- Publisher: Book Sales (Mar. 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1555217664
- ISBN-13: 978-1555217662
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 17.8 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 522,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Magick in Theory and Practice Hardcover – 1 Mar 1992
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This is his definitive text, containing firstly of a dicusion on religions, where they agree or are similair, and where they differ.
There is then a dicussion on meditation, followed by (the bulk of the book), Crowley's system of Magick. This is not conjuring, but magick to contact other beings, for the purpose of enlightenment and knowledge. (he himself contacted his guardian angel, a being who dictated the Book of the Law to him, which included the famous phrase "do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law").
Whether the reader intends to follow in the footsteps of Aleister Crowley, or is mearly interested in reading a work by the man as opposed to a book about him, this is an essential purchase . On the one hand, it is his seminal work. On the other is a very interesting insite into the beliefs of on of the most enigmatic men of the 20th century
In this work Crowley clearly explains his position on black magic as well as the basics of his own magickal system of Thelema. The clue to the absurd accusations of black magic lies in one of Crowley's other essays (An initiated interpretation of ceremonial magic) in which he states "Magic is a mirror, wherein one who sees muck, is muck."
Aleister Crowley devoted his life to the pursuit of Life, Love and Liberty, which is why he is loathed by the powers that be and the gutter press, who want to keep you in your place so that you can serve their iniquitous purposes.
Readers of any of Crowley's works also need to remember that he had an all-pervading sense of humour and often dealt with delicate or esoteric matters symbolically rather than literally.
Listen to the theory, and ignore the practice . Or simply ' do what thou will '.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even though the so-called blue brick remains the most popular version of MAGICK, this publication, editted and annotated by John Symmonds and Kenneth Grant, remains an important... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Petros Theodorides
Excellent book by Crowley. A very good magician who was hated by very much he did. Known as the Great Beast and upset folk by his bad behaviour.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Another `Createspace` sham production. Make sure you look at the description photo as this is not a hardback copy of `Magick` but a slim paperback with massive printed text. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Turley
This product is a fake. This is not the real thing and is poor rendition of a great book. I would suggest just buying the original Book 4, where this book first appears to avoid... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gryph
For the cheap price good value. At least getting some of the essential info out there for the present aeon. 93/93 93.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer