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The selection in Volume III is just as masterful. It includes the Star Sapphire that attracted the attention of Theodor Reuss and started the process of making the O.T.O. over in Crowley’s image; the book (XV) of the Gnostic Mass, of course; Crowley’s meandering essay, “Energized Enthusiasm,” which is full of interesting insights and odd bits of blundering balderdash typical of men of Crowley’s age. The considerations for theurgy presented in the Liber Astarte are worthy of careful, yea, prayerful consideration, even if some of them be legitimately rejected. The other selections, especially Liber Cheth and Liber NV, are full of heady poetry and exquisite ritual.
This volume is definitely worth having. It is a very valuable introduction to “Crowley on Sex Magick,” even if you might decide you are better off studying “Randolph on Sex Magic” when all is said and done.
I really liked that the editor included an essay on Ida Craddock, finishing with Crowley’s review of her Heavenly Bridegrooms, which is one of my favorite book reviews ever!
The Best of the Equinox, Sex Magick: Volume III
Aleister Crowley, Introduction by Lon Milo DuQuette
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
November 1, 2013
[Complimentary review copy from the publisher gratefully acknowledged, opinions my own, your mileage may vary, etc.]