- Hardcover: 844 pages
- Publisher: Weiser Books; 2nd Revised edition (1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877289190
- ISBN-13: 978-0877289197
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 2.8 x 10.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
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Magick: Liber ABA, Book 4 2nd Revised Edition
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Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), who claimed to be the re-incarnation of Dr. John Dee among others, lived in England from 1875 through 1947. He is the author of several Weiser Books titles, including Book of Thoth, Diary of a Drug Fiend, Magick, Book of Lies, Book of the Law and 777 & Other Qabalistic Writings. He was a poet, mountaineer, secret agent, magus, libertine, and prophet - was dubbed by the tabloids "The Wickedest Man in the World."
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The beautiful thing about the role play under the Crowley system is that you don't need any online participants to play with, and while the other "players" (primitively called "spirits" in the book) can't email back or otherwise work a keyboard, they do have a tendency to kick and squirm in your subconscious and dreams until you exercise them. Or exorcise them, if such is your bent.
Remember always that placebos are the one true cure, the summum bonum, but only work when there is absolute belief in their efficacy. How else could the world have seen such an amazing procession of contradictory religions, each which seems, within its own framework and terms, to work?
If you want to undertake a serious immersion in the fictional worlds embodied in the meme called "magick," you will need the following books:
1. This one, Magick: Liber ABA in the OTO edition as extensively annotated by Hymenaeus Beta;
2. Gems from the Equinox: Instructions by Aleister Crowley for His Own Magical Order;
3. The Book of Thoth: A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians, Being the Equinox Volume III No. V;
4. Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck;
5. The Tree of Life: An Illustrated Study in Magic (or find an un-annotated, and hence easier to read, used Rider edition);
6. The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema; and
7. Mystical Qabalah.
Be aware, before you start, that this is a thankless, lonely, path, which will leave you toothless, threadbare, unloved, suffering from halitosis and flatulence, suffering dreams populated with minor imps and major demons. Or, married to a fat hippie chick who wishes you were Pagan instead. More practically, if you decide to carry Magick: Liber ABA around with you for light reading at your favorite cafe, you will probably need a larger daypack or messenger bag and/or a chiropractor, probably all three.
From what I read, this guy spent most of his life studying and practising magical rituals dangerously close to dark magic. A. Crowley was initiated (free-mason style, obviously) and evolved into a "Magus" as a member of a cult (Golden Dawn). Do as you wish but this is potentially dangerous material as far as your soul is concerned, to be read and handled carefully. For example, his motto "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law" leaves room for practically anything. Remember, any magic you do comes back to you three times, and demons can haunt you way beyond your present life.
Well that's my point of view, I prefer ancient European magic (sorry, not Wicca) which is basically close to nature and clearly separates white magic (yes, good) from dark magic (no, no good).
This book and others by this prolific author (777, Thelema, Book of the Law, Moonchild) may help you understand some of his obsessions and provide some technical info but, again, beware.