Four Books of Magick – Edited by Stephen Skinner

Due 12 October 2021:

For the first time, one of the world’s leading experts on Western esoteric traditions and magic, Dr. Stephen Skinner, introduces the text, sharing his insights into Crowley’s take on yoga, ceremonial magick and Thelema. His long involvement with magick, both as an academic and as a practitioner, enabled Dr. Skinner to highlight the differences between the psychological and the spirit-orientated approaches to magick, and to show how that dilemma shaped Crowley’s practice and his founding of Thelema, enlightening the reader to many previously unknown connections.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Watkins Publishing (12 Oct. 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 928 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1786785196
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1786785190
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 17.78 x 25.91 cm

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Pre-ordered! Excellent opportunity to reacquaint myself with this work, it has been quite a while.

William Thirteen

If you are in London, Skinner will be presenting the book at Watkins on AC’s Lesser Feast later this year.


This guy has been lambasting AC for a couple decades now at every opportunity.. I suppose that a few of his former books have not been selling as well as he hoped.


Well it appears Skinner now gets to squeeze some blood out of AC. I look forward to the reviews of this edition but I don’t see any reason to be excited yet.

Michael Staley

What’s gone, I wonder – The Equinox of the Gods? So it’s Book Three now?


I had high hopes for this production of Liber ABA. As it is, the Blue Brick edition remains the definitive edition as it is clearly superior in every respect. Does Mr. Skinner consider the addition of a few columns (to the ones published in Liber DCCLXXVII) a remarkable achievement? His introduction is all over the place, alas, full of info that is rather non relevant, the only thing that could compare favourably with the Blue Brick is the frontispiece. But the truly annoying element of this edition are editor’s footnotes, not all of them, to be sure, but definitely most… Read more »

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Frater Sothis

I’ve only just gotten around to reading through this after getting it on publication. After reading a few of Skinner’s comments I had to start looking at other reviews to see if he was having a laugh. Seems Mr Grumpy Pants isn’t. Oh well. I really only bought it so I could read in bed and still breathe, so I’ll be ignoring his hateful snippets of brute force ignorance. Unless… they might help me sleep.