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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (September 1, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877285136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877285137
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), who claimed to be the re-incarnation of Dr. John Dee among others, lived in England from 1875 through 1947. He is the author of several Weiser Books titles, including Book of Thoth, Diary of a Drug Fiend, Magick, Book of Lies, Book of the Law and 777 & Other Qabalistic Writings.

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With the whole of the book translating so much information in such a few pages.
Michael L. Jones
Book 4 part one and two contains the "Yoga of the West" which is combined with the "Yoga of the East" the study of Eastern mysticism and Western magick.
A. Hayden
This book is what gave me a deep appreciation for his work, his philosophy, his magick, everything.
Denise Greene

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Walter Five VINE VOICE on December 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is not a review of Crowley's "Book 4", this is a warning about the publisher of this particular edition.

A quick search shows that Nabu Press has about 600,000 books listed on Amazon, all public domain reprints (similarly to General Books LLC, an imprint of the alleged scam publisher, VDM Publishing). There's no website for Nabu Press and their books do not have any contact information. Turns out that Nabu Press is ... BiblioBazaar / BiblioLife, a company started by former BookSurge partners after they sold their Print On Demand (P.O.D.) company to Amazon. No surprise then that they print these shoddy P.O.D. books through Amazon.

Avoid this publisher. They are seriously over-charging for material freely available in the public domain.

Not only that, but better editions of this book exist: Magick: Liber ABA (Book 4) is the complete edition, of which "Book Four" is only one part. The Sangraal Press and Gordon Press hardback editions are both good and quite collectalble, the Gordon Press edition is still relatively affordable.

Those of us who purchase Occult Books will appreciate the reccomendation of sticking to publishers we know-- Red Wheel, Weiser, and New Falcon have *all* put affordable paperback editions of this book out over the last 30 years-- get one of *them* or the Sangraal or Gordon Press editions-- you'll be much happier with what you recieve.

(If anyone has anything good to say about the Nabu Press or this particular edition, please include it in the comments)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Denise Greene on August 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
When I first decided to read Crowley, I started with "Eight Lessons in Yoga" which left me a bit bewildered as to terminology. But when I found Book 4, it explained everything, and I truly began to understand some of Crowley's thinking. This book is what gave me a deep appreciation for his work, his philosophy, his magick, everything. I tend to take notes as I read, and I ended up with 23 pages of notes on the chapter on the wand alone. For the aspiring mage, this book is inspiring and motivating! P.S. When talking to Thelemites, do not confuse this book with Liber Aba, which is also referred to as Book 4. This one is the "little Book 4" which is a chapter in Liber Aba.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Jones on August 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
Every thought penned in this book is absolutley clear, concise, reasonable and accurate. With the whole of the book translating so much information in such a few pages. The man is a wonderful thinker and an amazing writer. He explains the theoretical (but to me purely practical) answer to the mystery of the most profound Prophets ever on earth, besides Crowley himself of course. The technique in which they attained genius (enlightenment) by meditation and what exactly consists of such a quest.... If you would like the practice of stilling the mind explained to your mind in the best of what could be easily argued of all the attempts in literary form then this is the book you want..
Part II is a fabulous treatise on the tools of the practice of the "true" "Magick of the Magi"... Ceremonial Magick is the means by which you attempt to contact, control, and understand the different facets (spirits) of your mind to assist you in the mystical enlightenment journey. Mind being roughly speaking thought, emotion, and the subconcsious. It includes detailed information on the tools needed for Magickal practice and exactly what they are connected with practically and theoretically; To convey his many keen and intense ideas Crowley can and will use or compare Qabalah, Hindu philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, Christian theology, english literature, psychology, mythology, analogy, metaphor, science, wit, his sense of humor, even nursery rhymes in an interlude and who knows what else!!!!
This book is of immense help to someone trying to learn about the occult science.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Graham D. Lincoln VINE VOICE on December 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
Do yourself a favor and read-up on Yoga, Witchcraft, and Occultism...then, read this book of Excellent Magickal Instruction. I understood it because I have been delving into Hinduism and I have studied Paganism/Witchcraft. Crowley writes, as usual, for the Experienced, not the Beginner.
This is a small book, yet it has more information than most thick tomes of "occult" knowledge. There is nothing "fluffy" about "Book 4." Crowley supplies us with a concise record of the Basics of Magick, without embellishing or beating around the bush....of course, this is *his* version of Magickal Practice--with a strong resemblance to Witchcraft--yet, this work is not representative of Witchcraft, itself.
For the serious student, this work is very informative--combining Yoga Techniques with other Magickal Practices.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
Crowley had a habit of writing books in a very difficult to understand manner. This book is no different. I use this book as a reference though, as it has a veritable cornucopia of info on many different types of eastern and western philosophies ie Yoga, astrology, etc. I wouldn't advise anyone read this book as an introduction into the occult though, because it can be very confusing, and it has many contradictions. Still, his work is well researched and he provides some wonderful poetry.
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