|The Magick of Aleister Crowley. A Handbook of Rituals of Thelema. Lon Milo DuQuette|
One of the occult authors who I particularly enjoy is Lon Milo DuQuette. For the past year, during the pandemic, Lon has been hosting intimate daily readings from his various books. Every day at 10am Pacific time on his Facebook profile. This week, he started his book, The Magick of Aleister Crowley, which serves as a fascinating introduction to the often misunderstood philosophy of Crowley. If you have the book, you can read along with Lon. If you don't have it, just feel free listen, learn and enjoy.
"Aleister Crowley's ascension into the pantheon of alternative gurus was cemented by his appearance on The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. Unfortunately, he was known more for his reputation as "The Beast 666" and "The Wickedest Man in the World." All well and good for publicity, but this infamy eclipsed his teachings, as did his technical and opaque writing style, meant more for adepts contemporary to him than the average modern reader. Enter Lon Milo DuQuette to decipher and explain Crowley's texts and more important rituals. Formerly titled The Magick of Thelema, this revised edition features extensive corrections, a new introduction, and a new ritual, "The Rites of Eleusis." This is the perfect introductory text for readers who wonder what the works--rather than the myth--of Aleister Crowley are all about. DuQuette takes the mystery out of both the rituals themselves and Crowley's writing in this modern grimoire. Step by step, he presents a course of study in plain English, with examples of rituals and explanations of their significance. DuQuette also includes a course of study for Crowley's original works with an extensive bibliography and fastidious footnotes."