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The Holy Books of Thelema Hardcover – Nov 1983

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  • Hardcover: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser; New edition edition (Nov. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877285799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877285793
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,040,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BethSheba on 4 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
Unfortunately the 2013 edition of The Holy Books contains an illegal change to the text of Liber AL vel Legis by the Frater Superior OTO Hymenaeus Beta. HB tries to say that the 'fill me' in verse III, 37 is a typo by Aleister Crowley, yet this has been disproved by the presence of another 'Fill me' paraphrase of the Stele in the 1910 Evocation of Bartzabel, published in the Equinox.

Liber AL vel Legis is a Class A text, which means it should never be changed or edited, and as of this date 221 people have signed a petition against the change to the text.

We urge you to boycott purchasing this 2013 edition until the publishers add an errata to the Book. Thank you. A .'. 93 93/93.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By adam@new-tech.fsnet.co.uk on 13 May 2001
Format: Paperback
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The Holy Books of Thelema provided to Thelemites an anchor in the frequently turbulent ocean of Crowley's complex magical scheme. Included are most A.'. A.'. publications in Class A. 'The Vision and the Voice' is omitted due to it's size - a separate binding in this case was necessary. You will find here much inspirational material, proportionate usually to your level of formal initiation. This is, in my opinion, not a work to be read through like a short novel but cherished, savoured and treasured. Those still victim to the idea of Crowley as anything less than a thoroughly decent gentleman may profit by obtaining a copy. Also, those amongst you who are swamped by the amount of Thelemic material available might profit also by having a look at the wellspring of the tradition.
Love is the law, love under will.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. P. Van-asten on 27 April 2012
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A series of divinely inspired texts received by the occultist Aleister Crowley in 1907 and 1911. Crowley maintained that he was not the sole author for these works and that they were written by an intelligence independent of his own. The Holy Books are the foundation of the mystical, magical and religious system known as Thelema which declares that there is no law beyond do what thou wilt! Included in this collection of remarkable visionary texts is the sublimely beautiful Liber Liberi vel Lapidis Lazuli; Liber LXV - Cordis Cincti Serpente; Liber LXVI: Stellae Rubeae; Liber A'ash and of course The Book of the Law [Liber Al vel Legis] with its three chapters which were delivered unto mankind in Cairo in 1904.
Together with a detailed preface and a synopsis on how the Holy Books were received, this compelling collection reveals more of its beauty with each reading and whether they are regarded as a `divine utterance' or just inspired poetry, the Holy Books of Thelema is a thing of staggering wonder and illumination! Love is the law, love under will!
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2 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ja Killick on 7 Feb. 2008
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i realy thought it be a good book but it's just incohearent rambling. very disapointing
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Modern Gnostic Writings 17 Jun. 2005
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"The Holy Books of Thelema" contain some of the most beautiful, insightful prose I have ever read...comparable to the writings of the ancient gnostics or the poetry of William Blake. This Book, as well as the writings of Crowley in general are highly recommended, especially "The Book of the Law", "The Book of Lies", "The Confessions of Aleister Crowley", and "The Vision and the Voice. For comparable writings...see "The Nag Hammadi Library", Carl Jung's "Seven Sermons to the Dead", and "The Holy Fire of St. Michael" by Richard Michael Willoughby.
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Crowley's Legacy 24 Dec. 2000
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The Holy books of Thelema stand quite apart from the technical works Crowley wrote throughout his life. They were "received" or channeled if you will, rather than developed by Crowley's ego (by which I mean his mortal psyche). Every Liber is a gem, proving to anyone who reads them with an open mind that Crowley was a true prophet. Within you will find not only the Book of the Law, but the Liber Lapis Lazuli and the Book of the Heart Gird Round by the Serpent. The latter is a spiritual masterpiece equal to Liber AL. I reccomend that the Holy Books be read slowly, perhaps a passage at a time. That way, they'll sink in.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Holy Books Presage New and Greater Civilization 22 Aug. 1998
By shri@globalserve.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Despite some typographical errors and the fact that the editors chose the earliest instead of the latest rescensions of several books, this book is a worthy addition to the library of anyone truly interested in comparative Spirituality, even if they are not especially interested in Aleister Crowley's Thelemic cultus. Aleister Crowley never surpassed his own Thelemic "holy books," about which he was uncharacteristically silent, especially the Book of the Heart Girt about by the Serpent and the Book of the Freed or the Blue Stone, which are as beautiful and profound as the greatest Spiritual literature of any time or people. Many will find some sections, especially the Book of the Law, disturbing, but closer scrutiny will reveal a deep penetration of many difficult Spiritual questions which are not satisfactorily resolved in many other religions, and a keen and penetrating insight into the brutalities of the 21st century, which mark the necessary Next Step in a transition to a new and a greater civilization. Now the Holy Books need to be reissued in a truly critical edition, with alternative readings, footnotes, appendices explaining all of the allusions, and a comprehensive book, chapter, and verse index.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Holy Books: Keystone to the Magick of Thelema 23 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Holy Books of Thelema are Aleister Crowley's legacy to his heirs; that is, all those who may call themselves Thelemites. Written in high trance upon exalted planes of spiritual experience, through Crowley rather than by him, the words have an uncanny way of taking the reader "along for the ride". As such, while they are valuable as literary works of art in their own right, these writings can awaken similar experiences in the intuitive, initiated reader upon each successive reading. Includes the quintessential Thelemic Holy Book, Liber AL vel Legis and the holotype ms. Liber L. A must for the Magickal library of all Thelemites.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Holy Books Of Thelema 30 Mar. 2000
By Fred R.Spears - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Aleister Crowley no doubt impacted spirituality and mysticism profoundly, and this ever-lasting mark upon culture is no more experienced than in the Holy Books. Written in his highest of trances and clearest moments of truth, the Holy books are very complex. I loved the prose and flowing style trademark of Crowley, but his profundity and command of all things Magickal make these infinitely more complete and multi-layered than any student can imagine. Practical in essence, enlightened in style, and valuable to any true thelemite or magician, the Holy books are a must-read for anyone serious about taking up the path of truth.
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