“I do not wish to argue that the doctrines of Jesus, they and they alone, have degraded the world to its present condition. I take it that Christianity is not only the cause but the symptom of slavery”
– Crowley, The World’s Tragedy
“The Beast 666 ordains by His authority that every man, and every woman, and every intermediately-sexed individual, shall be absolutely free to interpret and communicate Self by means of any sexual practices soever, whether direct or indirect, rational or symbolic, physiologically, legally, ethically, or religiously approved or no, provided only that all parties to any act are fully aware of all implications and responsibilities thereof, and heartily agree thereto.”
Aleister Crowley – Commentary to The Book of the Law I:51
Aleister Crowley is certainly a “superstar” in the occult world and he continues to inspire generations of occultists beyond his years. While mislabeled a Satanist, Demonologist and Madman, Aleister was in reality a Scientist of Magick. His research allows those of us years later to pick up where his work ended. Many have referenced his superb writings and have pointed out his brilliance as a Magus – Unparalleled.
I enjoy reading books from many other occult authors and I believe it is healthy for a person to consider other alternatives, interpretations and ideas. This is the only way to grow and evolve into who (and what) you want to be. I am constantly asked what my favorite books are and what authors “ring my bell”. I always point them to the favorite of my children “Book of Satanic Magic” however, that is more shameless “self promotion” than literary substance (in my opinion). I often digress and seriously offer the titles written by the “fucking superstar occult authors” who forgot more about magic, psychology and the dark arts than I will ever know!!! These authors are not faute de mieux; these artistic geniuses have easily concatenated the many beliefs of magic; which I am sure gives their “literary executors” an instant erection.
There are certain people who I am sure, are really gods of wisdom walking this ball of dirt. I have answered the following question so many times in email and face-to-face discussion that I have decided to add it here in my blog to be shared with everyone. You may not agree with my opinion and perhaps you have some titles that you want to share. If so, get off of your fucking ass and comment on this post so others can enjoy your suggestions also. We can all learn something from anyone and I must admit, finding a great book on the dark arts is pure “magic”. “Go ahead, make our day!!!!!!”
#1 – The Book of the Law / Liber AL vel Legis – Aleister Crowley
This book, written in 1904 while in Egypt, The Book of the Law shot Crowley into the occult literary stratosphere (figuratively speaking). The body of the book was written by Crowley (over a three-day span) while he listened and recorded the vocalizations of a being named Aiwass; a messenger from the god Horus. The book explained the coming Aeon and Crowley’s role as a prophet. One of his most notable quotes is contained in the book. “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”, was further explained as people should learn to live in tune with their “True Will“. This simple, yet powerful phrase opened wide the doors leading to Crowley’s philosophy of Thelema. The opening lines of The Book of the Law set the reader on a road to magick, reflection, consideration and self discovery.
“Had! The manifestation of Nuit.
The unveiling of the company of heaven.
Every man and woman is a star.
Every number is infinite; there is no difference.
Help me, o warrior lord of Thebes, in my unveiling before the Children of men!”
#2 – The Satanic Bible – Anton Szandor LaVey
#3 – The Satanic Witch - Anton Szandor LaVey
#4 – Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
#5 – The Confessions of Aleister Crowley : An Autohagiography – Aleister Crowley
Spend spouting the tide
Of your sizzling piss
In my mouth; oh my Whore
Let it pour, let it pour!”
Of your cunt on me, Leah
Cunt, let me suck
All your glued gonorrhea!
Cunt without end!
Amen! til you spend!
Cunt! you have harboured
All dirt and disease
In your slimy unbarbered
Loose hole, with its cheese
And its monthlies, and pox
You chewer of cocks!
Cunt, you have sucked
Up pricks, you squirted
Out foetuses, fucked”
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Aleister Crowley was a pioneer, a trailblazing searcher who opened the door of magick to reveal the secrets that had not been, until his time, even whispered in the confines of a closet. Aleister opened the doors and swung them wide for all followers of the occult to rush through in pursuit of their magical attainment. For this reason, he has been called a genius as well as a trivial madman but one thing is true; he has not faded into the facade of history nor has his persona quietly died. Quite to the contrary, Crowley has continued to be at the forefront of those cited as contributing the most to the spiritual dark arts.
During Crowley’s youth, he travelled with his father who preached across the country and so, Aleister was exposed to the work and skills needed to communicate a message and idea to the masses. In the days before technological advances, the “face to face” communication was not only the most effective; it was one of the few ways to spread the word of any philosophy. Aleister was drawn to belief: not good or bad, but he had a deep-seeded desire to search for more and this trait was one that served him well throughout his life. Ever a student, he would spread the word of his magical workings throughout his entire life.
Young Aleister’s father died of cancer and the experience left the impressionable youth stunned and ultimately, bitter. He set his path on an unspoken philosophy of “anything that does not conform”. His earliest poetry illustrates the idea of “anti” while opening the mind to that which was “unthought” or never before spoken. I do not say that Aleister’s heart was filled with hate; that would be untrue and an easy way to dismiss his life-long works. Aleister was filled with something much different. He was filled with a burning desire to question everything (a trait embraced by Satanists even today) and a tenant to believe only what could be proven. This served him quite well throughout his life.
Crowley was a connoisseur of sex and he loved sexual encounters with both men and women. He often remarked that he “only had sex to fulfill the requirements of his magical workings” yet it appears that he also took great pleasure in the many deviations to sex acts that were anything other than conventional. He would enjoy paying a prostitute to degrade him by inserting various household items into his rectum and on one occasion, was sodomized by two men in a Turkish bathhouse while performing ingeminating fellatio on yet a third man. He also enjoyed subjecting his partners to pain as well. During a sex magick ritual, he placed his fist into a young man’s anus to the point of almost rupturing his intestinal wall. All within the spirit of magick and finding a higher awareness of “self”.
Aleister was also interested and even curious about the fragility of life itself. After hearing a saying that a cat had nine lives, he reasoned that it would be almost impossible to kill a cat, and he set out to do just that. Crowley caught a cat and administered nine different terminal treatments to the animal which culminated with the cat being thrown from a second story window to “remove any remaining life”. Quite to the contrary, the animal had been dead since giving it a lethal dose of arsenic; the first of the treatments. For the curious young lad, the event was performed in the name of science and the results were simply a byproduct of a scientific experiment.
Crowley’s “The Book of the Law” is hailed as his best work even though there are other great titles to choose from. His writings were factual, confusing, poetic and mystifying, all at the same time. He had written poetry since a young boy and that motif operandi was seen as a common thread in all of his future writings. Prolific yet reserved, he preferred to write poetry and insisted on being called “The World’s Best Poet”.
”I can imagine myself on my death-bed, spent utterly with lust to touch the next world, like a boy asking for his first kiss from a woman.” Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 54 (1929, rev. 1970).
He was an enigma that was perhaps, before his time and I often contemplate what he could have achieved if he lived in our wonderful time of email, internet and cyber chat. Oh, what he could have accomplished! Without conscience and devoid of humanity, he is what all members of the human race should strive to be……..“a searcher”. He was not encapsulated by hearsay, dogma or urban legend. He opened his mind and all senses to receive all he could discover. Satanists take so many of his attributes to heart and strive to learn that which will reveal itself during a magical endeavor.
Crowley’s magick was without bounds and he did not set out to be evil at all. He believed there were forces and spirits just beyond our worldly grasp and he wanted to experience those dark images that do not cast any shadows on the floor. “Evil” was a moniker that was assigned to Aleister by a self-righteous society unable to open their minds enough to discover and benefit from Crowley’s work. His acts frightened the population and his words angered the monarchy of the time. He was not a Satanist per se. Satanism was not his primary focus and Aleister did not seriously believe in a pointed-tail viper, as it were. He communicated with demons and spirits thus being more of a student of demonology than any other magical operation.
He has been the inspiration for countless searchers; myself included. He inspired L. Ron Hubbard through his magical workings which can be glimpsed in Hubbard’s Dianetics and The Church of Scientology. Anton LaVey cited references and praised Crowley’s written works. Led Zeppelin guitarist, Jimmy Page, was an avid follower of Crowley and even purchase the house “Boleskine” once owned by Crowley, located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland’s Loch Ness. Page claimed the house was haunted and also confessed the house “held a sacred and creative feel that allowed for total artistic freedom”. Crowley continues to inspire and influence music and writers in modern society today.
Aleister Crowley was one of the first practitioners of the occult to blend magick with the consumption of mind-altering drugs during his rituals. His grimoires, which read like scientist’s process books, recorded numerous occasions when Aleister and those asked to join him, would ingest large amounts of narcotics and natural stimulants to achieve a higher state of conscientiousness and open their minds to events that would enlighten the participants. Experimentation in such arenas was frowned upon and in some cases, the act of performing a blasphemous ritual as he often performed, was illegal. His connection with the other side of the human brain can be called “cutting edge” however, Crowley’s grimoires were often dismissed as “drug induced gibberish”.
Within the framework of magical operations, Aleister was meticulous in the execution of rituals. He would labor over the details and weigh the effects of each and every slight deviation from the original working to gauge the expected result. He also looked at magick as cumulative or “cross collateralized”, which built upon the previous building block; increasing power and heightening the magician’s experience. Nothing was taboo, too sinister or any idea dismissed without fully exploring the possibilities that might reap benefits. Aleister was anything but shy and if the ritual called for him to be treated with violence, disdain and abusively injured, so mote it be.
“Worship me with wines and strange drugs whereof I shall tell my prophet, and be drunk thereof. They shall not harm thee at all. Keep man as ignorant and deluded as possible so he can be easily deceived.”
Aleister Crowley was a well known member of the group Ordo Templi Orientis (Order of the Temple of the East) which closely resembled the Freemasons and Masonic Lodge until Aleister joined. He led the association in a different direction which adopted Thelema as the core principle. The Book of the Law communicated two of Crowley’s best known verses which are still used quite frequently even today. First, the groundwork for his belief and theology was laid with a simple phrase; “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will” which is cited regularly by those practitioners of all magical arts. He was never quick to dismiss anyone’s ideas or beliefs without first evaluating and contrasting the belief compared to his very own.
Aleister was always fascinated with lines, angles and voids created by an enclosed symbol, especially a unicursal creation. Aleister’s unicursal hexagram is a star that can be drawn in one line without stopping the continuous flow. Geometric shapes were often drawn by Crowley to illustrate his projections occurring in astral travels. He believed “reason” was shielded by logic and by understanding motivation, one could clearly look deep into the logical progression of magick. Transitional Logic and Cognitive Modeling were paramount to understanding the results of magick rituals and by disseminating the logic relationships, one could also change the variables to estimate the results of a ritual, having slightly changed the inputs and elements. The idea was revolutionary for its time and the general population was too critical of Crowley to even seriously consider the possibility that he might very well have a theorem that was truly brilliant. He did not help his cause when the press ran articles about his magical escapades including homosexual encounters, spells / hexes, animal sacrifice and a report revealing that Aleister had eaten his own feces as well as the feces of others in his ritual group. Reports of killing animals during sexual intercourse did not help his cause at all.
Aleister was also an avid Astrologer and he studied astrology almost as in-depth as magick. Evangeline Adams was one of the most important influences on the development of American astrology and Crowley developed a relationship with Adams that was based upon their mutual passion of studying the stars and planets. The two would collaborate on articles, papers and books about astrological aspects and the relationship of celestial bodies and planetary orbits. Crowley also used many astrological illustrations and references in his magical writings as well. One such reference was used to explain how a person cannot readily change their path through life and how inertia plays an important role in continuing the established directional path and momentum: “There are no ‘standards of Right’. Ethics is balderdash. Each Star must go on its own orbit. To hell with “moral principle”; there is no such thing.”
So, I have pointed out some facts and observations of Aleister Crowley; some good and some “not so good”. To me, he is truly a pioneer that was perhaps a few generations ahead of his time. I read and study his works from time to time and I appreciate his dedication to his craft. His entire life reads like a grimoire of magick, experimentation, excess and theories “tried and proven”. Because Crowley and searchers like him have documented so much – so well, we are able to take advantage of his efforts which allows us to be light years ahead of where we would be had he never written even an article about magick. We should recognize the advantages we have and the knowledge passed down to us by Crowley. His efforts of being totally uninhibited have allowed seekers to “pick up where he left off” in the never-ending quest for increased magical knowledge. We are better magicians, seekers, followers, practitioners and ultimately more powerful because of this man. Yes, he was eccentric and his approach to the magical arts was unorthodox (and stomach turning as well) however, he blazed a path into history and for his efforts and sharing of his art form, we are better for having access to his writings and privileged to perform some of the same workings that he not only practiced, but actually created.
Aleister Crowley will live forever and his words will be shared for all eternity; which is something he could only dream of in his time. As I write this post, I feel that Aleister is out there somewhere listening and reading my words and I can only hope that I have supplied an adequate and fitting tribute to his name and his memory. If I have accomplished that task, I will have accomplished my objective and reason for writing this post.
Until next time,
PS: Evidence points to the very real possibility that Aleister Crowley was the true father of Barbara Bush, the former First Lady and mother to George W. Bush. That is however, a topic for another day. :)
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“The Sacred Symbols – the Horns of Power, the Egg of Purity, Safety and Life, etc., exist in the most terrifying appearances. Everything that is, is holy.”
- Aleister Crowley
There is no god but Man.
Man has the right to live by his own law –
to live in the way that he wills to do:
to work as he will:
to play as he will:
to rest as he will.
to die when and how he will:
Man has the right to eat what he will:
to drink what he will:
to dwell where he will:
to move as he will on the face of the earth.
Man has the right to think what he will:
to speak what he will:
to write what he will:
to draw, paint, carve, etch, mould, build as he will:
to dress as he will.
Man has the right to love as he will: —
“take your fill and will of love as ye will,
when, where and with whom ye will!” — AL. I. 51.
Man has the right to resist those who would thwart these rights.
“the slaves shall serve.” — AL. II. 58.
Aleister Crowley has been identified with the occult for many years (Golden Dawn). His writings are quoted by many followers of Satanism, Black Magick and the Occult. Crowley’s thoughts and observations are almost synonymous with the “extremity” of dabbling in the search for the inescapable Will of man.
“I slept with Faith, and found a corpse in my arms on awaking; I drank and danced all night with Doubt, and found her a virgin in the morning.” Aleister Crowley - “Book of Lies”
The Abbey of Thelema refers to a small house which was used as a temple and spiritual center founded by Aleister Crowley and Leah Hirsig in Cefalù, Sicily in 1920. The name remains a popular name for various magical societies, Witchcraft covens, and Satanic Grottoes. While in a relative state of disrepair, the structure still stands.
While some worship Crowley himself, others see him as a visionary – an Iconoclast of the Left Hand Path. Few can argue Crowley pushed the limits of magic and humanistic indulgence to a new frontier through his constant searching and experimentation in all things Human. Without reservation, Crowley never limited himself to preconceived boundaries and he exposed the world of freedom that very few have or ever will experience.During his life, his followers would come and go however he would never stray far from symbolically “dancing on the razor blade” and it exposed those followers to what some would call inexplicable acts of mistreatment, mental / physical depravity, torture and sexual degradation. No can deny he was open to any forces of the universe that would come his way. There are those who have tried in vain to replicate his experiments. It can be said that flattery is the highest form of compliment but it is just that: replication.
Crowley (aka The Great Beast) experimented extensively with sex magick; escaping the sexual limitations and taboos of the times. His motivation was to experience anything that would broadening his horizons, knowledge and relentlessly seeking enlightenment.The Order of the Temple of the East, or the Order of Oriental Templar is an international fraternal and religious organization founded at the beginning of the 20th century.
English author and occultist Aleister Crowley has become the most well known member of the order. Originally it was intended to be modeled after and associated with Freemasonry, but under the leadership of Aleister Crowley, O.T.O. was reorganized around the Law of Thelema as its central religious principle. This Law—expressed as “Do what thou Wilt shall be the whole of the Law” and “Love is the law, love under will“—was promulgated in 1904 with the dictation of The Book of the Law.
Crowley was extremely intelligent and he often used this to his advantage through “tongue and cheek” patronizing comments. Author and Crowley expert Lon Milo Duquette wrote in his 1993 work The Magick of Aleister Crowley:
“Crowley clothed many of his teachings in the thin veil of sensational titillation. By doing so he assured himself that one, his works would only be appreciated by the few individuals capable of doing so, and two, his works would continue to generate interest and be published by and for the benefit of both his admirers and his enemies long after death. He did not—I repeat not—perform or advocate human sacrifice. He was often guilty, however, of the crime of poor judgment. Like all of us, Crowley had many flaws and shortcomings. The greatest of those, in my opinion, was his inability to understand that everyone else in the world was not as educated and clever as he. It is clear, even in his earliest works, he often took fiendish delight in terrifying those who were either too lazy, too bigoted, or too slow-witted to understand him.”
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