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 »
Recently the first printing of ‘Netherwood – Last Resort of Aleister Crowley’ has been fetching substantial sums on the rare book market. Accumulator Press has just released a revised second… 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 »
To be honest, if there was any way of avoiding Aleister Crowley in this roughly chronological list – say, in favour of at least one female magician like Dion Fortune… Read more »
Sad photographs taken this week at the ruins of Boleskine House. [All photographs reproduced with kind permission of John R Thomson – all rights reserved.] For larger versions, click on… Read more »
Article from April 2014: Parsons came to believe in magic, a force that he felt could be explained through quantum physics As Parsons’ interest in the occult developed, his colleague… Read more »
Lovecraft’s horror stories have become not just a literary cult like many others, but a tangible cult of the occult. The Cthulhu Mythos of the Old Gods with Unspeakable names… 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 »
An interesting article in the Daily Telegraph from March 2016: Religious zealots and Illuminati-conspiracy theorists often claim that Hollywood is in league with the Devil, and that most or… 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 »
A review of Lucifer Rising: British Intelligence and the Occult in the Second World War by Nicholas Booth… In 1941, after Rudolf Hess made his notorious flight to Scotland to… Read more »