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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of Crowleyanity.
This is the infamous book which was dictated to Aleister Crowley by the Praetor-Human entity, Aiwass, in Cairo in April 1904, revealing the coming of the New Aeon of Horus, with Aleister as its Prophet. One of its main messages, "Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be The Whole Of The Law", must rank as the most misunderstood, misappropriated and misinterpreted dictums in the history...
Published on 23 Mar 2012 by Barry Mac

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3.0 out of 5 stars O.K.
Helions does not have this book on its "must get" list but would suggest giving it a read through if you are interested in Thelema and/or a major Crowley fan.
Published on 21 Jun 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of Crowleyanity., 23 Mar 2012
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This is the infamous book which was dictated to Aleister Crowley by the Praetor-Human entity, Aiwass, in Cairo in April 1904, revealing the coming of the New Aeon of Horus, with Aleister as its Prophet. One of its main messages, "Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be The Whole Of The Law", must rank as the most misunderstood, misappropriated and misinterpreted dictums in the history of Occultism. The phrase is directly connected to Crowley's concept of the True Will, which each individual human being must discover for him/herself. The idea is to honestly and objectively pursue this goal until the everyday facade, or persona, that a person wears throughout his/her existence is no longer necessary and may be utterly rejected. One's True Will, Destiny or status thus revealed in the scheme of human existence may be found to contrast sharply with the role one has been unwittingly playing all one's life: in many instances a falsehood imposed upon the individual by the exterior, socio-political and religious forces of societal conformity. This is why Crowley also stated: "The word of Sin is Restriction." He was acutely aware that the true identities and purposes of human beings had been crushed for generations by the Christian Empire. The Book Of The Law stated that this "Old Aeon" was about to be destroyed, and clearly outlined several, unambiguous predictions in respect of the rest of the 20th Century, which overtly manifested in reality. The text not only predicted the rise of Adolf Hitler and the coming of the two world wars, but also the turbulence and chaos of the 1960's, including the emergence of "youth-culture". Curiously, it was towards the end of that same decade that Aleister's own popularity re-emerged and then flourished - big time. As to the Entity responsible for the dictation of the Book, Crowley himself changed his mind several times with regard to the actual identity of Aiwass, equating him with his Holy Guardian Angel on one occasion and later dubbing the Deity "Our Lord The Devil".

The writer (and close friend of Crowley's) Louis Wilkinson accurately stated that the best way to approach The Book Of The Law was for each individual to treat the text as a personal, private and confidential letter, written by Aiwass and for the reader's eyes only. In this way, certain Chapters, Verses or simple lines of text would hold immense significance for that person and the true Magick of the Book would be liberated by the securing of this personal bond between the text and the individual. How a person chose to interpret these significances and act upon them was their business: but it was strongly advisable that the person NOT speak to anybody else about this personal, one-to-one relationship, - or discuss the Book at all - in order to enhance and empower further the personal, Magickal link. This beautifully produced, Centennial Edition of The Book Of The Law - complete with a newly scanned copy of the original, handwritten manuscript and colour plates of the Stele of Revealing - is now sublimely aesthetically suited to such a relationship.

Unfortunately, many of Crowley's self-ordained disciples self-evidently follow a base, ego-powered obsession with "being a Magus", with the overblown conceit, arrogance and pretensiousness in each case serving as the stark, concrete evidence for the aberration. All such expressions of immature, weakling stupidity are supremely contrary to the Law of Thelema. The Book Of The Law speaks not whatsoever to any of the ego-tripping, imbecilic, self-styled, stereotypical Crowley-Clones out there - but is written for the attention of the true Thelemite, the innate Individualist and the congenital Magician.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Book Of The Law is controversial and often misunderstood, 24 Feb 1999
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As you can tell from the other reviews of this book, it provokes a wide range of reactions from its readers. To some it's an idol; to others, a comic book. The book itself says, "The fool readeth this Book of the Law, and its comment; & he understandeth it not. Let him come through the first ordeal, & it will be to him as silver. Through the second, gold. Through the third, stones of precious water. Through the fourth, ultimate sparks of the intimate fire. Yet to all it shall seem beautiful. Its enemies who say not so, are mere liars." I would suggest that no one buy this book unless they are prepared to find it either disappointing or transformative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality print, 3 April 2014
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I'll refrain from comment on the content - you probably already know if it appeals to you - but the quality of the physical book is excellent. It's nicely sized and comes complete with a facsimile of the original manuscript
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of the Law, 28 July 2013
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I ordered the Book of the Law for next day delivery and it didn't disappoint. I love this book as its small enough to fit in any bag. I will be purchasing the hard back version when I go for my OTO membership in September.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this, 29 July 2011
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I love this book and would not be without it. It is not for everyone, but if you are interested in the deeper aspects of esotericism I would recommend it. Excellent accompiament for thoth tarot deck
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Magickal Formula Of The Aeon of Horus, 31 Aug 1999
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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
These are hard words to live by. What is my true will? How do I go about doing it? The Book of The Law tells how. No, not is straight forward, simplistic language, nor in rules or dogma to be followed without question, like sheep to the slaughter. But it does answer them for those who will listen.
Read The Book of the Law. Put it down. Cogitate on it. Read it again. Then again. Then read the extended commentary "The Law is For All". You may not come away from the experience as a Thelemite, but you will come away changed for the better. I did, after a thirty year spiritual search to litteraly the four corners of the World.
Love is the Law, Love under Will.
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What the hell?, 9 Nov 2000
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Read the book. Try and read Crowley's handwriting. Wonder what that was all about. Read it again and find interesting lines. Completely ignore all the warnings about studying and typing it. Wonder again, what all that was about. Repeat until bored. I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book of the Law, 20 Jun 2014
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This is a very good book. very difficult to understand as other Mr:Crowley book.
but read it sevel of times and some of the stuf will be understanding.
A.Crowley read that the book must bee destroyed after one reading .But then again "He was a little CRAZY.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting philosophy, 12 May 2013
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a lot of what is written can be portrayed in todays world, especially int the entertainment industry. pay attention to the way it is written and the detail of symbolism to find out truly why, people want to believe this book should be a worshiped guidance of the minorities in the world today. this book is in the hands of governments, dictators and tyrants many of which play a role in the super powers of the world. I feel those whom have lost faith in religion, perhaps need answers to why life is being treating them unfairly, even to some extent can relate to you will find answers to those questions you seem to need answers too. The author is very smart and ends the book with a reverse psychological comment, as if to drag the reader into his way of thinking. the thought of there being a devil must surely give people whom have lost faith reason to believe there must be a "Saviour" "god-like figure head" "priest" "king" in which we can all begin to believe in once more. eye for an eye is the uttermost core and root to all unlawful acts. when will it end?
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3.0 out of 5 stars O.K., 21 Jun 1999
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Helions does not have this book on its "must get" list but would suggest giving it a read through if you are interested in Thelema and/or a major Crowley fan.
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