on 27 July 2009
If you already know something about ritual magick but you're still looking for a path, and you're curious about the Great Beast and all his Works, this is probably the very best book to start with. Lon Milo du Quette is a Thelemite of many years experience. He writes clearly and in detail about Crowley's magical system, how the rituals (all given here) should be performed and what they mean. And - wow - unusually for a ritual magician, he has a sense of humour too. (Happily more accessible than Crowley's!)
Crowley has been dismissed as over-complicated, verbose, or just barking mad. He was - and in many ways still is - way ahead of his time. His magic has a pattern and logic all of its own, but it isn't for dabblers. There is enough information in this book to occupy an aspirant for years.
If you want to be a Thelemite, this should be in your library.
on 11 December 2012
Anyone who is teaching, or perhaps studying Thelema will love this guide. It's written in a modern manner, so it's easy to understand. The perfect magick revision guide, as it were. Honest, open and full of information. The best book n Crowley's magick I have come across so far.
on 25 March 2010
If you're into Thelemic magick then this book is a must, period. I have only praise for it; Lon Milo really has written a(nother) gem of a book here. Everything is easy to read which obviously counts for a lot given the subject matter, and I'd say it's especially useful to those new to Alesiter Crowley's magick. All around thumbs up here.
on 18 December 2015
The 'Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of Rituals of Thelema,' is a well written practical book, which details the rites and rituals propagated by one of the most reputed Magicians of the 20th century, Aleister Crowley. The text begins by explaining Crowley's paradigm of 'Magick' and then guides the reader through practicing the pentagram and hexagram rituals, in addition to Crowley's other rites, such as Liber Samekh and Liber Resh.
I will be honest and state that I am not a great fan of Lon Milo Duquette's other books, however he has really achieved something here by assembling Crowley's rituals from various documents and editing them into one, easy to follow, book. This would be a great book for those who are interested in discovering and practicing the rituals of Aleister Crowley, which are often vaguely described or omitted completely in his biographies.
I managed to purchase a brand new copy for £8 from one of the sellers on Amazon, which is very good value for money and well worth it. I would also recommend buying 'Gems from the Equinox' (hardback) to go with this text.