Originally posted by eudaimonia
1. tortured a cat at 11 to test if it had nine lives.
Not a good thing, but he did not torture the cat. He killed it believing if it have 9 lives it would not die, poor kitty. A stupid thing to do.
2. sacrificed small animals in his magic rituals.
that happened twice. once was a frog that he was going to have for dinner anyway, he did a mini passion play with it. The next was a Chicken but to
tell the truth I have forgoten what the the story was. But it was not a a normal occurrence.
While he was in India, he did watch some Hindu sacrifices as an observer.
3. summoned and dispatched demons through his magic.
This is a case of know knowing what Magick is. As Crowley wrote in the introduction to the Goetia (one of the "instruction" books on calling
"demons") "The spirits of the Goetia are portions of the human mind." Magick and psychology are pretty much the same thing with diffrent terms and
practices, but the result is the same.
4. advocated pedophilia, bestiality and necrophiliac cannibalism through his poetry.
Your talking about the book of poems "White Stains". Crowley's idea for this book was to refute the findings of Richard von Krafft-Ebing's
(1840-1902) 1893 Psychpathia Sexualis. The idea of von Krafft-Ebing's book was that sexual aberrations were the result of physiological disease.
But in any case it was a book of fiction, do you think Stephen King advocated the distruction of the world when he wrote The Stand?, or was he
promoting rabid dogs in Cujo?
5. wrote pro-German propaganda for a New York publisher.
I guess you didn't read the pages where you got this info. I'll just quote rotton.com here. (where you got the crowley-buddah pic.)
Crowley wrote pro-German propaganda for a New York publisher which, he explained, was intended to hurt the Germans by making them look
ridiculous for having such bad propaganda written for them. In one stroke, he turned his bad prose and treasonous leanings into a victory for freedom
There is no proof as to whether Crowley was a) sincerely trying to sabotage the Germans and b) working for British intelligence in this effort, as he
claimed. Crowley counted some fairly significant British military figures among his students. "It could have happened" is about as far as you can
From my research I have a feeling what happened is Crowley contacted someone with this idea and they just told him ok thinking what do they have to
lose, but never officially OKing it. I have read photocopies of some of this stuff.. and it really was WAY over the top.
6. a racist.
Well for the time, Crowley was far
less racist than most people, yes he used the "N" word but so did everybody at the time. What Crowley was
is classist, much like every other rich person in England at the time. (The BBC's Victorian Manor House reality program that PBS had on was a good
example how the Victorian era upper class treated the servant class)
7. a goat was sacrificed while penetrating his mistress Leah Hirsig.
Frankly this is debatable, the one source, of questionable accuracy, was a story by Mary Butts, here is a short quote about the incident from a libel
trial report in the press.
The Times, April 11th 1934 (1st day of trial)
LAW REPORT, APRIL 10, HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE, KING'S BENCH DIVISION, "Black Magic" : Libel Action Against Authoress., Crowley V Constable and Co.,
Limited and Others. Before Mr. Justice Swift and a Special Jury",
"Crowley had a temple in Cefalu in Italy. He was supposed to practice black magic, and one day a baby was said to have disappeared mysteriously.
There was also a goat there.
This all pointed to Black Magic, so people said, and the inhabitants of the village were frightened of him. That was quite inaccurate. No child
disappeared mysteriously, and the only goat on the premise was kept for its milk."
Frankly if Crowley did such a thing he would of written about it, like he did with some other distasteful things.
8. addicted to heroin and coc aine.
2 things to note, One they were both legal at the time. and the Heroin was perscribed as a treatment for asthma, something that was very common in
Crowley's time. Here is a pic of a asthma drug that contains heroin.
9. abandoned his first wife and child.
This is simple.. he did no such thing. What the bbc story is referring to is when Crowley, Rose (his first wife), and his daughter finished their trip
across china on horseback during the winter of 1905-6 they ended up in French Indo-china (Now Vietnam) On March 22nd 1906. There he sent his tired
wife home while he traveled to America, he was back home to England on June 2nd of 1906. Not exactly abandonment now is it?
10. declared christianity to be dead.
He sure did. was there a reason he should play nice with Christianity?
He called himself The Great Beast 666.
And he also said that 666 means the sun and you could call him little sunshine. (Under oath i might add). And way there is a non-christian reason
behind 666 and he did like to freak out the "straights" so to speak.
From The Great Beast, 334
I will work the work of wickedness
I will kill my heart
I will be loud and adulterous
I will be covered with jewels and rich garments.
I will be shameless before all men
I will, for token thereof, will freely prostitute my body to the lusts of each and every living creature that shall desire it
I claim the Mystery of Mysteries, BABALON the Great, and the Number 156, and the robe of the Woman of Whoredomes and the Cup of Abominations.
Well the book the great beast is another hatchit job, and is the only record of this anywhere so grain of salt here.. (Note this is said to be what
Crowley required his sex magick partners to say.)
I say again, how can anyone admire this
WOW! it's so shocking to see someone in a happy buddha costume!
The thing to remember is most Thelemites follow the teachings of Crowley, not the actions of Crowley. The person and the message are not the same.