I'm sure I don't need to tell you guys a whole Hell of a lot about Aleister Crowley, right? We all know the dude was tuned into some majorly next level shit, that he obtained the highest levels in about a bazillion secret societies, mystic lodges, and occult brotherhoods, that he was considered to be, at different times and by different folks, to be The Antichrist, a Magus, a Wizard, a miscreant, a drug addict, and a God. There are few, if any, occult figures across the span of human history who have reached Crowley's level of acclaim, disdain, honor, or ill repute, and even the most skeptical minds often waffle on whether or not he did open some strange, mystical portals during his time on this planet. Crowley was a record-holding mountaineer, a master of chess and poetry, a pioneering force in the field of altered conciousness and psychedelia, a loving father, and an acclaimed author. He died a heroin addict.
This book rules.
I've become more interested in the life and times of Aleister Crowley in the past week, as I've been ripping through a copy of Robert Anton Wilson's Everything Is Under Control: Conspiracies, Cults, and Cover-Ups, in which much of the content applies, in one way or another, to the life of the man. Crowley's high-level involvement with Thelemic philosophy, The Order of the Golden Dawn, and the Freemasons practically guarantee him a spot in the pantheon of cultic greats, and Wilson's book, in tying all the loose ends together, passes over the Great Beast's exploits repeatedly. Any discussion about modern shamanism/occultism will eventually lead back to Crowley somehow, which is exactly what will happen in today's post.
But first a word from the author.
Robert Anton Wilson on A.C.:
Part 2, 3, 4.
Also: an hour-long doc discussing A.C.'s influence on and connections to "Hollywood occultist" Jack Parsons--which also reveal his surprising contributions to the birth of NASA...
2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
OK great. But let's talk specifically about Crowley and his wife Rose's trip to Egypt, way back in 1904 (the same year he climbed 23,000 feet up K2 without oxygen tanks, a record he still holds).
Via that bastion of truth and reason, Wikipedia:
"... According to Crowley's own account, Rose, who was pregnant, had become somewhat delusional while in the country, regularly informing him that "they are waiting for you", but not providing him with any further information as to who "they" were. It was on 18 March, after Crowley sought the aid of the Egyptian god Thoth in a magical rite, that she actually revealed who "they" were – the ancient Egyptian god Horus and his alleged messenger. She then led him to a nearby museum in Cairo where she showed him a seventh century BCE mortuary stele known as the Stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu (it later came to be revered in Thelema as the "Stele of Revealing"); Crowley was astounded for the exhibit's number was 666, the number of the beast in Christian mythology. Crowley took this all to be a sign from a divine entity and on 20 March began performing ritual invocations of the god Horus in his rented room. It was after this invocation that Rose, or as he now referred to her, Ouarda the Seeress, informed him that "the Equinox of the Gods had come"."
The medium's sketch of AIWASS. Look familiar?
... "It was on 8 April, when the couple were still staying in Cairo, that Crowley first heard a disembodied voice talking to him, claiming that it was coming from a being known as Aiwass, the true nature of whom Crowley never understood. Crowley's disciple and later secretary Israel Regardie believed that this voice came from Crowley's subconscious, but opinions among Thelemites differ widely. Aiwass claimed to be a messenger from the god Horus, who was also referred to by him as Hoor-Paar-Kraat. Crowley wrote down everything the voice told him over the course of the next three days, and subsequently titled it Liber AL vel Legis or The Book of the Law. The god's commands explained that a new Aeon for mankind had begun, and that Crowley would serve as its prophet. As a supreme moral law, it declared "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law", and that people should learn to live in tune with their "True Will"."
BONUS: Liber AL, The Book of The Law PDF
Aiwass, eh? Interdimensional/interplanetary messages? This is starting to sound familiar, and that big old white dome on Aiwass is ringing a couple bells too.
But let's add another ingredient into the mix--THE FACT THAT CROWLEY CLAIMED THESE COSMIC MESSAGES WERE ORIGINATING FROM THE SIRIUS SYSTEM.
Fuck. Did I just blow your mind?
No? That's OK, there's more.
PS: If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you should go back and read THIS and THIS.
"Aiwass/Aeon", by 1349:
to the extreme
weed out the weak
and soon the liberation will come
Pitiful humans did you believe,
The aeon of Aiwass was for you?"
Touche, 1349. Touche.
So let's go down the list real quick. Robert Anton Wilson and Philip K. Dick claimed contact with ultradimensional beings from Sirius in 1973 and 1974, as did their psychedelic colleagues Timothy Leary and Terence McKenna. According to an anonymous commentator on my previous Sirius post, David Tibet from Current 93 and comic book writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, V For Vendetta) have also had some Sirius issues, and while I haven't actually gone to the trouble of researching said claims, I think it's safe to assume that anonymous comments are always true. OK? OK.
The main impetus behind my previous writings on Sirius, though, was the uncanny coincidence between the ceremonies of the Dogon people of Mali (whose religious beliefs center on Sirius, the "Dog Star"), and their sigui ritual, which happens only every 60-65 years--coinciding almost perfectly with Wilson, Dick, Leary, and McKenna's extradimensional experiences in the early 70's. The sigui lasts several years, and that particular ritual started in 1967. Any math wizards out there?
Let's see--1967... Minus 60-65 years... Would have the previous Dogon sigui beginning somewhere around 1902-1907. What year did Aleister Crowley travel to Africa and have his mystical communication with Aiwass from Sirius?
Oh yeah, 1904.
Closing comment from The Book of The Law, via Aiwass, as channeled by Crowley:
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The study of this Book is forbidden. It is wise to destroy this copy after the first reading.
Whosoever disregards this does so at his own risk and peril. These are most dire.
Those who discuss the contents of this Book are to be shunned by all, as centres of pestilence.
All questions of the Law are to be decided only by appeal to my writings, each for himself.
There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.
Love is the law, love under will.