I read this book in highschool and I swear a fog hung in my brain that didn t left for months Beware reading this book, it does something to one s mind that I cannot explain. An indispensable and pivotal work. Okaythis is an AMAZING book, but requires a cavaeatas does everything when Crowley is involved Be aware that he has laid karmic traps throughout for those who do not have sufficient ethics and discipline over their lower natures Personally, I find the trap laying ethically problematicbut Crowley was an accomplished occultist and it nice to read someone who really understands the theory behind what is going on. This was one of the first books on Magick I ever read, I had to persevere with it at first as I read it as a teenager, but I really loved reading it It opened up a lot of new lines of thought in my mind and I think everyone needs a copy. Far important in my youth than today, but I must still admit to a certain fondness for the Old Beast. Napravi mi sina. There are numerous thingsdear Magi, that make this a great book, starting with his outline in the beginning of the book, defining magic, its theory and the postulates and theorems thereof There is also a very useful section later in the book of magical correspondences we have referenced this section for years But what really makes this book great is the seriousness with which Crowley approaches his subject he makes the magic real If you are a young magician and still hounded with the doubts instilled in you about magic from a society that uses the word science to denounce magic like some people use crosses to ward off vampires without even understanding the methodology that science truly is, this book is the cure It is comprehensive, clearly written although that can t be said of everything Crowley wrote but then some of his works are actually mystical in nature and while you may not agree with everything he says, it is inspiring This book is a vital part of every magician s library.kyela,the silver elvesGoodreads authors of The Book of Elven Magick The Philosophy and Enchantments of the Seelie Elves, volume 1, and of The Book of Elven Magick The Philosophy and Enchantments of the Seelie Elves, Volume 2, volume 2. Reprint Of Edition Many Consider This Work By Crowley To Be The Foremost Book On Ceremonial Magic Written In The Twentieth Century It Was Written Especially For Beginners As Part Of Book Liber ABA The Original Was Privately Printed In After Crowley Failed To Find A Publisher In London This is a fashionable book, for fashionably soulful people to flip through Crowley has expended considerable academic effort to create an Edwardian coffee table book.As a coffee table book, it has all the necessary ingredients to provide distraction, much as if it were the textual equivalent of stage magic If only the audience reader was suitably amused with a mummified rabbit being removed from a musty turban.There are practices, rituals, operations, observances, and acts in full elaboration like the dead petals of a colorless rose pressed between the pages of an infrequently opened book.This book by Crowley promises much, and yet of Crowley s vast written output, few titles are found outside of the mausoleum, and fewer yet offer any biographical scope of the author That material is found in the scandalous headlines that dogged his reputation.This is my second unimpressed examination of this doorstop in 45 years It might get 5 stars for its research, but the article writers of encyclopedias write far better on this topic As thus left with rating it as a read, it barely rises to 2 starsPaul Christian s The History and Practice of Magic is vastly better in its coverage. At the time I read this was dabbling in dark magic As preposterous a sentence as that is to write, it s even preposterous in hindsight now that I m an atheist zealot If Crowley were alive today he d be marketing his wacky wares on an informercial selling tarot cards, sacrificial doves, and a layman s guide to the major and minor demons Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law If Crowley weren t the secret poster boy for stringy acne riddled Goth boys looking to score the book would just fade into an amusing chapter of mankind s exploration into resurrected religious beliefs that piss off the neighbors Me I was just looking in yet another dark corner of the world and found another belief system that was about humans trying to control their universe And get laid.
The Book of the Law , the central sacred text of Thelema He gained much notoriety during his lifetime, and was infamously dubbed The Wickedest Man in the World Crowley was a chess player, mountain climber, poet, painter, astrologer, hedonist, bisexual, drug experimenter, and social critic Crowley had claimed to be a Freemason, but the regularity of his initiations with the United Grand Lodge of England has been disputed.
- 464 pages
- Magick in Theory and Practice
- Aleister Crowley
- 04 July 2019 Aleister Crowley