See also the (somewhat lame and weak) claim that Lord Blackwood in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes film was inspired by Aleister Crowley, the mental shortcut where Crowley is an ersatz boogeyman and an oblique demonstration of the mentally terminal equation Crowley = Satanism, which I’ve called The Crowley Corollary to Godwin’s Law.
Brew me a magic liquor, boys, with your glances!
The very soul is drunken.
Thou art drunken, O my God, upon my kisses.
The Universe reels; Thou hast looked upon it.
Twice, and all is done.
Come, O my God, and let us embrace!
Lazily, hungrily, ardently, patiently; so will I work.
There shall be an End.
”Time to get drunk!
|—||Aleister Crowley in δ Legenda de Amore from Liber א vel CXI, The Book of Wisdom or Folly [Original Article]|
A recent article about research shows that trying to make sense of nonsense primes the brain to better find patterns in general at “How Nonsense Sharpens the Intellect" by Benedict Carey.
Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2009/10/20/every-nursery-rime-contains-profound-magical-secrets-which-are-open-to-every-one-who-has-made-a-study-of-the-correspondences-of-the-holy-qabalah-to-puzzle-out-an-imaginary-meaning-for-this-nonsen/
Helpful Propaganda from the Hermetic Library Office of the Ministry of Information, a take on the original trilogy of British posters from WWII combined with a quote from the Thelemic and Golden Dawn document Liber Librae.
Kangchenjunga: The Untrodden Peak by Charles Evans, foreword by Prince Philip, the 1956 hardcover from E P Dutton, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.
I was wandering in a particular small independent bookshop in Portland, OR and noticed this library discard on a shelf, definitely showing its age and that it had seen better days. Of course, I recognized Kangchenjunga as one of Aleister Crowley’s expeditions, and a rather ill-fated one at that, so I had to find out what, if anything, the book mentioned. The book is about a later, and successful, expedition, so the background mentions of Crowley are minimal, but it’s an interesting find natheless. It’s also an interestingly technical narrative of mountaineering on its own merits.
“A Party under the leadership of Aleister Crowley visited the Yalung; they met with an avalanche accident, and four men were killed, Lieutenant Pache and three porters. Pache was buried at the foot of the slope on a moraine hillock, now called Pache’s Grave.” (2-3)
“So far, every visit to the mountain had been either at the end of the monsoon, or during it: Crowley had met with disaster on September 1st …” (3-4)
“These are the slopes above Pache’s Grave, and it was probably on these slopes that the accident happened to Crowley’s party.” (8)
“… it looked, had we not known that it was not so, as if above Pache’s Grave there was a straight route right up to the lower part of the Upper Icefall. The interruption, the steep east wall of the Western Buttress, did not show from here. It was easy to understand that to Crowley’s party this must have seemed the direct way towards the Great Shelf.” (29)
Another fun thing about this book is the Library of the Mazamas bookplate, which is really quite awesome and could easily be symbolically interpreted from a Western Esoteric perspective.
Library of the Mazamas bookplate
“The Mazamas, founded in 1894 on the summit of Mt. Hood, is a nonprofit mountaineering education organization located in Portland, Oregon. Mazamas offers over 900 hikes and 350 climbs annually for over 13,000 participants. A variety of classes and activities are offered for every skill and fitness level and are open to both members and non-members.” [via]
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Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2013/10/15/kangchenjunga/
|—||Aleister Crowley from Magick Without Tears in Chapter LXVI: Vampires [Original Article] (via iconomancy)|
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.
In celebration of Aleister Crowley’s 138th birthday, I took some new photos of my sculpture.
"We place no reliance on Virgin or pidgeon, Our method is Science, Our aim is Religion." —-Aleister Crowley; Motto for the Aஃ Aஃ (1907)
This one-of-a-kind polymer clay sculpture replicates a 1910 photograph of Aleister Crowley used as a frontispiece in newer editions of “Magick; Liber ABA: Book Four”. I also reproduce the cover of “Magick” (created by Crowley) on the base of this sculpture.
"The Magician" is in his Robe and snake Crown, armed with Wand, Cup, Sword, Pantacle, Bell, Book and Holy Oil. The small book ("Liber AL vel Legis" or "The Book Of The Law") on Crowley’s table contains many pages and was handmade by myself, like everything included except the Cup filled with wine.The cup of wine is glass and was handmade in Italy by a fellow Etsy shop.
Strict Magickal procedures were followed during the creation of this work of art. For more on these, please read my ABOUT page.
Crowley: 4” H x 1.87” W x 2” D
Table: 1” H x 1.75” W x 1.62” D
Wooden Base: 0.43” H x 5” W x 7.18” D
Love is the law, love under will.
An image of the tablet version of the Unicursal LIGHT LOVE LIBERTY PLEASURE Poster which is Helpful Propaganda from the Hermetic Library Office of the Ministry of Information, a take on the original trilogy of British posters from WWII combined with a quote from the Libri of Aleister Crowley.
“Lift yourselves up, my brothers and sisters of the earth! Put beneath your feet all fears, all qualms, all hesitancies! Lift yourselves up! Come forth, free and joyous, by night and day, to do your will; for “There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.” Lift yourselves up! Walk forth with us in Light and Life and Love and Liberty, taking our pleasure as Kings and Queens in Heaven and on Earth.
The sun is arisen; the spectre of the ages has been put to flight. “The word of Sin is Restriction,” or as it has been otherwise said on this text: That is Sin, to hold thine holy spirit in!
Go on, go on in thy might; and let no man make thee afraid.”
— Liber DCCXXXVII, The Law of Liberty
An image of the downloadable desktop version of the Unicursal DO WHAT THOU WILT Poster which is Helpful Propaganda from the Hermetic Library Office of the Ministry of Information, a take on the original trilogy of British posters from WWII combined with a quote from the Libri of Aleister Crowley.
|—||Aleister Crowley from The Cry of the 23rd Aethyr, Which is Called TOR in The Vision and The Voice, LIBER XXX AERUM Vel Saeculi Sub Figura CCCCXVIII [Original Article] (via iconomancy)|
On the occasion of Aleister Crowley’s lesser feast for life, born October 12, 1875, Jason Louv, over at Ultraculture, links to the Libri of Aleister Crowley in a re-post about Crowley’s continued relevance today at “It’s Aleister Crowley’s Birthday“.
“Crowley took it as his life’s work to return an understanding of Magick to a society that had buried it. Like many others of his generation, he helped kick down the locked doors of repression, both sexual and spiritual, and sought to put the study of the ‘otherworlds’ on a firm scientific basis.
Crowley was one of the first Westerners to openly talk about and advocate yoga, meditation, ritual, shamanism, the chakras, understanding of past lives, sexual and chemical experimentation, Qabalah, Buddhism, Hinduism and even Tantra as valid tools for self-exploration.
For Crowley (also an early advocate for gay rights), all of these could be used as structures to achieve one thing: the discovery, and execution, of one’s true life purpose. Unlike the Theosophists who came before him and the New Agers who came after him, he ruthlessly sought to cut out any fluffy, wishful and deluded thinking and instead posited Magick as the study of the true nature of the world, which, being natural, is neither black nor white but, rather, red in tooth and claw.” [via]
Originally posted on The Hermetic Library Blog at http://library.hrmtc.com/2013/10/12/its-aleister-crowleys-birthday-2/
The Beast Robed as a Major Adept, Painting by Aleister Crowley
Abbey of Thelema. Sicily.