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on 15 June 2010
I wonder how many people have read about Aleister Crowley's "wicked ways" (all that Satanism, child murder, perverted sex and black magick etc) and wondered why any sensible person would want to get involved with such practices.

This is the book they need to set their conceptions straight. It enables you to do exactly what it promises in the sub-title. The Lovely Lon is fine for those who already know something about ceremonial magick, but a modern, readable book that de-mystifies Thelema for the general reader is long overdue.

Whether you're interested in taking your first steps along Uncle Al's path, or you're just curious to know more, this is for you. Rodney Orpheus writes in a chatty, easy style, but he doesn't patronise, he gives you lots of practical information, and he quite obviously knows what he's talking about.

And if you do start practising you can lend it to your Mum (or your friends) so she (and they) will know you will never, ever crucify your pet cat.
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on 26 March 2010
I give the book five stars with the title in mind; if you're already familiar with magick (specifically Thelemic magick) then this probably isn't going to be a book you'll need to read. Having said that, it's an enjoyable book to read with plenty of practical, straight forward exercises that could be useful to anyone interested in working Thelemic magick, whether new to it or otherwise. The book is good in that if you work with it as you read it, it'll take you step by step through simple breathing exercises as well as basic ritual work and the thinking behind these practices. This makes the book pretty damn necessary for those new to practical magick in my opinion; it certainly beats trying to wade your way through God knows how many texts that Crowley wrote over his life (though naturally you'll want to do that at some point too). Again I'll state that if you're not a beginner, it still might be worth a read so I'd give it say three or four stars in that sense, but it is aimed at the 'noobs' out there, which is why I give it a solid five stars.
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on 27 January 2008
Great introduction to Thelema - the concepts are thoroughly explained and easy to understand. Useful for a beginner even if Ceremonial magick isn't your thing; I started my journey with Chaos magick but am finding this book really useful.
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