But I never had a reason to dislike him until now. Now, before I continue, let me explain a couple things:
Some years ago, being the chaotic ass I was, I declared in the presence of a mentor that Austin Spare was the greatest magician of the 20th century because he "invented sigils." I was promptly, and rightly, verbally slapped as Spare's form of sigilization, while personal and novel, was not in the least bit 'new'. Indeed the same basic process can be found in Agrippa. Spare just streamlined the process, at best.
So, while I'm about to discuss an element of his system for a moment, remember he probably isn't the only one that's done this. In any event Spare differentiated between sigils which had "become organic" and ones which "flowered in desire."
"Become organic" is an interesting phrase given the way the process is used now. To Spare, it seems, that once a personal glyph had acquired a certain amount of power it began to act 'as if' it was sentient. (Indeed, Spare discusses the process of 'As If' quite often. To read more about his process and a slew of other neat shit I recommend this essay by Stephen Mace; it was my last entry because it's vanished off the internet since the demise of the original New Falcon website/publisher, given all the chaos they'ved faced... But they used to offer it for free, so I don't feel bad. I don't ask you to like it, either. Just think about it.)
In any event... When sigils "become organic", they aren't sigils anymore. Nor are they Chaos Magick's favored servitors. In fact, a lot of my reliance on Spare is because he's not an idiot. Just some of his newer, dumber adherents. As I recall, he had a bit to say about them during his own time. But they do become something: "intrusive familiars."
I suppose a book on the subject was bound to come out eventually, but Tyson wasn't the author for that assuredly. (It doesn't help that I disliked him initially, I suppose.) But as far as I can tell, and I admit bias since I won't buy the book, he has all of Spare's theoretical underpinnings and even uses a system that looks to have been designed based on his concepts... Without every admitting it.
Come on, guys. I know I'm bugfuck for the Spare-guy: but he's already been slighted enough. Fucking admit it when he inspires your shit. Tell the kids. Otherwise the rest of us are going to die being called "black brothers" because we rely on his system due to dumbasses not knowing what they're talking about. Christ. This shit just pisses me the fuck off.
Fuck you, Tyson. I didn't like you before. I really fucking don't now. And I won't buy your book to make concrete my issues with you... Because I don't want you getting my money.
Ass. Please return to your Enochian Apocalypse Fears and books revolving around that, and stay the fuck out of my system. Thanks. heh.