Originally posted by akilles
OK, sorry, not false truth. It was deliberate disinformation that he spread.
I would argue, after having studied his works for many years, that Crowley never knowingly spread disinformation. What he did
do was the same
thing he said that Eliphas Levi did, i.e., "he still annoys dull people by his habit of diverting himself at their expense by making fools of them
posthumously." (The Book of Thoth, p. 5)
I suppose you will find that ridiculous as well, but I believe there is atleast one other 'universal rule' than 'Do what thou wilt."
Maybe its Karma is a boomerang. Maybe its paybacks a bitch, hell maybe its a little ditty, when you're not nice, bad luck times thrice.
The term "Do what thou wilt" didn't even originate with Crowley, it was coined by Rabelais in "Gargantua and Pantagruel". When used by Crowley,
it implied the basic doctrine of the mystic, i.e., that we are incarnated for the sole purpose of expressing the Higher Will, and that it is our duty
to discover and obey it; and that without it, we are simply imbecile children wandering aimlessly without purpose.
Crowley didn't invent any of this, as this doctrine is the basis of all esoteric metaphysics; he simply was one of the first to publish it in plain
language. Karma cannot really be separated from the formula of Love Under Will, since Karma is a product of the Higher Will's relation to the
So ML, your interest in Sex Magick, led you to Fraternity,
I'm not really interested in Crowley's form of sex magick that came from the O.T.O. But I am certainly interested in the mechanics of the orthodox
system of Magick that he learned from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and which he expressed in the curriculum of the A.'.A.'.
I'm not a follower of Aleister Crowley, nor even a big fan, but I certainly give him credit for popularizing the Hermetic Qabalah through his vast
But religion is never discussed, and the occult is only there if you look for it, right?
Just as it is impossible to separate Will from Karma, it is also impossible to separate religion from occultism. The word "occult" literally means
those things that are hidden, and in mystical usage means that which is hidden from the senses. Therefore all religion by definition is occultic.
When we say that religion is not discussed in Masonry, we mean that we do not allow sectarian disputes in the Lodge, and that no one is discriminated
against because of his religion. But Masonry is a vehicle for transmitting Philosophy, and the teachings of the major world religions are often
presented in the degrees, especially those of the Scottish Rite.