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Grimoire of Aleister Crowley by [Orpheus, Rodney]
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  • File Size: 4063 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Abrahadabra Press (December 19, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OUF3WA
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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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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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Crowley is an amazing writer and his grimoire(s) are positively fascinating...Outside of The Goetia: The Lesser Keys of Solomon the King (which is nothing more than a compendium of ethereal spirits and incantations...). This is my favorite of all his work. If you are a novice to the occult, start here!
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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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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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For those that don’t know, a grimoire is a textbook of magic – not the saw the pretty lady in half kind of magic but more of the ritual Magic; the robes, candles, blood and incantations kind. Of course, there’s more to it – and this book throws a ray of light into all that.

And, I'd like to point out that this is not a "book of spells" - it is a book of ritual. IF you want to think of spells as analogous to prayer, then the rituals in this book are similar to what you'd see in most churches on Sundays - the Mass and all its workings and paraphernalia.

While it is written by Rodney Orpheus, a leading member of the O.T.O. (Ordo Templi Orientis), it draws heavily on the work by Aleister Crowley of the same O.T.O. (though their membership numbers are dozens and dozens of years apart). If you’re not acquainted with the O.T.O., or Crowley in particular, it is worth a google and will save you pages of my fat-fingered interpreting. An example of this would be my saying, “This guy Crowley seems to be on to something.” – so, yeah – google away.

The book also features a forward by Lon Milo DuQuette which is itself entertaining and educational whatever value you place on his own (numerous) books (on Freemasonry, Tarot, Kabbalah…).

So, very much a modern take on Thelemic rituals and the creation or support of an Order with or without the support of something larger like the O.T.O. Very safety conscious as well, with practical notes on using fire, using dulled blades, ethics and more than a nod toward technology and convenience. Using images of deities rather than actual statues and to be sure and use sturdy holders for candles, for example. I’m waiting for the “Summon Bael” App.
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