40 year old Revelations inspired by Aleister Crowley

“Piece of Mind doubled down on Iron Maiden’s novelistic aspirations by having every song borrow from literary or otherwise creative outside inspirations. Most famously, “Flight of Icarus” is based on the Greek myth and “The Trooper” derives from Tennyson’s 1854 poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” Then there’s the Biblical “Revelations,” which also evokes the writings of G. K. Chesterton and Aleister Crowley. Beyond that, “Where Eagles Dare” is titled after Brian G. Hutton’s 1968 war picture; “Die with Your Boots On” references Raoul Walsh’s 1941 movie and the foresight of Nostradamus; “Still Life” comes from Ramsey Campbell’s “The Inhabitant of the Lake”; “Quest for Fire” descends from the 1911 book and 1981 film of the same name; “Sun and Steel” recalls Yukio Mishima’s 1968 autobiographical essay and the life of samurai warrior Miyamoto Musashi; and “To Tame a Land” harkens back to Frank Herbert’s Dune. Clearly, Piece of Mind was Iron Maiden’s most academically rich LP thus far. Plus, it paved the way for both future adaptations (from Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” on 1984’s Powerslave to Briggs’ “When the Wind Blows” on 2010’s The Final Frontier) and the entire subgenre of power/fantasy metal.”—”40 Years Ago, Iron Maiden Cemented a Classic Lineup with Piece of Mind. The legendary UK metal act also delved deeper into its literary influences.”

“Just a babe in a black abyss
No reason for a place like this
The walls are cold and souls cry out in pain
An easy way for the blind to go
A clever path for the fools who know
The secret of the Hanged Man, the smile on his lips”

Passing mention of Aleister Crowley, and many others.

Hermetic Library Omnium 40 Year Old Revelations Inspired by Aleister Crowley 18may2023

Aleister Crowley & Friends now online

Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue No. 277 Aleister Crowley & Friends is now on-line.

Hermetic Library Omnium Aleister Crowley & Friends Now Online 17mar2023 Alone

“Catalogue No. 277 is another of our Aleister Crowley catalogues, and is devoted to books and ephemera related to Aleister Crowley, his friends, and followers. As usual it comprises a selection of material from various sources, including a number of items from the magnificent Aleister Crowley collection of Clive Harper. Unfortunately time does not allow our usual synopsis of the items in the catalogue, but it is a varied selection, ranging from signed and inscribed rarities to modern booklets. As always all our material is guaranteed to be 100% original, as described. Please note that material from the Harper collection is identified as such by a specific reference in the individual listing.”

Hermetic Library Omnium Aleister Crowley & Friends Now Online 17mar2023 With Friends

Gerald Gardner and Aleister Crowley drawing down the massive gnostic moon cakes of light

“I am a Witch and a magician. There are more of us than you might expect. Witchcraft and ceremonial magic are compatible and complementary.” “Witches my age generally know something about ceremonial magic. When I became a Witch information about practice was scarce – I personally own every book before 1975 that talked about how to actually do Witchcraft. When we ran out of other things to study we picked up Israel Regardie’s books about Golden Dawn magic. We found Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers’ translations of The Lesser Key of Solomon and The Greater Key of Solomon and recognized some of the material that shows up in our Books of Shadows. The ceremonial lodges were public half a century before Witchcraft entered popular culture. Every kind of Witchcraft owes a huge debt to Gerald Gardner, and Gardner in turn owes a debt to the Golden Dawn and Aleister Crowley. The first time I saw a performance of Crowley’s Gnostic Mass I was surprised to recognize Drawing Down the Moon and consecration of wine and cakes. Historians of Witchcraft today recognize that connection. In the mass I was also startled to hear “so mote it be”; later I learned that this phrase comes from Freemasonry. Mathers, Crowley and Gardner were all Freemasons and drew on those rituals as templates for their oaths and degree structures.”—The Witch-Magician

Mentions Witchcraft, Israel Regardie, Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers, The Lesser Key of Solomon, The Greater Key of Solomon, Gerald Gardner, Aleister Crowley, the Gnostic Mass, Cakes of Light, Freemasonry, and more.

How do I not have something about Books of Shadows somewhere? (There’s currently only one occurrence of the term!) Also, Drawing Down the Moon.

Hermetic Library Omnium Gerald Garder and Aleister Crowley Drawing Down the Massive Gnostic Moon Cakes of Light 25feb2023

Aleister Crowley in Paris

Aleister Crowley in Paris Sex, Art, and Magick in the City of Light [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Tobias Churton; of course, this is primarily about Aleister Crowley.

Churton Aleister Crowley in Paris

“Examines Aleister Crowley’s 30-year-long intimate association with Paris

• Investigates the tales of Crowley ‘raising Pan,’ going mad, and working gay sex magick in Paris

• Uncovers Crowley’s involvement in the Belle Époque with sculptor Auguste Rodin and other artists and in the 1920s with Berenice Abbott, Nancy Cunard, Man Ray, André Gide, and Aimée Crocker

• Reveals Crowley’s ‘expulsion’ from Paris in 1929 as a high-level conspiracy against Crowley

Exploring occultist, magician, poet, painter, and writer Aleister Crowley’s longstanding and intimate association with Paris, Tobias Churton provides the first detailed account of Crowley’s activities in the City of Light.

Using previously unpublished letters and diaries, Churton explores how Crowley was initiated into the Golden Dawn’s Inner Order in Paris in 1900 and how, in 1902, he relocated to Montparnasse. Soon engaged to Anglo-Irish artist Eileen Gray, Crowley pontificates and parties with English, American, and French artists gathered around sculptor Auguste Rodin: all keen to exhibit at Paris’s famed Salon d’Automne. In 1904—still dressed as ‘Prince Chioa Khan’ and recently returned from his Book of the Law experience in Cairo—Crowley dines with novelist Arnold Bennett at Paillard’s. In 1908 Crowley is back in Paris to prove it’s possible to attain Samadhi (or ‘knowl­edge and conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel’) while living a modern life in a busy metropolis. In 1913 he organizes a demonstra­tion for artistic and sexual freedom at Oscar Wilde’s tomb. Until war spoils all in 1914, Paris is Crowley’s playground.

The author details how, after returning from America in 1920, and though based at his ‘Abbey of Thelema’ in Sicily, Crowley can’t leave Paris alone. When Mussolini expels him from Italy, Paris becomes his home from 1924 until 1929. Churton reveals Crowley’s part in the jazz-age explosion of modernism, as the lover of photographer Berenice Abbott and many others, and how he enjoyed camaraderie with Man Ray, Nancy Cunard, André Gide, and Aimée Crocker. The author explores Crowley’s adventures in Tunisia, Algeria, the Riviera, his battle with heroin addiction, his relation­ship with daughter Astarte Lulu—raised at Cefalù—and finally, a high-level ministerial conspiracy to get him out of Paris.

Reconstructing Crowley’s heyday in the last decade and a half of France’s Belle Époque and the ‘roaring Twenties,’ this book illuminates Crowley’s place within the artistic, literary, and spiritual ferment of the great City of Light.”

O Livro da Lei Comentado por Aleister Crowley

“PRÉ-VENDA: O Livro da Lei Comentado por Aleister Crowley.

Traduzido para a língua portuguesa por Johann Heyss, com revisão & notas de Flavio Watson.”

“O Livro da Lei Comentado por Aleister Crowley apresenta os 5 comentários completos escritos pelo Profeta ao longo de sua vida:

– Os Antigos Comentários
– Os Novos Comentários
– O Comentário Djeridensis
– O Comentário de Túnis
– O Comentário K

Apresenta ainda as traduções [e transliteração] da Estela da Revelação.”

(Pre-order: The Book of the Law Commentary by Aleister Crowley. Translated into Portuguese by Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Johann Heyss, with revision & notes by Flavio Watson, due May 2023, limited edition of 666.

The Book of the Law Commentary by Aleister Crowley presents the 5 complete commentaries written by the Prophet throughout his life:

– The Old Commentaries
– The New Commentaries
– The Djeridensis Commentary
– The Tunis Commentary
– The K Commentary

Also presents the translations [and transliteration ] of the Stele of Revelation.)

Crowley Heyss Watson O Livro Da Lei Comentado

As a reminder, there’s also a bunch of material in the Portuguese language at A Biblioteca Hermética, including Liber AL vel Legis, O Livro da Lei in Os Libri de Thelema, and more. Although it’s not everything, you can check the full index for what is there.

The Magick of Aleister Crowley

The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Lon Milo DuQuette, forewords by Jason Louv and Hymenaeus Beta; a re-issue for its 30th anniversary, part of the Weiser Classics Series.

Duquette The Magick of Aleister Crowley

“The 30th Anniversary of the Classic Guide to Thelema, Aleister Crowley’s Spiritual System of Ritual Magick, with a New Introduction by the Author.

This is the perfect introductory text for readers who wonder what the works—rather than the myth—of Aleister Crowley are all about.

DuQuette begins by dispatching some of the myths that have surrounded Crowley’s life and legend. He then explores the practice of rituals themselves, unpacking Crowley’s often opaque writing and offering his own commentary. Step by step, and in plain English, he presents a course of study with examples of rituals and explanations of their significance. DuQuette also includes a survey of many of Crowley’s original works with an extensive bibliography and endnotes.

Formerly titled The Magick of Thelema, then released in a revised edition published in 2003, this Weiser Classics edition includes a new introduction by the author.”

Article about Lockwood and Co blathers about Aleister Crowley and then gets stupid

“[Jonathan] Stroud hasn’t confirmed whether he based the character on a real occultist, but it’s clear that he was inspired by the stories relating to the practitioners of occultism. He used that knowledge, exaggerated it a little bit, and created this character who was scary in life as well as in death. Speaking of occultists, the name that immediately comes to mind is Aleister Crowley. Arguably the most infamous occultist, Crowley was once called “the wickedest man in the world”. Born Edward Crowley, he came from a wealthy family and found himself taking a very different approach to the world in his early years. Reportedly, his thoughts and behavior led his mother to call him ‘the beast’.”—”Was Lockwood and Co’s Edmund Bickerstaff a Real Occultist?

Article about a character in the Netflix show Lockwood & Co., based on the book series by Jonathan Stroud, goes on a tangent about Aleister Crowley, and then get’s really stupid talking about some other unrelated moron’s wild brain-fever glossolalia about imagining Crowley somehow involved in the deaths surrounding the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb?! WTAF. It just starts out as a lame article but then even got worse. But, there it is.

Weirdly, there appears to be a near duplicate of this article on another site with a different by-line. IDEK which is original, if any are, and who knows? Someone using AI to write these? Plagiarism? There’s an actual story in there, if one were looking for it; because these articles are not it. Except, that I got punked into reading them, I guess. And, now I’ve shared my pain with you. ::sad trombone::

Hermetic Library Omnium Article About Lockwood and Co Blathers About Aleister Crowley - still from the Netflix show based on the book series

Agustí Villaronga, director of Aleister Crowley inspired Moon Child, dies

“After this disturbing first feature Villaronga dabbled in sci-fi with Moon Child, which followed a white orphan with telekinetic powers who may be the prophesied god of an African tribe. Inspired by Aleister Crowley’s 1917 novel of the same name, the film competed in Cannes in 1989. It earned 10 Goya nominations and won three, among them best original screenplay.”—Agustí Villaronga, ‘Black Bread’, ‘The Sea’ director, dies aged 69

Mentions Aleister Crowley’s Moonchild, aka Liber LXXXI – The Butterfly Net.

See also Moon Child (El Niño de la Luna) [Amazon, IMDb], dir Agustí Villaronga—”Inspired by famed occultist Aleister Crowley’s 1923 novel of the same name, Agustí Villaronga’s film centers around the extraordinary 12-year-old David (Enrique Saldana), who has been adopted by a treacherous scientific cult where extraordinary mental powers are common. He begins an archetypal journey across two continents with Georgina (Lisa Gerrard) to find his destiny as Child of the Moon. MOON CHILD is a mystical fantasy film for adults, available for the first time in the United States on Blu-ray & DVD. Presented in a new High Definition transfer and boasting an unreleased soundtrack by the band Dead Can Dance, Moon Child is a thoroughly unique gift to cinema and music fans alike.”

Villaronga El Niño de la Luna Moon Child Poster

So much of what magicians have taken for granted this century stems from the work of the Golden Dawn and Aleister Crowley. Much of what will constitute standard magical theory and practice in the next century will derive from the state-of-the-art ideas and techniques currently under development in Chaos Magic.

Phil Hine, Condensed Chaos: An Introduction to Chaos Magic

Hermetic quote Hine Condensed granted

The Pathworkings of Aleister Crowley

Randall Bowyer reviews The Pathworkings of Aleister Crowley: The Treasure House of Images by J F C Fuller, with Aleister Crowley, David Cherubim, Lon Milo DuQuette, Christopher S Hyatt, and Nancy Wasserman; in the archive of Bkwyrm’s Occult Book Reviews. This book contains 2 1/2 pages by Crowley, no pathworkings at all, and 57 pages […]