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The first three sections of this work consist of Parts I-III of Aleister Crowley's Book Four. Crowley's text is given in it's entirety (the few exceptions are noted in the text), as his is the most superb introduction to the Science of Illumination written in the West. Section IV currently consists of The Book of the Law, but does not contain the full text of its history and reception included in the full edition of The Equinox of the Gods. The first four sections present a full course in Magick & Mysticism and thelemic theo... More >>>
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The first three sections of this work consist of Parts I-III of Aleister Crowley's Book Four. Crowley's text is given in it's entirety (the few exceptions are noted in the text), as his is the most superb introduction to the Science of Illumination written in the West. Section IV currently consists of The Book of the Law, but does not contain the full text of its history and reception included in the full edition of The Equinox of the Gods. The first four sections present a full course in Magick & Mysticism and thelemic theology the fifth section gives an example of what experimental magick can create in the illustration of the mysteries revealed by Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelly and the medieval magick of the Solomonic grimoires (in this case the Goetia) the sixth section provides an example of a unique manifestation of New Aeonic occult theory the seventh section provides an introduction into a specific esoteric empowerment held by a small group of adepts.
Other than those sections by Crowley (sections 1-4 and Liber Chanokh in section 5), all other material is the creation of the editor. In the body of Crowley's text, the editor's comments are designated by and are relegated to the footnotes. The only other changes to Crowley's text is the standardization of citations to the Equinox. Parts I and II of Book Four were written before the completion of the first volume, thus Crowley cites the Equinox by number only. We modified all citations to conform to Equinox volume(number) format. Footnotes are enumerated by section.
Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, (12 October 1875 - 1 December 1947) was an English occultist, prolific writer and poet, mystic, astrologer, drug experimenter, hedonist, aficionado of chess and mountain climbing, sexual revolutionary and social critic. He is perhaps best known today for his occult writings, especially The Book of the Law, the central sacred text of Thelema. Crowley was also an influential member in several occult organizations, including the Golden Dawn, the Argenteum Astrum, and Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.). Crowley gained much notoriety during his lifetime, and was famously dubbed "The Wickedest Man In the World."
Aleister Crowley founded the religion of Thelema, which became adopted by the Ordo Templis Orientis (O.T.O.) as well as the magical order Argenteum Astrum, the Order of the Silver Star. He was also a highly controversial member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, where he was known by the magical name of Frater Perdurabo.
Crowley's lifestyle was absolutely shocking in the era in which he lived. Besides his interest in the occult, he was sexually promiscuous with both genders (at a time when homosexuality was still illegal in Britain), frequented prostitutes, was vocally defiant against Christianity and Victorian and post-Victorian prudishness toward sexual subjects, and was a drug addict.
While Crowley detested Christianity, he considered himself an immensely religious and spiritual person. His writings record incidents of experiencing deity, and Thelemites consider him to be a prophet. In 1904, he encountered a being known as Aiwass, described as a "minister" to Horus, the central deity in Thelema, and as a Holy Guardian Angel. Aiwass dictated the Book of the Law, which Crowley wrote down and published, becoming the central Thelemic text.
Crowley's beliefs included pursuing the Great Work, which included gaining self-knowledge and uniting with the larger universe. He also encouraged seeking out one's ultimate destiny or purpose, commonly referred to as one's True Will.