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4.0 out of 5 stars An exhaustive elaboration of a Thelemic Holy Book., 13 May 2001
This review is from: Nightside of Eden (Hardcover)
I bought this book for three reasons; a close friend recommended it, it was an elaboration of 'Liber 231' and because Grant was Crowley's OTO successor. After flicking through a few other books in the 'Typhonian Trilogies' I think it is, ostensibly, Grants most focused work. The main theme is the Tree of Death, the reverse side of the Tree of Life. Previously the key Qabalistic diagram could be considered as a maze, complex enough for most (according to strict tradtion). Grant has raised the stakes significantly - he has broken the 'inviolable parameter' of the Tree and made something new. The Tree of Death is a labyrinth, dark, uncharted and sinister. The 'Tunnels of Set' are pretty heavy stuff. Unfortunately only half of the sigils in 'Liber 231' are discussed, but these are given colours and numbers. One does not have to seek far into separate manuscripts to obtain the full operative formulae. Seroius students should consult the 'Shadow Tarot' and its commentary by Soror Anahandana, the culmination of three generations of Magick exploration. A knowledge of traditional Qabalah is needed to enjoy this book. Also a superior intellect is required to maintain the thread of reasoning that is woven around such a plethora of seemingly foreign occult archetypes. All the Grant books I have come across are celophane wrapped, and for good reason! When I was in a famous 'occult' bookshop in London they were 'under the counter'. A serious book for serious readers.
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