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Liber Aleph Vel CXI: Book of Wisdom or Folly (The equinox) [Paperback]

Aleister Crowley
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser; Revised edition edition (Jun 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877287295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877287292
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 631,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Liber Aleph vel CXI: The Book of Wisdom or Folly is the title of The Equinox, volume III, number VI, by Aleister Crowley. The book is written in the form of an epistle to his magical son, Charles Stansfeld Jones, Frater Achad, whom Crowley later doubted as being his true magical son, asserting that Achad had in fact gone insane, citing as evidence Achad's "upending the tree of life" in his Q.B.L., or The Bride's Reception, the first of Achad's major Qabalistic works. The number 111 given to the title refers to the numerical value of the Hebrew letter Aleph spelt in full which in Hermetic teachings corresponds to the first Tarot trump The Fool. The 111, added to Crowley's own number 666, produced the number of this magical son, 777.

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I HAVE BEGOTTEN THEE, O MY SON, AND that strangely, as thou knowest, upon the Scarlet Woman called Hilarion, as it was mysteriously foretold unto me in The Book of the Law. Read the first page
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Either the new Bible, or hocus-pocus 1 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Crowley's Book of Wisdom and Folly must certainly be taken with pinches of salt here and there, and the reader must be prepared to skip parts altogether as nonsense. The reader must also be male - women are likely to throw the book away after the first page.
That said, The Book must be read for some of the magnificent insights, found elsewhere in Crowley's writings, but not in 'standard' books of 'philosophy'... this is not a philosophical work; neither is it Satanic, or any other label people have given it.
It is impossible to write a brief review of The Book, partly because of its 'heterogeneous' composition, lacking any central theme- seen from the point of view of a non-gnostic. For the general reader interested in finding - there is no other word for it but 'magnificent'- magnificent insights into ... into? This reviewer cannot even say insights into what.
The tone of authority here will be appreciated by some and criticized by others.
This reviewer is being as rambling as Crowley is in The Book- but if one cares to look through the rambling, the insights- indeed, truths- have the power to transform people's attitudes to philosophy, even people's philosophies.
Read The Book if you will to do so. Those readers who are struck by the first declaration of 'The Law' - and possibly only those readers- must read The Book: Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liber aleph: the book of wisdom or folly???? 6 Oct 2004
By rubyray1618 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book has some real character to it. Its topics and generalities are sometimes predictable. although the book was written in an olde english sort of manner, its delivery is stellar. One should expect nothing short of stunning insight, being you provide the patience and correctly aligned will. In the end i found myself uplifted by the random and cohesive nature that crowley presents for the reader. If you have never read any Crowley works this may be a good start. Philosophy and eastern mysticism in 208 chapters of occult wisdom
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very nice book for people that want a spiritual prespective for almost everything in life 3 Jun 2012
By Evod - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I believe that this is one of the greatest books of A.C. he gathers in it all the spiritual knowledge off a lifetime in some great advices. The language is formal, i really like that, sometimes it could be difficult to read, especially for people that English is not their first language, but it really worth's it. Also i think that this book is the perfect guide for people that have choose that lifestyle. For me the people who think that this book is not good they simply cannot understand it in deep....
10 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Either the new Bible, or hocus-pocus 1 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Crowley's Book of Wisdom and Folly must certainly be taken with pinches of salt here and there, and the reader must be prepared to skip parts altogether as nonsense. The reader must also be male - women are likely to throw the book away after the first page.
That said, The Book must be read for some of the magnificent insights, found elsewhere in Crowley's writings, but not in 'standard' books of 'philosophy'... this is not a philosophical work; neither is it Satanic, or any other label people have given it.
It is impossible to write a brief review of The Book, partly because of its 'heterogeneous' composition, lacking any central theme- seen from the point of view of a non-gnostic. For the general reader interested in finding - there is no other word for it but 'magnificent'- magnificent insights into ... into? This reviewer cannot even say insights into what.
The tone of authority here will be appreciated by some and criticized by others.
This reviewer is being as rambling as Crowley is in The Book- but if one cares to look through the rambling, the insights- indeed, truths- have the power to transform people's attitudes to philosophy, even people's philosophies.
Read The Book if you will to do so. Those readers who are struck by the first declaration of 'The Law' - and possibly only those readers- must read The Book: Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
2 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Reading 17 Feb 2005
By Joseph Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Though praised as one of Crowley's better works, it is actually his most mundane. I got it because I found it at a really low discount price and I was looking to get the few actual books by Crowley on the market I don't already own. This is because I know almost all there is to know about Crowley and his beliefs and practices so it made for easy reading. Still though a solid and well written book for those seriously interested in the teachings of prophet Crowley. The book is easy reading because the chapters all are only about one half of a page each.
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