Aleister Crowley

(12 October 1875 - 1 December 1947 / Warwickshire, England)

Aleister Crowley
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Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, and also known as both Frater Perdurabo and The Great Beast, was an influential English occultist, mystic, ceremonial magician, poet and mountaineer, who was responsible for founding the religious philosophy of Thelema. In his role as the founder of the Thelemite philosophy, he came to see himself as the prophet who was entrusted with informing humanity that it was entering the new Aeon of Horus in the early 20th century.

Born into a wealthy upper class family, as a young man he became an influential member of the esoteric Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn after befriending the order's leader, Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers. ... more »

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  • ''I can imagine myself on my death-bed, spent utterly with lust to touch the next world, like a boy asking for his first kiss from a woman.''
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 54 (1929, rev. 1970).
  • ''I was asked to memorise what I did not understand; and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner.''
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 5 (1929, rev.1970). Of geometry lessons.
  • Love stories are only fit for the solace of people in the insanity of puberty. No healthy adult human being can really care whether so-and-so does or does not succeed in satisfying his physiological u...
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 50 (1929, rev. 1970).
  • Indubitably, Magick is one of the subtlest and most difficult of the sciences and arts. There is more opportunity for errors of comprehension, judgement and practice than in any other branch of physic...
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 20 (1929, rev. 1970).
  • ''The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.''
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 33 (1929, revised 1970).
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  • Rookie Christine Woodrich (11/15/2006 11:46:00 AM)

    Crowley is fantastic! I still love LaVey more, but Crowley has definately impacted my religion.

  • Rookie Kerri Gibbs (10/12/2006 12:51:00 AM)

    What a weird guy..whew...

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