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
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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