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Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary Paperback – August 18, 2003
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First, Crowley's 'John St John' diary is fascinating on every level, a portrait not only of the magician but also of a most unusual man trying to draw the best out of himself in an intensive, short sliver of time; this is directly contrasted with Charles Stansfield Jones' 'Master of the Temple,' which extends over more than a year during which he was isolated physically, financially, and spiritually in Canada, his original mentor came and quit, and his family was confined to a tent. And yet, as annotated by Crowley, one sees what immersion in one's Work is like.
Second, Wasserman's outstanding extended introduction is important reading in its own right. He discusses the use of the diary, how Crowley approached it and how its maintenance is taught, and why it is important.
Third, also included in the book are a series of appendices, from the frivolous (a compendium of the french food Crowley referenced in JSJ) to the sublime (Crowley's exercise program for neophytes, with standards to meet).
If the purpose of the book is to refocus the reader on his own Work, to relight the fire for immersion in one's own meditation exercise, it certainly hits the mark.
Diane C. Donovan
"Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary" is a fine, if not perfect specimen of how a serious student of Magick should keep their Diary/Journal for themselves or their teacher (if you are involved in the A.'.A.'. or O.T.O.).Of course there is no "real" way to keep one, because it truly is up to the Magician, but it does help to know how Frater P. did it. I purchased this title because I wanted to have some sort of structure in my own magical diary. The other great thing about this book is that you get a real sense of Crowley and his Students once reading this book. The dedication he shows towards his art is just amazing and inspiring. I would recommend this to all levels of students. 93/93
John Wasserman--one of the highest living officers of the modern OTO and a great writer in his own right--penned the introduction this edition, materially contributing to its value. This book is a Weiser Publications edition and Weiser has had a "friendly" relationship with the OTO since at least the 1970s.
There's a nice balance between methodology and subjective impression, satisfying both the scientist and the artist.
Wasserman does an excellent job of framing the elegantly twisted words of Crowley to the effect of creating lasting impressions
and tasty morsels of knowledge that spice up the brain and heart.
Buy it and use it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting , and two excellent examples of magical diary keeping , excellent for initiate to adept and beyond , good book !Published 17 months ago by Reggie Dunlop
Great explanation of something I didn't know much about, I was illuminated!Published 20 months ago by J. Krauser
Any A. Crowley fan will loved this book, I would say That this is a must have for most collectors.Published on December 30, 2013 by Poetess
this is the best view an example o f what should n ahouldnt goi nto your agickal diary ,book of shadows whatever u may call it . Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Frater taunox