The reader will find excellent classical examples of rituals of Magick in The Equinox, Volume I, in the following places:
Number I. The supplement contains considerations for preparing a ritual of self-initiation. The supplement is also a perfect model of what a magical record should be, in respect of the form.
Number II. On pages 244-288 are given several rituals of Initiation.
Pages 302-317 give an account of certain astral visions.
Pages 326-332 give a formula for Rising on the Planes.
Number III. Pages 151-169 give details of certain magical formulae.
Pages 170-190 are a very perfect example — classical, old style — of a magical ritual for the evocation of the spirit of Mercury.
Pages 190-197 — a ritual for the consecration of a talisman. A very perfect example.
Pages 198-205 — a very fine example of a ritual to invoke the Higher Genius.
Pages 208-233 — Ritual of Initiation, with explanation of the same.
Pages 269-272 — Ritual of obtaining the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel by the formula of I.A.O.
Pages 272-278 — Ritual to make one's self invisible.
Number IV. Pages 43-196, a treatise, with model Records, of Mental Training appropriate to the Magician.
Number V. The supplement is the most perfect account of visions extant. They explore the farthest recesses of the magical universe.
Number VI. the Supplement gives seven rituals of the dramatic order, as described in Chapter XIX.
Pages 29-32 — A highly important magical ritual for daily use and work.
Number VII. Pages 21-27, a classical ritual to invoke Mercury; for daily use and work.
Pages 117-157, an example of a dramatic ritual in modern style.
Pages 229-243, an elaborate magical map of the universe on particular principles.
Pages 372-375, an example of a seasonal ritual.
Pages 376-383, a ritual to invoke Horus.
Number VIII. Pages 99-128, the conjuration of the elemental spirits.
Number IX. Pages 117-136, a ritual for invoking the spirit of Mars.
Number X. Pages 57-79, a modern example of a magical ritual in dramatic form, commemorating the return of Spring.
Pages 81-90, a fragment of ritual of a very advanced character.
No. I. This volume contains an immense number of articles of primary importance to every student of magick.
The rituals of The Book of Lies and The Goetia are also to be studied. The "preliminary invocation" of the Goetia is in particular recommended for daily use and work.
Orpheus, by Aleister Crowley, contains a large number of magical invocations in verse. There are also a good many others in other parts of his poetical works.
The following is a complete curriculum of reading officially approved by the A∴A∴
CURRICULUM OF A∴A∴
SECTION 1. Books for Serious Study:
The Equinox. The standard Work of Reference in all occult matters. The Encyclopaedia of Initiation.
The Collected Works of Aleister Crowley. These works contain many mystical and magical secrets, both stated clearly in prose, and woven into the robe of sublimest poesy.
The Yi King. (S.B.E. Series, Oxford University Press.) The "Classic of Changes"; it gives the initiated Chinese system of Magick.
The Tao Teh King. (S.B.E. Series.) gives the initiated Chinese system of Mysticism.
Tannhäuser, by A. Crowley. An allegorical drama concerning the Progress of the Soul; the Tannhauser story slightly remodelled.
The Upanishads. (S.B.E. Series.) The Classical Basis of Vedantism, the best-known form of Hindu Mysticism.
The Bhagavad-Gita. A dialogue in which Krishna, the Hindu "Christ", expounds a system of Attainment.
The Voice of the Silence, by H. P. Blavatsky, with an elaborate commentary by Frater O. M. [Crowley]
The Goetia. The most intelligible of the mediaeval rituals of Evocation. Contains also the favourite Invocation of the Master Therion.
The Shiva Sanhita. A famous Hindu treatise on certain physical practices.
The Hathayoga Pradipika. Similar to The Shiva Sanhita.
A History of Philosophy by Johan Eduard Erdman, 3 vols, London, 1890. A compendious account of philosophy from the earliest times. Most valuable as a general education of the mind.
The Spiritual Guide [by Molinos]. A simple manual of Christian mysticism.
The Star in the West by J. F. C. Fuller. An introduction to the study of the Works of Aleister Crowley.
The Dhammapada. (S.B.E. Series, Oxford University Press.) The best of the Buddhist classics.
The Questions of King Milinda. (S.B.E. Series.) Technical points of Buddhist dogma, illustrated by dialogues.
Varieties of Religious Experience by William James. Valuable as showing the uniformity of mystical attainment.
Kabbala Denudata by Knorr von Rosenroth: also the Kabbalah Unveiled, by S. L.
The text of the Kabalah, with commentary. A good elementary introduction to the subject.
Konx om Pax [by Aleister Crowley]. Four invaluable treatises and a preface on Mysticism and Magick.
The Pistis Sophia. An admirable introduction to the study of Gnosticism.
The Oracles of Zoroaster. An invaluable collection of precepts mystical and magical.
The Dream of Scipio, by Cicero. Excellent for its Vision and its Philosophy.
The Golden Verses of Pythagoras, by Fabre d'Olivet. An interesting study of the exoteric doctrines of this Master.
The Divine Pymander by Hermes Trismegistus. Invaluable as bearing on the Gnostic Philosophy.
The Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians by Franz Hartmann. An invaluable compendium.
Scrutinium Chymicum by Michael Maier. One of the best treatises on alchemy.
Science and the Infinite by Sydney Klein. One of the best essays written in recent years.
Two Essays on the Worship of Priapus by Richard Payne Knight. Invaluable to all students.
The Golden Bough, by J. G. Frazer. The Text-Book of Folk Lore. Invaluable to all students.
The Age of Reason, by Thomas Paine. Excellent, though elementary, as a corrective to superstition.
Rivers of Life by General Forlong. An invaluable text-book of old systems of initiation.
Three Dialogues by Bishop Berkeley. The Classic of subjective idealism.
Essays of David Hume. The Classic of Academic Scepticism.
First Principles, by Herbert Spencer. The Classic of Agnosticism.
Prolegomena by Immanuel Kant. The best introduction to Metaphysics.
The Canon. The best text-book of Applied Qabalah.
The Fourth Dimension, by C. H. Hinton. The text-book on this subject.
The Essays of Thomas Henry Huxley. Masterpieces of philosophy, as of prose.
The object of this course of reading is to familiarize the student with all that has been said by the Great Masters in every time and country. He should make a critical examination of them; not so much with the idea of discovering where truth lies, for he cannot do this except by virtue of his own spiritual experience, but rather to discover the essential harmony in those varied works. He should be on his guard against partisanship with a favourite author. He should familiarize himself thoroughly with the method of mental equilibrium, endeavouring to contradict any statement soever, although it may be apparently axiomatic.
The general object of this course, besides that already stated, is to assure sound education in occult matters, so that when spiritual illumination comes it may find a well-built temple. Where the mind is strongly biased towards any special theory, the result of an illumination is often to inflame that portion of the mind which is thus overdeveloped, with the result that the aspirant, instead of becoming an Adept, becomes a bigot and fanatic.
The A∴A∴ does not offer examination in this course, but recommends these books as the foundation of a library.
SECTION 2. Other books, principally fiction, of a generally suggestive and helpful kind:
Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lord. Valuable for its facts and suggestions about Mysticism.
A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lord. Valuable for its facts and suggestions about Magick.
The Blossom and the Fruit by Mabel Collins. Valuable for its account of the Path.
Petronius Arbiter. Valuable for those who have wit to understand it.
The Golden Ass by Apuleius. Valuable for those who have wit to understand it.
Le Comte de Gabalis. Valuable for its hints of those things which it mocks.
The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope. Valuable for its account of elementals.
Undine by de la Motte Fouque. Valuable as an account of elementals.
Black Magic by Marjorie Bowen. An intensely interesting story of sorcery.
Le Peau de Chagrin by Honoré de Balzac. A magnificent magical allegory.
Number Nineteen by Edgar Jepson. An excellent tale of modern magic.
Dracula by Bram Stoker. Valuable for its account of legends concerning vampires.
Scientific Romances by C. H. Hinton. Valuable as an introduction to the study of the Fourth Dimension.
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Valuable to those who understand the Qabalah.
Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Valuable to those who understand the Qabalah.
The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll. Valuable to those who understand the Qabalah.
The Arabian Nights translated by either Sir Richard Burton or John Payne. Valuable as a storehouse of oriental magick-lore.
Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory. Valuable as a storehouse of occidental magick-lore.
The Works of François Rabelais. Invaluable for Wisdom.
The Kasidah by Sir Richard Burton. Valuable as a summary of philosophy.
The Song Celestial by Sir Edwin Arnold. The Bagavad-Gita in verse.
The Light of Asia by Sir Edwin Arnold. An account of the attainment of Gotama Buddha.
The Rosicrucians by Hargrave Jennings. Valuable to those who can read between the lines.
The Real History of the Rosicrucians by A. E. Waite. A good vulgar piece of journalism on the subject.
The Works of Arthur Machen. Most of these stories are of great magical interest.
The Writings of William O'Neill (Blake). Invaluable to all students.
The Shaving of Shagpat by George Meredith. An excellent allegory.
Lilith by George MacDonald. A good introduction to the Astral.
Là-Bas by J. K. Huysmans. An account of the extravagances caused by the Sin-complex.
The Lore of Proserpine by Maurice Hewlett. A suggestive enquiry into the Hermetic Arcanum.
En Route by J. K. Huysmans. An account of the follies of Christian mysticism.
Sidonia the Sorceress by Wilhelm Meinhold.
The Amber Witch by Wilhelm Meinhold.
These two tales are highly informative.
Macbeth; A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Tempest by W. Shakespeare. Interesting for traditions treated.
Redgauntlet by Sir Walter Scott. Also one or two other novels. Interesting for traditions treated.
Rob Roy by James Grant. Interesting for traditions treated.
The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham. An amusing hotchpot of stolen goods.
The Bible by various authors unknown. The Hebrew and Greek Originals are of Qabalistic value. It contains also many magical apologues, and recounts many tales of folk-lore and magical rites.
Kim by Rudyard Kipling. An admirable study of Eastern thought and life. Many other stories by this author are highly suggestive and informative.
For Mythology, as teaching Correspondences:
Books of Fairy Tales generally.
Oriental Classics generally.
Sufi Poetry generally.
Scandinavian and Teutonic Sagas generally.
Celtic Folk-Lore generally.
This course is of general value to the beginner. While it is not to be taken, in all cases, too seriously, it will give him a general familiarity with the mystical and magical tradition, create a deep interest in the subject, and suggest many helpful lines of thought. It has been impossible to do more, in this list, than to suggest a fairly comprehensive course of reading.
SECTION 3. Official publications of the A∴A∴
Liber B vel Magi.
An account of the Grade of Magus, the highest grade which it is ever possible to manifest in any way whatever upon this plane. Or so it is said by the Masters of the Temple.
The Equinox VII, p. 5.
The Message of the Master Therion. Explains the Essence of the new law in a very simple manner.
The Equinox XI (Vol. III, No. 1), p. 39.
An instruction for the control of speech, action and thought.
The Equinox IV, p. 9 & Appendix VI of this book.
Liber IV. ABA.
A general account in elementary terms of magical and mystical powers.
Part. 1. "Mysticism" — published.
2. "Magick" (Elementary Theory) — published.
3. "Magick in Theory and Practice" (this book).
4. "The Law". Not yet completed.
Liber O vel Manus et Sagittae.
Instructions given for elementary study of the Qabalah, Assumption of God forms, vibration of Divine Names, the Rituals of Pentagram and Hexagram, and their uses in protection and invocation, a method of attaining astral visions so-called, and an instruction in the practice called Rising on the Planes.
The Equinox II, p. 11 and appendix VI in this book.
Liber Liberi vel Lapis Lazuli, Adumbratio Kabbalae Aegyptiorum. sub Figura VII.
Being the Voluntary Emancipation of a certain exempt Adept from his Adeptship. These are the Birth Words of a Master of the Temple.
Its 7 chapters are referred to the 7 planets in the following order: Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Sol, Mercury, Luna, Venus.
See CCCCXVIII [The Vision and the Voice].
Liber E vel Exercitiorum.
Instructs the aspirant in the necessity of keeping a record. Suggests methods of testing physical clairvoyance. Gives instruction in Asana, Pranayama and Dharana, and advises the application of tests to the physical body, in order that the student may thoroughly understand his own limitations.
The Equinox I, p. 25 & Appendix VI of this Book.
Liber Porta Lucis.
An account of the sending forth of the Master Therion by the A∴A∴ and an explanation of His mission.
The Equinox VI, p. 3.
An Instruction for attaining Nuit.
The Equinox VII, p. 11.
Graduum Montis Abiegni.
An account of the task of the Aspirant from Probationer to Adept.
The Equinox III, p. 3.
Ecclesiae Gnosticae Catholicae Canon Missae.
Represents the original and true pre-Christian Christianity.
The Equinox XI (vol. iii, part 1) And Appendix VI of this book.
Liber Turris vel Domus Dei.
An Instruction for attainment by the direct destruction of thoughts as they arise in the mind.
The Equinox VI, p. 9.
Gives three methods of attainment through a willed series of thoughts.
Unpublished. It is the active form of Liber CCCLXI.
The Classic of Purity, by Ko Hsuen.
A new translation from the Chinese by the Master Therion.
The Ritual of the Star Ruby.
An improved form of the lesser ritual of the Pentagram, Liber CCCXXXIII, The Book of Lies, pp. 34 & 35.
Also Appendix VI of this book.
Liber Trigrammaton, being a book of Trigrams of the Mutations of the Tao with the Yin and Yang.
An account of the cosmic process: corresponding to the stanzas of Dzyan in another system.
An elementary course of morality suitable for the average man.
The Equinox I, p. 17.
An account of A∴A∴ first written in the Language of his period by the Councillor Von Eckartshausen and now revised and rewritten in the Universal Cipher.
The Equinox I, p. 4.
The Star Sapphire.
An improved ritual of the Hexagram. Liber CCCXXXIII (The Book of Lies), p.p. 46 & 7, and Appendix VI of this book.
An Essay on Attainment by the Way of Equilibrium.
Knox Om Pax, p. 52
The Mass of the Phoenix.
A Ritual of the Law.
Liber CCCXXXIII (The Book of Lies), pp. 57-7, and Appendix VI in this book.
The Key of the Mysteries.
A Translation of La Clef des Grands Mystères, by Eliphas Lévi. Specially adapted to the task of the Attainment of Bhakta-Yoga.
The Equinox X, Supplement.
Shi Yi Chien.
An account of the divine perfection illustrated by the seven-fold permutation of the Dyad.
The Lost Continent.
An account of the continent of Atlantis: the manners and customs, magical rites and opinions of its people, together with a true account of the catastrophe, so called, which ended in its disappearance.
The Chymical Jousting of Brother Perardua with the seven Lances that he brake.
An account of the Magical and Mystic Path in the language of Alchemy.
The Equinox I, p. 88.
An article on the Qabalah in The Equinox V, p. 65.
Across the Gulf.
A fantastic account of a previous Incarnation. Its principal interest lies in the fact that its story of the overthrowing of Isis by Osiris may help the reader to understand the meaning of the overthrowing of Osiris by Horus in the present Aeon.
The Equinox VII, p. 293.
Explains the actual history and origin of the present movement. Its statements are accurate in the ordinary sense of the word. The object of the book is to discount Mythopeia.
The Equinox XI, p. 55.
Liber Israfel, formerly called Anubis.
An instruction in a suitable method of preaching.
Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente.
An account of the relations of the Aspirant with his Holy Guardian Angel.
The Equinox XI (vol. iii, part 1), p. 65.
Liber Stellae Rubeae.
A secret ritual, the Heart of IAO-OAI, delivered unto V.V.V.V.V. for his use in a certain matter of Liber Legis.
See Liber CCCXXXIII (The Book of Lies), pp. 34-5. Also Appendix VI in this book.
The Sword of Song.
A critical study of various philosophies. An account of Buddhism.
A. Crowley, Collected Works, Vol. ii, pp. 140-203.
The Voice of the Silence, the Two Paths, the Seven Portals, by H. P. Blavatsky, with an elaborate commentary by Frater O. M.
The Equinox III, I. Supplement.
Liber LXXXIII. — The Urn.
This is the sequel to The Temple of Solomon the King, and is the Diary of a Magus. This book contains a detailed account of all the experiences passed through by the Master Therion in his attainment of this grade of Initiation, the highest possible to any manifested Man.
See The Confessions.
A complete treatise on the Tarot giving the correct designs of the cards with their attributions and symbolic meanings on all the planes.
Part-published in The Equinox VII, p.143.
The Butterfly Net.
An account of a magical operation, particularly concerning the planet Luna, written in the form of a novel.
Published under the title "Moon-child" by the Mandrake Press, 41, Museum St., London, W.C.1.
A brief abstraction of the Symbolic representation of the Universe derived by Dr. John Dee through the Scrying of Sir Edward Kelly.
Part-published in The Equinox VII, p. 229 & VIII, p. 99.
Tzaddi vel Hamus Hermeticus.
An account of Initiation, and an indication as to those who are suitable for the same.
The Equinox VI, p. 17.
A poetical allegory of the relations of the soul and the Holy Guardian Angel.
Konx Om Pax, p. 1.
A Handbook of Geomancy.
The Equinox II, p. 137.
A Treatise on the Nature of Death, and the proper attitude to be taken towards it.
Published in "The International", New York, 1917.
Liber CXI (Aleph).
The Book of Wisdom or Folly.
An extended and elaborate commentary on the Book of the Law, in the form of a letter from the Master Therion to his magical son. Contains some of the deepest secrets of initiation, with a clear solution of many cosmic and ethical problems.
De Lege Libellum.
A further explanation of the Book of the Law, with special reference to the Powers and Privileges conferred by its acceptance.
The Equinox III, part 1, p. 99.
Liber Cheth, vel Vallum Abiegni.
A perfect account of the task of the Exempt Adept considered under the symbols of a particular plane, not the intellectual.
The Equinox VI, p. 23.
The Tao Teh King.
A new translation, with a commentary, by the Master Therion.
A Master of the Temple, Being an account of the attainment of Frater Unus In Omnibus.
The record of a man who actually attained by the system taught by the A∴A∴
Part-published in The Equinox III, I, p. 127.
Astarte vel Liber Berylli.
An instruction in attainment by the method of devotion, or Bhakta-Yogi.
The Equinox VII, p. 37.
Liber Collegii Sancti.
Being the tasks of the Grades and their Oaths proper to Liber XIII. This is the official paper of the various grades. It includes the Task and Oath of a Probationer.
The High History of Good Sir Palamedes the Saracen Knight and of his following of the Questing Beast.
A poetic account of the Great Work and enumeration of many obstacles.
The Equinox IV, Special Supplement.
Resh vel Helios.
An instruction for the adoration of the Sun four times daily, with the object of composing the mind to meditation, and of regularising the practices.
The Equinox VI, p. 29.
Liber RU vel Spiritus.
Full instruction in Pranayama.
The Equinox VII, p. 59.
Syllabus. An enumeration of the Official publications of A∴A∴ with a brief description of the contents of each book.
The Equinox XI (vol. iii part 1), p. 11. This appendix is extracted therefrom.
Liber CCXX (AL vel Legis).
The Book of the Law, which is the foundation of the whole work.
Text in The Equinox X, p. 9. Short commentary in The Equinox VII, p. 378. Full commentary by the Master Therion through whom it was given to the world, will be published shortly.
The Yi King.
A new translation, with a commentary by the Master Therion.
Liber Arcanorum των του TAHUTI quas vidit ASAR in AMENNTI sub figura CCXXXI. Liber Carcerorum των QLIPHOTH cum suis Geniis. Adduntur Sigilla et Nomina Eorum.
An account of the cosmic process so far as it is indicated by the Tarot Trumps.
The Equinox VII, p. 69.
An exposition in poetic language of several of the ways of attainment and the results obtained.
The Equinox III, p. 9
The Structure of the Mind.
A Treatise on psychology from the mystic an magical stand-point. Its study will help the aspirant to make a detailed scientific analysis of his mind, and so learn to control it.
Khabs am Pekht.
A special instruction for the Promulgation of the Law. This is the first and most important duty of every Aspirant of whatever grade. It builds up in him the character and Karma which forms the Spine of Attainment.
The Equinox III, I, p. 171
The Book of Lies falsely so-called. Deals with many matters on all planes of the very highest importance. It is an official publication for Babes of the Abyss, but is recommended even to beginners as highly suggestive.
An account in poetic language of the struggle of the human and divine elements in the consciousness of man, giving their harmony following on the victory of the latter.
The Equinox VII, p. 117.
Gives three methods of attainment through a willed series of thoughts.
Liber CCCLXV vel CXX.
The Preliminary Invocation of the Goetia so-called, with a complete explanation of the barbarous names of evocation used therein, and the secret rubric of the ritual, by the Master Therion. This is the most potent invocation extant, and was used by the Master Himself in his attainment.
See Appendix IV of this book.
Liber TAU vel Kabbalae Truium Literarum sub figura CD.
A graphic interpretation of the Tarot on the plane of initiation.
The Equinox VII, p. 75.
A vel Armorum.
An instruction for the preparation of the Elemental Instruments.
The Equinox IV, p. 15.
Liber XXX AERUM vel Saeculi.
Being of the Angels of the Thirty Aethyrs, the Vision and the Voice. Besides being the classical account of the thirty Aethyrs and a model of all visions, the cries of the Angels should be regarded as accurate, and the doctrine of the function of the Great White Brotherhood understood as the foundation of the Aspiration of the Adept. The account of the Master of the Temple should in particular be taken as authentic.
The Equinox V, Special Supplement.
Os Abysmi vel Da'ath.
An instruction in a purely intellectual method of entering the Abyss.
The Equinox VII, p. 77.
A dictionary of Hebrew words arranged according to their numerical value. This is an Encyclopaedia of the Holy Qabalah, which is a Map of the Universe, and enables man to attain Perfect Understanding.
The Equinox VIII, Special Supplement.
A complete Treatise on Astrology.
This is the only text book on astrology composed on scientific lines by classifying observed facts instead of deducting from a priori theories.
An instruction in expansion of the field of the mind.
The Equinox X, p. 35.
An instruction for attaining Hadit.
The Equinox VII, p. 83.
A statement of certain ethical considerations concerning Magick.
An account of the Magical Personality who is the Logos of the present Aeon.
Liber DCCLXXVII. (777).
Vel Prolegomena Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico-Mysticae Viae Explicandae, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicorum sanctissimorum Scientae Summae.
A complete Dictionary of the Correspondences of all magical elements, reprinted with extensive additions, making it the only standard comprehensive book of reference ever published. It is to the language of Occultism what Webster or Murray is to the English Language.
The reprint with additions will shortly be published.
Specially adapted to the task of Attainment of Control of the Body of Light, development of Intuition and Hathayoga.
The Equinox IX, p. 17.
An account of the Hexagram and the method of reducing it to the Unity, and Beyond.
Liber IOD, formerly called VESTA.
An instruction giving three methods of reducing the manifold consciousness to the Unity.
Adapted to facilitate the task of the Attainment of Raja-Yoga and of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel.
The Equinox VII, p. 101.
The Law of Liberty. This is a further explanation of the Book of the Law in reference to certain Ethical problems.
The Equinox XI (vol. III, No. 1), p. 45.
John St. John.
The Record of the Magical Retirement of G. H. Frater O∴M∴
A model of what a magical record should be, so far as accurate analysis and fullness of description are concerned.
The Equinox I, Supplement.
Liber Viarum Viae.
A graphical account of magical powers classified under the Tarot Trumps.
The Equinox VII, p. 101.
A complete study of the origins of Christianity.
Liber Viae Memoriae.
Gives methods for attaining the magical memory, or memory of past lives, and an insight into the function of the Aspirant in this present life.
The Equinox VII, p. 105.
An elaborate study of the psychological effects produced by Anhalonium Lewinii (Mescal Buttons), compiled from the actual records of some hundreds of experiments.
The Treasure House of Images.
A superb collection of Litanies appropriate to the Signs of the Zodiac.
The Equinox III, Supplement.
A Note on Genesis.
A model of Qabalistic ratiocination. Specially adapted to Gana Yoga.
The Greek Qabalah.
A complete dictionary of all sacred and important words and phrases given in the Books of the Gnosis and other important writings both in the Greek and the Coptic.
Unpublished. [Not extant.]
The ten bulky "numbers" of The Equinox volume II were neither written nor were they ever intended to be written. Crowley refers to them as "a volume of Silence". Silence is the formula of Harpocrates, and Silence alternates with that of Speech, the Outpouring, the formula of Ra-Hoor-Khuit, the Twin aspects of Horus.
"The Magician, Oliver Haddo, was Aleister Crowley; his house 'Skene' was Boleskine. The hero's witty remarks were, many of them, my own." The Confessions
Book Four was designed in four parts, two of which were published separately in 1911 and 1912. Part three, entitled Magick in Theory and Practice, appeared in 1929. Part four was intended to be the text of The Book of the Law with Crowley's final comment on it. He wrote several comments, none of which satisfied him. In 1936 he published The Book of the Law with another and short comment under the title of The Equinox of the Gods; it was not, however, described as Book Four (part four). It forms instead part of The Equinox series, being number three of volume III.
Liber VII, Liber LXV, and Liber DCCCXIII were published for members of the A∴A∴ in a very small edition, about 1910. Liber LXV also appeared in The Equinox, volume III, number I, Detroit, 1919.
"Liber XXV" is chapter XXV in The Book of Lies, 1913. Twenty-five is the square of five, the number of the Pentagram.
In the Theosophical system. See The Secret Doctrine, 1888, by H. P. Blavatsky.
"Liber XXXVI" is chapter XXXVI in The Book of Lies. Thirty-six is the square of six, the number of the Hexagram.
"Liber XLIV" is chapter XLIV in The Book of Lies. Forty-four is the number of blood, which forms the basis of this rite — the Mass of the Phoenix.
Liber LXXVIII was expanded into The Book of Thoth, 1944
The "full commentary" on The Book of the Law is still unpublished. In 1936 Crowley published a condensed version in The Equinox of the Gods.
The Magician exalts and expands his consciousness by several means. That referred to here, the ecstatic vibration of barbarous names — usually corruptions of Gnostic or Egyptian god-names — is extended to the use of composite words, such as BATRACHOPHRENOBOOCOSMOMACHIA. Crowley gives this as the title of Liber 536 which is an account of the expansion of individual consciousness to infinity. This practice of vibrating the barbarous names forms an important part of magic.
Crowley had forgotten that this essay had appeared as an article in The International, the magazine which he edited in New York in 1917.
This became The Equinox of the Gods, 1936.
The Neptune Press, 1949.
Liber 888 was incorporated in a long essay entitled "The Gospel according to Saint Bernard Shaw," unpublished.
1The ten bulky "numbers" of The Equinox volume II were neither written nor were they ever intended to be written. Crowley refers to them as "a volume of Silence". Silence is the formula of Harpocrates, and Silence alternates with that of Speech, the Outpouring, the formula of Ra-Hoor-Khuit, the Twin aspects of Horus.
2"The Magician, Oliver Haddo, was Aleister Crowley; his house 'Skene' was Boleskine. The hero's witty remarks were, many of them, my own." The Confessions
3Book Four was designed in four parts, two of which were published separately in 1911 and 1912. Part three, entitled Magick in Theory and Practice, appeared in 1929. Part four was intended to be the text of The Book of the Law with Crowley's final comment on it. He wrote several comments, none of which satisfied him. In 1936 he published The Book of the Law with another and short comment under the title of The Equinox of the Gods; it was not, however, described as Book Four (part four). It forms instead part of The Equinox series, being number three of volume III.
4Liber VII, Liber LXV, and Liber DCCCXIII were published for members of the A∴A∴ in a very small edition, about 1910. Liber LXV also appeared in The Equinox, volume III, number I, Detroit, 1919.
5"Liber XXV" is chapter XXV in The Book of Lies, 1913. Twenty-five is the square of five, the number of the Pentagram.
6In the Theosophical system. See The Secret Doctrine, 1888, by H. P. Blavatsky.
7"Liber XXXVI" is chapter XXXVI in The Book of Lies. Thirty-six is the square of six, the number of the Hexagram.
8"Liber XLIV" is chapter XLIV in The Book of Lies. Forty-four is the number of blood, which forms the basis of this rite — the Mass of the Phoenix.
9Liber LXXVIII was expanded into The Book of Thoth, 1944
10The "full commentary" on The Book of the Law is still unpublished. In 1936 Crowley published a condensed version in The Equinox of the Gods.
11The Magician exalts and expands his consciousness by several means. That referred to here, the ecstatic vibration of barbarous names — usually corruptions of Gnostic or Egyptian god-names — is extended to the use of composite words, such as BATRACHOPHRENOBOOCOSMOMACHIA. Crowley gives this as the title of Liber 536 which is an account of the expansion of individual consciousness to infinity. This practice of vibrating the barbarous names forms an important part of magic.
12Crowley had forgotten that this essay had appeared as an article in The International, the magazine which he edited in New York in 1917.
13This became The Equinox of the Gods, 1936.
14The Neptune Press, 1949.
16Liber 888 was incorporated in a long essay entitled "The Gospel according to Saint Bernard Shaw," unpublished.