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Book Review – One Truth and One Spirit: Aleister Crowley’s Spiritual Legacy by Keith Readdy

Book Review

One Truth and One Spirit

Aleister Crowley’s Spiritual Legacy

by Keith Readdy

436 Pages



I purposely do not read anyone else’s reviews on a book before I read a book. I do this so that another does not influence my view of the book; I must admit books on Aleister Crowley can be a little dry, and the difficult. But there’s always strange & interesting tidbits that I pick up in the books.

Mr. Readdy’s book is a history book. Therefore, it reads like a history book, and if your history buff, that’s fine. I was still able to find a lot of interesting information within this book. I found it interesting that The Book of the Law was a manuscript that resulted from instructions received by Mrs. Crowley, Aleister’s wife.

We hear a lot of talk about connecting with our higher selves. In chapter 3: Two Orders in the New Aeon, Mr. Readdy writes about the second-order of the Red Rose and Golden Cross. Here is where according to legend, one would go to the Mountain of Initiation. Here one would “attain to be more human, and thus gradually raise and unite myself to my higher and divine genius.” Upon reading this, my question became this, “Where today we got the whole connecting with my higher divine self?” In chapter 12: The Digital Magus: the author writes, “Higher-Self, such psychologized spiritualities insist that the divine is equivalent to the “Higher-Self.” That religious practice aims to apotheosize one’s ego.” Mr. Readdy writes this because Thelema teaches that you gain your True-Will from the Holy Guardian Angel, which is not Higher Self. (Mr. Readdy gives two different publications on this point one from 1977 and the other from 2001.)

 Mr. Readdy writes about the battles that the O.T.O (Ordo Templi Orientis) and  A?A?  went through in the past. It seems after Crowley’s death, there was a lot of scandal over who had rights to what, and Mr. Readdy writes about the court battles that various people and groups went through.

While I do not follow any of Aleister Crowley’s teachings, it holds some information that I can still use in my own life. One Truth and One Spirit covers the development of Thelema. The stories that Mr. Readdy has included about the different people involved in this spirituality.

Mr. Readdy does talk in this book about how both O.T.O and  A?A? were meant to complement each other. And both were expected to work with E.G.C. (Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica). The O.T.O aims to follow the hierarchical chain of command to establish Thelemic principles in the world. The E.G.C is the ecclesiastical arm of the spirituality movement. The other arm is the one that leads the initiate through the curriculum put forth by Mr. Crowley.

I liked this book that Mr. Readdy has put forth. I feel sorry for anybody who finds my copy; I don’t write in books; instead, I use Post-it notes with words written on them. This book has a lot of Post-it notes. So, if you’re interested in the history of Thelema, Mr. Aleister Crowley, and the way this spirituality came into existence, I would suggest getting Mr. Readdy’s book.




About the Author:

Dawn Borries is a prolific reader, having 3 books going at any given time. Dawn uses Tarot cards, Intuitive insights, and Numerology in her sessions with clients. She is also an Ordained Minister, Reiki and La Ho Chi Practitioner and Master. She is a certified EFT and TFT Counselor. Dawn calls herself a Spiritual Counselor, and Unicorn Lover. She can be found @eagleandunicorn on Facebook or @eagle_unicorn on Twitter.