Rose Kelly Crowley Gormley

From Encyclopedia Thelemica
(Redirected from Rose Edith Crowley)
Jump to navigationJump to search

Rose Edith Kelly Skerrett Crowley Goymley born Rose Edith Kelly (July 23, 1874 e.v - 1932 e.v) Crowley's first Scarlet Woman.


Early Life

Born July 23, 1874, at 78 Cambridge Terrace, Paddington, England, to parents Frederick Festus Kelly and Blanche Bradford Kelly. She was the first child, with two siblings, Eleanor Constance Mary and Gerald Festus. In 1880, the family moved to Camberwell Vicarage, where her father served as the curate for the Parish of St. Giles for the next 35 years.

In 1895, Rose escorted her brother Gerald to Cape Town, South Africa, where he convalesced from a liver ailment during the winter of 1895-96. In 1901, widowed after a two year marriage to one Major Skerrett (described consistently as an "older man"), she joined her brother Gerald in Paris, where she stayed six months.

Life with Aleister

Please write this

The Book of the Law

On March 16, 1904, when he tries to "shew the Sylphs" by means of a ritual to his wife, Rose. Although she could see nothing, she did seem to enter into a light trance and repeatedly said, "They're waiting for you!" Crowley took Rose to the Boulak Museum and asked her to point out Horus to him. She passed several common images of the god and led Aleister straight to a painted wooden funerary stele from the 26th dynasty, depicting Horus receiving a sacrifice from the deceased, a priest named Ankh-f-n-khonsu. Crowley was impressed by the fact that this piece was numbered 666 by the museum, the number that he had identified with since childhood.

He began to listen to Rose, and at her direction, on three successive days beginning April 8, 1904, he entered his room and wrote down what he heard dictated from a shadowy presence behind him. The result was the three chapters of verse known as The Book of the Law.

Latter Years

Please write this

Links of Interest

Please write this


  • Crowley, Aleister. (1979). The Confessions of Aleister Crowley. London;Boston : Routledge & Kegan Paul.
  • Hudson, Derek. (1975). "For Love of Painting - The Life of Sir Gerald Kelly". London: Peter Davies.

Document Source

  • This page was originally sourced from Thelemapedia. Retrieved May 2009.