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Aleister Crowley – Crowley was a fascinating man who lived an amazing life. What this documentary does prove, is that Crowley explored every religion and tradition, during and after his great travels and experiences.
He is best known as being an infamous occultist and the scribe of The Book of the Law, which introduced Thelema to the world.
Crowley was an influential member in several occult organizations, including the Golden Dawn, the A.’.A.’., and Ordo Templi Orientis. He was a prolific writer and poet, a world traveler, mountaineer, chess master, artist, yogi, social provocateur, drug addict and sexual libertine. The press loved to demonize him and dubbed Crowley “The wickedest man in the world.”
Crowley believed in the objective existence of magic, which he chose to spell “Magick”. In his book Magick in Theory and Practice, Crowley defined Magick as “the Science and Art of causing change to occur in conformity with Will.” He also told his disciple Karl Germer that “Magick is getting into communication with individuals who exist on a higher plane than ours. Mysticism is the raising of oneself to their level.” Crowley saw Magick as a third way between religion and science, giving The Equinox the subtitle of “The Method of Science; the Aim of Religion”.
Both during his life and after it, Crowley has been widely described as a Satanist, usually by detractors. Crowley stated he did not consider himself a Satanist, nor did he worship Satan, as he did not accept the Christian world view in which Satan was believed to exist.
Crowley was an incredibly prolific writer, having left behind dozens of books, hundreds of essays, a host of rituals and ceremonies, and a countless number of personal letters and daily journal entries. He wrote poems, short stories, magazine articles, novels, criticism, plays, and more.
Some of his best known books are:
The Book of the Law
Magick, Book 4
The Book of Lies
The Vision and the Voice
777 and Other Qabalistic Writings
Confessions of Aleister Crowley
The Equinox (a series of publications in book format)
Magick Without Tears
Note that in the end of his days, even Crowley realized his obsession with chasing pleasure and living to his own rules was not the way in which life was meant to be lived. His definace of his mother and her religious ways, fueled with having the funds to do as he pleased, lead Crowley to a lifetsyle of satisfying his own sexual needs. He had a narcissistic personally disorder, and believed he could create his own cult and following, and have special relations with the devil. At the end he had no following, friends, and was extremely poor.