Drugs and sex were the key
ingredients in Thelema. Crowley wrote a fictionalized account of this
process in the novel Diary of a Drug Fiend in 1922. In the novel, a
young man and woman fall in love and go on a dope spree throughout
Europe. But the fun ends when the couple's supply of cocaine and
heroine is cut off, and misery replaces fun. Through the magic of a
"King Lamus" (Crowley), a sorcerer they meet, they free themselves of
addition with Crowley's Thelemic magic, and they live happily ever
The problem is, it doesn't work like that in real life, nor did it work
that way for Aleister Crowley. Throughout the years Crowley would
become addicted to drugs like alcohol, heroine, morhpine and cocaine.
Crowley would sometimes try to kick his habit by going "cold turkey",
only to become addicted again and again Crowley developed a serious
drug habit by the 1930's and was taking enough heroin to kill several
people everyday. Drug addicts often develop habits involving amounts
that can kill non addicts. Ironically, Crowley's followers cite his
ability to take large amounts of drugs as somehow "proof" his "magic"
worked, failing to realize medical science has documented drug addicts
can become tolerant of doses of drugs that would be lethal to
L.A.V.L: 3: 22-23 For
perfume mix meal & honey & thick leavings of red wine: then oil
of Abramelin and olive oil, and afterward soften & smooth down with
rich fresh blood. The best blood is of the moon, monthly: then the
fresh blood of a child, or dropping from the host of heaven: then of
enemies; then of the priest or of the worshipers: last of some beast,
no matter what.
Animal sacrifices are a big part of Crowley's
Thelema magick. This verse says the blood of any animal can be
used...this would also include presumably someone's pet dog or cat.
Notice the above verse also mentions "the blood of a child" or even
"enemies". Who are the enemies of Thelema? Christians! Put that in your
Funk and Wagnal! I’m not saying Thelemites sacrifice Christians, but it
is not impossible some misguided follower would not do this someday.
The Charles Manson Family had contact with an O.:T.:O.: lodge, and the
two had many beliefs in common including racism, drug use, and torture.
As mentioned, Crowley took great interest in old
grimories (spell books) like Grimorium Verum and The Book of Abramelin.
In fact he later re-wrote Grimorium Verum and retitled it "The Lesser
Key of Solomon", which went on to become a very popular occult book.
Wiccan author Paul Huson uses the inscriptions of Legementon in
Mastering Witchcraft, by the way. Crowley believed that by contacting
the demons in these books and allowing himself to become possessed by
them he could gain knowledge and power from them. This may sound like a
crazy idea, but one has to remember that to an occultist, there is no
good or evil, and that they believe demons are spiritual beings that
can benefit mankind. In fact, I've heard occultniks refer to demons as
"angels with an attitude".
Crowley Joined many occult groups and lodges over
the years. He became a 33rd degree Freemason on a trip to Mexico. He
joined the Ordero Templi Orentis (which is Latin for "The Order of the
Oriental Temple"). The group was founded in Germany, and dedicated to
sex magick rituals. The O.:T.:O:. claimed it had all the secrets of
Rosicrucian, Freemasonry, the Templars, and Alchemy. Crowley rapidly
ascended up the ranks of the order and eventually had complete control
over it. When he became the head of the O.:T.:O:., he added an 11th
grade dedicated to homosexual sex. This ensured Crowley had complete
control of the groups members, because they would have to have sex with
Crowley to attain it's highest grade. Crowley's name in this order was
"To Mega Therion" which is Greek for "The Great Beast", clearly a
reference to the Beast of the Book of Revelation of the Christian
Bible. Throughout his life, Crowley often referred to himself as "The
Great Beast, 666". It was within the ranks of this group that he met
Crowley became a bishop in the Universal Gnostic
Church, which became "Crowleyized", with Thelema replacing whatever
small semblance to Christianity there might have been. Now the
Universal Gnostic Church is little more than extension of the
O.:T.:O.:. Crowley joined the Golden Dawn and led to it's downfall.
Crowley later started his own version of the Golden Dawn which he
called the Argentium Astrium (Latin for Silver Star)A.:A:..He also
helped H. Spence Lewis start the A.M.O.R.C. in America, initiating him
during a ritual behind closed doors that lasted 3 days, and may have
possibly involved gay sex magic. (Crowley added an 11th degree to the
O.T.O. which required iinitiates
to have sex with Crowley, thus ensuring he had absolute control and
trust of a follower at that level. Of course, most initiates never
attained that level, and thus were never faced with it.)
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