Due to being at home with an illness and the pandemic, I got bored of watching tv shows. I’ve been turning more to YouTube content. There are a lot of great documentary channels that cover all kinds of subjects from Greek mythology, to stories in the Bible, to all things occult related. The name Aleister Crowley, comes up quite a bit in these videos – and since he appeared in a dream last night – I thought I would dedicate a post about him. I’ll also share some of these great documentaries in a separate post.
Aleister Crowley was known as a cruel man who practiced the dark arts and believed in dark magic. He is primarily known for his occult writings and teachings in relation to the religion that he founded called Thelema. He was also known as Frater Perdurabo, which was a magical name that he adopted.
There are some misconceptions that Crowley was a Satanist but this isn’t an accurate representation. He detested and debunked Christianity but considered himself to be a highly spiritual person. In 1904, Crowley claimed to have had an encounter with Aiwass, who was associated with a deity called Horus and was worshipped in Thelema. Allegedly, Aiwass instructed Crowley on The Book of the Law which became the main text of his religion, Thelema.
I want to clear up a misconception that I often see online. Crowley was not a Satanist. Spiritual enlightenment, is not devil worshipping. The principles of Thelema, are very close to what the Ancient Egyptians practiced and believed. While Crowley often turned to the darker side of occultism, this is not connected to Satanism in any way.
The Great Work
Crowley believed that gaining self-knowledge would unite one with the larger universe. This was not a new belief. This is a belief that has been around for thousands of years and was practiced by our Native American or Indigenous ancestors. They believe that everything is connected to each other. We are one. Trees, water, animals, humans – life in general is ruled by the universe.
He was a firm believer in one’s True Will – or as we called it – free will.
The term Great Work (magnum opus), signifies a spiritual path or growth towards enlightenment in its entirety. This work includes bringing the unconscious into conscious awareness. The culmination of the spiritual path, or the rescue of the soul from unconscious forces that bind it.
If you’d like to read more about The Great Work, Wikipedia suggests Magick Without Tears. Here’s a quote:
Deities of Thelema
I actually had to take a pause for a moment here. In reading the Wikipedia entry about The Great Work, I clicked on a link that led me to a name – Baphomet. I nearly cried when I saw the image. This was the goat head that I saw the other night in a vision. I felt a dark presence around me last night during the late night storm. And it spooked me so much, that I actually went to bed and did some angel blessings and meditations. Baphomet was a deity that the Knights of Templar were accused of worshipping. What are the odds of seeing a vision of a deity I had never studied before, and seeing Crowley in a dream the following night? Yes, I’m spooked. Do I believe this is real? I really don’t know. I think that people like Crowley – absolutely believed these deities were real beings.
To sum it up briefly, the cosmology of Thelema drew its beliefs from the Ancient Egyptians. The Egyptians believed in more than one god or deity with the highest being the goddess of night sky – Nuit. There is also the sun god, Horus, and Ra-Hoor Khuit who is symbolized as a throned man with the head of a hawk.
Since Thelema is more about spiritual enlightenment, members of the religion had varied views of the divine. This part gets a little trickier to explain. Basically, beliefs changed with the individual’s intent or personal goals. The term supernaturalists comes up often as well as naturalists – those who devote themselves to earth related magicks.
To make matters even more confusing, some Thelemists are atheists or agnostics meaning they do not believe in a god or deity. They believe that everything in the universe is derived from one initial and “universal state of being.” To learn more about this belief, I suggest reading The Book of Law by Crowley.
I’m actually finding this all rather interesting, as many of their beliefs in Thelema, line up with my own. From what I’m reading, Crowley was not a Satanist, but a believer of spiritual enlightenment. However, Crowley was not known for being a kind or compassionate man. He was evil, and the intent behind many of his spiritual practices, were dark in nature.
About Crowley – early life
Crowley, originally known as Edward Alexander Crowley born in 1875, was the son of a British preacher and was born in a spa. He was raised as an evangelical Christian and was a relatively normal child. Losing his father at a young age, sent Crowley down a dark path. Over the years, Crowley started to act like a spoiled and egomaniacal charlatan. He was a known trickster, cruel and manipulative to those around him. He was also the worst of the worst – racist, misogynist, and incredibly selfish. He was a womanizer and a deviant – and flounced from one sexual partner to the next.
All that aside, Crowley had many interests. He was an artist, created humorous poetry, and was infamous for his occult writings. He was raunchy and known for his sexual deviant ways. He was highly intelligent and was an avid chess player. He loved sex and anything to do with sex and was openly bi-sexual or perhaps better described as gender fluid. Sex would become a huge part of his occult practices later on in his life.
Alestair Crowley was a world traveler and practiced magical rituals in many countries. He was well known among that elites – the most famous and significant artists and occult practitioners around the globe.
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn – a secret society
In 1898, Crowley joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, where he would learn about occult teachings and the paranormal. Two subjects that I have been obsessed with my entire life. According to some sources, it seems that the Golden Dawn did not approve of Crowley’s lifestyle choices – and this would lead to conflict. The society had been created by the Free Masons and was considered a “secret society.”
Even writing this, gives me the “willies.”
Crowley married Rose Kelly, in 1903 out of convenience in Paris, France. They had bonded over spiritual practices. Leave it to a man like Crowley, to name his daughter, Lilith. Sadly, the marriage did not last and they were divorced in 1909 with Rose landing in a mental institution due to failing mental health. Which back then – could have literally been anything.
Crowley’s significance in occultism
Aleister Crowley is one of the most popular names in the occult world. There has been no other figure quite like him. He rose to fame early on in his life. He’s even been immortalized in pop culture by musicians and tv shows like Supernatural.
It is believed that Ron L. Hubbard, the founder of the cult religion Scientology, used Crowley’s writings to create his own religion. However, Scientology is not something I will write about in this blog. I firmly believe it is a cult – and a dangerous one at that.
Crowley was branded “the wickedest man in the world” by British tabloids. He often got into feuds with people he worked with. It was a feud with mountaineers that would lead to his death while climbing mount Kanchenjunga. His crew turned their backs on him – which I think, may have been a fitting ending for a man known for such cruelty. He died on December 1, 1947 at the age of 72. His ashes were later buried in New Jersey.
Crowley’s house on Blythe Road was later purchased by elite musician, Jimmy Page, who reportedly followed Crowley’s writings and rituals. I think this is where people get Thelema mixed up with Satanism, because Page was allegedly, obsessed with dark magic and rituals.
To learn more about this connection – here’s a Mr. Mytho’s video on The Curse of Led Zeppelin, another fascinating watch.
I’ll leave you with this quote from Magic Without Tears (1954) to end this post on:
“The conscience of the world is so guilty that it always assumes that people who investigate heresies must be heretics; just as if a doctor who studies leprosy must be a leper. Indeed, it is only recently that science has been allowed to study anything without reproach.” – The Confessions of Aleister Crowley (1929)
It was this documentary that prompted me to share this post. It could also be why Crowley appeared to me in a dream this morning – which I’m still spooked about. I’m learning to remember my dreams more, write them down, and really listen to what they are trying to tell me.
If you want to learn more about Crowley, here are some of his readings. Though I suggest them with caution. If you do not want this kind of energy around you, I suggest not reading these kinds of books.
- The Book of Law – 1904
- The Book of Lies – 1912
- The Confessions – 1929
- Moonchild – 1923
There are a lot more and you can buy many of them from Amazon. Or you can hop onto YouTube and watch one of the many documentaries out there.
Is there a person or subject from the occult world that you want me to cover? Let me know in the comments. This has been a fascination of mine for over 25 years and I’m just excited to share what I’ve learned with you all. I’m still focusing on health and fitness – but this is my real passion.
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