Living Thelema: A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley's System of Magick.
Sacramento, CA: Anima Solis, 2013. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. (6" × 9") . 280pp. Blue cloth with gilt title to spine. B&w illustrations. A "launch copy" SIGNED by the author on a Weiser Antiquarian bookplate affixed to the front free endpaper. Although not noted, only 200 copies of the first hardcover edition were produced (as well as 31 of the deluxe edition). David Shoemaker is a practicing psychotherapist, Chancellor of the International College of Thelema, and editor of various books including "Jane Wolfe: The Cefalu Diaries 1920-1923," "The Thoth Tarot, Astrology, & Other Selected Writings [of Phyllis Seckler]" and "The Kabbalah, Magick, and Thelema." His "Living Thelema" is drawn from the popular podcast segment of the same name, and as the title implies, it focuses on the exploration and practice of Aleister Crowley's Thelema in a contemporary setting. From the publisher: "Beginners and advanced practitioners alike will find much useful advice here, as Shoemaker brings his characteristic down-to-earth style to bear on topics such as ritual and meditation practices, sex magick, astral projection, psychotherapy for magicians, the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel, and that pinnacle of attainment known as the crossing of the Abyss." A tight, clean Fine copy in Fine mylar protected dust jacket. Item #71004