The Law of Thelema dictates, if a lover of youth finds his true will entwines him romantically with a child, and the kid loves him too, for them to deny the joy of their relationship would be a sin.
Note: My apologies to the websites I have obtained information from for not asking and not leaving a reference to your site as I always do but with David Bottrill running around threatening anyone who expresses a view of the OTO with which he is not in agreement with, I have done this to protect the location of all information and the people responsible for it, Michael.
Photo: On display at the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) “Temple” in Freemantle, Western Australia to celebrate the Feast of the Three Days. … 31 copies of “The Book of the Law” spanning 1938 to 2013 alongside original handwritten diaries and paintings by Aleister Crowley.
When I first became aware of the OTO, it was via an emailed threat of legal action from David Bottrill the Australian Treasurer of the OTO. Upon a search of the Luke’s Army website, the only page on the Luke’s Army site that contained “OTO” or “Ordo Templi Orientis” was a blog exposing an OTO member in the United States who had been caught and convicted for posessing child porn, hardly surprising when you start to learn about the secretive organisation OTO which consists of members who consider themselves enlightened.
David Bottrill was for some reason worried that a blog about politicians and police covering up for paedophiles in Australia somehow implicated the OTO in Australia, even though the OTO was mentioned nowhere in this blog. One wonders why David Bottrill is so worried about politicians, police and paedophiles so much if he isn’t somehow mixed up in this controversy or the OTO isn’t somehow connected.
This week letters were received by several members of the Luke’s Army Group on Facebook, apparantly my name was included in these letters which came from OTO member David Bottrill although I have not yet received any letter from him or the OTO, but the letters were to notify of some sort of legal action whereby David Bottrill seeks damages from the Luke’s Army admins of $10 000. One of these admins is a pastor and has never spoken about or to David Bottrill, or about the OTO.
It seems that David Bottrill makes it his purpose to run around the internet covering up for the OTO by threatening anyone who talks about the OTO in any negative way with legal action, and he boasts about putting two people in their sixties in jail for talking about the OTO on their website, and he also successfully brought legal action against one Reina Michaelson, a Young Australian of the year. Who would you think is more respectable, a woman who devotes her life to the protection of abused kids and the exposure of paedophile rings and satanic ritualistic sacrifice of babies, children and adults, allegedly by the OTO?
Proof that the OTO worship Alistair Crowley a Paedophile
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.
I was in for a surprise when Alex Sanders offered to show me his Wiccan temple. I was visiting the famous magician and self-styled King of the Witches at his cottage in the Old Town at Bexhill-on-Sea, in Sussex, in 1978, to interview him for a national magazine. He was pleasant and amusing and we’d already had a couple of drinks at his favourite nearby pub, The Bell.
‘This is where it all happens,’ he said with a mischievous smile as he opened the door to the temple. Remarkably, I found it was furnished almost completely with Christian items, including statues of Christ and the Virgin Mary.
‘Even some witches have told me it’s blasphemous to practise witchcraft in what looks like a Christian chapel‚’ he said. ‘But for me, Christ represents the Sun God and Mary the Earth Mother. Christianity and witchcraft may seem very different, but underneath they have a lot in common. I didn’t deliberately gather all these Christian objects, I might add. It was quite strange. Soon after I moved in here, over a short period various people suddenly started offering them to me. Others were mysteriously left in the garden. It was as if some higher power had decreed that’s how my temple should be.’
At the time, Alex, then aged 52, had a partner who was a young male civil servant.
‘I love him utterly,’ he maintained. ‘He was married to a beautiful girl, but she didn’t stand a chance against me. He was dressed as a skinhead when I first met him four years ago, with the regulation shaven head, bovver boots and turned-up jeans. Today, he is a presentable young man. Women give me fulfillment, but I find happiness with men.’
His well known bi-sexuality, it’s suggested, may have resulted from an experience as a boy with the infamous occultist and reputed ‘Wickedest Man in the World’, Aleister Crowley.
Sanders had been initiated as a witch, he claimed, at aged just seven, by his witch grandmother, Mary Bibby, whom he had chanced on standing naked in the kitchen in a circle drawn on the floor.
‘She ordered me to strip naked and enter the circle,’ he recalled. ‘She carried out a ritual and then on her instructions, as I bent down with my head between my thighs she nicked my scrotum with a knife and said “You are one of us now.” She later gave me her Book of Shadows to copy into my own and taught me all the rites’.
At ten, she took him to London to meet Aleister Crowley, whom she knew.
‘She left me with Crowley for the night and he carried out some of his sex magic with me,’ said Alex. ‘It wasn’t a very nice experience. To me, as a young boy, he was just a horrible, smelly, old man. Before I left he tattooed his “mark of the beast” on my hand. It’s still there. It hardly
turned me off sex though. At one time when I was still in London with my second wife, Maxine, I also had two mistresses and nine male lovers. It’s a much quieter life here in Bexhill-on-Sea. My current coven is only five-strong and just one of them is a woman.’
Outrageous and a born showman as he was, Alex Sanders has to be credited with publicising modern witchcraft and, indeed, founding in the 196Os its flourishing Alexandrian branch of Wicca to rival the existing Gardnerian of Gerald Gardner. Although some of his magic was ‘grey’, he insisted to me that most of it was ‘white’, often aimed at healing people. He told me that
while at Bexhill he had helped a number of drug addicts to get off heavy drugs and cured a woman of cystitis by simply placing his hands on her head and ‘willing her illness away’.
He also claimed to have used magic to help women with fertility problems and people just having trouble getting a job.
But with a wicked grin he did admit that on occasion he got rid of people’s warts by magically transferring them to somebody else he didn’t like. His favourite targets for this, he revealed, were passing traffic wardens! And friends maintained that he had only to whistle the funeral march at someone who had upset him to have them in hospital within the week.
(*Jack Pleasant adds: ‘I came to be fond of Alex Sanders and to consider him an entertaining friend. It pleased him when on occasion, I called on him bearing a bottle of the appalling, to my taste, cheap, sweet, white Spanish wine that he enjoyed. I missed him when he died in 1988, choosing the significant Wiccan date to pass on to the Summerlands of April 3Oth –
Here is another story involving the OTO for you to threaten with legal action David Bottrill, you must be real proud of yourself….
On Friday we revealed that the Catholic Church had accepted as substantially true revelations by an abuse victim that a Melbourne priest took part in satanic rituals where murders took place. Some Gotcha commentators were sceptical about the victim’s experiences and questioned how they could be true. Now the victim wants to respond. Here is his side of the story in his own words.
“First of all, thank you to all the commenters for taking the time to read Gary Hughes’ article on my situation and for giving your reactions.
A number of issues have been raised and I would like to respond to them in turn.
These issues as I see them are:
– the time I took to bring forth the allegations;
– the issue of missing persons not triggering police investigations;
– whether these “memories” are recovered by hypnosis or other means;
– what evidence can I produce to support these claims;
– did the Church pay out only for the sexual abuse of that priest or did it include payment for the ritual abuse;
– what caused the Church to acknowledge my claim;
– and whether the priest was acting outside his role as a Catholic priest.
To take the last point first, very clearly the priest was acting against the teachings of the Catholic Church. (In this writing, when I refer to the “Catholic Church” or the “Church”, I am referring to the hierarchy in particular and to the full time employees to a lesser extent. I do not mean it to cover the laity, who turn up on Sunday and may even hold honorary positions.)
In no way can the Church be seen to be endorsing this abusive and abhorrent behaviour. However, if any organisation wishes, or in the case of the Catholic
Church demands, authority over their employees, then it must accept some responsibility for their behaviour, otherwise order disintegrates and corruption ensues.
In law, this is covered under “Duty of Care”, I believe. The Catholic Church has been able to avoid this responsibility in the courts because it does not
exist as a legal entity before the law, amazingly.
This is doubly ironic when their persistent attitude of having quasi, if not outright, legal jurisdiction over this abuse issue and it’s investigation through
their parallel process to the State police and court system is considered.
What caused the Church to accept my claim?
An intriguing question, to be sure. The Vicar General in The Australian newspaper on Saturday said: “Because he was believable and we gave him the benefit of the doubt.” This is a little less than their investigator Peter O’Callaghan QC said at the time. He said that he “had no reason to disbelieve” me and, presumably, that is what he communicated to the Compensation Panel.
In the end, I cannot answer for them. I will say that Mr. O’Callaghan and the Church authorities had plenty of warning that I may make the allegations formal. I don’t think that their decision could be characterised as impulsive or “knee-jerk”.
Another intriguing question relating to this is whether or not any follow up investigation was done.
This particular priest was known to have associations with other paedophilic priests and it would be reasonable for an investigator to question whether any
of these or other priests were involved in the cult.
Mr O’Callaghan didn’t ask me any questions along these lines, or any other lines for that matter, then or since.
Did the Church pay out only for the sexual abuse of that priest only or did it include payment for the ritual abuse?
On the surface, it would appear to be for abuse including the ritual abuse, according to Mr O’Callaghan’s communications to me. But I would say that it would
depend on what Mr O’Callaghan included in his report to the Compensation Panel.
There does appear to some disconnect between the acceptance of my claims of extreme abuse and the decision of the “Compensation Panel” to award 60% of the amount they were authorised to make.
(Amnesty international has described Satanic Ritual Abuse as the worst example of human rights abuse there is.)
But it may be a moot point anyway because “The Payment” as it is referred to in the signed agreement between myself and the Church is for my release of
them from civil action for damages arising from the behaviour of that particular priest (who is unnamed in the Deed Of Release) characterized simply as “The Abuser”. It was not compensation. Elsewhere in their communications the payment is referred to as the “ex gratia payment” and in some places as “ex gratia compensation”.
Legally there appears to be no responsibility taken for the abuse which would be implied if they described the payment as simply “Compensation”. So, in the end, strictly speaking they haven’t compensated me for anything save my right to sue them over this priest.
Were these “memories” recovered by hypnosis or other means? Were they repressed at any stage?
It is very difficult to talk meaningfully about “memories” in this context because most people are unfamiliar with the term “abreaction”. An abreaction (a term coined by Freud) describes a cognitive perception that has got itself jammed in the middle of its electrical/chemical journey through the various
brain cortexes on it’s way to becoming what we would normally call a memory – a recollection of something that happened in the past and that is over, and thankfully so, if it was unpleasant.
An abreaction is the replaying of that cognitive sensation as if it is happening now. Many of the physiological sensations and reactions that happened on the original occasion will manifest again. So smells can be smelt and pain can be felt.
To give you an unpleasant example, I will sometimes get a sharp pain in my rectum that will lift me out of my seat.
There are physiological markers that can be observed externally such as lowered skin temperature and/or raised heart rate, things that cannot be duplicated through acting. In other words, an abreaction is an experience, not a memory of an experience.
Another related question is “is it possible to forget something that has such impact?” and if so, “can it be recovered later?”. This is rather simpler to deal with.
You may remember that when Princess Diana was tragically killed in a car accident, her bodyguard was reported to have amnesia of the accident. There were no howls of “nonsense” (or worse) because we all seem to know someone, or know someone who knows someone, whom has had this very experience in a car accident.
And what’s more, it’s common knowledge that recovery from this amnesia is also quite common though maybe less so. (For further information on this, I would refer the reader to the Advocates for Survivors of Child Abuse report (linked previously by Gary Hughes) and in particular the section on False Memory Syndrome Foundation).
So with that introduction, I can say that I have always had some memories and experienced some abreactions but not enough to put it all together. One of these was an image of cannibalism. But I had no context for it.
A flood of abreactions occurred directly after the caesarean birth of my third child at which I was present. The enduring image I have of that time is of baby covered in blood and afterbirth being lifted up.
The child that was killed that is mentioned in the article on Friday was, in fact, an infant. The birth of my daughter was a massive trigger.
The subsequent abreactions or recalled experiences occurred outside therapy. There was no hypnosis involved. I cannot abide it, in any case, as the priest used it on me to induce forgetfulness in me.
There are other things involved here as well, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or in my case, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is permanent amongst other things, and Dissociation. If you, the reader, would like to understand this important, and at times,
fascinating area, you could Google the above terms to start with and read the ASCA document. A book I could recommend is “Ritual Abuse – What is it” by Margaret Smith, who is a research psychologist and a ritual abuse survivor.
What evidence of these claims can I produce?
First and foremost, I am “Exhibit A”, if you like. I am the smoking gun. I have permanent physical and neurological injuries. My conditions are verifiable
scientifically and the symptoms cannot be faked convincingly. My neurological conditions are only produced under extreme and sustained conditions.
To refute my claims, it would at least be necessary to propose a possible alternative explanation for my condition.
The question of missing persons not triggering police investigations.
Thousands of people go missing every year without a trace including children. In America a large number of children are reported missing every week.
The child in the murders I mention was, as I said, an infant and I doubt very much whether there was any record of it being born. This is a common practice in cults. I was led to believe that the infant was mothered by one of the cult members, who was also subsequently murdered. I was also led to believe, subsequently, that I was the father, though this was impossible (although I didn’t think so at the time) because I had not reached puberty by then.
There are also lots of ways to dispose of bodies. If you cannot think of any, you are not trying! Priests also have access to cemeteries and crematoriums. On reflection, I think you will see it’s not that difficult to avoid suspicion particularly if your association with the victim is clandestine.
There is also the question of collusion by the police. Police corruption is a fact of life. No force is exempt from it. Gary Hughes’ reporting is largely
focused on this issue and there seems to be no shortage of stories.
One of the commenters, Dyson Devine, mentioned Dr Reina Michaelson who has fought long and hard against sexual abuse and police corruption. If you visit her website you will find credible allegations of police involvement in Ritual Abuse at a Mornington kindergarten and it’s cover-up. Dr Michaelson has published the fact that she has an audio tape of an interview with staff from the Office of Police Integrity where one of the officers says that they are not interested in pursuing an organised paedophile ring even if it is still in operation. To my my knowledge this is still the case.
Dyson also mentions Dr Michaelson’s legal battle with a group known as the Ordo Templis Orientis (OTO).
If you visit their website and affiliated sites, as Dyson and another commenter, Mary Wilson, said it is quite instructive as to “what is out there” in plain
There is also a related problem for Satanic Ritual Abuse survivors in contacting the Victoria Police and that is their badge! It prominently features an upside down five pointed star. This inverted pentagram is only used elsewhere in Satanic symbolism.
The upright pentagram is used in Satanism but also by a lot of other organisations and bodies. For instance, the Mormon Church, Freemasons and the US and the now defunct USSR military amongst many others. But the inverted pentagram is only seen in connection with Satanism and, unfortunately, the Victoria Police. If it was an innocent mistake by the founders of the Police Force, then it is a particularly unfortunate one. Satanic Ritual Abuse survivors are familiar with the cults including in their number many people who are in authority in civil life and so would find this badge/symbol particularly off-putting.
If on the other hand, if it was not a mistake, it could go some distance in explaining the apparent paradox of the reluctance to pursue organised paedophile rings.
And finally, the time I took to bring forth the allegations.
Most of this I have already answered, but I will add that 25 years ago, when the perpetrator was still alive, the dots were not sufficiently connected up for
me take action. Plus, think for a moment that if my allegations are outrageous now, how would they have sounded back then?
I am disappointed, to say the least, that the perpetrator is now deceased. He would be in his seventies now. He died in his sleep when in his early
fifties. As far as I know, there was no autopsy done but perhaps the Vicar General could establish that.
I have spent most of my life just trying to function. Fortunately, I am quite intelligent and have been able to get by, but usually in low paid jobs. It hasn’t been a lot of fun.
Coping with defending these allegations was out of the question. Even at the time when I came forward a few years ago, I was not up to it, really. I suffered much distress and dissociation throughout the process. I entered the formal side of the Churches system because Mr O’Callaghan said it
would be difficult for him to continue to fund my therapy if I did not make a formal complaint and so formally enter the process that they had set up after my therapy had begun to be funded by a previous office of the church, which did not require “victims” to be vetted by a lawyer first.
I hope I have addressed the main issues raised. If I haven’t or there are other questions that need to be raised, please feel free to do so in the comments here and I will be happy to respond.
Finally, I would like to especially thank those who have experienced Satanic Ritual Abuse and took the time to comment and to “Ken”, who is a relative and supporter of an abuse survivor who spoke eloquently about the problems that survivors face, such as feeling inhibited about talking about myself. I would also like to thank you, the reader, for reading this far and taking the time to interest and educate yourself in this very unlovely topic. If everybody were educated to it, I’m sure this abuse of vulnerable adults and children would cease.
To that end I urge you to click on the link to the ASCA document and take the further time to read it and read it perhaps more than once.”
Why won’t anyone investigate the OTO properly??? Probably for the same reason the Catholic Church isn’t investigated properly…
You have some resources already including a desire to find the answer. Plus, I’ll give you a couple of tips.
First off, get yourself a map of Melbourne (and one of Victoria).
Second, contact Broken Rites (an advocacy group for victims of clerical abuse)
and get a list of the priests and Brothers convicted of paedophilia and those whom allegations have been made against. The convictions that have resulted from police investigations have been the result of Broken Rites activism.
These priests (and Brothers) often live together. Look to see who shared residences with the convicted paedophiles. All this information is in the public domain.
Third mark the parishes where the abuses took place and note the concentrations.
There is one particular area where O’Keefe also “served”. It has a particularly long history up until just recently. The priests there were noted for being violent as well and for passing victims from one incumbent priest to the next. Take note of the immediately surrounding parishes and who served in them.
The odds of one parish receiving an unbroken line of abusers by coincidence get pretty high after a awhile.
So look at who occupied positions in the Pastoral Placement Office over the years and facilitated these placements. What positions did they subsequently rise to? Who have they promoted?
The particular area I refer to came under a regional bishopric. Look up who were the bishops in that area.
I am not suggesting that all the priests you would come across are or were involved in satanism or organised paedophilia. But they would constitute a group worthy of much closer scrutiny by any concientious investigator, I would think.
Of course, I could be sending you off on a wild goose chase. Afterall, Peter O’Callaghan QC the Catholic Church’special investigator, has all these resources and information and he hasn’t found anything amiss, it would appear.
This is the difference between Luke’s Army and the OTO… All our members and admins are listed and available publicly because we have nothing to hide. One can’t help but wonder why there is so much secrecy surrounding the OTO and it’s membership.
Allow me to now share some more of my research which began when David Bottrill first contacted me with his threats of legal action which had no foundation. The OTO seems to worship Alistair Crowley who liked to call himself the wickedest man on earth and liked to have sex in front of children and more than likely with children, male or female. In the photo above is the book they hold sacred written by Alistair Crowley, “The Book of the Law” which he claims was dictated to him by the demon spirit “Aiwass“, son of the demon spirit “Osiris“, an Egyptian god, usually identified as the god of the afterlife, the underworld and the dead.
DO WHAT THOU WILL…COPYRIGHT 1542 ???
The development of the will is stressed in Crowley’s writings, although he himself seemed to exhibit little will power when one examines his life, squandering his fortune and winding up an alcoholic and drug addict. Crowley seems to have gotten the idea for Thelema from the novel by renegade Roman Catholic monk Francois Rabelais (c.1495-1553) called Gargantua and Pantagruel, written circa 1542 A.D. This tome attacked clerical education, medieval asceticism and monastic orders and gave a thumbs up to worldly pleasure. Along with dirty poems, Gargantua and Pantagruel contains a description of life at an imaginary monastery, the “Abbey of Theleme”, whose rules are obviously quite different from those of the medieval monastery.
“All their life was regulated not by laws, statutes, or rules, but according to their free will and pleasure. They rose from bed when they pleased, and drank, ate, worked, and slept when the fancy seized them. Nobody woke them; nobody compelled them to either eat or to drink, or to do anything else whatsoever. So it was that Gargantua had established it. In their rules there was only one clause: DO WHAT YOU WILL!”
This is an embarrassing bit of information for Thelemites who believe Crowley’s claim that he really received a revelation to start a religion called “Thelema” from a demon called “Aiwazz”, which also coincidentally has the motto “Do What Thou Will”. This novel seems to have made an incredible impression on Crowley. Crowley would eventually even try to create his own “Abbey of Thelema” in Sicily in the 1920’s, which we will read about a little later.
Crowley’s sexual appetites are well documented by Crowley himself. In his semi-autobiographical novel Moonchild Crowley reveals he often had to pay for sex, indicating he wasn’t quite the sorcerer his followers paint him to be (i.e, his love spells didn’t work). Crowley was a bisexual, but he might be best described as a try-sexual…as in, he’d try anything with anybody. Crowley had many affairs, with both men and women, and supported himself after his inheritance ran out by sponging off his lovers. In other words, he was a gigolo.
Crowley commenting on his debauched life once wrote, “‘To me, every dirty act was simply a sacrament of sin, a passionately religious protest against Christianity, which was for me the symbol of all vileness, meanness, treachery, falsehood and oppression.’ [ from ‘Satanic Extracts’ by Aleister Crowley, edited by Cosmo Trelawney, Holmes Pub Group; (October 1995) ASIN: 1558182675 ] If people were told up front being an advanced magician involves being a drug addict, gigolo and sponging off people, no doubt many people would opt out of this career.
Crowley developed a taste for mountain climbing while at Cambridge, and tried to climb Mount Everest a few times, but always failed to reach the top. Crowley likened the pursuit of the occult to mountain climbing. A person had to work hard at it and not stop to rest. If the occultist failed in his task, he would fall off the “mountain” into “the Abyss”.
Crowley was known to abuse his porters, and gave racist excuses to a British newspaper when interviewed as to why this was OK. On such an expedition in 1905, Crowley was deposed as leader of the group because of such behavior. During this climb, there was an avalanche later that killed several people. Crowley heard the cries for help, but did not even bother to look outside his tent, and this incident is hard to excuse, even by his followers. But this incident is far from being atypical of Crowley.
Crowley was described, by friend and foe alike, as an egotistical, self centered, arrogant individual. He took much and gave little in return. He cared nothing about other people, except what he could get out of them and could be downright cruel to his disciples and friends. Crowley’s life seems to have reflected his motto of “Do What Thou Will”. Such a motto is the motto of a sociopath, if not a criminal, and it doesn’t make people better. Influenced by Nietzsche, He believed he was “beyond good and evil”, and thought conventional morality did not apply to him. When looking at Crowley’s behavior throughout his life, it is hard to see any benefits of practicing Thelema.
Crowley’s system of occultism, like the Golden Dawn and the Theosophical Society before it, attempted to unite all forms of occultism into one system. Thelema was sort of a like a chop suey of the occult. Crowley’s system included European ceremonial magic (from grimories like The Greater Key of Solomon, The Legementon, The Sacred magic of Abramelin the Mage, etc.) Gnosticism, Egyptian mythology, Buddhist meditation, Taoism, Tantric sex yoga, and drugs.
There was also a strong and undeniable influence from Satanism. Crowley once said in his writings he rejected the idea of the Devil because “such a being would have to be a god”, but this doesn’t mean he didn’t believe in Satan, he just rejected the Christian concept of him.
Crowley said this about Satan, the Devil: “I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.”
THE DEVIL’S “CHIEF OF STAFF”
Crowley was very fond of demons and sought them out on many occasions. One technique Crowley used to accomplish this was to sodomize a fellow magician, either man or woman, and then eat the semen or feces after the act took place. Crowley believed that sodomy attracted demons, and by eating these vile things (in a sort of mock communion) he could bring the demons inside himself and gain their powers and knowledge.
Thank you for not throwing up when you read that Whatever Crowley thought he learned from these experiences is unknown, and you’d be an idiot to want to try these techniques. While Crowley never became the “Devil’s Chief of Staff” he did, according to his followers, become demonically possessed on at least one occasion. During a ritual in the desert, along with two of his disciples, he attempted to invoke a demon called “Chronozon”. It is said Crowley did all the things you’re supposed to do, drawing his cute little circle in the sand with all the names of the God that he so despised inside to protect him.
But, so the story goes, the demon simply kicked sand on the circle, walked right in, and possessed Crowley. It was said after this incident, Crowley appeared to have aged 20 years overnight. Many of his followers believe Crowley was possessed by this demon for the rest of his life! I would think these are things one must consider when deciding to follow the teachings of this man. After all, what good are his books on “Magick”, if even he wound up “demonically possesed?”
While Crowley hated Christianity, he embraced Gnosticism. He certainly seemed to be Gnostic in his thinking, rejecting Christ to be a self styled Anti-Christ. He joined the Universal Gnostic Church and quickly became an “Arch-Bishop”. No doubt Crowley at least considered Satan a “dark side of nature” like Blavatsky and Anton LaVey.
Since Satan governed things like every sexual depravity, drunkenness, violence, and sorcery, Crowley only saw good in the idea of Satan. Apologists claim Crowley was merely a “literary Satanist”, like Milton or Idres Shaw. Some feel his fascination for Satan came stemmed from his rebellion against his childhood, and this may be partly true.
They claim his references to Satan are done with irony, not to be taken seriously. However, when we read Crowley’s works and look at his life, it becomes painfully obvious he took more than a passing fancy to Satanism. He wrote an “Invocation to Satan” in Liber Samekh, and constantly referred to himself as “The Great Beast, 666”, which certainly makes it hard to say he wasn’t involved or influenced by Satanism. He kept up this identity until he died at age 75, which is more than just rebelling against a strict upbringing.
Crowley did many strange things throughout his life (like most psychotics), including defecating on carpets while staying at a posh hotel, claiming his feces was sacred like the Dalia Lama’s. He traveled to America during World War I and wrote propaganda in support of Germany. Crowley would later claim he did it to detract from the German’s, due to the propaganda’s lack of quality.
He claimed many things, like being a Scottish :Laird, even though he didn’t have any Scottish blood. He even rented a house on Loch Ness, no doubt because of the monster sightings that had gone on for centuries. He later claimed to be an Egyptian prince after a trip to Egypt and called himself “Prince Chioa Khan”, and returned mail if it wasn’t addressed to him by his ridiculous made up title.
In 1910 he knighted himself and shaved his big head. He would claim to be a medical doctor with a Doctorate from the University of London which was news to the University when followers inquired in the 1980’s. He never even attended one class there! He once opened a “magickal restaurant” featuring pills made with his own semen as an ingredient (yuck!).
In an attempt to imitate the powers of Christ, he tried to reanimate a skeleton by reciting spells and placing “blood small birds and the like” on it every day, which of coursed failed since he had no powers (so why buy his books?). This “magick” experiment only resulted in a horrible sight and an unimaginable stench. from this lesson, we can qucikly learn 1) Crowley’s “Magick” doesn’t actually work, and 2) He was a lunatic.
If you had a relative like Crowley, you would have him committed! The reason Crowley wasn’t was because of his wealth and social standing. When reading passages like the above, his modern day followers gloss over them, r dismiss it as part of his offbeat sense of humor.
He married a woman named Rose Kelly in 1903. Crowley called her “The Whore of Babylon” to compliment his self-proclaimed Anti-Christ title. The poor woman was mentally unstable (what other kind of woman would hook up with Crowley?), and eventually went completely insane. She spent the remainder of her life in an insane asylum.
This was said to be a pattern throughout Crowley’s career. Followers, servants, and lovers of both sexes went insane, perhaps because they were mentally unstable to begin with, or perhaps driven insane deliberately by Crowley somehow, or perhaps both factors. Several disciples were said to have committed suicide after Crowley had no further use for them.
Most people would expect a religious figure does good things for people. But what about a religious figure that drives people insane and even to suicide?
Never Ask Aleister Crowley To Babysit For You
Crowley also seemed to have engaged in pedophilia…if not, he certainly did little to discouarge 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 inclicnations is recorded in his diary in a strange third person style of writing.
“[Rose 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.”
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 this.”
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 Bhuddah if he were Tommy Chong and Hugh Heffner 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…
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 after.
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 non-addicts.
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 Gerald Gardner.
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 intitates to have sex with Crowley, thus ensuring he had absolute control and trust of a follower at that level. Of course, most inititates never attained that level, and thus were never faced with it.)
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 suitable victim.”
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” the Liber 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.
Crowley as “Demi-God”?
In his commentary on his Liber Al-Vel Legis, Crowley once commented that he was chosen to be a “Demigod”, meaning a half-man, half god, for his new religion.
So we would have to ask people who follow Crowley, how is Crowley such an enlightened being as to be a “Demigod”? Is it his hatred for all other religions other than his own? Maybe it’s the goat blood drinking, the feces eating, or the toad crucifying? Maybe the head of the O.T.O. can mail me the answer to that one some day. (Actually I already know the answer, so he can save a stamp.)
There also many references to serpent worship, which could be a reference to sex magic, but might also be a reference to the Ophite serpent of Gnosticism. Let’s review this verse again:
II:22 “I am the Snake that giveth Knowledge & Delight and bright glory……”
This is definitely a reference to the Ophite serpent (Lucifer). We have to also remember Crowley’s involvement in the Universal Gnostic Church. Gnostic sects both ancient and modern often could be considered devil worshipers.
A final curious verse to consider:
3:75 There is a splendour in my name hidden and glorious, as the sun of midnight is ever the son.
From the 17th -18th centuries (and possibly even as late as the 19th century) in London, there supposedly existed a cult of Satanists called the “Sons of Midnight”. This could be a reference to them. In occult literature Lucifer is sometimes called “the Sun at midnight”, or the invisible sun. So it seems the secret name of the god of the Book of the Law is indeed Lucifer. Michael Aquino of the Temple of Set seems to think so, because Crowley’s Liber Al Vel Legis plus a detailed commentary are included in the Crystal Tablet of Set, the group’s primary book.
Then there is this prayer from Aleister Crowley’s The Book of Lies (I think that should be the title of all his books). It clearly contains a parody of the Lord’s Prayer.
“THE CRY OF THE HAWK
Hoor hath a secret fourfold name: it is
Do What Thou Wilt
Four Words: Naught-One-Many-All.
Thy Name is holy.
Thy Kingdom is come.
Thy Will is done.
Here is the Bread.
Here is the Blood.
Bring us through Temptation!
Deliver us from Good and Evil!
That Mine as Thine be the Crown of the Kingdom,
These ten words are four, the Name of the One”
Like many of Crowley’s material, this one seems inspired by Satanism as well. Since it is the opposite of Christianity, parodies of Christian prayers, ceremonies, and rituals are a major feature of Satanism. For instance, The Satanic Rituals by Anton LaVey includes the ritual of The Black Mass, which is a parody of the Roman Catholic Mass, and also features a parody of the Lord’s Prayer. Satanists sometimes pronounce Christian prayers backwards (i.e., “Our Father”, becomes “Rehtaf Ruo”,etc., or Pater Noster”, becomes “Retson Retap”, etc.etc.,, in the Latin version) Likewise, Crowley felt that becoming an expert in reading, writing, speaking and understanding words backwards was essential to becoming an occultist.
So while this prayer by itself is not prima facie evidence of Crowley being a Satanist, it is certainly very suggestive, especially when considered together with the very obvious Satanism noted in Crowley’s Liber Al Vel Legis. In fact, all through out Crowley’s writings there is an undercurrent of Satanism and references to Satan in them.
With these kind of things in the works and beliefs of Crowley, it is not surprising that Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan cites Crowley as one of its sources. As mentioned, the Temple of Set (the other leading brand of Satanism in the USA) considers Crowley a prophet, and its founder Michael Aquino, as his successor.
Crowley could have easily been a success in his lifetime. He was born to a wealthy family. He attended public school and had some college. While he wasn’t the poet or artist his enormous ego led him to believe, but he did show some talent as a writer and perhaps could have been one had he be able to channel his talents toward it. Instead he became something of a sociopath, seemingly to care less about the people around him. He could be charming and ingratiating to his disciples so he could get what he wanted out of them, and then treated them like garbage when he was done. He drove many of them to ruin or suicide.
Even his modern day followers admit he was not a kind person. He lived a life of scandal and seemed proud of it, and because of his social standing and money he got away with it while he was young. When the money ran out in his middle age, he sponged off his handful of followers and students. He needed this charity to keep up his enormous drug and alcohol addictions. Had Crowley’s obsession with the occult never came into his life, he may have very well lived a fairly normal life, even if he was psychotic. It’s a documented fact some CEO’s of major corporations have been psychotic. It was belief that like Nietzsche’s “superman” he could lay aside conventional morality and do as he pleased that created his long, steady downfall. No one is beyond good or evil.
There is one more thing that happened in Crowley’s life that most Thelemites don’t want to think about. Toward the end of his life, Crowley performed a ritual with his illegitimate son MacAlister in a Paris hotel. During the ritual, a tremendous commotion was heard outside the door, and the two men could be heard screaming.
Crowley’s friends figured it was part of the ritual apparently, and didn’t bother to check what was going on. When the two failed to show up for breakfast the next morning, friends called the hotel detective who broke down the door to Crowley’s room.
Inside they found MacAlister dead. His robe was torn to shreds and he had scratches on his body. He had a look of extreme fright on his face. It was later determined he died of heart failure, brought about from fright. He had been literally scared to death. Aleister sat huddled in a corner of the room, babbling incoherently. He too had scratches and his robe was torn. Crowley spent four months in an insane asylum, and was released. [America Bewitched by Daniel Logan pgs 64-65]
After this incident, he was described as “harmless”, and so began his downward spiral of sponging of friends and former students, and spending his final days in a flophouse in Hastings, England.
No one knows what happened inside that locked room that killed MacAlister and made Crowley have a nervous breakdown. Did Crowley finally conjure up a demon for real? All religions teach that demons are not beings that want to help us or give us knowledge, but rather are creatures of pure evil, and there goal is to hurt humanity and cause us as much harm as they can. Not only Christianity teaches this, but every major religion has some kind of concept of evil spirits.
Being a skeptic, I’m more inclined to think Crowley finally snapped and killed his son. The last thing a psychotic like Crowley needed was a life of drugs and occultism. Had he lived in a modern time where people understood the symptoms of head injuries and had anti-psychotic drugs available, Thelema probably never would have ever been born (not to mention the AMORC, The A.A. Wicca, Scientology, The Temple of Set, et al)!
There is a story gleefully being promoted by his followers that the doctor attending Crowley on his deathbed died from a curse placed on him when he refused to give Crowley all the morphine he wanted. The story didn’t come out until decades later when it was learned that Crowley’s aged doctor died from a heart attack a few days after he did. The story of course, is a pathetic attempt to make it sound like Crowley had some kind…any kind… of magic powers. I’ve seen other occultists try to pull the same trick of claiming someone they knew who died did so from magic.
The real demise of Crowley is much less dramatic. According to a fellow flophouse resident, he heard a thump in Crowley’s room, and found the poor old man dead laying face down on the floor. No last words, no curses. This story, being the least dramatic, is probably the real truth.
Crowley infrequently published a magazine called The Equinox when funds would allow. All the editions of The Equinox were later republished as a hardbound 10 volume set that runs about $500 for the truly magically desperate…and no, even I wasn’t dumb enough to buy one. In fact, after an initial investigation of Crowley while I was an occultist, I pretty much wrote him of as a looser. This later became a big reason I left Wicca, because Crowley’s fingerprints were all over it, and I realized Wicca was a sham!
He was a man that exhibited psychotic behavior, and people who follow his philosophy will emulate psychotic behavior. He was man who literally thought he was the Anti-Christ. He was a drug addict, an alcoholic, a misogynist, a sexual deviant, and a pedophile. All his “sex magic” did was give him V.D., including syphilis. He worked hard at being evil and even bragged about it.
Gerald Gardner knew Crowley and was a member of the O.:T.:O.: He stole much of the material from Crowley to create his “ancient” Book of Shadows”. Sybil Leek claimed she knew Crowely…which turned out later to be false. She never even met him. Never the less, Leek makes mention of her fictitious friendship with Crowley, claiming he was a family friend and even told her family Leek would be his successor. Alex Sanders claims Crowley “babysat” him when he was a child and gave him a ring. There’s no evidence Crowley knew him either, since Crowley never mentions Sander’s family in his writings, and Sander’s parents were both Christians.
NEVER TRUST A “DEMI-GOD”, “PROPHET” OR “WIZARD” WHO DIES A PENNILESS JUNKIE IN A FLOPHOUSE!
(I should probably mention some Crowley-bots claim the boarding house where Crowley stayed wasn’t really a flophouse and show me pictures of the outside of how it looks today some 70 years later as somehow proof. And they also claim he had several hundred dollars of O.T.O. money under his bed proving he wasn’t penniless…also an unlikely story for many reasons) .
There is a bright note to this story. Supposedly a grandson of Aleister Crowley turned up in California in the 1990’s. It turns out he is a Christian, and even works at a church as a groundskeeper. He said he is sorry for the terrible things his grandfather did and wants no part of them.
At this stage of the game, I’m an agnostic now. Some will say “Well, Crowley wasn’t perfect, but show me someone who was. Every religion had to start somewhere.” True, every religion starts somewhere, and always has tons of legend and lore. But a religion that teaches people to be amoral and turns them into drug addicts…? There really doesn’t seem to be anything redeeming about Crowley’s religion.
I remain skeptical.
The Occult: A History by Colin Wilson
Legacy of The Beast by Colin Wilson
Do What Thou Wilt by Lawrence Sutin
The Equinox Volumes 1-10, PDF Version
Liber Al Vel Legis by A. Crowley
The Law Is For All by A. Crowley
Triumph of The Moon by Ronald Hutton
The Crystal Tablet of Set by M. Aquino
America Bewitched by Daniel Logan
Gargantua and Pentagruel by Rabalais
Lucifer: Tempter or Benefactor by Max Hiendel