Aleister Crowley, born in Victorian England to a life of financial privilege and religious bigotry, rebelled against his upbringing. He became a mountaineer, a bohemian, a writer of sensuous poetry and a practitioner of what detractors called "the black arts". He was an uninhibited explorer of global spiritual traditions combining ritual magic with spiritual ecstasy. His winding path intersected ceremonial magic, Buddhism, Hinduism, Kabbalah, sex, drugs, poetry and music. This text provides an account of his life.