By Henrik Bogdan
This quantity is the 1st entire exam of 1 of the 20 th century's such a lot detailed iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) used to be a examine in contradictions. Born right into a fundamentalist Christian relations and proficient at Cambridge, he was once vilified as a traitor, drug addict, and debaucher, but respected as possibly the main influential philosopher in modern esotericism. relocating past the impact of up to date psychology and the modernist figuring out of the occult, Crowley declared himself the revelator of a brand new age of individualism. Crowley's occult bricolage, Magick, used to be an eclectic mixture of religious workouts drawn from Western ecu magical ceremonies and Indic resources for meditation and yoga. This trip of self-liberation culminated in harnessing sexual strength as a mystical self-discipline, a "sacrilization of the self" as practiced in Crowley's combined masonic workforce, the Ordo Templi Orientis. the faith Crowley created, Thelema, legitimated his function as a charismatic revelator and bring in of a brand new age of freedom. Aleister Crowley's lasting impression will be obvious within the counter-culture circulation of the overdue Nineteen Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies and in lots of sorts of replacement spirituality and pop culture. The essays during this quantity supply the most important perception into Crowley's foundational position within the learn of Western esotericism, new non secular hobbies, and sexuality.
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But whether understood in symbolic or literal terms, crossing the Abyss involves the final and irrevocable abandonment of the “I” along with its accompanying claim to sole rational authority. ”58 Crowley, schooled in the magical tradition, conceptualized both Choronzon and the Abyss as having an external reality, and he made no subsequent attempt to amend this view. In psychoanalytic terms, however, terms that Crowley was later to embrace, it can be said that Choronzon is equally a manifestation of the dark, repressed components of the psyche.
But whereas, in most similar cases, the feminine qualities appear at the expense of manhood, in him they are added to a perfectly normal masculine type. . He has been able to philosophize about nature from the standpoint of a complete human being; certain phenomena will always be unintelligible to men as such, others, to women as such. . .
He had long been fascinated by “oriental” erotica when, late in life, he committed his considerable erudition to paper with the publication of his studies of Eastern pederasty. 37 It is not insignificant that in the year in which Crowley and Neuburg tramped across the desert, T. E. Lawrence—later to be immortalized as Lawrence of Arabia—was undertaking a walking tour in the Middle East, and that rumors concerning Lawrence’s homosexuality were linked with his early close relationship with an Arab assistant.
Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism by Henrik Bogdan