The second Aeon described by Aleister Crowley was the Aeon of Osiris, which supplanted the Aeon of Isis around 500 B.C. Equinox of the Gods notes, "The second is of suffering and death: the spiritual strives to ignore the material .Christianity and all cognate religions worship death, glorify suffering, deify corpses."
Joy and Sorrow are thus to him relative terms; subdivisions of one great sorrow, which is manifestation. We need not trouble to contest this view; indeed, the ‘Shadows’ of which our book speaks are those interferences with Light caused by the partiality of our apprehension.
Little Essays Toward Truth is a book written by the mystic (1875-1947). It consists of sixteen philosophicalessays on various topics within the framework of the andCrowley's religion of . On the concept of truth, Crowleywrites:
It isn’t known exactly when Crowley wrote these essays. What is clear is that Wilford T. Smith applied for copyright on the 28th of January, 1936. This original copyright gives the title as Little Lectures Towards Truth and lists the title of each of the essays in the same order as it would later be published, suggesting that this title was most likely penned sometime in the latter half of 1935. Also, according to Martin P. Starr the first essay on Man was anonymously published in the magazine American Astrology number one in January of 1936, which further supports this conclusion.
Curiously the prospectus for this book which was written by Crowley on the 18th of October 1938 suggests that he considered the title Wine of The Graal with the subtitle of Little Essays Towards Truth. No reasoning for this switch is ever given but those familiar with Crowley’s work may draw their own conclusions. For instance, we may note that according to Liber ChethvelVallumAbiegni the Graal is symbolic of the sacred vessel of our Lady, the Scarlet Woman, and the Wine therein the blood (or Life) of the “Saints” or that of the Aspirant who is charged with pouring every drop in her cup. In this way, it is said that “Thou shalt mingle thy life with the universal life.”
The striking, fascinating artwork in the classic Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot was conceptualised by the famous occultist and Golden Dawn member, Aleister Crowley, and created by Lady Frieda Harris. This edition of the deck has 80 cards, which includes three versions of the Magus card.
Only fragments of this foundational document remain and mostly what we know of it stems from the writings of the Platonic philosophers who venerated its teachings. Crowley would likewise hold the Oracles in high regard, at times utilizing passages or terms from its sacred verses. He in fact considered this collection of sixteen Little Essays Toward Truth as a commentary upon the Oracles which are believed to originate from Persia.
This formula of Love is universal; all the laws of Nature are its servitors. Thus, gravitation, chemical affinity, electrical potential, and the rest—and these are alike mere aspects of the general law—are so many differently-observed statements of the unique tendency.
So much for a brief summary of the technical aspects of the matter. But all this is remote indeed from the simplicity of the affirmation of The Book of the Law:
In presenting this book to the world, I must then explain and justify my position by formulating a definition of MAGICK and setting forth its main principles in such a way that ALL may understand instantly that their souls, their lives, in every relation with every other human being and every circumstance, depend upon MAGICK and the right comprehension and right application thereof.
And here we come upon what is apparently a paradox of the most disconcerting order. For The Book of the Law, anticipating the most subtle of recent mathematical conceptions, that of the greatest genius of this generation, makes the unit of existence consist in an Event, an Act of Marriage between Nuit and Hadit; that is, the fulfillment of a certain Point-of-View. And is not the procession of events the very conditions of Sorrow as opposed to the perfection of “Pure Existence?” That is the old philosophy, a tangle of false words: we see more clearly. Thus:
Forget it, weekend warriors, a serious commitment is required before performing the rituals in Enochian Sex Magick. Once dedicated students have a general understanding of Enochian technique, they can apply the sexual rituals in this work to make just about anything happen. There are a number of charts, plus reminders on how to perform the all-important Pentagram Ritual needed to start and complete the ceremonies. This work, originally published in 1912, is designed to be used in conjunction with Chanokh, another Aleister Crowley staple also chock-full of charts and diagrams. Sex Magick includes an 18-page Enochian dictionary and a very short discourse on Crowley's history. The exact specification of sexual positions, specific chants and even the required number of thrusts leave little room for improvisation.
The grand occultist, Aleister Crowley, well versed in a multitude of esoteric traditions, would undoubtedly have examined the Aeons of Kabalistic origin, which likely served as some form of inspiration for the four Aeons which he would invent and write of in The Book of the Law, and otherwise. Those four Aeons being: Isis, Osiris, Horus & Ma'at.