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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser (30 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578633265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578633265
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rodney Orpheus is an Irish musician, record producer, author, and lecturer, as well as being a leading member of Ordo Templi Orientis. He is best known for his work with his band The Cassandra Complex and his books Abrahadabra and Grimoire of Aleister Crowley.

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Abrahadabra "Magick is a subtle and curious thing and often works in ways you do not expect and at times you do not expect- but it always works. Every magical act brings a result, as you are about to learn." -Rodney Orpheus, from the Introduction"Abrahadabra is about the practice of the magick of Thelema- a system of physical, mental, and spiritual training and discipline based on two fundamental principles: ... Full description

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tempestas on 15 Jun. 2010
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I wonder how many people have read about Aleister Crowley's "wicked ways" (all that Satanism, child murder, perverted sex and black magick etc) and wondered why any sensible person would want to get involved with such practices.

This is the book they need to set their conceptions straight. It enables you to do exactly what it promises in the sub-title. The Lovely Lon is fine for those who already know something about ceremonial magick, but a modern, readable book that de-mystifies Thelema for the general reader is long overdue.

Whether you're interested in taking your first steps along Uncle Al's path, or you're just curious to know more, this is for you. Rodney Orpheus writes in a chatty, easy style, but he doesn't patronise, he gives you lots of practical information, and he quite obviously knows what he's talking about.

And if you do start practising you can lend it to your Mum (or your friends) so she (and they) will know you will never, ever crucify your pet cat.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harry Bryan on 26 Mar. 2010
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I give the book five stars with the title in mind; if you're already familiar with magick (specifically Thelemic magick) then this probably isn't going to be a book you'll need to read. Having said that, it's an enjoyable book to read with plenty of practical, straight forward exercises that could be useful to anyone interested in working Thelemic magick, whether new to it or otherwise. The book is good in that if you work with it as you read it, it'll take you step by step through simple breathing exercises as well as basic ritual work and the thinking behind these practices. This makes the book pretty damn necessary for those new to practical magick in my opinion; it certainly beats trying to wade your way through God knows how many texts that Crowley wrote over his life (though naturally you'll want to do that at some point too). Again I'll state that if you're not a beginner, it still might be worth a read so I'd give it say three or four stars in that sense, but it is aimed at the 'noobs' out there, which is why I give it a solid five stars.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Lambert on 27 Jan. 2008
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Great introduction to Thelema - the concepts are thoroughly explained and easy to understand. Useful for a beginner even if Ceremonial magick isn't your thing; I started my journey with Chaos magick but am finding this book really useful.
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An understandable view of Thelema 14 Feb. 2007
By Eagle Kenpo - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally! Wow this book is the clearest, easiest to understand book on Magick I have ever read. Now if only the author would write 12 more.

I am often left scratching my head when reading Crowley or books about Magick. If you dont have the IQ of a rocket scientist or an extensive education in every area of everything this book is for you. Thank you Rodney!
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lucidity for beginners 26 Nov. 2008
By Soror Ienai - Published on Amazon.com
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A devoted reader of Thelema, for some 25 odd years - I wish that I had gotten my hands on this little gem, when I first started out studying such esoteric writers as Crowley.

Orpheus has a knack and a talent, to make the complex simple(which is greatly needed for any beginner to Thelemic magick) and do it with excellent wit and simplicity.
Advanced Magicians might like to give this a go, just for the jokes - and to recommend to any students.

As any reader familiar with Crowley or Magick in general, it is not often easy to find a writer to can bring down their learning, to a elementary level that a new reader will find useful and instructive, without being overtly simplified, excessively verbose or just dull. Provided not just with study matter but with exercises and Philosophy of Magick, this books contents, applied diligently by any new person to magick -can give a good feel for what constitutes the basic tenets of Thelemic Magick.

One looks eagerly forward to Orpheus's more advanced writing.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Straightforward book on Thelema 31 Jan. 2008
By Michael A. Duvernois - Published on Amazon.com
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Rodney Orpheus is the singer from The Cassandra Complex and it turns out that he's good at explaining Crowley's magickal system to modern readers. Hard to think of any other recent books which successfully tackle this material. I understand that the O.T.O. (or one them anyway) recommends the book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 18 July 2008
By A. McDonald - Published on Amazon.com
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Absolutely the best book written on Thelema, that I have read. Gives modern and updated material which is of great need in this system.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Got Thelema? If not, BUY THIS BOOK. NOW. 2 April 2010
By Frater Herne - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're looking for a real life, down-to earth, and *enjoyable* book about Thelemic Magick, then "Abrahadabra: Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thelemic Magick" is a "must read"!

Along with Gerald Del Campo's "Thelema without tears", you simply cannot find better a better "launching pad".

It's written for normal people by an extraordinary author. This well written and entertaining book is a fantastic introduction for those who "feel the pull", or simply wish to learn a thing or twenty. Pompous asses need not apply. :-)

Well done!!!
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