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A SKEPITCAL LOOK  AT  FAMOUS OCCULTISTS     
   by The Notorious Doctor Zoom Zoom

ALEISTER CROWLEY (1875-1947)


     The founder of the Thelema occult religion, and connected directly or indirectly to just about every occult group or movement around today, from the The Church of Satan, the AMORC, Wicca and even the Church of Scientology . Crowley started out in life as a wealthy heir to Crowley Ale. Despite all his voluminous writings that  blather about the importance of developing the will, he squandered his fortune away on drugs and prostitutes.

       Crowley did some incredibly strange things during his career, to put it mildly, including defecating on hotel carpets because he thought his feces was sacred, molested children, sharpened his teeth to make fangs, ate feces, put food and dead birds on a skeleton in attempt to reanimate it (all it did was make a mess) and identified with the Anti-Christ. His followers are willing to overlook such behavior, thinking somehow it was due to being in contact with the mystical forces. But there is actually a much more mundane explanation for Crowley’s behavior.

      Crowley Apparently suffered minor brain damage from an explosion on Guy Fawkes night when he was 14. In an explosion resulting from a “homemade firework” (a glass jar with two pounds of gunpowder), young Crowley was knocked unconscious. He remained in a coma for four days, and had to keep a blindfold on for two weeks for fear he’d go blind. His family noticed a change in his personality after this accident.  This accident probably made  him psychotic, because psychosis can be cause by brain damage, and Crowley certainly exhibitedpsychotic behavior throughout his life. In addition to things mentioned, he would claim to be a Scottish Laird, a Russian Count, an Egyptian Prince, claim to have a medical degree when he didn’t, and once opened a "magickal restaurant" featuring pills made with his own semen as an ingredient (yuck!).

     Not long after this accident is when Crowley began his interest in the occult. He read A.E. Waite’s Book of Black Magic and of Pacts, and claims he made a pact with the devil at age 14. As an adult, Crowley created a religion called Thelema. Thelema is a religion with no commandments, and instead tells followers “Do What Thou Will”.  Crowley seems to have gotten the idea for Thelema from the novel by renegade Roman Catholic monk Francois Rabelais (c.1495-1553) called Gargantua and Pantagruel, written circa 1542 A.D. The monks lived in the Abbey of Thelema only had one rule, “Do What Thou Will”.

     Crowley developed a taste for mountain climbing while at Cambridge, and tried to climb Mount Everest a few times, but always failed to reach the top. Crowley likened the pursuit of the occult to mountain climbing. A person had to work hard at it and not stop to rest. If the occultist failed in his task, he would fall off the "mountain" into "the Abyss". Crowley was known to abuse his porters, and gave racist excuses to a British newspaper when interviewed as to why this was OK. On such an expedition in 1905, Crowley was deposed as leader of the group because of such behavior. During this climb, there was an avalanche later that killed several people. Crowley heard the cries for help, but did not even bother to look outside his tent, and this incident is hard to excuse, even by his followers. But this incident is far from being atypical of Crowley.

     Crowley was described, by friend and foe alike, as an egotistical, self centered, arrogant individual. He took much and gave little in return. He cared nothing about other people, except what he could get out of them and could be downright cruel to his disciples and friends. To the psychotic, there is no one more important than themselves. Crowley's life seems to have reflected his moto of "Do What Thou Will". Such a moto is the moto of a sociopath, if not a criminal, and it doesn’t make people better. Influenced by Nietzsche, He believed he was "beyond good and evil", and thought conventional morality did not apply to him. When looking at Crowley’s behavior throughout his life, it is hard to see any benefits of practicing Thelema.

    Crowley joined the Order of The Golden Dawn, but caused much friction in the group. After he got kicked out, he later started his own version, called the Aregentinum Astrum, (Latin for “Silver Star”)or A.A. He also joined the Ordero Templi Orenentis (O.T.O.), the Order of Oriental Templars. In 1923, he was promoted to head of the Order.

     Crowley was very fond of demons and sought them out on many occasions. One technique Crowley used to accomplish this was to sodomize a fellow magician, either man or woman, and then eat the semen or feces after the act took place. Crowley believed that sodomy attracted demons, and by eating these vile things (in a sort of mock communion) he could bring the demons inside himself and gain their powers and knowledge. Thank you for not throwing up on this book when you read that. Whatever Crowley thought he learned from these experiences is unknown, and you’d be an idiot to want to try these techniques.

     While Crowley never became the Devil's chief of staff he did, according to his followers, become demonically possessed on at least one occasion. During a ritual in the desert, along with two of his disciples, he attempted to invoke a demon called "Chronozon". It is said Crowley did all the things you're supposed to do, drawing his cute little circle in the sand with all the names of the God that he so despised inside to protect him. But, so the story goes, the demon simply kicked sand on the circle, walked right in, and possessed Crowley. It was said after this incident, Crowley appeared to have aged 20 years overnight. Many of his followers believe Crowley was possessed by this demon for the rest of his life! These are things one must consider when deciding to follow the teachings of this man.

     Crowley married his wife Rose in 1903 and called her The Whore of Babylon to complement his self imposed Great Beast title. She was not a very stable woman. Crowley recorded one day on their Honeymoon, a bat got tangled in Rose’s hair. Later that night, she began screaming and clawing, thinking she was turning into a bat herself. She eventually divorced Crowley and spent the rest of her life in an insane asylum. This was said to be a pattern throughout Crowley's career. Followers, servants, and lovers of both sexes went insane, perhaps because they were mentally unstable to begin with, or perhaps driven insane deliberately by Crowley somehow, or perhaps both factors. Several disciples were said to have committed suicide after Crowley had no further use for them. Most people would expect a religious figure does good things for people. But what about a religiousfigure that drives people insane and even to suicide?

     Crowley was very fond of demons and sought them out on many occasions. One technique Crowley used to accomplish this was to sodomize a fellow magician, either man or woman, and then eat the semen or feces after the act took place. Crowley believed that sodomy attracted demons, and by eating these vile things (in a sort of mock communion) he could bring the demons inside himself and gain their powers and knowledge. Thank you for not throwing up on this book when you read that. Whatever Crowley thought he learned from these experiences is unknown, and you’d be an idiot to want to try these techniques. While Crowley never became the Devil's chief of staff he did, according to his followers, become demonically possessed on at least one occasion. During a ritual in the desert, along with two of his disciples, he attempted to invoke a demon called "Chronozon". It is said Crowley did all the things you're supposed to do, drawing his cute little circle in the sand with all the names of the God that he so despised inside to protect him. But, so the story goes, the demon simply kicked sand on the circle, walked right in, and possessed Crowley. It was said after this incident, Crowley appeared to have aged 20 years overnight. Many of his followers believe Crowley was possessed by this demon for the rest of his life! These are things one must consider when deciding to follow the teachings of this man.

     In 1903, Crowley wrote his magnum opus, titled Liber Al Vel Legis, Latin for “The Book of The Law” in mockery of the Law of Moses, which he claims was dictated to him by his “Holy Guardian Angel” named Aiwazz. Some of Crowley’s followers, such as the Temple of Set, claim Aiwazz was none other than Satan. This would mean Thelema is a form of Satanism!

     Thelemites hope that their religion will someday destroy Christianity and replace it (along with the rest of the word’s religions), and Liber Al bears this out:

“3:50 I am in a secret fourfold word, the blasphemy against all gods of men.
 3:51 Curse them! Curse them! Curse them!
 3:52 With my Hawk's head I peck at the eyes of Jesus as he hangs upon the cross.
 3:53 I flap my wings in the face of Mohammed & blind him.
 3:54 With my claws I tear out the flesh of the Indian and the Buddhist, Mongol and Din.
 3:55 Bahlasti! Ompehda! I spit on your crapulous creeds.
 3:56 Let Mary inviolate be torn upon the wheels: for her sake let all chaste women be utterly despised among you!”

    Even though Thelemites charge Christians with being intolerant of other faiths (as do all occultists), what are we to make of Thelemites from reading the above passage? Thelema is clearly intolerant of all other religions. 

     Crowley was obsessed with developing the will, like Neitzche, and thought it was utterly crucial to becoming a sorcerer. One method of will development devised by Crowley involved making himself not think of himself as “I”, and cutting his forearm with a razor each time he thought that thought. So in other words, he was no different than teenage Satanists and Wiccans I’ve come across who are into “cutting”. Crowley was simply exhibiting self-injurious behavior as do many psychotic and mentally ill people.

     Crowley seemed to be a pansexual, which is someone who sees sex in everything. He took on sexual partners of both sexes, and is said to have been a pedophile and even tried necrophilia. While the charges of molesting children are now denied by some, his very writings indicate he violated his own children:

“[Rose Kelly] hath given Her two year old bastard boy to her lover’s whim of sodomy...She hath tongued Her five-month old girl, and asked its father to deflower it.”

    A follower named Willian Mudd, a little known gay poet, allowed Crowley to sodomize him on numerous occasions as part of their “sex magick”. He later committed suicide by drowning himself with his pockets full of rocks. In fact, most of Crowley’s followers, lovers, and servants went mad or committed suicide. What kind of prophet causes so much misery for the people around him?

       In 1920 Crowley established his life long dream of an “Abbey of Thelema” at Cefalu on the island of Sicily. But the broken down chateau did not become the occult sex and drug utopia Crowley had envisioned. His wife and his lover bickered and fought constantly with one another. The trio almost starved to death had it not been for some kindly peasants who felt sorry for them and gave them food. Disciples came and went, one describing the Abbey as an outhouse because the chateau smelled of feces and was littered with garbage.

     One of the most disgusting of all Crowley's "magical" acts was the night  Leah defecated on a plate which Crowley, a man who’s blasphemy knew no end, then consecrated her feces as a "Eucharist", in mockery of The Lord’s Supper. Crowley claimed she then “demanded” that Crowley should eat her excrement, to which he did, but of course Crowley was known to consume feces many times on previous occasions. Later, he wrote of this "magickal"experience: "My mouth burned; my throat choked; my belly retched, my blood fled whither who knows, and my skin sweated. She stood above me, hideous in contempt."

    Animal sacrifices were a common occurrence at the chateau. One follower got distemper after  drinking sacrificed cat’s blood."The cat was placed on the altar; incense was burnt; magical invocations went on for two hours. At the end of this time, Loveday slashed the cat's throat with a knife; but the blow was too light, and the cat rushed around the room howling. It was caught again, etherized, and Loveday was made to gulp down a cup of the cat's blood."
          
     The result of this “magic ritual” was Lovejoy contracted distemper and died shortly afterwards. After Lovejoy’s death and stories of a animal sacrifices made the Italian newspapers, Mussolini’s Fascist government kicked him out in 1924, proving Crowley had no powers or else he could have stopped it.
     Cats weren’t the only victims of Crowley’s dangerous and disgusting blood drinking rituals. His second wife, Leah Hirsig, had to copulate with a goat, until the moment of climax, then Crowley slashed it’s throat and he and his followers drank the blood. Even though occultists all hold Crowley in the highest esteem - - Thelemites actually consider him to have been a god - - I can really see no difference between Crowley and a teenage “stoner” Satanist who goes around the neighborhood sacrificing cats, other than Crowley had better grammar.

     Once Italy gave Crowley the boot, he went to Paris, and his career went downhill from there. The tabloids decided Crowley was somewhat of a has been. One newspaper article noted how much Crowley seemed to have aged in appearance beyond his years. His hard living was taking it’s toll. He had a nervous breakdown after trying to conjure a demon in a Paris hotel. Crowley was found huddled nude in a corner, his robe ripped to shreds. His illegitimate son MacAlister died during this same attempt, apparently from fright. Crowley  spent four months in an insane asylum after that, and was released, a broken man [America Bewitched by Daniel Logan pg 64-65). From there his downward spiral only gained momentum.

    Aleister spent the remainder of his years sponging off former students to keep up his drug habits. His arms were badly scarred from his heroine addiction as well as from years of cutting himself. In 1947 he died impoverished in a flophouse in Hastings, England, forgotten by most,  a drug addict and alcoholic, but still claimed to the last he was “The Great Beast 666" to the end. Would you want to follow someone who wound up a penniless drug addict? If so, just go to any homeless shelter. No doubt some of them can tell you all about the spirits and weird things they see too!
 Aleister Crowley was a psychotic and fraud who died a penniless junkie in a flophouse.

 "Success is your proof " - -Liber Al Vel Legis 3:46, Aleister Crowley 

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