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By Henrik Bogdan,Martin P. Starr

This quantity is the 1st complete exam of 1 of the 20 th century's so much particular iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was once a examine in contradictions. Born right into a fundamentalist Christian kin and informed at Cambridge, he was once vilified as a traitor, drug addict, and debaucher, but respected as probably the main influential philosopher in modern esotericism. relocating past the impact of up to date psychology and the modernist knowing of the occult, Crowley declared himself the revelator of a brand new age of individualism. Crowley's occult bricolage, Magick, was once an eclectic mixture of religious workouts drawn from Western eu magical ceremonies and Indic resources for meditation and yoga. This trip of self-liberation culminated in harnessing sexual strength as a mystical 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 position as a charismatic revelator and usher in of a brand new age of freedom. Aleister Crowley's lasting impact should be obvious within the counter-culture stream of the past due Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies and in lots of varieties of substitute spirituality and pop culture. The essays during this quantity provide an important perception into Crowley's foundational function within the learn of Western esotericism, new non secular routine, and sexuality.

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