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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new, more legible typesetting, text corrections based on a previously unseen corrected proof, and the previously unpublished Liber Testis Testitudinis.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.
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 ...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
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.
Anthony Muljat
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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"
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).
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.
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.
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magick
Still, the one I'd save from a fire.
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
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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".
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
magnum opus
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.
Jan 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great great great book !!!!!!
Sep 15, 2007 rated it liked it
Interesting, but dated.
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"
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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Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the most important books to have in a Crowley collection. This with Gems of the Equinox and Thoth would give you his full system of magick.
May 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
A must read for anyone interested in magick.
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