Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

The Equinox, Volume IV, Number 1

Commentaries on the Holy Books and Other Papers

Printed on acid-free paper and smythe-sewn. Available now.

This new issue of The Equinox is a companion volume to The Holy Books of Thelema, and a coherent textbook in its own right. It covers the essentials of the A∴ A∴ system of initiation, from the preliminary stage of student to the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. For the first time it makes available practical details that will be of immense value to students of Thelema.

Beginning with Crowley’s unpublished essay Occultism, it gives several of the foundation papers of the A∴ A∴, including Liber 185, Liber Collegii Sancti, which gives the oaths and tasks of each grade in the Outer College of the A∴ A∴. A new paper gives the designs for the corresponding robes of each grade, with color illustrations. Also included in this book’s 24 pages of full color are J.F.C. Fuller’s paintings for the Temple of the A∴ A∴, and Crowley’s illuminated manuscript of an A∴ A∴ Ritual for the Neophyte, Liber 671 vel Pyramidos.

The centerpiece of the book is The Master Therion’s lengthy and penetrating commentary to the inspired writing, The Book of the Heart Girt with a Serpent (Liber LXV). While Liber LXV gives the best account available of the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel, it is couched in the language of mystical poetry. Crowley’s commentary gives a more easily understood exposition, and is some of his most lucid writing on magic and mysticism. Crowley’s shorter commentaries to seven other Holy Books of Thelema are also included.

Madame Blavatsky’s mystical text The Voice of the Silence is also presented with a revealing commentary by Crowley that explores the various stages of consciousness in Mahayana Buddhist mysticism and relates these to the Holy Qabalah.

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Love is the law, love under will.

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