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Aleister Crowley and the Ouija Board [Paperback]

J. Edward Cornelius
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Nov. 1 2005
Part fascinating history and part practical manual, this engaging guide takes the position that the Ouija Board is indeed as powerful as its detractors claim, revealing the dark secrets and hidden truths of this curious, enduring "game."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative July 21 2007
I havent completely finished reading it as of yet but it is very informative and even if you dont use a board or even are into scrying and are looking for a good occult book to read, this most likely will satisfy your needs on the subject.

As a beginner to the occult world in general, the only confusing part of the book is when the author talks about watch towers in relation to calling elementals and how things are arranged.

Unless you did some prior research, you won't understand what he's talking about at first sight and might need to re-read or search for more information on ths ubject elsewhere.

Other than that, its a beautifully written book for a decent price. Worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Destined to be an occult classic Dec 4 2005
By Erehwon - Published on
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It is appropriate that an important contribution to occult literature is to be found in a slim volume with an unassuming and quirky title.

The author presents sufficient theory and practice that will allow even a neophyte to access in a reasonably safe and suprisingly convenient manner the astral realms. Quite an accomplishment. But this is by no means only a book for beginners. Advanced practitioners (assuming they have an open mind) will find a great deal to ponder and benefit from in this volume. Anyone serious about magickal practice or even just magickal theory should acquire this book and consider its contents carefully. They will be well repaid for their efforts.

Aleister Crowley was the baddest of bad boys. He made great advancements in the magickal realm while sending shock waves through the clubby and largely ineffectual grade system of traditional occult fraternities, It is no small irony that the magickal orders that profess to be Thelemic are as full of pretentious poseurs as those that Crowley blasted with his extraordinary talent and application. I suspect that his book will not be well liked by those in authority in Crowleyian magickal orders. The author reveals too many secrets for comfort. I believe Crowley would have approved of this book that captures the spirit of authentic Thelemic magickal theory and practice.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magickal principles applied to the "talking board". Nov. 29 2005
By Chuck Furnace - Published on
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If your interest is strictly in the Ouija Board itself, the 1st 2 chapters will give you the history of the Board, the Game and it's media press. But this book is really about applying consistent control in all forms of divination to focus the type of Spirit called. Rather than repeat well worn (and well published) truisms, the author seems to have concentrated on what Aleister Crowley and his disciples actually DID, whether it was thru Tarot, Astrology, Ceremonial Magick or Enochian. The common factor was exerting their Will and concentration to calling forth specific Results. Remakable. 93 / 93 Chuck Furnace
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5.0 out of 5 stars serious thoughtful and deep July 21 2008
By Konrad Baumeister - Published on
A lot has been written about the playful (or demonic) Ouija board, everything from it being a game to it being a tool of Satan, and connecting the topic with the always-provocative name of Aleister Crowley promised titillation but not necessarily much more. This book, though, truly delivers the good; it is unexpectedly excellent throughout.

Cornelius is a student of Thelemic magic, is quite familiar with both Crowley and ritual magic, and writes clearly and well. The book delves first into the known history of the Ouija board and its commercial development, as well as 'talking board' vehicles and similar machines, going back to ancient oracles, in examining just what it is that makes it 'work.' The almost accidental triangular design of the pointer, other working planchettes, and so on, are all examined; what makes the board a convenient doorway to other/astral worlds is fully explored. Further, Cornelius takes some time to cover the types of elementals and other entities one might potentially make contact with - or, in the case of the Ouija board, might make contact with the user - and speculates on how to best and most safely deal with them.

Cornelius takes very seriously the potential for harm and dangerous interaction to take place through the medium of the Ouija board. From Crowley's point of view, this danger could be minimized through careful ritual protection, and this is where Cornelius gets into magic, from simple banishing rituals (LBRP) to Enochian tablets (opening and closing by watchtower), correct procedures and the thinking behind them. This is meant to make the board's use as controlled and safe as possible. Specific techniques, tasks for each of the participants, and use/function and set up of all furniture and implements are made clear.

This is the best book I have read on how to use and make the most of the Ouija board. It is excellent in conception, information, and execution.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Relatively little-known Crowley divination is illuminated Dec 15 2006
By Ty Bevington - Published on
While the title sounds like a mystery novel or a "Made for TV Movie", the book is a dynamic powerhouse of this previously neglected part of Crowley's life. It details not only his personal use of the talking board, but also his willingness to teach responsible people how to use it with great effect and safety.

The book is written by, and largely for ceremonial magicians by Red Flame member, J. Edward Cornelius. While it is helpful for traditions outside of the OTO, it is tailored to be used in that magickal context and it's traditional methods. It is not an exposure of their practices, but rather how to plug that into traditions of the Golden Dawn, OTO, Gnostic Catholic Church, et is not a book for conspiracy theorists!

The books one fault is that it takes a patronizing approach to Wicca and witchcraft throughout its contents. But by letting that go, it does give a very useful approach to using the board for spirit commincation, and makes clear the potential for harm that comes with the board. I highly reccomend it for Crowley fans, divination enthusist, and the witch and magician at large.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Attention: Planchette Pushers Sept. 20 2007
By Mama Whodun - Published on
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A great book to have in your collection. This is more than A.C. and the Ouija. This small book packs a big punch as it gives out an overview of Spirit communication in Western occultism. It has lots of delicious tidbits about the Ouija board and leaves a trail of landmarks to where more info is stashed in the occult community.
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