by P.R Stephenson, Israel Regardie, Lon Milo Duquette
The Legend of Aleister Crowley Exposes the vicious media campaign of vilification pursued against the Magus of the New Aeon.
You will find the Truth behind the Big Lie “The reader may thus approach Crowley himself either as Ipsissimus, the incarnation of the Logos of the New Aeon, or as a human enigma.” -The Times Literary Supplement
“the final, occult, unmentionable and esoteric secret of the rascal masters is simple: Follow nature and do just what you feel like doing-without hesitation, guilt or regret.” -Alan Watts It was in the Spring of the year 1929 that the Surete Generale sprung a surprise on the unsuspecting Crowley menage. We were all handed expulsion papers. Leave within twenty-four hours! -Israel Regardie, from the Introduction
You’ve probably heard things about Aleister Crowley (1875-1947). Perhaps you’ve heard monstrous things-hideous things- terrifying things-disgusting and ghastly things. On the other hand, you might have heard wonderful things-funny things -astonishing things-inspiring things-even supernatural and sacred things? Detractors are quick to vilify him as the Devil himself-insane, perverse, and evil; while his admirers lionize him as a genius; an enlightened holy man; a saint; a Buddha; Prophet of a New Aeon. -Lon Milo DuQuette from the Foreword
Aleister Crowley is one of the most renowned, controversial, and remarkable figures to emerge from the Western Occult Revival era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His tradition lives on as his books remain in print and popular, while the esoteric school he founded—Ordo Templi Orientis, or O.T.O.—continues as a going concern today, with lodges to be found around the world