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Antti Balk: The Law of Thelema – Aleister Crowley’s Philosophy of True Will

Very excited to hear of the availability of the latest from Antti Balk, author of one of my favourite books, Balderdash. This 646-page work, The Law of Thelema: Aleister Crowley’s Philosophy of True Will, will, I’m sure, be just as compelling. Though many books have ostensibly been written on Crowley’s philosophy, this might well be the first one truly accessible to an intelligent reader with no prior or current interest in the occult—yet THE LAW OF THELEMA nowise pretends that one’s True Will can be ascertained without the patient utilization of esoteric techniques. In the tradition of Franz Hartmann’s...

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Mysticism of Ananda Coomaraswamy: Untouched side of a rare polymath – Sri Lanka Guardian

Coomaraswamy’s acquaintance with infamous English occultist Aleister Crowley would be another interesting incident to expose his colourful life. Indeed both Coomaraswamy and Crowley were two different characters in every way wherein Crowley was loathed by many as a charlatan and a seducer of women, but Coomaraswamy was known for his academic contributions widely. Nevertheless their knack on wearing dresses in a flamboyant manner always attracted both of them to be in the centre of the social circles. When Coomaraswamy met Crowley in 1917 Coomaraswamy was then married to the second of his four wives, a musician and singer from...

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Liber Al Vel Legis – Aiwass, Aleister Crowley and 114 Years⋆Nettle’s Garden – The Old Craft

A well-informed and fascinating article from Nettle’s Garden – The Old Craft… On March 16, 1904, in the King’s Chamber at the Great Pyramid of Giza, Aleister Crowley attempted to show the Sylphs to his wife, Rose Edith Kelly, during the Bornless Ritual. She couldn’t see them, but she entered a trance and repeatedly told her husband: “They’re waiting for you!” Crowley didn’t pay much attention to it until two days later when, on March 18, after invoking god Thoth, his Rose told him that the one waiting for him was Horus. To confirm this, Crowley took her to...

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Ordo Templi Orientis News: Gérard Aumont

Gérard Aumont was born Gérard Marie Albert Aumont in Gabes, Tunisia on September 13, 1902 to Alfred Charles Jean and Eva Alphonsine (née Mauger) Aumont. He married Paulette Cazaentre in Marseilles on August 10, 1932; they had no children. His nephew is the well-known theatre, film and television actor Michel Aumont. He was only 20 when he met Crowley in his post-Cefalù exile in Tunisia, first appearing in Crowley’s diary on August 23, 1923: “Aumont called—he had already translated The Ghouls. Very intelligent youth—gets my ideas at once—picks the important aphorisms—but is terribly voluble.” Crowley’s diaries show that Aumont was an occasional lover. He translated The Diary of a Drug Fiend into French around 1924 — its manuscript was among in the Crowley papers shipped to America. Source: Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.)...

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10 Evil Rock + Metal Songs Inspired by Aleister Crowley

The vast influence of occultist Aleister Crowley in heavy metal is undeniable. You can throw a stone and hit a band that heavily employs themes of the occult, Satanism, and Thelema, the spiritual philosophy founded by Mr. Crowley himself. In addition to being a renowned ceremonial magician and self-proclaimed prophet, “the wickedest man in the world” was also a revered writer and novelist who produced an abundance of poetry and literature throughout his lifetime. It wasn’t just his teachings or writings about alchemy and magick that made him metal AF, but he also had a rockstar mystique, shocking the...

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