Book of the Law

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"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." This oft-misunderstood phrase, which forms the basis for Crowley's practice of Magick, is found in The Book of the Law. Dictated to Crowley in Cairo between noon and 1:00p.m. on three successive days in April 1904, The Book of the Law is the source book and key for Crowley students and for the occult in general. The holy text that forms the basis of Crowley's belief system, Thelema, was transmitted to him by the entity known as Aiwass over the course of three ...

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Overview

"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." This oft-misunderstood phrase, which forms the basis for Crowley's practice of Magick, is found in The Book of the Law. Dictated to Crowley in Cairo between noon and 1:00p.m. on three successive days in April 1904, The Book of the Law is the source book and key for Crowley students and for the occult in general. The holy text that forms the basis of Crowley's belief system, Thelema, was transmitted to him by the entity known as Aiwass over the course of three fateful April days in 1904. With his wife Rose as the medium for what would become known as the Cairo Working, Crowley dutifully transcribed the communications on hotel stationery. This work contains the corrected text of the 1938 edition with a facsimile of the handwritten manuscript.

Contains the corrected text of the 1938 edition as well as a facsimile of the handwritten manuscript.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877283348
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
  • Publication date: 5/1/1987
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 104,081
  • Product dimensions: 4.79 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), who claimed to be the re-incarnation of Dr. John Dee among others, lived in England from 1875 through 1947. He is the author of several Weiser Books titles, including Book of Thoth, Diary of a Drug Fiend, Magick, Book of Lies, Book of the Law and 777 & Other Qabalistic Writings. He was a poet, mountaineer, secret agent, magus, libertine, and prophet - was dubbed by the tabloids "The Wickedest Man in the World."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2002

    Everything that glitters.....

    Everything that glitters..... From what I?ve read of AC it seemes like he was fairly certain of a couple of things. The first being that this book was his most significant or seminal work. The second being that he was 666, and not just any devil or demon but the official biblical Beast. So if AC is 666, then would it not be unreasonable to suspect that this book is perhaps not the blueprint for heaven on earth or man?s ascension to the higher realms that a lot of these reviews seem to be making it out to be? AC and this book might be inspiration for a lot of great musicians and Hollywood, but if it was also the inspiration for people like Hitler and Manson (not to say Manson wasn?t a victim of bad PR) then it would seem a fair question. I?m not not talking about petty morals here. I?m talking about where the 20th century is ending up. Granted a lot of the book is just a restatement of Old Testament bloodlust, and the rule of the strong has always pretty much been the law. Still what little promise there was of a great society or some kind of real equality was pretty much finished off by the hedonistic, ethic-less corporate culture that reached its full stature in this century. What the CIA did abroad the PR industry and Hollywood did at home and abroad. I don?t think I am misreading this book. Joyously stomping out your enemies, cooking them and eating them, it?s all in there. And the author does take credit for a couple of the high points of this century. ?I am the warlord of the ?40s and the ?80s cower before me and are abased?. The ?40s speak for themselves and the ?80s really did seem to ring the moral death knell for Western civilization and I don?t just mean the freeBASE cocaine and bad music. I?m talking Reaganomics and a corporate readjustment that began and foreshadowed the phenomenal upward concentration of wealth and power. Now as the nitwit brings us ever closer to WW III and global ecological disaster it becomes clearer where the Gipper was actually steering things in that glorious decade. Not that the book seems anymore prescient or whacked out than the Bible, the Torah or Dianetics, and its not that I don?t have sympathy for the guy. I pretty much agree with his views on the major religions, and if I?d been raised Plymouth brethren as was he I might think I was the devil too. But I still have to question is the bloodlust just an unhappy childhood or something worse?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2005

    Visionary, to say the least!!!

    A Modern Gnostic Reveletory Text...One of the greatest books I have ever read...or rather Intuited..for this book is one to be read with the Heart and Mind. the language is Sublime!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2003

    The One Worthy Code of Conduct

    Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. In this short and powerful book you will find infinite depth and wisdom. Nothing more true has ever been written. The pattern of the universe is laid forth in 65 pages. If you are to only read one book your whole life, this is most definately it. I have read it over a dozen times and follow the Law laid therein for the balance of the universe is at stake. My life is dedicated to Thelema and I cannot imagine myself without it. Love is the law, love under will.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2012

    This is an inspired text and foundational to the system of Thele

    This is an inspired text and foundational to the system of Thelema. People who call it Satanic merely expose their own ignorance. Freedom, liberation, illumination and love are all available to those who take this book into their heart. I highly recommend you read it and form your own opinion.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    nothing new

    Interesting how all the Satanist literature is all about ancient Egyptian deities

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

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    Powerful read.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    had bad parts and good parts

    im verry knowledgeable about alister crowley, but i have to say the the first part of the book was great and verry insiteful but the latter part is utterly rediculous

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2001

    Mind-boggling at first appearance, then... !

    Crowley worked decades to interpet the meaning of the law, but much is still hidden and unjustly feared. Remember that Crowley is one of the first victims of mass-media tabloid sensation.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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