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Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 30, 2012, 8:40am

Robert C. Stein's The Mystery of the Letters and The Tree of Life is newly available from Weiser Antiquarian. Roughly a third of that volume is dedicated to a sophisticated inquiry into certain features of the MS of The Book of the Law. Not so long ago, I read some peculiarly unsophisticated commentary on Liber Legis in The Complete Magick Curriculum of the Secret Order G.B.G.. Not so very long before that, I wrote a long review of Modern Occult Rhetoric, a book which I found disappointing on several levels, but none so much as its attempt to interpret and evaluate CCXX.

I'm opening this thread as a place to offer mentions and judgments of secondary works regarding the form and content of The Book of the Law -- a fortunately marginal yet decidedly curious body of literature. I suppose I may as well mention the principal commentaries of 666 himself: The Law Is for All and Magical and Philosophical Commentaries on the Book of the Law.

huhtikuu 30, 2012, 11:00am

Looking forward to your review of Stein's argument and text, as I anticipate you'll provide per your custom. For the benefit of any other posters, I'll again state that I'm interested in but largely ignorant of magickal practice and theory. I hope to learn something here -- perhaps even be motivated to dig deeper than I so far have managed to do.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 30, 2012, 12:57pm

Ah, and for readers who might not be familiar with the allusion of the thread title, the "Comment" appended by 666 to the book itself reads:
The study of this Book (i.e. of the Law) is forbidden. It is wise to destroy this copy after the first reading.
Whosoever disregards this does so at his own risk and peril. These are most dire.
Those who discuss the contents of this Book are to be shunned by all, as centres of pestilence.
All questions of the Law are to be decided only by appeal to my writings, each for himself.
There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.

huhtikuu 30, 2012, 12:38pm

Ha! I was NOT aware of the postscript or your reference to it.

To be sure, my sense of The Beast is sketchy, at best ... but an abiding impression is one of sardonic wit and a scathing indictment of hypocrisy and addle-headed custom. Perhaps I risk my own demise in thinking and writing this: so be it!