MAGICK. LIBER ABA. ALEISTER CROWLEY. WITH MARY DESTI AND LEILA WADDELL BOOK 4 by FRATER PERDURABO (Aleister Crowley) and SOROR . Magick has ratings and 27 reviews. Lex said: Definitely NOT a beginner’s treatise, but quite possibly the most exhaustive and illuminating book on. BOOK FOUR, Parts I and II, together with Magick in Theory and Practice (which .. So 4 or 5 stars for the FULL version of Book 4, Liber ABA but only 3 for this My .
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This book is the introduction, the foundation upon which all further magical work will be based. Its simplicity, clarity and depth is without equal in occult literature. Crowley speaks with authority as he is one of the few writers on the subject of Yoga and Magick who has attained Dhyana and Conversation with his Holy Guardian Angel through discipline and ritual practices.
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All of the paraphernalia employed in ritual magic are carefully explained in both psychological and mystical terms.
The Wand is the will of man, his wisdom, and his word; the Cup is man’s understanding, the vehicle of grace; the Sword is reason, the analytical faculty of man; and the Pantacle is man’s body, the temple of the Holy Ghost. All phenomena liiber sacraments. Every fact must enter into the Pantacle.
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It is the great storehouse from which the Magician draws. The laws and truths of the occult world which are presented here give the student a sound working knowledge and set him firmly on the path. Paperbackpages. Published September 1st by Samuel Weiser first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Book 4please sign up. Lists with This Book. Apr 04, Sean rated it really liked it Shelves: There are no “spells” listed, or even rituals.
The first nagick of the book concerns yoga and meditation. Crowley scales the theory back to a simple guide–explaining dhyarna, samadhi, etc.
The second half goes “Book 4” is probably ‘Uncle Al’s most accessible volume, aside from his few fiction works. The second half goes through all of the items needed for ceremonial magic the altar, sword, pantacle, crown, etc. Each item is described in detail–what material it should be made from, it’s dimensions and it’s symbolism as part of the “Great Work”. Crowley’s sly humour comes through in a small section where a few nursery rhymes are deconstructed to show their ‘coded’ magical references.
I’d recommend the slimmer “Book 4” as a good starting point for anyone interested in Crowley or ceremonial magic. Feb 18, Jason rated liger really liked it. If you’ve liher wanted to read Crowley but wasn’t sure where to start, this is as good a place as any.
The first half of the book deals with Yoga, taking it step-by-step and reducing it to its most basic parts.
The second half of the book is about the symbolism of the tools of the magician or “Magickal Weapons”. This is mostly of use to Themlemic magicians, as many magicians don’t use the same tools and the tools may have different meaning. Still, I think it’s pretty useful, even if it’s just t If you’ve ever wanted to read Crowley but wasn’t sure where to start, this is as good a place as any.
Still, I think it’s pretty useful, even if it’s just to compare what one magickal tradition does with your own Or, if you aren’t a magician, to see what one magickal tradition does. Over-all, an easy, quick read. Apr 04, Josh Anderson rated it it was amazing. Whether I’ve chosen it or not, this book has formed the basis for the mapping of the occult in terms I can understand.
It is a touchstone for me when it comes to quotes, understanding magic as a Christian, and speaking of that: Whatever you think of Crowley, just remember that most of the “High Popes” of real change and fathers in the Bible i Whether I’ve chosen it or not, this book has formed the basis for the mapping of the occult in terms I can understand.
Whatever you think of Crowley, just remember that most of the “High Popes” of real ,agick and fathers in magik Bible itself were far from perfect and that the Divine can certainly use anybody who is willing to be maagick vessel.
Crowley is not ashamed to approach the Divine, even if his tone about it seems completely irreverent and purposefully blasphemous. This of course inspired people like Anton LaVey and the Satanism movement, but it also secretly stayed a secret language of code, neither good nor evil. There is nothing in Book 4 that asks you to worship a god or an idol, there is nothing that tells you to recite some spooky spell to get what you want, although some of that is explained and it is a book that will enrich anything else you read from the Western, perhaps the whole World, much like Jung’s Symbols or Freud’s Analysis of Dreams, this book will have the power to affect your worldview and never go away.
I was quite surprised when I first heard that Ritual Magic k magifk “based on the system of the Kabbalah” as it’s most commonly spelled. I hadn’t heard much about that belief system except for red thread bracelets that seemed to be a Hollywood fad magici that Madonna and a few other celebrities were practicing it.
Now, a year later, I’m nagick the entire Italian Renaissance branches out from the alchemical template part Neo-Platonic, part Jewish mysticism and ends up corresponding to basically anything you can think nagick. Once getting liver the Sefiroth, and understanding the Monad and its emanations through the tetraktys, you’ll never look at “virtue” the same.
Words magik glory, wisdom, understanding and beauty come alive with the diagram and concept of the Kabbalistic tree of life. My mayick for all things Orthodox has increased by a great margin after reading Crowley’s theory on Magic kBook 4. Dec 08, Fredstrong rated it really liked it Shelves: This is among the most comprehensive introductions to magickal theory ever written.
Caveat emptor, Crowley makes it quite easy to spiral into his system, Thelema, at the exclusion of the traditional Western paths, i. That being said, this book in conjunction with Magick Without Tearsis a pretty thorough introduction to the principles of libef This is among the most comprehensive introductions to magickal theory ever written.
That being said, this book in conjunction with Magick Without Tearsis a pretty magivk introduction to the principles of ceremonial magick. Crowley was a genius, and regardless of what one feels about his dark delivery, personal bigotries, or ego-maniacal nature, his works stand alone in quality, quantity and scope. Magck 4 is a must magidk for any pursuing the Western Hermetic path.
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The first part of Book 4 deals with the Eastern practices for discipline of the mind and body. Yoga, Asana and Pranayama are among those discussed.
Crowley was among the first Westerners to spend time in India studying these practices, and then introduce them to the West. What is unique about Crowley’s presentation is he demystifies them and tells the practitioner exactly what purpose they serve and what goal the practitioner is hoping to achieve.
The second part of Book 4 deals with the Temple, Altar, robe and working tools of the magician, how these should be thought of, approached and constructed. Liber ABA in conjunction with Magick Without Tears, offer a fairly comprehensive introduction to the principles of practical, ceremonial magick. However, before one could even think about Practical Qabalah, they should have at least a cursory understanding of Qabalistic theory, and the Tarot.
The Qabalistic Tarotby Robert Wang, is a great place to start. By comparing four different decks including the Thoth Deckit also provides the reader with the changes Crowley made to the traditional attributions and the reasoning behind them. An online version of Book 4, part one, can be found hereand part two can be found here. An online version of Magick Without Tears can be found here. May 17, Zulu Adams rated it liked it.
I really enjoyed the first part of this book where Crowley talks about meditation, and spirituality in general, in the most no-nonsense and often sarcastic way. He advocates practice but emphasises how much you can’t ascribe meaning to the things you’re doing. It’s a great read and extremely useful.
The other two thirds went over my head a bit as he talks about the symbolism of the peripherals of ceremonial magick, but much of this was interspersed with more attacks on bliss-ninny spirituality an I really enjoyed the first part of this book where Crowley talks about meditation, and spirituality in general, in the most no-nonsense and often sarcastic way.
The other two thirds went over my head a bit as he talks about the symbolism of the peripherals of ceremonial magick, but much of this was interspersed with more attacks on bliss-ninny spirituality and more witty practical advice for life. It was especially amusing when after talking about how all these garbs and trinkets mean really specific celestial things, he then, as if to mock himself, starts “revealing” the esoteric meanings behind nursery rhymes.
Crowley obviously realises how silly it all sounds and this emphasis on encouraging the reader not to take everything he says at face-value gives his writing a boost well above so-called spiritual authors who followed.
Wonderfully written with lots of useful information. I used many of the techniques described in the yoga part and the results were amazing! The parts on magick were quite dense but contained some beautiful descriptions. I love his view points on certain aspects that the general pagan community likes to fluff up. Totally worth the time it takes to read little bits here and there to ensure you fully digest every word. Dec 31, Bryan Elkins rated it it was amazing. The most concise introduction to yogic meditation I’ve encountered, and in typical Crowley form, the least compromising.
Traditional yet non-mystical, specific in its description of the progressively objective states of consciousness and the steps taken to attain them, it is evident that he is presenting what he has personally verified libsr experience Oct 30, Cyrus added it. This book is all important ,and maybe the only one besides ‘light on yoga’; b.
S so; NO, I didn t read this because I am a devil worshipper. Mar 18, Bryan rated it really liked it. One of the few books where Crowley puts forth actual clear thought and expresses his philosophy without it piber TOO mired in nonsense. Not to say there isn’t also plenty of nonsense but if you’re reading Crowley and not expecting nonsense then you’re some kind of idiot-weirdo hybrid. Aug 23, Mark Richfield rated it it was amazing. Jul 12, Yomna hosny rated it really liked it.
Dec aha, Jordan Fitzgerald rated it it was amazing. Probably the easiest to read book out of all of Crowley’s writings; I dare say easier than magick without tears some will call me abq heretic.
It seems very intimidating to read at first because of its sheer size.