The Book of the Law: (technically Called Liber Al Vel Legis Sub Figura CCXX as Delivered by XCIII

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Samuel Weiser, Incorporated, 1938 - Law - 128 pages
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"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." This oft-misunderstood phrase, which forms the basis for Crowley's practice of Magick, is found in The Book of the Law. Dictated to Crowley in Cairo between noon and 1:00p.m. on three successive days in April 1904, The Book of the Law is the source book and key for Crowley students and for the occult in general. The holy text that forms the basis of Crowley's belief system, Thelema, was transmitted to him by the entity known as Aiwass over the course of three fateful April days in 1904. With his wife Rose as the medium for what would become known as the Cairo Working, Crowley dutifully transcribed the communications on hotel stationery. This work contains the corrected text of the 1938 edition with a facsimile of the handwritten manuscript.

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I love this little edition because there's the handwritten manuscript in the back.



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About the author (1938)

Aleister Crowley was born October 12, 1875, in Leamington Spa, England. 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. After leaving the college, Crowley met George Cecil Jones, a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an occult society which taught magic, qabalah, alchemy, tarot, and astrology. He was initiated into the society in 1898 and his knowledge of the occult grew rapidly, but the group disbanded in 1900. Crowley then traveled extensively in the East, studying yoga. In 1903, Crowley 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, or "will" in Greek. He also wrote The Book of Thoth, which is his study of the Tarot, and 777 and Other Qabalistic Writings, which is a summary of his symbol system. Crowley died on December 1, 1947, in Hastings, England.

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