Uncle Al in der Spiegel: Sex, Sex, Sex was his number!
i just found this, might be of interest to some of you. have not read it myself just browsing through the pictures, but it seems to be that kind of senationalised newspaper article we know already... dont think that there is an english version on the site. so get out your german books!
have fun with it.
Many thanks, LeChuck.
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Opening with google chrome seems to provide a good enough translation - using the translate function.
Thats a very long article 🙂 What a nice surprise. I get the spiegel at work its a great mag sometimes. Esp. their history editions.
thanks for sharing!
Having read the article now, i must say that it seems to be some kind of nonsense filler for the "einestages"category in der spiegel.
It begins with all the baaaad baaad things this supposed satanist did in his lifetime. It goes on naming some of the pop culture figures and musicians ac influenced. Having said that the author goes on declaring ac to be eingmatic and so complex nobody ever got him.
The rest of the article does not try to give justice to the complexities of crowleys character but mostly just gives a very flat accout of his youth and interests in chess and mountaineering. The author for example mentions the deaths of the climbers on his kangchenjunga expedition to show how "he did not make himself know as a teamplayer". The incident itself is not written about but the writing seems to suggest to the reader that he could have saved them, but chose not to because he was such a wicked person...
Another main theme of the article is the supposed "meditation" ac invented that he called "sex magick". "With this special form of meditation the participants were made to masturbate in bizarre rituals, fuck each other and to suffer degradation." this, i would believe in no way complete and exhaustive, account of ac´s magick the author closes with the statement: "On the highest step of enlightenment anal sex plays a decisive role". The article ends with a list of his wifes and how he practicvally destroyed their lives and drove them to insanity.
All in all a very well researched article and no trace of bias! At least the author said that the thelemic maxim "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." is mostly misunderstood and probably involved "the discovery of you own will" (Eigener Wille in german, not "true will")
having said that about the article it is not surprising that the only comments on the page regarding the article are either german thelemites who try to point out that there are other views concerning ac, or just people who wanted to say how bad the article in itself was written. "crowley may have been insane or something of this sort, but mr maacks reporting is nonsense"