Book of the Law (Anglais) Broché – 15 janvier 1976
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Dictated to Crowley in Cairo between noon and 1:00p.m. on three successive days in April 1904, The Book of the Law is the source book and key for Crowley students and for the occult in general.
The holy text that forms the basis of Crowley's belief system, Thelema, was transmitted to him by the entity known as Aiwass over the course of three fateful April days in 1904.
With his wife Rose as the medium for what would become known as the Cairo Working, Crowley dutifully transcribed the communications on hotel stationery.
The pamphlet has since passed into occult legend.
Its full title is Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX, as delivered by XCIII=418 to DCLXVI, and it is commonly referred to as The Book of the Law.
Although the "messenger" of AL was Aiwass, Aiwass presents the Book as an expression of three god-forms of the three chapters, Nuit, Hadit, and Ra-Hoor-Khuit.
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If you aren't familiar with this book and you are curious I recommend first taking a look at it online and then purchasing "The Law Is for All : The Authorized Popular Commentary of Liber Al Vel Legis, the Book of the Law". The book of the law was kind of hard for me to read the first few times. "The Law is for All" is the Book of the Law with a Commentary by Aleister Crowleys. Parts of the commentary can really help out in studying the book of the law. Also I recommend visiting some of the thelemic websites out there (search "thelema"). Terms like Thelema, Nuit, Hadit, Khabs, Khu, Ankh-af-na-Khonsu, and Hoor Paar Kraat don't make much sense and are a little intimidating without a little outside commentary. There is also a very short paper called "Duty" by Aleister Crowley available on the internet which I think explains the major concepts of Thelema quite well. Highly recommended.
The Book of the Law requires serious, scholarly study. You will not understand it on the first read. Not unless you have Crowley's comments at hand, which is indeed a necessary companion to this text if you wish to understand it. Many people have put their lives into studying this book and still have not uncovered all of its hidden meanings. This is not a book that you can simply pick up and read one time through. Consider it as being similar to a full college course, because it will likely take that long to get a substantial understanding of it.
Crowley's comments on this text are published in "The Law Is For All," although I believe it's out of print. However, here is a link to a site with free electronic versions of various comments to this text, one of which is Crowley's own --> [...]
I'll end this review with one of my favorite passages from Liber AL (the technical name of The Book of the Law):
"Remember all ye that existence is pure joy; that all the sorrows are but as shadows; they pass & are done; but there is that which remains."
I have read this book more times than I can count, and always come away with new insights... not so much insights into the text, but insights into my own self. Reading this book is an agent of change, one cannot help being changed by reading this...be it for the better or the worse.
(Such is the reason for Crowley's famous Comment appended to the end of the text, and the joke in the title of this review.)
A previous reviewer blasts this book and paradigm for "borrowing" from other religions and beliefs, but to me this is the sublime beauty of it. Crowley or Aiwass (whomever you choose to think the author is), did steal and borrow from all religions, finding the common threads, and weaving a wonderfull web out of the best, and disposing of the rest.
Overall, even if one is not interested in Thelema, magick, or anything out of the "ordinary", I would recommend this short book just to challenge what you believe and what you hold to be true
Much of what Crowley received from the spirit Aiwass- a kind of demonic "Gabriel"- through transmission and automatic handwriting matches not only biblical prophecy but also what is currently occuring on the world stage. "Ra-Hoor-Khuit" is the spirit of the coming Horus who will guide the world into a New Age of darkness. In my opinion, he is the one known as the Antichrist. The blasphemy and exaltations against other gods (2 Thes 2:4), the advocation for conquest and blood-sacrifice (Dan 8:24), and the decree of lawlessness (2Thes 2:3) all match the descriptions of the Antichrist in the bible.
I have to ask a question to the occultists: Do you know what you are serving? The powers that Crowley encountered and acted as a conduit for are very real. I have family members who actively participated in the occult- with devastating consequences. These entities champion oppression and enslavement. If you don't believe me , go read the messages of " Nuit" ( the "Whore of Babylon" archetype), Hadit (the Satan archetype) and Ra-Hoor-Khuit ( the Antichrist archetype).
I have to say though, my favorite part of this work is the introduction- particularly the 4th and 5th chapters. It accurately describes the erosion of morals and values and the decline of civilization as we know it. These are things that are not taught in any churches today! It is astounding that one can find more truth in a work of satanic revealation than in most "Christian" establishments. This is due not to satanists being the prime source of truth, but rather the fact that churches no longer speak the truth. In fact many Christian leaders secretely serve Satan while openly "preaching Christ" to the congregations but this is a mystery that is not believed or easibly understood by most. We are entering the Aeon of Horus, afterall.
I understand that this may be the most disliked 5-star review here but it is my hope that anyone reading this finds the True God: Jesus Christ- not Ra Hoor Khuit- before it is too lare. Time us short..