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30/12/2019 12:01 am  

Considering the current atmosphere of the forums, I thought now might be as good a time as any to discuss a controversial but apparently obscure essay (ostensibly) penned by Aleister Crowley, The Black Messiah. Published under the name of his Tunisian lover Gérard Aumont, Israel Regardie and Gerald Yorke were under the impression that it, like all Aumont's essays including the celebrated Three Schools of Magick, was written by Crowley himself. However, given the overtly racist tone of the essay, some Thelemites controvert the claim of AC's authorship and insist that Aumont really did write The Black Messiah, and all by his lonesome.

Bill Breeze's 2018 missive arguing in favor of Aumont's authorship

The trouble is that no one, especially not the caliphate, seems willing to publish the whole, naked content of The Black Messiah. The above link has a few quotations, and WPS quoted it in The Unknown God.

Hermetic Library blog post quoting the relevant section of The Unknown God

Hereon, I'll post snippets of the essay as provided in the prior links, for ease of access to the reader.

“White men and women must choose between these alternatives: Will they yield, content to be the black man’s slave, after having been his master? or will they stand to, and reply by an energetic spiritual reaction, which will restore the threatened equilibrium of the races?

The white champion has appeared, He who, under the aegis of the Spiritual Masters of the planet, has proclaimed the Law of Thelema, the Law of Love, comprehended and directed by Will: the Law which bids each man pursue the proper orbit of his destiny, and develop himself around his own true centre of Light, will bring back welfare to his own race, and establish Peace with Victory upon the Earth.”

“But some times there occur events which seem almost like mysterious providential warnings, and they will indeed be doomed if they do not find sufficient wisdom to use these to put themselves upon their guard. A superficial view is to blame the war for this state of things. Those who have gone more deeply into the question uphold the view that the danger has been latent for long, and that the war merely served to bring conditions to the verge of crisis, to put a spark to the train of powder.”

“When Punjabi Sipahis talk among themselves of France, they tell of its infinite charm, and boast that when the time is ripe they will go over and take possession of those fertile plains, and live in that delightful climate. I will not make the reader’s blood boil with indignation by hinting at the fouler designs implied.”

A poem in which the essay terminates:

“Ho! for his chariot wheels that whirl afar!
His hawk’s eye flashing through the silver star!
Upon the heights his standard shall he plant
Free, equal, passionate, pagan, dominant,
Mystic, indomitable, self-controlled,
The red rose glowing of the cross of gold…

Yea! I will wait throughout the centuries
Of the Universal man-disease
Until that morn of his Titanic birth…
The Saviour of the Earth!”

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Breeze has made salient points in his argument against Crowley's authorship, such as citing the following sentence as containing translation artifacts which he says proves it was originally written in French: “They have put up a bluff which makes the wise guy shake his head in sorrow.”

(Propriety demands I point out that by substituting the 'U' in guy for 'O' the sentence takes on a more thematic undertone congruent with the rest of the essay, and it would be clever if intended, however I consider this to be grasping at straws.)

I have no opinion as to who really authored the essay, as I don't consider what's at hand to be enough evidence to decide; but even if AC didn't write The Black Messiah, it's still about him, and was written for his purposes by someone who was very close to him at the time of its writing.


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30/12/2019 2:07 am  

93!

In my humble opinion the wording doesn't sound like Crowley at all. The content? Well, Crowley said a lot of stupid stuff especially on politics and race so I wouldn't be surprised if it was real. But as I said, the lingual style doesn't sound very Crowley.

I agree about the current atmosphere...

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30/12/2019 8:57 am  

“ White men and women must choose between these alternatives: Will they yield, content to be the black man’s slave, after having been his master? or will they stand to, and reply by an energetic spiritual reaction, which will restore the threatened equilibrium of the races? “

“ “When Punjabi Sipahis talk among themselves of France, they tell of its infinite charm, and boast that when the time is ripe they will go over and take possession of those fertile plains, and live in that delightful climate. “

To me this doesn’t sound like Thelema.
It sounds like conservative talk radio sensationalist alarmism.
White people are in control of their countries not the immigrants or marginalized dependents subjugating the majority that have power.

It smells as if it comes from a sense of weakness threatened .


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30/12/2019 9:34 am  

equilibrium of the races.

It doesn't appear that at the time the author considered this idealism through carefully from means to ends in the big picture. Unless it wasn't meant to and they were fooling around.

take possession of those fertile plains

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Kinky, we've seen this one and it wasn't Punjabi Sipahis who invaded France.

Black Messiah should be published with appropriate foreward.

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30/12/2019 9:36 am  

Are people exactly clear, regarding the contents, that the "Black Messiah" or "White Messiah" here is carrying strictly racial overtones in regards "to the times" it was written in? 

 

In late 1910 the Theosophical Society published the first work "by Alcyone", a booklet entitled At the Feet of the Master. The book became very popular among Theosophists.
In April 1911 Besant founded the Order of the Star in the East.

It was named after the Star of Bethlehem, signifying the proclaimed approach of the new vehicle of Christ-Maitreya in Jiddu Krishnamurti.

Crowley wrote of the matter:

(Quote from Magick Without Tears)

The Black School has always worked insidiously, by treachery. We need then not be surprised by finding that its most notable representative was the renegade follower of Blavatsky, Annie Besant, and that she was charged by her Black masters with the mission of persuading the world to accept for its Teacher a negroid Messiah. To make the humiliation more complete, a wretched creature was chosen who, to the most loathsome moral qualities, added the most fatuous imbecility. And then blew up! 

 

By the late 1920s, Jiddu Krishnamurti's emphasis in public talks and private discussions had changed. He had been gradually discarding or contradicting Theosophical concepts and terminology, disagreeing with leading Theosophists, and talking less about the World Teacher role of his.

 

Finally, on 3 August 1929, at the Ommen Star Camp, Krishnamurti disbanded the Order in front of Besant and about 3,000 members. Prominent Theosophists openly or under various guises turned against Krishnamurti – including Leadbeater, who reputedly stated, "the Coming has gone wrong".

 

Even though I do not deny that Crowle using terms like "Black Messiah" or terms like "Negroid Messiah" do not carry racial overtones, I personally believe the essay has more to do with Crowley's assumed role as the Beast 666 or Star in the West/Wormwood Star in opposition to the Theosophical Order of the Star in the East ( It was named after the Star of Bethlehem, signifying the proclaimed approach of the new vehicle of Christ-Maitreya in Jiddu Krishnamurti )

 

Behold now Behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.


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30/12/2019 6:05 pm  

djedi: (OP) "... given the overtly racist tone of the essay, some Thelemites controvert the claim of AC's authorship and insist that Aumont really did write The Black Messiah, and all by his lonesome."

It is well documented that AC was capable both of acting in an overtly racist way, and of writing in an overtly racist tone:

"In 1905, British occultist Aleister Crowley led an expedition to try and break the current altitude record, and only agreed to participate if he was declared leader. There were disagreements througout the journey. Fellow climber Jules Jacot-Guillarmod was left disgusted by Crowley's arrogant behavior and abuse towards [native Sherpa] porters. ..." (Source: 3:54 - 4:09 in Top 10 ASCENTS That Went HORRIBLY WRONG - - - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAzSEZqrbO0 )

 

"The existence of a common scold ["In the common law of crime in England and Wales, a common scold was a type of public nuisance—a troublesome and angry person who broke the public peace by habitually chastising, arguing and quarrelling with their neighbours. The majority of individuals punished for scolding were women, though men could also be labelled scolds."(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_scold )] is a definite system of imminent death in any community. The Indian renegades, from Lajpat Rai to Gandhi, are merely evidence that the sahib has given place to the competition wallah. India has not progressed in the last thousand years and will not in the next thousand. The biological impulse is expended. India was nature's attempt to construct a nation of diverse elements by welding them in a religious and moral system. It might have succeeded had it been secure against invasion. But while India has always conquered her conquerors (imposing, for example, the cast system on the English), the invaders interfered with the process of growth and diverted the national trend from unity." (Source: Confessions, chapter 46.)

"The Chinese [of the lower classes] [...] respect any man who acts as their own mandarins act; with absolute lack of sympathy, justice or any other human feelings. They treat the traveler well in proportion as he is overbearing, haughty and avaricious. [...] One cannot fraternize with the Chinese of the lower classes; one must treat them with absolute contempt and callousness. On the other hand the Chinese gentleman is the noblest and courtliest in the world." (Source: Confessions, chapter 55.)

"I had quite a number of other small adventures during my short stay in Morocco. The character of the people corresponds very closely with my own in its more salient aspects. I liked them very much better than the Egyptians, who seem to me to suffer from too much history, too much civilization, too much commerce, too much admixture of blood; and above all, too much cosmopolitanism. The Egyptian has little national character, he had been pauperized by the influx Europeans, and corrupted by the "evil communications" of Greeks, of Armenians and the objectionable type of Jew. The Jew in Morocco is, on the whole, a very fine fellow. He has a religion and a point of honour, to say nothing of his pride of race. It has been said that every nation has the government which it deserves. I would add, the type of Jew which it deserves. His imagination and sensitiveness make him the touchstone of his surroundings." (Source: Confessions, chapter 61.)

"One must further remark that each sign governs two main types ... the active and the passive. Thus Aries: the high brows, long face, aquiline nose, tall thin muscular figure, shows the fiery and martial qualities of the sign. But there is an evil and averse counterpart corresponding to the ovine nature. We have the gross, hooked, pendulous proboscis; the thick, flabby, moist lips; the patient stupid eyes, and timid, hunted gait of the bad type of Jew." (Source: Confessions, chapter 77.)


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31/12/2019 12:32 am  
Posted by: @wellreadwellbred

It is well documented that AC was capable both of acting in an overtly racist way, and of writing in an overtly racist tone […]

I can see how my wording might have insinuated otherwise, but my point was that the racism in the essay is what drives certain people to deny AC's authorship of the thing, rather than any inherent truth to their arguments, however truthful they may be. It seems to me that your post implies that AC's prejudicial attitudes being known and documented serves the argument that he was the author of The Black Messiah, as opposed to Aumont for whom we have no evidence showing racist tendencies (his most read essay, Three Schools, even speaks well of nonwhite races, if I recall.)

(As for the non-Crowleyan cadence of the essay, it occurs to me that it was originally intended as propaganda, which must be written with a certain class of reader in mind; but this appears to me a weak defense.)

A damning condemnation of Breeze's argument overall is his threat to pursue legal action against anyone who disagrees with him and insists that Crowley did write The Black Messiah. His missive states that this is to protect Thelema from being co-opted (wow) by "far-right political extremists." Firstly let us switch our ring to the other finger and realize that if we were to interpret Crowley from a white identarian perspective, it would be very easy to do so even without The Black Messiah in our canon; the only counter-currents to abate would be those provided by AC's occasional proclamations of world brotherhood and his brand of everyone-knows-their-place equality (a la George Lincoln Rockwell, who also frequently professed his love of nonwhites).

My second issue with Breeze's intentions is that he expects to promulgate the Law of Thelema by appealing to the predominating attitudes and morals of the time. I seriously doubt the wisdom of this course of action. Until civilization gets back to where it was five-thousand years ago, occultism will always be a contrarian, counter-cultural affair. No amount of sugar coating or willful ignorance can make Crowley's teachings palatable to the average person, for whom I think such a severe shock is needed to accept a non-materialist worldview that their morals will not dissipate (which is the preferable result), so much as be totally reversed -- necessarily changing their politics as well. This could account for the steadily rising number of fascist, nazist occultists I've mentioned seeing elsewhere, along with the fact that whatever inborn contrarianism which drives a person toward 'forbidden knowledge' also probably drives them toward 'forbidden politics'.

Please don't misunderstand and think I'm saying the caliphate ought to reverse itself and appeal to the other side; I would also disagree with that course of action. I think it's best if Thelema plays both sides, thus transcending them, like Therion himself.


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31/12/2019 1:15 am  

djedi: "... the only counter-currents to abate would be those provided by AC's occasional proclamations of world brotherhood and his brand of everyone-knows-their-place equality ..." "... the only counter-currents to abate would be those provided by AC's occasional proclamations of world brotherhood and his brand of everyone-knows-their-place equality ..."

Thanks for your clarifications. "AC's occasional proclamations of world brotherhood", is contradicted by the following statement from chapter 34 in his The Confessions of Aleister Crowley: An Autohagiography

"... The stupid callousness of the India Office is as much to be dreaded as the silly sentimentalism of sympathizers with "national aspirations", "the brotherhood of man" and all such bunkum."


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31/12/2019 1:20 am  
Posted by: @djedi

A damning condemnation of Breeze's argument overall is his threat to pursue legal action against anyone who disagrees with him

Surely not - this would be most out of character of him?

Posted by: @djedi

protect Thelema from being co-opted (wow) by "far-right political extremists." […]

This could account for the steadily rising number of fascist, nazist occultists I've mentioned seeing elsewhere,

Surely not - in the "current atmosphere"?

Posted by: @djedi

My second issue with Breeze's intentions is that he expects to promulgate the Law of Thelema by

Where does he "promulgate" it at all? Evidence, please! (publishing and "editing" Crowley don't count...)

Posted by: @djedi

No amount of sugar coating or willful ignorance can make Crowley's teachings palatable to the average person,

Surely not - our "Little [ray of] Sunshine"?!

Posted by: @djedi

I think it's best if Thelema plays both sides, thus transcending them, like Therion himself.

Probably the best course of action and as close to the spirit of the Tao as possible, in this vale of tears - I mean, duality...

Sincerely having tried to minimise any given tone of sarcasm,

Norma N Joy Conquest

 

 


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31/12/2019 10:49 am  

With respect to AC's documented statements that are demeaning to women and to specific racial or ethnic groups, the Supreme Grand Council of Ordo Templi Orientis has issued the following official statement: 

"Statement from the Supreme Grand Council Filed under Policy2017/08/20

It is no secret that Aleister Crowley’s writings include a number of statements that are demeaning to women and to specific racial or ethnic groups. We make no attempt here to justify or explain away those statements. They are what they are, and they are now part of our history as an organization. However, at this time, we find that ideas of the inherent superiority of one sex over the other, or of the inherent superiority or inferiority of specific “races” or ethnicities of humanity, relative to each other, are not supported by the best science, and are contrary to our stated goals of promulgating the Law of Thelema and realizing the age-old vision of the Universal Brotherhood of Man, which includes all Humankind. Therefore, the U.S. Grand Lodge of Ordo Templi Orientis hereby formally and unequivocally rejects all such ideas. O.T.O. draws strength from diversity; we welcome the participation and friendship of Thelemites of all sexes, genders, “races,” and ethnic groups, and from all cultures; and we are committed to opposing their unfair treatment, within and without the Order. We further remain committed to opposing ideas and doctrines–whether religious, political, philosophical, or pseudo-scientific–that tend toward the enslavement of the human spirit, which indwells “every man, every woman, and every intermediately-sexed individual.”

Adopted unanimously, An. Viii Sol in Leo, Luna in Leo; 20 August, 2017 e.v.

Formally ratified and endorsed by the Executive and National Grand Master General, same date.

Unanimously endorsed by the Electoral College, 22 August, 2017 e.v."

(Source: Statement from the Supreme Grand Council - - - https://oto-usa.org/2017/08/statement-from-the-supreme-grand-council/ )


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31/12/2019 11:25 am  

“ Adopted unanimously, An. Viii Sol in Leo, Luna in Leo; 20 August, 2017 e.v.

Formally ratified and endorsed by the Executive and National Grand Master General, same date.

Unanimously endorsed by the Electoral College, 22 August, 2017 e.v." “

well by golly gee
2017
The corporation finally ADOPTED, RATIFIED, ENDORSED, formally consented and it was even UNANIMOUS .
Oh boy i guess that's a go then.


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31/12/2019 5:22 pm  
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Oh boy i guess that's a go then.

That really was a lot of work, not to overlook the ratification and endorsing, to explain the simple statement, Every man and every woman is a star.

But, that's what comes from "editing" Crowley's works.

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31/12/2019 7:16 pm  
Posted by: @shiva

Every man and every woman is a star.

I think you mean, "Every man, every woman, and every intermediately-sexed individual is a star."


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31/12/2019 9:00 pm  
Posted by: @djedi

I think you mean, "Every man, every woman, and every intermediately-sexed individual is a star."

But that's not what it Says so in the scriptures!

I am not politically correct, and I reserve the right to be politely incorrect. Now that is what it Says so in the scriptures!

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01/01/2020 10:46 am  

Do people here realise that Breeze here is not only attempting, weakly, to distance Crowley from one of this most damning evidence of racism (there are plenty), but also by attributing one piece of MWT to Aumont trying to extend the copyrights of the same publication?

You know, the same that Stephen King / Frater Shiva X has been allegedly preparing for publication for the past ten years and counting...


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01/01/2020 1:26 pm  

Does the (c)OTO own this Aumont person's copyrights also?


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01/01/2020 1:57 pm  

Why, yes they do having purchased the Aumont rights from his family.

See last paragraph, http://www.oto.org/news0418.html

 


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Why, yes they do having purchased the Aumont rights from his family.

See last paragraph, http://www.oto.org/news0418.html

 

Precisely.

Once again, Breeze & Gang do what they do best: spend the few pennies they collect from the ever-dwindling membership on legal matters that will make sure no publication will ever arise.

All while coddling the rising tide of white supremacy and neofascism in the "Order".


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