Book: The Pathworkings Of Aleister Crowley The Treasure House Of Images by Aleister CrowleyThis beautiful collection of meditations on the astrological signs and the paths of the Tree of Life was originally titled 'The Treasure House of Images.' At one time it was primarily perceived as an inspirational text. This edition treats it as a unique instruction on magical technique. With Additional material by David Cherubim, Christopher S. Hyatt, Lon Milo DuQuette and Nancy Wasserman it has become a powerful tool for self-transformation.
The bulk of this book consists of Liber 963 itself (Treasurehouse of Images). This is one of the most beautifully stunning pieces of verse I have ever read, at once compelling, imaginative and detailed. This work is not published in many other places, and the books it is published in typically are out of print and demand high price tags. Therefore it is well worth the price of this book just to be able to have hard copy (in paperback, portable form no less) of 963. However, the description did lead me to believe that the other authors listed contributed significantly to this particular publication, which is not the case. There is additional material, but not very much and the additions consist of information easily found elsewhere. I would still buy this book over again, but it would have been nice to know the real value of the other contributed work.
I hope you enjoy the excellent poetry of Aleister Crowley as much as I did. I was able to read huge chunks at a time I liked it so much. The first day I read it I read about half the book. Extremely blasphemous poetry rivaling even Lord Byron and Edgar Allen Poe. Even though he is controversial, aleister crowley is the all time icon of the occult. Besides that, he is an under-rated gothic icon. On occasion, whole books of Crowley such as this could be looked at as gothic. Crowley is the creator of the Thoth Tarot, and tarot has a large gothic following amongst non-Christian goths. Crowley is definately a love it or hate it persona. Satanists told me Thelema is anathema to the Satanist. These "satanists" are pretenders to the throne. Crowley is the original occult icon; the rest are imitators. I have seen it and it could be argued ever other occultist plagarized Crowley...because he is the original. Just like Lafenu was the original vampire writer. Crowley has been getting popular.
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