Who was Aleister Crowley?
What do you call a man who shows signs of psychotic behavior, defecates on hotel carpets because he thinks his feces are "sacred", writes poetry about molesting his own children, identifies with the Anti-Christ, and dies a penniless junkie in a flophouse? If you're a Thelemite, you declare him a god and hang on every letter of his writings of course!
Believing he was the Anti-Christ of the Apocolypse (Revelations), he set out to replace Christianity with a religion where he would become a Demigod of a religion with only one commandment: "Do What Thou Will". With Crowley's new religion (called "Thelema"), a person would be able to perform magic spells that work, become invisble (or at least Crowley thought he could become invisible anyway), take any drug, hashish, heroin, cocaine, etc., without fear of addiction, and indulge in every form of sexual gratification.
Crowley died a drug addict, never attaining this supposed mastery over drugs. I personally new a girl into Wicca and Crowley. She died a drug addict, just like Crowley. She spent some time in and out of rehab before she did. She left behind a husband and two kids...she was only 26. There is no telling how many people that have died from drug overdoses in the last 50 years have done so trying to achieve an unattainable goal of Thelemic mastery of the will.
Dying a drug addict is not some kind of magical power! Drugs can cause hallucinations, and no doubt many occultists really believe their hallucinations are spirits, gods, or demons. They aren't, they're hallucinations. [ Note: If you have a problem with drugs or alcohol or know someone who does,you may want to try oceanfront drug rehab centers.]
Crowley was born Edward Alexander Crowley in 1875. He was born into a rich family, an heir to Crowley Ale. His family belonged to a strict church called The Plymouth Brethren. Crowley was very close to his father, who was a minister for the sect. At age 10, young Aleister's world was shattered when his father died. It seems Crowley's later homosexuality was born out of the need of a father figure, in the classic Freudian idea.
Some people have believed Crowley's departure from Christianity into the occult and black magic was due to a repressive childhood, but by Crowley's own admission, he was a "rather spoiled little boy", and apparently his life wasn't as "repressed" as many would have us believe. There is an incident that occurred young Crowley�s life that changed him which is usually overlooked by all but a few people doing research on Crowley. I feel it was this incident that started poor Crowley on his path to ruin.
When he was 14 years old, he was knocked unconscious after a mishap with a homemade firework on Guy Fawkes night, 1891. The homemade "roman candle" consisted of a large glass jar with almost two pounds of gun powder. The explosion shattered nearby windows, left Crowley with pieces of gravel embedded in his face, and knocked Crowley unconscious. He remained in a coma for four days , and had to wear a blindfold for two weeks for fear he would go blind from the flash.
After he came out of the coma, or so it is said, Crowley had a marked change in his personality and behavior. Some of his followers believe that this accident opened up what Colin Wilson might call "faculty X", giving Crowley "mystical powers". In reality, what it probably did was give him minor brain damage. People who suffer head injuries involving brain damage often exhibit a change in personality and psychotic behavior, and any trained psychologist or psychiatrist will tell you this is so.
Psychotic behavior can include extreme impulsiveness, aggressiveness and a disregard for the law and the rights of others. There is no one more important in the world of the psychotic than himself. Crowley exhibited these behaviors after his mishap. It was on that Guy Fawkes Night that Edward Alexander Crowley ended and Aleister Crowley began.
Crowley suffered from sexual deviations, which he wrote about extensively. He was bisexual, and a pedophile. In fact all throughout Crowley�s writings is an obsession with sex. He was obsessed with sex to the point he might be described as a pansexual; a person who see sex in everything. He often paid prostitutes to have sex with him, from which he contracted V.D. He seemed to be willing to try anything sexually.
Crowley developed an interest for the occult at an early age. He started reading books on occultism such as Mather's Kabbalah Unveiled, and the infamous Book of Black Magic and of Pacts by A.E. Waite, and claimed at age 14 he even made a pact with the devil. He attended Cambridge University after he finished public school, but dropped out before graduating. He fancied himself a painter, a poet, and above all a "magickian".
There is probably little of what Crowley turned out that could be considered art or poetry in the traditional sense...or magic for that matter. A good portion of his poetry amounted to little more than dirty limericks. His "art" was one dimensional, and often pornographic. His magic could only be called magical in the minds of the most desperate.
At age 21 Crowley opened a "Temple of Satan" in a studio flat on Fulham Road , London. Crowley continued to study the occult and blowing his share of the family fortune on drugs and prostitutes and working to be "the wickedest man in the world" during the years along the way.
In 1909 Crowley started an occult religion he hoped would replace Christianity (it didn�t) called "Thelema", which is the Greek word for "will". An example of Crowley�s utter hate for Christians and Christianity can be seen in this comment,
"With the cross of Jesus trampled on the floor...Christians necks our footstool, Heaven itself Our throne."
Well, obviously Crowley had issues with Christians.
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