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Crowley's invocation of Pan


James
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Hi,

Wondering if anyone can confirm or lay to rest a story I once heard. If I remember rightly, it was told by the occult author Dennis Wheatley as a 'true tale' of why his readers should never get mixed up in the occult.

The story in brief is that Crowley was in Paris and opted to invoke Pan. He and his assistant a 'McAleister' entered the upper room with all the usual admonistions to his followers, who were to hold vigil downstairs, not to enter the temple no matter what they heard.

Naturally the usual screams and crashes ensued during the night but all too terrifed below everyone stayed put as ordered by the Master Therion.

Come morning they opened the door to find the temple in disarray and 'McAleister' dead and the Master a gibbering wreak. This resulted in a six month stay in some unnamed institution before recovery.

Obviously, this story is too full of mythic/folkloric/urban motifs to be true, however does anyone know if it was entirely a creation of Mr Wheatley's fertile imagination or if he got it from somewhere else?

Or...was there some truth to this..clip,clop, clip,clop..AAAGGH!

Regards,

Jamie


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Well, I've read a great deal on AC and I really don't recall this scenario. Then again there are others a great deal more educated on such topics than myself. Frankly it sounds like total BS to me. Many who have written about Crowley have confused the facts, perhaps this is the case here.


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It's in the intro to Moonchild that was released with in a series of books that Dennis Wheatley put his name to. I guess if you ask a horror author to write an intro, he'll write a short horror story.

I also remember a tale foa couple being chained to a tree and killed with darts for the amusement of Crowley's deciples. That's probably not true either and may have come from the same source.


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The same 'gibbering wreck' story has been reported a couple of times in the 'Sunday Mail' here in Scotland, ususally referred to as 'The Paris Working' and described as an attempt to conjure Satan; Crowley's son dies, and AC becomes the aforementioned wreck. You can read AC's record of The Paris Working in 'The Vision and The Voice.' So can journalists, of course, but they don't. Ho hum.


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kidneyhawk
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Or...was there some truth to this..clip,clop, clip,clop..AAAGGH!

I thought this happens to all of us during our early workings... 😯


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The story's nonsense, of course, reported by Dennis Wheatley in, if memory serves, The Devil And All His Works. I've heard it said that Tom Driberg MP was the original source.

Robert Anton Wilson discusses the tale before ripping it to shreds in his introduction to Portable Darkness: An Aleister Crowley Reader (recommended reading, by the way).

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