The Confessions of Aleister Crowley: An Autohagiography

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 1989 - Fiction - 960 pages
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One of the most famous books on the occult everwritten, this is a record of Crowley's journey into strange regions of consciousness: his initiation into magichis world-wide travels and mistresses, his experimerwith sex and drugs, and the philosophy of his famous Book of the Law.

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This book is an Autohagiography (Biography of an ecclesiastical or religious nature) of the most influential and notorious magician of the 20th century in his own words and thoughts. At the age of 7 ... Read full review

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ALEISTER CROWLEY 'The Confessions of ALEISTER CROWLEY’ scarce 1st UK edition with dj 1969.
ALEISTER CROWLEY ‘The Confessions of Aleister Crowley: An Autohagiography’. Edited by John Symonds and
Kenneth Grant.
Jonathan Cape Ltd., London, 1969. First edition, first impression. SBN 224 61334 0. Hardcover. Charcoal grey cloth spine over grey marbled paper covered boards. Gilt lettering and gilt publisher’s device to spine. Top edges decoratively stained dark grey. Frontispiece. Illustrated in sections with black and white plates. Dustjacket mylar protected. Spine ends lightly rubbed. Small water stain to top edge of front free endpaper and to corresponding area of inside front flap of dustjacket. Some light foxing and light tanning to fore-edges. Dustjacket clipped at four corners (as probably issued) but not price-clipped. Dustjacket slightly edgeworn. A very good copy in a very good dustjacket.
 

Contents

PREFACE
9
Towards the Golden Dawn
29
The Mystical Adventure
199
Copyright

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About the author (1989)

Aleister Crowley was born Edward Alexander Crowley in Leamington Spa, England on October 12, 1875. His parents belonged to the Plymouth Brethren, a strict fundamentalist Christian sect, so he was raised with a thorough knowledge of the Bible. He attended Trinity College at Cambridge University, but left before completing his degree. He became a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an occult society which taught magic, qabalah, alchemy, tarot, and astrology, in 1898, but the group disbanded in 1900. In 1903, he married Rose Kelly, who began entering trance states and sending him messages from Horus, an Egyptian god. These messages formed the first three chapters of The Book of the Law, which introduced Crowley's main concept of Thelema. He founded his own occult society. He was a prolific writer, who published works on a wide variety of topics. His works include The Book of Thoth, The Vision and the Voice, 777 and Other Qabalistic Writings, The Book of Lies, Little Essays Toward Truth, and The Confessions of Aleister Crowley. He also wrote fiction including plays, novels, and poems. His fictional works include Moonchild, Diary of a Drug Fiend, The Stratagem and Other Stories, White Stains, Clouds without Water, and Hymn to Pan. Three of his compositions, The Quest, The Neophyte, and The Rose and the Cross were included in the 1917 collection The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. He died on December 1, 1947 at the age of 72.

John Symonds became a certified casting instructor and guide and has successfully qualified to Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors (APGAI) single- and double-handed levels, and is an International Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) Two-Handed Casting Instructor (THCI). Using his graphic and photographic skills, John has been able to convey on paper - in a clear, accessible style - the current methods used for teaching students how to cast.

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