on 27 May 2000
Lon DuQuette, once again, provides the practicing Thelemite with solid and insightful commentary on some of those 'particularly thelemic' rituals. His affable manner and sense of humor are refreshing, and a nice change of pace from the usual heavy, almost 'holier-than-thou' perspective I get from some others tackling the phenomena of Crowley. Lon gives you the feeling that he's 'been there, done that', as clearly, he has.His forte, however, is making Crowley's sometimes complex ritual working, understandable. Not only in the practical sense, but also from an intellectual one. Not an easy task. Lon DuQuette's books have enriched my Thelemic experience greatly.
Also recommended: Like to tackle Enochian but a little put off by its apparent complexity? Read DuQuette & Hyatt's 'Enochian Sex Magick'. It broke the 'code' for me after several others failed.
on 10 February 1997
Would you like to study the works of the most important magician of the 20th Century but don't know where to begin? Are you ashamed to admit that you've tried to read Crowley and found it impossible understand a word he wrote? Then take heart! Lon Milo DuQuette's THE MAGICK OF THELEMA, A Handbook of the Rituals of Aleister Crowley is without question the most unintimidating, amusing and user-friendly guide to the works of Aleister Crowley ever written. Drawing on the insights of a quarter century of magical practice, DuQuette discusses the fundamental theories of Crowley's thought and analyzes the central rituals of his Ceremonial Magick work. DuQuette's Thelemic Magick credentials are impressive; 22 years as an international officer of Crowley's own magical order, Ordo Templi Orientis; creator of TAROT OF CEREMONIAL MAGICK (Deck by U.S. Games, book by Samuel Weiser); and co-author with Christopher S. Hyatt of ENOCHIAN WORLD OF ALEISTER CROWLEY, TABOO, SEX MAGICK, TANTRA AND TAROT, and ALEISTER CROWLEY'S ILLUSTRATED GOETIA. His delirious sense of humor is to be found winking around the corners of words, in the midst of serious, deep, metaphysical considerations. THE MAGICK OF THELEMA is an invaluable introduction to any aspiring magician who could use help getting started in the practice of ritual magick. It also provides a wonderful summary for those of us who have forgotten most of what they know or thought they ever knew.
on 30 June 1999
I'll be honest...I am not a ceremonialist, and frankly I never hope to be one. But be that as it may, anyone worth their weight in dirt magically (at least who follows any Western tradition) needs to be acquainted with the Banishing Rituals, and some other basics. And this is, in my opinion, the best introduction to them out there. He is actually able to EXPLAIN all those Crowleyisms that may have kept you from dabbling until now.
on 11 July 1998
Sex Magick was always one of my biggest interests. If your interested in that and other magic rituals, read this book. It's a better, and more accurate book on the magical arts than i thought it would be. This book includes several magical rituals for the experienced to try. (some advise) if your not experienced, do not buy this just yet. Invest in beginner books.
on 21 July 1999
Lacks the lyricism of Crowley, but has the meat. If you want to actually practice, there is no better book.
Hymanaeus Beta's books (edited, originals by Crowley) Goetia and BOOK 4 or Magick are excellent companions.
The Book of Thoth, Crowleys explanation of his Tarot deck with a lot of mythology and Crowleyanity thrown in, is another good book to have along with this one.
on 29 June 2011
This is a unique book in the world of occult literature in that it tackles Thelemic ceremonial Magick and gives a thorough grounding in the basic elements and techniques. There are chapters on the significance and importance of the Pentagram and Hexagram rituals - the foundation of all magick, to the sublime beauty of the Gnostic Mass.
To the beginner and intermediate practitioner of Magick alike, the classic rituals of Aleister Crowley can seem somewhat complex and confusing. L.M. Duquette looks at various obscure aspects of the rituals and gives general hints and explanations from his own extensive practical knowledge of the subject and shows how to perform them in accordance to the Aeon of Horus. He explores such rituals as: The Star Ruby; The Star Sapphire; Liber V vel Reguli; the solar rites - Liber Resh and The Mass of the Phoenix. Of particular interest is his innovative study of Liber Samekh, where he goes into great depth and detail, producing a workable and structured format that is easy to follow at all points of the ceremony.
Throughout all this, L.M. Duquette's sense of humour is also present in this extraordinary ground-breaking and thought-provoking, must have book!