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Thelema Texts

These are texts relating to the philosophy of Thelema, many of them written by the occultist Aleister Crowley who founded the organization A.’. A.’. (Argentium Astrum — the Silver Star) as well as others by members of the OTO (Ordo Templi Orientis — Order of the Eastern Temple) (founded by Theodor Reuss and Karl Kellner in 1895). These two organizations work together to promote Thelema.

The ‘Class’ is a OTO-assigned indication of the relative importance of the document. Some of the texts listed here are not available in electronic form for one reason or another; their descriptions have been left in the table for completeness.


Liber Number Class Title
I 1 A  Liber B vel Magi
An account of the Grade of Magus, the highest grade which it is even possible to manifest in any way whatsoever upon this plane. Or so it is said by the Masters of the Temple.
II 2 E  Message of The Master Therion, The
Explains the essence of the new Law in a very simple manner.
III 3 D  Liber III vel Jugorum
An instruction for the control of speech, action, and thought.
IV 4  Liber ABA (Magick)
A general account in elementary terms of magical and mystical powers.
Includes Magick in Theory and Practice
V 5 D  Liber V vel Reguli
Being the Ritual of the Mark of the Beast: an incantation proper to invoke the Energies of the Aeon of Horus, adapted for the daily use of the Magician of whatever grade.
VI 6 B  Liber O vel Manus et Sagitae
Instructions given for the elementary study of the Qabalah, Assumption of God forms, Vibration of Divine Names, the Rituals of the Pentagram and Hexagram, and their uses in protection and invocation, a method of attaining astral visions so called, and an instruction in the practice called rising on the Planes.
VII 7 A  Liber Liberi vel Lapidis Lazuli
‘The birth words of a Master of the Temple’. Being the Voluntary Emancipation of a certain Exempt Adept from his Adeptship. These are the Birth Words of a Master of the Temple. It’s 7 Chapters are referred to the 7 Planets in the following order: Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Sol, Mercury, Luna, Venus.
VIII 8 D  8th Aether Liber CCCCXVIII
And thus shall he do who will attain to the mystery of the knowledge and conversation of his Holy Guardian Angel.
IX 9 B  Liber E
Instructs the aspirant in the necessity of keeping a record. Suggests methods of testing physical clairvoyance. Gives instruction in Asana, Pranayama and Dharana, and advises the application of tests to the physical body, so that the student may thoroughly understand his own limitations.
X 10 A  Liber Porta Lucis
An account of the sending forth of the Master Therion by the A.’.A.’. and an explanation of his mission.
XI 11 D  Liber NU
An instruction for attaining Nuit. An account of the task of the Aspirant from Probationer to Adept. Meditations on AL.
XIII 13 D  Liber Graduum Montis Abiegni
An account of the tasks of the aspirant from Probationer to Adept.
XV 15  Ecclesiæ Gnosticæ Catholicæ Canon Missæ
XVI 16 B  Liber Turris vel Domus Dei
An instruction for attainment by the direct destruction of thoughts as they arise in the mind.
XVII 17 D Liber IAO
IAO. Sexual Magick. Gives three methods of attainment through a willed series of thoughts. The active form of Liber CCCXLV.
XXI 21  Khing Kang King – The Classic of Purity
Taoist classic put into rhyme. A new translation from the Chinese by the Master Therion.
XXIV 24 B De Nuptis Secretis Deorum Cum Hominibus
Sexual magick.
XXV 25 D  The Star Ruby
(There are two forms of this Ritual) An improved form of the ‘Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram’.
XXVII 27 A  Liber Trigrammaton
Being a book of Trigrams of the Mutations of the Tao with the Yin and Yang. An account of the Cosmic process: corresponding to the stanzas of Dzyan in another system.
XXVIII 28 D Septem Regum Sanctorum – The Ceremony of the Seven Holy Kings
Being an Initiation Ritual for certain select probationers to A.’.A.’.
XXX 30 B  Liber Librae – The Book of the Balance
Karma Yoga. An elementary course of morality suitable for the average man.
XXXI 31  Diary of Frater Achad, The
XXXIII 33 C  An Account of A.’.A.’.
Broadly based upon ‘Cloud on the Sanctuary’ by the Councillor Von Eckartshausen and now revised and rewritten in the Universal Cipher.
XXXVI 36 D  The Star Sapphire
An improved for of the Ritual of the Hexagram.
XLI 41 C  Thien Tao
An essay on Attainment by way of Equilibrium.
XLIV 44 D  The Mass of the Phoenix
XLIX 49  Collected writings of Jack Parsons, The
 LI 51  Lost Continent, The
An account of the continent of Atlantis: the manners and customs, magical rites and opinions of it’s people, together with a true account of the catastrophy, so-called, which ended in it’s disappearance. See also ‘Atlantis’.
 LII 52  Manifesto of the OTO
This 1919 e.v. manifesto is by Crowley – others exist by other people.
 LV 55  C  Chymical Jousting of Brother Perardua, The
An account of the Magical and Mystic Path in the language of Alchemy.
 LVIII 58  B  The Qabalah
A general discussion of the Method and uses of the Qabalah. (The Temple of Solomon the King )
 LIX 59  C  Across the Gulf
A fantastic account of a past life in Egypt. It’s principal interest lies in the fact that it’s story of the overthrowing of Isis by Osiris may help the reader to understand the meaning of the overthrowing of Osiris by Horus in the present Aeon.
 LXI 61  D  Liber Causae
Explains the actual history and origin of the present movement. It’s statements are accurate in the ordinary sense of the word. The object of the book is to discount Mythopeia. In other words, the collapse of the Order of the G.’.D.’. and the founding of the A.’.A.’.
 LXIV 64  B  Liber Israfel
By Allen Bennet, Crowley, Others. Invocation of Thoth, as a prelude to preaching. Formerly called ‘Liber Anubis’, an instruction in a suitable method of preaching.
 LXV 65  A  Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente
An account of the relations of the aspirant and his Holy Guardian Angel.
 LXVI 66  A  Liber Stellae Rubeae
A secret ritual of Apep, the heart of IAO-OAI, delivered unto V.V.V.V.V. for his use in a certain matter of Liber Legis. Sexual Magick veiled in symbolism.
 LXVII 67  C  The Sword of Song
Two Poems. A critical study of various philosophies. An account of Buddhism. 1925.
 LXX 70  C  Liber LXX – The Cross of a Frog
The Ceremonies proper to obtaining a familiar spirit of a Mercurial nature as described in the Apocalypse of St. John the Divine from a frog or toad.
LXXI 71  B The Voice of the Silence / The Two Paths / The Seven Portals
By H.P. Blavatsky, with an extensive commentary by Crowley.
LXXIII 73 The Urn
This is a sequel to ‘The Temple of Solomon the King’, and is the Diary of a Magus. This book contains a detailed account of all the experiences passed through by the Master Therion in his attainment of this Grade of Initiation, the highest possible in any manifested Man.
 LXXVII 77  Liber OZ
The Thelemic declaration of rights of Man.
 LXXVIII 78  B  On the Tarot
A complete treatise on the Tarot giving the correct designs of the cards with their attributions and symbolic meanings on all planes.
LXXXI 81 Moonchild (The Butterfly Net)
Magical adventure story concerning homunculi, particularly concerning the planet Luna, written in the form of a novel. Satirical of some members of the G.’.D.’.
 LXXXIV 84  B  Liber Chanokh
A brief Abstract of the Symbolic Representation of the Universe. Derived by Dr. John Dee through the Scrying of Sir Edward Kelley.
XC 90  A  Liber Tzaddi vel Hamus Hermeticus
An account of Initiation, and an indication as to those who are suitable for the same.
XCIII 93  Fountain of Hyacinth, The
A diary of the use of cocaine and heroin and the relations of the Magician therewith. See Liber Al vel Legis: Chapter Two, verse Twentytwo.
XCV 95  C The Wake World
A poetical allegory of the relations of the soul and the Holy Guardian Angel.
 XCVI 96  B  A Handbook of Geomancy
A guide but with some intentional inaccuracies.
 XCVII 97  Soror Achitha’s Vision – The Amalantrah Working
 C 100  D Agape, Azoth
The Book of the Unveiling of the Sangraal wherein it is spoken of the Wine of the Sabbath of the Adepts. Secrets instructions of the IX O.T.O. (Sex Magick.)
 CI 101  B  An Open Letter to those who may wish to join the Order
Enumerating the Duties and Privileges. These Regulations Come Into Force In Any District Where the Membership Exceeds One Thousand Souls.
 CVI 106  Concerning Death
A treatise on the nature of death and the proper attitude to be taken towards it.
 CXI 111  B  Liber Aleph
An extended and elaborate commentary on ‘The Book of the Law’, in the form of a letter from the Master Therion to the son of mankind. Contains some of the deepest secrets of Initiation, with a clear solution of many cosmic and ethical problems.
 CXX 120  D  Ritual of passing through the Tuat, The
A Ritual of Initiation for certain Select Zelators.
CXXXII 132 Apotheosis
A treatise on the Incarnation of a God, instructions to Realize and Proclaim His Identity.
 CXLVIII 148  Soldier and the hunchback, The
A general discussion on philosophy.
 CL 150 E  De Lege Libellum
A further explanation of the Book of the Law, with special reference to the Powers and Privileges conferred by it’s acceptance. The Law of Liberty Love Life and Light.
 CLVI 156  A  Liber Cheth vel Vallum Abiegni
A perfect account of the task of the Exempt Adept considered under the Symbols of a particular plane, not the intellectual. Sexual magick veiled in symbolism.
 CLVII 157  Tao Teh Ching
A new translation with a commentary by the Master Therion. This is the most exalted and yet practical of the Chinese classics. Also called Liber LXXXI
 CLXI 161  Law of Thelema, The
An epistle written to Professor L…B…K… who also himself waited for the New Aeon, concerning the O.T.O. and it’s solution of Property, and now reprinted for the General Circulation.
 CLXV 165  B A Master of the Temple
Frater Achad’s magical diary with comments by Crowley.
 CLXXV 175  D  Liber Astarte vel Liber Berylli
An instruction in attainment by the method of devotion, on Bhakta-Yoga; how one may unite oneself to any particular Deity. Both Magical and Mystical methods are given.
 CLXXXV 185  D  Liber Colegii Sancti
Being the tasks proper to the Grades and their Oaths proper to  Liber XIII. This is the Official Paper of the various Grades. It includes the Task and Oath of all Grades to, and including, Adeptus Minor.
 CXCIV 194  An Intimation with Reference to the Constitution of the Order
Any Province of the O.T.O. is governed by the Grand Master and those to whom he delegates his Authority, until such time as the Order is established, which is the case when it possesses eleven or more Profess-houses in the province. Then the regular constitution is automatically Promulgated. The Quotation is slightly adapted from an address in one of the Rituals.
 CXCVII 197  C  Sir Palamedes the saracen knight
A poetic account of the Great Work and enumeration of many obstacles.
 CC 200  D  Liber Resh vel Helios
An instruction for the adoration of the Sun four times daily, with the object of composing the mind to meditation, thus to bring conscious relation with the center of our system; for advanced students, to make actual Magical contact with the Spiritual energy of the Sun and thus to draw actual force from Him.
 CCVI 206  D  Liber RU vel Spiritus
Full instructions in Pranayama, describes various practices of controlling the breath, how to insure success, what results to strive for, and how to use them for the Great Work.
CCVII 207  A syllabus of the official instructions of the A.’.A.’.
An enumeration of the Official Publications of the A.’.A.’. with a brief description of the contains of each book; this Catalog is an expansion thereof, including those publications which were written after ‘The Syllabus’ was composed.
 CCXVI 216  The I Ching
A new translation, with a commentary by the Master Therion. The Yi King is mathematical and philosophical in form. It’s structure is cognate with that of the Qabalah. The I Ching reduced expertly to a series of six-line mnemonic keys, one for each hexagram.
 CCXX 220  A  Liber AL vel LegisThe Book of the Law
 CCXXVIII 228  B De Natura Deorum
CCXXXI 231  A  Liber Arcanorum
An account of the cosmic process so far as it is indicated by the Tarot Trumps. The sequence of the 22 Trumps is explained as a formula of Initiation.
An exposition in poetic language of several of the ways of attainment and the results obtained. In the form of a Discourse between and Adept and His Pupil.
CCLXV 265 The Structure of the Mind
A treatise of physology from the mystic and magical standpoint. It’s study will help the aspirant to make a detailed scientific analysis of his mind, and so learn to control it.
 CCC 300  E  Khaps am Pekht
A special instruction for the Promulgation of the Law. This is the first and most important duty of every aspirant of whatever grade. It builds up in him the character and Karma which forms the Spine of Attainment.
CCCXXXIII 333  C  Book of lies, The
93 short chapters each Qabalistically related to its chapter number. Deals with many matters on all planes of the very highest importance. It is an Official Publication for Babes of the Abyss, but it is recommended even to beginners as being highly suggestive. 1913.
 CCCXXXV 335  C  Adonis an Allegory
A short play. Set in the hanging gardens of Babylon in classical times with classical characters. An account in poetic language of the struggle of the human and divine elements in the consciousness of man, giving their harmony following on the victory of the latter.
 CCCXLI 341  Liber H.H.H.
Gives three methods of attainment through a willed series of thoughts.
CCCLXV 365 The Preliminary Invocation of the Goetia
With the barbarous names of evocation used therein, and the secret rubric of the ritual, by the Master Therion. This is the most potent invocation extant, and was used by the Master Himself in his Attainment. Please note that this ritual is identical with Liber Samekh in many aspects, however, there are differences. This is the 1904 version.
 CCCLXVII 367  B De Homunculo
 CCCLXX 370  A  Liber A’ash vel Capricorni Pneumatici
Analyzes the nature of the creative magical force in man, explains how to awaken it, how to use it and indicates the general as well as the particular objects to be gained thereby. Sexual magick heavily veiled in symbolism.
 CD 400  A  Liber Tau vel Kabbalae Trium Literarum
A graphic interpretation of the Tarot on the plane of Initiation. Analyzes the Hebrew alphabet into seven triads, each of which forms a Trinity of sympathetic ideas relating respectively to the Three Orders comprised in the A.’.A.’.
CDXII 412  D  Liber A vel Armorum
An instruction for the preparation of the Elemental Instruments.
 CDXIV 414 De Arte Magica
CDXV 415  AB Paris Working, The (including Esoteric record and sundrys)
A record of homosexual magick operations.
 CDXVIII 418  AB  Vision and the Voice, The
Being of the Angels of the Thirty Aethyrs, the Vision and the Voice. Besides being the classical account of the Thirty Aethyrs and a model of all visions, the cries of the Angels should be regarded as accurate, and the doctrine of the function of the Great White Brotherhood understood as the foundation of the Aspiration of the Adept. The account of the Master of the Temple should, in particular, be taken as authentic.
 CDLI 451  B  Liber CDLI – Eroto-comatose Lucidity
The chapter “Of Eroto-comatose Lucidity” in Liber CDXIV – De Arte Magica
 CDLXXIV 474  C  Liber Os Abysmi vel Daath
Gnana Yoga. An instruction in a purely intellectual method of entering the Abyss.
 D 500  B Sepher Sephiroth
By Allen Bennet, Crowley and Friends. A dictionary of Hebrew words arranged according to their value numerically. This is an Encyclopedia of the Holy Qabalah, which is a map of the Universe, and enables man to attain Perfect Understanding.
 DXXXVI 536  B  Liber Batrachophrenoboocosmomachia
An instruction in the expansion of the field of the mind. Two practices designed to aid the student in developing an awareness of the Universe around him are given, one is active one passive. Requires Astronomical knowledge.
 DLV 555  D  Liber HAD
An instruction for attaining Hadit.
 DLXX 570  Liber DCCCXIII vel Ararita
An account of the Hexagram and the method of reducing it to the Unity, and Beyond.
 DCXXXIII 633  De Thaumaturgia
A statement of certain ethical considerations concerning Magick.
 DCLXXI 671  D  Liber DCLXXI vel Pyramidos
A ritual of self Initiation based on the Neophyte ritual.
 DCCXXIX 729  C The Amalantrah Working
Interviews with a discarnate entity.
 DCCLXXVII 777  B 777 vel Prolegomena Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico Mysticae
A complete dictionary of the correspondences of all magical elements, reprinted with extensive additions, making it the only standard comprehensive book of reference ever published. It is to the language of Occultism what Webster or Murray is to the English language.
 DCCC 800  D  Liber Samekh
Being the Ritual employed by the Beast 666 for the Attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of his Holy Guardian Angel during the semester of His performance of the Operation of the Sacred Magick of Abramelin the Mage.
 DCCCVIII 808 Serpentis Nehushtan
DCCCXI 811  C  Energised Enthusiasm
An essay developing the idea of creativity – and genius – as a sexual phenomenon. Specially adapted to the task of Attainment of Control of the Body of Light, development of Intuition and Hatha yoga.
 DCCCXIII 813  A  Ararita
An account of the Hexagram and the method of reducing it to the Unity and Beyond. This book describes in magical language a very secret process of Initiation.
 DCCCXXXI 831  D  Liber Yod
An instruction giving three methods of reducing the manifold consciousness to the Unity. Adapted to facilitate the task of Raja Yoga, and of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel.
DCCCXXXVII 837  C  Law of Liberty, The
This is a further explanation of the Book of the Law in reference to certain Ethical problems.
 DCCCLX 860  C  John St. John
The Record of the Magical Retirement of G.H. Frater O.M. (Aleister Crowley). A model of what a magical record should be, so far as accurate analysis and fullness are concerned.
 DCCCLXVIII 868  B  Liber Viarum Viae
A graphic account of Magical powers classified under Tarot Trumps. An analysis of the 22 letters. To each is attributed a magical or mystical practice of progressive difficuly until attainment is complete.
 DCCCLXXXVIII 888  The Gospel According to Saint Bernard Shaw
A complete study of the origins of Christianity.
 CMXIII 913  B  Liber ThIShARB
Gives methods for attaining the magical memory, or memory of past lives, and an insight into the function of the Aspirant in this present life. (So to enable the Aspirant to calculate his True Orbit in eternity.)
 CMXXXIV 934 The Cactus
A record of experiments with the Mescal buttons.
 CMLXIII 963  AB  Treasurehouse of Images, The
A superb collection of Litanies appropriate to the Signs of the Zodiac.
1151  Liber MCLI
By Jim Graeb IX O.T.O.. Being the requirements of Minerval to III, in study and work in the O.T.O., as it has manifested under the Caliph.
2261  C  A Note on Genesis
By Allen Bennet. A model of Qabalistic ratiocination. Specially adapted to Gnana Yoga. With a preface and notes by Crowley.


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I.N.R.I.: De Mysteriis Rosæ Rubeæ et Aureæ Crucis, by Frater Achad [1924]