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Abrahadabra: Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thelemic Magick
Abrahadabra: Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thelemic Magick
by Rodney Orpheus
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book to start out with., 26 Mar. 2010
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.


Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of Rituals of Thelema
Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of Rituals of Thelema
by Lon Milo DuQuette
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant., 25 Mar. 2010
If you're into Thelemic magick then this book is a must, period. I have only praise for it; Lon Milo really has written a(nother) gem of a book here. Everything is easy to read which obviously counts for a lot given the subject matter, and I'd say it's especially useful to those new to Alesiter Crowley's magick. All around thumbs up here.


Aleister Crowley's Illustrated Goetia
Aleister Crowley's Illustrated Goetia
by Christopher S. Hyatt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great content wise, if misleading...., 25 Mar. 2010
I really enjoyed this book; I think it sets out the information such as types of metals or times of day etc. etc. in a better way than the more 'classic' Goetia versions, and yes, it's nice that it's illustrated all the way through (even if a lot of the spirits look the same). The chapters that are new, e.g. accounts of past workings are interesting and well written, and help bring the text to life a little more than previous editions. Alternative calls are given for summoning which are helpful for those who are put off by the long, long, long, long evocations in older texts. The idea that somehow the book is about sex magick is frankly ridiculous though; it has three pages that touch on sex. I still give the book five stars simply because I enjoyed reading it a lot, and honestly couldn't care less that it doesn't cover anything profound concerning sex magick; it just doesn't matter. If you're thinking about buying this edition of the Goetia because it covers sexual evocation, just don't; you will be wasting your money. For anyone who simply wants a more modern, workable copy of the Goetia, then I'd recommend this book without reservation.


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