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This second-revised edition of Crowley's magnum opus features new, more legible typesetting, text corrections based on a previously unseen corrected proof, and the previously unpublished Liber Testis Testitudinis.The original "Book of the Law" was re-scanned for this edition, using the latest technology, for the clearest facsimile possible. Edited, annotated, and introduce ...more
Hardcover, 844 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Weiser Books (first published December 31st 1973)
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Lex Talionis
Jan 09, 2008 Lex Talionis rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Intermediate to Advanced Ritual Magicians
Definitely NOT a beginner's treatise, but quite possibly the most exhaustive and illuminating book on post-Golden Dawn Hermetic ritual magick.
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Ever yearn for an occurrence in your brain characterized essentially by the uniting of the subject and object? Samadhi? Visions of God?

Want to step outside the myth of dialectics? Bound too fastly to your inherited metaphysics?

Well this is the place to start. I'm working on it.
Chris Feldman
Aug 23, 2010 Chris Feldman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-plus
Crowley's definitive magnum opus on magick and self-actualization, made even more valuable by HB's introduction and extensive footnotes. Must-have for Thelemites and magicians of all persuasions. Except perhaps fans of Lynn V. Andrews and Silver TreeRaven (or whatever her name is this week).
Jan 03, 2010 Layo rated it it was ok
Twaddle and blather. I read the whole thing. What do people see in this guy? I want my 80 bucks back.
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Still, the one I'd save from a fire.
Essential for anyone seriously interested in 20th century (and beyond) occultism, Western Mystery tradition, and Western esoteric work. I consider it the "Old Testament" of the above, and although I've had it on my shelf for over 20 years, I still revisit it on occasion. It contains commentary and ideas touching on pretty much everything related to Eastern/Western metaphysics, spirituality, yoga, occultism etc. which was known (in the West) at the turn of the 20th century. Not all is correct (es ...more
Christian McKay
Feb 11, 2015 Christian McKay rated it it was amazing
Think of it as a tongue-in-cheek manifesto on figuring out what to do with your life. Then you'll be fine, just fine.
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The bible of Magick of the 20th Century. Indispensable resource for anyone studying and/or practicing the Western esoteric tradition.
Jack Holden
Jun 30, 2015 Jack Holden rated it it was amazing
An intensely individualistic account of the path of Yoga and Magick for self-development. Magnetic, charming, even addictive. I have to agree with others who say, look at Crowley's life to decide for yourself whether he is a reliable guide in the area he wants to lead you through.
I have no definite conclusion as to his character.
Personally I feel the path of Magick is vastly incomplete in the greater scheme of things.
Though the principles of Magick are sound, I believe we have yet to see eviden
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highlights include: "Of the Bloody Sacrifice, and Matters Cognate", Latin sex spells, menstrual-blood cakes, lists of imaginary animals and plants, and an uncomfortable number of pictures of Crowley in a thong. also, the secret to enlightenment is to stand on one leg and hyperventilate for an hour. rated "four" for "Book 4"
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A good book for those who are not apart of the mundane world and wish to learn about the psychology of Magick and how it works to influence the world around u, beyond the backward materialistic-scientific paradigm.
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Quite possibly the most I have ever spent on a book but worth every penny! Fantastic collection of the knowledge of various ancient cultures and views on "magic"
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The One. The Only. The absolute necessary book for every magician today.
It's THE encyclopedia of, here it comes..... Theory and practice of Magick! Plain and simple truth.
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Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, was a British occultist, writer, mountaineer, philosopher, poet, and mystic. He was an influential member in several occult organizations, including the Golden Dawn, the AA, and Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), and is best known today for his occult writings, especially The Book of the Law , the central sacred text of Thelema. He gained much notoriet ...more
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