Who is Aleister Crowley?
Thelema for Beginners - Part 01
Thelema for Beginners was developed by IAO131 and is hosted here by the Thelemic Order. While it is not an official publication of The Thelemic Order we consider it to be a balanced overview of Thelema.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
- Occult scholar
- Chess master
- Mountain climber
- Religious syncretist
For more information on this subject, we have provided pertinent books & links below:
- Thelema: An Introduction to the Life, Work & Philosophy of Aleister Crowley by Colin D. Campbell (2018)
- Aleister Crowley: The Biography: Spiritual Revolutionary, Romantic Explorer, Occult Master and Spy by Tobias Churton, (2014) additionally, related:
- Perdurabo, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Life of Aleister Crowley by Richard Kaczynski (2010)
- The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley by Richard Kaczynski (2009)
- Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley by Lawrence Sutin (2002)
- The Confessions of Aleister Crowley by Aleister Crowley (1929)
- “Aleister Crowley (1875-1947)” on Thelema101.com
- “What’s Crowley Got To do With Thelema Anyway?” by Sam Webster
- “A Crowley Chronology” at LAShTAL.com
- “Aleister Crowley” on Wikipedia
- “Aleister Crowley… Chess Master?!” by Robert Tuoney
- “Aleister Crowley” by Hymenaeus Beta (Outer Head of the OTO) on U.S. OTO website
“The wickedest man in the world.”
– John Bull newspaper
“Was Aleister Crowley a Satanist?
Aleister Crowley was a systematic and scientific explorer of religious practices, techniques, and doctrines. As such, he performed devotional exercises to Satan as well as to Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, to various deities from the Egyptian and Hindu pantheons, to Jehovah as well as to Allah, and to the divine personifications that are unique to the system of Thelema. At one time or another Crowley was an Atheist, a Polytheist, a Monotheist, and a Pantheist, a Satanist and a Christian, a Hindu Yogi, a Hebrew Qabalist, a Muslim Mystic, a Buddhist, and a Pagan. In 1904, he became the Prophet of the New Aeon and the founder of the religious, magical, and philosophical movement called Thelema, through his reception of Liber AL vel Legis, the Book of the Law.
- Did Crowley really sacrifice children?
-excerpt from F.A.Q about Aleister Crowley & Thelema on the U.S. OTO website