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Magick in Theory and Practice [Paperback]

Aleister Crowley
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Sep 1999
Thus its fundamental conception is identical with that of modern science; underlying the whole system is a faith, implicit but real and firm, in the order and uniformity of nature. The magician does not doubt that the same causes will always produce the same effects, that the performance of the proper ceremony accompanied by the appropriate spell, will inevitably be attended by the desired results, unless, indeed, his incantations should chance to be thwarted and foiled by the more potent charms of another sorcerer.
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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: I-H-O Books; New Ed edition (Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1872189032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1872189031
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,871,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A much misunderstood man? 26 Mar 2010
This is a remarkable book. Crowley was such a controversial and reviled character. This book in his own words explores his understanding of Religion and Spirituality. What is clear is that this was a man standing very much at odds with the accepted culture of the time, a radical thinker and a free spirit. This book makes it clear that this was a man seeking spiritual enlightenment, in an age when mechanised warfare had dehumanised humanity through massive slaughter. He himself died in 1947. This is argued to be his best book, and draws on Gnosticism, Hinduism and Ancient Egyptian cosmology to formulate his own theory of Magic or 'Magick'. Numerous rituals are appended, and there are detailed explanations of incantations and devils encountered in these black rituals. It would be too simple to dismiss the whole book as black magic and occultism- it is such a very complex book drawing on philosophy, planetary relations, cosmogeny, mythology and genuine spiritual intelligence that it deserves an unprejudiced hearing. He was in the spiritual Avant Garde, whose affects are felt today. A flawed man- but with an astounding breadth of knowledge and experience of the 'occult' that it is hard to imagine is emulated today. There is integrity and soundness in a great deal of what he talks about as an ouspoken critic of ossified unexperiential religion as he clearly saw it at the time.
Listen to the theory, and ignore the practice . Or simply ' do what thou will '.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE Essential work by Crowley 9 Jan 2001
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Aleister Crowley - The name conjours up many images. Charlatan, mystic, con-man, evil, genius. Throughout his life and even now, he is either reviled or hailed by those who have heard of him.
This is his definitive text, containing firstly of a dicusion on religions, where they agree or are similair, and where they differ.
There is then a dicussion on meditation, followed by (the bulk of the book), Crowley's system of Magick. This is not conjuring, but magick to contact other beings, for the purpose of enlightenment and knowledge. (he himself contacted his guardian angel, a being who dictated the Book of the Law to him, which included the famous phrase "do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law").
Whether the reader intends to follow in the footsteps of Aleister Crowley, or is mearly interested in reading a work by the man as opposed to a book about him, this is an essential purchase . On the one hand, it is his seminal work. On the other is a very interesting insite into the beliefs of on of the most enigmatic men of the 20th century
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic is a mirror 8 Oct 2011
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This is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what Aleister Crowley was really about. It certainly gives the lie to those who believe that Crowley was a black magician - an invention of the gutter press during the 1920's.

In this work Crowley clearly explains his position on black magic as well as the basics of his own magickal system of Thelema. The clue to the absurd accusations of black magic lies in one of Crowley's other essays (An initiated interpretation of ceremonial magic) in which he states "Magic is a mirror, wherein one who sees muck, is muck."

Aleister Crowley devoted his life to the pursuit of Life, Love and Liberty, which is why he is loathed by the powers that be and the gutter press, who want to keep you in your place so that you can serve their iniquitous purposes.

Readers of any of Crowley's works also need to remember that he had an all-pervading sense of humour and often dealt with delicate or esoteric matters symbolically rather than literally.
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