Xenda'ths: A∴A∴ Reading List

Sigil of the AA

This directory is maintained by someone in the "UR-OTO". The entire reading list of the A∴A∴ (or almost all) is available in PDF format. The site is constantly gathering new &/or improved editions. While I personally prefer the feeling of a nice solid book in my hands, monetary constraints often cause me to locate a title online to determine if I truly need to spend the money for it. This site is invaluable.


Discourse on the Worship of Priapus and Its Connection with the Mystic Theology of the Ancients and an Essay on the Worship of the Generative Powers during the Middle Ages of Western Europe

A friend once told me, read this and Will to Power & you will understand the roots of Thelema.

The Equinox, Volume I, Nos. 1-10
The Equinox, Volume I, Nos. 1-10 by Aleister Crowley and others.

The masterpiece of modern Hermetic and Thelemic magick, it contains some of Crowley's personal writings, many of the Holy Books of Thelema, various philosophical dissertations, certain Thelemic rituals appropriate for release to the general public, and other selected materials from Crowley's private collection.

As of 2009 February 26, this book is being reported as out of print by Barnes and Noble.

The Equinox, Volume I, Nos. 1-10
The Equinox, Volume 3, No. 1

Issue One of Volume Three (Volume Two was "issued in silence"). Contains much of the material for the structure and purpose of the OTO.


Collected Works of Aleister Crowley, Vol. 1
Collected Works of Aleister Crowley, Vol. 2
Collected Works of Aleister Crowley, Vol. 3

These volumes contain poetry, essays and the like from Crowley's earlier years (pre-1907). Certain selections are required by the A∴A∴. From volume 1: Tannhauser; volume 2: Sword of Song and Time; volume 3: Eleusis.


777 and Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley

Crowley's Qabalistic Attribution Notebooks, tabulated & explained with supplemental essays.


Konx om Pax: Essays in Light

This title contains The Wake World, Ali Sloper, Thien Tao, and The Stone of Abeignus.



By Swami Vivekananda, Raja-Yoga, the path of meditation and control of the mind, gives a scientific treatment of Yoga philosophy describing methods of concentration, psychic development and the liberation of the soul from bondage of the body. Raja-Yoga also includes Swami Vivekananda's translation and commentary of the "Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali."


Shiva Samhita (or Shiva Sanhita)


Hatha Yoga Pradipika

These are classics on Hatha Yoga, the practice of which is required.


Sacred Books of China the Texts of Taoism Part I: The Sacred Books of the East Part Thirty-Nine


Sacred Books of China the Texts of Taoism Part I: The Sacred Books of the East Part Thirty-Nine

For understanding of Taoism.


The Spiritual Guide

A new translation of the classic text of Quietism, which still offers great insight and advice for spiritual prayer today.


Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual

This is Eliphas Levi's (1810-1875) best-known book. This work arguably made Levi THE most influential writer on magic since the Renaissance. Originally issued in French, the English translator is A.E. Waite and it is doubtful that anyone else could have better captured the essence of Levi's work. The book is divided in two parts; the first is theoretical, the second practical. This is a fascinating and often debated work.


The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King : Lemegeton, Book 1 Clavicula Salomonis Regis

Provides a clear and detailed account of the preparations and precautions necessary for the successful evocation of 72 spirits, which are described in detail. Mathers' introduction discusses the numerous manuscripts from which he made this translation.


The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage

This was the basis for Crowley's attainment of Knowledge & Conversation with his Holy Guardian Angel. After subsuming the information in this book, he was able to adapt it to his journey across China. The Thelemic interpretation of this document was put forth in Liber Samekh.


Book of Lies

The book consists of 93 chapters, each consisting of one page of text of various kinds, including poems, rituals, instructions, and obscure allusions and cryptograms. The subject of each chapter is generally determined by its number and its corresponding Qabalistic meaning. Around 1921, Crowley added a short commentary to each chapter, assisting the reader in the Qabalistic interpretation.Perhaps one of Crowley's more sublime works.

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