Magick Without Tears
Magick Without Tears, a series of letters, was the last book written by English occult
The word occult comes from the Latin word occultus , referring to "knowledge of the hidden". In the medical sense it is used to refer to a structure or process that is hidden, e.g...

ist Aleister Crowley
Aleister Crowley
Aleister Crowley , born Edward Alexander Crowley, and also known as both Frater Perdurabo and The Great Beast, was an influential English occultist, astrologer, mystic and ceremonial magician, responsible for founding the religious philosophy of Thelema. He was also successful in various other...

 (1875–1947), although it was not published until after his death. It was written in the mid-1940s and published in 1954 with a foreword
A foreword is a piece of writing sometimes placed at the beginning of a book or other piece of literature. Written by someone other than the primary author of the work, it often tells of some interaction between the writer of the foreword and the book's primary author or the story the book tells...

 by its editor, Karl Germer
Karl Germer
Karl Germer was the Outer Head of the Order of Ordo Templi Orientis from 1947 until his death in 1962...



The book consists of 80 letters to various students of magick. Originally to be titled Aleister Explains Everything, the letters offer his insights into both magick and Thelema
Thelema is a religious philosophy that was established, defined and developed by the early 20th century British writer and ceremonial magician, Aleister Crowley. He believed himself to be the prophet of a new age, the Æon of Horus, based upon a religious experience that he had in Egypt in 1904...

—-Crowley's religious and ethical system—-with a clarity and wit often absent in his earlier writings. The individual topics are widely varied, addressing the orders O.T.O.
Ordo Templi Orientis
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 and A∴A∴, Qabalah, Thelemic morality, Yoga
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, astrology
Astrology consists of a number of belief systems which hold that there is a relationship between astronomical phenomena and events in the human world...

, various magical techniques, religion, death, spiritual visions, the Holy Guardian Angel
Holy Guardian Angel
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, and other issues such as marriage, property, certainty, and meanness. The book is considered by many as evidence that Crowley remained lucid and mentally capable at the end of his life, despite his addiction to heroin (prescribed for his chronic emphysema
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  • The title is after the 1936 play French Without Tears by Terence Rattigan
    Terence Rattigan
    Sir Terence Mervyn Rattigan CBE was one of England's most popular 20th-century dramatists. His plays are generally set in an upper-middle-class background...

  • The work is alluded to by the band Klaxons
    Klaxons are a British indie rock band, based in London. Following the release of numerous 7-inch singles on different independent record labels, as well as the success of previous singles "Magick" and "Golden Skans", the band released their debut album, Myths of the Near Future on 29 January 2007....

     in their 2006 single "Magick
    Magick (song)
    "Magick" is a song released by London new rave band Klaxons on October 30, 2006. It reached #29 in the UK singles chart, released on November 5...

  • Robert Anton Wilson's Audio series, consisting of a collection of interviews on topics such as language and consciousness, entitled "Robert Anton Wilson Explains Everything (or, Old Bob exposes his Ignorance) may have been a reference to the title of Crowley's work.


  • Thelema Publications, First edition, 1954, with a foreword by its editor, Karl Germer
    Karl Germer
    Karl Germer was the Outer Head of the Order of Ordo Templi Orientis from 1947 until his death in 1962...

  • Llewellyn, 1973 (first edition by Regardie-Falcon Press reprinted this exactly except for new aterword by the publisher)
  • New Falcon Publications, April 1, 1991, introduced and edited by Israel Regardie
    Israel Regardie
    Israel Regardie, born Francis Israel Regudy was an occultist and writer, author of books on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.-Early life:...

    ISBN 1-56184-018-1
  • Falcon Press, 1982. ISBN 0-941404-17-X

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