reply to post by Cuervo
Thanks for taking an interest and essentially keeping the thread going full steam. I have gone over your posts and I would like to share a couple of
things with you that I think you might find entertaining.
I never have seen this discussed anywhere outside of a couple of close friends and I, but I don't think that it can be emphasized enough, the
potential that A. Crowley had, to commit shenanigans and foment literary hoaxes.
He was the ultimate prankster, remember, if you will, the story wherein he takes hammer and chisel to a statue of
and wears the fig leaf in to a local bar.
And he hated Arthur Waite, who was his contemporary and direct publishing competition; Waite outlived Crowley by a few years. Also Crowley was and
still stands as one of the world's most prolific writers; I am talking, like, Stephen King-prolific. I, and others that have been following the game
closely, would be entirely unsurprised if it were to be found out that Crowley had 'doctored' up and obfuscated Waite while A.C. Performed his own
translations of Levi. That was Crowley's whole thing, he was always 'fixing' everything and claiming to have had restored it to its earliest and
Check this out, my friend, this is supposed to be Waite translating Levi...
KNOWEST thou that old queen of the world who is on the march always and wearies never?
Every uncurbed passion, every selfish pleasure, every licentious energy of humanity, and all its tyrannous weakness, go before the sordid mistress of
our tearful valley, and, scythe in hand, these indefatigable labourers reap their eternal harvest. That queen is old as time, but her skeleton is
concealed in the wreckage of women's beauty, which she abstracts from their youth and love. Her skull is adorned with lifeless tresses that are not
her own. Spoliator of crowned heads, she is embellished with the plunder of queens, from the star-begemmed hair of Berenice to that-white, but not
with age-which the executioner sheared from the brow of Marie Antoinette.
Her livid and frozen body is clothed in faded garments and tattered winding-sheets. Her bony hands, covered with rings, hold diadems and chains,
scepters and crossbones, jewels and ashes. When she goes by, doors open of themselves; she passes through walls; she penetrates to the cabinets of
kings; she surprises the extortioners of the poor in their most secret orgies; she sits down at their board, pours out their wine, grins at their
songs with her gumless teeth, takes the place of the lecherous courtesan hidden behind their curtains.
-Eliphas Levi. The Dogmas and Rituals of Transcendental Magic
That just sounds an awful lot like an allusion to and foreshadowing of Crowley's Babalon
Here is a little more that seems to be a set up for Crowley's Aeon
After this funereal procession come two little children, radiating with smiles and life, the intelligence and love of the coming century, the dual
genius of a newborn humanity. The shadows of death fold up before them, as does night before the morning star; with nimble feet they skim the earth
and sow with full hands the hope of another year.
But death will come no more, impiteous and terrible, to mow like dry grass the ripe blades of the new age; it will give place to the angel of
progress, who will gently liberate souls from mortal chains, so that they may ascend to God. When men know how to live they will die no longer; they
will transform like the chrysalis, which becomes a splendid butterfly.
Same citation as above.
And this just plain reads like Crowley...
IAM the messenger of the suns, and I renew my strength continually in their burning heat, that I may dispense it on my journey to young worlds which
have as yet insufficient warmth, and to ancient stars which have grown cold in their solitude.
All of that to say, that I really do think that for these guys it was about books first. I know that they were all deeply involved in tapping
humanity's deepest narratives, but I also think it had a great deal to do with the addictive fever of writing and disseminating.
Crowley was the best at it and I believe that he saw it as a game and understood where to make his moves while others in the field were just standin'
there starin'. So, for what it is worth, I think that Crowley worked over both Levi and Waite in one fell swoop!
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