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15/01/2012 6:12 pm  

I have been working on a translation of Gregor A. Gregorius's take on AC's horoscope. As it is work in progress, and in order to give myself an incentive to hurry towards completion, I will here post segments of this hitherto untranslated text as I get them done. A couple of points worth noting:
a) Gregorius wrote this text in 1962. It is thus filled to the brim with inaccuracies and mistakes, is however, historically interesting since it allows us to see what was known about Crowley in early 1960s Germany.
b) The astrological system used by Gregorius, and still used by the German Saturn lodges to this day, is that of the influential Berlin astrologer Johannes Vehlow (1890 - 1958) who advocated the use of equal houses.
c) The introduction to the text is not given here as it doesn't touch upon astrology. Once the translation is completed I will make it freely available.
d) As I am not an astrologer and have no experience in translating astrological texts, and as my English is certainly not the very best, please feel free to point out any and all mistakes that I make!
Here goes:

Aleister Crowley’s Biography and Horoscope - 1 -
By Gregor A. Gregorius (1962)

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Aleister Crowley was born on the 12th of October 1875 at 11.50 p.m. in Leamington, in the English county of Warwickshire. The sign of Leo rising in the ascendant gave him his outer character, for he was tall, had an upright almost proud posture, penetrating eyes, a loud euphonious voice, a pleasing gait, and harmonious movements and gestures.

Crowley had a difficult youth. His father died early and he was brought up by relatives to whom, as to his school, he soon found himself in opposition.  He could not bear coercion. His artistic tendencies, which manifested at an early age – Sol and Venus in the sign of Libra – awakened creative impulses in him, which, however, he developed along a very abstract and problematic direction, and which later became ever more amplified as a consequence of the conjunction of Jupiter / Mercury in the sign of Scorpio (which by itself is evidence for early excessive religious tension). This extreme, spiritual amplitude is grounded in the solar disposition through the planet Uranus in the sign of Leo, which is additionally wounded by the square of the highly magical planet Pluto. Through a strong talent for intuition (= Uranus) Crowley’s ego (= position of Sol) was able to ascend to mental heights, but in this he was also driven by plutonic, demonic influences.

Uranus supports the ego through a sextile, and Saturn forms a trine to Sol! This clearly shows his calling and his high spiritual ascent.

Saturn is in the sign of Aquarius, the occult eighth house, directly beside the Pars Fortuna.

However, Saturn is karmically wounded by its retrograde motion; yet Crowley’s strong tendencies towards the occult, and his success and talent in the esoteric sciences are clearly visible here.

The ninth house, controlling mysticism, philosophy, worldview and relations abroad is equally stocked favourably and successfully by the zenith and Dragon’s Head, and Luna in this house was the portent of great travels in foreign lands.

The square of the exalted Mars to Sol and Venus in the seventh house, the house of public life, denotes resistance and hostility, which continued throughout his life and led to the early destruction of his parental home (fourth solar house). – Crowley’s entire life was filled with strong tensions, engendered by the opposition of Uranus to Saturn. These often brought him into life-threatening situations, which, owing to the Pars Fortuna, always turned out well even though the death planet ruled in the house of death.

The mystic-magically highly inspirational planet Neptune is positioned at the height of the horoscope and shines over the entire personality. This explains why Crowley became addicted to drugs early on, especially since the planet Neptune was karmically heavily burdened through its retrograde motion, just as Pluto and Saturn. The retrograde motion of a planet always indicates that it is not lived out, that it is karmically wounded, the cause of which lies in the previous incarnation.

In the seventh house the wounded bad Mars with its square to Neptune indicates a secret, veiled political activity of Crowley’s. Occasionally this asserted itself, for Crowley was an intimate friend of Sir Roger Casement, the Irish freedom fighter, and through him stood in secret relations to National Socialism. – For many years he was not permitted to reside in England. Later the French government expelled him after long deliberation! Likewise the Belgian government. He is also said to have played a certain role in the Boxer Uprising in China, as well as in the Riffian Uprising.
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15/01/2012 8:06 pm  

Markus, that's wonderful. Thank you for your generosity.

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17/01/2012 1:59 pm  

93

I did enjoy that immensely and look forward with great anticipation for what follows. Thank you and best wishes.

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09/06/2012 6:05 pm  

Aleister Crowley's Biography and Horoscope -2- (continuing on from part 1)
By Gregor A. Gregorius (1962)

[...]
Pluto rules the eighth solar house, and in the fourth volume of his great work the astrologer Johannes Vehlow writes concerning this: “Pluto draws new insights from the subconscious to the light of day. When such insights are unable to break through due to bad aspects, it leads to strong psychic tensions, which can spread to other people and can create a mass psychosis that spreads epidemically. Pluto creates conditions of division, excretions of the astral body, and empathy with other beings, with humans, beasts, plants, minerals and stones …”  All this pertains to Crowley’s magical personality. Only few people were able to escape his influence, and he was even able to make contact with the astral world through magical means, by conjuring demons and the spirits of the deceased. He had connections to the so-called Elemental Kingdom, to nature spirits, gnomes, dwarves, undines, etc. who obeyed him, which is usually the case only with very strong personalities who are highly initiated.

Furthermore, the astrologer Vehlow significantly writes concerning the position of Uranus in the sign of Leo, in the first house of the personality (statements which fit Crowley almost to the letter): “The planet Uranus signifies revolutionary characters who are eccentric and capricious in their plans and ideas, and who are very much problematically original, ingenious, reformist and adventurous. They are very keen for nomadic life, cannot remain attached to any commitments, and break all rules and conventions. They will seldom be understood by their surroundings. Amongst them one will find much appreciation for ancient art, classical antiquities and ancient wisdom, for philosophy, mysticism and metaphysics. They are bestowed with intuition and prophecy as psychic predispositions.”

It is therefore not surprising that Crowley undertook great tours of the world. He travelled through North America, Africa, Mexico, Japan, China, Morocco, Tibet and Manchuria. This is also signified by the fact that his Uranus is situated in Leo beside the sensitive point for travels (= 28 degrees Leo). Great sea voyages were nothing out of the ordinary for him. (Luna in the sign of Pisces, and Neptune is the dispositor of this sign.) – Sol and Venus in the sign of Libra are decisive for the Far East, for China and Japan.

Crowley was also a sportsman of the first degree. He was a well-known Alpine tourist and tackled first ascents in Mexico, in the Himalayan Mountains, in Tibet and India, sporting achievements that made him world famous. (The second German Himalayan Expedition asked his advice when he was staying in Berlin).

Here, too, the horoscope gives accurate and fitting indications. – Uranus in the sport sign of Leo, in opposition to Saturn, the ruler of the solitude of high mountains. (Disposition for the fifth solar house = Alpine sport).

Mars as the transformer of the sign of Capricorn = mountains, gives the incentive and grants the achievements.

Time and again we find cosmically determined dispositions in Crowley’s natal chart that were fulfilled in his life. Luna in the sign of Pisces, in the ninth house (= studies, mysticism) also rules over the solitude of monasteries in foreign lands, where Crowley received his initiations as an adept and master in India, in Tibet, in Manchuria and in China.

He held a high degree in the sect of the Red Hat monks, and was personally received by the Dalai Lama in Lhasa. He mastered mantraism, and the rites of the Tantra sects and magic priests of Mongolia, as well as the practices of Indian yoga. [...]

(Stay tuned for part 3!)


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09/06/2012 11:30 pm  

Brilliant. This is why I check into lashtal regularly, just for this type of scarce, rare gem. Thank you.


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10/06/2012 3:01 pm  

Greetings!

That's great stuff, Markus, thank you!

"Markus" wrote:
Aleister Crowley's Biography and Horoscope
Luna in the sign of Pisces, in the ninth house (= studies, mysticism) also rules over the solitude of monasteries in foreign lands, where Crowley received his initiations as an adept and master in India, in Tibet, in Manchuria and in China.

He held a high degree in the sect of the Red Hat monks, and was personally received by the Dalai Lama in Lhasa. He mastered mantraism, and the rites of the Tantra sects and magic priests of Mongolia, as well as the practices of Indian yoga. [...]

I've never heard or read about AC's travels to Manchuria and Tibet/Lhasa, before.
Can anyone point out the source of this information, please?

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10/06/2012 4:37 pm  

93, Markus did say that the text is: "filled to the brim with inaccuracies and mistakes". These are possibly among them, as are the statements that Crowley "...held a high degree in the sect of the Red Hat monks, and was personally received by the Dalai Lama in Lhasa. He mastered mantraism, and the rites of the Tantra sects and magic priests of Mongolia." Fascinating and valuable material none the less! All the best, 93, 93/93.


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10/06/2012 5:27 pm  

Yes, empiricus, I believe you are correct. Here's another example of wild inaccuracies (final paragraph of part 1):

In the seventh house the wounded bad Mars with its square to Neptune indicates a secret, veiled political activity of Crowley’s. Occasionally this asserted itself, for Crowley was an intimate friend of Sir Roger Casement, the Irish freedom fighter, and through him stood in secret relations to National Socialism. – For many years he was not permitted to reside in England. [...] He is also said to have played a certain role in the Boxer Uprising in China, as well as in the Riffian Uprising.

Even though this is almost all wrong, the astrological interpretation of Gregorius is none the less correct - and that is what I love about this essay.

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10/06/2012 6:15 pm  

Crowley himself wrote that people often refer to his travels in Tibet ... one country that he never visited. Manchuria was not mentioned, but I suppose it's "made up" just like Tibet. Also, Crowley dd not walk across (literally) China - he walked/rode across a small portion of it.

It should be noted that his TIME of birth is not known by anyone. It can only be inferred by looking at his characteristics and working backward - a "reasonable guess" at best.

While we're on the subject, I would call your attention to AC's Sabian-Tree of Life horoscope, erected by myself, and posted at:
http://shiva-44.angelfire.com/ac-scope.htm


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10/06/2012 7:58 pm  

Aleister Crowley's Biography and Horoscope -3-
By Gregor A. Gregorius (1962)

[...]
Now, it is interesting to note that in Crowley’s horoscope, the mediumistic and inspirational Neptune is in opposition to the religious Jupiter, as well as to Mercury in the sign of Scorpio. Herein lies hidden a clue that in his extreme studies of the secret lore, Crowley often stood in outright opposition to the prevailing religion since he did not recognise purely theological dogmas, and since he very much and consciously made use of the magical influx of Scorpio for the attaining of the goals he had set himself – an influx that in its problematic nature does not recognise ethical or moral laws. Here, after all, lie the roots of so-called black magic, of conscious demonology, of the applied magic of evocation, which did not, however, restrict Crowley, who in his high knowledge and realisation stood far above the terms “black and white”. His law: “Do what thou wilt!” was applied by him in these matters just as it was in all other aspects of his life.

Concerning Neptune in the tenth house of a natal chart, Vehlow writes: “This position brings forth highly peculiar people, who differ from their contemporaries and who tread their own paths in their careers too.

Their behaviour is explicable through a strong psychic disposition. They will often follow careers that are connected to mediumship and art.” (Crowley was also a rather distinguished, if marginalised painter. His works were mediumistic, abstract, purely demonic and astral. An exhibition of his paintings in the “Porza” in Berlin caused a stir in all circles).

Vehlow continues: “The knowledge of these Neptune influenced people in the supernatural, as well as in the dogmas and teachings of the various religions is substantial. Their assessment testifies wisdom. Clairvoyants and priests are often under the influence of a strongly positioned Neptune. His supernatural abilities will garner him high honours, even fame and respect. He may rise to become a religious leader.”

All this is true of Crowley. He was a high degree master of Scottish freemasonry, a member of many other lodges, and is still today considered the world master of the entire occult and magical movement. He presided over the world lodge A.'.A.'., an important secret fraternity which spans the entire world. Unfortunately, a Neptune thus strongly positioned often develops unpleasant characteristics, especially when it is karmically wounded. Neptune is the planet of narcotics and of addictions altogether. As is known, Crowley had become highly addicted in the Orient. He was a heavy drinker, and in his love life he was excessive and savage. He was egocentric and blended demonism with perversion. He also exploited the many women in his life financially.

If he is said to have trafficked in narcotics – and there are many indications that he did – then this would fall under the cloaking and secretive influence of Neptune.

One rarely finds a natal chart in which the highly magical planets Pluto, Neptune, Saturn, and in a fashion Uranus too, were able to manifest so baneful an effect as in Crowley’s horoscope.

He was indeed a formidable even if ominous personality in a leading spiritual position. In occult and esoteric respect his works are unsurpassed and will inseminate the relevant circles for a long time to come. – Crowley was also the grandmaster of the Oriental Order of the Templars (O.T.O.) whose rites are based on Gnostic sex cults. [...]

(the fourth and final part to follow soon)


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10/06/2012 9:50 pm  
"Shiva" wrote:
It should be noted that his TIME of birth is not known by anyone. It can only be inferred by looking at his characteristics and working backward - a "reasonable guess" at best.

'Between eleven and twelve', according to Confessions. Unless, of course, you believe in astrology and believe this to be insufficiently precise (which is, of course, a bit rich coming from a 'science' based on, um, extraordinary 'flexibility').

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11/06/2012 12:55 am  
"lashtal" wrote:
'Between eleven and twelve' ... insufficiently precise ...

Precisely!


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11/06/2012 7:19 pm  

Aleister Crowley's Biography and Horoscope -4- (final)
By Gregor A. Gregorius 1962

[...]
Crowley received a further initiation through grandmaster S. L. Mathers, who took him into his order “The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn”. Here he studied alchemy, astral visions, qabalah and particular rites of evocation for demonic beings. The teachings of the mage Abramelin further advanced him in the field of a higher magic which no longer accepts the distinction between good and bad, between black and white. This is also where Crowley’s reputation as a black magician stems from, that was given him by unknowing people. He who is able to spiritually advance so far through self-initiation, as Crowley did, that he is able to recognise that the microcosm and the macrocosm merely reflect each other in a multitude of levels of existence, which are thus the cause for the manifestation of countless beings whose categories and cosmic anchorage are highly variable in the world of spheres – he no longer needs a yardstick for his actions.

Crowley was granted his highest and most profound initiation in 1904 during a stay in Egypt, when he came in contact with a high mental entity in the burial chamber of the Cheops Pyramid. This entity dictated the wording of the law in numerous successive sittings, which he later published.

Crowley considered this experience to be the climax of his life, for it opened mental worlds to him.

The old Egyptian, esoterically established transmissions of the 26th dynasty are anchored in the rituals of his world lodge, as well as in those of the secret lodge “FRATERNITAS SATURNI”. – In this manner this ancient wisdom of the priests has been preserved. Even today it retains its magical potency.

It is therefore natural that Crowley’s natal chart, when interpreted purely esoterically, should contain points referring to this. In the November 1954 issue of the Papers for the Applied Occult Art of Living it states in the essay on esoteric astrology: “In the third decan of the sign of Pisces, under the ruler of the decan Jupiter, highly enlightened and highly initiated people are born, sacerdotal kings, popes, leaders of humanity, if this decan is occupied by a planet.” Here Crowley has Luna which transforms the powers of Jupiter in the sign of Pisces.

Even Mars, situated in the third decan of Capricorn, receives an accurate esoteric-astrological interpretation. The essay states: “When this decan is occupied the native will be particularly cosmically bound and will receive the third ordeal by means of his Venus-impulse filling him with ambitious thirst for power and imperiousness.” This certainly applies to Crowley. He was always domineering and did not tolerate objections. Also Pluto in the third decan of Taurus is not only wounded and retrograde, but is also characterised in esoteric astrology by a malign influence of Venus. This results in the first binding of the ego within the dark path, and the ordeal of the demonic influence of money, power and possessions.

The ascendant lies in the third decan of Cancer. Here Jupiter rules and it states: “The native acquires the first initiation and the first enlightenment for a sacred priesthood!”

It further states: “The second and third decan of Scorpio bring about the second initiation and enlightenment for the ego, which are crystallised in life toward a teaching priesthood and toward monasticism, if the decans are occupied by the appropriate planets.” In Crowley’s horoscope the religious, mystical planet Jupiter is in the sign of Pisces in the third decan. Thus Crowley’s ego is from birth already influenced and pointed into the direction, is however, also burdened.

The world master and Mahatma Therion died on the 1st of December 1947. [...]

Sources:
Fraternitas Saturni, Blätter für angewandte okkulte Lebenskunst, März/April 1962
Gregor A. Gregorius, Aleister Crowleys magische Rituale, Berlin, 1980

That's all folks! Those wishing to get a copy of the entire text, including the natal chart, please pm me, give me an e-mail adress, and I'll send it to you as a Word.doc file. I am restricting this offer to 15 days from today.

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12/06/2012 12:54 am  

Excellent work, Markus!

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08/08/2017 6:31 pm  

thanks Marcus, I finally saw your great translation.

I noticed Gregorius didn't say much about his Pluto in Taurus so I found this from a popular site. Fairly accurate:

Pluto In Taurus: Significance and Meaning
Element And Quality: Earth & Fixed

Celebrities With Pluto In Taurus: Pablo Picasso, Mahatma Gandhi, Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde

Keywords for Pluto in Taurus: Hard-Working, Possessions, Materialistic, Logical, Practical, Efficient

Pluto In Taurus: Personality Profile
Taurus is a cautious star sign in astrology. This makes Pluto in Taurus a slow but steady worker. They don’t jump into anything without first considering the consequences. So it takes a while for adjustments to happen in their life. But once they finally commit to something, their mind can never be changed.

Pluto represents transformation, rebirth, rebellion and obsessions. Pluto also stands for the quest for knowledge and spiritual growth. For Pluto in Taurus, their logical mind doesn’t always allow for changes if they feel they have a solid routine.

Because they are so practical, they tend to prioritize their errands and day-to-day activities in such a way that is the most efficient use of their time. This means the Taurus people hate altering that schedule in any way.

For Pluto In Taurus, Their Logical Mind Doesn’t Always Allow For Transformation If They Feel They Have A Solid Routine.

Taurus Pluto Sign: Positive Traits
Pluto in Taurus doesn’t mind getting comfortable and staying in one place or doing one thing for a long time. Only when that system stops working or they are forced to change do they make any effort to do so. They are one of the more rational zodiac signs.

As long as they don’t allow their stubborn nature to get in the way of their progress, they will land on their feet every time. And when they’re on that quest for answers that no one can seem to give them, they won’t give up until they find them. They know best what to do and they will spend plenty of time convincing others of their mental prowess.

Taurus Pluto Sign: Negative Traits
The Pluto Taurus sign people can become quite obsessive when it comes to finding something new that they like just as much as the old. Pluto in Taurus can lose themselves in their own stubborn habits. Once they are involved in researching different tactics and strategies in their lives, they can’t let it go until they have a new set-up.

This means other people may be put on hold while Pluto in Taurus is trying to restructure themselves and their schedule. And if other people have a say in these changes, it takes even longer to finish. Pluto in Taurus is not great at allowing other people to come in.

They hate to delegate authority or take over in any manner. They have their own way of doing things, and no one can convince them that any other way is just as effective. This can hinder their progress at times if they take on a bigger project than they realized.

Conclusion
The best thing for them to do is step back from the situation to gain a little perspective on the subject. This is where their network of friends, family and co-workers can help them out. Simply nudge your Pluto in Taurus in the right direction and they will eventually see the light.

Because Pluto in Taurus enjoys comfort and beauty so much, it can be difficult for them to let go of the cozy environment they have created and do something different. They despise chaos and try as much as possible to avoid messy experiences.

This motivated me to study my own natal chart in more detail today. Very useful!


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