'Konx Om Pax, the Essays in Light, is a selection of writings by Aleister Crowley, named after a phrase said to have been spoken during the Eleusinian Mysteries. The Egyptian words "Khabs Am Pekht", roughly translating as "Light in Extension", was purportedly used in the vernal and autumnal equinox ceremonies of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
The book is a collection of poetry, essays and plays. As follows;
The Wake World
Thien TaoA barbed satire in which Crowley is cast as a Taoist advisor to a Japanese Daimyo. As the Daimyo's dominion stands in crisis, Crowley advises a course of education whereby the people are taught to behave as their opposites: whores are to be taught celibacy, the pious are to learn of Huxley's materialism, the atheistic are to learn magick, and the sexually prudish are to learn promiscuity.
Ali Sloper ; or, the Forty LiarsA theatrical play which is largely a dialogue between Crowley, a friend, and the friend's wife on Christmas Day. As 'Bowler', Crowley recites an essay named Ameth; a satirical retelling of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves; a classic folk story from the One Thousand and One Nights collection.
The Stone of Mount Abiegnus
A conversation between a series of men, including a socialist and a doctor. Each contributes a piece of poetry to enrich the philosophical debate between them. Crowley appears as "Basil Grey" - this piece is notable for including love poetry such as La Gitana. Overall the dialogue is inspired by the Zohar; a Rabbinic tradition whereby each participant would contribute a commentary.'
Crowley claimed to have designed the distinctive "vast modernist and geometrically disciplined maze of exaggerated lettering" front cover design while high on hashish on 2 October 1907 (McWilliams, p. 67).
Category Magic & Occultism