Moonchild : a Prologue. Aleister Crowley (London: Mandrake Press, 1929)
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|—||Aleister Crowley, from the New Comment on Ch I 51 of Liber AL vel Legis (via enlightened-recovery)|
These are dead, these fellows; they feel not. We are not for the poor and sad : the lords of the earth are our kinsfolk.
See also the New Comment by Aleister Crowley, here quoted in part:
"This idea is confirmed. Those who sorrow are not real people at all, not ‘stars’ – for the time being. The fact of their being ‘poor and sad’ proves them to be ‘shadows,’ who ‘pass and are done.’ The ‘lords of the earth’ are those who are doing their Will. It does not necessarily mean people with coronets and automobiles; there are plenty of such people who are the most sorrowful slaves in the world. The sole test of one’s lordship is to know what one’s true Will is, and to do it." — New Comment
The Sun, 1920. Oil painting by Aleister Crowley.
|—||Aleister Crowley in Chapter VIII: The Three Schools of Magick (3) from Magick Without Tears (via liber-oz)|
"One would go mad if one took the Bible seriously; but to take it seriously one must be already mad."
|—||Aleister Crowley, a line from his poem “La Gitana” which appears in “The Stone of the Philosophers” from Konx Om Pax, and also Chapter 61 of Confessions. There is a wax cylinder audio recording of Crowley reading this in his own voice, which may be of interest. (via speak-of-nothing)|
I came from God the world to save,
I brought them wisdom from above:
Worship, and liberty, and love.
They slew me for I did disparage
Therefore Religion, Law, and Marriage.
So be my grave without a name
That earth may swallow up my shame!
|—||Aleister Crowley's poem titled “The Poet” within “The Stone of the Philosophers” from Konx Om Pax which also appears, in an alternate edit, spoken by the character Mercury in The Rite of Mercury from The Rites of Eleusis (via gravemind)|