Never ask Aleister Crowley to take care of your goat while your away, either.
After Rose Kelly went insane, Crowley found a
new lover while in New York named Leah Hirsig. In the
1920's, Crowley finally was able to fulfil his
lifelong dream of creating a real life "Abbey of
Thelema" in a village called Cefalu, on the island of
Sicily in Italy. Of course, life in the Abbey was not the
Utopia Crowley had dreamed it would be. He tried to
have a polygamous relationship with two women, but the Leah
and the other gal quickly grew to dislike each other
and had constant arguments.
Also Crowley had no way to support himself, and at
times the trio nearly starved--and would have--had it not been for the
sympathy of local peasants. For three years, Crowley and the pathetic
assortment of followers that came and went (leaving money and some of
their sanity behind) made the Abbey home, which visitors described as
about as clean as an outhouse, and it literally smelled of feces.
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". She then demanded that Crowley should eat her
excrement. Under Hirsig's stern gaze, Crowley cleaned his plate of
feces. 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."
Crowley adorned the walls with crudely painted
pictures of people in every sexual position, as well as murals of
demons. Several witnesses described the sacrifice of animals in the
"magick" rituals. One such ritual is described as having a female
follower copulate with a goat, and then Crowley would slash the goat's
throat at the moment of climax. The blood was then collected and drank
by the followers. In some rituals, Crowley baptized frogs and then
crucified them as part of his "Gnostic Mass". Another sacrifice by a
disciple named Loveday involving a cat went like this:
"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."
Loveday contracted distemper after drinking blood
from this poor cat and died a few days later. This incident and stories
about animal and infant sacrifices the local papers ran made
Mussolini's Italy give Crowley and company the boot
(Italy...boot...that's a joke son, you missed it!). Throughout
Crowley's career there were stories of infant sacrifice, but there
never seemed to be much evidence for it. However, Crowley's own
writings at first glance would seem to confirm this.
"For the highest spiritual working one must accordingly choose
that victim which contains the greatest and purest force. A male child
of perfect innocence and high intelligence is the most satisfactory and
But apparently when Crowley makes statements
of infant sacrifice, he is jokingly referring to masturbation. Still,
while Crowley lived in London, one of his maids quit and went to the
police, complaining Crowley was killing children and dumping the
cremated remains in the river Thames. The police didn't take her
seriously and never bothered to invistigate.
More From Crowley’s "Bible" theLiber Al Vel Legis
To say Crowley wasn't a Satanist just isn't
completely accurate. From everything we read so far, it certainly would
seem that he was. Here's another gem from Crowley's Liber Al Vel Legis,
the Bible of the Thelemites:
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!
This clearly shows intolerance for not only
Christianity, but all other religions as well. Since religions have
commandments concerning moral conduct, Crowley had little use for them,
except what he could plagiarize for his own religion. It would be hard
to describe the last passages as anything else but blasphemous.
So before occultists shake their finger at "xtians"
and give them the stink eye for what they perceive to be "
intolerance", let them look at what's sitting on their own bookshelves!
The above verse quoted doesn't really sound much different from the
rantings of a teenage Satanist might post in a newsgroup online.
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