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DOWNLOAD º Grimoire of Aleister Crowley ï Group Ritual Has Been A Cornerstone Of Spiritual Practice Since Time Immemorial, Yet Its History And Importance Have Often Been Overlooked By Occultists Of The Modern Age This Book Is The First Comprehensive Presentation Of Group Oriented Rites For Modern Magicians Inspired By The Works Of Aleister Crowley It Contains Rituals Written By Crowley For His Own Magic Circles, Many Of Them Unpublished During His Lifetime, Plus Rare Ancient Texts That Were Crowley S Own InspirationThe Rituals Are Newly Edited And Explained By Rodney Orpheus, Who Brings To This Volume Decades Of Experience In Performing And Teaching Aleister Crowley S Rituals Within Crowley S Magical Order Ordo Templi Orientis He Introduces Each Ritual With A Clear Overview, Setting Each In Its Historical Context And Explaining Its Function And Mode Of Operation, And Includes Detailed Notes On The Setting And Performance Of Each OneWhether Absolute Beginner Or Seasoned Expert, Magicians Of All Paths Will Find This Volume To Be An Eminently Workable And Extremely Powerful Grimoire Spanning Centuries From Ancient Mithraic And Bacchanalian Rites, Goetia, And Gnosticism, Right Up To Present Day Crowleyan Invocations And Sexual Magick I am not a member of the OTO but am very interested in knowing about Thelema I bought this book because I wanted to know about and have a greater understanding of these beautiful rituals Having read and greatly enjoyed the first Rodney Orpheus book, Abrahadabra, this was an easy purchase for me. Book Review The Grimoire Of Aleister Crowley by Rodney Orpheus HB, 297 pages Abrahadabra Press, 2011I recently bought a book that was of a manual for group work than an act of intellect This book was The Grimoire of Aleister Crowley by Rodney Orpheus This is the second book I have read by Orpheus, the first being Abrahadabra, which is a primer on thelema with much emphasis on the individual work.Before looking at the content of the book, I would like to reflect on the physical book itself Hardbound with red cloth cover, gold embossing on the spine, a striking dustjacket and with black endpapers this is a very beautiful book The reason I am looking at this is because this is the first publication of Abrahadabra press, and many occult books published by small or new presses are significantly subpar in layout, quality, and proof reading, often containing pixelated images and inconsistencies of style This is not the case with this book This book continues to be beautiful on the inside, being consistent, well laid out and with beautiful new line drawings of the NOX signs, the sign of the enterer, floorplans for the rituals and I cannot think of any other book which, like the Grimoire, has published Thelemically oriented group rituals Some can of course be found in the publications periodials of Thelemic lodges, or floating around on the internet, but there is much to this book than just rituals.The first part that really struck a chord with me was the chapter A Note On Safety The dynamics of a group ritual are different from solo rituals, and manxy of us have learned the hard way what can go wrong or be of serious danger This note on safety should be included in any book on group ritual, and clearly comes from experience.The rituals vary, some are written by Crowley but adapted for physical use , some are adaptations of pre Thelemic Crowley rituals such as LIL rituals , some are gnostic adaptations such as the interesting Breaking of the Bread ritual These do not stand alone, but are extensively commented upon, with introductions that put them in context and offer other useful advice on group ritual.For me, the chapter that most resonated with me was the Mass of Babalon, which is a new ritual an equivalent Mass of Baphomet is in Rodney s previous book Abrahadabra What is interesting about the chapter is not the ritual itself not to say it s not interesting , but the breaking down of how the ritual was come to This included the purpose and basic dynamics of a Eucharistic ritual, the key layers or elements, the identifying of existing literary sources relating to Babalon, and the synthesis thereof By going through this process the reader could configure this ritual in any number of other ways to suit a personal vision of what such a ritual might look like The keys for constructing ritual while still turning to primary Thelemic texts are given.Orpheus challenges the perception that self devised self written is always better As a text synthesizing numerous sources and doing so to good effect, this stands as an example of how one can borrow from other authors for material Certainly Crowley did so ie liber Israfel partially comes from Bennett and the Golden dawn and it did him no harm Self written is not always better, I agree, but I feel perhaps the use of other sources should be augmented by developing writing skills and a channel for inspiration and revelation from the Gods being worked with I work with material that is new and self written material by Crowley and material by other luminaries like Charles Stansfield Jones and Jack Parsons I think it too easy to say Crowley or Swedenborg knew better, so don t try I do not find this attitude very thelemic just imagine if Achad or Parsons had that attitude and runs the risk of developing a cult of Crowleyanity, constantly rehashing the authoritative words of Mega Therion I know exactly where Orpheus is coming from, and agree with the background for his words, but I would be wary that his words could be considered as dissuading for potential innovators.One noteworthy omission from this book has been Liber Samekh, which is often performed in a group context I came to this musing after reaching the appendix of rituals from Liber O where Orpheus says I personally don t consider them LRP, LRH of any value except as historical curiosity and I haven t used them in years These older rituals, like much Golden Dawn material, are frequently overly complex I cannot see any practical reason for all these pentagrams, or for the difference between invoking and banishing ones.I find this ironic as Orpheus identifies Liber V vel Reguli mark of the beast ritual as a new aeon pentagram ritual, yet it also uses these specific overly complex pentagrams Equally in Samekh not published in this anthology , which is also a pentagram ritual for knowledge and conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel , these formula are used.Orpheus, by his own admission, also fails to see the need for using hexagram rituals at all On the point of the irrelevance of these practices we will agree to disagree This is an interesting unusual prefix to an appended Liber O, which is included, and still used by many thelemic magicians, including initiates of such orders of the OTO and the AA Perhaps the question arising is why such practices are retained or adapted by so many, and what sits behind Then again, maybe i m just a grumpy bear because I like all my complicated pentagrams comfort zone.Overall I am left with an excellent impression of this book though I will only really know out of doing, and I intend to take up some of these rituals I believe it is well worth a read and I will take some very practical indications for group work. I own the hard cover edition since 2013 and I can say that this book has been very useful I especially like the chapter on L.I.L Lamp of the Invisible Light because there is not much written about that period of Crowleys life Also The Mass of Babalon is within these pages Whether if you are in the O.T.O or not this book is for the Thelelmite The format is very inviting and easy to follow If you are new to Thelema or a seasoned vet, this book has something for you I highly recommend it.