Gasp! Black Magic…


Mr. Cowl his own self holds forth:

Magister's Bookshelf

Well let’s start with an obvious one shall we? It was good enough for  Aleister Crowley: the copy he bought as a 22 year old student at Cambridge University started his whole ‘let’s have a stab at this magic thing…’ and look where that got him. Here, in all it’s glory, is The Book of Black Magic and of Pacts Including the Rites and Mysteries of Goetic Theurgy, Sorcery and Infernal Necromancy by Arthur Edward Waite. London: George Redway, 1898:

After reading this, Aleister thought he had found what he was looking for after a period of spiritual crisis and excitedly wrote a letter, presumably via the publisher, to Arthur. At 41 and a perhaps wiser and more experienced traveller along the way, Arthur dampened the young man’s enthusiasm and sent him off in search of Karl von Eckhartshausen’s The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary, a work of a more mystical bent (which was really more of Arthur’s bag to be honest). In it the…

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