The Sevenfold Mystery of the Ineffable Love
by Aleister Crowley
Commentaries by J. Daniel Gunther, Frater Achad & Israel Regardie
Edited with an Afterword by James Wasserman
New Falcon Publications ISBN: 978-56184-533-0
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Aleister Crowley considered AHA! “my greatest magical poem.” This profoundly esoteric work highlights the two central experiences of the Path of the Wise—the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel and the Crossing of the Abyss. It also marks Crowley’s final acceptance of the mysteries of The Book of the Law, and offers his overview of Initiation and the techniques by which Spiritual Enlightenment may be achieved.
This expanded edition features a new analysis by esoteric teacher and author, J. Daniel Gunther, who provides Qabalistic insights into the poem’s extraordinary depth. James Wasserman, a well-known writer and student of Crowley, has expanded upon the myth of Marsyas and Olympas, while placing AHA! within the context of Crowley’s overall life and teaching. Frater Achad, one of Crowley’s most important early disciples, wrote an excellent but little-known commentary on AHA! that is included here. This volume also features an essay by Dr. Israel Regardie, a primary Crowley biographer and spokesman.
The poem ends with “Blessing and worship to the Beast, the prophet of the Lovely Star.” Henceforth I must be no more an aspirant, no more an adept, no more aught that I could think of as myself. I was the chosen prophet of the Masters, the instrument fit to interpret their idea and work their will.” —Aleister Crowley
Aleister Crowley (1875–1947) wrote AHA! in 1909. It marks his final acceptance of his office as the Prophet of New Aeon, the role assigned him in 1904 in The Book of the Law. His surrender after a five-year struggle was based on his achievement of the higher states of consciousness elegantly elucidated in AHA!. A prolific writer and artist, Crowley’s works have inspired generations of students.
Frater Achad, Charles Stansfeld Jones (1886–1950), admitted as a Probationer in 1909. Crowley at one point considered Achad his magical son before their estrangement. Jones’ magical diary was published with Crowley’s comments in The Equinox III, 1, and republished in Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary. His most popular books were Q.B.L. or the Bride’s Reception; The Egyptian Revival; The Anatomy of the Body of God; and his magnificent XXXI Hymns to the Star Goddess.
Israel Regardie (1907–1985) joined Crowley as his personal secretary in Paris in 1928. They had a falling out in 1932, but Regardie remained a loyal and devoted publicist of his teacher’s work. Regardie wrote one of the first studies of Crowley’s system in The Tree of Life (1932). He dedicated that book to Crowley as “Marsyas.” He later published a number of important books on Magick, Qabalah, and Healing including: The Middle Pillar; The Garden of Pomegranates; The Golden Dawn; and Healing Energy, Prayer, and Relaxation. Regardie was instrumental in arranging for the publication of Crowley’s works and keeping his legacy alive, well before he became a household name. Regardie was also responsible for the reissue of AHA! in 1969 and his commentary herein is taken from that edition.
J. Daniel Gunther has long been identified with the work of A.’. A.’. . He is a well-known international teacher and lecturer on Aleister Crowley and the Great Work. He is the author of the Inward Journey series including: Initiation in the Aeon of the Child and The Angel and the Abyss; and the creator of a volume of alchemical drawings, Opus Alchymicum. He has also contributed to many other works in the esoteric field.
James Wasserman, a longtime Thelemite and member of O.T.O., is the author of In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult. He edited and introduced Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary; and is the co-author of To Perfect This Feast: A Performance Commentary on the Gnostic Mass. He is responsible for restoring The Egyptian Book of the Dead, The Book of Going Forth by Day.