Tap_C wrote:JosephMax wrote:The best Crowley books are Magick Without Tears, The Law is For All, The Book of Lies and The Book of Thoth. And any Crowley collection should have Magick: In Theory & Practice, The Holy Books of Thelema and of course, The Book of the Law. Gems from The Equinox is good to have around too.
I got the first two you mentioned - I would be interested in looking at The Book of the Law someday but that wasn't amongst the collection. Gems from the Equinox is another title that the shop received although I'm not sure if I shall purchase that one yet. I have much to read already, so I may just settle, for now, for the two I've already bought.
That's OK, the entire text of The Book of the Law (aka Liber AL) is reproduced in The Law Is For All, which is Crowley's commentaries on Liber AL. (Whew!) Some if it's dry and terse, but other parts have some very interesting philosophical musings. It's the best exposition of Crowley's vision of Thelema to be found in one book. Sadly, some of it is a product of it's time (the 1930s) and would be considered very politically incorrect today. So be prepared to look past those failings. On the other hand, some of it would still be considered very forward-thinking, even today.
Magick Without Tears is a collection of Crowley's letters to one of his last students, written near the end of his life, while he was working on the Thoth Tarot deck. It has some of the clearest, most illuminating observations on the Art of Magick ever written by anybody.
Be on the lookout for books by Phil Hine, especially Condensed Chaos. There's a lot in there that is useful to a radionics practitioner, including a method of creating evoked Servitors with schematic diagrams.