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Aleister Crowley was a self-proclaimed drug and sex "fiend," a mostly self-published author of books on the occult and magick. a poet and mountaineer, and a leader of a group called Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) whose tenets are detailed in one of his many writings, The Book of the Law.
Crowley claimed to identify himself with the Great Beast 666 (from the Book of Revelation) and enjoyed the appellation of "wickedest man in the world." Crowley inherited a fortune and worked hard at being strange. He was especially alluring to dysfunctional women (Gardner 1992:198).
As a child, his constant rebellious behaviour displeased his devout mother to such an extent she would chastise him by calling him "The Beast" (from the Book of Revelation), an epithet that Crowley would later happily adopt for himself. He objected to the labelling of what he saw as life's most worthwhile and enjoyable activities as "sinful
His three years at Cambridge were happy ones, due in part to coming into the considerable fortune left by his father. Throughout this period he maintained a vigorous sex life, which was largely conducted with prostitutes and girls he picked up at local pubs and cigar shops, but extending into homosexual activities in which he played a passive role
Crowley's magical and initiatory system has amongst its innermost reaches a set of teachings on sex "magick." He frequently expressed views about sex that were radical for his time, and published numerous poems and tracts combining pagan religious themes with sexual imagery both heterosexual and homosexual, as well as pederastic. One of his most notorious poetry collections, entitled White Stains (1898), was published in Amsterdam in 1898 and dealt specifically with sexually explicit subject matter. However, most of the hundred copies printed for the initial release were later seized and destroyed by British customs
Originally posted by umwolves123
ok i know this is kinda a stupid question but What exactly did Crowley do that was soo bad?
I know he was a member of Golden Dawn, a number of witch covens,
a clandestine mason, and a big sexual deviant, however...what kind of sexual things made him so bad? was he a child molester or something?
what kind of sex magic did he get involved in?
Originally posted by ronishia
through time he has been considered a racist
Originally posted by chemlabco
I guess one think bad is when he went mountain climbing and a mate needed help he didn't go to his aid and that mate did fall and die.
At one point he became convinced his wife was a bat, Crowley forced her to sleep tied upside down in a closet at nights.
Originally posted by Communication_Burger
Didn't Crowley used to sodomise young children and then kill them?
Originally posted by Cug
Why do you think he would?
Originally posted by Nygdan
Crowley isi considered an evil deviant becuase thats what he told people he was.
Originally posted by Masonic Light
Crowley's personal motto, apart from Perdurabo, was "all publicity is good publicity", and for whatever reason, he not only enjoyed all the yellow journalism about himself, but relished in it.
Originally posted by Legalizer
He wrote/published some 800 books,he liked to hear himself talk basically.
Originally posted by Cug
I can't agree with that. From all accounts that I have read, Crowley seemed pretty much indifferent to the yellow press stories it was you must be a fool to believe that, and who cares what fools think kinda thing. Unfortunately it seems to me that Crowley often overestimated the intelligence of the average Joe.
He certainly didn't relish it when he was kicked out of Sicily, or when he had problems getting books published/marketed because of the reputation these stories gave him. Or when he unsuccessfully sued Constable & Co. in 1933 (publishers of Nina Hamnett's book Laughing torso) because of the events mentioned.