The Best of the Equinox, Volumes I and II
Enochian Magick and Dramatic Ritual
by Aleister Crowley. Introduction by Lon Milo Duquette
|Publisher:||Weiser Books 2012 and 2013|
Reviewed by Frater U.I.F.
If we were to pick a single publication that has had the most impact upon modern ceremonial Magick and esoteric thought it would have to be the Equinox. This ongoing journal, subtitled the Review of Scientithc Illuminism, was first launched in 1909 and ended its first volume run in 1913. While the bulk of the material was written by Aleister Crowley who used his own name as well as many pen names, many other talented authors contributed to its pages. The sheer amount of high quality occult material in this set is extraordinary for any publication from any age. The Best of the Equinox, a newly published collection by Red Wheel/Weiser Books revisits this unique publication in a new format.
The Best of the Equinox Volume I: Enochian Magick contains two selections related to the theory and practice of the Enochian magickal system of Dr. John Dee and Sir Edward Kelley. Appropriately, thelemic author Lon Milo Duquette introduces this material, written shortly a! er publication of his own Enochian Vision Magick. The selections for this volume consists of Liber LXXXIV Vel Chanokh and Liber XXX AERVM Vel Saecvli also known as the Vision and the Voice. Combined, these two works give the reader complete instruction in this system of Magick, including the Scrying of the 30 Aethyrs. Liber Chanokh provides instruction on ritual setup, holy names and the content of the 30 Calls used in opening the Aethyrs for exploration. Additionally this reprint is invaluable to any student due to the lack of availability and prohibitive cost of the full Equinox set. The Vision and the Voice or Liber 418 was considered by Crowley a work of great importance. It details his experiences exploring the 30 Enochian Aethyrs, providing much of the source materials for ! e Gnostic Mass as well as the foundation of the thelemic pantheon and philosophy.
The second volume in the collection was published in 2013 and is titled the Best of the Equinox Volume II: Dramatic Ritual. ! is work is also introduced by Lon Milo Duquette and includes the Rites of Eleusis originally printed in the Equinox Volume I Number VI as well as supplemental writings, commentary and poems related to the rites and dramatic ritual in general. The Treasure-House of Images adds an element of Zodiacal invocations which nicely complements the planetary invocations of the Rites of Eleusis.
Not too long ago, the knowledge and experience contained in the Equinox were diffcult to locate and even harder to afford. Students and practitioners alike are fortunate to have these excellent source materials collected, organized, introduced properly, and provided at a reasonable price. We look forward to further volumes in this series from Red Wheel/Weiser.