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By Henrik Bogdan,Martin P. Starr

This quantity is the 1st finished exam of 1 of the 20 th century's such a lot detailed iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was once a research in contradictions. Born right into a fundamentalist Christian relatives and expert at Cambridge, he used to be vilified as a traitor, drug addict, and debaucher, but respected as possibly the main influential philosopher in modern esotericism. relocating past the impact 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, was once an eclectic mixture of religious workouts drawn from Western ecu magical ceremonies and Indic resources 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 team, the Ordo Templi Orientis. the faith Crowley created, Thelema, legitimated his position as a charismatic revelator and bring in of a brand new age of freedom. Aleister Crowley's lasting impression should be noticeable within the counter-culture circulation of the past due Nineteen Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies and in lots of kinds of substitute spirituality and pop culture. The essays during this quantity provide an important perception into Crowley's foundational function within the research of Western esotericism, new non secular activities, and sexuality.

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