The Magic and Mystery of David Bowie
While Crowley certainly had his influence on Bowie, the mercurial singer smartly did not exploit him, or use his name to conjure an image of a black magician, as Ozzy Osbourne would later do in his 1980 song “Mr. Crowley.” Bowie was attracted to Crowley as a figure of Luciferian grace, in the sense described earlier, where Lucifer represents a kind of self-realized dandy, a Baudelaire-like poet who is not afraid to explore the more taboo aspects of sex, will, and intoxication. But this notion of a perfected spiritual man, an image Bowie had been playing with since “Oh! You Pretty Things,” was easily conflated with the idea of Aryan perfection. This formulation has long posed a problem in understanding the history of the occult.
Lyrics from Bowie's 1971 song "Quicksand"
"I'm closer to the Golden Dawn
Immersed in Crowley's uniform
I'm living in a silent film
Himmler's sacred realm
Of dream reality
I'm frightened by the total goal
Drawing to the ragged hole
And I ain't got the power anymore
No I ain't got the power anymore"
Lyrics are from the Bowie song "Quicksand"
edit: missed that the info was already in the previous post
Have I missed something
Sum total of info in the previous post on this:
"Crowley gets his necessary nod on "Quicksand" - a downbeat song about a spiritual crisis."
- "Is that IT ??!!"
The reason I made the previous post was as follows. I wondered Why it is that people always seem to quote this song in connection with Magic, Mystery and Bowie - which basically just namechecks Crowley and the G.D., in addition to SS Obergruppenfuhrer Himmler, of course - when nobody (including DB himself I would vouch) seems to know what the heck it's all meant to be about. Or maybe one Lashtalian who's reading this would kindly explain?
I've always been a bit dubious about any solid connection between Bowie and Crowley. I mean, sure, he was obviously familiar to some extent with AC and magick, but the end of the verse of Quicksand (indeed the title of the song itself) seems to tell us that it was all a bit too much for him, while the chorus:-
"Don't believe in yourself, don't deceive with belief, knowledge comes with death's release"
seems to imply an ultimate rejection of (what Bowie seems to have perceived to be) the notion of the Overman, and "don't believe in yourself" looks like an outright rejection of Thelema.
It looks like Bowie made a reasonably thorough study but ultimately said, "naaah, do not want". (While at the same time taking "theatrical" and artistic lessons from occultism, of course.)
IOW, until and unless there's evidence that Bowie did any sustained practices of any kind (ritual, meditational, etc.), or achieved any mystical or magical results, it looks like a fairly shallow dip of the kind that many artists who have flirted with the occult have taken.
That's not to say that Bowie wasn't a great artist and "natural Thelemite", in some ways, who did his bit to nudge humanity along in the right direction, and I'm sure there were some fairly substantial bits of AC with which he was in agreement.
This movie goes into more detail about the Bowie-the Cabbalah-Crowley-Nazi-Sirius-John the Baptist-Kubrick "connection".
Nathan Crowley, distant relative of Crowley? Kubrick shot the fake Moon landing? Etc.
Bowie is seen on an album sleeve drawing a TOL? I never knew that.
See his lyrics for "Station to Station";
Here are we
One magical movement
from Kether to Malkuth 1
There are you
You drive like a demon
from station to station
The return of the Thin White Duke
in lovers' eyes [x2]
The return of the Thin White Duke,
making sure white stains