I’ve worked through it with a group up in Salt Lake City. It’s a unique, “modern-traditional” work, mainly containing invocations and thoughts on ritual mechanisms, worded in a quasi-middle-english format (thee and thou and ye)… which to me seems a bit pretentious.
Most of the application I’ve seen of the Azoetia is less in utilizing it for practical results, but more in working through it as a LHP mystical experience of uniting with the Primordial Power, etc.
One way that I would look at it is this: when you read a grimoire, there is a LOT of the material that you just skip over because it’s basically “filler” material. All I’m after are the sigils, names, and attributes of the spirits. The rest is either dogma in the name of christ, or poorly written poetry pretending to be incantation. The Azoetia seemed to me to be a book filled with nothing but the useless information.
If it were published by Avon or Weiser, Chumbley’s work would be a footnote. He gives no real practical instruction, nor does he give workable rituals for attaining real-world goals. Only printing a few copies and then having the Cvltvs Sabbati members mention the book, remain tight lipped about its contents drove people nuts trying to figure it out.
The rituals seemed to me to be nothing more than spiritual or ritual masturbation: fun, but in the end unproductive, and largely unsatisfying. So, working through it with a group was a 13 day spiritual circle jerk (metaphorically, of course).