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Remembering Aleister Crowley:
October 12, 1875–December 1, 1947

Aleister Crowley by Charles Krafft

Aleister Crowley by Charles Krafft

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Aleister Crowley was an English poet, novelist, painter, and mountaineer who is most famous as an occultist, ceremonial magician, and founder of the religion and philosophy of Thelema. But ironically Crowley’s supposed Satanism and Black Magic are far less frightening to most people than his politics. For Aleister Crowley was also a man of the Right, whose work inspired such important 20th-century Rightists as novelist and essayist P. R. Stephensen and military strategist and historian J. F. C. Fuller

For more information on Crowley’s life, work, and significance for the Right, I recommend the following pieces on this site:

Another important work on Crowley and the Right is Marco Pasi’s Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics (New York: Routledge, 2014), which we will review at Counter-Currents.

 

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  1. Posted October 13, 2015 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Marco Pasi’s Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics (New York: Routledge, 2014) is not only an insightful book about the political mileus Crowley traveled in on both the right and left in Europe and America, but it’s invalueable for anyone interested in the eccentric and sublime 20th century Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. Crowley’s correspondence with Pessoa and new information about their meeting in Lisbon (where Crowley faked his suicide) has been unearthed by Pasi and is presented with accompanying citations. Although not about Crowley, Pessoa fans will enjoy this:

    The Night Fernando Pessoa Met Constantine Cavafy (2008) -With English Subtitles
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBGZQg5mNCg

  2. Claude
    Posted October 12, 2015 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    I’m glad to see you’re taking Crowley back from the degenerates who want to remake him in their image. In spite of his libertine reputation, the man wrote forcefully on the essence of the will and the natural order.

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