10 unverified claims of the eccentric mystic and the most famous marginalist of the XX century Aleister Crowley
Someone calls Aleister Crowley a philosopher and occultist, someone a great black magician, a follower of Edgar PoE and a predecessor of Burroughs. But the fact remains that without this man, the counterculture of the twentieth century would have lost its most original features-dedication and marginality. After himself, he left ambiguous literary works – from a guide to magic to extreme erotic novels, as well as many myths and legends that cover his person. In our review, there are 10 statements by Crowley that cannot be proved or disproved today
During world war II, Crowley was friends with the spy Ian Fleming, author of the James bond novels. Some said that Crowley himself was a spy, while others claim that he was conducting propaganda to persuade the Americans to join the war on the side of the British. Also, Aleister Crowley claimed that Winston Churchill himself listened to him, and when it came time to develop a symbol that would unite the allied troops, it was allegedly with the help of Crowley that the “V”sign appeared. Presumably, this was a magical mystical sign that invoked the power of Apophis and Typhon and directed their destructive power against the sign-user.
After Crowley became a significant figure in the Hermetic order of the Golden Dawn, just a few years after his initiation in 1898, he fell out with the secret society. According to Crowley, he became disillusioned with the organization when he realized that people who undergo initiation often have no idea about mysticism, rites and rituals. He stated that although the order’s founder, MacGregor Mathers, had some mystical powers, he essentially “bit off more than he could chew” and Mathers ‘ actions destroyed the order.
After breaking up with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Crowley went first to Paris and then across the ocean. While in Mexico, he founded his own order, the Lamp of invisible light. According to Crowley, his practices in the order of the Golden Dawn were just a warm-up, and in Mexico, he learned many ancient secret knowledge. At the same time, he allegedly discovered how to make himself invisible. In fact, Crowley explained that this had nothing to do with real invisibility. His secret knowledge allowed him to control his surroundings without being noticed by others.
The concept of aivass has been interpreted in various ways throughout the evolution of Crowley’s beliefs . In 1904, Crowley wrote the “Book of the Law”, allegedly under the guidance of the otherworldly entity “Aivass”. The book was to be the Foundation of a new religion called Thelema, which Crowley said would change the world. Aivass then figured as a kind of messenger. By 1929, Crowley had created a more formulaic method of magic, writing “Magic in theory and practice”. Aiwass has become something of a Satan or a demonic guardian angel. In addition, by this time, Crowley had declared that he was a prophet of the new doctrine
The Eucharist is a symbolic act or sacrament in Christianity, as well as one of Crowley’s most secret rituals. Crowley developed the so – called” Mass of the Phoenix ” – a ritual of the Eucharist (communion), which should be performed at sunset. This ritual was first published In the book of Lies in 1913, and later in Magic in theory and practice. Crowley believed that the Phoenix Mass was one of the most important thelemite (his new religion) rituals, and should be performed daily.
In the 1940s, the United States worked on some fairly innovative projects, including the development of missiles. Jack Parsons is a researcher at the California state University of technology who laid the Foundation for further research into rocket technology and NASA Jet Propulsion Labs. However, then Parsons with Aleister Crowley (who was already well known) and L. Ron Hubbard (at that time – a minor science fiction writer). Parsons did not consider it necessary to hide his connection with Crowley, and the US government fired him. After this, he continued to correspond with Crowley and became the head of his order of the Eastern Templars in America. Parsons eventually befriended Hubbard, much to the displeasure of Crowley, who called Hubbard a complete charlatan.
Yoga has become a fashion trend today. It is used by people all over the world. Aleister Crowley also argued that everything in the world is interconnected, and yoga is a way to connect the mind and subconscious to the world around a person. He said that only through yoga can a person really experience anything.
This concept has existed for a long time, but it was Aleister Crowley who created a mixture of Western ideals and Eastern mysticism, which he called “Thelema”. This is a kind of strange philosophy that can be applied in many different forms and interpreted in different ways by different people. The most famous of the General principles is “Do what you want, and it will be the Law.” Thelema also States that ” Love is the law, love according to the will.” It is through the act of love that people lose their sense of loneliness and begin to go to what they expected to achieve on Earth. Crowley also stated that there is no such thing as original sin, and that every human being is a divine being. Besides, the real virtues are Christian modesty and charity, and such things as courage and honor.
Anyone who knows even the most General basics about Crowley has probably heard that he was involved in sexual magic. His writings on this subject are incredibly deep and full of rituals officially called “eroto-comatose clarity”. A person who is preparing to pass the spiritual path goes through some kind of physical and athletic training. Then, during the ritual, a pair of handmaidens (the more experienced, the better)”exhaust all the forces of the person sexually.” The goal is to stop a person midway between sleep and arousal. According to Crowley, in this state, the human spirit is free, then it is ready to contact other spirits.
It is not known who wrote the Goetia (part of the “Little key of king Solomon”), and, in particular, the description of 72 various demons. But the final version of the book was collected and published by Aleister Crowley in 1904 (the same year that he contacted Aivass and wrote The knuckle of the Law). Along with instructions on how to summon demons and descriptions of the forms they take, Crowley also included a rather fascinating rational explanation of why summoning works.
According to Crowley, magical phenomena consist of six things: touch, taste, smell, sight, hearing, and mind. The first five, depending on how they are stimulated, cause changes in the brain, which then manifest as magical results. After the mind processes the information it receives from the senses, it sends the results back to the physical world, and this means that all demons and devils come from the human mind.