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777

777 And Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley: Including Gematria & Sepher Sephiroth, edited with an introduction by Israel Regardie, the 20th printing of the 1986 paperback edition from Weiser Books, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Aleister Crowley 777 from Weiser Books

“This collection of Qabalistic texts is without parallel in the history of mystical literature. Edited and introduced by Dr. Israel Regardie, the three texts included are Gematria, 777, and Sepher Sephiroth.

Gematria, reprinted from “The Temple of Solomon the King,” The Equinox, Vol. 1, No. 5. It provides essential explanations of theoretical and practical Qabalistic number analysis and philosophy. “An Essay in Number,” also included, provides invaluable insights into key numbers as well as techniques and safeguards for practical magical work.

777 itself contains, in concise tabulated form, an overview of the symbolism of the major world religions, as well as the system of correspondence of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. In short, it is a complete magical and philosophical dictionary—a key to all religion and practical occultism—an amazing work whose value has been recognized through many editions since its first appearance in 1909 and subsequent enlargement in 1955.

The third text is Sepher Sephiroth, a unique dictionary listing hundreds of Hebrew words arranged by numerical value. It was compiled jointly by Crowley and Allan Bennett and first appeared in The Equinox, Vol. 1, No. 8.”

 

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The Book of Thoth

The Book of Thoth: A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians, Being the Equinox Volume III No. V by The Master Therion (Aleister Crowley), the 1983 ninth paperback printing, from Weiser Books, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Aleister Crowley The Master Therion's The Book of Thoth from Weiser Books

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

The Magical Diaries of Aleister Crowley

The Magical Diaries of Aleister Crowley: Tunisia 1923 edited, with additional material, by Stephen Skinner, the 1996 paperback from Weiser Books, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Stephen Skinner's The Magical Diaries of Aleister Crowley from Weiser Books

“The complete diaries of Aleister Crowley cover his entire career in magic, from his initiation into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in 1898, to his death in 1947. These diaries record the development of Crowley’s synthesis of traditional Western ritual magic with Eastern yoga, tantra and sexual magic—culminating in the creation of Crowley’s ‘Thelemic Magick.’ The Magical Diaries of Aleister Crowley: Tunisia 1923 show one year in Crowley’s life. This particular year was a major turning point in his life—he and his followers has just been banished by Mussolini from their beloved Abbey of Thelema in Cefalu, Sicily. It marks a time of introspection for Crowley. In it he fully records his magical acts, the internal and external influences surrounding these acts, and their results. Also included are references to the commentaries on the Book of the Law, passages detailing drug use, the practice of sexual magic, descriptions of how he derived Qabalistic meaning from his works and life, interpretations of ‘Yi King’ (I Ching) divination, and other thoughts of a philosophic, religious, and magical nature. In these candid glimpses into Crowley’s mind the reader can see both the egocentric, self-aggrandizing ‘Beast 666’ and the doubts and misgivings of a man dedicated to the spiritual path.”


 

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Sexual Outlaw, Erotic Mystic

Sexual Outlaw, Erotic Mystic: The Essential Ida Craddock by Vere Chappell, with an foreword by Mary K Greer, the 2010 softcover edition from Weiser Books, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Vere Chappell and Ida Craddock's Sexual Outlaw, Erotic Mystic from Weiser Books

“Sex, Magick, Aleister Crowley, Orgasms, Erotic Dances, Angelic Beings, Revolutionary Activism, Liberation, Persecution, Defiance, and Suicide. Persecuted by Anthony Comstock and his Society for the Suppression of Vice, this turn-of-the-century heroine was also a spiritualist who learned many secrets of high magick through her claimed wedlock to an angelic being. Born in Philadelphia in 1857, Ida Craddock became involved in occultism around the age of thirty. She attended classes at the Theosophical Society and began studying a tremendous amount of materials on various occult subjects. She taught correspondence courses to women and newly married couples to educate them on the sacred nature of sex, maintaining that her explicit knowledge came from her nightly experiences with an angel named Soph. In 1902, she was arrested under New York’s anti-obscenity laws and committed suicide to avoid life in an asylum. Now for the first time, scholar Vere Chappell has compiled the most extensive collection of Craddock’s work including original essays, diary excerpts, and suicide letters—one to her mother and one to the public.”

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

The Commentaries of AL

The Commentaries of AL, Volume V No 1 of what is sometimes called the Red Equinox, by Aleister Crowley and another (Marcelo Ramos Motta), the 1975 first edition hardcover from Weiser Books, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Marcelo Ramos Motta and Aleister Crowley's The Commentaries of AL from Weiser Books

Unfortunately not in great shape, and without the dust cover, but this much maligned Motta commentary on Liber AL vel Legis, The Book of the Law is still an interesting addition to the collection.

If anyone with a physical copy of this that still has the dust cover would let me know what the inside flap for this book has to say, if anything, about itself, I’d much appreciate hearing from you so I could add that information to this post.

 

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The Secret Rituals of the O.T.O.

The Secret Rituals of the O.T.O., edited and introduced by Francis X King, the 1973 hardcover edition from Weiser Books, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Francis X King's The Secret Rituals of the O T O from Weiser Books

“In recent years there has been a remarkable resurgence of interest in what is generally referred to as the ‘Occult’. Popular Sun-sign astrology has become a subject for cocktail party chatter; the ‘Underground press’ displays an intensive, although often ill-informed, interest in such subjects as Glastonbury, Ley Hunting, and Flying Saucers; and books — many of them owing what little merit they possess to the skilful employment of scissors and paste — on all aspects of occultism pour from all the presses.

In the shadow of such well-published aspects of the Occult revival can be dimly discernec the shape of an altogether more important phenomenon — nothing less than the rebirth of Magic. Magic, that is, in the sense that is was defined by that extraordinary occultist Dion Fortune: ‘The science and art of causing changes in consciousness in accordance with will.’

There is no doubt that the magical techniques, for which extraordinary efficacy is claimed, are almost exclusively derived (although sometimes indirectly) from those two extraordinary occult sodalites the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Ordo Templi Orientis. The rites and secret instructions of the former organization are easily available in Dr Francis Regardie’s Golden Dawn, a work which only now, thirty-five years after its first publication, is beginning to receive the appreciation it so undoubtedly deserves. Those of the latter, the Ordo Templi Orientis, have hitherto never been published, although grossly inaccurate and incomplete typescript versions of them have occasionally been sold for high prices.

Now, at last, this volume makes available to the occult student not only the symbolic-masonic riches of the initiate on rituals of the O.T.O. but the secret magical instructions of the Order’s seventh, either and ninth degrees, the full details of the techniques from which such occultists as Theodor Reuss and Aleister Crowley derived their mystic powers.

Here is a source book that has a place in the library of every serious student of the Occult.”

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians: A Guide to the Sephiroth by Anita Kraft, from Weiser Books:

Anita Kraft's The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians from Weiser Books

 

“Qabalah” means many things to many people. The title Qabalah Workbook for Magicians might mislead a reader to think that this book contains pen-and-paper exercises in the study of the literal qabalah, that arsenal of isopsephic and anagrammatic techniques involved in mystical Judaism and occultist hermeneutics. Not so! This “workbook” is not arranged so as to be written in. Author Anita Kraft exhorts the user/reader of the workbook to keep a journal of the work, but the work consists of laboratory operations with altars and symbolic objects intended to orient students to the valences of the heuristic qabalah, that kissing-cousin of the literal qabalah that Aleister Crowley famously described as a “filing cabinet” of personal experience.

The introduction by Lon DuQuette (one of Kraft’s own teachers) is predictably funny and wise, even if it is more about Lon himself than the book at hand! DuQuette’s Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot is referenced regularly throughout The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians, and a full undertaking of the course of study set forth by Kraft will require access to that volume as well, not to mention DuQuette’s Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford, which had been used as a textbook in earlier courses on qabalah designed by Kraft.

The workbook is carefully structured so that a student can work through from start to finish, following instructions to experiment and research before proceeding to the next section, and with little or no need to refer back to earlier instructions. For someone reading it straight through without doing the exercises, this design feature (an advantage for the methodical beginning students to whom it is addressed) makes much of the text seem repetitive and even redundant. Still, any aspirant willing to apply the book’s method of study for ten months is likely to gain a better grounding in qabalistic correspondences and intuitive power than would ordinarily be achieved through several years of haphazard reading in the usual sources of occult instruction on this topic. [via]

 

 

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The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians

The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians: A Guide to the Sephiroth by Anita Kraft from Weiser Books, may be of interest. Lon Milo DuQuette provides the foreword.

Anita Kraft's The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians from Weiser Books

The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians is the perfect guide for the practicing magician who wants a greater understanding of Qabalah concepts and practice. Created by Anita Kraft, one of the world’s most respected Qabalist teachers, this workbook teachers readers how to practice Qabalah using tarot, plants, stones, perfumes, the zodiac, and other magical sources. Kraft show how to work through the Sephiroth—the ten attributes or emanations of Qabalah—for greater understanding and illumination.

Drawing on occult works, including those of Israel Regardie, Aleister Crowley, Dion Fortune, and Lon Milo DuQuette, as well as dozens of Herbrew texts and manuscripts, the practicing magician can understand the Tree of Life and other Qabalistic concepts. Kraft has spent more than twenty years creating and perfecting a method by which ‘Qabalah is experiential as is mysticism and magick. If all you do is read, you are not a mystic, magician, or Qabalist. You must do!’ writes Kraft.”

Knights and Ladies of the Round Table

The Knights and Ladies of the Round Table is a new work by Lon Milo DuQuette, part of a new series of ebooks from Weiser Books called The Magical Antiquarian Curiosity Shoppe.

Lon Milo DuQuette's The Knights and Ladies of the Round Table from Weiser Books

“An early 20th century ritual of mock Masonry designed to keep both sexes happy, entertained, and engaged (and perhaps a little titillated) on ‘Lodge Night.'” [via]

“Master of modern occultism, Lon Milo DuQuette, (author of Enochian Vision Magick and The Magick of Aleister Crowley) introduces the newest Weiser Books Collection – The Magical Antiquarian Curiosity Shoppe. Culled from material long unavailable to the general public, DuQuette curates this essential new digital library with the eye of a scholar and the insight of an initiate.”

How Tamson Got the Third Degree

How Tamson Got the Third Degree is a new work by Lon Milo DuQuette, part of a new series of ebooks from Weiser Books called The Magical Antiquarian Curiosity Shoppe.

Lon Milo DuQuette's How Tamson Got the Third Degree from Wieser Books

“A classic bonbon of Masonic in-jokes and irreverence.” [via]

“Master of modern occultism, Lon Milo DuQuette, (author of Enochian Vision Magick and The Magick of Aleister Crowley) introduces the newest Weiser Books Collection – The Magical Antiquarian Curiosity Shoppe. Culled from material long unavailable to the general public, DuQuette curates this essential new digital library with the eye of a scholar and the insight of an initiate.”