Thelema Sacred Text

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  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.'. 


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