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OUP: Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Written by newneubergOuch2. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Available soon from Oxford University Press...

Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Edited by Henrik Bogdan and Martin P. Starr

Hardback, 384 pages
Aug 2012
Price: $99.00

Henrik Bogdan and Martin P. Starr offer the first comprehensive examination of one of the twentieth century's most distinctive occult iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was a study in contradictions. He was born into a Fundamentalist Christian family, then educated at Cambridge where he experienced both an intellectual liberation from his religious upbringing and a psychic awakening that led him into the study of magic. He was a stock figure in the tabloid press of his day, vilified during his life as a traitor, drug addict and debaucher; yet he became known as the perhaps most influential thinker in contemporary esotericism.

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AC for Mayor of London

Written by Thiebes. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

With thanks to Thiebes…

The UK won’t hold elections for Prime Minister 2012, but London will elect its mayor this year. In this post, we’ll look at why you should vote for Aleister Crowley instead of Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone, or Brian Paddick; and we’ll have a special suggestion for UKIP.



It’s true: Aleister Crowley is dead. Sure, he tore up his British passport and declared independence for Ireland. We still believe he is the best candidate for mayor of London. After all, Aleister Crowley was named one of the “Greatest 100 Britons” in a 2002 BBC poll, and he invented the use of the “V for Victory” as a magical foil to the Nazis’ use of the swastika. Surely we needn’t point out that Aleister Crowley lived in London for much of his life, and that he is probably as well-known there as Mickey Mouse is in the U.S.

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David Beth - Aleister Crowley and the Dawn of Aiwass

Written by lashtal. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

With 2 print runs of his book Voudon Gnosis selling out, and through his past leadership of the Ordo Templi Orientis Antiqua and La Couleuvre Noire, and current role with La Société Voudon Gnostique, David Beth has gained the reputation as the spearhead of the revival of Esoteric Voudon. Perhaps less known about him is the fact that he has also studied numerous occult systems throughout the world for the last 20 years. This includes extensive research and practice of Thelemic esoteric principles.

As a gift to the Thelemic community for their inspiration and their aid in research and ideas in the past, David has made available a revised version of his essay Aleister Crowley and the Dawn of Aiwass: A Gnostic Investigation. In it, he explores the transmissions of the "Aiwass Current" and how they can be used in a personal system of Gnostic sorcery. David considers this one of his finest non-Voudon related writings and invites conversation and feedback on it.

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Walk Like An Egyptian

Written by Astaroth. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

My article, Walk Like An Egyptian: Egypt as Authority in Aleister Crowley's Reception of The Book of the Law, has been accepted by The Pomegranate: International Journal of Pagan Studies and is currently in press and due out very soon. The reference is The Pomegranate 12.2 (2010) pp. 20-47. I will link to the journal issue as soon as it appears on the web and if you want to access the article you'll need either a subscription to the journal, to pay for access to the article, or academic library access or a friend with academic library access (which means it'll be free).

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