Thelema: An Introduction to the Life, Work and Philosophy of Aleister Crowley


By Colin D. Campbell

The Life and Legacy of One of History’s Most Fascinating Magicians

Thelema is one of the most powerful and influential systems of magick the world has ever known. But to truly understand the philosophy and practice of Thelema, you need to understand its charismatic founder, Aleister Crowley. Thelema reveals this enigmatic figure in all of his provocative and brilliant glory, providing a biography of Crowley and showing how his work evolved to become a paradigm-shifting system of magick. This book also explores the texts and writings that form the basis of Thelema, and it provides step-by-step instructions for practicing the basic rites and rituals of this often-misunderstood tradition.

Thelema provides a multifaceted method for spiritual attainment that focuses on manifesting your true will. Discover how Crowley developed his remarkable techniques, and learn how to begin or deepen your own magical practice with elements of Qabalah, Gnosticism, Eastern philosophy, Egyptian spirituality, tarot, and more. Along the way, you’ll learn about Crowley’s involvement in the Golden Dawn and the O.T.O., his clandestine activities during both world wars, and the nature and influence of his personal relationships.

Includes photos

Foreword by Lon Milo DuQuette

“Colin Campbell’s earlier works have shown him to be one of the most thorough and thoughtful Thelemic authors of our era. In Thelema, Campbell brings this same acumen and clarity of expression to the life and work of Aleister Crowley. The book covers a wide range of territory?historical, theoretical, and practical?and will be a useful resource for beginners and more advanced students alike.”?David Shoemaker, author of Living Thelema

216 pages | 6 x 9 x 1 inches

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Lon Milo Duquette xvii

Introduction 1

Onion Peelings 5

1. Man, Myth, and Legend 7
Birth and Early Childhood 8
Early Adulthood 11
Aleister Arrives 13
The Dawn of the Magician 17
Mr. & Mrs. Crowley 23
The Equinox of the Gods 26
The Magus and the Equinox 32
The Temple of the East 38
The Great War and the Great Work 42
The Abbey 46
Late Masterpieces: Thoth and Tears 50
A Greater Feast 54
Legacy 57

2. Philosophy 59
The Philosophy of Thelema 60
Do What Thou Wilt 60
Love Is the Law 61
Individuation 61
The Religion of Thelema 63
Do Thelemites Worship? 65
The Stele of Revealing 67
Sin 68
Evil (So Called) and Black Magick 69
Death 72
The Great Work 74
Magick 75
The Magick of Abramelin 79
Into the Abyss 81
The Great Work (Redux) 83
The Book of the Law 84
The Aeon of Horus 88
The Beast and the Scarlet Woman 90
Boleskine House 91
Qabalah 92
Gematria 92
The Tree of Life 93
The Four Worlds 95
Magical Formul? of the New Aeon 96
The IAO Formula 97

3. Practices and Observations 103
Thelemic Greetings 104
Saying Will 106
The Magical Diary 107
The Thelemic Calendar 110
Holy Days 111
Feasts of the Times 112
The Prophet and His Bride 112
The Three Days 112
A Feast for Tahuti 113
The Supreme Ritual 113
The Equinox of the Gods 113
Fire and Water 113
Life 113
Death 114
Calendar 114
Yoga 115
Yama and Niyama 115
Asana 116
Pranayama 117
Pratyahara 118
Dharana 118
Dhyana 119
Samadhi 120
The Basics of Thelemic Ritual 121
Pentagrams 121
Hexagrams 123
God Forms and Signs 125
Liber Resh vel Helios 131
At Sunrise (Ra) 132
At Midday (Ahathoor) 133
At Sunset (Tum) 133
At Midnight (Khephra) 133
The Star Ruby 134
The Qabalistic Cross 134
Formulation of the Pentagrams 135
Liber V vel Reguli 136
The First Gesture 138
The Second Gesture 140
The Final Gesture 145
The Gnostic Mass 147
Dieu Garde 149
Step and Sign of a Man and a Brother 150
Hailing Sign of a Magician 150
Flame of Adoration 150
Attitude of Resurrection 150
Striking the Breast 151
Of the Furnishings of the Temple 152
Of the Officers of the Mass 153
Of the Ceremony of the Introit 153
Of the Ceremony of the Opening of the Veil 157
Of the Office of the Collects Which are Eleven in Number 161
Of the Consecration of the Elements 166
Of the Office of the Anthem 167
Of the Mystic Marriage and Consummation of the Elements 169

4. Modern Thelema 173
Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) 173
A A 176
The Order of the Silver Star 176
The Order of the Rosy Cross 177
The Order of the Golden Dawn 177

Bibliography 181

Index 185

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