Coffee With Jeff #104: Aleister Crowley Part 1

32 mins - Published Sun, Sep 4, 2016 by Jeff Kelley

He was born Edward Alexander Crowley on the night of October 12 1875 during the height of the Victorian era in the town of Leamington in England. Aleister Crowley wrote in his diary: “I had arrived at the conclusion that the Plymouth Brethren were an exceptionally detestable crew. I wanted sin. A supreme spiritual sin. But hadn’t the slightest idea how to go about it. […] The Stockholm experience had allowed me to discover what I wanted to spend my time on. I would be an Adept in the Secret Arts, a Magus and through my own true will I could guarantee immortality and control the secret forces of nature.”

There were three things Crowley to master at this point in his life; poetry, mountain climbing, and the search for spiritual truth.

The Book of the Law. It would become Crowley’s most infamous works. It was a new order, or religion, that Crowley would be the master of – or the new prophet. It contained the line, “Do what thou Wilt shall be the whole of the law.”

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