Magick in Theory and Practice
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Magick in Theory and Practice

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1976 Reprint of 1929 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 3 of Book 4 (Liber ABA). The original was privately printed in 1929 after Crowley failed to find a publisher in London.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published 1976 by Dover (first published 1929)
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Noah Stacy
Far more important in my youth than today, but I must still admit to a certain fondness for the Old Beast.
Max
At the time I read this was dabbling in dark magic. As preposterous a sentence as that is to write, it's even more 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 w...more
Gwyndyllyn
Okay...this is an AMAZING book, but requires a cavaeat...as 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 problematic...but Crowley was an accomplished occultist and it nice to read someone who really understands the theory behind what is going on.
Ben Pound
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.
Steve
worshipping the devil shouldndt require this much reading.
The Elves
There are numerous things...
dear 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...more
Sean Mckeown
In Crowley's master work, he states that he is "The Most Wicked Man In The World!" and you need read no further than the introductory comments to see the proof of this. He sets down a list of precepts that by their own definition destroy man's ability to understand the world around him, stating explicitly that the concept of reason has no place in the world and is an illusion. He then follows by noting that with proper understanding and preparation, every magical sending will of course be succes...more
Mark Richfield
A huge influence on the young man I was... and yes, I still open it up from time to time. For many this inexpensive Dover edition is our first exposure to Crowley. You can usually find it at any Chapters or Black Bond Books.
By his own admission Crowley left nasty little ethical/spiritual traps throughout his works. So if you are a selfish asshole who is out for power and control... well, you are going to be in for one hell of a ride my friend. I have seen first hand what the deliberate abuse of...more
Carly
The author was mad and possibly a genius or at least very clever.
Arlo
Regardless of whether you believe in Aleister Crowley as a practitioner of real Magick, his authoritative treatise on the subject is worth a read for anyone interested in the Occult. Crowley is credited with having actually defined magic as it is understood in today's circles. His interpretations of the symbolism and practice of magic are insightful regardless of whether they hold any truly practical application. This work explores ritual symbolism and the interconnectedness of all things.
Parker East
It is worth the price of admission for the introduction alone. Crowley could have done a much better job organizing this work though. Still it is a storehouse of information, and when you look at how forthright some other gurus have been *cough* Gurdjieff *cough* things almost seem straightforward.

I have an original subscribers edition, big and beautiful in red cloth boards.
Dwayne
This book was stupid. Don't waste your time. I only put it on my list because I'm trying to beat my friend Natalie in a book listing game...so far, she's winning, hence the stretch. Soon, I'll go back to the books of my childhood.
Craig Herbertson
Excellently written but full of traps for the unwary. Under no circumstances attempt to construct a consistent magickal practice from this book
S.
Excellent Work or Metaphysical Art, widely accepted or not, Mr. Crowley was a true "realist" of his time.
Andy
It was a dark period in my life I'm not proud but it was there.
Jure
Good but there exists a better edition
Annick
don't know how to rate this yet ....
Carl Hruza
The author clearly has issues.
Chris
An indispensable and pivotal work.
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Luis
Changed my life completly
A.
Pure genius.
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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 A∴A∴, 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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