Magic Monday

A Book not Composed by Man

Edward Alexander Crowley; 12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947) was an English occultist, ceremonial, poet, painter, novelist, and ceremonial magician For the occult nerd in all of us his last name is pronounced “Crow-ley.” The man even went so far as to make up a poem so future generations would pronounce his last name correctly.

“Those who treat me foully will call me Croulley”

Crowley gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime, being a recreational drug user, bisexual and a social critic. He was denounced in the popular press as “the wickedest man in the world,’ but his true impact on the world of magic would be the creation of “The Book of the Law”

According to Crowley on 8 April he heard a disembodied voice that claimed to be the messenger of Horus. Crowley wrote down everything the voice told him over the course of the next three days.

The book proclaimed that humanity was entering a new age and that Crowley would serve as its prophet. It stated that the supreme moral law was now simply: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,” and that people should learn to live in tune with themselves. This book became the cornerstone of Crowley’s created religion, Thelema, which is still practiced today.

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