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- Print Length: 338 pages
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- Publisher: Abrahadabra Press (December 19, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 19, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B006OUF3WA
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Grimoire of Aleister Crowley Kindle Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well I do not know if I would call this a grimoire per se of Aleister Crowley. A magician like that most likely had several grimoires. Read morePublished on July 1, 2014 by S. Cranow
This was absolutely horrible. Egoistic thelemic posturing about high magick by a person self studied in a Masonic-style system. Read morePublished on June 1, 2014 by Saint John
It's good to see a book of original Thelemic group rituals. Thanks to Rodney for making this available to usPublished on March 24, 2013 by Lunetta
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. Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by Matthew J. Zanker
In his latest book, "The Grimoire of Aleister Crowley," author, musician, producer, and longtime O.T.O. Read morePublished on July 5, 2012 by C. Feldman