Originally posted by Aleister
reply to post by AuranVector
Yep, Crowley had the fun gene. And his writings seem to contain the kind of deep multi-layered information you talk about, and what better way to do
that is use the God memes to double-back and bite the memers. Is there a college class on AC's writings? If not, of course, there should be. If anyone
at Oxford listening?
Aleister: “Is there a college class on AC's writings? If not, of course, there should be. If anyone at Oxford listening?”
Your mentioning Oxford reminded me of an odd coincidence I experienced:
More than 20 years ago, I was in Cambridge, England (as a tourist). I fell in love with Cambridge – it’s a charming town with an English
“village” feel. The various University buildings are beautiful – neatly kept grounds, magnificent architecture. If only ….
(IMHO Cambridge had more charm than Oxford. Oxford had a colder, more “citified” vibe.)
So I was in a Cambridge boutique (many interesting restaurants & boutiques there) looking for some souvenir. I chose two copies of colored
lithographs. The originals must have been early Victorian (I’m guessing by the women’s clothing). These prints did not have any particular meaning
to me at the time. I just thought they would look good on my walls.
One is entitled “The Great Court, Trinity College” and the other is “Trinity Hall from the Garden”.
Fast forward some years and I discover that Trinity College at Cambridge was Aleister Crowley’s old school.
It’s one of those oddball coincidences, like the number 11. (There are 30+ colleges at Cambridge.)
When I was very young I had read Crowley’s “Confessions…” – but dismissed Crowley as a nasty creep. I had no conscious memory that Crowley
had attended Cambridge – muchless Trinity College.
But back to your question:
As for anyone in the “Oxbridge” crowd taking “The Book of the Law” seriously IN PUBLIC – he would be foolhardy to do so.
That’s not to say there aren’t closeted Thelemites at both universities, but I think for someone who needs to maintain a “respectable” façade
for professional reasons, “coming out” would be a bad idea. I suspect neither University would be amused.
It would be much more acceptable to come out as a homosexual than a Thelemite.
Of course, I could be wrong. But I would really be surprised.
If any open discussion of Crowley & “The Book of the Law” were allowed in class, it would probably be only to debunk Crowley as a charlatan and
the Liber Legis as a fraud.
As for Crowley's poetry, I don't think the Establishment Literati hold it in high esteem -- "Victorian purple prose".
I suspect the reason this thread has received so many Stars & Flags is because most just keyed in on the words “Crowley Hoax” and didn’t even
bother to read the OP, much less the thread.
edit on 21-4-2012 by AuranVector because: to add info