Monday, September 7, 2009

The Wickedest Man in the World

Biography of Aleister Crowley


Biographical Documentary film about the Master of Thelemic Arts; Aleister Crowley, who was named by the News of the World (British Tabloid newspaper) as "The Wickedest man in the World"

Thelema;
Thelema is the mystical cosmology Crowley announced in 1904 and expanded upon for the remainder of his life. The diversity of his writings illustrate his difficulty in classifying Thelema from any one vantage. It can be considered a form of magical philosophy, religious traditionalism, humanistic positivism, and/or an elitist meritocracy.

The chief precept of Thelema, derived from the works of Fran├žois Rabelais, is the sovereignty of Will: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." Crowley's idea of will, however, is not simply the individual's desires or wishes, but also incorporates a sense of the person's destiny or greater purpose: what he termed "True Will."

The second precept of Thelema is "Love is the law, love under will" — and Crowley's meaning of "Love" is as complex as that of "Will." It is frequently sexual: Crowley's system, like elements of the Golden Dawn before him, sees the dichotomy and tension between the male and female as fundamental to existence, and sexual "magick" and metaphor form a significant part of Thelemic ritual. However, Love is also discussed as the Union of Opposites, which Crowley thought was the key to enlightenment.

Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, (October 12, 1875 – December 1, 1947), was an English occultist, writer, mountaineer, poet, possible spy and yogi. He was an influential member of occult organizations, including the Golden Dawn, the A∴A∴, and Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), and is known today for his magical writings, especially The Book of the Law, the central sacred text of Thelema. He gained notoriety during his lifetime, was dubbed "The Wickedest Man In the World" and was often attacked by the media.



Apart from being perhaps the most genial Magician of the 20th Century, Crowley was also a chess player, painter, astrologer, hedonist, bisexual, drug experimenter, and social critic.

Watch Film; The Wickedest Man in the World





Above Pic; Tarot Cards designed by Lady Frieda harris for Crowley's "Thoth Pack"

Links;
Wikipedia - Aleister Crowley – The Wickedest Man in the World

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