My thoughts on Grimoire of Aleister Crowley by Rodney Orpheus

grimoireofacIn many ways, Rodney Orpheus has delivered what can best be described as the past, present, and future of Thelema in his latest work, Grimoire of Aleister Crowley: Group Magick Rituals.

Orpheus writes with confidence, presenting these rites in all their complex glory, while dissecting them and making them palpable for both beginners and those more seasoned alike.

More importantly, he takes rituals nearly a century old and breathes new life into them, dragging them into the modern age while respecting their core essence.

The past and present merge seamlessly together, creating a template for Thelema going forward.

Image result for rodney orpheusPractical and pragmatic, Grimoire is a testament to Orpheus’ erudite understanding of ritual and the importance of the group dynamic. Every role is carefully defined. Every instrument detailed. Every action and every word, deliberate, reasoned, and evocative.

I would be hard pressed to single out a more important book for the esoterically inclined. Grimoire expands the works of the Great Beast and in doing so they work intimately in unison with the author’s original rites to create a firm foundation sure to inspire your own work, whether as an instrument of Crowley’s vision, or for someone who walks a different path.

Grimoire of Aleister Crowley by Rodney Orpheus is available wherever books are sold and worth every penny of its cover price. If you’ve shelves of occult texts, know that they are incomplete without this book residing there alongside the rest. My only regret is it not being released in leather-bound hardcover.

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