CROWLEY, Aleister (forewords by Hymanaeus Beta). The Equinox of the Gods (bound with) Eight Lectures on Yoga. New York: Issued by the O.T.O. in association with 93 Publishing, 1991. Revised edition. Two titles bound in one hardcover. Tall octavo. Publisher’s oatmeal cloth with red stamped Equinox image to front. Gilt spine titles and device. Equinox of the Gods: [vii] + 138 + facsimile of the holograph manuscript of The Book of the Law. Color plates of the Stele of Revealing. Eight Lectures on Yoga has a black and white frontispiece photo of Crowley + 128pp. A foreword by Hymenaeus Beta precedes both titles. A bit of light rubbing to spine otherwise a near fine copy, issued without dust jacket.
The Equinox of the Gods is one of Crowley’s most sought after works. It presents a detailed description of the circumstances leading up to Crowley’s transcription of The Book of the Law. Includes biographical data, personal diary extracts, ritual workings, several illustrations and a color reproduction of the Stele of Revealing. Eight Lectures on Yoga grew out of a series of 8 one-hour lectures given by Crowley at various London venues. These lectures set forth some of Crowley’s conclusions after years of philosophical investigation. The work is divided into two main sections: Yoga for Yahoos, and Yoga for Yellowbellies. There are four lectures for each section. Crowley’s lectures are formed as instructions on the steps needed to approach mysticism through Yoga. He dissects the word ‘Yoga’ and discusses its implications on the human mind. He then explains the eight limbs of yoga, correct posture for asanas, and details the philosophical, mathematical, and scientific aspects of Yoga.