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Want to learn about the Occult/Aleister Crowley/Thelema?

I am very interested in these three topics, where should I start? Any books you would suggest?


  1. From experience, those that learn and involve themselves in satanism, will usually end up having trouble with their psyche and what could be perceived as a normal life. Be careful what you ask for. It may seem all mysterious and exciting but, beware, satan is no fool and he will play you as his puppet as long as he wants and will not release you.
    Just for interests sake, pop into a mental asylum and sit and observe those whose lives have in one way or another, been interfered with by delving into the occult. This in itself is scary. What the hospitals intend to do is to eradicate memories of those classed as psychophrenic, while the patient is still seeing and hearing the most horrific things.
    Your choice, your life. Be warned.

  2. Start with the books of Lon Milo Duquette, who is the head of the OTO, the Order that Crowley founded. His work is easy to understand, enjoyable to read, and very educational and practical.
    After you get a good foundation in ceremonial magic, the qabalah, etc, through Duqette, then go ahead and move right into Crowley’s writings. He is MUCH more dense and and intentionally vauge, so you’ll get more out of his stuff if you’ve already studied the topics he’s speaking on.
    There are also MANY OTO and Thelemic groups around – do a Google search of “thelema” or “oto” and your location and you will likely find something nearby. Some of those organizations offer correspondence training, so you can do it from home if there are no locations near you.

  3. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
    I agree with the prior answer regarding Lon Milo DuQuette’s books. However, Lon is NOT the head of the O.T.O., but he is a member and a very knowledgeable and talented Magician, not to mention the bestselling occult author in the world, according to Amazon.com. Also, the O.T.O. was not founded by Aleister Crowley, but he was the head of the Order and revised it into the O.T.O. we have today.
    I would first suggest reading The Book of the Law and the related commentary The Law is For All. A reading of these will help you decide whether Thelema is the right path for you. For information regarding the O.T.O., you can go to http://www.oto-usa.org and search for bodies in your area. O.T.O. bodies provide performances of the Gnostic Mass, classes, lectures and workshops on Thelema and related magical subjects, many of which are open to the general public and not just members.
    I wish you the best on your journey and please ignore the superstitious comments of the unenlightened sheep.
    Love is the law, love under will.


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