Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics by Marco Pasi

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Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) is likely one of the most famed and demanding authors within the background of western esotericism. Crowley has been lengthy missed by means of students of faith when the tales of magical and sexual perform which movement approximately him proceed to draw renowned curiosity. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" appears to be like on the guy at the back of the parable - through atmosphere him firmly in the politics of his time - and the improvement of his principles via his huge and terribly various writings. Crowley was once a rationalist, sympathetic to the values of the Enlightenment, but in addition a romantic and a reactionary. His look for another strategy to show his spiritual emotions led him to tricky his personal imaginative and prescient of social and political swap. Crowley's complicated politics ended in his involvement with many key contributors, organizations and teams of his day - the key carrier of assorted international locations, the German Nazi occasion, Russian political activists, reporters and politicians of varied persuasions, in addition to different writers - either in Europe and the USA. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" provides a lifetime of principles, an exam of a guy formed via and shaping the politics of his instances.

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Crowley left for Tunisia, where he stayed until the year’s end. Here he wrote and published (at his own expense) Songs for Italy, a small collection of poems satirizing Mussolini and the fascist regime. In 1924 he moved to France. There he met with Frank Harris, who at the time was living in Nice; together they developed an entrepreneurial project, which led to no practical results. He then went to Paris, where his disciples joined him. He remained in France until September 1924, when he returned to Tunisia with a new lover, Dorothy Olsen.

I will examine this episode in the context of his relationship with Pessoa. Some authors have hinted at some mysterious aspects of it: the source is a reference made by René Guénon in a letter to Julius Evola from 29 October 1949, in which he claims that Crowley had faked his suicide because he wanted to return to Germany in secret in order to take on a position as Hitler’s adviser. I will of course return to the matter in Chapters 4 and 5. From the end of September 1930 to the middle of 1932, Crowley lived in Berlin.

In a very important passage from The Confessions, he writes: “I want everything that the world holds; I would go to prison or to the scaffold for the sake of the experience. I have never grown out of the infantile belief that the universe was made for me to suck. ”6 According to Crowley, one way to gain experience of reality is to step out of one’s own personality and observe things through the eyes of another person. In another passage of The Confessions, Crowley writes: I did not see why I should be confined to one life.

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