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

8 comments on “Four Books of Magick – Edited by Stephen Skinner

  1. ateh

    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 of them.
    They are, it seems, an opportunity for Mr. S. to transform himself into this grandiose authority on Magick so he can criticize AC.
    All he manages to display in this manner is his profound superficiality, even ignorance, proving he does not really understand the subject.
    The mores change, the mother science and art of Magick does not, but the editor would have us believe that the field has been revolutionized many times over since AC’s death. Thus, he tells his readers about the recent developments, the freshly won insights, feeling sorry for poor old Aleister Crowley who, alas, simply didn’t have access to all the various manuscripts that have been discovered and published since.
    His editorial “tour de force” is stamped with a proper oddity – the title of the book! Why on earth substitute the perfectly adequate “Liber IV vel ABA” with the monstrous “Aleister Crowley’s Four Books of Magick”? A shame indeed.
    But at least the basic structure conforms to the original edition and idea, Thus the manuscript of Liber AL vel Legis sub figura CCXX, i.e. Liber XXXI, is where it should be, in Part 4, crowning the Opus. Also available are all other Thelemic texts that comprise Book Four.
    Thus, and despite everything, this book is still a magical item, even as envisioned by its author, the anniversary of whose Greater Feast was celebrated yesterday.
    AL II: 79.

  2. 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.

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