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 masses while indulging in sex and drugs until his death at age 72.
‘The Wickedest Man in the World’, as the press called him, died in Hastings in 1947. There are people living locally who believe an aura of evil, his evil, lurks in the locations associated with him. Aleister Crowley was notorious as a traitor, a deviant, a ‘drug fiend’, and as a man in league with the Devil. Many years ago, such matters were taken seriously. So much so that Hastings Borough Council prohibited his cremation here. In life, Crowley played up to his image. Asked his name, he would confirm his diabolical reputation by replying ‘666’ or ‘The Beast’. In those days,‘The Beast’ meant ‘Satan’, not a weather system!
Aleister Crowley makes it to a (rather silly) article in the Metro newspaper: In 1918, the famous English occultist Aleister Crowley performed weird occult rituals in New York while absolutely… Read more »
The inter-connection of occultism and espionage goes back at least to the Elizabethan intrigues of Dr. John Dee, and certainly is much older than that. For Crowley, Dr. Dee was a role-model in more ways than one. Occult orders and spy agencies do share much in common. Both are focused on the acquisition and safeguarding of specialised knowledge and embrace secrecy as a cardinal virtue.
The bizarre world of one of Newport’s most infamous residents who practised black magic and kept a kangaroo Evan Morgan was more than your average aristocrat. Famed for his eccentricity,… Read more »
Interesting article (from 18 March 2017) in New Dawn magazine by Dr K R Bolton… “There is no law but do what thou wilt” is the dictum of Thelema, misunderstood… Read more »
Edward Alexander Crowley was born on 12 October 1875 to a well-off family of Plymouth Brethren in Leamington Spa. He was a wilful child, and his mother nicknamed him Therion,… Read more »
Oh dear, oh dear. More insightful journalism from the British tabloids… His [Jimmy Savile’s] reading material is said to have included Crowley, an occultist wizard whose satanic cult and teachings… Read more »
From the New York Times: EILEEN GRAY WAS 51 YEARS OLD when she completed her first private residence. It was a white Modernist villa on a slope descending to the… Read more »
An attorney representing a Nevada prison inmate who was denied a special diet he had requested as a practicing Thelemist asked the Supreme Court on Monday to reverse a lower… Read more »
A decent article in The Scotsman (14 December 2015) by Alison Campsie… Occultist Aleister Crowley bought Boleskine House in the late 1800s. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page may only have… Read more »
Aleister Crowley’s mountaineering expedition to K2 features in National Geographic magazine’s interview with Mick Conefrey, author of The Ghosts Of K2… The first attempt on K2 was surely the most… Read more »
Mick Conefry describes the occultist Aleister Crowley as being among many sent mad by the treacherous mountain… 28 November 2015 The Ghosts of K2: The Epic Saga of the First… Read more »
The Inventor of the Zombie: The life and times of William B Seabrook: pervert, drunk, cannibal, occultist and ‘negrophile’. A talk at Conway Hall, London, on Tuesday 8th September @… Read more »
He’s been dead over 40 years and he’s still cool! He was into sex n’ drugs before rock n’ roll was born! He liked boiled eggs and looked like one!… Read more »
### Berliner Tageblatt ### *Evening Edition – Nr. 207 – Saturday 3rd May, 1930* Arriving in Berlin: Aleister Crowley The fifty-five year old lingers by us for a… Read more »
MORNING LEADER, 15th OCTOBER 1910 RITES OF ELEUSIS. CLASSICISM AND MYSTICISM AT CAXTON HALL. The first Rites of Eleusis was held at Caxton Hall last night by the mystical society… Read more »
LAShTAL.com presents a significant addition to the archives of the Aleister Crowley Society. With thanks to Excoriator… Click on the following links to view PDF files that are scans of… Read more »
Weekly News 22 March 1910 SECRETS OF THE ROSICRUCIANS Protest against the Publication of Mysteries. Two Cats In The Bag. That ancient and mysterious body, the Rosicrucian Order, or Society… Read more »
The Standard 22 March 1910 Court Of Appeal – ROSICRUCIAN MYSTERIES. Attempt to stop their publication, Mr. Aleister Crowley, the defendant in the case of MacGregor. Crowley appealed an order… Read more »