Henrik Bogdan,Martin P. Starr's Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism PDF

By Henrik Bogdan,Martin P. Starr

This quantity is the 1st accomplished exam of 1 of the 20 th century's so much certain iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was once a research in contradictions. Born right into a fundamentalist Christian kin and knowledgeable at Cambridge, he used to be vilified as a traitor, drug addict, and debaucher, but respected as might be the main influential philosopher in modern esotericism. relocating past the impression of latest psychology and the modernist figuring out of the occult, Crowley declared himself the revelator of a brand new age of individualism. Crowley's occult bricolage, Magick, used to be an eclectic mix of non secular workouts drawn from Western eu magical ceremonies and Indic resources for meditation and yoga. This trip of self-liberation culminated in harnessing sexual strength as a mystical self-discipline, a "sacrilization of the self" as practiced in Crowley's combined masonic staff, the Ordo Templi Orientis. the faith Crowley created, Thelema, legitimated his position as a charismatic revelator and bring in of a brand new age of freedom. Aleister Crowley's lasting impact may be visible within the counter-culture stream of the past due Sixties and early Seventies and in lots of varieties of replacement spirituality and pop culture. The essays during this quantity provide the most important perception into Crowley's foundational position within the examine of Western esotericism, new spiritual activities, and sexuality.

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