The Truth About Aleister Crowley
Well, I’m surfing dangerous waters since I never read much by Crowley (his prose and poetry are both far too turgid for my tastes), but I’m going to give my readers an introduction to the most notorious dark magician that ever walked the planet anyway.
Crowley grew up rich, but after his father died of cancer when Crowley was 11, his life changed direction rapidly. Crowley rejected his Christian upbringing and became fond of drugs and prostitutes and devoted himself to hedonism. He studied alchemy, and took much from Francois Rabelais, including the slogan “do what thou wilt” and the name of his eventual philosophy, “Thelema.” which was based on the hedonism supported by Rabelais, who wrote extensively on the virtues of marijuana, although he had to disguise the plant in code due to the Vatican’s ban on writing or speaking about cannabis.
Crowley’s background in ceremonial magic really starts with his introduction to the Golden Dawn society. Crowley was eventually drummed out of that organization after he found it difficult to get along with its masters. It was inevitable Crowley would get control of his own secret society at some point, although he continued to pick up degrees in as many magical societies as possible. The OTO Crowley eventually took over began in Germany and he seems to have been a double agent pretending to support Germany while actually working for MI6. At some point, Crowley crossed the line into fraudulent behavior by claiming magic powers that didn’t exist. I suppose this starts soon after he goes to India to study meditation and yoga. Claiming himself a yoga master, Crowley soon gets married and moves to Egypt, where he supposedly makes telepathic contact with the Egyptian god of magic, Thoth. I could take this seriously if Crowley’s career at this point was just recognized as an author of “science fiction,” but I’m afraid he intended his disciples to actually believe he routinely opened doors to other dimensions of time and space.
At this point, Crowley is into full-time hoodwinks, and soon begins claiming all sorts of magical powers, furiously spinning his webs. Meanwhile, among polite society in England, it’s pretty much understood not to leave your kids alone with Crowley, as his conduct knows no moral guidelines. Somerset Maugham would write a novel about him, The Magician, asserting that ritual murder was part of Crowley’s bag of tricks. You see, many black magicians believe if they kill someone, their soul can be transmuted into psychic energy making the dark magician all that more powerful. Of course, if Crowley was doing ritual murder, he never wrote about it, and certainly never admitted to any serious crimes of this nature, although he wanted to give the impression he had powers far beyond the reach of mortal men.
It seems that the old money super rich have always been fascinated by magic and easily suckered out of their money by a good seance, so it wasn’t long before people inside the oligarchy developed an interest in Crowley. We don’t know when exactly he went to work for British intelligence as a secret agent, but when he came to America, his missions seems to have been to spy on German spies. He seems to have been involved in the plot to sink the Lusitania, which was done to bring the US into England’s war. He also may have been involved in the mysterious defection of Rudolf Hess and several other major intrigues during WWII.
If there’s a Crowley in England today, his name is David Icke, who also claims special magical powers. According to Icke, the royal family is really composed of shape-shifting alien reptiles from another dimension that only Icke is allowed to see. Believe it or not, Icke has a huge fan base and is hard at work trying to capture the center of energy on conspiracy research, despite being such an obvious disinfo agent or quack, take your pick.
Claiming special magical powers might get you some prestige inside the oligarchies, but for me, it’s always an indicator of hoodwink in progress. By the end of this life, Crowley had become a bit of a joke inside British intel, and they considered him little more than a pawn to be used in misdirection ops. Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was his handler at the end.
Of course, a huge cult has developed around Crowley. They don’t see him as a tool of British intel and obvious fraud claiming powers that never existed. They view him as the most enlightened man in the universe? Crowley died broke, addicted to hard drugs, and with few real friends in the world. He left a legacy of unbridled hedonism and did little to increase real enlightenment or help anyone other than himself. He’s known today as the founder of modern Satanism and a convenient scapegoat for all evil in the world. I’m sure Crowley would be happy with this role. In the meantime, if you’re looking for true enlightenment, or just a happy and well-adjusted life, I’d advise taking Crowley’s claims with more than a grain of salt. Because if Crowley really could routinely open up doors to other dimensions, seems like there should have been plenty of people willing to pay a fortune to get in on that game.