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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new, more legible typesetting, text corrections based on a previously unseen corrected proof, and the previously unpublished Liber Testis Testitudinis.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 manuscript of The Book of the Law was re-scanned for this edition, using the latest technology, for the clearest facsimile possible.

Aleister Crowley
Hardcover, 2nd Revised & expanded edition, 844 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Weiser Books (first published December 31st 1973)
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Lex Talionis
Jan 09, 2008 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. ...more
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
Jack Holden
Apr 26, 2008 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
Antonio Iannarone
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 26, 2009 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). ...more
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thelema
The bible of Magick of the 20th Century. Indispensable resource for anyone studying and/or practicing the Western esoteric tradition.
Jan 03, 2010 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.
Jacob Eichten
Aug 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Oh, Uncle Al, you're not big enough to fit for your reputation.
I got this to read because a lot of people said it was important or helpful to understand magic and occultism. It's not, necessarily.

Crowley represents a stream of thought that is pretty garbled, which is a good representation of Western culture's relationship to ritual and spirit contact. I would really leave this alone, though. There is so much better material available to us English-speakers now than there was in Crowley's day, or
Christian McKay
Jan 06, 2015 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. ...more
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magick
Still, the one I'd save from a fire. ...more
Jen Snider
Aug 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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" ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yes. This is a book I chose to read. It was weird. And fascinating, but not for reasons most would presume. I cant say I recommend this for anyone. I can though state. It is not as stupid as you might be told to presume it is. Here is an excerpt at the books end:

"At the conclusion of this part of this book, one may sum up the whole matter in these words:
There is no object whatever worthy of attainment but the regular development of the being of the Aspirant by steady scientific work; he should
James Robert Clark
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crowley's magnum opus. If you haven't read this book don't call yourself a Thelemite.
This is Crowley's Masterwork and covers all aspects of his system including the revalations of Aiwas Crowley's Holy Guardian Angel. An absolute must own for anyone interested in the occult, Magick, Thelema, Crowley, mystery schools, secret societies, the Golden Dawn, Free Masonry, etc.
Van An
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i love you
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must read on the topic of Magick. All you need to know on the topic is there.
Kuroi Neko
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Review coming soon.
Jarno Häkkinen
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vincent St. Clare
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Establishes a practical theory of magick, a "how", but (disappointingly) no "why". ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
magnum opus
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
{PT I ONLY} Interesting take on religion, genius, and mysticism .

Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't really buy his revelations as anything but poetry and products of his own mind and culture but this is a good primer on meditation / yoga and esoteric / occult so-called "magic(k)al" practices. Highly influential on contemporary culture if you look deeply. If you read one book by Crowley make it this one. Handsome edition. If you want two books by Crowley, get Book of Lies too. Dunno where to advise for third. Should probably get out before you get to deep at that point. ...more
Per Thykjaer Jensen
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is without any doubt the finest edition of Mr. Crowley's classic on the arts of Yoga, Meditation and Magick. Liber ABA became his magnum opus. In you'll also find many of the sources - or the small Libri with instructions - that Crowley refer to in the book. If you want one of Crowley's books go for this edition. ...more
Count-daniel Fogarty
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 15, 2007 rated it liked it
Interesting, but dated.
If ye be magician, then ye know this book
Oct 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
THE go-to book. Buy page tabs.
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Mark Richfield
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
All four parts of Book 4 in one place... very handy (and at a good price) for the beginner/layman.
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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 noto ...more

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