on 2 January 2014
Aleister Crowley was such a diverse character that even today, long after the magickians death, there is still room for another radical re-appraisal of the man and his volumous literary output and, despite warnings to the contrary within its pages, even of the central text to Crowley's writings - Liber AL or 'The Book of the Law'.
Don Webb is a respected advocate of the Left-Hand Path and a long-serving member of the Temple of Set. In 'Overthrowing the Old Gods' he takes a broad look at Crowley and Liber AL and analyses the book in detail - the trouble is, a great deal of the content of this book is aged and has been reprinted from sources that are both his own and others. Even if you can forgive him and his publishers that much then the material that is original commentary upon BOL is vague, inconclusive and so evidently tinged with the perceptions of a Sethian rather than a Horian that the reader is left wondering whether the author has actually understood the core context upon which Liber AL is founded.
I am by no means an advocate of the idea that Liber AL is a sacred text but I do feel that it contain essential and illuminating occult insights - ideas that extend beyond Crowley's slightly 'colourful' sub-conscious. I was hoping that this publication would dust off a few of them but sadly it fails and one is left wondering why the book was written in the first place by someone who appears to have ended up writing a book that illuminates Liber ALs weaknesses rather than its strengths.
I have decided to give the book two stars rather than one simply because in its latter pages the author does offer an interesting appraisal of Crowley but this is a somewhat fleeting relief in a pretty grim, badly formulated and misleading publication.