Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics by Marco Pasi

By Marco Pasi

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) is without doubt one of the most renowned and critical authors within the historical past of western esotericism. Crowley has been lengthy missed via students of faith when the tales of magical and sexual perform which movement approximately him proceed to draw well known curiosity. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" appears on the guy at the back of the parable - via surroundings him firmly in the politics of his time - and the advance of his rules via his large and terribly various writings. Crowley used to be a rationalist, sympathetic to the values of the Enlightenment, but in addition a romantic and a reactionary. His look for an alternate approach to convey his non secular emotions led him to intricate his personal imaginative and prescient of social and political swap. Crowley's advanced politics ended in his involvement with many key members, enterprises and teams of his day - the key carrier of assorted nations, the German Nazi social gathering, Russian political activists, reporters and politicians of assorted persuasions, in addition to different writers - either in Europe and the US. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" provides a lifetime of rules, an exam of a guy formed via and shaping the politics of his occasions.

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By Marco Pasi

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) is without doubt one of the most renowned and critical authors within the historical past of western esotericism. Crowley has been lengthy missed via students of faith when the tales of magical and sexual perform which movement approximately him proceed to draw well known curiosity. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" appears on the guy at the back of the parable - via surroundings him firmly in the politics of his time - and the advance of his rules via his large and terribly various writings. Crowley used to be a rationalist, sympathetic to the values of the Enlightenment, but in addition a romantic and a reactionary. His look for an alternate approach to convey his non secular emotions led him to intricate his personal imaginative and prescient of social and political swap. Crowley's advanced politics ended in his involvement with many key members, enterprises and teams of his day - the key carrier of assorted nations, the German Nazi social gathering, Russian political activists, reporters and politicians of assorted persuasions, in addition to different writers - either in Europe and the US. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" provides a lifetime of rules, an exam of a guy formed via and shaping the politics of his occasions.

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On this occasion, Reuss allegedly “revealed” the supreme secret of the Order to Crowley, namely the techniques of sexual magic, and magical p olitics 27 gave him the permission to create an English section of the Order, the name of which would be Mysteria Mystica Maxima (M\M\M\). The history of Crowley’s relationship to the OTO is another key to his evolution. As we have seen, when he met Reuss, he already had his own magical Order, the A\A\, founded in 1909 and modelled on the Golden Dawn. 22 He devoted himself painstakingly to the diffusion of the Order throughout the Englishspeaking countries (which were all supposed to be part of his jurisdiction), and as time went on he dedicated more and more energy to this, until finally assuming control of the Order in 1925, after Reuss’s death.

Also participating in at least one of these rituals was Walter Duranty,70 who would later become a very well-known journalist in his role as Moscow correspondent to the New York Times. I will return to Duranty in Chapter 3. At the outbreak of the First World War, Crowley was in Switzerland. He returned to England and, according to his version of the story, applied to work for Intelligence Services, but was rejected. By now his inheritance was almost entirely gone, and in 16 aleister crowley and the temptation of p olitics October he left for the United States, where he planned to meet with the American collector John Quinn to sell part of his collection of books.

Also in this period, Crowley an unspeakable life 19 came into contact with another young man interested in his teachings: Gerald Yorke (1901–83). Yorke would remain a disciple of Crowley until 1932, when there was a temporary rupture; but after this, friendly relations between the two were re-established. Over the years, Yorke collected an impressive quantity of “Crowleyana”, including first or rare editions of books, manuscripts and documents. This collection was later donated to the library of the Warburg Institute in London, where it is still preserved today.

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