades as magic, with or without a ‘k’, is just sleazy sex cults, or an excuse to abuse drugs and make believe you’re some kind of shaman, or both. The same goes with witchcraft. The popular ‘occult scene’ here in the UK is riddled with dangerous charlatans and worse. As far as I can tell it’s the same in America. It’s only those in denial of such uncomfortable truths that have any problem with me, plus the guilty few. Dupes, basically, like back when the Catholic Church could still deny its shameful side. Plus, there is money to be made. Call me arrogant, narcissistic, whatever, but that’s been my experience. The sheep may be black but they bleat all the same.

So, I have a long history in magic, and have rubbed a lot of people up the wrong way, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s been for all the right reasons, even if my books are no longer in the major outlets. So thanks for asking. It’s good to get all that off my chest.

STARBURST: Death stalks your story, with many participants dying or disappearing in mysterious circumstances. Would you consider yourself dangerous to know?

Nathaniel Harris: I hope not. I’d like to think I’m safe to know, and that I help to keep others safe. But not everyone I knew survived to the end of the book, not everyone I write about survived to see the 21st century, and one dear friend in the book read the manuscript but died before it was published. Life can be cruel, and death can be arbitrary…

STARBURST: Some readers may scoff at your tales of magical happenings. Others will read about your vengeful curses on people and fancy themselves to do likewise…

Nathaniel Harris: Yes, there is a lot of magical cursing in Accidental Antichrist. There were a lot of bullies in my childhood and curses were my way of dealing with them. I’m open-minded in my account, rather than making any definite claims, though. I was just a kid, and it was perhaps an immature reaction to my situation. And if any kind of magic might backfire, curses are it. I don’t recommend anybody starts there. Moving forward with your life and doing well despite what others might wish on you, that’s the best revenge, if revenge is needed. Why can’t we all just get along? Which isn’t to say that justice against transgressions should ever be denied or avoided. Justice means preventing further transgressions, not satisfying our bruised ego by committing further transgressions. More recently, I’ve been accused of cursing reviewers who don’t give me five stars, but none of that is true. Promise.

STARBURST: A key figure throughout your early years was your violently abusive stepfather. How does any kid cope with that?

Nathaniel Harris: I had to. Psychologists might conclude my tough childhood explains my involvement in sorcery, assuming it is an overcompensation. Perhaps it was at the start, but as a survival strategy, it worked. I can’t pretend I wasn’t damaged, though, even if many people refused to believe my stepfather was anything but an easy-going hippy. Abuse during formative years hampers a person’s whole life, but there are plenty of kids who have to survive much worse.

STARBURST: You quote Alan Garner who said “if you think where you live isn’t interesting enough to write a book about, take another look”. You have certainly taken another look at Colchester.

Nathaniel Harris: Every place has a history, and every person a story. It is often more about how the story is told than how important or famous a person or place is. Bukowski wrote a novel about being sacked from the post-office, a fairly normal story but told with style. With Garner, it was the way he explored the folkloric, magical elements of place that enchanted me as a child, and I hope I have managed something similar with Colchester. Garner and Bukowski were masters, I’m not comparing my style or skill to theirs but they are an inspiration. Colchester, the folklore of witchcraft and Black Shuck, the weirdness that went on, and the people who lived there in the time I write about, all deserve to be remembered and celebrated.

STARBURST: What’s up next for you?

Nathaniel Harris: I’m currently teaching a course in sorcery, 21st Century Urban Voodoo. I’m also working on a treatise of the Yi-King, relating it to Obi and Ifa, all at least 5,000-year-old binary codes, which I hope to have ready some time in 2020. It’s a follow on from the Neuronomicon, essentially, but will also stand alone as a device of divination, capable of answering almost any question, like some kind of extradimensional Artificial Intelligence. At the same time, I’m working on Book Two of Accidental Antichrist, but I’m taking that slowly. I have to wait for certain people to be prosecuted or to die, whichever happens first, before I can tell the whole story…


Accidental Antichrist: A Survivor’s Grimoire is out now