The Crystal Tablet of Set (Extracts) - Temple of Set ~ Satanic/Setian Order ~ Occult Documents Black Magic Texts ~ Michael Aquino/Gregory von Seewald - Correspondence Letters (1989-1990) Re: OTO, Motta, A.:A.:, Aleister Crowley RARE
The Crystal Tablet of Set
Temple of Set
Temple of Set, USA, 1983-1989. VG - Condition.
Privately Printed by Michael A. Aquino for Gregory von Seewald
This is a very rare collection of Temple of Set documents & correspondence, that was collected by Gregory von Seewald (Headland Press). The correspondence was between Gregory von Seewald and Michael A. Aquino (the Head of the Temple of Set). Most of the letters are from Michael Aquino, with many being signed, and come with original envelopes (addressed to Seewald). Some are without envelopes, and inlude extra printed material (to do with the Temple of Set, or copies of circular letters sent out by the Temple of Set, to members of the OTO, Thelemites, & other supporters of Aleister Crowley). There are also a number of photocopies of some of the letters that Seewald sent to Aquino (especially from the latter period of the correspondence, when the relationship was obviously becoming strained, and beginning to sour).
The period of the correspondence, is from around Sept, 1989, through to Nov, 1990. Most of the letters deal with questions over Crowley's work, rare manuscripts, and each individuals' interpretation of Crowley, and the legacy he left behind. But Aquino also has a lot to say about the OTO - which includes some very interesting reading (especially as he had been corresponding with Bill Heidrick, for quite some time). Where it gets even more interesting, is in the copy of the letter that Aquino addressed to the members of the OTO, where he asserts: "I am the Second Beast identified by AL #II-76 and Revelation #13:11." Even more interesting, is the photocopy of the May 15, XXII letter addressed to "Dear Friend of Thelema", where Aquino defends himself (over 8 pages) against a series of criticisms made by G.M. Kelly (as well as a number of OTO members), and then appends a 2 page Astrum Argenteum (AA) Prospectus - outlining in 9 points, how the AA would be created within the Temple of Set, with the purpose of allowing the AA Order "to develop and implement an iniatory system based upon the Essence of the Aeon of Horus". After the Prospectus, there is a further 2 pages printed, which outline the new Initiatory Degree Structure of the AA.
Above is just a sampling of what the correspondence dealt with. Both had a fair amount to say about Crowley, Motta, Kenneth Grant, Grady McMurtry, and many others. There were also many controversies occurring at this time - with the change in leadership in the OTO, after McMurtry's death; as well as anti-Satanic hysteria, which was affecting the Temple of Set. All this correspondence, is of great interest, in itself, but it also comes with some rare Temple of Set material, which Michael Aquino specifically prepared for Gregory von Seewald, after Seewald requested a number of the documents. This includes, an ultra rare (probably one of a kind) abridged edition of the The Crystal Tablet of Set. Unlike the standard copies that I have seen (usually bound in blue card covers or folder), this copy was hand-bound in black card covers, with metal binders, and a white label with black tile on the front. On the title page, Aquino has added in red felt pen: "Exracts From" above the title of The Crystal Tablet of Set. Then, on the Table of Contents page, Aquino has used a yellow highlighter, to mark the contents, that has been included. I have provided photos of the table of contents pages, so you can see for yourself, what is included, and what is not. What is important, is that the bulk of the tablet is included, especially the major texts written by Aquino: "Black Magic in Theory and Practice", and all the Inner Temple material -"The Book of Coming Forth by Night" (along with its Analysis & Commentary), The Word of Set, The Diabolicon, The Ninth soltice Message (by Satan), Letter, June 23, X, The Book of the Law (commentary by Michael Aquino).
Aquino of course, was a very high-ranking member of the Church of Satan, and even wrote the original introduction, to the 1st edition of Anton LaVey's Satanic Bible. Aquino led a revolt, and split from the Church of Satan, taking many of the key members with him, and from this revolt, the Temple of Set was formed.
This is invaluable primary text material, and correspondence from the head of one of the largest, and influentual Satanic orders in the world today - and would be very useful to anyone who studies cults, new religious movements and secret societies & occult orders. You have to be a member of the Temple of Set, to have access to The Crystal Tablet of Set, but even members do not have access to a selection of very in depth letters, giving rare insight into Michael Aquino's thoughts, feelings and researches into Thelema, the Aeon of Horus, Aleister Crowley, the OTO & the AA. Use the Buy It Now, before someone else does.
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Those of you who are interested in Temple of Set material, I also have the Ruby Tablet (for 2nd Degree members of ToS), and the Onyx Tablet vol. 2 (for 3rd Degree & above members). I also have an abbreviated copy of the Crystal Tablet of Set (being a selection of main texts & articles - selected by Michael Aquino, and signed by him). Also, those of you interested in a more extreme form of Satanism, may be interested in some of the ONA books that I have (such as the Black Books of Satan, and many other titles) and should contact me. I also have the ONA Sinister Tarot available, and some rare Church of Satan items.
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