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by Lon Milo Duquette,Rodney Orpheus

ISBN: 1578633265
ISBN13: 978-1578633265
Language: English
Publisher: Weiser Books (July 1, 2005)
Pages: 208
Category: New Age and Spirituality
Subategory: Religion

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I am new to Aleister Crowley's work and I found this book a very easy read. Rodney Orpheus is the singer from The Cassandra Complex and it turns out that he's good at explaining Crowley's magickal system to modern readers.

I am new to Aleister Crowley's work and I found this book a very easy read. I have a few others on him and they went way over my head so I recommend this one to anyone that is just getting their feet wet and isn't already familiar with his work. Hard to think of any other recent books which successfully tackle this material. I understand that the . or one them anyway) recommends the book. 7 people found this helpful.

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Thelemic magick, as it is practiced today, is based on the works of Aleister Crowley. In Abrahadabra, Rodney Orpheus offers a much simpler and more immediate path for working with the same magical current Crowley used.

Items related to Abrahadabra: Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thelemic. Lon Milo DuQuette has been involved with occult studies since the late 60s, and has become an acknowledged and widely recognized authority within the world of modern occultism. Rodney Orpheus Abrahadabra: Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thelemic Magic. ISBN 13: 9781578633265. Abrahadabra: Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thelemic Magic. His previous publications include Magick of Thelema, The Tarot of Ceremonial Magick, Angels, Demons & Gods of the New Millennium, and the humorous, biographical My Life with the Spirits.

Start by marking Abrahadabra: Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thelemic Magick as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Rodney Orpheus does a remarkable job Thelemic Magick as it is practiced today owes and unmistakable debt to its main proponent, author:Aleister Crowley3948].

Rodney Orpheus, from the Introduction "Abrahadabra is about the practice of the magick of Thelema- a system of physical, mental, and spiritual training and discipline based on two fundamental principles: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law" and "Love is the law, love under will. See all 3 brand new listings.

"Magick is a subtle and curious thing and often works in ways you do not expect and at times you do not expect- but it always works. Every magical act brings a result, as you are about to learn." -Rodney Orpheus, from the Introduction"Abrahadabra is about the practice of the magick of Thelema- a system of physical, mental, and spiritual training and discipline based on two fundamental principles: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law" and "Love is the law, love under will." -Lon Milo DuQuette
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Granigrinn
ABRAHADABRA is a clear and approachable introduction to Thelema. Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O) member and musician Rodney Orpheus originally wrote it in 1994, and it holds up well some twenty-some-odd years later.

The book’s eleven chapters alternately explore the role and use of meditation, the practice of magical ritual, and the philosophy of Thelema. Orpheus begins by explaining the importance of laying a good foundation of meditative practice: if an aspirant cannot sit still and just be in their own company for a short while, how do they expect to even enter the threshold of the Great Work? Imagination has a role to play in this practice, but without developing self-discipline and an ability to concentrate, that imagination will not have much original thought to work with- let alone any guidance from one’s HGA. Orpheus encourages and assists the reader with a set of exercises to practice at a comfortable pace.

Once a firm groundwork is in place, Orpheus then walks the reader through a version of the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram, modified and updated for the modern reader, which he calls the Nu-Sphere Ritual. The ritual is explained well enough to imagine and actively visualize. This is important. It can be hard to take magic seriously without some activation of the imagination. Unlike passive literary fantasy, magical practice claims to create change according to one’s will. Be it fact or fiction, the magical imagination is certainly transformed into visualization and consciousness is directed toward achieving some object or goal. Sometimes even truth claims are made; claims that the magician can transform the way the world is. This generates both curiosity and hostility. Orpheus’ writing acknowledges some of this, or at least enough to get the reader to walk down the garden path along with him without having to wholly suspend one’s reason.

One of the strongest parts of the book is the exposition of Thelema’s Egyptian cosmology. Nuit is the Goddess of Infinite Space, in whose body we Stars exist; her compliment is Hadit, through whom we worship Nuit but himself is not an object of worship. This divine dialectic results in the creative-destructive child Ra-Hoor-Kuit and his brother, Hoor-Paar-Kraat, or Harpocrates. The question of the existence of these gods is not rigorously examined, but Orpheus suggests that the universe behaves as if they do exist.

Orpheus’ writing style is casual but not patronizing. He discusses many important subjects a curious inquirer might want to know, and challenges the reader to practice along with him. This is a major theme: you can read all you can about Thelema, but it’s meant to be practiced. The goal is to step out from under one’s own shadow; get out of your own way and allow one’s true nature (or True Will) to emerge. The goal of Crowley’s Asana, of his Egyptian mythology, of his LRPG, of all Thelemic practices really, is to learn your True Will and do it. You won’t get there if you just sit in your chair and turn the pages of a book.

That being said, the reader should keep in mind that Orpheus’ take on Crowley is that of a late 20th century O.T.O. caliphate practitioner. Not necessarily a bad thing, but you have to know this before going in. Personally, I think there is a case to be made that all the “rights” talk Crowley took to later in Liber Oz is just not present in most (any?) western occult traditions. Sure, a major point is development of individuation, but rights? That's the battle cry of the social justice warrior, and for me, at least, is a diversion away from K&C of the HGA. The Freemasons have it right: no discussion of politics in the Lodge. That being said, Orpheus will guide you through Liber Oz sufficiently enough to make a widely accepted case that Liber Oz is wholly Thelemic. I of course leave it for you to make up your own mind.

HyderCraft
Magick and meditation are deceptively simple and the states of consciousness promised so unfamiliar to the beginner that one may wonder if the Great Work is possible when first getting started. This book does not help matters as it breaks down the various mystical-magickal practices into some of their simplest forms. Rodney Orpheus should be congratulated for this. The nascent practitioner should be relieved.

After studying the A∴A∴ Student Reading Curriculum for almost a year, I needed some way to synthesize Crowley's corpus into a practice. This book goes a long way toward that end.

Orpheus' accent in this book is on practice. The very first chapter has one beginning Asana right away. The chapters following contain instructions for practicing the other steps of Pantanali's Eightfold Path and, yes, magick rituals.

While this book is only a primer, it's value for me is that it provides a road map for my work. This book helps me organize the Student Reading Curriculum into something that I can practice.

Abrahadabra is an excellent work that I highly recommend.

Cogelv
A lot of Thelemic source-texts are very difficult to get through. Rodney Orpheus makes becoming acquainted with Aleister Crowley's system of attainment much simpler than, say, following the AA initiation curriculum. While this book won't do much for those looking toward initiation, it's a great "beginner's text" to start playing around with magick.

Brialelis
I am new to Aleister Crowley's work and I found this book a very easy read. I have a few others on him and they went way over my head so I recommend this one to anyone that is just getting their feet wet and isn't already familiar with his work.

Ces
Rodney Orpheus is the singer from The Cassandra Complex and it turns out that he's good at explaining Crowley's magickal system to modern readers. Hard to think of any other recent books which successfully tackle this material. I understand that the O.T.O. (or one them anyway) recommends the book.

Cildorais
Absolutely the best book written on Thelema, that I have read. Gives modern and updated material which is of great need in this system.

Malogamand
This is one of the best books to get the spiritual system of Thelema up and running in your life. I loved the parts on yoga and the description of the rituals of this important system.

I really enjoy researching and learning new things but... most of the time I was forcing myself to read and tears would fall from my eyes from sleepiness. It's not that there isn't interesting things in the book, it's just so... drawn out. I hope to try it again at a later time and have a different experience.

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