Aleister Crowley & Aleister Crowley Quotes
- Who was Aleister Crowley?
- Insanity of Crowleyanity
- Crowley's Large Influence Upon Rock Music (and it's fans)
- Crowley Hated God with a Passion
Aleister Crowley was born October 12th, 1875 at 36 Clarendon Square, Leamington, Warwickshire, England as Edward Alexander Crowley into a wealthy and religious family. Crowley despised and rebelled against his family at every turn, even renaming himself 'Aleister' to avoid sharing the same first name as his father, who passed away when Crowley was 11.
Aleister Crowley was a satanist, occultist, bisexual, and was also described as "The Wickedest Man In the World." Crowley also had very sexist views merely finding women "tolerable" when they contributed to a man's work, but (according to Crowley) they had no hope of understanding the work (as they were less intelligent than men, according to him). Crowley and his followers practiced animal sacrifice which led him to be thrown out of Italy in 1924. He recorded that he molested his own children and ate human feces.
He was also a drug- and sex addict who used to cut his arms with a knife. He was addicted both to opium, hashish, cocaine, mescaline, amphetamines and heroin, in order to perceive higher states of beingness (drug abuse is very common to occultists in general). When he discovered mescaline, he developed seven rituals, “Rites of Eleusis”, and rented Caxton Hall to demonstrate them. Later he opened up a Temple of Satan in London, where many high society ladies became his pupils. By that time Crowley had shaved his head and filed his canine teeth so sharp that he could initiate every new woman with a "kiss of the snake", as he gave them a bite either on the wrist or in the throat.
"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law" [The work of the OTO ... is geared towards the achievement of a world-spanning empire ... The Law "Do what thou wilt" is the law of this new state - a One World Government] was his motto for the OTO, which was the secret order he himself was the Grandmaster of. He rejected traditional morality in favor of the life of a drug addict and brutal womanizer ("I rave; and I rape and I rip and I rend" is a line from one of his poems). He even enjoyed being called the "wickedest man in the world". He was married twice, and both his wives went insane. Five of his mistresses committed suicide.
Severely addicted to heroin Crowley died on 1 December 1947 from a heart attack in Hastings. Shortly before he slipped into a coma his last words was: “I am perplexed.”
Cairo. 1904. Aleister Crowley, who called himself “the Great Beast”, “the Beast 666”, claimed that some intelligence from the spirit realm wrote The Book of the Law through him. Crowley regarded it as THE book of his magical philosophy.
One has only to read it to see how much paper the entity he said wrote it wasted. Surely when it was so keen to speak it could have had more deep and profound things to say? The Law is for All, The Authorised Popular Commentary to The Book of the Law, by Aleister Crowley and edited by Louis Wilkinson and Hymenaeus Beta (New Falcon, Arizona, 1996) is what is consulted for this chapter and the following two. We are writing one chapter for each of the three chapters of this deranged law.
Crowley considered The Book of the Law to be proof that beings greater than human beings existed and were interested in what was best for us. He said it proved the existence of God. Yet there is not one single argument for God’s existence in it. There is only imagination in it. A “godlike” being would have picked a more reliable and competent “prophet”.
The commentary was written by Crowley for he was the only person allowed to do that. Crowley wrote, “Some 25 years ago I wrote a Commentary on The Book of the Law – over a quarter of a million words of the most turgid and incomprehensible hogwash ever penned” (page 9). Hymenaeus Beta claims that this was half-joking (page 9). But Crowley said he could not bear to look at what he wrote to correct it and got Wilkinson to try and make it coherent. So he was serious. If Crowley had been divinely inspired or believed himself to have been he would have done it himself. Nobody knows a work better than its writer.
Page 10 reveals that the edited commentary was found in Crowley’s papers making it more than likely that he had seen and agreed with the commentary in The Law is for All. The first verse of the book is, “Had! The manifestation of Nuit”. Had is Satan (page 24). On page 26, we read that every number is infinite and this means that every person is infinite and therefore God. The commentary on page 36 says, “The Golden Rule is silly. If Lord Alfred Douglas (for example) did to others what he would like them to do to him, many would resent his action”. Lord Alfred Douglas was the homosexual who had a relationship with Oscar Wilde. But the Golden Rule, treat others as you like them to treat you, does not ask you to force your sexual needs on those who do not want them for you would not like people to do that to you.
The commentary teaches this on page 42, “The sexual act is a sacrament of Will. To profane it is the great offence. All true expression of it is lawful; all suppression or distortion is contrary to the Law of Liberty. To use legal or financial constraint to compel either abstentation or submission, is entirely horrible, unnatural and absurd”. As if harmful and unlawful sex should not be forbidden. The book says that it is the sacrament of Will. Will is what you truly want considering all the options. If Will wants to have sex regardless of how likely it is to get AIDS then this is permitted. Desire is exalted over reason and morality and that is foolish. The Will is more interested in eternal self-preservation than acts of sex. Crowley misunderstands the true will. Sex is not a sacrament of the Will. The commentary (page 42) gets far worse, “Some of the most passionate and permanent attachments have begun with rape. Rome was actually founded thereon. Similarly, the murder of a faithless partner is ethically excusable, in a certain sense; for there may be some stars whose Nature is extreme violence”. (Stars are independent so star represents the individualists.) This is utter revolting rubbish. Rape and murder are condoned here.
Silly attitudes to women appear in the commentary, “Blind asses! Who pretend that women are naturally chaste! The Easterns know better; all the restrictions of the harem, of public opinion, and so on, are based on the recognition of the fact that woman is only chaste when there is nobody around. She will snatch the baby from its cradle, or drag the dog from its kennel, to prove the old saying: “Natura abhorret a vacuo” (page 44). The saying is that nature abhors a vacuum. So a woman will molest babies and even animals if there are no men. How stupid a doctrine this is.
The commentary says that, “A man who is not doing his will is like a man with cancer, an independent growth in him, yet one from which he cannot get free. The idea of self-sacrifice is a moral cancer in exactly this sense” (page 45). But then page 54 says that you should suffer by admitting and freely practicing your sexual desires no matter how much trouble it lands you in. It demands self-sacrifice after all!
Page 50 declares that a person must not invade another’s rights for that implies that one’s own rights should be invaded. It does not matter if it doesn’t to you and if you don’t get caught. And the true will might make you like being abused. So the commentary can give no real reason for not harming others. And it forbids respect for treating a person right is only a sham if you are only doing it for your own benefit.
Page 54 advises that babies and young children be shown and taught all about sex of every kind in case mystery makes them stupid! It does not worry the commentator that this will injure the children. Sex is not everything in life.
On page 55, incest, adultery and men sleeping with boys are authorised in case forbidding them leads to shame, cowardice and hypocrisy and makes them the conditions for a successful life. Forbidding these things need lead to none of these. Hypocrisy can be avoided by repentance. Do we need to explain how wicked, evil minded, immoral and lust craving this man is?
The commentary says on page 64, “There are cases when seduction or rape may be emancipation or initiation to another. Such acts can only be judged by their results”. So rape is moral when it has good results! But when nobody knows what the result will be and there is no need for rape then how could it ever be right? Rubbish like this should not be published.
Having completed our search for faults in Crowley’s first chapter of the law let us hope we can find plenty to discredit his hateful book in chapter two.
Verse 2 is, “Come! All ye, and learn the secret that hath not yet been revealed. I, Hadit, am the complement of Nu, my bride. I am not extended, and Khabs is the name of my House”. The commentary reads, “Khabs – “a star” – is a unit of Nuit, and therefore Nuit Herself. This doctrine is enormously difficult of apprehension, even after these many years of study. Hadit is the “core of every star”, verse 6. He is thus the Impersonal Identity with the Individuality of “every man and every woman.” He is “not extended”; that is, without condition of any sort in the metaphysical sense. Only in the highest trances can the nature of these truths be revealed” (page 87, 88). This is really Pantheism which claims that we are ultimately one impersonal spirit.
Verse 19 says, “Is God to live in a dog?” the context and commentary say this is a rhetorical question meant for suggesting that it is preposterous. But a God living in a dog would still be a God and able to do what he wants so there is no problem. Yet the commentary says, “A god living in a dog would be one who was prevented from fulfilling his function properly” (page 101). This error proves that The Book of the Law was not inspired by a genius spirit at all.
Verse 21: “We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit: let them die in their misery. For they feel not. Compassion is the vice of kings: stamp down the wretched and the weak: this is the law of the strong: this is our law and the joy of the world”. This hate-filled crap ignores the fact that we are all weak at times and that the weak can become strong. The compassion denounced is not the emotion but the practice of helping others, for if kings were gripped by the emotion they would give away all they had to the weak and poor.
The commentary argues: “There is a good deal of the Nietzschean standpoint in this verse. It is the evolutionary and natural view. Of what use is it to perpetuate the misery of tuberculosis, and such diseases, as we do now? Nature’s way is to weed out the weak. This is the most merciful way, too. At present all the strong are being damaged, and their progress hindered by the dead weight of the weak limbs and the missing limbs, the diseased limbs and the atrophied limbs. The Christians to the Lions!” (page 102). So nature gets rid of the weak with diseases? The strong have the same problem. So the weak have to die so that the strong will prosper? But the strong should be more interested in people than in material things which can be lost anytime.
Verse 22 includes the words, “To worship me take wine and strange drugs whereof I will tell my prophet, & be drunk thereof! They shall not harm ye at all” (page 109). The commentary recommends cocaine (page 110).
Because it is said earlier that reason is rubbish, page 118 says, “We must not suppose for an instant that The Book of the Law is opposed to reason. On the contrary, its own claim to authority rests upon reason, and nothing else”. This is typical heretics and liars who hate the truth, who have no clue of what they really writes. Hence, many contradictions arises. Another typical move from heretics and deceivers is that they can use some truths mixed with falsehood to deceive. So we must be on our guard all the time.
Also page 118 says, “Distrust any explanation whatever. Disraeli said, “Never ask anyone to dinner who has to be explained.” All explanations are intended to cover up lies, injustices, or shames. The Truth is radiantly simple”. This is false, because sometimes it is good for an explanation to avoid misconceptions. And go around thinking everyone is a liar is also not a good thing to do. Trust in God and be in peace of mind.
The verse this is about, verse 29 (page 118), puts it more bluntly, “May Because be accursed forever!” How cynical! Even reason has to be explained to the novice. What are the commentary and The Book of the Law for? Explaining! As mentioned above, contradiction.
Verse 32 says, “Reason is a lie; for there is a factor infinite & unknown; & all their words are skew-wise” (page 119). So The Book of the Law is based on lies if it is based on reason. Another contradiction.
Here is some sexism from page 121, “Reason is like a woman; if you listen, you are lost; with a thick stick, you have some sort of sporting chance”.
Page 146, “We at Thelema think it vitally aright to let a man take opium. He may destroy his physical vehicle thereby, but he may produce another Kubla Khan”.
On page 164, The Book of the Law 3:23, 24 we meet some loathsome saying. “For perfume mix meal & honey & thick leavings of red wine: then oil of Abramelin and olive oil, and afterward soften & smooth down with rich fresh blood. The best blood is of the moon, monthly: then the fresh blood of a child, or dripping from the host of heaven: then of enemies; then of the priest or of the worshippers: last of some beast, no matter what”. There is nothing symbolic in this as you can see from the violent contrasts in it. Honey and blood. Menstrual blood and animal blood. Nor does the commentary try to make this out to be symbolic. Blood sacrifice is approved.
Verse 46 asserts, “I am the warrior Lord of the Forties: the Eighties cower before me, & are abased. I will bring you victory and joy: I will be at your arms in battle & ye shall delight to slay”. Verse 46 seems to be a prophecy of the Second World War until you remember that the “Lord” would be doing the fighting himself in the world so it is ambiguous. Every decade had some big wars that served to drive many nations into the course that Crowley would want them to take. The Eighties have not bent the knee to Crowley’s hypocritical and moralising and yet amoral deity and he has not become to the world what Jesus Christ has become to the Christians. The last line we have quoted in the verse says that Crowley’s disciples will conquer by bloodshed. An utterly failed prophecy.
Pages 176 and 177 promise that if women are emancipated and allowed to be sexually free then the crime of abortion, sex-related shame, blackmail, jealousy, domestic misery and prostitution will tend to disappear. There will always be things like jealousy to lead to these things. The book maintains that the spread of sexual disease will be checked for if sex is accepted as decent people will not be afraid to hide and ignore anything they catch by it. But you can be ashamed of sex and still take care of yourself. As mentioned earlier, we must be on our guard to these evil tricks. Mostly Satan deceives people by mixing some statement that can appear to be true and sound with his falsehood so he can get his evil will through. Ofttimes he can also use true statements in his big evil plan.
Crowley wrote regarding The Book of the Law, “The study of this Book is forbidden. It is wise to destroy this copy after the first reading. Whosever disregards this does so at his own risk and peril. These are most dire. Those who discuss the contents of this Book are to be shunned by all, as centuries of pestilence” (page 284). The only bad consequences of reading The Book of the Law which is full of obscure poetic mumbo-jumbo and has nothing profound in it will be disgusted at it and disgusted oneself for wasting time on it.
The commentary is unworthy of a favourable estimate as well. It was written to dupe and make converts for the wily Crowley. And it is amenable to use lies and slanders and half-truths to achieve this. “The English Bible sanctions the polygamy and concubinage of Abraham, Solomon and others, the incest of Lot, the wholesale rape of captured virgins, as well as the promiscuity of the first Christians, the prostitution of temple servants, men and women, the relations of Johannes with his master, and the putting of wandering Prophets to stud, as well as the celibacy of such people as Paul” (page 180). The things the Bible sanctions from this list are celibacy and monogamous marriage. Polygamy in the Old Testament was to raise up children for the prosperity of the nation Israel, so they would not have to mix their children with women from other nations to risk idolatry. The word concubine, was wives of an inferior degree, and are commonly called so in the Old Testament, though otherwise lawfully married. And never does it say that Johannes, John, had a gay affair with Jesus Christ. It is well known that the accusations in the quote are mostly lies. Crowley and the editors of the commentary were liars for if they had made mistakes they would have removed them.
Isn’t it obvious by now that the author of The Book of the Law was either Aleister Crowley himself, or, if it was a spirit he allegedly channel in Cairo, in 1904, it can't be anything else except a spirit of the devil?
Crowley has had a large influence upon modern rock music. Unbeknownst to most Americans, much of the Hellish music which they idolize was written and sang by devout followers of Crowley and his Satanism.
Guitarist Jimmy Page of Zeppelin is a devout follower of Satanist, Aleister Crowley, who proclaimed himself as "The Beast 666". Aleister Crowley was also a 33rd and 97th Degree Freemason and is recognized as the master Satanist of the 20th century. In 1971, guitarist Jimmy Page bought Crowley’s Boleskine House on the shore of Loch Ness where Crowley practiced his hellish, satanic sex-magick rituals, including human sacrifices. Guitarist Jimmy Page actually performed Crowley magical rituals during their concerts. Their song "Stairway to Heaven" carries the reference "May Queen," which is purportedly the name of a hideous poem written by Crowley. Page had inscribed in the vinyl of their album Led Zeppelin III, Crowley's famous "Do what thou wilt. So mete it Be.’ Page and Robert Plant claim some of Zeppelins' songs came via occultic "automatic handwriting," including their popular "Stairway to Heaven."
The cover of the Sergeant Pepper's album by the Beatles showed a background of, according to Ringo Starr, people "we like and admire" (Hit Parade, Oct. 1976, p.14). Paul McCartney said of Sgt. Pepper's cover, ". . . we were going to have photos on the wall of all our HEROES . . ." (Musician, Special Collectors Edition, - Beatles and Rolling Stones, 1988, p.12). One of the Beatle's heroes included on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's was — the infamous Satanist, Aleister Crowley! Most people, especially in 1967, did not even know who Crowley was — but the Beatles certainly did. The Beatles apparently took Crowley's teaching very serious — Beatle John Lennon, in an interview, says the "whole idea of the Beatles" was — Crowley's infamous "do what thou wilt":
"The whole Beatle idea was to do what you want, right? To take your own responsibility, do what you want and try not to harm other people, right? DO WHAT THOU WILST, as long as it doesn't hurt somebody. . ." ("The Interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono", by David Sheff and G. Barry Golson, p. 61)
Crowley has had a great influence on rock & roll. The International Times voted Crowley “the unsung hero of the hippies.” One man who helped popularized Crowley’s work among rockers is avant-garde film artist Kenneth Anger. He claimed that his films were inspired by Crowley’s philosophy and called them “visual incantations” and “moving spells.” Anger considered Crowley a unique genius. Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin both scored soundtracks for Anger’s films about Crowley.
Crowley’s photo appeared on the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album cover as mentioned above. The Beatles testified that the characters who appeared on the album were their “heroes.” John Lennon explained to a magazine that “the whole Beatle idea was to do what you want … do what thou wilst, as long as it doesn’t hurt somebody” (Lennon, cited by David Sheff, Interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, p. 61). This was precisely what Crowley taught.
Ozzy Osbourne called Crowley “a phenomenon of his time” (Circus, Aug. 26, 1980, p. 26). Ozzy even had a song called “Mr. Crowley.” “You fooled all the people with magic/ You waited on Satan's call / … Mr. Crowley, won't you ride my white horse…”
On the back cover of the Doors 13 album, Jim Morrison and the other members of the Doors are shown posing with a bust of Aleister Crowley.
David Bowie referred to Crowley in his song “Quicksand” from the album The Man Who Sold the World.
Graham Bond thought he was Crowley’s illegitimate son and recorded albums of satanic rituals with his band Holy Magick.
Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson said: “… we’ve referred to things like the tarot and ideas of people like Aleister Crowley” (Circus, Aug. 31, 1984). Their song “The Number of the Beast” said, “666, the number of the beast/ 666, the one for you and me.” Crowley was called the Beast.
Daryl Hall of the rock duo Hall and Oates admits that he follows Crowley. “I became fascinated with Aleister Crowley, the nineteenth-century British magician who shared those beliefs. … I was fascinated by him because his personality was the late-nineteenth-century equivalent of mine—a person brought up in a conventionally religious family who did everything he could to outrage the people around him as well as himself” (Rock Lives: Profiles and Interviews, p. 584). Hall owns a signed and numbered copy of Crowley’s The Book of Thoth (about an Egyptian god).
Sting, formerly of the Police, has spent many hours studying Crowley’s writings.
Stiv Bators, lead singer for The Dead Boys and Lords of the New Church, had a song titled “Do What Thou Wilt/ This Is the Law,” after the philosophy of Satanist Aleister Crowley. In another song Bators sang: “I heard the Devil curse/ I recognized my name.”
LSD guru Timothy Leary was a Crowley enthusiast. He said: “I’ve been an admirer of Aleister Crowley. I think that I’m carrying on much of the work that he started over a hundred years ago … He was in favor of finding yourself, and ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law’ ... It was a very powerful statement. I’m sorry he isn’t around now to appreciate the glories he started” (Late Night America, Public Broadcasting Network, cited by Hells Bells, Reel to Real Ministries).
The Marilyn Manson song “Misery Machine” contains the lyrics, “We’re gonna ride to the abbey of Thelema.” The Abbey of Thelema was the temple of Satanist Aleister Crowley.
If ever there was a God-hating degenerate, it was Aleister Crowley ...
33° Mason, Aleister Crowley would definitely get some votes in the "most wicked man who ever lived contest" and is the clear cut favorite for the title of "The Father of Modern Satanism". Crowley's wicked life and his intimate association with Freemasonry are both well known. Crowley himself was terribly decadent. A heroin-addicted, bisexual Satan worshiper, he asked people to call him "The Beast 666." Crowley believed that he was literally the antimessiah of the apocalypse.
During the first World War, Crowley transferred his activities to America. The press proclaimed him "the wickedest man in the world." He also spent time in Italy, but was expelled because Italian authorities accused his disciples of sacrificing human infants in occult rituals. According to one source, Crowley resided in the Abbey of Thelema near Cefalu Sicily, and revived ancient Dionysian ceremonies. During a 1921 ritual, he induced a he-goat to copulate with his mistress, then slit the animal's throat at the moment of orgasm.
Born in 1875, Aleister Crowley had, like the Rolling Stones, rebelled against a regulated small-town background. He’d been raised in Leamington, Warwickshire, by parents who were members of the Strict Brethren, a fundamentalist “Christian” sect. From an early age young Aleister identified with the enemies of God in the Bible stories that were read to him. In particular he identified with the antichrist predicted in the book of Revelation. In 1898 he joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a magical society.
Most of Crowley’s adult life was dedicated to indulging in everything he believed God would hate: performing sex magic, taking heroin, opium, hashish, peyote and cocaine, invoking spirits, and even once offering himself to the Russian authorities to help destroy Christianity. He wrote volumes of books that he believed were dictated to him by a spirit from ancient Egypt called Aiwass. “To worship me take wine and strange drugs,” the spirit conveniently told him. “Lust, enjoy all things of sense and rapture. Fear not that any God shall deny thee for this.” …
Crowley finished his life as a sick, wasted heroin addict given to black rages and doubts about the value of his life’s work. His last words as he passed into a coma on December 1, 1947, were, “I am perplexed…”
Aleister’s father Edward was a Brethren preacher, but he had inherited a fortune from his father who Crowley Ale. Edward died when Aleister was eleven and the son inherited the fortune. From this inheritance, Aleister financed his satanic career. He began torturing and killing animals at age twelve. Crowley was a heroin addict and a sexual pervert. His religious mother referred to him as “The Great Beast of Revelation whose number is 666,” and he was pleased with the title. He was convinced that he was the reincarnation of the magician Eliphas Levi, who died the year Crowley was born. Crowley also believed he had lived other lives, including that of Pope Alexander VI. Crowley claimed that dark powers gave him the words to his “Book of the Law.” His first wife, Rose, died in a mental asylum. His second wife also went insane. “Five mistresses committed suicide, and scores of his concubines ended in the gutter as alcoholics, drug addicts, or in mental institutions” (Hellhounds on Their Trail, p. 56).
Crowley’s philosophy was as follows (which is the exact same philosophy of all Witches and Satanists today):
“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.”
“Lust, enjoy all things of sense and rapture. Fear not that any God shall deny thee for this.”
“I do not wish to argue that the doctrines of Jesus, they and they alone, have degraded the world to its present condition. I take it that Christianity is not only the cause but the symptom of slavery” (Crowley, The World’s Tragedy, p. xxxix).
“That religion they call Christianity; the devil they honor they call God. I accept these definitions, as a poet must do, if he is to be at all intelligible to his age, and it is their God and their religion that I hate and will destroy” (Crowley, The World’s Tragedy, p. xxx).
Crowley studied Buddhism and Hindu yoga, following in the footsteps of Helena Blavatsky, and did much to popularize these in the West.
In 1922, Crowley published Diary of a Drug Fiend, which was about the use of cocaine. He described the widespread use of cocaine among Hollywood stars, which he described as “cocaine-crazed sexual lunatics.”
As noted, Crowley died a wasted heroin addict given to rages and doubts. His last words were “I am perplexed…” Crowley worshipped the demon god Pan, the god of sexuality and lust. His “Hymn to Pan” was read at his funeral: “I rave and I rape and I rip and I rend/ Everlasting world without end!”
Satanists are still abducting, raping, and killing children.