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5.0 out of 5 stars A much misunderstood man?, 26 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Magick in Theory and Practice (Paperback)
This is a remarkable book. Crowley was such a controversial and reviled character. This book in his own words explores his understanding of Religion and Spirituality. What is clear is that this was a man standing very much at odds with the accepted culture of the time, a radical thinker and a free spirit. This book makes it clear that this was a man seeking spiritual enlightenment, in an age when mechanised warfare had dehumanised humanity through massive slaughter. He himself died in 1947. This is argued to be his best book, and draws on Gnosticism, Hinduism and Ancient Egyptian cosmology to formulate his own theory of Magic or 'Magick'. Numerous rituals are appended, and there are detailed explanations of incantations and devils encountered in these black rituals. It would be too simple to dismiss the whole book as black magic and occultism- it is such a very complex book drawing on philosophy, planetary relations, cosmogeny, mythology and genuine spiritual intelligence that it deserves an unprejudiced hearing. He was in the spiritual Avant Garde, whose affects are felt today. A flawed man- but with an astounding breadth of knowledge and experience of the 'occult' that it is hard to imagine is emulated today. There is integrity and soundness in a great deal of what he talks about as an ouspoken critic of ossified unexperiential religion as he clearly saw it at the time.
Listen to the theory, and ignore the practice . Or simply ' do what thou will '.
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Initial post: 18 Jun 2010 21:06:58 BDT
I thought the guy was supposed to be out and out evil, but you seem to be portraying him as misunderstood!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2010 14:28:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jan 2011 01:40:00 GMT
Roonil says:
Ms A.E. Linford,
Specifically which evil acts can you prove that Mr. Crowley actually committed?

If you find that you can't think of any, but still feel that you should believe that he was evil, you may begin to see why so many people, not only Uncle Al, are misunderstood.
It should also illustrate who it is that always gets in the way of our own understanding.

It also might be an indication that you need this book :)

More importantly though,
Do What Thou Wilt

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2011 10:24:36 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jul 2011 10:34:37 BDT
Naast says:
I agree with you, Roonil. Crowley was denounced by the "church" and the Hermetic Order Of The Golden Dawn (because he "stole" their secrets). Throw in fear of anything occult by most of the general public, reverence from Satanists and other misguided practitioners..and an Ozzy Osbourne song, and we are left with an incomplete, inaccurate view of the man.

And it harm none, do as you will.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2011 17:23:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Oct 2011 17:32:34 BDT
AC sexually molested a 12 year old boy, Mohammed Ben Ibrahim, during his North African sojourn. The boy came to Dorothy Olsen in a very upset state and begged her to make AC leave him alone. (cf. the biographies by Symonds and Sutin)

The current image of AC is a very watered-down, liberal-humanist PC version of the man as proto-'sexual revolutionary'. Not the view that was held of him back in the day.
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