Category : Media Articles

Presented here are articles from a wide variety of sources concerning Aleister Crowley and Thelema.
The older articles, from 1910 to 1950, are taken from the Yorke Collection, housed at the Warburg Institute in London.
Although the (c)opyright of these articles rests with the sources and authors, a considerable amount of work has gone into transcribing, hosting and presenting these articles. Much of this work was undertaken in the early 1990s by Doug Brown, to whom a great deal of gratitude is owed by modern students of Thelema, especially for his highly influential crowleyana.com website.
The crowleyana.com archive has been absorbed into lashtal.com
I would ask all journalists/researchers to identify lashtal.com as a source and to keep the webmaster informed about works that use extracts from the site. It’s possible that I could be of further assistance. If you have any relevant articles not included within this archive I would appreciate an electronic copy or scan. Please feel free to email me with any submissions or comments.

1922 – Sunday Express

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Sunday Express, Circa Late 1922/1923. CROWLEY’S PLANS The revelations in the “Sunday Express” recently on obscene orgies carried on by Aleister Crowley – “The Beast 666” as he styles himself – in his “abbey” at Cefalu, Sicily, have been followed by a sinister and tragic happening. Information has just reached this newspaper of his two latest victims. one of them… Read more »

1922 November 26 – Sunday Express

Sunday Express. 26th November 1922 ALEISTER CROWLEY’S ORGIES IN SICILY. WOMANS ACCOUNT OF HIS LAST VISIT TO LONDON “THE BEAST 666.” BLACK RECORD OF ALEISTER CROWLEY. PREYING on THE DEBASED. HIS ABBEY. PROFILIGACY AND VICE IN SICILY. The “Sunday Express” last week demanded the suppression of a book, “The Dairy of a Drug Fiend.” Written by a person called Aleister… Read more »

Secrets Of A Mystic Society – Daily Express: 23 March 1910

Daily Express, 23rd March 1910. SECRETS OF A MYSTIC SOCIETY. ROSICRUCIAN RITUAL TO BE REVEALED. In consequence of a decision of the Court of Appeal yesterday, the secrets, rituals, and ceremonies of the mystic “Rosicrucian Order of A.O.” are to be disclosed today to an expectant public. The order is a modern revival of the famous Rosicrucian Order, which is… Read more »

1910 – ‘The Equinox’

KINGS BENCH DIVISION “THE EQUINOX” Jones V The Looking Glass Publishing Company (Limited) And Others (Before Mr. Justice Scrutton and a Common Jury.) This was an action for damages for an alleged libel appearing in the Looking Glass of November 26, 1910, which commenced yesterday and concluded today. The action was brought by Mr. George Cecil Jones, a consulting chemist,… Read more »

1910 October 15 – Rites of Eleusis

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 of which Mr. Crowley (of the “Equinox”) is the chief. It was the rite of Saturn. The rites of Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Venus, Mercury, and Luna follow o­n successive Wednesdays,… Read more »

1910 April 22 – To Aleister Crowley

JOHN BULL 2nd April 1910. To Aleister Crowley, Esq., Editor of “The Equinox” Dear Mr. Crow, Congratulations o­n the result of your appeal. It is rather nice to have lawsuits about Rosicrucian mysteries in the prosaic twentieth century. Incidentally, there is also a fine advertisement for your periodical. Meanwhile, I wish you would teach me to become invisible, to turn… Read more »

1910 March 27 – Mystic Order

The People, 27th March 1910 MYSTIC ORDER The Publication Of It’s  Rituals. In the Court Of Appeal,  before Lords Justices Vaughan Williams, Moulton, and Farwell came the case of “MacGregor V Crowley” which was an appeal by defendant Mr. Aleister Crowley,  against an order by Mr. A. Neilson, for defendant, said that the order appealed  for an injunction restraining the… Read more »

1910 December 17 – The Looking Glass

THE LOOKING GLASS, 17TH DECEMBER 1910 EXTRACT FROM A PAGE OF VARIOUS NEWS. We understand that Mr. Aleister Crowley has left London for Russia. This should do much to mitigate the rigour of the St. Petersburg winter. We have to congratulate ourselves o­n having temporarily extinguished o­ne of the most blasphemous and cold-blooded villains of modern times. But what were… Read more »

1910 March 23 – Secrets of a Mystic Society

Daily Express, 23rd March 1910. SECRETS OF A MYSTIC SOCIETY. ROSICRUCIAN  RITUAL TO BE REVEALED. In consequence of a decision of the Court of Appeal yesterday, the secrets, rituals, and ceremonies of the mystic “Rosicrucian Order of A.O.” are to be disclosed today to an expectant  public. The order is a modern revival of the famous Rosicrucian Order, which is… Read more »

1910 March 22 – Secrets of the Rosicrucians

Weekly News22 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 of the Rosy Cross, has produced a modern institution dating from 1888, whose strange rituals and secrets were discussed in the Court of Appeal o­n Monday. The veil was lifted by… Read more »

1910 March 22 – The Standard

The Standard22 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 of Mr. Justice Buckmill at chambers. Mr. Whately with him, Mr. A. Neilson for the defendant, said that the order appealed from granted an injunction restraining the publication in the third… Read more »

2 April 1910: An Open Letter To Aleister Crowley

JOHN BULL 2nd April 1910. To Aleister Crowley, Esq., Editor of “The Equinox” Dear Mr. Crowley, Congratulations o­n the result of your appeal. It is rather nice to have lawsuits about Rosicrucian mysteries in the prosaic twentieth century. Incidentally, there is also a fine advertisement for your periodical. Meanwhile, I wish you would teach me to become invisible, to turn… Read more »

27 March 1910: Mystic Order

The People, 27th March 1910 MYSTIC ORDER The Publication Of It’s Rituals. In the Court Of Appeal, before Lords Justices Vaughan Williams, Moulton, and Farwell came the case of “MacGregor V Crowley” which was an appeal by defendant Mr. Aleister Crowley, against an order by Mr. A. Neilson, for defendant, said that the order appealed for an injunction restraining the… Read more »