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776½ (Standard Edition)

Tables of Correspondences for Practical Ceremonial
by James A. Eshelman (Hardcover, 208 pp.)
Published by College of Thelema (Los Angeles, March 2010), $49.00

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Reigniting the spark of magick in the hearts of a new generation of aspirants!

Have you ever tried to use Liber 777 (really use it!) to design and implement magical ritual?

Can you read it without your glasses? Can you read it with your glasses?

Can you tell its Gimel from its Nun? Can you pronounce the Hebrew names and words in 777 once you can read them? Can you find your way around its tables quickly and efficiently? (Can you answer “yes” to any of these questions?)

Aleister Crowley’s Liber 777 remains one of the most important occult references of the 20th Century, demonstrating the interrelationships of diverse philosophical, religious, mystical, and magical systems from around the world. One of Crowley’s finest contributions to both practical and theoretical philosophy was this correlation of numerous world traditions, of East and West alike. Yet it has never been very handy for the practicing magician.

Now, this extraordinary compilation by James A. Eshelman, titled 776½, is designed exclusively to support the practice of ceremonial magick. According to its author, “776½ is not quite 777.”

776½ contains 182 tables of the most useful practical ceremonial information. Although much of this comes originally from 777, most of the tables have been supplemented and expanded. The Hebrew and other letters are large, clear, and readable. The columns have been reorganized into a more useful sequence. Additionally, almost every Hebrew word or Name in the entire work is also transliterated into English to assist the practitioner in pronunciation. Numerous typographical and other mistakes from 777 have been corrected.

New tables have been added on such topics as: The Genii and Averse Spirits of the 22 Paths from Liber Arcanorum and Liber Carcerorum; the Thelemic, Scandinavian, Assyro-Babylonian, Celtic, Voudoun, and Santeria pantheons; Psychological Attributions of the 32 Paths; use of the Unicursal Hexagram; the Enochian alphabet and three models of its enumeration; and more. Practical correspondences of animals, plants, precious and semiprecious stones, magical weapons, incenses, “magical powers and mystical states,” and others have been expanded.

And that’s just the first half of the book!

Supplementing these extensive lists is a new essay on Ritual Construction (which is also a partial study guide to Crowley’s Magick in Theory & Practice) and ten sample magick rituals for such purposes as generating magical force, prosperity, obtaining angelic guardians, remapping your character patterns, the highest spiritual attainments, and The Thelemic Mass.

This third revised edition expands the already popular 1995 edition with new tables and additional data. The instructional essays have been significantly expanded and updated to incorporate new teaching approaches. A new Appendix contains instructions for frequently used small rituals of banishing, invoking, and energizing – including the never-before-published Liber Pleiades.

In this new edition, 776½ has grown so much, it should be renamed 776¾!

About the Author

JAMES A. ESHELMAN has been a writer and teacher of occult and metaphysical subjects for over 35 years, including astrology, magick, yoga, Qabalah, tarot, occult psychology, and related Hermetic subjects.

He is currently Chancellor of College of Thelema (from which he earned his M.A. in Skeptical Theurgy in 1992) and serves as Prolocutor General of Temple of Thelema, which he co-founded in 1987 with Anna-Kria King and Phyllis Seckler (Soror Meral). He was editor of, and a major contributor to, C.O.T.’s biannual journal, Black Pearl for its six-year run 1997-2002.

Mr. Eshelman was admitted to the spiritual order A.'.A.'. by Soror Meral in 1979. They collaborated for nearly 25 years. Soror Meral designated him as “"my successor in the Jane Wolfe branch of A.'.A.'.,” who “is to take charge of College of Thelema and Temple of Thelema upon my death."”

He was formerly Deputy Grand Master of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) and Grand Imperator of Fraternitas L.V.X. Occulta (Fraternity of the Hidden Light). He accepted ordination in the Gnostic Catholic Church in 1979, celebrated the Mass for 11 years, and was consecrated a bishop in the Vilatte succession in 1985.

He lives in Los Angeles, California.