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5.0 out of 5 stars CROWLEY-DUQUETTE-HYATT, an Unholy Trinity
Aleister Crowley was called a black magician and the "wickedest man in the world." He was also called a holy-man, prophet, and Logos of the Aeon. In either case, he was the most brilliant and prolific philosopher magicians of the 20th Century. His greatest failing (if you can call it a failing) was the fact that he wrote as if he expected his readers were as...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Uh?
When I bought this book, I thought it would have all the answers. It doesn't. It is just Aliester Crowley's work recycled. It is full of uselss information about 'spirits.' DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY
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5.0 out of 5 stars CROWLEY-DUQUETTE-HYATT, an Unholy Trinity, 4 April 2002
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This review is from: Aleister Crowley's Illustrated Goetia (Paperback)
Aleister Crowley was called a black magician and the "wickedest man in the world." He was also called a holy-man, prophet, and Logos of the Aeon. In either case, he was the most brilliant and prolific philosopher magicians of the 20th Century. His greatest failing (if you can call it a failing) was the fact that he wrote as if he expected his readers were as educated, brilliant, and insightful as he. (He also mistakenly thought they could all figure out when he was kidding.)
I'm no dummy, and it took me several years, lots of reference books, and a good deal of spiritual courage before I could begin to appreciate Crowley and his works. Helping to light my way through the dark tangles of Crowleyana were two books that were amazingly easy to understand, THE ENOCHIAN WORLD OF ALEISTER CROWLEY, and ALEISTER CROWLEY'S ILLUSTRATED GOETIA. These little gems were written with the expressed purpose of making Crowley's works on Enochian and Goetic magick comprehensible and usable.
I don't know what gods conspired to bring Lon Milo Duquette and Christopher S. Hyatt, Ph.D together as a writing team, but I thank them. Both these gentlemen are prolific authors and famous in their own right, (just search their names on Amazon.com). Together with Crowley, however, they become an Unholy Trinity of modern magick.
If you would actually like to perform magick instead of just reading about it, read both these little books now. Do I sound impressed? I am.
-- R.D. Potter
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Goetic version of 'Enochian Sex Magick', 22 April 2001
This review is from: Aleister Crowley's Illustrated Goetia (Paperback)
When people think of a magician standing within a circle commanding demons then they are thinking of the 'goetia'. It is one of the most feared and most powerful systems of magic availably to the modern sorcerer. Unfortunately the original manuscripts describe operations that would be almost impossible for the modern day magician to carry out. The need for long journey's in order to find 'magical ingredients' and vast wealth being just two of the prerequisites. The fact is that many of these instructions were given as red herrings to put off the unsuitable. This new edition gets rid of all that is unnecessary, updates the archaic language, and shows us that the system can be used outside of it's judeo-christian roots. The best thing about this book is however the strong sense that the authors have used the system and that it works!! They describe a time when a goetic evocation was performed in a son's bedroom while their wife and kids sat watching T.V. It is this down to earth approach that makes the book even more accessible to the modern magician. The only downsides being that they felt the need to use Crowley's name to help sell the book and that the title implies 'sexual evocation' on which there is only one chapter. Overall, though, it is a very good book that does for the geotia what 'Enochian Sex Magick' (by the same authors) does for the Enochian system.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great content wise, if misleading...., 25 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Aleister Crowley's Illustrated Goetia (Paperback)
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Uh?, 6 May 2005
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This review is from: Aleister Crowley's Illustrated Goetia (Paperback)
When I bought this book, I thought it would have all the answers. It doesn't. It is just Aliester Crowley's work recycled. It is full of uselss information about 'spirits.' DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY
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