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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  • The supreme satisfaction is to be able to despise one's neighbour and this fact goes far to account for religious intolerance. It is evidently consoling to reflect that the people next door are headed...
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 3 (1929, rev. 1970).
  • ''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).
  • It sometimes strikes me that the whole of science is a piece of impudence; that nature can afford to ignore our impertinent interference. If our monkey mischief should ever reach the point of blowing ...
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 14 (1929, rev. 1970).
  • ''There is only one really safe, mild, harmless beverage and you can drink as much of that as you like without running the slightest risk, and what you say when you want it is, "Garçon! Un Pernod!"''
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 63 (1929, rev. 1970). Advice to his disciple Victor Neub...
  • ''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.
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  • Christine Woodrich (11/15/2006 11:46:00 AM)

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

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

    What a weird guy..whew...

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