the true Principle of Self-Control is Liberty. For we are born into a World which is in Bondage to Ideals; to them we are perforce fitted, even as the Enemies to the Bed of Procrustes. Each of us, as he grows, learns Repression of himself and his true Will. … these Passions in ourselves which we understand to be Hindrances are not part of our True Will, but diseased Appetites, manifest in us through false early Training.
Aleister Crowley, Liber Aleph, γ De Vita Corrigenda
Next day, the victims each receive a letter explaining that their receipt of the objects effected the delivery of a curse. The hex will cause them to come to know their true desires, symbolized by the magical objects. They will also now begin to realize they are acting as enemies of the human race by commodifying desire and working as the agents of soul-Control. The magic art-objects will weave into their dreams and desires, making their jobs now seem not only poisonously boring but also morally destructive. Their desires so magically awakened will ruin them for work in the Media – unless they turn to subversion and sabotage.
Hakim Bey, The Occult Assault on Institutions
People may start out with an initial prejudice against tyrants; but when tyrants or would-be tyrants treat them to adrenalin-releasing propaganda about the wickedness of their enemies—particularly of enemies weak enough to be persecuted—they are ready to follow him with enthusiasm.
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher]
Pax Hominibus Bonae Voluntatis by Aleister Crowley in International, Dec 1917.
“I think, therefore, that we do wrong in blaming either side for any atrocity that they may have committed, whether it is the murder of an English nurse or a Javanese dancer.
And surely the rape and murder of a single Frenchwoman by one of the heroes who are saving France may outweigh a thousand such crimes committed by avowed enemies.” [via]
The Deeper Symbolism of Freemasonry from The Meaning of Masonry by Walter Leslie Wilmshurst.
“And so, as the sign peculiar to the degree suggests, he endeavours to examine and lay bare his heart, to cast away all impurity from it, and he stands, like Joshua, praying that the light of day may be extended to him until he has accomplished the overthrow of his own inward enemies and of every obstacle to his complete development.” [via]
Black Magic is Not a Myth in Articles by Aleister Crowley.
“My enemies say that the celebration of the ‘Black Mass’ was one of the most innocuous of my activities in Sicily and in France.” [via, also]
γ De Arte Kabalistica from the Book of Wisdom or Folly in The Libri of Aleister Crowley
“we are born into a World which is in Bondage to Ideals; to them we are perforce fitted, even as the Enemies to the Bed of Procrustes.” [via]
β De Arte Kabalistica from the Book of Wisdom or Folly in The Libri of Aleister Crowley
“This Way is most sure; most sacred; and the Enemies thereof most awful, most sublime.” [via]