Aleister Crowley (author), Israel Regardie (editor)
Weiser Books, United States, 2005. Paperback. 336 pages. Revised Edition. This collection of Qabalistic texts is without parallel in the history of mystical literature. Edited and introduced by Dr. Israel Regardie, the three texts are Gematria, 777, and Sepher Sephiroth. Brand New.
Gematria, reprinted from “The Temple of Solomon the King,” The Equinox, Vol. 1, No. 5. It provides essential explanations of the theoretical and practical Qabalistic number analysis and philosophy. “An Essay in Number,” alo included, provides invaluable insights into key numbers as well as techniques and safeguards for practical magical work.
777 itself contains, in concise tabulated form, an overview of the symbolism of the major world religions, as well as the system of correspondence of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. In short, it i a complete magical and philosophical dictionary – a key to all religion and practical occultism – an amazing work whose value has been recognized through many editions since its first appearance in 1909 and subsequent enlargement in 1955.
The third text is Sepher Sephiroth, a unique dictionary listing hundreds of Hebrew words arranged by numerical value. It was compiled jointly by Crowley and Allan Bennett and first appeared in The Equinox, Vol. 1, No. 8.
The first appearance of 777 was published anonymously in 1909 after Crowley had written it from memory in just a week. An introduction to one edition by “Frater N.’.” states that Crowley may have published it anonymously because it was taken from a Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn manuscript that was obligatory for initiates to memorise. The rest came from his extensive study of the different religious and magical systems of the world.