Rochester: Inner Traditions, 2013. Paperback, 343 pages. New.
Subtitled Aleister Crowley and The Book of the Law, Don Webb’s Overthrowing the Old Gods is a new, comprehensive approach to understanding this key Thelemic text. Webb examines each line of the Book using modern psychology, Egyptology, existentialism, the teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff and contemporary Left-Hand Path perspectives. In doing so, he sheds new light on Crowley based on his adoption of the Loki archetype and his aim to become a vessel of love for all humanity. He explores the influence of contemporary figures such as Kenneth Grant, Jack Parsons, Anton LaVey and Michael Aquino on Left-Hand Path thought, and explores the relationship of the Book of the Law to both Right-hand and Left-hand currents. A bold and thought-provoking look at The Book of the Law, Overthrowing the Old Gods is a fascinating read for anyone with an interest in the Left-Hand Path and Thelemic thought today.