reply to post by darkbake
Crowley was an enigmatic figure.
I'd like to think that, after reading the majority of his own works (and those of his colleagues, friends, and rivals):
I've got a well-rounded understanding of who Crowley was, and what the atmosphere behind Orders like The O.T.O, the Hermetic Order of the Golden
Dawn, the Theosophical Society, and the Aurumn Solis was like.
The best I can offer is this: they were all mistaken. Crowley included.
What they did was try to overlay Christian theology (an All-Father supreme God and His human avatar: Christ) with Jewish mysticism (the
Kaballah/Qabala), and then force pagan and polytheistic ideals to fit in (like Crowley's use of the title Master Therion, or Ankh-F-N-Khonsu).
Unfortunately, the puzzle pieces weren't necessarily meant to fit. Much of Crowley, and the Hermetic Orders' various theologies incorrectly apply
elements of magical theory, Rosicrucianism, Enochiana, and most definitely pagan Mysteries.
They were a bunch of fallible men, with an armchair interest in Egyptian culture (which was new, fresh, and exciting during the time the Orders were
being founded), and plenty of time to spare. So, they each began forming their own Secret Orders, and recruiting other like-minded individuals.
If you're familiar with the schisms that formed from the Golden Dawn, creating The O.T.O, the Theosophical Society, and other splinter-groups, then
you know that even they, those who had supposed;y reached the hallowed level of Ipsissumus, couldn't agree on what was, or wasn't, true concerning
magic, theology, philosophy, and the Art they were practicing.
I'm sure my opinion is that of the minority, but, that is the conclusion I have arrived at after trying to follow in their footsteps, and
fact-checking their own statements.
~ Wandering Scribe
P.S., the "Thoth Tarot" is a beautiful deck though. I totally still use it for the symbolism and artwork, ha ha.