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Book Title: Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary|
ISBN 13: 9781561840687
The author of the book: James Wasserman
Edition: New Falcon Publications
Date of issue: December 1st 1993
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Edited and Introduced by James Wasserman
This book illustrates the theory and practice of the Magical Diary, and elaborates on its importance for the student of Scientific Illuminism (a term which Crowley designated for his teaching).
The collection presented here includes Crowley's two most important instructional writings on the design and purpose of the magical diary. John St. John, first published in The Equinox in 1909, chronicles his moment-to-moment progress during a 13-day Great Magical Retirement undertaken earlier that year. Crowley referred to John St. John as "...a perfect model of what a magical record should be..." A Master of the Temple is taken from the magical diary of Frater Achad (Charles Stansfeld Jones). It was included in Equinox III, 1 in 1919. Crowley edited the diary for publication and added his invaluable commentary on Achad's magical work, at a time when he felt Achad was his most successful student.
James Wasserman has been studying and practicing the Magical system of Aleister Crowley for over 20 years. Drawing on other primary Crowley texts as well as his own experience with the magical diary, he explores the purpose and necessity of the journal as an aid to the accomplishment of the Great Work.
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Read information about the authorJames Wasserman (b. 1948) is an author and occultist, best known for his full color publication of the Papyrus of Ani, Book of the Dead. A member of Ordo Templi Orientis since 1976 and a book designer by trade, he has written extensively on spiritual and political liberty.
James Wasserman began his career in 1973 at Weiser Books, then the world’s largest bookstore and publishing company specializing in esoteric literature. He worked with Brazilian occultist Marcelo Ramos Motta to publish the Commentaries of AL in 1975, for which he wrote the introduction. He supervised the 1976 Weiser edition of the Book of the Law in which the holograph manuscript was appended to the typeset text for the first time in a popular volume. In 1977, he arranged to professionally re-photograph the Frieda Harris Tarot paintings for an improved second edition of Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot deck, to which he contributed the booklet of instruction. While still working at the bookstore, he met and befriended the legendary filmmakers and occultists Harry Smith and Alejandro Jodorowsky.
In 1977, he left Weisers to found Studio 31, where he produced the Simon Necronomicon, a volume purporting to be the mythological Necronomicon made famous by Howard Philips Lovecraft. In 2008, it was re-issued in a high quality 31st anniversary edition by Ibis Press. In 1994, Wasserman assembled a team of scholars, photographers and editorial staff to produce a full-color version of The Egyptian Book of the Dead, based on the Papyrus of Ani. The book was described as offering "much of value in presentation, layout and commentary" by John Baines, professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford.