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The Heretic’s Guide to Thelema, by Gerald del Campo (2)

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The Heretic’s Guide to Thelema, by Gerald del Campo
Immanion Press, 9781905713189, 438 pp., 2008

Thelema? Isn’t that about the writings and magickal workings of Aleister Crowley? Didn’t he use drugs and sex magick? Wasn’t he called “the evillest man in the world”? What relevance can that have in today’s society? Kind of, yes, yes, and you’d be surprised. But that isn’t all Thelema is. Actually, I should say that it is not primarily what Thelema is, any more than the writings of any prophet. All of the above statements and questions are representative of the common perception of Thelema. And we all know how accurate common perceptions are (cough, cough). Continue reading


Review: The Heretic’s Guide to Thelema, by Gerald del Campo

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The Heretic’s Guide to Thelema, by Gerald del Campo
Megalithica Books, 9781905713189, 434 pp. (incl. bibliography and recommended reading), 2008

“If a Holy Book were to be taken literally, there would be no point in studying magick or the Qabalah – no mystery…no excitement of the chase, and not much of a holy book either. Thelema is not a religion for the intellectually lazy.”

The Heretic’s Guide to Thelema is comprised of three books in one. The first, New Aeon Magick: Thelema Without Tears, was first published by Llewellyn in 1994,  while New Aeon English Qabalah Revealed was published in 2003 by Luxor Press.  The third book, The Ethics of Thelema, has never before been published and is original to Megalithica Books.

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Review: New Aeon Magick, by Gerald del Campo

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New Aeon Magick: Thelema Without Tears, by Gerald del Campo
Llewellyn, 1567182135, 1994

As described in the introduction, this book is intended as a primer in the philosophy of Thelema and its use of ceremonial magick and it succeeds beautifully in both these aspects. The language used is simple and easily accessible for the novice magickian. If Crowley seems at first too obscure, this may serve as a good starting point.

Various aspects of Thelemic philosophy and religious belief (quabalah, gemantria, the Will, etc.) as well as various physical and spiritual practices (asanas, pranayama, etc.) are explained in brief chapters, without going into a lot of depth, but enough to get a basic grounding from which to study more serious works as suggested in a few chapters. Various rituals are described as well, such as the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (in Hebrew and Latin), the Star Ruby, and the Liber Resh.

A straight-forward primer for the curious novice or neo-pagan who’d like to learn a bit more about Thelema without going directly through Crowley.