Oct 12, 2012

And if you thought Aleister Crowley was out there...

The Keeper of the Threshold
by Elihu Vedder

... consider how often we humans lie to ourselves. Remember what Terence McKenna said? "People are so alienated from their own soul that when they meet their soul they think it comes from another star system." If you recognize greatness in you, let it come out somehow. Open a little door to let it through. 'S a lot better than envying the greatness of others. Oh, and labels are for products, not people.

Outtakes from my post on Aleister Crowley

1. Guess who was a close associate of the Great Beast? Jack Parsons, founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. There's a book or two about his magical exploits. Parsons owned an 11-room home where L. Ron Hubbard stayed long enough to win the changeable affections of Jack's mistress, Sarah Northrup. Ms Northrup eventually divorced Hubbard because he was crazy and so were his followers; in later years El-Ron would claim her brain was structurally defective so she was crazy too.

2. The Ordo Templi Orientis, one of the organizations that Crowley touched (is that the best word?), survives to this day.

3. So does the Golden Dawn, in some form or other.

4. The Astrum Argentum, which Crowley founded with Cecil Jones in 1907 after leaving the Golden Dawn, is still around.

You might be asking yourself, what are all these occult organizations and societies for? I don't know. If you had an herb garden, would you limit yourself to growing parsley?

An Even Longer Time Ago
by Joe Carr

5. The psychological landscape of real-world magic is still changing and evolving. I don't know what the Illuminates of Thanateros are up to these days, but I hope they're having fun.

6. MacGregor Mathers, who founded the original Golden Dawn, was son to Mina Bergson, Henri Bergson's sister. Bergson won a Nobel prize in literature. Mathers died comparatively young, of uncertain causes, having won no prizes. Before his departure to the unseen dimensions of space-time, Mathers produced a highly flawed translation of The Book of Abramelin, a text whose ultimate goal is to instruct the magician in obtaining the knowledge and conversation of one's Holy Guardian Angel.
As Crowley wrote in Book 4, "It is impossible to lay down precise rules by which a man may attain to the knowledge and conversation of His Holy Guardian Angel[.] It is the Holy of Holies, whereof each man is his own High Priest, and none knoweth the Name of his brother's God, or the Rite that invokes Him."

7. Crowley identified Choronzon with the number 333, a Harshad number. It seems that "Harshad" means "joy-giver." Choronzon first revealed* itself to Dee and Kelley in 16th-century England. Several other angels or spiritual potentates appeared to the conjurers through Dee's obsidian mirror, and spoke of grave matters mostly. The angels imparted knowledge of Enochian to their human friends and -- a strange concern for disembodied entities from the uppermost layers of the Monad -- they suggested that Dee and Kelley swap wives every now and then. Nobody was amused.
*Take your pinch of salt right here.

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Do you suppose Crowley would have enjoyed Japanese psychedelia? I'd like to think so.


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