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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be on everybody's bookshelf, 14 Mar 2013
Neil Wilkes (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Magick (Hardcover)
To quote from Crowley himself - "This book is for ALL: for every man, woman and child."
In this - his most accessible work - he attempts (and succeeds) in stripping away the mysticism and the charlatanism that generally surrounds the subject of Magick (the suffixed K serving to separate this system from the run of the mill nonsense) and delivers a complete system by which anyone who is prepared to put in the necessary work can improve and enrich his or her life by the simple virtue of enabling them to discover their true life's purpose.

Crowley defines Magick as "the Science and Art of causing change to occur in conformity with Will" with the postulate that "ANY required change may be effected by the application of the proper kind and degree of Force in the proper manner through the proper medium to the proper object" along with the following theorems
1 - Every intentional act is a Magical act (see "Definition" above)
2 - Every successful act has conformed to the postulate
3 - Every failure proves that one or more requirements of the postulate have not been fulfilled.

There are many more theorems that follow on as naturally from these initial statements as night surely follows day and the purpose of the book is to provide the dedicated student with the necessary training to allow himself to fulfill his will - or his purpose - in this life (the two amount to much the same thing in my mind) regardless of any religion he may have been brought up in. It is not a mystical path, although mysticism is discussed, any more than it is a religious path - although yet again religion is also discussed. It is nothing more or less than a method of finding your true path and learning how to develop it once found.
Nothing is assumed or taken for granted - all is questioned and open to question.

This is Crowley's masterpiece
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