The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema

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Weiser Books, Nov 15, 2003 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 304 pages
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Aleister Crowley’s ascension into the pantheon of alternative gurus was cemented by his appearance on The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. Unfortunately, he was known more for his reputation as "The Beast 666" and "The Wickedest Man in the World." All well and good for publicity, but this infamy eclipsed his teachings, as did his technical and opaque writing style, meant more for adepts contemporary to him than the average modern reader. Enter Lon Milo DuQuette to decipher and explain Crowley’s texts and more important rituals. The Magick of Aleister Crowley is a clear introduction to the works of Crowley by a modern master of the occult and one of the wittiest writers in the field. DuQuette takes the mystery out of both the rituals themselves and Crowley’s writing in this modern grimoire. Step by step, he presents a course of study in plain English, with examples of rituals and explanations of their significance. DuQuette also includes a course of study for Crowley’s original works with an extensive bibliography and fastidious footnotes.

Formerly titled The Magick of Thelema, this revised edition features extensive corrections, a new introduction, and a new ritual, "The Rites of Eleusis."

This is the perfect introductory text for readers who wonder what the works—rather than the myth—of Aleister Crowley are all about.

 

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Contents

Frequently Asked Questions about Aleister Crowley
1
The Magick ofWill
11
The Book of the Law
23
The Pentagram Rituals
51
The Thelemic Rituals of the Pentagram
73
The Hexagram Rituals
103
TheThelemic Ritual of the Hexagram
113
Knowledge and Conversation
121
The Solar Rites
161
Thelemic Mysticism
173
The Rites of Eleusis
191
Thelemic Orders
213
The Religion of Thelema
221
Notes
243
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Lon Milo DuQuette is the author of 15 critically acclaimed books on Magic and the Occult, and one of the most respected writers and lecturers in the field of Western Mystery Traditions. Visit him at: www.lonmiloduquette.com.

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