Need suggestions regarding The Equinox Set (1-10 & Blue)
I'm new to this website and also new to 'Crowleyanity' & Thelema in general. I've been reading as much Crowley as I've been able to during the past 6 months or so... last year I didn't even know who Crowley was until I stumbled upon his bio on Wikipedia in late December.
My first book was his brilliant novel "The Diary of a Drug Fiend" which is now one of my favorite books along with "The Moonchild", might I add, I find these two novels to be great intro's into the mind of Crowley/Thelema and Occultism. After reading both these books I was left wanting to know more about the Man Himself along with Thelema, True Will and most of all, The Knowledge and Conversation of the HGA. As far as I can remember I purchased a nice hardback copy of The Book of the Law and "The Law is for all - authorized commentary" since I felt so captivated by the verses of the Book of the Law which he threw into each of his novels.
I'm 27 years old now and I've never read this much in my life! I'm just really having a lot of fun reading Crowley especially. Before this, I'd read an occasional book every couple months or so but nothing which stole my attention so completely like Crowley has. I started looking for Hardcover Crowley books over the net lately (Amazon/eBay) and I'm up to about 20+, some are really rare 1st editions and such. I love his novels, I love his poetry, I love his libers, etc. but most of all I love his concept of Magick - the first to really start to make some sense to me. I dabbled in Wicca in my early 20s, but the Ceremonial Magick just didn't mesh with me.
I've been reading through all my books (usually stopping when I come to rituals, since I don't feel comfortable in starting my pratice with Magick yet). I want to make sure I'm of sound mind, body and spirit before I decide wheter or not I want to take on the Occult. Like I said before, I'm just really enjoying reading his works and I'm in no hurry.
My question to you all is this. I'm kind of interested in getting The Equinox Set - Volumes 1 through 10 and the Blue Equinox - Volume 3 Number 1. I know that Weiser makes these sets in limited editions and they're quite costly. According to Amazon.com there will be paperback sets coming out, even with the blue equinox... Haha! Since I don't want a paperback set nor do I want to waste my time on those 2 seperate huge volumes which they released back in 98 I believe, (all 10 volumes crammed into 2 huge books - looked like total garbage). I was wondering what year set I should look for, which has 10 seperate volumes. I was told 1992 was good, is this true? Or should I just wait and see if Weiser releases something new in the future and keep buying single books like I'm doing now?
I saw this on eBay just a bit ago, let me know what you think. Seems a bit spendy on the buyout and I saw that same auction up a month ago but didn't meet reserve so I guess they're relisting it. But it really looks good IMO. Let me know what the "experts" think. =)
Thanks, and Love=Law
That looks like a fine set in excellent condition. To comparison shop, I suggest abebooks.com
Dont waste your money. I'm sure some will disagree with me but first of all you can print ( or read ) the books online i think its equinox.org or something like that. I have owned and sold copys of the equinox and although there is alot of good material, alot of it is poetry and dated material.
Mabey I might buy the new paperback but for $200 I dont know.
Thanks for the info.
Regarding the new release of the Equinox from Weiser (paperback, or so they say). Do you know the release date as of yet? It's funny because Amazon shows that they have it now for sale, that it was released in February 2006 (along with a paperback edtion of the Blue Equinox), but from what Weiser says, "there is no release date as of yet" and that they're not sure how and when they plan to release this new edition. If someone has any info regarding any newly published sets of The Equinox I'd appreciate it.
Some may jump to the free way of taking in a work like the Equinox periodical, but there is something about the talismanic power of the books themselves.
I am what some would consider a fanatic in the bibliophile world. I have many different variants of the Equinox and a set of the standard issue first edition. But the most interesting of the lot are the deluxe first editions. I have two numbers inscribed by AC and they are potent texts. Do not get me wrong, the Great Work is not just about the nice toys, but Crowley put out his writings in very complex variants for a reason. You can check out Books of the Beast for a primer on the subject, but I think you will find from others on this site that once you have understood the meaning behind the production and time of printing you will understand the importance owning at least a couple of the original magickal writings.
Others like Andrew Chumbley understood the importance of this. His works strike with the same importance and are the modern equivalent of Crowleys Foyers printing style.
Just some thoughts from another perspective.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
It seems you are interested in pretty prose and pretty books. If you want to know yourself, change yourself, and understand yourself I advise actually DOING, PRACTICING, and GOING. It is Magick in theory and PRACTICE, not just theory. Crowley is very captivating but you will get nowhere collecting rare books except with a lot of weighty books. You are an infinite star, your books are very finite, only a passageway to understand your infiniteness. The Equinox is the same material whether its in 2 'ugly' books or in some old 10-book set. The physical book is as important to the content as the body is to the soul... it is merely a vehicle, a chariot for the real essence which is ultimately discarded. I know many people on here collect these books and I know I will insult many... I am sorry if you or anyone find this offensive but if you are a King...
Love is the law, love under will.
No offense taken 131, but you missed the importance of the thread. It is about the books. I personally do practice daily and keep a magical diary. I have been doing so since the early 90's and it is my life and lifestyle. The books are a vehicle of knowledge. Many items become quite "busy" with the history of the previous owners. If you are in touch with such things you can find a much more than sitting behind a computer with .html text and a couple of candles. It is the same reason we have altars with very detailed instruction on how to complete a working. The "Method of Science" is lost to many in the initiated path. This is my experience but I know of many who have found enlightenment without any books, surroundings or wordly items to speak of. It is the individual that makes the experience that I do agree with you on complete.
Just buy a copy of Gems.