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By Henrik Bogdan,Martin P. Starr

This quantity is the 1st entire exam of 1 of the 20 th century's so much particular iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) used to be a examine in contradictions. Born right into a fundamentalist Christian relations and trained 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 latest psychology and the modernist figuring out of the occult, Crowley declared himself the revelator of a brand new age of individualism. Crowley's occult bricolage, Magick, used to be 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 energy as a paranormal self-discipline, a "sacrilization of the self" as practiced in Crowley's combined masonic staff, the Ordo Templi Orientis. the faith Crowley created, Thelema, legitimated his function as a charismatic revelator and usher in of a brand new age of freedom. Aleister Crowley's lasting impression will be obvious within the counter-culture flow of the past due Nineteen Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies and in lots of varieties of replacement spirituality and pop culture. The essays during this quantity supply the most important perception into Crowley's foundational function within the research of Western esotericism, new spiritual hobbies, and sexuality.

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