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Aleister Crowley Freemason? Revisited. David Richard Jones.
“Aleister Crowley was for a great part of his life a regular Freemason and his life and work reflect the great lessons taught in Freemasonry. His magick, his work in the Golden Dawn, A∴A∴ and O.T.O., including the Book of the Law reflect Masonic ideas and ideals and his work cannot really be fully understood without the context of Freemasonry.” [via]
The post about this essay over at LAShTAL notes that David Beth is making this available “[a]s a gift to the Thelemic community for their inspiration and their aid in research and ideas in the past” and that “David considers this one of his finest non-Voudon related writings and invites conversation and feedback on it.”
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“Nietzsche’s true agenda is coming to fruition in a “New Religion” illustrated by passages from The Book of the Law. Although Crowley elsewhere described Anna Kingsford as the Baptizer John anticipating his Thelemic movement, in this essay Nietzsche serves as “the dawn-star” to herald a “son of man to be a Sun of men.” The latter is of course Aleister Crowley the Thelemic “Apollo … Antichrist … Saviour of the Earth!”
In addition to this post and the cited source material on Nietzsche at the Hermetic Library, there’s also elsewhere a thread about Nietzsche at LAShTAL which may be of interest.
Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks – these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick.
Aleister Crowley makes number 4 on a list of eerie recordings, with mentions of A∴A∴, Ordo Templi Orientis and The Book of the Law at “Top 10 Eerie Recordings”
“We have already covered lists of historic recordings and incredible recordings, so now we are presenting you with a list of eerie recordings. These all feature themes or sounds that are spooky in one way or another.”
“4 The Great Beast
Aleister Crowley was an English occultist, writer, mountaineer, poet, yogi, and possible spy. He was an influential member of occult organizations, including the Golden Dawn, the A∴A∴, and Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), and is known today for his magical writings, especially The Book of the Law, the central sacred text of Thelema. He gained notoriety during his lifetime, and was denounced in the popular press of the day as ‘The wickedest man in the world.’ The recording above is an incredibly rare one – the speaker is Crowley and he is reading from some of his magickal [sic] writings.”