Magick: Liber Aba: Book 4 Hardcover – Nov 4 2011
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Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was the most widely read author in 20th-century occultism. He single-handedly redefined magic as a field of inquiry and endeavor through his books and the order that he led - the A.A. and the O.T.O. He is the author of 777 & Other Qabalistic Writings, Book of Toth, and The Book of the Law.
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It should be noted that Crowley was one of the first 'Westerners' to bring the teachings of Yoga and Buddhism to the UK & USA during a time of strict formal religious discipline. He was the first to spend serious time and money investigating the mysteries of the mind and the subconscious, using drugs (then legal) and meditation, which was unheard of at that time (1900's). Just as 'The Beatles' (Crowley appears on the front cover of Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearst Club Band) and many other 'Society changing' bands experimented with mind altering drugs and alternative reality in the 1960's - he also wrote about his experiences with painful truth and applied his findings to the way we perceive existence.
Such people are rarely accepted by their social group. Anyone who breaks with convention (and he broke many) will be reviled and attract a certain amount of infamy. To disregard him entirely is wrong. To worship him is also wrong. His achievements create open debate on alternative religious belief systems - allowing people to question their own inherent faith and to explore others.
His greatest achievement is not so much 'Magick', but the fact that all spiritual belief should have the same overall goal, that of an infinite broader view of our own reality in life and death, and to attempt to achieve this without the hindrance of conditioned guilt/sin/love/hate/ego - as well as social/religious taboo's.
However, Crowley did attempt to increase his own wealth via magical practice and this failed. Crowley also wanted (at one point) to 'renounce his role as Magus' and stated he ..Read more ›
One further comment: The pitifully ignorant, tiresome and homophobic review several down should speak for itself.
First, let us deal with the alternate reality some people seem to live in--Crowley did not die impoverished. Netherwood is certainly modest, but it is a reputable boarding house and is quite a nice place. It is not squalor or filth as some failed creatures seem to think.
Secondly, ad hominem arguments in general are things we thinking human beings call "illogical". Crowley spent his money foolishly--how does it follow then that Crowley can't be spiritually advanced? It simply does not. Yes, he was bad with money--a lot of people are, but what does that have to do with their religious beliefs?
Thirdly, yes where was Crowley's guardian angel? He died a disreputable old man, indeed. More or less forgotten, yes.
If I am to transcend the world the herd lives in and is ruled by, am I supposed to want the herd to admire me? Or am I going to want them to think I'm "too weird", or "insane"?
Think about it.
Now that we've gotten back to planet Earth, we can safely deal with the book itself.
Still seeped in the tradition of initiated blinds, this is a book which can sometimes be confusing. Sometimes a blind is perfectly obvious, such as the infamous chapter on blood sacrifice. Sometimes, they are not.
This is an invaluable book, however, for modern occultists of whatever stripe. You ought to discount much of his writing on yoga, however, since there are some instructions which (due to the lack of medical knowledge at the time) are potentially dangerous--do not use the positions he mentions. Do not do pranayama one nostril at a time.
The first two parts of the book largely apply to general Magick, and are very good instructions.Read more ›
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I am not particularely a "Crowley" fanatic, like those that hang his pictures on the wall and worship his holy name...666.... Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2007 by Rev. Harry S Sawry
Like all of the other drivel churned out by A. Crowley and co., this work stands as a sterling example of just how complex sucker bait can get. Read morePublished on July 31 2003
This book is a VERY good primer and sourcebook for the Thelemic religion and lifestyle. I picked up this book and read it over the course of a weekend. Read morePublished on April 23 2003 by Preston Halcomb
The Big Blue Brick is Crowley's dream come true. This is the ultimate Thelemic resource guide, which contains an in-depth Introduction to the book and the full story of the... Read morePublished on March 29 2003 by Graham D. Lincoln
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
It is easy to see that most,if not all, of modern magickal literature owes its insights to Aleister Crowley. Read more
Ritual magick (I hate that spelling, but there we are) is not really my main area of interest as such, witchcraft is, but being influenced as it is by ritual magick, it's nice to... Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2001 by Mr. M. P. Duffy
You could save money by buying cheaper versions available. However, there are numerous reasons not to do this. 1. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2001
This book brings together all four parts of Book ABA by Alesiter Crowley. While the effort is commendable, the result is slightly below par. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2000
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