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The General Principles of Astrology Hardcover – November 4, 2011
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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. He was a poet, mountaineer, secret agent, magus, libertine, and prophet - was dubbed by the tabloids "The Wickedest Man in the World."
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In my opinion and from what I know of Crowley, the work is largely unfinished, however, what is presented is entirely a workable system. Crowley probably had the least amount of faith in astrology as a science among all the occult arts, but because he was so verse in many subjects, he is not one to let it be unexplored. Astrology seems as vast a subject as Kabbalah, as so much is written about it, that it seems that no one person can legitimately claim authority. My preference is Alan Leo's work even though much of his work is before Pluto as well.Read more ›
For this reader, a further plus regarding the book is that its author, Aleister Crowley, is revealed not only as the ghost writer for the famous American Astrologer Evangeline Adams, but also for the truly important thinker he was rather than the distorted and dark charlatan he is often portrayed as by those who are ignorant of his serious scholarly work.
All in all I would rate this as an excellent addition to the library of anyone interested in Spirituality, Metaphysics, or the Occult as well as for those who are passionate about Astrology.
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This book will not teach you how to draw up a birth chart. It will not teach you much about aspects. Crowley assumes you know astrology before turning to his work. Instead he offers a some meaty of theory and some impressive insights into some (narrow) areas of interpretation.
The part of the book I liked the most was the discussion of rising signs. To Crowley, the rising sign was the defining sign of the chart, much more than the sun sign. He spends more time discussing rising signs than most other books do discussing sun signs, and his insight is profound in this area.
One area I would have liked to see a great deal more discussion is in the area of aspects and angles. Crowley seems to have clearly seen these as important. However, we get at best a cursory discussion of aspects, and nothing on angles aside from the ascendant.
This is definitely a book though that will remain in my library.
I do not mean to be needlessly critical, but I did not find Crowley's method of communication engaging. A lot of the book is unnecessarily technical--explaining very little, but using many examples. An average page of writing contains perhaps a paragraph that is actually useful information. This is an early book, and his understanding of many of the signs tends to be extremely shallow and negative. He is also lopsided in his praise for some placements while seemingly despising others.
The book is written in with a religious fervor that is fanatical and off the topic. Crowley occasionally goes off in tangents in which he writes in an almost crazed religious euphoria. He is extremely fatalistic and overvalues public accomplishment creating a type of astrologically based caste system.
The nice thing about this book is that his presentation of astrology is very seriously, and it is written in a professional manner. His writing is intelligent and the reflection of someone who is extremely well read. Had astrologers modeled his presentation, we can assume, the profession would be looked upon with greater respect than it is currently viewed. If you want a book that is going to give you a lot of information that can quickly be applied, I would recommend one of the books by Bill Tierney or Steven Forrest. If you want to improve your astrological erudition, than this book is appropriate.
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I have been on a mission to restore celestial credibility to Astrology since 1987 (see my web sites Astronomologer and Startistics). Read morePublished 12 months ago by Donna Provancher
I have often had occasion to observe that Crowley writes with an infectious prose style.
Its influenza can be discerned in the writing attitude of some authors of articles on... Read more
The rising sign descriptions are very elaborate .For the interested Astrologer , these are worth the price of the book .Published on November 24, 2013 by G Whiteman
The body of the book is almost extent, and quite agreable to read, as it's written in Crowley's concise but fluid prose. Read morePublished on August 14, 2009 by Daniel Laplante
If you are interested in astrology this is the book 4 you. No need to say more, just buy it.Published on February 1, 2009 by Eric Chouinard