Book is in new unread condition and is limited to only 727 hand numbered hardcover copies in letterpress dust jacket.
The grimoire articulates the paradoxical arcanum of Opposition — an essential dynamic force of Sabbatic Witchcraft — which animates the Art of Magic itself, through aphoristic formulae. Like the mystical formats of the riddle, parable, and koan, the book utilizes strategies of arcane, recursive exposition to express transcendent truths about magic, the spirit world, the stance of the sorcerer, and the Sabbat of the Witches. The living book, as conceived in the Vision of the Scribe, possessed the power to transcend its material corpus, and simultaneously write and unwrite itself as it was read, creating the titular ‘absence’ of pages. The title is derived from the Greek “chiasmus”, indicating a literary, or rhetorical, device in which concepts are expressed in a forward or standard form and then in reverse order. Each aphorism may thus be viewed as an absence and a presence.