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Grimoire of Aleister Crowley [Kindle Edition]

Rodney Orpheus , Lon Milo Duquette , Cathryn Orchard
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Book Description

Group ritual has been a cornerstone of spiritual practice since time immemorial, yet its history and importance have often been overlooked by occultists of the modern age. This book is the first comprehensive presentation of group-oriented rites for modern magicians inspired by the works of Aleister Crowley. It contains rituals written by Crowley for his own magic circles, many of them unpublished during his lifetime; plus rare ancient texts that were Crowley’s own inspiration in turn.

The rituals are newly edited and explained by Rodney Orpheus who brings to this volume decades of experience in performing and teaching Aleister Crowley’s rituals within Crowley’s magical order Ordo Templi Orientis. He introduces each ritual with a clear overview, setting each in its historical context and explaining its function and mode of operation; followed by detailed notes on setting and performance of each one.

Whether absolute beginner or seasoned expert, magicians of all paths will find this volume to be an eminently workable and extremely powerful grimoire spanning centuries from ancient Mithraic and Bacchanalian rites, Goetia, and Gnosticism, right up to present day Crowleyan invocations and sexual magick.

“..there are presently very few individuals living today who are qualified by education and experience to do [this], and even fewer with the writing talent and communication skills to bring it all to life on the printed page. Brother Orpheus is the incarnation of both these aspects of genius. Whether he is expanding upon classic Crowley rituals or creating and developing his own Thelemic ceremonies, the magician reader can be confident he or she is in good hands.”

- Lon Milo DuQuette, author of The Magick of Aleister Crowley, Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot, etc.

Rodney Orpheus, the modern Minstrel of Thelema, is back with another vibrant, creative, and irreverent effort that is sure to please and enlighten as it broadcasts the good news that the Lord of the Aeon is alive and well. This is a practical, lively, and meticulously documented manual designed for group magical workings. It admirably fulfils its task—bringing new insight to both published and unpublished rituals with diagrams and detailed instructions for movement, apparel, and Temple setup. It includes rituals from Crowley and others, and its important appendices round out an excellent work.

- James Wasserman, author of To Perfect This Feast: A Performance Commentary on the Gnostic Mass, etc.

In addition to gifting us with a long-needed anthology of Aleister Crowley’s group rituals, Rodney Orpheus’ “Grimoire,” with its inclusion of rituals inspired by Crowley, is also a course on how to take older texts and adapt them to one’s needs. The cookbook-style “list of ingredients and preparation time” that precedes each ceremony handily gives aspiring ritualists a heads up on how many Fratres or Sorores are needed, how much memorization is required, and how complex the ritual equipment and staging is. Eminently readable and (most importantly) usable, Grimoire of Aleister Crowley will keep many a magical group busy for years to come.

- Richard Kaczynski, author of Perdurabo

With this book, Rodney Orpheus has produced the most significant Thelemic book written this century. Grimoire of Aleister Crowley adds a key missing fragment to the corpus of Crowley’s Thelemic rituals – a coherent set of group rituals which enhance personal practices and expand effective magical interaction between practitioners. Drawing on unpublished Crowley material, the author has vitalised the rituals with the spirit of Thelemic practice, rather than slavishly following standard formulae. This book is going to end up being standard reading for numerous groups,and is sure to cause a stir, and may even start a revolution.

- David Rankine, author of The Goetia of Dr. Rudd, The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet, etc.

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  • File Size: 3407 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Abrahadabra Press (December 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OUF3WA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb group ritual workbook! April 26, 2012
A title like The Grimoire of Aleister Crowley set my expectation for an interesting scholarly examination of ritual fragments culled from the OTO archives. There is some of that within this book, but much more is included. This book truly is a functional grimoire.

Rodney Orpheus is a seasoned ritualist with decades of experience. His experience shines forth as he fills in the gaps within some of those fragmentary rituals. Rodney explains exactly how changes or additions fit into the rituals while taking into consideration the point of Aleister Crowley's lifetime in which the various rituals were conceived.

Additionally, the Grimoire of Aleister Crowley includes original group rituals which fit nicely into the Thelemic milieu. Rodney even includes a chapter in which he walks through the process of creating a functional group ritual, step-by-step. That chapter alone will be invaluable for new ritualists! It is evident that each ritual has been tested several times in order to ensure the proper blocking and flow. Furthermore, each ritual begins with a list of requirements such as the number of participants, time requirements, complexity of setup, amount of memorization required, and equipment needed.

This is not a book to be read and placed aside. This is a functional grimoire that is structured for ease of use. Thank you Rodney, Catherine, Adrian, and everyone else involved for producing such a marvelous book and for filling what was a gaping hole in the Thelemic corpus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A long time coming... February 12, 2012
93. The Grimoire of Aleister Crowley by Rodney Orpheus is a shining star on the Horizon that has truly been a long time in coming. This pronounced work of group ritual with step by step instruction easy to understand and to follow by any group of Thelemites willing to step up do the work. Truly in line with the original works of the Master Therion himself. Mr. Orpheus with his long history of Thelemic studies and practice has graced us all with this long awaited masterpiece. Verily I say unto you: "This most coherent work will ring true for generations of Thelemites to come...." On a daily basis this golden tome inspires and motivates me upward and onward. I canot thank the author enough for this precious blessing. 93 93/93
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional Modern Group Grimoire August 6, 2012
With equal parts creativity, focused intent, and daring, Rodney Orpheus has composed a worthy new edition to the Thelemic canon. The result is both unique and entirely pragmatic and useful to any body or group interested in Thelemic or Western esotericism in general. The uiniqueness of this work lies primarily in the fact that rather than producing another standard solitary ritual tome, the author has chosen to use the book to provide structure for Thelemic ritual in a group setting. This choice is one that manages to bring new life to esoteric bodies, providing fodder for the enhancement of communal Magick and contributes greately to the brotherhood and sisterhood of the O.T.O. and other magical traditions. Additionally the materials provided in this work are comprised of uncommon and some, up until now, unfinished source materials expanding the resources of these organizations.

Overall the format of the book is outstanding both physically and editorially. The hardcover production, design, and wonderful illustrations provided by Cahthryn Orchard result in a volume that would meet or exceed the standards of any long time publishing house. This in itself is a major accomplishment for Abrahadabra Press, a relatively new player in esoteric publishing. Beyond the physical, the book is exceptionally written, engaging, and organizes it's content in such as way as to leave the reader and without question or issue as far as how the rituals are to be performed. For those of us who read and then re-read, perform and then slowly perfect rituals from other sources, the Grimoire of Alesiter Crowley immediately give one the keys to an already finely tuned vehicle rather than dropping a jalopy at our front door and requiring us to get it running.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grimoire of Aleister Crowley August 2, 2012
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The Grimoire of Aleister Crowley is a good book to study from pertaining to group ritual and some practices of Thelema. Crowley is (was) a great author and poet as well as an inspirational light to glean from if you're seeking esoteric knowledge.
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This book is a great book since of course all its composed of is the rituals of Aleister Crowley and how he practiced them. I find that my favorite ritual was the "Vel Reguli." Anyway I would reccommend it to anyone looking for just the rituals of Thelema. I feel that the only essential Thelemite ritual that it's missing is the "Mass of the Pheonix."
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