Aleister Crowley – The Most Famous Occultist
Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was a controversial figure in the occult world, known for his prolific writing, his influence on modern occultism, and his personal practices that included drug use and sexual promiscuity.
From Christianity to the Occult
Born Edward Alexander Crowley in England, he was raised in a strict fundamentalist Christian household. However, Crowley became disillusioned with Christianity and turned to the study of Eastern spirituality, particularly Buddhism and Hinduism.
He also became interested in the occult, studying various magical and spiritual traditions from around the world.
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
In 1898, Crowley joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a secret society that focused on the study and practice of the occult, alchemy, and magic. He quickly rose through the ranks of the organization and became one of its most prominent members.
However, he also became embroiled in a power struggle within the group, leading to his expulsion in 1900.
Silver Star Magical Order
After leaving the Golden Dawn, Crowley formed his own magical order, the A∴A∴ (Argentium Astrum or Silver Star), which was based on his own teachings and practices.
He also traveled extensively, studying and practicing magic in various parts of the world, including India, China, and Mexico.
Magick and the Occult
Crowley is perhaps best known for his writings on magick and the occult, which have had a significant influence on modern occultism.
His most famous work, “The Book of the Law,” is a key text in the Thelemic tradition, which he founded based on the principles of individual liberty and the pursuit of personal enlightenment.
Crowley’s personal life was also marked by controversy, as he was known for his drug use and sexual promiscuity, which were integral to his spiritual practices.
He was also a prolific writer and poet, publishing numerous books and articles on magic and the occult, as well as on a wide range of other subjects.
The Most Famous Occultist Ever
Despite his controversial reputation, Crowley remains an important figure in the history of the occult and continues to be studied and revered by many practitioners of magic and the paranormal.