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The Holy Books of Thelema

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The first collection of writings received by the author in trance states, this material forms the basis of his teachings. Extensive bibliographies and a preface provide a context for how the material was received and written. Produced and supervised by the O.T.O.


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The first collection of writings received by the author in trance states, this material forms the basis of his teachings. Extensive bibliographies and a preface provide a context for how the material was received and written. Produced and supervised by the O.T.O.

30 review for The Holy Books of Thelema

  1. 5 out of 5

    Camazotz Coph nia

    This will keep you going for ever. It's very easy to dismiss this material after a superficial look at it. The thing is its just so densely layered you'll most likely never get to the bottom of it all. Looking at it that way, its a great investment! Obviously its %100 necessary for the OTO and AA student but no do doubt this material has had a massive impact on todays culture through its all encompassing messages and universal interest. This will keep you going for ever. It's very easy to dismiss this material after a superficial look at it. The thing is its just so densely layered you'll most likely never get to the bottom of it all. Looking at it that way, its a great investment! Obviously its %100 necessary for the OTO and AA student but no do doubt this material has had a massive impact on todays culture through its all encompassing messages and universal interest.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Dodging social conflict 101 Just tagline "Do as thou wilt" to any of your problems! Have a problem with your friends or family? Do as thou wilt! Worrying about a partner or loved one? Do as thou wilt! Have an issue of any kind and want to talk about it and process the logical course of action? TO BAD! Do as thou wilt! Wondering if you'll ever get back the time you spent reading this socially and emotionally underdeveloped book? Do as thou wilt! lol I think Aleister Crowley was trying to do somethin Dodging social conflict 101 Just tagline "Do as thou wilt" to any of your problems! Have a problem with your friends or family? Do as thou wilt! Worrying about a partner or loved one? Do as thou wilt! Have an issue of any kind and want to talk about it and process the logical course of action? TO BAD! Do as thou wilt! Wondering if you'll ever get back the time you spent reading this socially and emotionally underdeveloped book? Do as thou wilt! lol I think Aleister Crowley was trying to do something positive to avoid conflict, but it just turned into his excuse for ignoring the pressing issues in his own life and others. At some point all the drugs he was taking just fried his brain! lol

  3. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    Written in poetic language, very hard for me to get into

  4. 4 out of 5

    MATT OLIVER

    CRAP! - just another way of saying "Satan Isreal. CRAP! - just another way of saying "Satan Isreal.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A collection of Aleister Crowley writings ranging from densely metaphoric poetry to 'Liber Legis' (Book of the Law). This is the foundational text of Thelema. It defines the start of the Aeon of Horus, which is described as the next stage of human spiritual growth. Additionally, the Thelemic Law: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of law" is put forth as the singular commandment.      Other important Thelemic concepts are discussed, usually through metaphor and allegory. In particular, the id A collection of Aleister Crowley writings ranging from densely metaphoric poetry to 'Liber Legis' (Book of the Law). This is the foundational text of Thelema. It defines the start of the Aeon of Horus, which is described as the next stage of human spiritual growth. Additionally, the Thelemic Law: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of law" is put forth as the singular commandment.      Other important Thelemic concepts are discussed, usually through metaphor and allegory. In particular, the idea that each individual must determine their own interpretation of their 'True Will'. The lack of well defined dogma and normal religious tenets such as an afterlife, taboos, etc is explained as being in keeping with the law. This is an important concept, as the tendency for religions to become dogmatic, while separating the average practitioner from first hand experience, is seen as one of religion's largest faults by Crowley and company.      The introduction, along with Liber LXI, was particularly important for this book as it provided a lot of important historical information concerning the creation of A∴A∴. Crowley, normally referred to as Frater Perdurabo or Frater P., had been a member of the Golden Dawn Order. He and the leader of that order had a falling out that lead Crowley to go to Egypt where Aiwass, Crowley's HGA, dictated Liber Legis to him over the course of three days. Upon returning to England Crowley began the A∴A∴ using the lessons learned in the Golden Dawn. This is why each grade in the A∴A∴ has tests (Apparently in the GD promotion to higher grades was more of a good ole boys thing), why each member in theory only interacts with his direct superior and subordinate and so forth.      The appendices also contain some interesting information. A description of the different grades of texts is described. Liber Legis is described as a 'class A' publication, meaning it's source is divine/praeterhuman/mystical. These texts cannot be changed in any way, as supposedly their style, lettering, punctuation, etc are meaningful and themselves contain hidden messages. Class B publications are scholarly works, class C are texts deemed to be suggestive or important, D are official ritual instructions and Class E are public statements, manifestos, etc.      Overall, an important book for anyone interested in A∴A∴ and/or the occult. 

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melen

    Was I reading the same book as everyone else? I didn't go into reading this without some background reading, but I felt like 99% of this was the ravings of a mad man. Or maybe it's pretty much written in code, and I just don't "get it". I gave it 2 stars for the lulz. O My God, indeed. Was I reading the same book as everyone else? I didn't go into reading this without some background reading, but I felt like 99% of this was the ravings of a mad man. Or maybe it's pretty much written in code, and I just don't "get it". I gave it 2 stars for the lulz. O My God, indeed.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mindfulnessmyttymuhveli

    Relevantti teos ainoastaan Crowley-maanikoille. Omaa mielenkiintoa lähinnä Thelemaan ja Crowleyn ajatteluun johdatusta etsivänä teos ei suuremmin palvellut.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Teleri

    Contains the core of Crowley's Thelemic writings. Contains the core of Crowley's Thelemic writings.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sotiris

    Total bullshit.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chris Feldman

  11. 4 out of 5

    Arihant Sunil

  12. 4 out of 5

    Azhta

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marcus Linderos

  15. 5 out of 5

    Keith Brough

  16. 4 out of 5

    Torey

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cesare Borgia

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janne Mäkelä

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joel Mcqueen

  21. 5 out of 5

    CC

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicolas Sanchez

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  24. 4 out of 5

    Paul Hughes-Barlow

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dov

  26. 5 out of 5

    Seth Dumas

  27. 5 out of 5

    william

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Whittaker

  29. 4 out of 5

    Megamus

  30. 5 out of 5

    GC

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