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Announcing: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby Jim Eshelman » Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:15 pm

(One of the most requested titles College of Thelema has ever produced is coming back into print - in a significantly expanded edition. Current estimates from the printer are that we will have books in hand by early March. This is one of the events celebrating Temple of Thelema's 20th Anniversary Year which began Vernal Equinox 2009 EV. Here is the ad copy from the back of the jacket.)


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!
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Editions & ordering

Postby Jim Eshelman » Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:25 pm

There are two editions of this book, a standard edition and a deluxe edition.

The standard edition has been manufactured to the same specifications as the hardcover edition of The Mystical & Magical System of the A.'.A.'., which many of you have: Acid-free paper, boards, and cloth and superior binding. This is manufacturing intended to last for a century. (For those who know the language: Smyth-sewn casebound with cloth over binder boards, and other nice touches similar to M&MAA.) Retail price: USD $49.

The limited deluxe edition consists of 156 numbered, signed copies with premium design and manufacturing. The inside is the same (so really, there's no need to spend the extra money if all that matters to you is the content). The outside, though, will be quite different: A red bonded leather hardcover with gold foil stamping, gilded page edges, Rainbow end leaves, and a mounted bookmark ribbon. Retail price: USD $156.

Some copies of the standard edition were made available the first week of March at an event in New York City. Copies are presently stocked by Enchantments:
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The remainder of the stock is due to arrive in Los Angeles on Monday, March 22. You can purchase both the standard and deluxe editions from College of Thelema directly from our Publications page: http://thelema.org/publications/

Amazon is taking pre-publication orders for the standard edition, and will have the book in stock about a week after we get hold of it. Here is their direct link: http://www.amazon.com/776%C2%BD-Practic ... 970449623/

To order the Deluxe Edition: The deluxe edition is available only by direct order from C.O.T. This is a numbered limited edition, and you may request what numbered copy you get if it is still available. When placing your order, you may specify (in order of your preference) three preferred numbers between 1-156. You will receive your requested number if available, otherwise you will get the next available number in sequence.

For orders from C.O.T., Shipping/Handling is paid by us for US domestic priority mail on all orders over $30. For international shipping or alternate (expedited) shipping terms, please write us first (see http://thelema.org/publications/).
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Re: Coming soon: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby Jim Eshelman » Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:48 am

Here's a photograph of the cover of the standard edition:

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I'll post a photo of the deluxe edition early next week.
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776 1/2, Third Edition - Errata

Postby Jim Eshelman » Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:04 pm

Every book I've ever seen has some sort of typo or glitch. With a book like 776 1/2, accuracy is even more critical than, say, a book of all English text - so we had multiple passes by half a dozen people. The result was very good, and there are still minor typos. - I'm going to use this post to list any that we find, no matter how petty.

Tables
Col. 119: "lettes" should be "letters"
Col. 1201: Water point of pentagram is nicked off by graphic - need to slightly fix digital paste-up

Notes
Col. 102, Line 9: tzedeq yesod olam should be tzaddiq yesod olam (the Hebrew is correct)
Col. 102, Line 15: There are two commas at the end of the first line; one is enuf!
Col. 103, Line 29: The quotation marks around "to surround" should be 'smart quotes,' but are straight quotes.

Chapter 16
p. 117: General & Particular Exordia are in the Appendix, no need to reference Regardie as stated
p. 117, col. 2: "Also in its New Aeon variation" should be "also in its New Aeon variation" (no initial cap)

Sample Rituals
p. 157, footnote: Interior quotation marks should be single (' '), not double (" ").

Appendix
p. 176: "ha-Eretz" should be "ha-Aretz" (the vowel changes with the article; it's correct in Col. 302)


If you find any errata not listed here, please let us know, and I'll add it to the list. Thanks!
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Re: Announcing: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby Jim Eshelman » Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:26 pm

All books were received by us today. Around 5:30 PM today I saw the deluxe edition for the first time and am very pleased. I'll try to get a picture up here (the few I took were color distorted - too orange, whereas the leather is a rich red - can't use flash because it glares off the gold too much - but we'll getcha something).
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Deluxe Edition cover

Postby Jim Eshelman » Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:18 pm

Here are some pictures. None of them have the color right. It is neither as pink as the one nor as orange as the other. But I think you can get the texture, gold foil imprinting, and gilded pages from these.

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Re: Announcing: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby Metzareph » Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:47 pm

Wow... fancy!

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Re: Announcing: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby VigorMortis » Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:03 pm

That's beautiful, Jim. My order is zipping your way.

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Re: Announcing: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby Jim Eshelman » Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:09 am

If you're waiting to order 776 1/2 from Amazon, it may not be your best option, especially if you're in the United States.

I just learned that Amazon has ordered fewer copies of the book than have actually been pre-ordered. Though our shipment to them will arrive at Amazon today, it isn't like to take the book from "out of stock" status - because they already have more copies ordered than they requested from us.

For fastest turn-around, you may want to place your orders directly with College of Thelema. They will ship to you within a day or two. I have links to make this easy for you to use either your PayPal account or major credit card on http://thelema.org/publications

I am hoping for some reader reviews on Amazon soon. Enough books are in circulation that some reviews hopefully will be coming through soon.
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Re: Announcing: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby AEternitas1 » Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:48 pm

I can honestly say that I can answer yes to all of the questions above concerning 777 except one, concerning pronouncing the various names. Once I actually began to read and explore the book I found it unfolded rather nicely and I've found it very useful ever since.
I had once had a copy of Skinner's extensive book of tables and correspondences, and novel as it was, and informative and full of information, it didn't add anything at all to actual practices.
Seeing as the second half of the book seems rather uninteresting to me, I have to ask myself, is the information in the first half of the book worth $49 of my hard earned money? I hate to buy a book without being able to see some of its contents first but hopefully my local shop, Magus Books will pick up a few copies for me to peruse prior to buying, but outside of that possibility I'm interested but skeptical.
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Re: Announcing: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby Jim Eshelman » Mon Mar 29, 2010 3:03 pm

Aeternitas, thanks. We'd much rather sell a book to someone who actually wants it than someone who doesn't.

Since the second half of the book doesn't interest you, I want to be sure to ask: You do understand (don't you) that this book was specifically created as a tool for the crafting of magick ritual? (Rather than, say, comparative philosophy, for example, for which 777 was especially crafted.) Right tools for the right occasion.
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Re: Announcing: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby Tony DeLuce » Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:48 pm

I bought Skinner's book when it came out and I would agree that it is an outstanding reference as well.

But the value of 776 1/2 is in the organization of the tables as well as the guidelines to assist in the magical creation of ceremonial ritual, not with the typical cookbook fashion of do a then b then c, but rather utilizing a proven spiritual process.

I believe the second half represents one of the best structured approaches to the creation of ceremonial ritual that I have seen publicly printed to date...Tony DeLuce
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Re: Announcing: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby Fr. A.U.N. » Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:31 am

Jim, my friend and I would like to order two books from COT directly, in one shipment. Do you have information what are the shipping costs for Croatia?
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Re: Announcing: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby Jim Eshelman » Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:24 am

Fr. A.U.N. wrote:Jim, my friend and I would like to order two books from COT directly, in one shipment. Do you have information what are the shipping costs for Croatia?

I don't know that information... but the person handling ordering has been good about digging out that kind of information. Click the "C.O.T. Publications Customer Service" link on http://www.thelema.org/publications/ and ask him.
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Re: Announcing: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby Fr. A.U.N. » Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:32 am

Did so, thanks!
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Re: Announcing: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby Jim Eshelman » Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:39 am

It occurred to me after I answered and left home... If you simply place the order without adding anything for postage, he'll write back and tell you how much extra is needed.

ADDENDUM: I've now made the shipping & handling automatic in the Shopping Cart on www.thelema.org/publications for USA and UK. We'll add more locations as shipping costs are calculated for them.
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Re: Announcing: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby luvlvx » Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:23 am

Hello,

i wish to make an international order for 776 1/2 (standard edition). What is the best contact email?

thank you.
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Re: Announcing: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby Jim Eshelman » Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:20 am

luvlvx wrote:i wish to make an international order for 776 1/2 (standard edition). What is the best contact email?

Go to http://thelema.org/publications and click the "C.O.T. Publications customer service" link. (I'd rather direct you there than post the email, because posted email addresses quickly become spam traps.)

Thanks for your interest.
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Re: Announcing: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby Jim Eshelman » Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:28 am

Though Amazon almost immediately ran out of the few cases of 776 1/2 they had ordered, this morning's statistics add a humorous note to the whole thing. (This is not Photoshopped. It's a straight copy off the page.)
http://www.amazon.com/776%C2%BD-Practic ... 970449623/
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Request for reviews

Postby Jim Eshelman » Sun Apr 04, 2010 11:47 am

We could really use some reviews of 776 1/2 on Amazon. Only one review has appeared and, while we can't complain about the sentiments or rating :D , more reader opinions would be welcome.

Amazon continues to carry the book, but is slow on ordering. (They just ordered 19 - one case - though they've been out of stock most of the week and the sales ranking shot up this morning implying they had a bunch of orders.) You can still usually get the book much faster if ordering directly from www.thelema.org/publications. But, regardless of how you get the book, if you have a copy and have an opinion about it, and have an Amazon account, you can post a review on
http://www.amazon.com/776%C2%BD-Practic ... 970449623/

It would help us, and it would help other people curious about the book.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Announcing: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby alysa » Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:46 pm

Dear, Jim, I think your book is certainly worth the buy, but I think it's not for people who are not acquainted enough with the Teachings of Aleister Crowley, to buy the book as yet, as for me I think it's certainly worth the effort to buy the book, only I have to study other books as well, also this time there coming out so many books who all are of very great interest, so I think I shall buy the book later, otherwise I could give a review of it on Amazon, but unfortunately not now . . .
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Re: Announcing: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby skytoucher » Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:57 am

I order from Amazon regularly but for this book I ordered directly from the Thelema.org link. The book arrived faster than 95% of the orders I place at Amazon. Not sure if anyone mentioned it but the packaging was excellent.

The presentation of the content is laid out very well. This is definitely a book made to be used, a book of action!
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Re: Request for reviews

Postby HRUMACHIS » Sun Apr 11, 2010 6:39 am

Jim Eshelman wrote:We could really use some reviews of 776 1/2 on Amazon. Only one review has appeared and, while we can't complain about the sentiments or rating :D , more reader opinions would be welcome.

Amazon continues to carry the book, but is slow on ordering. (They just ordered 19 - one case - though they've been out of stock most of the week and the sales ranking shot up this morning implying they had a bunch of orders.) You can still usually get the book much faster if ordering directly from http://www.thelema.org/publications. But, regardless of how you get the book, if you have a copy and have an opinion about it, and have an Amazon account, you can post a review on
http://www.amazon.com/776%C2%BD-Practic ... 970449623/

It would help us, and it would help other people curious about the book.

Thanks in advance.


I just posted a review. 5 stars and glowing of course. It should show up in 48 hours.
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Re: Request for reviews

Postby Jim Eshelman » Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:37 am

v0rtex666 wrote:I just posted a review. 5 stars and glowing of course. It should show up in 48 hours.

Thanks :D: Primarily for the review but, of course, also for liking it. I look forward to reading it.

BTW I just noticed Amazon is showing the book "in stock." They apparently got the last shipment checked in - and they're actually promising delivery by Tuesday if one orders today, so they feel they have a copy in their actual warehouse. (Sorry for the sarcasm that you should be detecting come through this - they've been good to us over the years, and disappointing on this round for what ends up "leading people on." I don't like that.)

But anyway... They have it in stock.
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Re: Announcing: 776 1/2, Third Edition

Postby Khut-n-Abt » Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:34 pm

The book is great - a real treasure! I ordered it directly from the College of Thelema and had it in hand less than a week after I placed the order. Many thanks!
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