Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.
Love is the law, love under will.

Recommended books #5 – Rare

Some titles are harder to find because they have been printed in a limited edition or only once, and these three recommendations are part of books that are rare to find, but as precious as diamonds!

The Holy Books of Thelema

Aleister Crowley

This is a combination of the original texts of ΘΕΛΗΜΑ with additional Holy Books and the result is 1983’s publication of The Holy Books of Thelema by Ordo Templi Orientis.

This book has a marvelous preface followed by commentary by Aleister Crowley. A must for understanding the Book of the Law.

The Holy Books Of Thelema:

  • Liber LXI vel Causæ. The Preliminary Lection, including the History Lection.
  • Liber LXV Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente
  • Liber Liberi vel Lapidis Lazuli
  • Liber XXVII: Liber Trigrammaton
  • Liber AL vel Legis – The Book of The Law
  • Liber I Liber B vel Magi
  • Liber X Liber Porta Lucis
  • Liber LXVI Liber Stellae Rubeae
  • Liber צ (Tzaddi) vel Hamus Hermeticus sub figurâ XC
  • Liber Cheth vel Vallum Abigni sub figurâ CLVI
  • Liber Arcanorum
  • Liber Tau vel Kabbalae Trium Literarum Sub Figurâ CD

Magick without Tears

Aleister Crowley

Magick Without Tears is a personal encyclopedia of magickal instruction, annotated by experience and explained in unguarded language. Crowley covers:

  • how to use the Qabalah as a tool rather than merely as a system of reference;
  • the symbols of magick;
  • etymology and its philosophy;
  • the three major schools of magick (white, black and yellow)
  • their approach to life and use of power;
  • hints for meditation and astral projection;
  • the I Ching;
  • The Book of the Law;
  • the Tarot;
  • Astrology;
  • the importance of talismans, lamens and pentacles;
  • how to distinguish prophecy from coincidence.

Perfect and magnificent general overview of magic considered as philosophy. A gathering of the most popular questions about an often misunderstood and misrepresented subject.

A volume of eighty letters in which Crowley gives his personal commentary about his magical training and insight, an encyclopedia of magical instructions written in a fluent and not at all complex way.

The Law Is for All

Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley’s life and thought are inexorably linked with The Book of the Law (Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX). He was not the author of this short, prophetic text. He received this visionary work by direct-voice dictation from a preterhuman in Cairo, 1904. The Book of the Law holds the keys to the next step in human evolution, and sets forth the spiritual principles of a New Aeon.

He worked for decades to interpret its meaning for initiates and the general public, but rejected commentary after commentary as inadequate. He eventually concluded that he was too close to his subject to judge the value of his own commentaries, and entrusted the task to his best friend, Louis Wilkinson.

Wilkinson (who wrote under the pen-name Louis Marlow) possessed impressive literary qualifications and had the advantages of knowing Crowley well and being a layman in esoteric matters. The result of his work is this long-awaited authorized popular edition of Crowley’s new commentary on The Book of the Law, and its first appearance as Crowley wished it. Louis Wilkinson’s editorial work was posthumously completed and augmented by Frater Superior Hymenaeus Beta of the O.T.O..