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The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema

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Aleister Crowley's ascension into the pantheon of alternative gurus was cemented by his appearance on The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. Unfortunately, he was known more for his reputation as "The Beast 666" and "The Wickedest Man in the World." All well and good for publicity, but this infamy eclipsed his teachings, as did his technical and op ...more
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Published November 1st 2003 by Weiser Books (first published 1994)
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Aisllan
Jul 06, 2014 Aisllan rated it really liked it
Very good book for beginners, explaining carefully some main aspects of Thelema, Aleister Crowley and some basic Rituals like the Sun Adoration (Liber Resh) and others. Even after practicing and having a shallow background on the subject this book shed some light in some key aspects and stirred up the flames to take my studies and practices more seriously and in depth. My only critic is including the Book of the Law. I think it's unnecessary, no further explanation about it or anything it just o ...more
Noel
Oct 28, 2007 Noel rated it it was amazing
I tend to stick pretty close to the bone in my occult readings. There's been a lot of shit written over the last 20 years by people who have no business either writing books or professing expertise in occult matters. DuQuette is a respected author of the Western Ceremonial/Crowlean magick traditions, and this book finds him tackling the man himself, and his modifications of prior rituals. While the bulk of the book features yet more reprints of the same rituals you'll find everywhere else, his n ...more
Jordan Fitzgerald
Dec 14, 2015 Jordan Fitzgerald rated it it was amazing
1 of my top 10 recommended books to people new to learning practical Hermeticism. Although, I would place this further in the back of the list. This book fucking rocks(as do all of Lon's books)! It explains a lot of difficult/abstract Thelemic concepts, that is very helpful to people who don't live within driving distance of an OTO lodge.
Tanner
May 27, 2015 Tanner rated it it was amazing
This is a great summary of thelema and ritual magick. This is lon milos best work. Included are pentagram rituals and i think hexagram rituals. The best and most unique part of thelema is the ritual. This book shouldnt be read alone but suppliament the scriptures Crowley wrote.
Steven
Apr 05, 2013 Steven rated it really liked it
Advanced, yet contradictory. Use caution when using.
Todd Myers
Sep 13, 2015 Todd Myers rated it really liked it
DuQuette does a good job of presenting and translating the rituals and meaning of them from Crowley's work, one of the better interpretations I've seen.
Damien
Feb 09, 2008 Damien rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I bought this when it first came out and at the time I thought it was the best book written on the subject after "Magick In Theory And Practice". Due to the low quality of the publisher, the pages fell apart. Years later, upon reading "The Magick Of Aleister Crowley", the revised edition of this book, I find that Lon Milo Duquette and this book are not as impressive as I once thought they were. In fact, it seems that they are both (author AND book) a little off in their conclusions and explanat ...more
Polaris
Jul 02, 2014 Polaris rated it really liked it
This book delivers what it promises to. Yet, I would not have objected to an even more more in-depth commentary of the rituals presented within: thorough as this volume is, some rituals are only accompanied by a few introductory lines.
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Hella useful.
Jack Lhasa
Mar 03, 2012 Jack Lhasa rated it it was amazing
Possibly the very best on Crowley and Thelema.
Tamsin
Jan 21, 2014 Tamsin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This type of "beginners book" gets people nowhere. Better to dive straigth into Crowley if his magick interests you.
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Jan 26, 2011 A. rated it really liked it
Lon's very best work. Wish he had written more in this vein.
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Lon Milo DuQuette is an American singer-song writer, author, lecturer, and occultist, best known as an author who applies humor in the field of Western Hermeticism.

Born in Long Beach, California and raised in Columbus, Nebraska, he was an aspiring studio musician and recording artist in the 1970s, releasing two singles and an album, Charley D. and Milo, on the Epic Records label.

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“It is only by working the rituals, that any significant degree of understanding can develop. If you wait until you are positive you understand all aspects of the ceremony before beginning to work, you will never begin to work.” 6 likes
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