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on 18 May 2013
This was the first Crowley book I've read (if you're new to his work, I'd advise reading the Book of Law first) and really enjoyed it. It is a book to interpret personally, some ideas not everyone will agree with, I know I didn't. It's very subjective, and without previous reading in this genre, some references might seem a bit obscure. I think it's a great one to come back to now and again.
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on 21 July 1999
This is a series of quirky, epigrammatic sayings/poems/stories. To really understand all the little puns and nuances requires an understanding of western qabbala and of Crowley's own highly idiosyncratic occult theories. To really enjoy the book, however, all one needs is that enignma, Common Sense, as rare as it is common.
In short it is a book that speaks to the intuitive side of our nature, while leaving puzzles galore to occupy our intellectual side.
Perhaps one of Crowley's best (if you assume Liber Al was dictated, not written).
M
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on 29 July 2011
If you love books steeped in esoteric references you will love this. I have found it complemntary to the thoth tarot, and good in its own right.
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on 22 May 2012
First published in 1913, `The Book of Lies which is also falsely called Breaks the wanderings or falsifications of the one thought of Frater Perdurabo (Crowley) which thought is itself untrue', is a collection of paradoxes and aphorisms, consisting of ninety-three chapters of various lengths, concerning the Qabalistic signifigance of each number. For example, chapter 36 `The Star Sapphire' gives a revised and `perfect' ritual of the Hexagram, 36 being the square of 6; and chapter 77 refers to Laylah, whose numerical value in Hebrew is 77, and so on. Each chapter has a commentary to help understand the veiled symbolism and obscure allusions behind each numerical interpretation. There are puns, play upon words revealing secret `esoteric' knowledge; double and even triple meanings connected in combinations that will outrage, baffle and thoroughly perplex the reader beyond belief, but all of a sudden, through diligent work and understanding, its subtle beauty is revealed! Remarkable!
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on 23 August 1998
THE BOOK OF LIES, WHICH IS ALSO FALSELY CALLED BREAKS, THE WANDERINGS OR FALSIFICATION OF THE THOUGHT OF FRATER PERDURABO WHICH THOUGHT ITSELF IS UNTRUE... Within the 93 "chapters" of this enigmatic little book lie the deepest and most profound "truths". Ranging from a single symbol to nearly two pages in length, the subject of each chapter/poem is determined by the Qabalistic significance of its number. The often outrageous and entertaining commentaries accompanying each chapter explain just enough, but not too much, to assist the reader in their own Qabalistic understanding of these words and numbers. Concerning this wonderful collection of gems, Crowley himself writes: "At first sight the book is a jumble of nonsense intended to insult the reader. It requires infinite study, sympathy, intuition and initiation. Given these, I do not hesitate to claim that in none other of my writings have I given so profound and comprehensive an exposition of my philosophy on every plane..." Need we say more?
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on 12 March 1998
In this little book, Aleister Crowley pours the entire opus of his thoughts and teachings. This is not to say that it is an "easy" book to grasp, for each "chapter" or poem is an enigma wrapped in a riddle obscured by a mental kick to the head. This is a *must* read for anyone who wishes to follow the path of Thelema, and of Magick in general.
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on 26 October 2009
Although i enjoy expanding my knowledge, and this book was recommended to me by someone who's opinion i respect, i have to say that it's certainly not an easy read. the chapters are often small (a number being a couple of lines or even words), however, these few words are very symbolic, often to the point of being enigmatic. The original text is accompanied by a desciption of the meaning, which i found incoherent and often useless to me. i'm sure that if you enjoy reading something that is all the things i've described, or even like a challenge, this book will work for you, but for me, it's obvious why this kind of material is not part of the mainstream.
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on 10 October 2013
Well, its a really random book. Nothing like what I expected. It has just small paragraphs full of lines that you cant really understand like small obscure poems, and then a large paragraph to explain the words of these small "poems" what this and what that mean etc..... No practice and nothing to learn really, cos the "explanations" are mostly about the symbols that the author likes to use not universal symbols and values.
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on 26 March 2013
I found out about this book from a new website [...], which provides a brief description of Crowley as the arch magician and also mentions his books and his systems [along with many others though I gather it is early days yet for the site there are many more to come].

As the website says this book will mean absolutely nothing to someone who isn't well versed in magic and mysticism , symbolism and Crowley's system - in fact the system of many magicians. Or shall we say the ball and the polo stick approach to life.

It made me laugh in the way an in joke makes you laugh, but I can well see it would truly annoy someone who was, as it were, not in on the joke. When the symbols are all up and explained on the site above it may help. May.
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on 25 October 2010
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law,

This is a brilliant book for those that have an interest in the Great Work and the like. Albiet it's a little hard to understand but when you read and re read it. It starts to click.

Part of the student reading list, so a definate buy for anyone who is seeking initiation into the A.'.A.'.

Love this book, it is always a great read!

Love is the law, love under will.
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