Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary
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This important collection includes Aleister Crowley's two most important instructional writings on the design and purpose of the magical diary,John St. JohnandA Master of the Temple. These were the only two works regarding the magical diary published in Crowley's lifetime. Both were first published in Crowley's immense collection of magical instruction,The Equinox.John St. Johnchronicles Crowley's moment-by-moment progress during a 13-day magical working. Crowley referred to it as "a perfect model of what a magical record should be."A Master of the Templeis taken from the magical diary of Frater Achad at a time when he was Crowley's most valued and successful student. It provides an invaluable example of a student's record, plus direct commentary and instruction added by Crowley.
With commentary and introductory material by editor James Wasserman, Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary is the most important and accessible instruction available to students of the occult regarding the practice of keeping a magical diary.
This revised edition includes a new introduction by Wasserman, a foreword by noted occult scholar J. Daniel Gunther, revisions throughout the text, a revised reading list for further study, plus Crowley's instructions on banishing from Liber O.
James Wassermanis a lifelong student of religion and spiritual development. His writings and editorial efforts maintain a focus on spirituality, creative mythology, secret societies, history, religion, and politics. He is a passionate advocate of individual liberty. An admirer of the teachings of Aleister Crowley, he has played a key role in numerous seminal publications of the Crowley literary corpus. A book designer by trade, Jim is the owner of Studio 31. He has appeared on The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Coast to Coast Radio and numerous podcasts, and has addressed National Press Club.
J. Daniel Gunther is a life-long student of esotericism, mythology, and religion. For over 40 years he has been a member of A...A..., the teaching order established by Aleister Crowley. He is the author of the Ibis Press titles, Initiation in the Aeon of the Child and The Angel & the Abyss, and has lectured worldwide on the doctrines of Thelema.
Includes John St. John and A Master of the Temple from The Equinox