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THE WEISER CONCISE GUIDE SERIES

Edited by James and Nancy Wasserman

A collection of five texts on various subjects written by qualified experts in their respective fields. Each book offers a beginning student the most coherent introduction possible. Each book will also be of value to practitioners at all levels of awareness.

Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley (2009)

Concise Guide to Practical Astrology (2008)

Concise Guide to Herbal Magick (2007)

Concise Guide to Yoga for Magick (2007)

Concise Guide to Alchemy (2006)

The books all include a discussion of the purpose and import of the subject within the Western Magical Tradition, as well as in the individual's own magical practice. An overview of the history and an elucidation of the theory underlying the topics are discussed. Exercises and applications for daily work are included. Areas for further research are addressed and suggested bibliographies of recommended works are presented.

The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley

by Richard Kaczynski, Ph.D.

Edited and Introduced by James Wasserman

$12.95

Paperback: 128 pages

Weiser Books   ISBN: 978-1578634569

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The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley offers readers an introduction to the the life and teachings of this modern Adept.

In addition to the fascinating biographical sketch drawn by Richard Kaczynski, author of the classic biography Perdurabo, this book offers Crowley's teachings in his own words. A carefully chosen series of his instructions for concentration, meditation, magick, invocation, even sex magick are included. Crowley's descriptions of the teaching Orders A:.A:. and OTO are presented, along with the Creed of the EGC. In addition, a suggested reading list of Crowley's "top-eleven" most important books is enhanced by an extensive bibliography for further in-depth research. This is the first and only introductory book that does not pretend to "improve" upon the Master's writings, but attempts to showcase them into a coherent introduction to his spiritual system.

More mistruth and rumor has circulated about Aleister Crowley than perhaps any other figure in recent history. When the reporter Henry Hall introduced him to readers of the New York World Sunday Magazine, he wrote, "Some said that he was a man of real attainments, others that he was a faker. All agreed that he was extraordinary." Crowley openly defied social conventions, challenging people to examine what they really believed, and why they believed it. He confronted blind faith with rational skepticism. Yet he likewise challenged the skeptic with scientific illuminism, a systematic approach to spirituality that he described as "The method of science, the aim of religion."


About the Author

Richard Kaczynski, PhD, has been a student of the western mystery tradition—and of Thelema and the works of Aleister Crowley in particular—since 1977. He has been a member of O.T.O. since 1987, and an international lecturer on magick since 1990. He is the author of the critically acclaimed biography Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley as well as the books Perdurabo Outtakes and Panic in Detroit: The Magician and the Motor City. Along with Hymenaeus Beta, he is co-editor of The Revival of Magick and Other Essays. Over the years, his writing has appeared in various magazines (High Times, Different Worlds, The Magical Link, Mezlim, Eidolon).

"Dr. Kaczynski's contribution to the canon of beginner's guides to Thelema and Magick stands apart from its predecessors in that it sets forth a simple, yet comprehensive, map to the Crowley universe. This book will be valuable not only to those who are looking for a reliable introduction to Crowley's life and work, but also to practicing Thelemites as a new tool in their efforts to bring the Law of Light, Life, Love and Liberty to Humanity."

— Sabazius X°, National Grand Master General, U.S. Grand Lodge of Ordo Templi Orientis


"Trying to capture the essence of the life, literature and wisdom of a man so prolific, complex and masterful as Aleister Crowley is a daunting task. To encapsulate it into a a basic primer is even more challenging. Richard Kaczynski has succeeded admirably, and in so doing, gives a valuable introduction to Crowley, the esoteric Orders of the A\A\ and O.T.O., and their respective teachings. An excellent answer to the question, "Where do I begin?""

— J. Daniel Gunther, author of Initiation in the Aeon of the Child


"Like the complex and monumental scenario of a Wagnerian opera, the life and works of Aleister Crowley stand as an epic tale of gods, magick, adventure, and romance. With this Concise Guide, Dr. Kaczynski offers us for the first time a truly proper "overture" to this amazing and important spiritual figure—a Crowley digest that is delightfully digestible."

— Lon Milo DuQuette, author of The Magick of Aleister Crowley

The Weiser Concise Guide to Practical Astrology

by Priscilla Costello, M.A.

Edited and Introduced by James Wasserman

$12.95

Paperback: 144 pages

Weiser Books   ISBN: 1-57863-423-7

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Bringing Heaven Down to Earth

The Weiser Concise Guide to Practical Astrology offers readers an introduction to the basic principles of astrology, sharing the philosophical and esoteric language of symbols that has developed into modern astrology. Costello explores the meanings of the signs, planets, houses, and aspects in a succinct yet informative fashion. As complete as it is concise, this course of study delves deeply into the history and true spirit of astrology, making it accessible to all.


About the Author

Priscilla Costello is a teacher, writer, and counseling astrologer based in Toronto. She has been instrumental n the organization of Canadian astrology and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the National Council for Geocosmic Research. She is the founder and Director of New Alexandria, a center for spiritual and esoteric studies.

"An admirably succinct and accurate guide to the world's oldest science, this is a superb choice either as a primer for beginners or as a quick reference source for old hands."

— Richard Smoley, author of Conscious Love: Insights from Mystical Christianity


"Beautifully written, The Weiser Concise Guide to Practical Astrology captures the archetypal essence of each astrological symbol and clearly conveys what is most important to know."

— Demetra George, co-author of Astrology for Yourself


"Priscilla Costello's description of the planets provides an excellent, thoughtful, meaningful blend of astrology and mythology. Practical Astrology is an outstanding introduction to the basics of astrology and the art of interpretation. I highly recommend it."

— Joyce Levine, author of Breakthrough Astrology

The Weiser Concise Guide to Herbal Magick

by Judith Hawkins-Tillirson

Edited and Introduced by Nancy and James Wasserman

$12.95

Paperback: 128 pages

Weiser Books   ISBN: 1-57863-411-3

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Herbalism is one of the cornerstones of magical work, and The Weiser Concise Guide to Herbal Magick presents this vast subject in an accessible, practical manner. While it includes those plants classically associated with magick, such as mugwort, mandrake, and nightshade, it also provides lore and usage of more common plants, such as olive, coconut, tiger lily, orchids, and palms. Other herbs include heliotrope, lotus, mallow, nettle, oak, yew, and willow.

This groundbreaking book offers a broad overview of the art of herbalism, along with specific practical instruction in using herbs in magick. It also provides a thorough overview of the historical relationship between herbs and the practice of magick. This uniquely helpful guide supplies the novice with a solid foundation of herbal magick knowledge and history, and more experienced practitioners will benefit from the author's unique and erudite perspective and skill. No other herbal magick book offers this level of information in such a concise form.

• An essential handbook for using herbs in powerful, magical rituals, written by a veteran practitioner of the occult.

• Includes practical instruction on incorporating herbs and plants into your spell work and ceremonial ritual work as well as your daily life.


About the Author

Judith Hawkins-Tillirson's life has centered on the arcane arts for the past 40 years. A student of Tarot and Qabalah, she has been a member of a Traditional European Witchcraft Coven since the late 1970s and has kept a magical herb garden for several decades. Judith now practices her herbal craft in Northwest Georgia with her husband and seven cats.

The Weiser Concise Guide to Yoga for Magick

by Nancy Wasserman

Edited and Introduced by James Wasserman

$12.95

Paperback: 128 pages

Weiser Books   ISBN: 1-57863-378-8

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Spiritual power demands physical health and the contemporary Western practitioner can learn much from the ancient tradition of yoga. Yoga, meaning "union," is a multi-dimensional discipline designed to help the individual attain health, serenity, focus, and, ultimately, union with the Divine. In the words of one master, Aleister Crowley, "Magick is a Pyramid built layer by layer. The work of the Body of Light—with the technique of Yoga, is the foundation of the whole."

This succinct and uniquely helpful book explores the often-overlooked importance of bringing and maintaining a healthy body and a clear thinking mind to the practice of ceremonial magick or witchcraft. While many books on magick discuss the importance of ritual, few focus on the physical, spiritual, and moral qualities necessary to make those rituals effective.


About the Author

Nancy Wasserman is an experienced and dedicated occultist who has been practicing the magical system of Aleister Crowley for many years. She has contributed several articles to the O.T.O. publications as well as The Pathworking of Aleister Crowley.

"The physical body is the living temple of the Holy Spirit. A person who can't sit in one position with comfort and quiet, who can't breathe with evenness and regularity, who can't temporarily still the mind of its many warring thoughts, who can't channel powerful energies through the body because of ill health — will be hard-pressed to spiritually advance. This book will teach you do to every one of these things and more."

— James Wasserman author of In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult 1966–1989

The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy

by Brian Cotnoir

Edited and Introduced by James Wasserman

$12.95

Paperback: 128 pages

Weiser Books   ISBN: 1-57863-379-6

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Brian Cotnoir offers a detailed, step-by-step introduction of Alchemy that explores its mysteries while illustrating its use as a modern spiritual system of attainment. He provides an overview of the history of Alchemy, from the first meldings of Egyptian technology, through the Middle Ages—the golden age of alchemy—right up to contemporary techniques. He demystifies the relationship between Alchemy and chemistry, and he provides evidence to detractors that Alchemy is much more than a medieval form of psychotherapy. (The guide includes practical laboratory experiments that safely, and intelligently, lead readers to an understanding of this ancient art and spiritual practice.)


About the Author

Brian Cotnoir is a dedicated Alchemist who has been working in the field for over thirty years. He has contributed several articles to Parachemy: Journal of Hermetic Arts and Sciences, the alchemical laboratory bulletin of Frater Albertus. He is currently hard at work on completing his magnum opus, Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter. The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy is his first full-length book.

"Brian Cotnoir's book provides an excellent and rare Ariadne's thread, allowing the reader to safely penetrate the labyrinthine mysteries of alchemy, and an excellent concise method to elucidate its enigmatic wonders and the practical possibility to discover its secrets. I highly recommend it."

— Stanislas Klossowski de Rolla, author of The Golden Game: Alchemical Engravings of the Seventeenth Century and Alchemy: The Secret Art


"This is a lucid and sympathetic introduction to the inner and outer hermetic art of alchemy written by someone with a deep knowledge and love of the subject. Brian Cotnoir is committed to upholding the spiritual purpose hebind practical alchemical endeavour and his book is an indispensable guide to the Great Work."

— Nicholas Goodrich-Clarke, Professor of Western Esotericism, The University of Exeter, and author of Paracelsus, Essential Writings.

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