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777 And Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley: Including Gematria & Sepher Sephiroth Paperback – June 1, 1986
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A fine reading experience. Aleister Crowley created some of his finest writings in this collection. --Lee Prosser, Ghostvillage.com
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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 and Book of the Law.
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In the Hindu system the ten sephiroth are listed under 10 Goddesses, and the 32 paths under 32 devas, with corresponding items. These works were not available in the west at the time so Crowley did not incorporate them, but he was so precise in the tables that they have considerable overlap.
Various recipes were based on these tables in Crowley's personal life, his perfume of immortality was based on parts per mixture corresponding to the attributed Sephiroth mixed with bear's grease for Chesed, which he deliberately omitted from the tables, along with his bee pollen and honey mixtures. However a cursory examination of the properties of most items can allow them to be placed in their proper table: Liber 777 is a skeleton, and one must provide the flesh.
Crowley was notorious for blinds, and placed many stones in the wrong tables some correct and some incorrect. Diamond is the stone of Venus for example, Yellow Sapphire for Jupiter, Blue Sapphire for Saturn, Ruby for the Sun, Pearl for the Moon, Emerald for Mercury, and the red Coral for Mars. However Crowley's metals are correct and they are mistakenly placed in the eastern system, as corresponding colors must be based on the oxide not the metal itself. Another omission is that all stones MUST be of at least two carats and MUST be flawless to have an effect.
But the rest of the tables are up to be completed by the reader, as no two person's Qabalistic tables will match precisely: except when it comes to the numerical values and ciphers.
Highly, highly recommended.
For our own part, these elves find Crowley's writings to be both a challenge and a paradox, sometimes quite good and sometimes less so. He was one of those people who liked to write as though there were deeper mysteries that he knew but could not reveal, which may be the case, but we've meet others like that and it turned out in most cases just a habit of speech they developed mixed with a touch of blarney. Interesting in most cases, even entertaining, but often empty at their core. We much prefer, in this case, Skinner's direct and clear writings, but then we are simple folk.
The Silver Elves authors of Liber Aelph: Words of Guidance from the Silver Elves to our Magical Children.