By Marco Pasi

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) is without doubt one of the most famed and demanding authors within the heritage of western esotericism. Crowley has been lengthy neglected by means of students of faith when the tales of magical and sexual perform which flow approximately him proceed to draw renowned curiosity. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" seems on the guy at the back of the parable - via environment him firmly in the politics of his time - and the improvement of his rules 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 option to show his non secular emotions led him to intricate his personal imaginative and prescient of social and political switch. Crowley's complicated politics resulted in his involvement with many key contributors, corporations and teams of his day - the key provider of varied international locations, the German Nazi celebration, Russian political activists, reporters and politicians of varied persuasions, in addition to different writers - either in Europe and the US. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" provides a lifetime of principles, an exam of a guy formed by way of and shaping the politics of his occasions.

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79 Meanwhile, Theodor Reuss had died in 1923 without leaving any clear instructions as to who should succeed him as leader of the OTO. At the end of 1924 Crowley was recognized by two of the highest ranking members of the Order (C. S. 80 Further international legitimation came in the summer of 1925, when the “German Rosicrucian Movement” (which included the German OTO and “Pansophia”, a related esoteric organization) organized a meeting in Weida, Thuringia. 81 Probably the most important source of tension, apart from Crowley’s bad reputation was the fact that, by this time, accepting Crowley as leader implicitly meant accepting also his religious message, essentially based on The Book of the Law.

When the book was published it was immediately denounced by the Sunday Express newspaper, which accused Crowley of promoting the unrestrained consumption of drugs. Crowley also began writing his autobiography, The Confessions, but the plans for its publication did not go through because of the increasingly frequent attacks levied by the sensationalist press. The first two volumes would be published only in 1929. 75 In February 1923 a tragic event took place at the Abbey: Raoul Loveday (1900– 1923), a disciple whom Crowley had met on his last voyage to London, died, probably of enteric fever after drinking contaminated water.

In 1926 he had an intense correspondence with Crowley, in which he expressed an intent to become his disciple. Although this did not come about – and in Chapter 3 we will see why – they still remained friends and often visited one another, especially after Crowley’s return to England in 1932. Between 1926 and 1929, Crowley’s main residence was in Paris. In October 1928 he was joined by a new disciple with whom he had already corresponded for a few years: Israel Regardie, then little more than twenty years old.

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