Along with his written works, Aleister Crowley's legacy includes the organization he is credited with founding, the OTO or Ordo Templi Orientis -- The Order of Oriental Templars. This book contains key introductory material to this contemporary occult society, along with a history of the Order after Crowley's death. The format of this edition ...Read MoreAlong with his written works, Aleister Crowley's legacy includes the organization he is credited with founding, the OTO or Ordo Templi Orientis -- The Order of Oriental Templars. This book contains key introductory material to this contemporary occult society, along with a history of the Order after Crowley's death. The format of this edition matches that of the first Equinox series published with Crowley as editor and includes magical instruction, communications to OTO members (all the "dirt" on court cases the OTO has been involved in), and original works of fiction and poetry. As part of this latter category, this book features an illustrated study of the works of underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger with a complete filmography. It could be argued that Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) anticipated the entire New Age phenomenon with his methods of teaching, codified in the tenets of the OTO. A rich melange of ritual magic, traditional spiritual practice, drug use, and sex, borrowing from many different cultures and traditions, informed the development of this lasting magical system. Although he's been popularized (and demonized) as "The Beast, 666, " his teachings have shown lasting value.Read Less
Hardcover. Quarto. 308 + 132pp. (+ viii pp adverts. ) Blue buckram with red eye in triangle design on front board, red titling etc. to front board and spine. Color frontis portrait of Crowley by Leon Engers Kennedy, and color reproduction of Crowley's painting May Morn, with original captioned tissue guards plus 5 black and white plates. Rubricated title page. Crowley was the editor and principal author of most of the "The Equinox" series, which contained a variety of poetry, fiction, and reviews-generally with esoteric themes-alongside a number of articles of occult instruction. The "Blue Equinox"-as this number became known-was arguably the last of the "real" Equinoxes to be published during Crowley's lifetime. He continued to use the volume and number designations of the Equinox series, but for what were effectively separate monographs, quite different in most respects to the original journals. This volume includes five black and white photographic portraits, as well as color reproductions of Crowley's painting "May Morn" and the color portrait of him by Leon Engers Kennedy. The text comprises a number of magical books ("Libers") amongst which Liber LXV, Crowley's Gnostic Catholic Mass, the publication of which caused considerable outcry, and calls for the "Blue Equinox" to be banned, as well as providing inspiration to James Branch Cabell who adapted part of it for use in his equally-contentious, but best-selling novel, "Jurgen." Blavatsky's "The Voice of Silence" with Crowley's commentary to it are appended as a "special supplement" and other texts include Crowley's "Hymn to Pan, " various book reviews, etc. etc. Cloth rubbed and darkened and frayed at edges and corners. The volume has been professionally rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down over a solid new spine (there is an eighth of an inch gap in the front and rear gutters where the new material is visible, otherwise the repair hardly shows. Fresh endpapers. There is a pen scrawl across the blank verso of the plate facing p. 197 (the scrawl does not show through, so the plate is unaffected). Internally otherwise a clean and bright copy with solid text block. VG or better condition.
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