Aleister Crowley: The Wickedest Man in the World

Aleister Crowley - The Wickedest Man in the WorldBorn Edward Alexander Crowley, he is primarily known for his occult writings and teachings. He founded the religion of Thelema, which became adopted by the Ordo Templis Orientis (O.T.O.) as well as the magical order Argenteum Astrum, the Order of the Silver Star. He was also a highly controversial member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, where he was known by the magical name of Frater Perdurabo.

Crowley's lifestyle was absolutely shocking in the era in which he lived. Besides his interest in the occult, he was sexually promiscuous with both genders (at a time when homosexuality was still illegal in Britain), frequented prostitutes, was vocally defiant against Christianity and Victorian and post-Victorian prudishness toward sexual subjects, and was a drug addict.

While Crowley detested Christianity, he considered himself an immensely religious and spiritual person. His writings record incidents of experiencing deity, and Thelemites consider him to be a prophet. In 1904, he encountered a being known as Aiwass, described as a "minister" to Horus, the central deity in Thelema, and as a Holy Guardian Angel. Aiwass dictated the Book of the Law, which Crowley wrote down and published, becoming the central Thelemic text.

Crowley's beliefs included pursuing the Great Work, which included gaining self-knowledge and uniting with the larger universe. He also encouraged seeking out one's ultimate destiny or purpose, commonly referred to as one's True Will. (Excerpt from altreligion.about.com.)

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  • Jonathan R

    Very sad story... Has anyone ever read the books on the occult by Rebecca Brown

  • Jacob

    Does anyone else hear a demonic dog bark the whole time?

  • audioerrors

    The sound of the so called, "dog barking", in the background, audio actually an audio error.

  • Cliff

    Video isn't working. I'm in Korea, so maybe that's the problem?

  • 1nfinite

    Polar opposite of Franz Bardon who I personally admire, Crowley I feel kind of sorry for, a very materialistically motivated magick.

  • user

    "demonic dog barking" is actually audio compression error

  • Mica

    This is BS. Crowley was a lot of things, and certainly screwed around with demons, but this just appeals to the masses, and is more disinformation on the occult. For instance, the aim of the Abremalin Rite is NOT to get control of demons. That is absolute rot. The evocation of demonic entities may indeed be involved in the rite, but the aim is not about them at all. The aim is to attain Knoledge and Conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel, your higher self, which is the goal of modern magick.

  • heppycee

    Crowley is listed as the 53 most influential person of the British commonwealth, in the 20th century. It is Xtian propaganda saying Crowley was so wicked. He was putting one over on some rubes. Don’t you think it is time to stop this lie of infamy.

  • Talya

    Presuming that the majority of the information presented in this documentary is factual (I don't actually know a lot about Aleister Crowley), I don't think that Crowley was wicked or evil. I think he was reckless, careless and self-involved, which certainly makes for a number of negative consequences for the subject and those he/she affects; but I believe his self-examination near the end of his life lends to the likelihood that he wasn't "evil."

    I relate to him in some way, not so much the ego-maniacal bit, but the fact that he was talented in a variety of ways, and wasted many of his talents. He was a spectacular chess player. He was a phenomenal mountain climber, even in spite of his chronic asthma. He was clearly intelligent. But for whatever reason (some of which were speculated upon in this film), he channeled his talents into extreme antisocial and/or anti-establishment endeavors. The rewards of his endeavors are that he is remembered posthumously. But the costs were certainly that his life seemed devoid of true human connection or inner peace.

    I relate to this only because I've had some talents and some intelligence (none to the degree of Mr. Crowley's, I'm sure), and in my youth, I felt so much anger toward my stringent religious upbringing and what I perceived to be controlling entities that I did push many boundaries, even my own. I put my talents in peril by abandoning them, or using them in ways that would not allow for societal nourishment. I experimented with drugs and became addicted. I engaged in multiple polyamorous relationships in commune-like settings, where I was subjected to the will of people not unlike Mr. Crowley. Now, in my 30's, I feel that the end result of my pursuits have been alienation from family and friends, low self-esteem and financial ruin.

    I see Aleister Crowley as a human being with a serious problem with connecting to other human beings for the majority of his life. He seemed to have been filled with anger, which drove him to push every limit he felt was imposed upon him by anyone else. This isn't evil. This is a failure of society to facilitate the spiritual and emotional health of someone who has had a traumatic childhood or who is prone (for whatever reason) to an antisocial personality. Mr. Crowley was certainly responsible for his own behavior, but I believe the groundwork for his lifestyle and his personal pain was laid in the way that he was raised and treated in his youth. Sadly, little has changed in the way that we address people with antisocial personalities - if anything, things have gotten worse. In today's U.S., Mr. Crowley would certainly have been one of the many people incarcerated in our increasing number of prisons.

    I hope to learn more about Mr. Crowley after watching this documentary. He seems to be an interesting and complicated man. I'm sure there are many lessons to be learned from his triumphs and failures.

    Again, thank you Vlatko for linking to this documentary.

  • http://www.haidernetwork.com Haider Ali

    Too bad , messed up christinaity . Looks like a physico case....

  • Jam

    heppycee, it all depends what your definition of "wicked" is. Crowley like as in "the Beast 666" is that who your talking about? you dont get that title being a nun.

  • ghostlee

    The first 5 mins of this video is missing

  • http://infowars.com Dewk Chronic

    Alister Crowley had a love child and she is Barbara Bush. Yes, Crowley had a child with a woman and it very well may have been with Barbara's mother.

  • Reb

    Pope Benedict uses the very same motto that Crowley lived by.

    "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law."

    Steve, put Barbara's pic next to Crowleys's and the resemblance is striking.

  • steve w

    I`d say "scary" - no doubt in my mind regarding her parentage... Grand-daddy Bush Prescott also has a fascinating history - though I`m sure your probably already aware of that.

  • Reb

    Steve, that family is the most evil bunch imaginable and it boggles the mind that they manage to get away with crime after crime. Bush Sr. has been pulling strings since JFK, although he is a puppet himself, he apparently is one of the staring puppets. Did you read The Franklin Scandal Cover-up? That is what I call scary.

  • steve w

    Most of the political families have their skeletons. I`m English but have spent a lot of time reading up on US stuff - especially as it seems what controls the USA and UK seem entwined (too much to go into here) by the Franklin thing I assumed you meant FDR but Google has redirected me to a somewhat sinister story involving this - it has slipped me by - so many corrupt happenings - so little time...... I`ve scanned a few things and will investigate further... But not wishing to get too far off topic on this feattured video will decline to comment further at this time.

    I`m new to this site - which on the face of it provides an excellent source for documentaries and a somewhat abused text box - "sick of lies" essays flamefests as an example. We all must use this source and not abuse and preach for our own agenda. But it is indeed a shame there is no forum for intuitive debate.

  • Reb

    The Franklin Scandal involved the Reagan/Bush administration and child prostitution. The video is on this site but the book goes into much more detail. The video is good though. Bush Sr. seems to be a well known pedophile. Victims of the MK ultra mind control project have pointed the finger at him, Gerald Ford and many more. The famous Boys Town orphanage is where many of the children were obtained for the sex ring for Washington officials. It is quite a sordid story.

    I know what you mean about intuitive debate and my views brought out the gospel clowns who love to tell me I am headed for hell. lol As usual, they become more vicious at times goes along. Nice to know you. Reb

  • steve w

    I was being lazy - Have joined the site forum as "yavanna" - (my usual nick) I`m not concerned about the "Gospel Clowns" - I just dont have the energy to debate brick walls. Its like pissing in the wind. you use logic - they come back with irrelevance and so on... anyways thanks for the update regarding the Franklin thing - will read up!

  • Reb

    Brick walls is right only padded cells would work better. Anyway, we are having off and on storms tonight so I will most likely be off line for awhile. Don't forget to check out Henry when you get time. The Franklin Scandal video might be a better way to start.

  • riky

    it's not Korea, the video is screwed up - bummer

  • verbal

    no video player is appearing on this page

  • sickuminatus

    doesn't seem to mention his being an intel agent in the british secret service

    his aide de camp was a general in the army who first devised blitzkrieg warfare with tanks and planes running ahead of the infantry

    he was of course a freemason

    the german subsidiaries of ford and general motors built fully half of the original nazi blitzkrieg tank contingent
    that overran france and the low countries

    out of general motors you can get the letters for mason, and out of ford general motors the letters for freemason

  • isoron

    He still missed the point of the majick he performed, and the dog barking in the background in the film is annoying to say the least!

  • eklund

    how fitting that they use Coil for the musical score.

  • bright93

    One thing missing is how prolific a writer he was -- he self-published literally shelves of poetry, mystic writings, plays and other works. Just one, The Equinox, is the size of an old, multi-volume encyclopedia. (A fair portion of this was work derived from the Golden Dawn and thus not his work.) While he spent a great deal of his wealth following the pursuits of a libertine, a very significant amount was spent publishing these various works, the originals of which are some of the most highly desired published works of the 20th Century.

    If magick's only purpose was to facilitate the visionary capacity of its followers, which it surely does, that would be reason enough to value it. The powers who rule humanity do not want the masses to be free -- thus we are force fed a diet of the visions of others -- in cinema, television, etc. If people knew how easy it was to have their own real, valuable experiences and had real freedom of thought, they might lose interest in what is manufactured for them. It is the difference between actually living a life versus watching other's live. Everyone retains the freedom found in sleep, which is some cause for hope.

  • dale gervais

    no mention of jack parsons interesting

  • 420 Vision

    The only reason why A.C retains fame or infamy today is simply because he was exceptional, unique and shocking to the population of simply minds that made up the society in which he lived. Urban legend then carried his story through the decades. Like all legends the story changed to fit the desires of those growing up in the shadows of this mortal man.

    A.C was a textbook case of a clinical psychopath, which also suffered from visions of grandeur. There are thousands of people living today which have identical psychological profiles, and even engage in identical physical activities, yet they remain obscure simply because our moral standards, and levels of acceptance are much broader and more tolerant than those of the early 1900's. This is why we have not really seen new cases of exceptional people like A.C. , the new ones are just not very interesting to the media, unless they go slaughter a bunch of people and do it while wearing a bugs bunny suit. A.C a satanist ? No,... not by a long shot, just a case of atypical human behaviour, that when exhibited today is no more interesting than a bowl of rotting fruit.

  • http://kool-invnention.mine.nu doc-fan

    Documentary doesn't work :) Any way to fix it please?

  • Olu

    @Jonathan R
    I read that book Deliver from the power of Darkness about fifteen years ago. However, I read recently that the author, Rebecca Brown is unequivocally diagnosed with mental sickness, as well as other arrays of troubling practices. Go on Wikipedia and search for her for more information.
    However, the book was a good read, but may not be anything more than just a fictional story.

  • jim

    Why would you have the cover of a different documentary? The doco you have uploaded is different than the picture of the cover at the top.

  • Flint

    All superstitious bs. Any powers he has were fraudulent and fake, there is NO need to look deeper into it. Any believers couldnt raise a hard on let alone a demon...they dont exist. If your into this nonsense you have issues that need sorted. Incidently, you wont get the help from gods or fairies either...bs too.

  • SimonTheSorcerer

    @Flint Sadly there is more to it as far as they don't exist as demons throwing fireballs and casting spells, effecting physical reality like in the movies you are right. Or as being/existing as independent, individual beings unrelated to the observer like you and me you are also right. As for not having any powers thats sadly not true. Also you cant dismiss them so easily like that . It is a construction of the human mind deep and intense. It served as a common denominator for values, morals, customs for societies without mass media or government and serves still today. Common denominator which is a powerful stuff indeed if you understand how to use it right.

  • joe requa

    I have spent a great deal of time with crowleyana. The mystical bs propagated by various biographies pales in comparison to the mans actual accomplishments. I found this documentary to be quite accurate from what I've read. A fascinating man and pehaps one who is responsible for the resurgence of esotericism in the west. Not to mention his contribution to tantric yoga on an international level. Crowley was real, whether you coose to believe in his Magick or not. I liked this film very much

  • PC

    Reb, you're wrong about Lucas. He wasn't pardoned, his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. He never left prison and died in 2001 of a heart failure. And the Franklin Scandal is a well-documented hoax.

    Just because there's a documentary about it doesn't mean it's true. Research these facts for yourself.

  • Mehadi

    Guys, I assure you Aleister crowley is a hundred percent prophet. Not mankind only as a representative of devil. He is in peace into hell only by drinking deposed stinking cat's blood soup.

  • Monte cristo

    Aleister Crowley,

    Was SICK. Alright, LOL For some people to sit there and justify some of the things he did boggles my mind. He was smart he was a philosopher He was also a child molester!?!?!
    To me that's not normal. The fact that most influential rappers and rockers pay tribute to him worries me as well. The doc was a little too far fetched maybe- But nothing too off.
    it's not UNBELIEVABLE like some make it sound. HE MESSED WITH THINGS THAT US HUMANOIDS shouldn't be messing with

  • Wendy

    93!

    If you want to read the definitive Crowley biography, get your hands on a copy of Richard Kaczynski's, Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley.

  • Jeva

    @ Wendy. Already have my copy, signed :-)

  • Jacob

    So this is where Ozzy Osbourne's song "Mr. Crowley" comes from..

  • Lisa

    This man was nothing more than demon possessed....by his own doing.

  • Jason

    93!

    @Wendy, i'm glad someone mentioned Richard Kaczynski’s excellent book, I might also recommend The Weiser Concise Guide To Aleister Crowley by the same author.

  • http://etaylorgroup00.com eric d taylor

    this doesnt keep you out of jail or death fire burns allthings muscle and meta physical
    is vast and deep my brotha qote by ahlill biate tutan unk amoon

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Humptydumptytribe Hambone Littletail

    What's so "mythic" about a spoiled little trust-fund rich brat and narcissitic, masochistic junkie? The most wacked-out girlfriend I ever had was some sort of "high priestess" in the "Church of the OTO," and she worshiped this clown. I've heard about all I ever need to know about this loser.

  • Cas

    Big deal....another sick, wicked, evil white man, who's surprised?

  • http://profiles.google.com/romentola Väinö Väinä

    Starting from time 9:45, Jean Sibelius' "Valse Triste". A marvelous piece from that Finnish composer. That's all there is really to this Crowley fellow document... What a waste of lifeline ending up to a boarding house. Bad is not good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=753345456 Octo Seven

    Crowley was indeed a wicked, sinister, misogynistic, violent, abusive, arrogant and aristocratic man. He was also a genius and an incredible writer, not to mention an extremely funny guy, his sense of humour was brilliant. I believe the latter traits are the reason for people enjoying his work. Although there are things I admire about the man, the bad far outweighs the good and people who try to justify his behaviour are the kind of people that are responsible for the sick, fucked up world we live in today. There is no justification for the things he did to women AND men, or for his pompous attitude and the the way he exploited people, used them up and discarded them. In saying that, I still enjoy his writing despite the fact he was a loathsome human being.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathleen-Jane-Wilson/1247760888 Kathleen Jane Wilson

    This childhood repressed and serious mentally unstable man .....was obviously right about the expansion of the 'devils work' and lacking 'gods' belief for the future...through now one of the most accessible forms...internet/T.V/and general aggression... in fact in a few clicks you can find not only what he indulged in...but even worse...
    For those who enjoyed his vigor and recentness ambition in life...It is far easier to decent into 'evil' within a safe environment....than it is to elevate to purity in a corrupt degenerate environment... You want to admire true strength and vigor of a character...look at yourself...if you are falling...your true strength is climbing back up x

  • Excessum7

    That's why this world is so f***ed up. Humans SHOULD mess with these things it's the way we should progress, the continuation of the evolution if you like. There is no "unnatural", the term is completely idiotic, it is a part of the nature and as a beings of nature human race should embrace it. Well at least those people who are intelligent, proud (what you call arrogant) and strong enough like Crowley was. And no he wasn't a sick man, you're just too ignorant and closed in your little prison to understand. You can say that he was immoral, because he understood that the end justifies the means and that there's no place for weak.

  • Tessa Bell

    HE FUCKED PRESCOTT BUSH'S WIFE!
    HE IS GEORGE W BUSH'S GRANDFATHER!
    THE BUSH FAMILY IS EVIL!

  • 0zyxcba1

    @ Tessa Bell

    How come you get to use the F word and mine always gets hauled in for 'review'?

    Just asking :-)

    0z

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1474680322 Brady Olson

    ok damn u ppl who say crowley is a bad man go to hell. i think he his one of the most brilliant man in history idc how twisted this man was and this is one of the most influential men in the world of magik he made break thrus that ppl like me cannot ever hope to make i practice his spells and rituals and they work i may have sold my soul but to me and ppl like me its worth it i belive in it and will practice it till i die. and may my soul burn in hell for my gifts but i love my life.

  • avd420

    OMG Dude, hahaha I don't mean to be a trol but look at yourself hahahaha. The rediculous pic matches your rediculous statement. Oh magic man, black mgiac man in mommies house playing card tricks and casting silly spells hahahah

  • Miguel Soto

    U love ur life cuz u have everything but once ur dead where will u go? hell? U have everything now but will u still have it when u die? u might think this crowley guy is magical, but God is the one that can help u and multiply the stuff u have now by a million. Choose wisely dont be dumb just cuz ppl influenced u. u can practice his spells but it will get u nowhere. if u keep doing this u will burn in hell but not with the gifts he gave u. like i said choose wisely

  • area57

    so what's your perception of hell, you say that your soul may burn in hell, so if you think that then you must also realize that to burn is torture. try this experimemt. take your finger and stick it in an open flame,NOW you say may your soul burn in hell, if that;s the case you should be able to hold your finger in the flame with no problem, I bet you can't because it will burn the nerves in your body will not allow you to hold your finger in the flame.So how can you have a perception of a place you haven't experenced.if you can't handle sticking your finger in a simple open flame, them how can you handle Hell when your entire soul will burn, how much pain do you think that can cause.

  • jk

    Sounds like a lot of bs.

  • Xbow

    Crowley a bad man? Hell no! He was just a worthless sack of aristocratic homosexual garbage that had delusions of grandeur.

    He was a cowardly man that enjoyed shocking people with his debauchery to get the attention that he craved. And he enjoyed reeling in intellectual inferiors like yourself just too see what he could make them do...most of his antics were jokes on his followers.

    I would bet that Crowley could get you to a eat human s*** smear it all over yourself and wash it off with piss in order to free you from traditional social conventions. Meanwhile he would be in the other room drinking opium laced single malt scotch while watching you through a peep hole as you smeared s*** on yourself. After you cleaned yourself up he would convince you that in order to crossover to the other side and gain power you would need to bend over present your fanny and accept his 'attentions'. And that is exactly what you would do...and like it!

    The only accomplishment of any note in his life was the 1902 attempt on K2 that he made with the great German climber Oscar Eckenstein. On their fifth attempt Eckenstein dragged Crowley to 21,407 feet. The reason for the failure to get closer to the summit was due to Crowley's incompetence, poor physical condition and cowardice in the face of the subjective dangers associated with mountaineering.

    The guy died on welfare without a dime in his pocket. If he had any 'magik' why didn't he conjure up a comfortable pension for himself or a nice big sack of gold? The guy was an intellectual but to a greater extent he was just a spoiled brat and a pathetic clown.

  • Guest

    Well he did have one other accomplishment. He made it on to the Sgt. Pepper's album cover.

  • Xbow

    That's true and let us not forget another of his massive achievements on 'Blizzard of Ozz' Ozborne included a tune entitled "Mr. Crowley." The Ozz was trying to be outrageous but I don't see Crowley as threatening or genuinely evil...a spoiled self indulgent brat is more like it. I see people like Joe Stalin, Hitler, Chairman Mao and Vlad the Impaler as evil.

    Crowley was the product of a wealthy father that died and left him a fortune at the age of 12 and Crowley spent his life running through his daddy's money and scribbling his nonsense and footing the bills for his male followers. Punks who's main function seems to be kissing his ass and having sex with him. But when the money was gone so was his crew of intellectual deadbeat perverts....what a meaningful life!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1081644962 Judie Ann Johansson

    He has several documentaries and many very good writings...will people be talking about you when you die? Think about that, before you judge.

  • leigh pierce

    To all the those seduced by the dark side-I say this; know that to experience heaven is to know a truer beingness of eternity that is by far a more excellent state to be in, than it is to the dwell in the throes of your most darkest fears, which then become your living nightmare! Do not tempt fate for you know so little of the bottomless pits of despair...

  • Chris Rieth

    "He has several documentaries and many very good writings...will people be talking about you when you die? Think about that, before you judge."

    So did Hitler.

  • xHawkLordx

    "know that to experience heaven is to know a truer beingness of eternity that is by far a more excellent state to be in..."
    How do you know this? Have you experienced 'heaven'?

  • xHawkLordx

    What have you done?

  • xHawkLordx

    Your soul has nerve endings?

  • xHawkLordx

    Cas--->another sick, wicked, evil racist.

  • oddsrhuge

    you're still talking about him....will they talk about your meaningful life in the future?

    You also compared him to other "historical" and colourful characters throughout the rich pageant of history. I hope that your own legacy is as vibrant, and doesn't begin and end with knowing, Black Sabbath lyrics. Sorry ozzy was gone by that song....okay Osbourne lyrics...I mean Ozzy had a show! on TV! He expounded his brilliance! he was way MORE important than some rich guy from a time before you were born.

    Aleister, coulda been on American Idol, then you'da paid attention.

  • xHawkLordx

    someone's jealous!

  • xHawkLordx

    off your medication are you?

  • http://www.topdocumentaryfilms.com Epicurus

    lol you are silly.

  • kdt73

    Well said my friend...!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Humphreys/1191484439 Mark Humphreys

    to leigh pierce if you are so obsessed by heaven why dip your toes in hell or your nose?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3PN7BZPZFV33MXOTPOM2AB5VT4 david

    leigh pierce you are delusional. I love how tards like you tell ppl how heaven is like you have ******* been there. You hold no information that anyone on this site doesn't have, so if I don't know there is heaven or what it is like neither do you and if you say you do you are delusional.

  • ProudinUS

    AH..oh wow!..hmm..Ok, there was something seriously wrong with this cat! His mama should of beat him over the head with a skillet the moment she thought he was some kind of anti-Christ. Man, they must of been some bored a$$ monkies back in them days to think up weird sh*t like he did. What did he just all of a sudden say, " F**k it! I'm bored and rich lets go trip out the world."?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/A74QBYLK4RIMDWDNAN2H5HM5LM stephen

    Lots of sick sheeple out there seeking answers to why they are so screwed up. Lack of parenting, children raised by children and tired grand parents, genetically disfunctional pond scum. Granted God is not what many percieve him to be i.e. an old guy flying around in the clouds watching all of us. He is there though and his counter part Satan is too. Light and dark, positive and negative. Proof of this in all things and in all places. Crowley was a dementied , twisted, human turd.

  • IronMike876

    Although this man was obviously very twisted and deranged, one thing I do give him credit for, is fighting for what he believed in. He believed it was God's fault, The Church's fault, even his own Mother's fault that his beloved father was taken away from him at such a young age and decided to take it upon himself to confront God as an enemy in the only way he knew how.... The Dark-Side. I believe that sacrificing, murdering and raping God's people, he believed he was avenging his fathers death.

  • http://twitter.com/brejotabata sergio rigolino

    "do what thou wilt"
    aleister crowley

    "slay your son to me"
    the doG

  • James Naish

    You go right ahead and keep on practicing. I'd say a line has probably been crossed if you're ******* goats and rolling around in blood - probably a little excessive - but beyond that the magical rituals and spells themselves are probably harmless. Harmless, of course, because magic almost certainly isn't real; there almost definitely is no heaven or hell; and there almost definitely aren't demons to be calling on to achieve your magical aims. Course, I could be wrong, in which case I'm sure you'd happily submit to a double blind trial to prove your magic works :)

    What I would say, however, is this. Crowley left behind a stream of broken and damaged people who trusted him and who he used for his own ends before ditching them. He ended up poor, lonely and a drug addict in a ****ty little English seaside town. If Crowley contributed anything to the world it was a doctrine which puts at its very heart complete contempt for anyone aside from yourself; utter selfishness. That truly is the definition of moral bankruptcy and if that's the kind of doctrine you want to live your life by then I rather suspect you'll end up going the same way as your hero :)

  • Efritt

    only "demons" who may somehow help are ET's :p

  • Lucem Ferre

    I have talked to people in the Ordo Templi Orientis, and from what I've heard, none of them believe in actual gods. From what I've read, the 'gods' of Thelema are really metaphors for 'universal laws'. The magic they practice seems to be a little more subtle then fire ball casting World of Warcraft bullshit, more like a universal law of like karma. Crowely pushed taboos to see where the limit was supposed to be. He obviously may have pushed many too far, but his point was that you should do what makes you happy. Living a life of selfishness obviously doesn't lead to happiness. Plus, the claim that he preaches a life of selfishness contradicts his phrase "Love is the law, Love under will, there is no law beyond it."

  • Terry Burns

    One of my favorite books is 'Diary of a drug fiend'. The 90's for me was spent in A.A. using the Occult as a higher power since I felt the lack of fullfillment from the tradtional religion I was brought up with. Although, I experienced decandent phases in my life. I didn't go to the extremes of Crowley. I have however experimented with texts that I aquired from the Scottish Rite of the Freemasons. I will say, whatever you want to call it (use your imagination from whatever pantheon you choose including atheism) There is an energy that universaly exsist that can burn you out so to speak. The good and evil part of it is the magician's intent. A prominent occultist told me that magic is symbolism and intent. I.E. the badge is a talisman of authority. The intent is to give the wearer (even if he's a lesser man) the authority to controll another. Societies throughout history has proven that to true; just look at your punk cops of today. To me, the best way to describe magic is read about the primary and secondary ignition system on a car. Note, replace the parts for the human body and the car itself is the circle. Also, the tools of magic aren't realy much different in concept with automotive tools (especialy the electrical ones) I feel, it's genetic that we as humans worship something. Even atheists worship their scientists as priests. Their God is the formula of life itself (sounds like a magic spell to me). Their doctrine is speculative theory between 2 or more scholars playing devils advocate with one another.
    As far as Aliester Crowley is concerned. His utter selfishness is no different from the MANY sado-masachistic popes that has existed throughout centuries murdering millions in the name of God. However, that's okay since it's christian. In addition, his followers choose to give themselves utterly to him which is totaly aganist what he preached "to do what thou wilt", so their madness is self-inflicted. You have to have some selfishness in order to have some semblence of self-preservation.

  • Richard Fairchild

    well, he is in hell now.

  • Ashes

    I should not have read the comments, the amount of ignorance that breeds within Christianity and it's fundamentals is depressing.

  • Eugene

    well said terry,

  • Eugene

    For those of you who regurgitate a christian fundamentalist view, especially the idea of a God judging you to hell... consider this; If the same God... the creator of all things, loves you so unconditionally (as christianity claims God does) than why create a place like hell... just incase you dont love him back? pppfff.

  • Sinazo Ntsonge

    Hell was not created for us humans but for the devil and his angels. So the people who choose to follow the devil and his teachings spend their eternity with the one being they worshipped while they were still on Earth. How can one worship something else other than the true God then expect to spend their eternity in a kingdom they know nothing about..."what you do in life echoes into eternity"

  • poojizzles

    Yeah but "worship" is defined by humans. If you listen to music you can be judged, if you drink a beer you can be judged. If some one has something against you or another human or their beliefs they are judged. It is as simple as the old childs cry: "Im not an idiot, you are an idiot". And that is written in fancy mumbo jumbo in the bible to make fear. Other writtings in all humans on earth do this. Tribes call other tribes "demons" or "monsters". Certain people genetically taller than other trubes are called "giants". The writer and artists loves to exagerate the size. Even today, black people are sterotyped as having large penises...Whites sort of except it and the "myth" stays. It is kind of like that. Basic, masculin, child like thinking. Bible is easy to follow, and child like enough to keep you all in an immature state and drooly babies.

  • ananoumousee

    Doesn't god know the past present and future, I would assume he would already know he was going to be leading people to hell by giving them human nature *your argument is invalid*

  • Joseph Carter

    doesn ne one know the name of the dark and sumwhat sad piano song is that plays in the beggining? im having no luck at all with this...please sum 1 HELP

  • Joseph Carter

    But what about the first piece in the begginning? ?

  • Joseph Carter

    What's the name of this musical score you speak of?

  • Boxer

    OK, there have been a lot of bad popes and a lot of people who did murder people during crusades with papal blessing and so on, but come on. ' MANY sado-"masachistic" popes that has existed throughout centuries murdering millions in the name of God'???

    The only Pope I can think of that we know personally killed people is Julian II, and he did it on the battlefield. I can think of about six popes that were obvious sado-masochists and had people murdered on a regular basis, starting with Rodrigo Borgia/Pope Alexander VI, who probably personally killed quite a few people and may have committed incest as well, etc. etc. but in no way do I see either of these famous popes getting anywhere near even one million total body count.

    Please give at least four examples by name of official Roman Catholic Popes or anti-Popes at Rome or Avignon or some other official seat of the Papacy, no weaseling out by saying "Well really I meant that Hitler was secretly a Pope in his own mind" or some such". Name at least four official Popes who knowably murdered at least two million people each and were demonstrably sado-masochistic (or 'masachistic). Don't use Julian II or Alexander VI, i call Dibs on them, they don't meet your criteria anyway.

    I absolutely refuse to defend Terry Burns from any libel suit brought by the Roman Catholic Church, Aleister Crowley, or Crowley's heirs or assigns, or the estate of Aleister Crowley.

    This goes beyond my usual default willingness to defend free speech everywhere. Even I can't swallow this one.

    - Boxer

  • hussein

    very twisted indeeed very akward guy there only one god allah and if y I u go angainst him then its hell for eternity I hope he does

  • Johnny

    We are God's children and God said that those who deny Him, will be denied heaven. Those that commit certain sins will be put into the eternal fires of hell.

    If you are a parent and have children, like God has children, would you ever in a million years send your child into eternal suffering because they sinned?

    One step further; if your child didn't know you because you gave them up for adoption when born, and the adoptive parents raised you to believe "you have to love your real father and follow these rules he's written. If you don't follow these certain rules, you will be damned into eternal hell fire.". Why would a father, mother, do that to their child?

    That is not love. Don't believe in the writings of men who don't know the meaning of love. The god they made up doesn't love you. Your parents love you, that is love.

    Wake up to a new day.

  • Jason

    There are two documentaries here. I have watched both and have to say the documentary "In Search of the Great Beast" is a much better documentary about Aleister Crowley. It gave actual information about his life and teachings, while not shying away from the more "creepy" aspects of his life. The other documentary "The Wickedest Man in the World" is pure sensationalism, a literal skimming of his life which emphasized the "creepy" beyond all else.
    One question I have, which quite frankly is beyond the scale of either of these documentaries, is about Crowley's use of "sex magic". Why was it that he seemed to think it was about the sexual act when from the writings of two other adepts from the same tradition that he branched away from, Paul Foster Case (who started B.O.T.A.) and Dion Fortune, "sexual magic" reads more like a form of kundalini yoga, an inner raising of energy? If there are any adepts in the Western Esoteric Tradition out there who can shed some light on this, I would be grateful.

  • M

    It's not about any sin, but one sin. Denying God. Those who attack and torture and kill people who believe in God, and just because they do. God isn't looking for picking out and punishing for stupid little things, He is protecting His children from the hatred that lives among us. His is a true and long-suffering love. What any good parent feels for their children fails far and wide in comparison to the love God feels for us.

  • M

    If you told your children to live the way they feel is right without teaching them one way or another and no matter what they do there will be zero consequences, do you think they will make any good choices? I suppose police officers make you uncomfortable, too.

  • M

    Not leading people to hell, but giving you free choice. How would you feel knowing you cannot think and choose for yourself in life? He didn't create robots, but people He loves and wants to love Him in return. You have a choice to live for Him and share eternity in His kingdom, or go your own path.

  • M

    Reading the Bible shouldn't be so confusing. Maybe your fear leads you to see things so mumbo jumbo. Keep in mind, you have the right to walk away from it all. We all do. But what good comes from bad-mouthing the Bible to those who believe? How does that help you?

  • Achems_Razor

    What god/gods are you talking about? prove such a deity exists!
    "The god of the old testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction; jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak, a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully"
    'Richard Dawkins'

  • Col. Clink

    Why is it that every person who is religious (usually an extremist but the average Joe does it a lot too) say that everyone else's opinion about God and what God and or Jesus wants is wrong and their own is the only correct answer. I have faith but I don't cram it down other people's throats and I can't stand it when people do that to me or anyone else. How the hell do you know what God or any iconic religious figure wants. Keep your opinions to yourself and if others have a different thought than you, as long as they aren't harming anyone, leave them alone.

  • jea912

    It is a little creepy that this has been shared 666 times, and the rating is 6.65.

  • Potato123

    A lot of religions dont believe that every other religon is wrong. For example, judaism encouarges other religions.