Grimoire of Aleister Crowley
Group Magick Rituals
by Rodney Orpheus
I have read four books on Aleister Crowley. To me, he has been this mythical person that I had heard of since I was a kid. I’ve wondered if the people writing about him are just writing to get published, or is there something that I am missing in their books. Most books I felt that I was having to struggle to get through or stay awake while reading.
I am now looking into reading more of Lon Milo DuQuette’s works, after reading the forward he wrote for Rodney Orpheus’ book: Grimoire of Aleister Crowley: Group Magick Rituals. I do like the sense of humor that is shown in the forward. And that is what has me looking into more writing by Lon Milo DuQuette.
I must say that Brother Orpheus (as Lon Milo DuQuette calls him) has written a book that makes Aleister Crowley seem interesting to me for the first time ever. I am interested in the group rituals that are in this book. I can honestly say this is the first book I’ve ever read on Mr. Crowley that captured my attention and my imagination.
The book contains fifteen different rituals for groups to use in their coven or even as a public ritual. The rituals are laid out in a format that is easily followed. Each ritual has the full script for everyone involved. I love that the author included illustrations. I was referring to the illustrations every time they were mentioned in other chapters.
The way that Brother Orpheus has broken down each ritual allows the reader to step into the ritual. The rituals seem alive in the way that they are written. I also happen to like the way Brother Orpheus add flavor text to certain things. (Kind of reminds me of a Terry Pratchett writing.) This writing style does not take away from the seriousness of the ritual, instead it makes it appear more attainable.
I have gotten out of the habit of underlining passages in books. I find that to be a bit of a troublesome situation now. Mainly because there were a few sentences in this book that I found either funny or something that I wanted to remember. (I was going to include at least one of them in this review.) Now, I can’t find those passages anymore. So, I must either make notes of them in another book or underline them in the book I am reading. But there is humor in this book, something that has been missing in other books. I love when an author such as Mr. Orpheus, shows a bit of their own personality in their writing of a subject.
I am now looking forward to finding more works by Mr. Rodney Orpheus. I am in the process of ordering a copy of “Abrahadabra” by him. The way Grimoire of Aleister Crowley: Group Magick Rituals is written, I may have to go back and re read the other books I have in my library
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.