Perpetuating the teachings
of Aleister Crowley since 1998.
(October 12, 1875 – December 1, 1947)
was a passionate poet, prolific writer, daring mountaineer,
and master occultist. He was born on October 12th, 1875 in Leamington
Spa, Warwickshire, England, and he passed away into the Infinite at the
green old age of 72 on December 1st, 1947 at Netherwood in Hastings.
Aleister Crowley, the
Golden Dawn and Thelema
Aleister Crowley joined the Hermetic
Order of the Golden Dawn on November 18th, 1898 as a Neophyte (0=0) with the
magical motto Frater Perdurabo. Naturally, Crowley advanced quickly in the
Order. As a Neophyte, he was initiated to the next grade of Zelator (1=10) in
December of 1898, as a Theoricus (2=9) in January of 1899, as a Practicus (3=8)
in February of 1899, and as a Philosophus (4=7) in May of 1899. He then took his
Portal Initiation in December of 1899, and he was then initiated as an Adeptus
Minor in Paris on January 16th, 1900 by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, who was the
Chief of the Order at that time, and whom Crowley first met in May of 1899. Then scandal and schism arose in the Order in 1900; the London Adepts were in revolt
against Mathers, the Chief of the Order; and by the end of March, the London
Temple declared independence from Mathers. Crowley originally sided with Mathers
during the revolt, but he then went on his own merry way to Mexico and he became
a Freemason. Crowley stated, "In 1900, the Order in its existing form was
Then on April 8th, 9th and 10th of 1904 e.v., between noon and 1 p.m., Crowley received The Book of the Law (Liber Legis). This book was dictated to Crowley in Cairo by a Praeter-human Intelligence named Aiwass whom Crowley later came to recognize as his own Holy Guardian Angel. The book proclaimed that Crowley was the Prophet of a New Aeon (New Age). As such, he later became the founder of a New Order, which he called the Order of the A.· .A.·., maintaining the name of the Golden Dawn (Aurora Aurea) as the title of the Outer Order. In the book The Eye in the Triangle: An Interpretation of Aleister Crowley, Israel Regardie stated the following fact regarding Crowley, "All his work is a direct continuation of the Golden Dawn tradition." Regardie also stated the following, "Beyond all other mundane events it was the influence of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn that shaped Aleister Crowley's life. Once exposed to its Qabalistic system of grades and philosophy, its magical practices and ceremonies, he was never the same."
Aleister Crowley's reception of The Book of the Law was a direct manifestation and result of his initiation in the Golden Dawn. The Golden Dawn was, in fact, the basis of the proclamation of the New Aeon of Horus and the Law of Thelema. After receiving The Book of the Law, Crowley wrote and sent a letter to his initiator, S. L. MacGregor Mathers, informing him that the Secret Chiefs had appointed him (Crowley) to be the visible Head of the Order of the Golden Dawn. Mathers, of course, did not respond, but nor did Crowley expect a response from him.
On July 27th, 1906 Crowley renewed his Adeptus Minor obligation during a visit with another Adept of the Golden Dawn, George Cecil Jones (1873-1953). It was Jones who proposed to Crowley that he join the Golden Dawn and he sponsored Crowley for his Neophyte initiation on November 18th, 1898. On July 29th, 1906 these two Adepts of the Golden Dawn discussed the idea of forming a New Order. Crowley recorded the following in his diary: "D.D.S. and P. discuss a new O." By December 10th, 1906 Jones recognized Crowley as a Magister Templi (Master of the Temple). Crowley, however, did not actually accept this exalted spiritual grade until December 3rd, 1909. But by their sincere efforts and spiritual preparation a New Order was made manifest in the year 1907, called the Order of the A.·. A.·. (Astron Argon). Later Crowley rightfully violated his Oath of Secrecy to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and published its rituals and teachings in his prodigious periodical called The Equinox, which Crowley published to help preserve the Sacred Tradition, so that a new Renaissance might in due season rekindle the Hidden Light.
On April 21st, 1912, Crowley also became the National Grand Master General X° of the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) for Great Britain and Ireland. His charter was issued by one of the co-founders of the O.T.O., Theodor Reuss, who accused Crowley of publishing sexual secrets of the IX° of the O.T.O., though Crowley protested such an accusation, not even knowing to what he was referring. However, this peculiar event developed into a conversation between these two men, deeply arousing Crowley's interest in the O.T.O. which he had already joined in 1910, and Reuss gave Crowley an O.T.O. charter. Then in 1922, Crowley became the O.H.O. (Outer Head of the Order). Under Crowley, the system of the O.T.O. was reconstructed to promulgate in the world the Law of Thelema and the principles of The Book of the Law.
After his death, Crowley's work influenced the creation of another prominent Occult Order, called the Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn, which was founded on the Vernal Equinox of 1990 by two members of the O.T.O. and Golden Dawn (Frater Aurora Aurea and Frater Adonai Achad). The initiation ceremonies of this Thelemic Order were constructed to accord with the principles of The Book of the Law and to instruct the Initiate in the Magick of Thelema, for the realization of his or her True Will, and for the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of his or her Holy Guardian Angel.
The central teaching of Aleister Crowley derives from The Book of the Law (Liber Legis), which announces to mankind the New Aeon of Horus that commenced on the Vernal Equinox of 1904 e.v., and which shall remain for a period of 2,000 years. After its dictation, Crowley dismissed The Book of the Law as being of no great value and in the course of time he simply lost the original manuscript. It was not until five years after its dictation that he inevitably came across it, and this without the conscious intent to do so. It was after this event that Crowley began to seriously study and comprehend The Book of the Law.
Aiwass, the Angel who dictated The Book of the Law, claimed to be "the minister of Hoor-paar-kraat". Hoor-Paar-Kraat (Harpocrates in Greek mythology) is the Egyptian God of Silence. Crowley came to identify Aiwass as one of the Secret Chiefs or Hidden Masters of the A.·. A.·., a discarnate entity of superhuman intelligence and power. The A.·. A.·. is the secret Invisible Order of the Universe, and Aiwass is the principal Messenger from that Interior Order at this aeonic stage in our spiritual evolution. The God symbolic of the Third Order is Hoor-Paar-Kraat, or Harporcrates, the Lord of Silence. Hoor-Paar-Kraat is the Babe in the Egg of Blue, or the Crowned Child upon the Lotus, and He is a universal symbol of the Holy Guardian Angel. He represents the Secret Self of every man and every woman, that is, their Silent Self or Holy Guardian Angel. True understanding of this Silent Self is the Universal Key to every mystery of Magick and Mysticism.
The central message of The Book of the Law is the Law of Thelema: "Do what thou wilt shall the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will." Thelema is the Greek word for Will. It–like Agape, the Greek word for Love–has the numerical value of 93. In the Qabalah there is a numerological system called Gematria, which informs us that words with the same numerical value are descriptions of each other or they are indications of a single phenomenon. The Law of Thelema is the Law of Will and Love. Every act of Love must be under Will, that is, in accordance with one’s True Will. Such is the Law of Liberty by which we perfect ourselves in Nature to realize and accomplish our True Will.
The magical doctrine of The Book of the Law asserts that every man and every woman has a proper course in life–a True Will–just as every star has its own orbit, and that the duty of every individual is to pursue his or her own course, just as every star must move on its own orbit. The Book of the Law proclaims: "Every man and every woman is a star." We are all individual Centers of the Universe, each with our own unique Path to pursue in the Cosmic Order. As such, we are to be free of all standard ways and codes of conduct, and we are to exist by our own inward light and truth in this Way of Liberty. If we all did our True Will there would be no conflict and no interference with one another. The Book of the Law further states that we have no right but to do our Will, and that any deviation from this path is a direct violation of the Law of Thelema. We must know our True Will and do it with one-pointedness, and without lust of result. Also every act is to be a sacrament, a ritual of Love under Will. It may all be summed up in one simple injunction: There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.
David Cherubim, Founder,
Aleister Crowley Foundation
A.·. A.·. Oaths
Abbey of Thelema
Israel Regardie Foundation
The Eye in the Triangle:
Interpretation of Aleister Crowley
The classic Crowley biography by Israel Regardie
with an Introduction by Robert Anton Wilson. This is
the latest edition of the book (2012) with a Preface by
David Cherubim from the Aleister Crowley Foundation.
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requirement of dues. It is rather a creative project. It is an association
of Thelemites who are united in the Spirit of Thelema and engaged in the
creative work of the foundation through individual and cooperative efforts.
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