Aleister Crowley


'Oh, is that what he looks like?' -- Ozzy

Written by Mutat. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

From an interview with Zakk Wylde in Rock Cellar Magazine...

Dude, I have to tell you a funny story.

A while back, Ozzy comes into my studio and he sees these posters on the wall. He looks at the Led Zeppelin one and starts telling me some stories about John Bonham and how they would get f****d up together in the bars.


New book on Jules Jacot Guillarmod

Written by the_real_simon_iff. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

A new book on Jules Jacot Guillarmod, the mountaineer and photograph of the Himalaya expeditions of 1902 and 1905, led by Oscar Eckenstein and Aleister Crowley respectively, has been published: PIONIER AM K2 (in German) or PIONNIER DU K2 (in the French original).

It's an amazing account of the adventures with nearly 200 fascinating photographs. Especially interesting to the members of this site will be the inclusion of quite a few extraordinary and never before seen photographs of Crowley, Jacot Guillarmod and Eckenstein, as well as of the other members of the parties, like De Righi, Reymond, Pache and others. As an extra there also photos of Guillarmod's visit at Boleskine (one even showing Crowley's ill-fated daughter Nuit Ma Ahathoor Hecate Sappho Jezebel Lilith sitting on Crowley's desk in his Boleskine study) and Crowley visiting Guillarmod in France. The book also quotes extensively from Guillarmod's journals, quite interesting when compared to Crowley's accounts in his Confessions.

Check out the publisher's web page. There you will find an interactive extract which already depicts one of the most amazing Crowley portraits ever seen.


Aleister Crowley: A Passion For Evil - London

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Aleister Crowley – A Passion For Evil by John Burns
29 to 31 October 2012
The Etcetera Theatre, London

"Gripping and compelling, held together by a strong and well-played performance which summons – and then exorcises – the spirit of The Great Beast." - The Edinburgh Spotlight

Read on for a Special Offer for LAShTAL Members


Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Visitors to this site will be as excited as me by the announcement of the publication of:

Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism
Edited by Henrik Bogdan and Martin P Starr

This volume is the first comprehensive examination of one of the twentieth century's most distinctive iconoclasts.

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was a study in contradictions. Born into a fundamentalist Christian family and educated at Cambridge, he was vilified as a traitor, drug addict, and debaucher, yet revered as perhaps the most influential thinker in contemporary esotericism. Moving beyond the influence of contemporary psychology and the modernist understanding of the occult, Crowley declared himself the revelator of a new age of individualism. Crowley's occult bricolage, Magick, was an eclectic combination of spiritual exercises drawn from Western European magical ceremonies and Indic sources for meditation and yoga. This journey of self-liberation culminated in harnessing sexual power as a magical discipline, a "sacrilization of the self" as practiced in Crowley's mixed masonic group, the Ordo Templi Orientis.


AC on BBC Radio 3: Sunday 19 August 2012

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Words And Music: Beyond Good and Evil

BBC Radio 3: 6.30pm on Sunday 19 August 2012

Aleister Crowley's poem, Hymn To Lucifer, will feature in the August 19 2012 edition of BBC Radio 3's highly acclaimed Words And Music series.

Words and Music on the theme of Evil. Readings by Ann Mitchell and Andrew Wincott. With texts from the Bible, Beowulf and Blake. With Music by Berg, Britten and Black Sabbath.

A whirlwind tour through the dark alleys of Evil: from the Garden of Eden in Genesis and Milton's Paradise Lost, to the vampires and dominatrices of Baudelaire and Swinburne, via the black magic of Aleister Crowley and Marlowe, to the apocalyptic visions of Blake and Dante, taking in the Evil lurking in the German forest to the cloven hoof on the carpet where Evil is located by Auden in the everyday world, "unspectacular and always human".


Aleister Crowley: Wandering The Waste

Written by Martin Hayes. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Exciting news from Martin Hayes...

It makes me immensely happy to report that my old pal and cohort Roy Huteson Stewart has recommenced work on our graphic novel Aleister Crowley: Wandering the Waste. Contracts have been signed with Markosia and it's all systems go. All we need to do now is finish the bloody thing.

The road has not been easy but at last it looks as though we'll see this book on shelves before we're all dead and rotting in the ground. It's nearly two years since Crowley was supposed to be completed and published. It seems longer than that, since the original publisher collapsed in a wholly avoidable and bile-filled fashion, since my first trip to a lawyer's office, since the long and tedious exchange of emails with a worm masquerading as a man. But that's all in the past. And we're back on track. And we will finish this awful cloying bastard of a book.


Netherwood: Last Resort of Aleister Crowley

Written by WeiserAntiquarian. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Now available from Weiser Antiquarian Books:

Netherwood: Last Resort of Aleister Crowley

by "A Gentleman of Hastings" [Antony Clayton]
with contributions from
Frater Amor Fati [Gary Lachman]
& The English Heretic [Andy Sharp]

Foreword by Anok Pe [David Tibet]

A fascinating study of Netherwood, the guest-house in Hastings (England) and the time spent there by its most famous resident, Aleister Crowley. In addition to a background history of the building, the book includes a lengthy chapter on each of the years that Crowley spent there, exploring the daily life of the Beast in his final years, and his interactions with other guests and those who visited him, including Kenneth Grant, David Curwen, John Symonds and others. The author, Antony Clayton, lives in Hastings and is an established writer whose previous books include "Subterranean City: Beneath the Streets of London," "The Folklore of London," and "Decadent London." The book opens with a Foreword by Hastings resident, musician and Crowley aficionado David Tibet, and has additional essays "The Mark of the Beast" by occult researcher, musician and author Gary Lachman and "Conjuror with Belief: Aossic in the Atom Age," by Andy Sharp writing as "The English Heretic," the collaborative occult/musical/experiential project in which he features. Generously illustrated with many seldom-seen photographs of Netherwood, Crowley and friends, as well as colour photographs of some of Crowley's artwork that probably once graced the walls of the building.


Allan Bennett - Towards an Academic Paper

Written by imbas. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Conference Notice – 1st call for papers

South-East Asia as a Crossroads for Buddhist Exchange: pioneer European Buddhists and Asian Buddhist networks 1860-1960

Study of Religions Department, University College Cork, Ireland

13-15 September 2012

The recent discovery of the extraordinary life of 'The Irish Buddhist' U Dhammaloka (documented in the special issue of Contemporary Buddhism 11:2, December 2010) has stimulated new avenues of research into numerous significant but neglected East-West and global Buddhist encounters. This conference focuses on forgotten or under-represented Buddhist pioneers, their connections and collaborations, and the contribution of these individuals and networks to the construction of Buddhist modernities.



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