The book of the law was kind of hard for me to read the first few times. Also included is crowleys essay cocaine from the october 1917 issue of the international. Liber legisthe book of the law sub figura xxxi as delivered by 93 aiwass 418 to anky0f0nkhonsu the priest of the princes who is 666. Aleister crowley s books 292 basic techniques of sex magick by aleister crowley 18. Jan 09, 2008 just weeks after performing mystical rites in the kings chamber of the great pyramid of cheops, aleister crowley received the book of the law. The book of the law, the holy text that forms the basis of thelema, was transmitted to crowley by the entity known as aiwass in cairo, on three successive days during april 1904. The book of lies, first published in london in 19, aleister crowley s little master work, has long been out of print.
The following list contains works published and edited by other hands after crowley s death. He singlehandedly redefined magic as a field of inquiry and endeavor through his books and the order that he ledthe a. Liber al vel legis, also known as the book of the law, is the central sacred text of thelema. Aleister crowley books for beginners aristocrats of the soul. This is liber al vel legis, also known as the book of the law. Baker, and the two began discussing their common interest in alchemy. His examination of cocaine and its role in society is an important document in any serious discussion of the history. The book of the law or liber al vel legis is the central sacred text of the occult tradition of thelema this banner text can have markup. He wrote bad poetry, pornographic books, novels and a vast array of literature. He was an influential member in several occult organizations, including the golden dawn, the a. Here you can download the book of the law by aleister crowley also known as liber al vel legis sub figura ccxx as delivered by xciii 418 to dclxvi. The transcribing took 3 days, after which crowley said he was supposed to translate the book into every language in the world, but instead he just.
Of course many religions have a central scripture and in thelema the role is filled by the book of the law. It is wise to destroy this copy after the first reading. From this, crowley took thelema as the name of his own religion. The book of the law by aleister crowley, paperback barnes. Liber al vel legis sub figura ccxx as delivered by xciii 418 to dclxvi title.
The complete text and manuscript of liber al vel legis, the book of the law, including the commentaries by aleister crowley, information about the stele of revealing, and crowley elaborations of the book. Channeled by aleister crowley and transcribed by his wife rose edith crowley, the book of the law has become a cornerstone of new age thought. The book of the law or liber al vel legis is the central sacred text of thelema, written down from dictation mostly by aleister crowley. John dee among others, lived in england from 1875 through 1947. L is the sacred letter in the holy twelvefold table which forms the triangle that stabilizes the universe. The book of the law or liber al vel legis is the central sacred text of the occult tradition of thelema. Any work as perplexing as the book of the law simply cries out for some sort of learned commentary and crowley attempted several over the course of his life.
Aleister crowley the book of the law chapter 1 nuit. Aleister crowley, liber al vel legis the book of the law truth be told, thelema, the religion created by aleister crowley, is one of the richest occult philosophies i have ever come across. Parts of the commentary can really help out in studying the book of the law. Aiwasscrowley presents the book of the law as an expression of three godforms in three chapters. Observe for yourselves the decay of the sense of sin, the growth of. Allegedly dictated to crowley in cairo, egypt between noon and 1 pm on three successive days in april 1904, the book of the law is the source book and key for crowleys philosophy andor religion, this oftmisunderstood phrase, which forms the basis for crowleys practice of magick, is found in the book of the law. Can someone explain the comment in the book of the law. Jul 26, 2011 do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Crowley spent the rest of his life developing the system of thelema as revealed by the book of the law. This section deals with the book of the law, including the book itself, a brief biography of crowley, the events leading up to its reception, and the conditions of the three days of its writing. Crowley was an influential member of several occult organisations, including the golden dawn, the a. Apr 10, 2016 crowley claimed he had been approached by aiwass, a supernatural entity that was the messenger of horus, and given the book of the law orally while crowley wrote down the english translation. This is crowley s revelation, and it shaped everything he did after receiving it.
The book of the law aleister crowley download free pdf. Abrogate are all rituals, all ordeals, all words and signs. Dictated to crowley in cairo between noon and 1 pm on three success days in april 1904, the book of the law is the source book and key for crowley students and for the occult in general. He is best known as being an infamous occultist and the scribe of the book of the law, which introduced thelema to the world. Help me, o warrior lord of thebes, in my unveiling before the children of men. Also i recommend visiting some of the thelemic websites out there search thelema. The book of the law by aleister crowley, paperback.
The book of the law aleister aleister crowley crowley isbn. Thelema simple english wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A short essay on the tarot of the egyptians, and the book of the law, and more on. Aleister crowley 18751947 was the most widely read author in 20thcentury occultism. Who calls us thelemites will do no wrong, if he look but close into the word. Liber al vel legis commonly known as the book of the law, is the central sacred text of thelema, allegedly written down from dictation mostly by aleister.
See all books authored by aleister crowley, including the book of thoth. It is a lengthy treatise on magick, his system of western occult practice, synthesised from many sources, including eastern yoga, hermeticism, medieval grimoires, contemporary magical theories from writers like eliphas levi and helena blavatsky, and his own. Before book fourmagickliber aba the matter was even more confused, of course, one had to piece magick in theory and practice with magick and book four and liber 777, but that doesnt include gems from the equinox or all of the holy books let alone any of the commentaries on the book of the law, which i personally think are perhaps the 2nd. Buy the book of the law by aleister crowley online at alibris. Central to crowley s system is a curious and enigmatic book known as the book of the law, also called liber al, liber legis, liber l, or ccxx 220. As always, all quotes are from aleister crowley or the book of the law. A beginners guide to crowley books bkwyrms occult book. The book of the law toaru majutsu no index wiki fandom.
It was during three performances of ritual magic at. This book contains both the word thelema in greek as well as the phrase do what thou wilt. He, my prophet, hath chosen, knowing the law of the fortress, and the great mystery of the house of god. The enochian tablets and the book of the law by aleister crowley 50. The book of the law ho no sho, also known as liber al vel legis. He was also a published poet and playwright and left behind many personal letters and daily journal entries. The law is for all is the book of the law with a commentary by aleister crowleys.
Crowley claimed it was dictated to him by a preternatural. The ethics of thelema a collection of essays, featuring the law of liberty a tract of to mega qherion 666 that is a magus 9 2 a a the message of the master therion duty by aleister crowley liber libr. He rules the present period of 2,000 years, beginning in 1904. Commentaries on the corrected version of the book of the law. Aleister crowley 18751947, who claimed to be the reincarnation of dr. The book of the law or liber al vel legis is the central sacred text of the occult tradition of thelema addeddate 20150623 19. Edited by louis wilkinson, this is crowley s authorized versebyverse commentary on the book of the law. The book of the law liber al vel legis sub figura ccxx as delivered by xciii 418 to dclxvi. Edward alexander crowley, who came to be more popularly known as aleister crowlay, was a magician, occultist, painter, writer, active mountaineer and religious ideologue from england, who courted a lot of controversy during his lifetime but is still considered among the most famous britons. It was written down by aleister crowley in cairo, egypt in the year 1904. The new and old commentaries to liber al vel legis, the book of the law liber al vel legis sub figura ccxx as delivered by lxxviii xciii unto dclxvi with a commentary by the beast, to mega therion 666.
Aleister crowley 18751947, was an english occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. This collection of letters to crowley s magical son, frater achad, delves into some of the deepest mysteries of magick, sex, thelema, and the gnostic mass. Whatever we are to make of crowleys private life and to be honest even the most sympathetic biographer would suggest his treatment of others left a lot to be desired the book of the law and thelema represents a fascinating glimpse into the adaptation of an ancient egyptian religion for the modern period. Magick, liber aba, book 4 is widely considered to be the magnum opus of 20thcentury occultist aleister crowley, the founder of thelema. In august 1898, crowley was in zermatt, switzerland, where he met the chemist julian l. Aleister crowley books list of books by author aleister.
Acting as a medium, crowley recorded the communications on hotel. Magick in theory and practice by aleister crowley 1. It is fairly short and has often been issued in pamphlet form. Aleister crowley 12 october 1875 1 december 1947 was a highly prolific writer, not only on the topic of thelema and magick, but on philosophy, politics, and culture.
See the equinox of the gods for a very full and detailed account of this, the most important event in his career. Apr 25, 20 magick without tears was written for the purpose of being a relatively gentle introduction to crowley, though the focus is broader than thelemic philosophy. Collected pdfs by aleister crowley internet archive. The introduction is not actually a part of the book, and is. The book of the law and the book of lies by aleister. The book of lies aleister crowley march 21st, 1992. This part is crowley s 1936 book equinox of the gods only edited under a different name. Aleister crowley, born edward alexander crowley, was a british occultist, writer, mountaineer, philosopher, poet, and mystic. Chosen by the masters to carry out their sublime plan, he began to prepare the way for the establishment of the new aeon, as they instructed him. At the time, he never told us exactly what religion he was teaching, but turns out he was teaching you guessed it thelema. The new and old commentaries to liber al vel legis, the. This thelemic law of rabelais was revived by aleister crowley in 1904 when crowley wrote the book of the law. The author called himself aiwass, and claimed to be the minister of hoorpaarkraat.
The book of the law by aleister crowley thriftbooks. All quotations are from the book of the law and aleister crowley the beast 666. Another list from weiser antiquarian, this one focusing on the book of the law, and its once again a treasure house of delights. May 30, 2011 this is liber al vel legis, also known as the book of the law. Back in london, baker introduced crowley to george cecil jones, bakers brother in law, and a fellow member of the occult society known as the hermetic order of the golden dawn, which had been founded in 1888. Liber 004 or magick liber aba by aleister crowley 1. This third installment of thelema quotes deals with liber legis or the book of the law as being the rule of life for thelemites. This oftmisunderstood phrase, which forms the basis for crowley s practice of magick, is found in the book of the law. Many remarkable items at reasonable prices weiser antiquarian books catalogue no. The commentaries, old, new, and derivative, on the book of the law, liber al vel legis, featuring a holograph comparison, notes from numerous editors through time, and the consolidation of the qabalistic appendix which had been intended from the first by the beast.
Book of the law by aleister crowley 1987, paperback for. The only one he regarded as completely successful is a onepage inspired comment, now included in most editions of liber al, whose primary injunction is that people should interpret the book for themselves. Crowley recognised aiwass as his holy guardian angel and the book of the law itself as a bible for the new age. This book is the foundation of the new aeon, and thus the whole of our work.
Acting as a medium, crowley recorded the communications on hotel notepads and later organized his automatic writing. Its reissue with the authors own commentary gives occasion for a few notes. Aleister crowley comments his short work with his usual sense of darkness and secrecy. The meaning of this doctrine must be studied in magick. For there are therein three grades, the hermit, and the lover, and the man of earth. This oftmisunderstood phrase, which forms the basis for crowleys practice of magick, is found in the book of. In lodges, temples, and other ritual bodies in thelema, crowleys book of the law is used for swearing initiatory oaths and for ritual connection to tradition, like the vsl in freemasonry or the book of shadows in witchcraft. The result was a voluminous output of commentary and works relating to magick, mysticism, yoga, qabalah, and other occult subjects.421 1070 923 1137 547 352 29 900 680 593 884 413 1448 921 374 391 1232 651 804 415 1454 166 507 49 22 960 500 878 1038 606 146 783 24 952 806 465 326 790 742 1312 336 1390 67 417 435 274 1213 310