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16/08/2014 11:21 am  

Does anyone know of a great beginner's book on Enochian magick?

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Los
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16/08/2014 5:18 pm  
"david" wrote:
Does anyone know of a great beginner's book on Enochian magick?

Depends on what you're looking for, exactly. If you just want to get into the nitty gritty of how to work the system [or, at least, the Golden Dawn version of the system] (that is, how to get right to performing operations) there's "The Enochian World of Aleister Crowley."

Tyson's "Enochian Magic for Beginners" is a good general introduction to the entire system.

If you're looking for accounts of visions generated through Enochian magick, there is (of course) The Vision and the Voice, but there's also another book I recently saw called "Enochian Initiation: A Thelemite's Magical Journey into the Ultimate Transcendence." I've really only skimmed this book, but it might give you some idea of what to expect if you decide to explore the tablets in a systematic fashion. It makes the interesting (and more or less true) claim that Enochian magick makes it possible to generate and enjoy psychedelic experiences without the drawbacks of drugs.

Finally, there's Duquette's relatively recent book "Enochian Vision Magick," which I've heard some good things about but haven't read.


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16/08/2014 9:35 pm  

Thankyou Los.


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17/08/2014 3:07 pm  

I second Tyson's book Enochian Magic for Beginners.


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22/08/2014 7:50 am  

I consider myself an itinerant visitior to this interesting forum, so have little or no idea whether my posts are maybe of interest or useful to anyone here or not. I am therefore hesitant about chipping in; but "fwiw" . . .

Enochian is such an important system that any magician will probably want to understand something of it at some point. Apart from its complexity, I cannot say things are advanced thelemically (that much) by the vast number of books written on it, which tend to pull the unsuspecting reader deeper and deeper into the Ruach and hence with unpredictable results. They are great for skimming through and getting a quick 'overview' of what is being talked about. But if you are interested in Crowley's system, the best is to get his writings on it (in The Equinox Vol.I), as originals from a library if necessary or reliable facsimiles. You get the basics plus a solid reference for later, deeper study, as per your will.

I know people will say, "Oh, but so-and-so throws a lot of interesting light on such-and-such aspect." But why would you want that rather than throwing your own light on it? People look at the sources Crowley used as if that will provide insights on what he did, what he wrote, but this ignores the fact that he changed those sources because they needed to be changed. His inspiration and guide came from his own magick work and achievement.

(This will be of no interest to those who enjoy the forum and related matters on a different level, enjoying Crowley as an interesting person or oddity among others, without attributing such primacy to his work. It's only for those, if any, that want to "get seriously into Crowley" as they say!)


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