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A perfect workbook for magical groups, 30 Dec. 2011
There's an old adage that the collective term for a group of magicians is a 'mistake'. While there may be some mileage in that, it's often the lack of clear purpose, source material or experience that puts paid to many group magical endeavours before they ever really get off the ground. One of the single biggest questions asked by those deciding to form a group with the intent of working magical ritual is 'so now we're here, what are we actually going to do?'. For those seeking a little more than the average teen witch book of spells or high street bookstore guide to Wicca, a wealth of books catering for the solo practitioner are available, but when it comes to group ritual there's precious little out there. Until now.
In this long-awaited follow up to his first book 'Abrahadabra: Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thelemic Magick', author Rodney Orpheus has produced a unique collection of magical rituals, with groups very much in mind.
'Grimoire of Aleister Crowley: Group Rituals in the Age of Thelema' picks up where 'Abrahadabra' left off in providing a clear, concise and easy-to-follow collection of ritual workings that can be performed in a group setting by anyone willing to give them a go.
'Grimoire' is unlike any other ritual book I've ever owned; each of the 15 rituals, many of which were taken from previously unavailable material by Crowley himself, are presented with safety notes (very important), clear diagrams for temple layout, level of difficulty, lists of temple furniture and regalia and each rite is introduced and annotated fully throughout to eliminate ambiguity in performance or meaning.
From relatively simple Gnostic eucharists to full blown Goetic evocations and initiation rituals, this book has something for anyone wishing to explore the manifold benefits of getting together with others to work Thelemic magic, regardless of their experience levels. As such it is a perfect workbook, whether it be for newly formed or established groups alike, which should keep any serious body of practitioners busy for years to come.