Book of Lies

(with Commentary by the Author)


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Imprint: Weiser Books
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200 Pages


5.375 x 8.25


Trade Paperback

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Red Wheel Weiser


  • Author Aleister Crowley

    Aleister Crowley (1875–1947), poet, mountaineer, secret agent, magus, libertine, and prophet is considered one of the most renowned and controversial figures to emerge from the Western occult revival era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His tradition lives on in his many books and through the O.T.O., a religious order with lodges to be found all over the world.Lon Milo DuQuette is the US Deputy Grandmaster General of the O.T.O. and a highly regarded scholar and author whose books cover a vast array of topics, including magick, tarot, Western Mystery Traditions, and Qabalah.

This edition of master magician Aleister Crowley’s sly, witty, and instructive collection of paradoxes includes rarely published commentary by the author himself.
Written by the famed English occultist Aleister Crowley, The Book of Lies was first published in 1913. But later, around 1921, Crowley wrote a separate text of short commentary on each of the chapters to assist the reader in the qabalistic interpretation. That commentary is included in this edition from Weiser Books.
The book includes 93 chapters, each of which consists of one page of text. The chapters consist of rituals, instructions, obscure allusions, and cryptograms. The subject of each chapter is generally determined by its number and its corresponding qabalistic meaning.
“Sometimes the text is serious and straightforward,” writes Crowley of The Book of Lies, “sometimes its obscure oracles demand deep knowledge of the Qabalah for interpretation, others contain obscure allusions, play upon words, secrets expressed in cryptogram, double or triple meaning which must be combined in order to appreciate the full flavor; others again are subtly ironical or cynical. At first sight the book is a jumble of nonsense intended to insult the reader. It requires infinite study, sympathy, intuition and initiation. Given this I do not hesitate to claim that in none other of my writings have I given so profound and comprehensive an exposition of my philosophy.”

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