reply to post by Lagrimas
First of all, star and flag for the research and well written post. Good job.
That said, I think you're over-thinking a few things. Specifically, times and places that you take as being more than just a coincidence. For example
the moving of the Stele in 1902, his marriage to Rose in 1903, and his finding it in 1904. It sounds to me like you're taking "time stamped"
instances and turning them into something more than what they are.
And then there's Baddicombe Gunn. You say that Crowley's association with him was "too close for comfort." I say that people travel within their
circle of people who have a lot in common with each other. Birds of a feather. That's all that sounds like it is to me.
You seem to have good research skills so I would suggest the same thing another poster did and start getting in contact with the authors of the Wiki
article you heavily referenced. It's no secret that anyone can go and edit articles there so I would double check the information for
authenticity.Especially if you're going to keep making posts like this. You know as well as anyone that people here are going to be quick to call you
out when they smell BS. You seem to deserve better than that so just make sure all your I's are dotted and T's are crossed.
Something else I want to mention that might help you see things in a different light so as to help you get to the bottom of this is that we all know
Crowley was pretty much a self made man. He made his own life what it was. No one else pulled the strings. He's not the only one who was ever like
this and he wont be the last. In this day and age though people like him, who march to the beat of their own drummer, and getting to be found very few
and far between. Perhaps this is why it's getting harder and harder to understand people like him.
If I were you I would imagine your own life kind of like his in that you do your own thing regardless of what other people say or do. Put yourself in
his shoes and see through his eyes for a bit. If you do you might find that when people live the life of people like Crowley that things just fall
into place. I wouldn't recommend the amount drugs and reckless sexual abandon that he did, very few people can do what he did and live to tell about
it, just will your own version of what you think your life should be by doing whatever it takes to make it so.
("Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law". That's what I take it mean at least.)
If you do or imagine that kind of life you'll find that it gets easier to do whatever it takes as time goes by. It's just like anything else in that
the longer you do something the better you get at it. And I think that's the main reason why, 100 years after the fact, we can send probes to Saturn
and figure out how big our galaxy his, but we still can't get a firm grip on whether Crowley was a fraud or not. It's that way I think because
Crowley was one of the best at what he did. And that, simply put, is the fact that he made his own life by whatever means it took. People, for the
most part, don't do that anymore. For all of the mans faults, you gotta give him that.
So was he a fraud or was he genuine? He was both IMO. If deceiving people got him what he wanted out of life then that is what he would do. And I far
as I can tell nobody got hurt by those actions. Either confused or awakened....but not hurt. He didn't do it all the time of course, if that were
the case he would've been found out a long time ago. People may not be on his level, but they're not stupid. The fact remains though, and I think
it's self-evident based on the outcome of his life, that the ends justified the means. And the ends in this case is that he will go down in history
as possibly the most influential occultist there ever was and also as somebody that no one could ever fully figure out.Those two will always go hand
in hand because his intentions were genuine but he had to bend the rules from time to time to make those intentions reality.
When you can do what he did and produce a good, solid outcome, then you're a magician of the highest order. That's my take on it at least.