Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) turned the practice of magic into a way of life. Over the course of his 72 years, he became known as the most wicked man in the world.
Edward Alexander Crowley was born in 1875 in the Warwickshire region of England. The boy came from a wealthy Christian family. His father Edward got rich from the family brewery and died of cancer when his son was 11. His mother, Bertha, had a terrible relationship with the boy and called him “The Beast”
In his youth, he changed his name to Aleister. In 1895, he entered the University of Cambridge, where he studied philosophy. At the time, he had already started researching esotericism. That’s when rumors surfaced that he was a government spy. Until his death, Crowley visited several countries, such as the Soviet Union and Germany, for mysterious purposes.
At the age of 20, his main hobbies were: mysticism, writing ****** poetry, playing chess and climbing mountains. He also frequented brothels and used drugs to reach other spiritual planes. The practice of *** for religious purposes would be a constant in Crowley’s life, who was bisexual and adept at “ménage à trois” and sadomasochism.
Crowley began to participate in a clandestine organization, The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.It was there, at the age of 23, that he began his career as a mystic. After a falling out with former members such as poet William Butler Yeats, he left the group. But the order inspired several practices he would advocate.
In 1904, he married Rose Edith Kelly. The couple spent their honeymoon in Egypt, where Aleister came into contact with a spirit named Aiwass, who would have dictated the Book of the Law to him between the 8th and 10th of April. It is in this work that the most famous motto of the magician can be found: “Do what you want”.
Aleister died in 1947, poor and with almost no followers. But the way he practiced magic inspired other esotericists, helped to increase the neopagan current in the western world in the 1960s and 1970s, and left his mark on culture, including Brazil. The writer Paulo Coelho and the singer Raul Seixas immortalized the anthem to Crowley called “Viva a Sociedade Alternativa”, which preaches: “Do what you want / For it is all / Of the law”.
The Thelema religion still exists, just as it did when Crowley was alive: with a lot of noise and few followers. Different gurus claim to be direct disciples of the founder, including Amado Crowley, an alleged ******* son, and Brazilian Marcelo Ramos Motta. Even the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, said he was influenced by an alleged contact with the wizard – who officially had five children, with only one, Anne, still alive.