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This quantity is the 1st complete exam of 1 of the 20 th century's so much unique iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) used to be a research in contradictions. Born right into a fundamentalist Christian relations and expert at Cambridge, he was once vilified as a traitor, drug addict, and debaucher, but respected as probably the main influential philosopher in modern esotericism. relocating past the impression of up to date psychology and the modernist realizing 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 routines drawn from Western ecu 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 team, the Ordo Templi Orientis. the faith Crowley created, Thelema, legitimated his function as a charismatic revelator and bring in of a brand new age of freedom. Aleister Crowley's lasting impact will be noticeable within the counter-culture move of the overdue Nineteen Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies and in lots of kinds of substitute spirituality and pop culture. The essays during this quantity supply an important perception into Crowley's foundational function within the examine of Western esotericism, new non secular hobbies, and sexuality.

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Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

This quantity is the 1st entire exam of 1 of the 20 th century's such a lot precise iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) used to be a examine in contradictions. Born right into a fundamentalist Christian kin and expert 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.

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9 20 Aleist er Crowley an d West ern Esot ericism Crowley was familiar with Dee’s researches because they had been integrated into the teachings of the Order of the Golden Dawn. Although he had been denied entry to the Second Order, Crowley had studied with other Golden Dawn adepts—most notably Allan Bennett, considered second only to the highest-ranking member of the order. But whereas Golden Dawn initiates were set to study Dee’s so-called Enochian system as a scholarly exercise, Crowley was prepared to test its efficacy.

Hyde is also centrally concerned, however, with the idea of the divided self and is equally a refiguring of the concept of dual personality that played upon the fin de siècle fascination with duality, fragmentation, and disintegration. In the novella, Dr. ”51 The novella’s implied challenge to the notion of a unified self as the single source of identity was echoed elsewhere as the century drew to a close, and this was perhaps particularly marked in contemporary discussion of the human mind. ”52 The late-Victorian period witnessed an explosion of interest in the uncharted territory of mind and consciousness, and the relationships among mind, body, and sexual pathology.

He delighted in playing with identity. At Cambridge he had become an ardent Jacobite, changing his name from Alexander to Aleister (a misspelling of its Gaelic equivalent), and afterward adopted the spurious persona of Lord Boleskine, a Highland laird. Shortly after his initiation into the Golden Dawn, he had taken a flat in London under the name of Count Vladimir Svareff and enjoyed posing as a young Russian nobleman. In Cairo in 1904 Crowley decided to pass himself off as a Persian prince and became Prince Chioa Khan.

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