“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.”
- Ten Crowley Myths Busted by AC2012 (ac2012.com)
- An Invocation of Aiwass (holythelemicchurch.wordpress.com)
- A Satanic Grimoire (Audio Book) Narrated by Aleister Nacht (satanicmagic.wordpress.com)