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The Eye in the Triangle: An Interpretation of Aleister Crowley Paperback – July 4, 2014
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"I avidly read this book when it was first published in 1970. What a joy it was to meet Dr. Regardie some years later and see the mischievous sparkle in his eye as he told his tales of Aleister Crowley. Regardie, a true man of action, braved ridicule and hatred in Crowley's defense when most of today's active proponents of Crowley's teaching weren't even born." --James Wasserman, author of Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary
"The Eye in the Triangle is essential reading material for anyone who is seriously interested in learning about the life, Magick and Mysticism of Aleister Crowley." --David Cherubim, Aleister Crowley Foundation
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Regardie's personal relationship with Crowley and his insight into Crowley's practice make this book truly exceptional. In life, Crowley actively sought to sensationalize himself and biographers have generally followed his lead. Regardie refuses to do so, and this book is perhaps even fairer to Crowley than Crowley deserves.
There are, however, some things for the prospective buyer to be aware of. First, this book is more an apology for Crowley than a comprehensive biography. The author assumes that the reader has some familiarity with the other books on Crowley, and addresses only those points that he believes other biographers (primarily Symonds) have gotten wrong or missed entirely. The author only covers the years 1898-1914 and entire episodes of Crowley's life are missing (e.g. there is no discussion of his life in Sicily).
Similarly, the author presumes a high-level of literacy in the occult, and digresses at-length into its minutiae. He fails to define most of the arcane terms used, so the casual reader (like me) will often be lost and sometimes bored (I found myself skipping pages here and there).
But even without this contextual knowledge, I enjoyed the book immensely. The author clearly understands Crowley's thought, right down to the bedrock, and the portrait of him that emerges from this book is unexpected.Read more ›
Regardie does more than address the neurosis and flaws in Crowley's character structure, however- as a student of mysticism, he dives into an investigation of Crowley's system of "Thelemic Magick", it's basis in the esoterica of the Golden Dawn, India, the Ordo Templi Orientis, and the Sacred Magic of Abramelin, and how this influenced his character and development. Regardie discusses philosophy, yoga, several schools of psychoanalytic thought (including that of the controversial Wilhelm Reich), and western ceremonial magic, all with a very readable style. The book is more than an analysis of Crowley- it is an analysis of how Crowley's investigations give us insight into the entire structure of the character of western man and the changes we're experiencing in the postmodern world.
I highly recommend this book- it should be on the bookshelf of every student of Transpersonal psychology.
Over many years I have been enjoying Falcon books which include some of my favourite authors (Robert Anton Wilson, Israel Regardie, ...) I have these in old editions which I read regularly.
My problem is with production quality of the latest printed New Falcon paperbacks. I run reading groups where I propose and present books, which after reading we jointly discuss. To several of my members I have been ordering (here via Amazon.co.uk) several of their titles (ie Quantum Psychology, Prometheus Rising, Eye in the Triangle, ...). In presenting these books to my friends I found myself in difficult situation, as my enthusiasm for the content is dampened by me needing to APOLOGISE for poor physical quality of the book.
It is clear that the titles are printed digitally and 'on demand'. But digital printing quality has improved a great deal in the last 10 years and some of the technical problems with these books can relatively easy be dealt with.
1. Paper. Text paper use is a digital cartridge paper which for the smaller book sizes like these is rather inflexible. You could go for thinner or standard book paper with finer fibres.
2. Cover. Eye in the Triangle is one of the worst covers by lowest card quality, with low contrast printing and is not even laminated from the outside. (these leads that even new copies I received from amazon have chipped off printing).
3. Binding.Read more ›
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I love the style of writing by Israel, can not put the book down. Over 500 pages long...Published 4 days ago by Justin M. Anderson
This is the best biography of Crowley I have ever read. Regardie was close to him for a few years, as his secretary. A very objective, informative, and fascinating read. Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by David L. Zielke
Great. The author keeps a perfect balance between a personal approach, a mystic approach and an objective approach. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Tormenta
Israel Regardie who knew Crowley does not, as so many biographers, fall into the two convenient categories, when it comes to categorizing the man: the degenerate 'Black Magus' or... Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by Dean Corso
I really enjoyed this book. I have read many biographical and auto-biographical books on Crowley. Israel Regardie presents a fresh, clear picture that answered many questions I had... Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by John Donnelly
I had to skim a lot of this book because Regardie has used it as a vehicle for his own pet psychological theories that, more often than not, have nothing to with A.C. Read morePublished on March 10, 2009 by pdun459