The Equinox

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The Equinox (subtitle: "The Review of Scientific Illuminism") is a series of publications in book form that serves as the official organ of the A∴A∴, a magical order founded by Aleister Crowley (although material is often of import to its sister organization, Ordo Templi Orientis). Begun in 1909, it mainly features articles about occultism and magick, while several issues also contain poetry, fiction, plays, artwork, and biographies. The last issue was published in 1998.

Publication history[edit]

The Equinox appeared semianually from the years 1909 through 1913. Volume II was never published, and vol. III:1 was the last in the regular serialized publications. After that, editions of the Equinox were published irregularly by various organizations and are best known for their book title. All issues after III:5 were edited and released after Crowley's death in 1947.

  • Vol. I, #1: Spring 1909. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd.
  • Vol. I, #2: Fall 1909. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd.
  • Vol. I, #3: Spring 1910. Privately published, London.
  • Vol. I, #4: Fall 1910. Privately published, London.
  • Vol. I, #5: Spring 1911. Privately published, London.
  • Vol. I, #6: Fall 1911. Wieland & Co.
  • Vol. I, #7: Spring 1912. Wieland & Co.
  • Vol. I, #8: Fall 1912. Wieland & Co.
  • Vol. I, #9: Spring 1913. Wieland & Co.
  • Vol. I, #10: Fall 1913. Wieland & Co.
  • Vol. II: not issued
  • Vol. III, #1: Spring 1919. Universal Publishing Co, Detroit MI
  • Vol. III, #2: Jesus, Liber 888, and Other Papers—not issued
  • Vol. III, #3: The Equinox of the Gods. 1936. London, O.T.O.
  • Vol. III, #4: Eight Lectures on Yoga. 1939. London, O.T.O.
  • Vol. III, #5: The Book of Thoth. 1944. London, O.T.O.
  • Vol. III, #6: Liber Aleph. 1961. Thelema Publishing Co.
  • Vol. III, #7: Shih Yi. 1971. Thelema Publishing Co.
  • Vol. III, #8: The Tao Teh King. 1975. Weiser.
  • Vol. III, #9: The Holy Books of Thelema. 1983. Weiser.
  • Vol. III, #10: 1986. Weiser.
  • Vol. IV, #1: Commentaries on the Holy Books and Other Papers. 1996. Weiser.
  • Vol. IV, #2: The Vision and the Voice with Commentary and Other Papers. 1998. Weiser.

Contents of The Equinox[edit]

Volume I[edit]

Number 1[edit]

  1. Editorial
  2. An Account of A∴ A∴
  3. Liber Librae [The Book of the Balance]
  4. Liber Exercitiorum
  5. The Wizard Way. By Aleister Crowley
  6. The Magic Glasses. By Frank Harris
  7. The Chymical Jousting of Brother Perardua
  8. The Lonely Bride. By Victor B. Neuburg
  9. At the Fork of the Roads
  10. The Magician
  11. The Soldier and the Hunchback: ! And ? By Aleister Crowley
  12. The Hermit
  13. The Temple of Solomon the King (Book I)
  14. The Herb Dangerous (Part I) : A Pharmaceutical Study. By E. Whineray, M.P.S.
  15. Endpages
  • Special Supplement: John St. John: the Record of the Magical Retirement of G. H. by Frater O.'. M.'.

Number 2[edit]

  1. Frontpages
  2. Editorial
  3. Liber O [vel Manus et Sagittae sub Figura VI]
  4. The Herb Dangerous (Part II) : The Psychology of Hashish. By Oliver Haddo
  5. Reviews
  6. The Garden of Janus. By Aleister Crowley
  7. The Dream Circean. By Marital Nay
  8. The Lost Shepherd. By Victor B. Neuburg
  9. A Handbook of Geomancy
  10. The Organ in King's Chapel, Cambridge, By G. H. S. Pinsent
  11. A Note on Genesis
  12. The Five Adorations. By Dost Achiha Khan
  13. Illusion D'amoureux. By Francis Bendick
  14. The Opium-Smoker
  15. Postcards to Probationers. By Aleister Crowley
  16. The Wild Ass. By Alys Cusack
  17. The Sphinx at Gizeh. By Lord Dunsany
  18. The Priestess of Panormita. By Elaine Carr
  19. The Temple of Solomon the King (Book II)
  20. Amongst the Mermaids. By Norman Roe
  21. Ave Adonai. By Aleister Crowley
  22. The Man-Cover. By George Raffalovich
  23. Stewed Prunes and Prism: The Tennyson Centenary. By A. Quiller, Jr.
  24. Stop Press Reviews

Number 3[edit]

  1. Frontpages
  2. Editorial
  3. Liber XIII [vel Graduum Montis Abiegni: A Syllabus of the Steps Upon the Path]
  4. AHA! By Aleister Crowley
  5. The Herb Dangerous (Part III) : The Poem of Hashish. By Charles Baudelaire (Translated By Aleister Crowley)
  6. An Origin. By Victor B. Neuburg
  7. The Soul-Hunter
  8. Madeleine. By Arthur F. Grimble
  9. The Temple of Solomon the King (Book II "Continued")
  10. The Coming of Apollo. By Victor B. Neuburg
  11. The Brighton Mystery. By George Raffalovich
  12. Reviews
  13. The Shadowy Dill-Waters. By A. Quiller, Jr.
  14. Stop Press Reviews and Endpages
  • Special Supplement: Liber DCCCCLXIII. the Treasure-House of Images

Number 4[edit]

  1. Frontpages
  2. Editorial
  3. Liber III [vel Jugorum]
  4. Liber A [vel Armorum sub Figura CCCCXII]
  5. I.NST N.ATTURAE R.EGINA I.SIS. By Omnia Vincam
  6. Reviews
  7. My Lady of the Breeches. By George Raffalovich
  8. Reviews
  9. At Bordj-An-Nus. By Hilda Norfolk
  10. ΑΙΝΟΖΙΔΟΖ. By Aleister Crowley
  11. The Temple of Solomon the King. IV
  12. Pan to Artemis. By Aleister Crowley
  13. The Interpreter. By Perdurabo
  14. The Daughter of the Horseleech. By Ethel Ramsay
  15. The Dreamer
  16. Mr. Todd. A Morality. By the Author of "Rosa Mundi" (William Butler Yeats)
  17. The Gnome. By Victor B. Neuburg
  18. Review
  19. The Herb Dangerous. Part IV: the Hasheesh Eater
  20. The Agnostic
  21. The Mantra-Yogi
  22. The Buddhist
  23. The Violinist. By Francis Bendick
  24. EHE! By George Raffalovich
  25. Half-Hours with Famous Mahatmas. No. I. By Sam Hardy
  26. The Thief-Taker. By Aleister Crowley
  27. Review
  28. The Eyes of St. Ljubov. By J. F. C. Fuller And George Raffalovich
  29. Midsummer Eve. By Ethel Archer
  30. The Poetical Memory
  31. Adela
  32. The Three Worms. By Edward Storer
  33. The Felon Flower. By Ethel Archer
  34. The Big Stick
  35. Glaziers' Houses
  36. In the Temple. By Victor B. Neuburg
  37. Endpages
  • Special Supplement: the High History of Sir Palamedes the Saracen Knight and of his Following the Questing Beast

Number 5[edit]

  1. Frontpages
  2. Editorial
  3. Liber HHH [sub figura CCCXLI]
  4. The Blind Prophet. By Aleister Crowley
  5. The Training of the Mind. By Ananda Metteya
  6. The Sabbath. By Ethel Ramsay
  7. The Temple of Solomon the King
  8. A Nocturne. By Victor B. Neuburg
  9. The Vixen. By Francis Bendick
  10. The Pilgrim. By Aleister Crowley
  11. My Crapulous Contemporaries, No. IV.—Wisdom While You Waite. By Aleister Crowley
  12. X-Rays on Ex-Probationers. By Perdurabo
  13. The Vampire. By Ethel Archer
  14. The Big Stick
  15. Correspondence
  16. Stop Press Reviews
  • Special Supplement: Liber CCCCXVIII (XXX Aerum) [vel Saecvli sub figura CCCCXVIII, Being of the Angels of the 30 Aethyrs, the Vision and the Voice]

Number 6[edit]

  1. Frontpages
  2. Editorial
  3. Liber X [Liber Porta Lucis]
  4. Liber XVI [Liber Turris vel Domus Dei]
  5. Liber XC [Liber Tzaddi vel Hamus Hermeticus]
  6. Liber CLVI [Liber Cheth vel Vallum Abiegni]
  7. Liber CC [Liber Resh vel Helios]
  8. Liber CCCLXX [Liber A'Ash vel Capricorni Pneumatici]
  9. Three Poems For Jane Cheron. By Aleister Crowley
  10. Circe. By Ethel Archer
  11. The Electric Silence
  12. Song
  13. The Scorpion. By Aleister Crowley
  14. The Earth. By Francis Bendick
  15. Sleep. By Ethel Archer
  16. The Ordeal of Ida Pendragon. By Martial Nay
  17. The Autumn Woods. By Victor Neuburg
  18. The Dangers of Mysticism
  19. The Big Stick. By John Yarker, E. Whineray, Aleister Crowley, Etc.
  20. Endpages

Number 7[edit]

  1. Frontpages
  2. Editorial
  3. Liber I [vel Magi]
  4. Liber XI [Liber Nu]
  5. Liber LXIV [Liber Israfel]
  6. Liber LXVI [Liber Stellae Rubeae]
  7. Liber CLXXV [Astarte vel Liber Berylli]
  8. Liber CCVI [Liber Ru vel Spiritus]
  9. Liber CCXXXI
  10. Liber CD [Liber Tau vel Kabbalae Trium Literarum]
  11. Liber CDLXXIV [Liber os Asbysmi vel Daath]
  12. Liber DLV [Liber Had]
  13. Liber DCCCXXXI [Liber Tau]
  14. Liber CMXIII [Liber ThIShARB viae Memoriae]
  15. Adonis. By Aleister Crowley
  16. The Ghouls. By Aleister Crowley
  17. The Four Winds. By Aleister Crowley
  18. Independence. By Aleister Crowley
  19. Showstorm. By Aleister Crowley
  20. A Brief Abstract of the Symbolic Representation of the Universe Derived by Doctor John Dee through the Skrying of Sir Edward Kelley. By Aleister Crowley
  21. Apollo Bestows the Violin. By Aleister Crowley
  22. Diana of the Inlet. By Katharine Susannah Prichard
  23. Silence. By Ethel Archer
  24. Memory of Love. By Meredith Starr
  25. Across the Gulf. By Aleister Crowley
  26. The Temple of Solomon the King ("Continued")
  27. My Crapulous Contemporaries. No. V., the Bismarck of Battersea. By A. Quiller, Jun. (Aleister Crowley)
  28. Arthur in the Area Again. By Aleister Crowley
  29. The Big Stick. Reviews By Aleister Crowley and John Yarker
  30. A Birthday. By Aleister Crowley

Number 8[edit]

  1. Frontpages
  2. Editorial
  3. θέλημα : a Tone-Testament By Leila Waddell
  4. Three Poems. By Victor B. Neuburg
  5. The Temple of Solomon the King (continued)
  6. His Secret Sin
  7. Long Odds
  8. Doctor Bob. A Sketch By Mary D'este and Aleister Crowley
  9. The Woodcutter
  10. La Foire. By Barbey De Rochechouart
  11. Professor Zircon
  12. A Brief Abstract of the Symbolic Representation of the Universe, Derived by Doctor John Dee through the Skrying of Sir Edward Kelly. Part II. The Forty-Eight Calls
  13. Stepney
  14. The Tell-Tale Heart. Adapted from the Story of E. A. Poe. By Aleister Crowley
  15. Sorites
  16. A Description of the Cards of the Tarot, with their Attributions; Including a Method of Divination by their Use
  17. On-On-"Poet"
  18. Elder Eel
  19. The Spadger
  20. To Persis
  21. Waite's Wet or the Backslider's Return
  22. My Crapulous Contemporaries. No. VI. An Obituary
  23. The New Evelyn Hope
  24. Reviews
  • Special Supplement: Sepher Sephiroth

Number 9[edit]

  1. Frontpages
  2. Editorial
  3. The Temple of Solomon the King ("Continued")
  4. Lines to a Young Lady Violinist on Her Playing in a Green Dress Designed By the Author
  5. Energized Enthusiasm
  6. The "Titanic"
  7. A Literatooralooral Treasure-Trove
  8. Threnody
  9. Dischmatal by Night. By Arthur Grimble
  10. A Quack Painter
  11. At Sea
  12. Cancer?
  13. Dumb!
  14. The Vitriol-Thrower
  15. The Fairy Fiddler. By Ethel Archer
  16. An Evocation of Bartzabel the Spirit of Mars
  17. The Testament of Magdalen Blair
  18. Ercildoune. By Aleister Crowley
  19. Athanasius Contra Decanum
  20. My Crapulous Contemporaries. No. VII. A Galahad in Gomorrah
  21. How I Became a Famous Mountaineer. By Percy W. Newlands, P.R.A.S., P.R.B.S., P.R.C.S., P.R.Y.S., P.R.Z.S., Etc., Etc.
  22. The Tango: A Sketch. By Mary D'este and Aleister Crowley
  23. The Big Stick
  24. Reviews

Number 10[edit]

  1. Frontpages
  2. Editorial
  3. Liber L. Vel Legis The Book of the Law
  4. Liber ΒΑΤΡΑΧΟΦΕΝΟΒΟΟΚΟΣΜΟΜΑΧΙΑ Svb Figvra DXXXVI
  5. A Syllabus of the Οfficial Ιnstructions of A.'. A.'.
  6. The Ship
  7. As in a Glass, Darkly. By Arthur Grimble.
  8. Two Fragments of Ritual
  9. The Disciples
  10. The Temple of Solomon the King ("Concluded)"
  11. Rosa Ignota. By Victor B. Neuburg
  12. The Game of Crowley
  13. Boo to Buddha
  14. Crowley Pool
  15. Hymn to Satan
  16. A Ballad of Bedlam. By Ethel Archer.
  17. Dead Weight
  18. The Big Stick
  19. Colophon—To Laylah Eight-And-Twenty
  20. Index to Volume I
  21. Endpages
  • Special Supplement: The Key of the Mysteries

Volume II[edit]

Nos. 1-10 are a Period of Silence—no copies.

Volume III[edit]

Number 1, also called the Blue Equinox[edit]

Main article: The Blue Equinox
  1. Hymn to Pan
  2. Editorial
  3. Præmonstrance of A.’.A.’.
  4. Curriculum of A.’.A.’.
  5. Liber II [The Message of the Master Therion]
  6. The Tent
  7. Liber DCCCXXXVII [The Law of Liberty]
  8. Liber LXI [vel Causae A.'.A.'.]
  9. A Psalm
  10. Liber LXV [Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente]
  11. Liber CL [De Lege Libellum]
  12. A Psalm
  13. Liber CLXV [A Master of the Temple]
  14. Liber CCC [Khabs am Pekht]
  15. Stepping Out of the Old Aeon into the New
  16. The Seven Fold Sacrament
  17. Liber LII [Manifesto of the O.T.O.]
  18. Liber CI [An Open Letter to Those Who May Wish to Join the Order]
  19. Liber CLXI [Concerning the Law of Thelema]
  20. Liber CXCIV [An Intimation with Reference to the Constitution of the Order]
  21. Liber XV The Gnostic Mass
  22. Nekam Adonai!
  23. A La Loge
  24. The Tank
  • Special Supplement: Liber LXXI [The Voice of the Silence: The Two Paths, The Seven Portals]

Numbers 2–10[edit]

Volume IV[edit]

Number 1, Commentaries on the Holy Books and Other Papers[edit]

  1. Occultism
  2. One Star in Sight
  3. Liber XXXIII. An Account of A∴A∴
  4. Liber Collegii Sancti sub figura CLXXXV (Being the Tasks of the Grades and Their Oaths)
  5. Liber Vesta vel פרכת sub figura DCC (Book of the Robes of the Order)
  6. Four Paintings by J.F.C. Fuller
  7. Liber VIII (The Ritual Proper for the Invocation of Augoeides)
  8. Liber LXV with Commentary (Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente)
  9. Liber LXXI, the Voice of the Silence with Commentary
  10. Shorter Commentaries to the Holy Books

Number 2, The Vision and the Voice : With Commentary and Other Papers[edit]

  1. Liber CDXVIII. The Vision and the Voice with Commentary
  2. Liber CCCXXV. The Bartzabel Working
  3. Liber LX. The Ab-ul-Diz Working
  4. Liber CDXV. Opus Lutetianum, The Paris Working
  5. Appendix I: ALgerian Diary, 1909
  6. Appendix II: Diary Fragment, 1910

Motta Equinox[edit]

Published long after Crowley's death, a series entitled The Equinox, Volume V was released by Marcelo Motta and his organization, Thelema Publishing Co.

  • Vol. V, No. 1: The Commentaries to Liber AL vel Legis (1975)
  • Vol. V, No. 2: Liber LXV and comments and writings by Marcelos Motta (1979)
  • Vol. V, No. 3: The Chinese Texts of Magick and Mysticism (1980)
  • Vol. V, No. 4: Sex and Religion (1981)

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