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Reading Crowley

To: (Thelema93-Listserv)
From: (xiwangmu)
Subject: Reading Crowley (Was Re: Zeigler's books on Thoth deck) (XPost)
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 1995 16:15:53 -0800 (PST)

I wrote this.

|Do what you please, for that is my Law. (Xposted to Thelema93-L)
|49951123 kaos
|	  day
|	   :>
|Jess Karlin ( wrote:
|#|If you want to learn Thoth then get Aleister Crowley's Book
|#|of Thoth, the (blue) guidebook written specifically for his deck.
|#|It's not an especially easy book for many modern readers 
|#|but it is not nearly so difficult to approach as some would have 
|#|it and it is the only book that will tell you what Crowley was
|#|getting at. 
|I tend to agree with this statement, though I think there are other tarot
|books of value, even incorporating Thoth elements in their review.
| (New York Theosophical Society:Bart Lidofsky)
|#...Many have found that the best way to understand the Book of Thoth 
|#is to read it once through, without studying, then reading through a 
|#second time, this time paying close attention to the details you didn't 
|#understand in the first reading.  Frequently, points that are unclear 
|#earlier in the book are made clear later on, and vice versa.  The first 
|#reading enables the reader to get a passing familiarity with the book, 
|#so that s/he knows where to look to bring points together.
|Again I agree and would emphasize here the number of times this issue 
|has been raised wrt Crowley.  For years I've been letting people know 
|that it seemed to me his texts composed a sort of holograph or web 
|with which one must become familiar as a whole before one can truly 
|understand the most complex elements.  His intentional self-references
|and syncretistic style do not lend rapid apprehension by themselves,
|let alone the sometimes severely abstracted and tangenial manner in
|which he may set about illustrating a point.
|_The Book of Thoth_ is perhaps one of the more accessible and self-
|contained of his popular books that I have read.  It is one to which
|I return over and over, having read it forward and back.
|Free love, right now!
|Mallory may have a complex work, but what he took was a *vast* body of 
|both oral and written traditions and melded them into one, much simpler, 
|body of legends.  Who knows what the history of the period *actually* was. 
|Factual history is a recent invention.
| (Jan ilauem-arluth Tomaszewski kailin-er)

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