Aleister Crowley And the Practice of the Magical Diary by Aleister Crowley

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This important collection includes Aleister Crowley's two most important instructional writings on the design and purpose of the magical diary, John St. John and A Master of the Temple. These were the only two works regarding the magical diary published in Crowley's lifetime. Both were first published in Crowley's immense collection of magical instruction, The Equinox. John St. John chronicles Crowley's moment-by-moment progress during a 13-day magical working. Crowley referred to it as "a perfect model of what a magical record should be." A Master of the Temple is taken from the magical diary of Frater Achad at a time when he was Crowley's most valued and successful student. It provides an invaluable example of a student's record, plus direct commentary and instruction added by Crowley. With commentary and introductory material by editor James Wasserman, Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary is the most important and accessible instruction available to students of the occult regarding the practice of keeping a magical diary. This revised edition includes a new introduction by Wasserman, a foreword by noted occult scholar J. Daniel Gunther, revisions throughout the text, a revised reading list for further study, plus Crowley's instructions on banishing from Liber O.

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Aleister Crowley was born October 12, 1875, in Leamington Spa, England. His parents belonged to the Plymouth Brethren, a strict fundamentalist Christian sect, so he was raised with a thorough knowledge of the Bible. He attended Trinity College at Cambridge University, but left before completing his degree. After leaving the college, Crowley met George Cecil Jones, a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an occult society which taught magic, qabalah, alchemy, tarot, and astrology. He was initiated into the society in 1898 and his knowledge of the occult grew rapidly, but the group disbanded in 1900. Crowley then traveled extensively in the East, studying yoga. In 1903, Crowley married Rose Kelly, who began entering trance states and sending him messages from Horus, an Egyptian god. These messages formed the first three chapters of The Book of the Law, which introduced Crowley's main concept of Thelema, or "will" in Greek. He also wrote The Book of Thoth, which is his study of the Tarot, and 777 and Other Qabalistic Writings, which is a summary of his symbol system. Crowley died on December 1, 1947, in Hastings, England. James Wasserman is the author of several books on esotericism, and is the editor of Secret Societies: Illuminati, Freemasons, and the French Revolution.
Published April 1, 2006 by Weiser Books. 260 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction

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