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Magick Without Tears Paperback – April 1, 1991

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Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), also known as 'The Great Beast' and the 'Wickedest Man in the World,' was one of the most profound students of Magick, Qabalah and yoga psychology. His vast influence reaches through all modern occultism. He is widely recognized as the first Western investigator to give initiation a truly scientific method. In reconciling occultism to physical science, mathematics and philosophy, Crowley achieved a lasting synthesis that remains unsurpassed for depth of insight and comprehensiveness.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: New Falcon Publications; Eighth Printing edition (April 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561840181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561840182
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Graham D. Lincoln VINE VOICE on September 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book proves, to me, that most of what I have read about Crowley, previously, was filtered through the Lens of Prejudice.
I did not start reading Crowley's works, until recently, due to his reputation and the fact that I had read much negative information about him, from the time I was a child (my Grandfather owned "An Index of Possibilities: Energy and Power," which I inherited). Most of my Opinions and Views of Crowley were created by reading the works of Colin Wilson, Nevill Drury, etc.
However, when I started reading Crowley's own words....I saw a different man. In fact, I can no longer believe the accusations of him being mentally unstable at the end of his life.
"Magick Without Tears" was written in the last years of Crowley's life, when other writers say A.C. was nuttier than a fruitcake. Yet, if you read this book, you will quickly realize he was completely Sound of Mind, Educated, Well-Spoken (or written, I should say) and quite Articulate. He obviously retained an enormous wealth of Knowledge in his own mind--only referencing books when necessary. There is no doubt that his mental faculties were still in Prime Condition. In fact, even his crankiness was tinted with a Humorous Quality that made him rather endearing. He writes the way the old guys I hang-out with Act....cranky, yet always suppressing a Mischievous grin playing on their lips & their eyes dancing with boyish light.
Yes, he was a bit Eccentric...but, he seems to wish he had not been quite so Erratic--so that people would-have taken him a bit more seriously. His introversion was displaced by Forced Extroversion, leading him to act over the top many times when, perhaps, it would have been best for him to remain a Poet, instead of a "Beast.
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Format: Paperback
Perhaps the most difficult aspect of Crowley's writings until the early 1930s is that he -- in a word -- can be pompous as hell. Pompousity looks great in major works of philosophy but it's impossible to read. By the time he got to writing this work and The Book of Thoth he had mellowed tremendously. This gives both volumes a much more readable style than magni opi such as Liber 418.

Magick Without Tears contains a number of gems to augment the student's study of more serious works. You won't learn everything you need to know about how to practice Thelemic magick from this book. What you will learn is explanations on issues from the difference between white, black and grey magick; what the formula "0=2" means and how we get there; and how in the world one is supposed to study magick and hold down a job at the same time.

This is a suppliment for the student, not a primary text. Take this approach and you'll be rewarded.
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I'm writing a two part review here:
This is on the paperback edition: The paperback edition on Amazon is simply a scan off the .pdf and printed. If you see a "1" or "2" or "" or "§" you are S.O.L. to know what it is foot-noting to. This doesn't have that even listed in the back. No introduction by Israel Regardie. No table of contents. No index. Not even his "Sincerely's" ("Love is the law, love under will. Fraternally, 666"). Unless you know what he's talking about on every point (being a Thelemite or accustomed to the text), then you will be scratching your head or going online to find the .pdf to read. In that case, what's the point of having the book? I was going to keep this (JUST got it this afternoon), but with all that I have listed, it's too grievous of an issue to keep. Sadly, if you want the goods, you'll need to make sure it is the "Thelema Media, Apr 1, 1991" copy, which I thought this might have been a revision of. This doesn't even list a publisher! It's just printed out and thrown in a glossy (over-stretched) cover.
Stay away from this paperback version 1 out of 5 stars.

The better quality book is by and large one of the best "short and to the point" answers on Magick and related topics. This book clearly shows in his letters to Freida Harris, that he was coherent up until the end (along with "The Book of Thoth"), instead of insane like all of the yellow press and his detractors tried to convince. I've read this book countless times and it never fails to inspire me. This, along with "Liber Aleph Vel CXI: The Book of Wisdom Or Folly" should be able to clearly instruct people on the nature and ethics of life and Thelema. It really doesn't get any better than these funny and massively informative (and personal) letters he sends to her.
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I can appreciate others disatisfaction with this book. However, as a seeker I am constantly having to refocus what it is I am seeking. Or should I say, stay focused on what it is I set out to find. Especially while diving into thick subjects like Qabalah or other mystic traditions.

I notice most people either love Crowleys work or hate it with a passion and set out to destroy what it is he was trying to do when they hit that brick wall of not being able to understand his teachings.

People forget, Crowley was just a man. He was just a man seeking just like you or me or any other person male or female wanting to tap into the secrets of the Cosmos. A person does not pick up a book written by Crowley unless they are truly trying to unravel the Cosmic code of life, the Universe and God. I have noticed when people can not figure out what it is he is writing about they become almost violent in their attacks on his works. Their passion to seek out truth in the mysteries is replaced with repugnant claims of Crowley being a charlatain or at best a drug crazed madman. While in the end these same people make themselves look ignorant and simple minded by the verbage they chose to attack Crowley with. The same goes for anyone attacking any other spiritual path.

I see Crowley for who and what he was, and still is in this world. For his work continues to affect people on so many levels. Crowley did tap into something. He did have a true grasp on some truths that could change ones perspective on how this Universe works, as well as turn religions of the world inside out. That is very dangerous knowledge. And if just anyone had it it could destroy the bearer, or worse, our world. But he could not trust that information with just anyone.
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