Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was a magus, poet, sexual athlete, mountaineer, traitor, drug fiend, and Prophet of a New Eon. He has been dubbed "The Wickedest Man in the World." Author of 777, Diary of a Drug Fiend, and Book of Lies, as well as many other books, Crowley, with Freida Harris, also created the bestselling Thoth Tarot Deck.
An admirable collection of Crowley's aphorisms-- Witty, subtle, and instructive paradoxes that challenge and exhilarate.
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The secrets of the VIII° 'chapter 44', IX° 'chapter 36', and XI° 'chapter 61, also the key to the final four abramelin squares's formula for awakening the kundalini' of the Ordo Templi Orientis, are laid bare under archaic allegory for the reader to deduce, as are the secrets of the formulas of the Master of the Temple, 'Nothing is true, everything is permitted' and the Magus 'All is illusion, I am the master of reality.' The 67th chapter also alludes to the Master of the Temple who has had his reality destroyed, will soon realize even the physical is illusion and that Nothing IS. II Peter 3:10-12: '...the heavens shall pass away...the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up...all these things shall be dissolved...the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat....' Chapter 71 vaguely alludes to the means that the Magus uses to dissolve his body and mind 'Kriya Yoga', and free of them, to enter the Void and become Ipissimus. (Ipissimus is from the Latin Altissimus, or highest). 'All souls eternally exist, Each individual, ultimate Perfect - each makes itself a mist Of mind and flesh to celebrate With some twin mask their tender tryst Insatiate.' -Aleister Crowley, one star in sight. Chapter 73 lists the formula of the middle order of the rose cross wherein the magick wand becomes the Phallus, and at the third order of the silver star, how death is the only door to God. The key to Aiwass and Nuit 'I was' and 'Knew it' and the loss of enlightenment as the ego forms after birth and how it must be annihilated to see the soul life blinded oneself to is explained throughout. Chapter 88 specifies the opening the of the secret of political and priestly mind control used to control the outer and inner life of man, respectively, 'Either act like I do or you are not good enough' conveyed in actions. Chapter 77 has a picture of the Elixer of the IX created through the operation of chapter 36. Chapter 68 gives hope to anyone on the path that after they have spoken their Word 'babble of the apes' they will die soon after. Chapter 62 expresses the formula of the Magus to create a psychological universe 'religion' to hide the physical from all those who hear it, as well as instruction for the VIII° operation. Chapter 58 has the secret of the royal arch written as the first letter of each word whispered into the intiate's ear, IABULON hidden within it, Iah, Bul, On, = Sun Sun Sun = 666. I could go on and on about this book, but for chrissake if you have read my review thus far, get a copy for yourself and read it again and again!
The muddled symbolism and confusing verse of much of Crowley's poetry hides the true qabalistic /occult meaning of his work. After much studying of the verse in the Book of Lies, the true genius of the author will begin to shine forth, possibly changing your opinion of the slandered character, Master Therion. Do not be deceived by the title! Every truth is also a lie...
A seemingly meaningless collection of ramblings, but in it's simplest interpretation it reveals itself as fairly straight forward musings. Ranging from religious and world commentary to personal thoughts in poetic form. Keep in mind Crowley quite enjoyed confusing people, and the mind altering drugs he was taking didn't help his writings to be any clearer. To read this is to witness the inner workings of an unique and complex mind. Very interesting over all.