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on 13 May 2012
This volume contains many interesting papers by the magician Aleister Crowley, referring to the Holy Books of Thelema, a set of inspired poetic texts or `divine scriptures', depending on your point of view, received in 1907 and 1911. Within this book is Crowley's excellent essay `Occultism', a forward-thinking explanation of the subject. There is also `One Star in Sight' a glimpse of the structure and system of the Great White Brotherhood; Liber XXXIII an Account of A.A.; Liber XIII vel Graduum Montis Abiegni; Liber CLXXXV, which describes the tasks and the oaths of the magical grades; Liber Vesta; Liber DCLXXI vel Pyramidos; Liber VIII, an invocation of the Augoeides; Liber Cordis Cincti serpent vel LXV; Liber LXXI - `The Voice of Silence', `The Two Paths' and `The Seven Portals', being Crowley's commentaries on the above works by Helena Blavatsky. There are also the shorter commentaries to the Holy Books of Thelema. In fact, the book aids the aspirant in the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel, and the grade of Adeptus Minor; this is therefore an important publication to magicians everywhere!
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on 28 January 1997
93- This formidable tome contains an annotated version of 'The Heart Girt with a Serpent' with notes by The Master Therion and some unusual color plates of the robes for the outer order of the A:.A:. The rest of the material can also be found in the 'Blue Equinox' (Vol III No. I) and consists of annotations to works by Blavatsky. The notes on 'The Heart...' show how rich and wonderful the holy book sof Thelema can be and how knowledgable one has to be to understand their initiated interpretation. Also included are some notes on other class A and D documents.