Aleister Crowley: The Wickedest Man in the World

Aleister Crowley: The Wickedest Man in the World

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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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Cppp
Cppp
6 months ago

Half of you think he's burning in hell, the other half treat him like some cool rebel, but what he really was was a sad mysogynist who misused everyone in his life. He's a big nerd and a rich kid pretending. And y'all are buying his own press! ?

Nicole Carson
Nicole Carson
10 months ago

his dad died, he got mad at God. gave his life to Satan and lived in a way that completely went against God and enjoyed it. very sad. Jesus is King. its important to acknowledge that Satan has to ask God for permission to do things, satan will be banished forever at the end of time and EVERY knee will bow at the feet of Jesus. There are plenty like A. Crowley... Romans 1:16 says that "God gives these people over to their passions" If you ask me those are the scariest words in the Bible. When God gives you over, there is no chance after that. Repent while their is still time and believe in Jesus. Satan doesn't care about you! Hell is real and will be eternal punishment. God will pour his wrath on sin!

Dhu Mhan Yhu
Dhu Mhan Yhu
10 months ago

would have prayed for him to repent, but too late now.

Tanisq
Tanisq
3 years ago

Crowley you are a legend
Be blessed! Always
You are my idol

Jacquline
Jacquline
3 years ago

Rest in hell Aleister Crowley. Here is hoping Satan is giving you as good as you gave. That's all you really wanted right? I am sure Satan is doing as he wilt with you. Bet he gave you his kingdom and let's you sit on his throne with him and then puts you to bed. Your legacy lives on in our trash cans and city dumps.

Rick
Rick
3 years ago

And ghost if this judgement day you speak of ever actually materializes you might just end up being room mates with Crowley lol

Rick
Rick
3 years ago

I've never heard anything about him being a pedophile. And there's no proof of human sacrifice. Some christians seem to think they know who's going to heaven and whos going to hell in a hand basket. Crowley came from a family of christian fanatics. Thou shalt not judge. Or is it just ok for some christians. Don't be ridiculous, whatever god or gods you might believe in, it wouldn't have any reason to create a place where you burn for eternity. And stop blaming Lucifer for everything. Poor guy.

Marbas
Marbas
3 years ago

Nothing but evil, dont ever play with magic... not even dark magic

Ghost
Ghost
3 years ago

Aradia you are an id**t lol so is crowley, judgement day will come

aradia
aradia
4 years ago

Why do so many people despise Crowley? You fear what you don't understand. He wasn't evil. People feared him because of well, he was pretty accurate with what he claims. Don't judge something or someone you dont understand.

Samus
Samus
4 years ago

This guy was utter garbage. I don't care about the religious aspect of this guy, he was trash. A giant, selfish man child and I am glad he is dead!

Dawn
Dawn
4 years ago

You need to go back to hell and take your people with you. I am gods child and you can't have me or my god following people.

ETN
ETN
4 years ago

Do not engage in dark in that you know nothing of. Some mistakes should never be made.

Frater Bobby
Frater Bobby
4 years ago

what is wrong with hermetic order of the golden dawn.its high rating rite on universe theurgy ceremony magic but Crowley wanted black magic somenthing that is called left hand path not right hand path

Chris
Chris
5 years ago

I'm curious to know if the rating is static or variable.

Jamie
Jamie
5 years ago

I am actually related to him on my father's side. I know this via DNA tests.

Cyndi Poole
Cyndi Poole
5 years ago

Okay, so why was he considered evil ? Nothing in the bio sounds evil, at all.

MELISSA DAVIS
MELISSA DAVIS
5 years ago

I legitimately want to know why he was considered evil. Being against Christianity, practicing magic, being obsessed with sex and addicted to drugs would not make someone the "wickedest man in the world" going to need some better examples. Was he killing, raping etc????

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

Crowley was a f***ing poser. A commoner of the lowest order.

Andrew
Andrew
6 years ago

Talya, thank you for sharing your story...you know there are a few folk commenting here, as everywhere, that like to link misspent youth or whatever poor choices, if in fact they were poor choices, with some loneliness and loss or other poor outcomes in their lives...but the fact is, they are not necessarily related..one does not necessarily cause the other. There are fearful Christian types and other religious folks who want to relate his perceived "faults"...which they see as "darkness" to the loss and loneliness of his later days. You know there are all kinds of old folks who are lonely and lost in this world..many are people sitting next to them in church...many are homeless persons , victims of the state of things...nothing to do with dark practices or choices they have made. I'm sorry to hear you have experienced this waning of things that uplift you in your later years too... that is often the state of people in their later years when living in this harsh world..I hope you find some solace...if there is something you can take away from this film...be willful in finding that solace...actively seek it out...best of luck.

Andrew
Andrew
6 years ago

Stephen: it is the intellect that creates "light and dark" "god and satan"...these things are not real..except in your mind..well, yes in your mind they are real because your mind is what you have Stephen...fortunately I don't.

Andrew
Andrew
6 years ago

Such drama....f^*king a goat is , just that , f^*king a goat...dark imaginings...are dark imaginings that's why they are "real" ..real for the mind imagining...powerful...sure...but there are better ways of getting there...if the goal is to loose yourself from what you perceive as bonds.

V McDee
V McDee
7 years ago

Wicked or not, I'm surprised at the number of people in the comments defending him. No matter what you think of Christianity, this man actively rejected it and his life and fate is not anything anyone should look up to: addiction, disease, abandonment, and utter loneliness. That's what comes for living for yourself and only loving yourself, not from a society that wasn't "modern" enough to accept him (as the end of this documentary seems to suggest). No "legacy" is worth that.

Tony Isikeri
Tony Isikeri
8 years ago

Aleister Crowley did a great work in his lifetime,considered a genius.His motto,do what thou wilt,is my quote.His works should be preserved in the libraries.Tony,Lagos,Nigeria

Dave
Dave
8 years ago

Manufactured by others later to infamy. There were certainly many others through history before him to experiment even greater with everything he did, and to mucheck greater success. Many times infamy is created by like minded individuals who look at certain characteristics of someone and identify. Because they see those characteristic in themselves, they deem them special and unique to history. They record their idolized musings of the person and others read. Like mindeds begin to propogate his myth and infamy is born.

Nothing was unique about this man. He probably had narcissistic personality disorder and possibly phsycopathy. But those aren't unique enough to warrant anything special.

The real message of his life is, do what I did and you can completely screw up your life like me. Also, you can suck a few others into following you and really feed your ego. Also, it gives you the chance to really screw up others lives also. At least a few others.

NERo
NERo
8 years ago

Coil - red queen

Potato123
Potato123
9 years ago

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

jea912
jea912
9 years ago

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

Col. Clink
Col. Clink
9 years ago

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.

Jason
Jason
9 years ago

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.

Johnny
Johnny
9 years ago

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.

hussein
hussein
9 years ago

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

Joseph Carter
Joseph Carter
10 years ago

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

Eugene
Eugene
10 years ago

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.

Ashes
Ashes
10 years ago

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

Richard Fairchild
Richard Fairchild
11 years ago

well, he is in hell now.

Terry Burns
Terry Burns
11 years ago

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.

Efritt
Efritt
11 years ago

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

sergio rigolino
sergio rigolino
12 years ago

"do what thou wilt"
aleister crowley

"slay your son to me"
the doG

IronMike876
IronMike876
12 years ago

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.

stephen
stephen
12 years ago

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.

ProudinUS
ProudinUS
12 years ago

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."?

david
david
12 years ago

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.

Mark Humphreys
Mark Humphreys
12 years ago

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

leigh pierce
leigh pierce
12 years ago

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...

Judie Ann Johansson
Judie Ann Johansson
12 years ago

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

jk
jk
12 years ago

Sounds like a lot of bs.

Brady Olson
Brady Olson
12 years ago

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.

Tessa Bell
Tessa Bell
12 years ago

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

Kathleen Jane Wilson
Kathleen Jane Wilson
12 years ago

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