“Magick in Theory and Practice” by Aleister Crowley (1976 reprint of the original 1929 edition)
"This is the foremost book on ceremonial magic written in the twentieth century, the summation of the thought and life practice of the century’s most famous necromancer and one of its most infamous figures. It was prepared by Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) specially for neophytes. Written at the height of his involvement, it is probably Crowley's best book.
Although he draws on Buddhist, Egyptian, Tantric and Gnostic rituals and the teachings of Abramelin and other early magi, Crowley is primarily concerned with his own system of Magick. (He added the "k" to distinguish it from systems which have "attracted too many dilettanti, eccentrics, weaklings…") Crowley appears in his many aliases—Perdurabo, The Great Wild Beast 666, The Master Therion, and through the many orders which he founded or to which he belonged. He appears in his role as poet and scholar. But he also appears as high priest, scandalous leader of black masses and sexual orgies, drug fiend, and "The Wickedest Man in the World"!
The magical theory of the universe, ritual, elemental weapons, the Holy Graal, Abrabadabra, the gestures, Our Lady Babalon and The Beast, bloody sacrifice, purifications, the oath, charge to the spirit, clairvoyance, divination, dramatic rituals, black magic and alchemy are among the many topics covered. An extensive system of appendices provides many rituals, consecrations, correspondences, readings and other accessory material. Crowley’s graphs and charts illustrate the text.
Privately printed in a limited edition in Paris after every contacted publisher in Britain refused the work, this book has been a rarity since its first publication. This Dover edition will make Crowley’s Magick commonly available to students, the curious who have been denied ready access to Crowley’s system, and others who want to delve into the black arts and the occult."
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