But she said: the ordeals I write not: the rituals shall be half known and half concealed: the Law is for all. This that thou writest is the threefold book of Law . The Book of the Law or Liber AL vel Legis is the central sacred text of the occult tradition of Thelema. 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.
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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 Crowley. "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." This oft-misunderstood phrase, which forms the basis for Crowley's practice of Magick, is found in The Book of. The Book of the Law [Aleister Crowley] on echecs16.info *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
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Rocket fuel, space exploration and Crowley's brand of ceremonial sex magick was a powerful mix. Working with Parsons was none other than L Ron Hubbard, who later founded the cult of Scientology, which now attracts so many Hollywood stars. Hubbard would also abscond with Parsons' money and wife, but not before Parsons had written a fourth "chapter" of The Book of the Law and unleashed the powerful sex magick of the Babalon Working with his Scarlet Woman, Beat artist Marjorie Cameron.
Cameron would go on to star in films by Kenneth Anger and Curtis Harrington, and was the inspiration behind the classic Eagles song, Hotel California. As for Parsons, he blew himself up in his lab in and there is a crater named after him on the dark side of the moon. A hundred years on, Crowley remains one of those figures often dismissed in public, but whose work is collected and studied in private. His immediate following may have been small, but his influence on modern culture is as pervasive as that of Freud or Jung.
As an occultist, he can justly claim to have made a lasting change on the world, refashioning the occult with his famous dictum to combine the aim of religion with the method of science. There were followers such as Gerald Yorke, the epitome of the English gentleman, who worked as his secretary for many years, and who later became the Dalai Lama's emissary, almost single-handedly bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the west.
Crowley himself played a pioneering role in the western study of eastern religions. His writings on yoga are still regarded as the most lucid ever produced. His writings on drugs, too, are prescient; decades later, psychedelic gurus such as Timothy Leary would find themselves literally following in Crowley's footsteps.
They shall not harm ye at all! Six years after it was written, Crowley introduced psychedelics to Europe, with a sacrament of mescaline in his staging of the Rites of Eleus in London.
It was a kind of prototype of the rock band Hawkwind's epic Space Ritual of the early s. Both comprised music, dancers, poetry, hallucinogens, and, in Hawkwind's case, projections and strobes they turned on themselves as well as the audience.
As Gary Lachman makes explicit in his book on the occult and the s, Turn Off Your Mind, Crowley's most visible presence is in rock music and the post-Beat counterculture; on films such as Don Cammell's Performance, and Kenneth Anger's Lucifer Rising; on the Satanic Majesties-era Stones, with Jagger donating a dissonant synthesiser soundtrack to Anger's cinematic enactment of one of Crowley's rituals, Inauguration of My Demon Brother.
Crowley is there on the cover of Sergeant Pepper, and in the music and myths of Led Zeppelin, whose Jimmy Page is one of the most famous rock'n'roll adherents. Bowie lived almost entirely on a ritual level for several years in the mids and, like Crowley, his drug use had a magickal as much as a hedonistic base. It is a period he now professes not to remember, preferring to dine out on the fruits of that work instead. But while the hippy era is most closely identified with the explosion of the occult, it was punk that was the manifestation of Do What Thou Wilt.
The energy of punk at its purest was about disruption, chaos and transformation - with whatever magickal accoutrements came to hand. Rock'n'roll has always been the devil's music, with a powerful, uncontrollable element of invocation, and Crowley is one of its grandfathers. Rock's initial spirit of upset, outrage and teenage rampage was the very spirit Crowley believed was unleashed with The Book of the Law.
In the age of the crowned and conquering child, it doesn't matter whether you believe in Crowley's magick or not. Like Tarot or astrology, it's not a question of belief; it's whether and where the pattern fits.
There are truly some enlightened and beautiful words written here. No doubt people without esoteric knowledge will be confused and most likely repelled by this book. But it wasn't written for them. Despite his flaws, Crowley was a forward thinking, truly progressive mind. He will always be controversial; prophet to some, anti-Christ to others. One thing is certain, no two people will walk away from this book with the same experience.
In these pages are mes I read the passages in this book often. In these pages are messages of equality amongst all men and women, destroying the self-defeating ego in all of us, and the prophesy of a coming era where humans will attain closeness and oneness with God.
These ideas are universal in many cultures and religions already. I consider this his most important work, although it can be argued that it is not his work since he "received" it. These are concepts that were not foreign to him however. Quite the contrary. Like many religious texts the true teachings herein are coded in metaphor and require at least a basic theologic understanding and vocabulary.
I have to stress, without some esoteric knowledge, reading The Book of the Law will be akin to an infant reading Shakespeare. View 2 comments. Nov 09, Tim rated it liked it Recommends it for: Anyone discovering their own path.
This is the book that most often quoted by people interested in Aleister Crowley, and it certainly deserves to be read. As far as understood, I cannot imagine a translation they do exist, by the way that would make any sense to anyone other than Crowley. There is, however, a hidden meaning to the entire text Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. The study of this Book is forbidden.
It is wise to destroy this copy after the first reading. Whos This is the book that most often quoted by people interested in Aleister Crowley, and it certainly deserves to be read. Whosoever disregards this does so at his own risk and peril. These are most dire. Those who discuss the contents of this Book are to be shunned by all, as centres of pestilence. All questions of the Law are to be decided only by appeal to my writings, each for himself. There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.
Your True Will, will not conflict with another will, it will not harm anyone or yourself , it will not cause suffering, discord, hate, pain and anything negative.
It is both liberated and confining; it can take a lifetime to understand. I do not pretend to fully grasp the connotation, but I hope to with enough mediation and discipline. View 1 comment. First off I have no idea how to properly rate this book. My best guess is I shouldn't have used this as my introduction to Crowley's work. I read it over the scope of two nights while drinking Guinness late at night. I think this is a book I will have to come back to, maybe when my knowledge of the occult has broadened Jan 09, Dr.
Barrett Dylan Brown, Phd rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is one of the latter. I recommend everyone read it through at least once Then never trust anyone who wants to speak with you about it.
Including me. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Drug Addicts. Chapter I - Introduction Spoilers alert! The first spoiler, this book is crap. This book was, in regards to its mythos, "Not spoken by Crowley himself", rather it takes place in one of Mr. Crowley's drug-induced trips. He and his recently married wife whom married after the first date and said yes to avoid an arranged marriage decide to take a honeymoon in Cairo. Here I'm told, Between "noon and 1 P.
Crowley asks skeptically: Well, "Evidently he must show Knowledge and Power such as no man has ever been known to possess. Buckle up readers, shit is going to get real when we enter, Fear in Loathing in Cairo.
To quote the good sir Rick James, "cocaine's a hell of a drug". Just in case you missed Crowley's physics lecture, I took notes. Space is the Nuit, and this Egyptian space god is the creation of the universe and brings forth the "total of possibilities of every kind". And the only specialized western philosophy jargon I did understand makes an appearance: Leibniz Monadology.
See Crowley, I roll my eyes when I hear monads. It's one of the greatest fictions I know in philosophy, right up there with a complete system of mathematics purposed in the Principia Mathematica.
For Crowley understanding this means every event has a "uniting of some one monad" with which only one experience is possible to each monad. In due respect to Leibniz, talking about monads for him was just one way in its hay-day to solve a Cartesian mind-body problem - between appearances of substances in the world and thoughts about them - you could just say everything is monads so there isn't any dualism between them.
With it Crowley goes on to something which is pretty base, your experiences have a way to effect you consciously or subconsciously. But also that each of us has a"universe of his own" within a cluster of space-experiences monads bumping around into us metaphorically.
He continues, we each all have a bundle of these monads which we come into contact and metaphorically gather to ourselves. This all seems very technical; Crowley helps out by an example, but I decide to use my own "universe" of an example. Imagine you're out with someone and each at the same time grabs for the salt. Were you in fact grabbing the same salt? A sane man would say yes, regardless of the meaning, regardless of the purpose, or our impresses given by the senses. I say this because in the end, we are both going to start debating who should get to use the salt first.
For Crowley, it's Esse-est-percipi, which means, to be is to be perceived. That's because each of us understands for himself his own reality from what he sees and experiences.
Thus the claim does follow, "Yet all the time neither of us can know anything of him [the salt in my example] at all beyond the total impression made on our respective mind. I mean, I had to fill in a bit of the philosophical gaps that are said to be within this text, as he himself never mentions any philosopher but Comte specifically.
Crowley concludes that, "the above is an extremely crude attempt to explain a system which reconciles all existing schools of philosophy. Thelema is the Greek word for Will. With this, we come to the whole of his philosophy, "Do what thou wilt shall be the Whole of the Law. Love is that law, love under will. What I can gather is that this is the sort of thing John Locke describes as beginning from a State of Nature; that is, born into a life of perfect freedom, as he says, to do as one lists, and then refer to this as good when it is a Virtue and done right.
In his words, Do what Thou Wilt in the right way in the right degree as to love what it is that you wilt. Because each, as he says, will move onto his "true orbit" which is defined by the positions in the world we inhabit, in which Monads come into constant contact with us as "the impulse of our past experiences" to move us forward into the "Law of our Growth".
Monads do not, for Crowley, come with ethical or moral baggage; "all events are equally lawful--and every one necessary, in the long run Therefore Duty consists in determining to experience the right event from one moment of consciousness to another.
Want to learn more?! Well then, you need "personal instructions from the Master Therion and his appointed assistants. For Crowley, certain Stars such stars are called gods are said to be a collection of Monads. Jesus will have a collection of certain Monads. Collection of experiences like, being the son of god, giving the Sermon on the Mount; monads of experience collected to him.
And that's why he's Jesus. Sorry to break your heart, but "the history of the world", has a lot more Gods to count. Crowley counts three. First is Isis, the mother of the universe and creator for the purpose of "simple nourishment drawn directly from her. This is a governmental system of the patriarchal. And finally, history draws its final period as controlled by the God Horus--you can probably guess by now what family bond Horus will have.
If you guessed "the child," you'd be right! Gee, you'd almost think you could make this stuff up yourself. But you can't, because then you'd " This age will be "the recognition of the individual as the unit of society.
You didn't know that? Well you should have brushed up with your studies on 'Magick,' you lazy fuck.
Now Horus is said to make a few predictions, "Observe for yourselves the decay of the sense of sin, the growth of innocence and irresponsibility, the strange modifications of the reproductive instinct with a tendency to become bi-sexual or epicene, the childlike confidence in progress combined with nightmare fear of catastrophe, against which we are yet half unwilling to take precautions.
And being that Crowley studied for a period at Cambridge University from — All these for the purpose of being a lullaby to a screaming mad child we call society. Chapter V - The Next Step There isn't much to say here; all forms of governmental authority for Crowley are just childish tantrums "hemming us in".
Democracy, fascism, Communism, whatever-ism. But yet, the world seems to move forward from its child-like ways because there are always the "Light of genius. Only with this law will, "individual liberty" and the preservation of the future race be obtained. So the messenger explains his monad-self as being "above you and in you. My ecstasy is in yours. My joy is to see your joy. And the wife, "his woman called the Scarlet Woman", that this power from the gods will be given to them.
From there this messenger explains that there is no other God but Lord Hadit or as his friends call him Nuit. He is infinite space and of infinite experience. This God explains that there shouldn't be any differences between any "One thing" or "any other thing," because only in differences comes the negative and the bad. But if you can live beyond differences then you are the bee's knees, my friend and "chief of all! Divide, add, multiply, and understand.
Then saith the prophet and slave of the beauteous one: Don't quote me, but it sounds like it when "the dew of her light bathing his whole body in a sweet-smelling perfume of sweat". Whatever might be the case, Nuit is said to be not just One thing but None. Because for Nuit, he's everything and therefore nothing, as he's always shifting "continuous".
He's a shifty motherfucker. Wow, I can totally see that working in some romantic movie.
At this point, this God asks the Prophet to follow his "ordeals of my knowledge" and look only for him, that all joys within will redeem him "from all pain. There can be three ranks of men that look to be a scholar of this work: The Hermit, The Lover, and the Earth-man. There are, however, certain roads on this path for its scholarly pursuits for which to look out. One such naughty action is "The word of Sin is Restriction. Imagine that Walter White from 'Breaking Bad' decided he didn't like being a teacher, but loved cooking meth which this author would have likely wanted a taste.
His wife would rather he not cook meth.
That's because, "there is no bond that can unite the divided but love: So with thy all; thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that, and no other shall say nay. But then again I'm not getting this spiritual suggestion, and a man high on cocaine is. If you are at all curious of the ritualistic aspects, then a lot of it is caught up in pages I'm just going to instead, 'do the hokey-pokey and turn myself around, and do as thou wilt'.
So I think by this page, on 29, the next day Crowley has somehow gotten heroin intravenously, and was ready for round 2 of this new series, "Spirits speak to drug addict". All ye, and learn the secret that hath not yet been revealed.
Not only can he work the Las Vegas stage magic show--sorry, Magick show-- but he's been Vatican-approved to preform Exorcisms. By that, they mean, "I am the Magician and the Exorcist. I am the axle of the wheel, and the cube in the circle.
Only fools do that. Better yet, call him eight or one in eight, "which is vital, for I am none indeed. Do you happen to have like a boat load of cash to spend on cocaine?
While being sad isn't great either to this god, I think the money and coke will fix that. Because this God only deals with the Lords of earth. If you are, then you are in great company; this God is going to-- well not do anything because he's always leaving you with the bill- but trust me, he loved the meal you had.
But as for the server that gave you the meal, stiff them the tip. In fact, "let them die in their misery" as they sound like they might be outcasts, and certainly not Lords. They shall not harm ye at all. It is a lie, this folly against self. The exposure of innocence is a lie. Be strong, o man! Just enjoy all things of sense and rapture: But Exceed!
Strive ever to more! Following this philosophy "Do as thou wilt" can lead to --Vomiting, indigestion, hallucinations, Spirit Gods' telling you to take more drugs, blood in urine, dry mouth, Sleeplessness, partially understood occultism, memory loss, shaking, stupidity, nonsense making sense, and possible death.
What meaneth this, o prophet? Thou knowest not; nor shalt thou know ever. There cometh one to follow thee: Product Ingredient: Dear "Scarlet Women beware!
If pity and compassion and tenderness visits her heart; if she leave my work to toy with old sweetnesses; then shall my vengeance be known. I will slay me her child: I will alienate her heart: I will cast her out from men: Let her be loud and adulterous! And that's it, that's my review. I hope you enjoyed it. I can't say I did, but you know there is one thing to say, the book concludes with the comment, "The study of this Book is forbidden.
All questions of the Law are to be decided only by appeal to my writings, each for himself" So I guess it was all for not, but whatever Crowley, I do what I want. I invoke the law, "do as I wilt" and I did, your book is crap, and you need rehab.
Mar 28, M. The last page of this book forbids you to talk about it, so this shall suffice for a review.