By Henrik Bogdan,Martin P. Starr

This quantity is the 1st entire exam of 1 of the 20 th century's such a lot special iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was once a learn in contradictions. Born right into a fundamentalist Christian relatives and informed at Cambridge, he was once vilified as a traitor, drug addict, and debaucher, but respected as maybe the main influential philosopher in modern esotericism. relocating past the effect of up to date psychology and the modernist knowing of the occult, Crowley declared himself the revelator of a brand new age of individualism. Crowley's occult bricolage, Magick, was once an eclectic mixture of non secular routines drawn from Western eu magical ceremonies and Indic assets for meditation and yoga. This trip of self-liberation culminated in harnessing sexual strength as a mystical self-discipline, a "sacrilization of the self" as practiced in Crowley's combined masonic workforce, the Ordo Templi Orientis. the faith Crowley created, Thelema, legitimated his function as a charismatic revelator and bring in of a brand new age of freedom. Aleister Crowley's lasting effect could be noticeable within the counter-culture circulation of the overdue Sixties and early Seventies and in lots of varieties of replacement spirituality and pop culture. The essays during this quantity provide the most important perception into Crowley's foundational position within the learn of Western esotericism, new non secular pursuits, and sexuality.

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