Thank you for allowing me into your little community.
A few words of introduction, I am Hamal (not my real name of course but a magical pseudonym)
I've cultivated an interest in the occult since I was a child. I think as a child it was the beautiful symbolism, secrecy and romance of the occult that captivated me and I find myself still just as captivated.
I was involved in Wicca for a decade or more, initiated into a Gardnerian coven, involved with the Pagan Federation... what a lot of paperwork! And briefly published an occult magazine. I was involved in a hereditary Witchcraft tradition for a couple of decades. I have also dabbled in high magic.
My first encounters with Aleister Crowley were via John Symonds' biography The Great Beast. Which was both enthralled and disturbed. I found that people seemed to have strong opinions about him, even though they seemed to know little. In time I read more and knew more. Somehow before I could even attempt to approach his work, which was itself pretty challenging, I felt I needed to get a handle on who he was. You may well laugh, because that is in itself quite a lot to ask. So I began to collect biographies, some were more balanced than others, but in a way all had something worth hearing. Meanwhile I began assembling a collection of his works, limited editions of his poetry and magickal works, seeking out some of the more difficult to obtain tomes. This in itself is a romantic pursuit of sorts.
So this has led me to assemble an interesting collection focused around Crowley but taking in the Golden Dawn, the OTO and AA and branches such as Grants Typhonian current.
My interest in these matters are of both academic and hands-on variety and I thought it well nigh time I joined this community and came out of the Crowley closet so to speak!
So hello to all of you!
Hello, Hamal and welcome to this wonderful site, when I discovered Aleister Crowley, I also started with collecting biographies about him, tried to find and get into possesion all of his (published) work, or nearly all of his (published) work, but what I also started to do was collecting work by authors in some way connected to him, like Ewers, Powys Brothers (mostly John than!) or anyway work by authors who are mentioned in his "Confessions", at times it might be a hell of a job to find work(s) by a certain author, than you have to find room where to put the book, and then of course you still have to read those works (at least I try to read them), I never was involved with Wicca but I think Traditional Witchcraft might interest me, anyway there are some many interesting things to discover in a human live that one human life might not be enough, anyway welcome to Lashtal.com!
Thanks for the welcomes. And thanks for sharing that Alysa. I too am collecting related works, going to need some more bookshelves! I have biographies of Crowley, books by Crowley and variations thereof, books about the magickal orders he was in, books by other members of these orders, biographies of these other members and of those crowley was involved with independently. It's beginning to expand into a library representing the history of the major currents of the Western Mystery tradition from Crowley forward. Having said that I'm sure my collection is modest compared to many here.
“We accept you, we accept you, one of us, one of us”
Welcome Hamal (You are welcome!)
Don’t they just!
Unless you are a book collector, this is unusual, for most occultists tend to dismiss his poetry without perhaps fully realising that, as he says,
A poem is a series of words so arranged that the combination of meaning, rhythm and rime produces the definitely magical effect of exalting the soul to divine ecstasy. Poetry is the geyser of the Unconscious. Since 'Every man and every woman is a star', each one of us is, or makes, his [or her] own poem; expressed, or unexpressed, in Song... Poetry reveals the Godhead in every man and woman through the expression of rapture at the ecstatic moment of Union with that Godhead; thereby to show as just and perfect every soul that is.
Hope you enjoy your experience on Lashtal, Hamal!
Norma N. Joy Conquest
Thank you Jamie Barter.
I've never been one to fit neatly into a box. I suppose I am a collector interested in Crowley the man as well as Crowley the magus.
If magick is Art then surely Crowley's very life was a performance and all his works are a part of his magick!
I am also very interested in the concepts True Will and Freedom.
Whatever you make of Crowley you, you have to admire his shear determination!