Crowley also seemed to have engaged in
pedophilia...if not, he certainly did little to discourage the idea. He
frequently liked to compare himself to child rapist
and murderer Giles "Bluebeard"de Rias, and one of his friends was
occult historian Montague Summers, another man dogged by rumors of
pedifry. While in Italy, Collin Wilson mentions Crowley had a young
black male child for a sex partner in his book The Occult: A History.
Exactly how many children Crowley sired is not known, but it is known
he had several out of wedlock.
He did have two legitimate children with Rose. He cast a
horoscope for his 4 year old daughter, whom he predicted would "grow up
to be an ordinary little whore ". Certainly this is a terrible thing
for any man to wish upon his child, and this is a hard statement for
any of his readers to defend. The most disturbing clue to Crowley's
inclinations is recorded in his diary in a strange third person style
Kelly] hath given Her two year old bastard boy to her lover’s whim of
sodomy...She hath tounged Her five-month old girl, and asked its father
to deflower it."
Yikes! The above is a very shocking and graphic
account. It truly sums up all the things that people fear most about
the occult. Psychotics sometimes molest their own children, so if
Crowley was psychotic, it's not out of the realm of possibility.
With Thelema and it's hedonistic "Do What Thou Will"
creed, it's Pagan gods and goddesses, it's rituals that incorporate
Pagan phallus worship, it's sex magic, it's style of borrowing from
many cultures, it's sub-textual references to Satanism...Thelema in a
way almost looks like a proto-Wicca. Not surprisingly, two of Crowley's
followers, Gerald Gardner and Jack Parsons, were both working on
witch-cults. See Wicca: The Old Religion? page for more details.
Since Crowley had a religion that said a person
could do basically whatever a person wanted to do, he decided he would
practice sorcery and use drugs. Crowley was obsessed with the
development of the will. In fact the name of his occult religion,
"Thelema", is the Greek word meaning "will".
Crowley believed a person could take strong
narcotics like heroine and hashish and not become addicted by use of
willpower developed through his Thelemic magic. Another experiment in
developing the will would be to cut himself with a razor on his forearm
every time he thought, said or did something that he was supposed to
avoid as part of exercise (for instance, such as not saying the word
"the").(L) Some occultists have wound up in the hospital attempting
this. Some have also wound up dead.
This is idea of "worship of will" is reflected in
his Magnum Opus, Liber Al Vel Legis, which is Latin for "The Book of
the Law." which he wrote in 1903 The book as mentioned was supposedly
given to him by a demon named "Aiwazz". The book is divided into three
parts, and deals with various Egyptian gods like Horus and Isis. The
book gives, in a very cloaked language, the instructions for sex magic
and other secrets. It also gives some very blatant anti-Christian
barbs. Here are some excerpts of the book. LAVL 2:23 I am alone: there
is no God where I am.
Of that, there can be little doubt! Many Satanic
groups like the Temple of Set consider the being communicating to
Crowley in Liber Al vel Legis to be Satan himself. The fact "God" is
capitalized indicates Crowley was talking about the Judeo-Christian God.
3:12 Sacrifice cattle, little and big: after a child.
This verse was later interpreted to concern
Crowley's daughter who died at the age of four. Crowley was devastated
by the loss, and it seems to be one of the few times in his life he had
compassion for another human being. Crowley wanted his daughter to be
worshiped by his followers like a god, and make sacrifices of cattle to
her. Some people feel that the alleged cattle mutilations of the 70's
and 80's may have been inspired by this verse.
Liber Al Vel Legis II:22 "I
am the Snake that giveth Knowledge & Delight and bright glory, and
stir the hearts of men with drunkenness. To worship me take wine and
strange drugs whereof I will tell my prophet, & be drunk thereof!
They shall not harm ye at all. It is a lie, this is folly against self.
The exposure of innocence is a lie. Be strong, o man! lust, enjoy all
things of sense and rapture: fear not that any God shall deny thee for
So in other words, have spiritual enlightenment, have any kinds and all
kinds of sex, take any kind of drug, and never worry about the
consequences! Sounds like the Buddha if he were Tommy Chong and Hugh
Hefner all rolled into one. Have your cake and it too, right?
But as the old adage says, if it sounds too good to be true...
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