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The Best of the Equinox, Sex Magick: Volume III
The Best of the Equinox, Dramatic Ritual: Volume II
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Volume II of The Best of the Equinox by Aleister Crowley, offers a treasure chest of dramatic rituals.

The Equinox became the standard for English language esotericism in the early 20th century, aptly termed the "Encyclopedia of Initiation" by its principal editor and contributor, Aleister Crowley. This ten-volume collection had remarkable variety, depth, and the utility of its contents encompass Qabalah, tarot, yoga, and the essential papers of Crowley's teaching order, A. A. Unfortunately, much of this material is currently out of print.

The Best of the Equinox, Volume II, curated by scholar and U.S. Deputy Grandmaster General of the O.T.O., Lon Milo DuQuette, collects the best of Crowley’s material from both in-print and out-of-print editions of The Equinox. For Crowley collectors and the curious alike, this is an accessible, affordable volume packed with high magick and secrets.

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Release dateOct 1, 2012
The Best of the Equinox, Sex Magick: Volume III
The Best of the Equinox, Dramatic Ritual: Volume II

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  • The Best of the Equinox, Dramatic Ritual: Volume II
    The Best of the Equinox, Dramatic Ritual: Volume II
    The Best of the Equinox, Dramatic Ritual: Volume II

    Volume II of The Best of the Equinox by Aleister Crowley, offers a treasure chest of dramatic rituals. The Equinox became the standard for English language esotericism in the early 20th century, aptly termed the "Encyclopedia of Initiation" by its principal editor and contributor, Aleister Crowley. This ten-volume collection had remarkable variety, depth, and the utility of its contents encompass Qabalah, tarot, yoga, and the essential papers of Crowley's teaching order, A. A. Unfortunately, much of this material is currently out of print. The Best of the Equinox, Volume II, curated by scholar and U.S. Deputy Grandmaster General of the O.T.O., Lon Milo DuQuette, collects the best of Crowley’s material from both in-print and out-of-print editions of The Equinox. For Crowley collectors and the curious alike, this is an accessible, affordable volume packed with high magick and secrets.

  • The Best of the Equinox, Sex Magick: Volume III
    The Best of the Equinox, Sex Magick: Volume III
    The Best of the Equinox, Sex Magick: Volume III

    Selections from writings of Aleister Crowley on sex magick as published famed magical journal the Equiniox. The Equinox, in print from 1909-1919, was a magical journal published by Aleister Crowley and included Crowley's own A...A... laws, rituals and rites, reviews, and magical works by other important practitioners. Much of this material was collected by Israel Regardie and published in the massive Gems from the Equinox (1974). Now, renowned scholar and U.S. Deputy Grandmaster General of the O.T.O. Lon Milo DuQuette presents readers with his own selections from this classic publication, The Best of the Equinox. Volume III of the series presents perhaps the most controversial of esoteric subjects, sex magick. Once Aleister Crowley grasped the fundamentals of sexual magick, he came to understood it to be the key that unlocks the secrets of the universe. He dedicated the entire second half of his life to exploring its mysteries. This volume presents the bulk of Crowley's written works on the subject and includes “The Gnostic Mass,” “Energized Enthusiasm,” “Liber A'ash,” “Liber Chath,” and “Liber Stellae Rubeae.”

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Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was an English poet, painter, occultist, magician, and mountaineer. Born into wealth, he rejected his family’s Christian beliefs and developed a passion for Western esotericism. At Trinity College, Cambridge, Crowley gained a reputation as a poet whose work appeared in such publications as The Granta and Cambridge Magazine. An avid mountaineer, he made the first unguided ascent of the Mönch in the Swiss Alps. Around this time, he first began identifying as bisexual and carried on relationships with prostitutes, which led to his contracting syphilis. In 1897, he briefly dated fellow student Herbert Charles Pollitt, whose unease with Crowley’s esotericism would lead to their breakup. The following year, Crowley joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a secret occult society to which many of the era’s leading artists belonged, including Bram Stoker, W. B. Yeats, Arthur Machen, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Between 1900 and 1903, he traveled to Mexico, India, Japan, and Paris. In these formative years, Crowley studied Hinduism, wrote the poems that would form The Sword of Song (1904), attempted to climb K2, and became acquainted with such artists as Auguste Rodin and W. Somerset Maugham. A 1904 trip to Egypt inspired him to develop Thelema, a philosophical and religious group he would lead for the remainder of his life. He would claim that The Book of the Law (1909), his most important literary work and the central sacred text of Thelema, was delivered to him personally in Cairo by the entity Aiwass. During the First World War, Crowley allegedly worked as a double agent for the British intelligence services while pretending to support the pro-German movement in the United States. The last decades of his life were spent largely in exile due to persecution in the press and by the states of Britain and Italy for his bohemian lifestyle and open bisexuality.

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