Brave new world?- 50th anniversary of the death of Aldous Huxley
Brave new world?
Today is the 50th anniversary of the death of the author Aldous Huxley
Oxford University Press
One story has it that Huxley was first introduced to mescaline in the 1930s by the famous occultist Aleister Crowley (“the great beast,” “the wickedest man in the world”). He would subsequently write about his mescaline experience in his book The Doors of Perception, read by every hippie in the 1960s. Huxley felt that the hallucinogenic experience was something that could be truly revelatory and his views fit in well with entheogenic theories concerning the origins of religion. These ideas posit that the discovery and use of naturally occurring hallucinogens by ancient peoples was a major influence on their emerging ideas about the spiritual world and the development of their civilizations. As Huxley once said, “Pharmacology came before agriculture.”
Also following onto Oxfords Overview of Aleister Crowley.
(1875—1947) author and occultist
a diabolist and a bad but prolific poet who claimed to be the Beast from the Book of Revelation. He joined the Order of the Golden Dawn, a group of theosophists involved in Cabbalistic magic, of which Yeats was a member.
From: Crowley, ‘Aleister’ in The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature »
"a bad but prolific poet", he would turn in his grave! 🙂
Ah yes, but he was a Cambridge man you see! 😉
Brave new world?
Today is also the 50th anniversary of the death of the president John F Kennedy. 😮
Two famous/infamous drug-fiends died the same day? I need a horoscope!
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At a boot fair a few months back I was passing a stall that was selling hundreds of books, mainly paperbacks and mainly popular fiction.
My attention was caught by a small, blue, nondescript hardback, it was strange but I absolutley KNEW that the book would have some particular meaning for me (at the time I was in one of those phases where you find yourself questioning the Path, 'is it worth it', 'what's the point' etc...)
I stopped at the stall and reached down to pick the book up from the canvas sheet on the ground, it was by Aldous Huxley and it's title was 'Do what you will'. I smiled.
Clive Staples “Jack” Lewis, Oxford Inkling, creator of Narnia, author of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, influence upon J.K. Rowling and Christian apologist in general, also died on the 22nd November 63, making that a triple whammy. (The Grim Reaper certainly had his work cut out on that day!) But unlike Aleister Crowley, who always desired that particular posthumous accolade, Lewis has now been honoured with his own memorial at Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey.
Anthony Hopkins portrays a passably good rendition of the writer in the film Shadowlands.
I believe Mr Lewis’s own usage was more moderate in this department, however, as surely befitting an Oxford don.
Norma N Joy Conquest