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Aleister Crowley occultist and magician.
Aleister Crowley was an occultist and black magician. Aleister Crowley claimed in his autobiography he was remarkable from the moment of his birth. Aleister Crowley bore on his body the three most important distinguishing marks of a Buddha.
Aleister Crowley was tongue-tied, and on the second day of his incarnation a surgeon cut the fraenum linguae. Aleister Crowley had also the characteristic membrane, which necessitated an operation for phimosis three lustres later. Lastly, he had upon the centre of his heart four hairs curling from left to right in the exact form of a swastika. - The Confessions of Aleister Crowley. Crowley was considered by many to be a great Magician, Magus, and Prophet - though some thought he was mentally unstable.
Aleister Crowley's ideas are a combination of ancient mystery school teachings dating back to ancient Egyptian studies. Aleister Crowley just put a new twist to it just as healer today but a new twist to old techniques. They are all the same - just spoke differently and allowing from more freedom of the soul as we move toward self-awareness as spirit having a physical experience.
His parents were members of the Plymouth Brethren, a strict fundamentalist Christian sect. As a result, Aleister grew up with a thorough biblical education and an equally thorough disdain of Christianity.
He attended Trinity College at Cambridge University, leaving just before completing his degree.
Shortly thereafter he was introduced to George Cecil Jones, who was a member of the 'Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn'.
The Golden Dawn was an occult society led by S.L. MacGregor Mathers which taught magic, Qabbalah - Alchemy - Tarot - Astrology - the answers are written in the stars created by Thoth.
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn had many notable members including A. E. Waite, Dion Fortune, and poet W. B. Yeats.
Its influence on the development of modern western occultism was profound.
Hermetic stems from the Greek God Hermes - who was Merlin the Magician the Egyptian God Thoth, among others. These were the roles of the Trickster as well.
Crowley was initiated into the Golden Dawn in 1898, and proceeded to climb up rapidly through the grades. But in 1900 the order was shattered by schism, and Crowley left England to travel extensively throughout the East.
There he learned and practiced the mental and physical disciplines of yoga, supplementing his knowledge of western-style ritual magick with the methods of Oriental mysticism.
In 1903, Aleister Crowley married Rose Kelly. They went to Egypt on their honeymoon.
After returning to Cairo in early 1904, Rose (who until this point had shown no interest or familiarity with the occult) began entering trance states and insisting to her husband that the God Horus was trying to contact him. As a test, Aleister Crowley took Rose to the Boulak Museum and asked her to point out Horus to him. She did.
'The Stele of Revealing' is an Egyptian painted wooden tablet from the 26th dynasty, depicting Horus receiving a sacrifice from the deceased, a priest named Ankh-f-n-khonsu. Crowley was especially impressed by the fact that this piece was numbered 666 by the museum, a number with which he had identified since childhood. Soon after discovering the Stele in a museum in Cairo, Aleister Crowley received the mystical communication known as 'The Book of the Law'. Much of what Crowley discovered in the 'Stele of Revealing' set the stage - or formed the basis for his channeled verses.
The upshot was that he began to listen to Rose, and at her direction, on three successive days beginning April 8, 1904, he entered his chamber at noon and wrote down what he heard dictated from a shadowy presence behind him.
Aleister Crowley the Law of Thelema.
These culminated in April when Aleister Crowley entered a state of trance and wrote down the three chapters of 220 verses which came to be called The Book of the Law (also known as Liber AL and Liber Legis). Among other things, this book declared: The word of the law is Thelema and "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law".
This book heralded the dawning of the new aeon of Horus - resurrection - the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn which would now be governed by the Law of Thelema.
Thelema ("THEL-ay-mah") is a Greek word meaning "will" or "intention". It is also the name of a new spiritual philosophy which has arisen over the past several hundred years and is now gradually becoming established worldwide.
Aleister Crowley declared that the new age would bring about a change in the conciousness of humanity. This means that less people are going to be inclined to join the established religions, such as Christianity, Judiasm, Hinduism, and so on. There is nothing wrong with these beliefs, but I think Aleister Crowley meant that people would find new religions and practices.
Thelema espouses the idea that everyone has their own destiny, and that each is responsible for finding and fleshing out that destiny. This is the real basis for magick. When one is responsible for him or herself, one is truly free.
Thelema also says that "The only sin is Restriction", now that doesn't mean that you can just run around breaking the law and doing whatever you want, but that you should do everything necessary to find and do your true will. This also sheds light on the opening and closing statements of most Thelemic documents "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.", and "Love is the Law, Love under Will".
These statements say that you should achieve the freedom necessary to believe what you want, and to be yourself (true self) even under duress.
'Love is the Law' does not mean that physical love. This is the Love for yourself and all of humanity, good, bad, or indifferent. Do you have what it takes to truly Love yourself and others? Such is a long, hard process. Will, again, is your True Will. This means that you should achieve freedom and Love under the guidance of your True Will. Do all this (which may take many lifetimes), and you cannot go wrong.
Once you find your True Will, and take total responsibility for yourself, then you are capable of anything. You are in control, and then the piece of the Divine that lies within you can come forth.
One theory holds that each chapter of the Book of the Law is associated with a particular aeon of human spiritual evolution. According to this view, Chapter One characterizes the Aeon of Isis, when the archetype of female divinity was paramount. Chapter Two relates to the Aeon of Osiris, when the archetype of the slain God became prominent, and the world's patriarchal religions became established. Chapter Three heralds the dawning of a new aeon, the Aeon of Horus, the child of the Isis and Osiris. It is in this new aeon that the philosophy of Thelema will be fully revealed to humanity, and will become established as the primary paradigm for the spiritual evolution of the species.
Some of the essential elements of belief in Thelema are:
"Every man and every woman is a star."
This is usually taken to mean that each individual is unique and has their own path in a spacious universe wherein they can move freely without collision.
"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." and "thou hast no right but to do thy will."
Most Thelemites hold that every person possesses a True Will, a single overall motivation for their existence. The Law of Thelema mandates that each person follow their True Will to attain fulfillment in life and freedom from restriction of their nature. Because no two True Wills can be in real conflict (according to "Every man and every woman is a star"), this Law also prohibits one from interfering with the True Will of any other person.
The notion of absolute freedom for an individual to follow his or her True Will is a cherished one among Thelemites. This philosophy also recognizes that the main task of an individual setting out on the path of Thelema is to first discover his or her True Will, giving methods of self-exploration such as magick great importance. Furthermore, every True Will is different, and because each person has a unique point-of-view of the universe, no one can determine the True Will for another person. Each person must arrive at the discovery for themselves.
"Love is the law, love under will."
This is an important corollary to the above, indicating that the essential nature of the Law of Thelema is that of Love. Each individual unites with his or her True Self in Love, and so empowered, the entire universe of conscious beings unites with every other being in Love.
Of course, with the emphasis on freedom and individuality inherent in Thelema, the beliefs of any given Thelemite are likely to differ from those of any other. In the Comment appended to 'The Book of the Law' it is stated that:
"All questions of the Law are to be decided only by appeal to my writings, each for himself."
Although Thelema is sometimes referred to as a "religion", it accommodates the full range of individual beliefs, from atheism to polytheism.
The important thing is that each person has the right to fulfill themselves through whatever beliefs and actions are best suited to them (so long as they do not interfere with the will of others), and only they themselves are qualified to determine what these are.
Aleister Crowley: Astrum Argentium or Silver Star.
In 1906 Crowley rejoined George Cecil Jones in England, where they set about the task of creating a magical order to continue where the Golden Dawn had left off. They called this order the A.A. - Astrum Argentium or Silver Star, and it became the primary vehicle for the transmission of Crowley's mystical and magical training system based on the principles of Thelema.
In 1910 Aleister Crowley was contacted by Theodore Reuss, the head of an organization based in Germany called the 'Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.).' This group of high-ranking Freemasons claimed to have discovered the supreme secret of practical magick, which was taught in its highest degrees.
Apparently Crowley agreed, becoming a member of O.T.O. and eventually taking over as head of the order when Reuss suffered a stroke in 1921. Crowley reformulated the rites of the O.T.O. to conform them to the Law of Thelema, and vested the organization with its main purpose of establishing Thelema in the world. The order also became independent of Freemasonry (although still based on the same patterns) and opened its membership to women and men who were not masons.
Later days of Aleister Crowley's life.
Crowley spent the rest of his life developing the philosophy of Thelema as revealed by the Book of the Law. The result was a voluminous output of commentary and works relating to magick, mysticism, yoga, qabalah, and other occult subjects. Virtually all of this writing bears the influence of Thelema as interpreted and understood by Aleister Crowley in his capacity as prophet of the New Aeon.
Aleister Crowley died in Hastings, England on December 1, 1947. However, his legacy lives on in the Law of Thelema which he brought to mankind (along with dozens of books and writings on magick and other mystical subjects), and in the orders A.'. A.'. and O.T.O. which continue to advance the principles of Thelema to this day.
The Keepers assert that the Continuum is the only solid thing in existence, but they affirm this with a wink, knowing that the worlds that make up this solid are themselves porous, filled only with arranged absences.
The Continuum is fragile. Universes are not static systems. The lattices are perpetually expanding or collapsing, pursuing their localized cycles of evolution. Just as a skyscraper or suspension bridge must endure the oscillations of wind and temperature change, the Continuum must be able to absorb and compensate for the movement of the universes it contains.
A bridge is constructed with expansion gaps to accommodate such movement, and so, too, does the Continuum possess an expansion gap. It is like a great hole, a core drilled through the strata of every single universe.
The presence of this gap that allows the Continuum to remain flexible. Without it, in such a tightly woven web of interlocked grids, system-wide fractures would occur, total collapse, oblivion - an event foreseen by the Keepers in the Uncreation Myth.
Because it lies at the intersection of all the lattices, the gap is a part of every universe - the one point through which access to other worlds is possible, like an elevator that runs among the floors of a building, yet belongs to none of them.
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