Aleister Crowley and the Occult

So today I came acrossĀ this on reddit, it’s what someone has created as a spell book for an rpg campaign, with the whole idea that magic doesn’t follow set rules, and it’s more about understanding the chaos to cast spells. The idea of props in these sort of campaigns is something I am incredibly interested in and this is an amazing example of that.

This isn’t what the post is about though, in the comment section someone posted a link to a documentary on Aleister Crowley, a man who wrote many books on the occult. It starts with some whispers and creepy noises, something people in the comments complained about but I honestly believe it really adds to the atmosphere.

The documentary talks about his ‘origins’ if you will and how he came to hate the church because of the death of his father. The man eventually started publishing poetry, which contained a lot of sex and generally anti-religious themes. This poetry has been described by some as “practical advice on ceremonial magic”

I love LAYLAH.

I lack LAYLAH.

“Where is the Mystic Grace?” sayest thou?

Who told thee, man, that LAYLAH is not Nuit, nd I hadit?

I destroyed all things; they are reborn in other shapes.

I gave up all for One; this One hath given up its Unity for all?

I wrenched DOG backwards to find GOD; now GOD barks.

Think me not fallen because I love LAYLAH, and lack LAYLAH.

I am the Master of the Universe; then give me a heap of straw in a hut, and LAYLAH naked! Amen.

Eventually the man left university to become a black magician and decided nothing would stop him. Eventually Crowley traveled the world to study various religious practices, and wrote The Book of the Law, which became a core pillar of Thelema.

“The wickedest man in the world” was certainly interesting, possibly crazy and the things he did and wrote certainly represent a lot of what you read and hear about the occult today. The documentary was incredibly interesting and a must watch for someone interested in the occult, and generally anyone else if they have the time.

Aleister Crowley – The Wickedest Man In the World