Aleister Crowley: His Life & Published Works

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By Morningbird

Aleister Crowley was born Edward Alexander Crowley on October 12, 1875 in Warwickshire, England.

His Life and Works

He was trained in ceremonial magick through the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn where he took the magical name “Frater Perdurabo” (Brother I shall endure to the end) and traveled the world exploring spiritual practices everywhere he went.

He explored Hindu and Buddhist practices in India and spent some time in Mexico, where he was initiated into Freemasonry.

In 1904, he traveled to Egypt on his honeymoon (his wife was Rose Edith Kelly) and there he claimed he was spoken to by an incorporeal spirit named Aiwass who dictated to him what he would later publish as The Book of the Law which would serve as the basis for Thelema his own magico-religious spiritual practice.

In 1912, Crowley was inducted into the Ordo Templi Orientis and quickly rose through its ranks to leadership bringing Thelemite philosophy with him and leaving a permanent mark on the order. He also founded the A∴A and the ill-fated Abbey of Thelema, which appeared to be the beginning of the end of Crowley. 

Crowley was a prolific writer and his many works of both prose and poetry have been significant sources of inspiration for many magical practitioners. He is a somewhat controversial figure as he was an unapologetic drug user who enjoyed frequent sex with both men and women. He was by many reports, something of a douche and he led a libertine lifestyle that was offensive to many.

He was accused in his lifetime of being a Satanist and of promoting human sacrifice and he encouraged such speculations with apparent glee, though they were untrue. He has also been criticized for his overly public promotion of magick and accused of being a money-hungry charlatan.

But Crowley started his journey with a great deal of his own money, which he spent largely on travel, education, and less savory pursuits. When his family fortune was exhausted, he was forced to live on membership fees, royalties, and his followers’ goodwill and died virtually penniless.

His rather colorful life story and questionable moral character notwithstanding, his work is hugely influential on many magical systems today and is considered required reading by many.

Famous Quotes

“There is no god but man.”

“Love is the Law, Love under Will.”

Crowley also wrote that “We of Thelema say that ‘Every man and every woman is a star.’ We do not fool and flatter women, we do not despise and abuse them. To us, a woman is herself, absolute, original, independent, free, self-justified, exactly as a man is.” (Crowley, 1904)

Published Works

Aleister Crowley created The Thoth Tarot Deck based on his The Book of Throth.

And he wrote:

Bestseller No. 1
Aleister Crowley: The Beast 666
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Aleister Crowley: The Beast 666
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The Writings of Aleister Crowley: The Book of Lies, The Book of the Law, Magick and Cocaine
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Bestseller No. 3
The Witch of Kings Cross
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The Witch of Kings Cross
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  • Sonia Bible (Director) – Sonia Bible (Writer) – Sonia Bible (Producer)
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The Book of the Law
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The Book of the Law
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In Search Of The Great Beast 666
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In Search Of The Great Beast 666
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The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema
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The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema
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  • Lon Milo DuQuette (Author) – Nick Mondelli (Narrator)
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Magick: Liber ABA, Book 4
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Magick: Liber ABA, Book 4
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  • Aleister Crowley (Author)
Bestseller No. 8
Aleister Crowley's The Rite of Luna, a rock opera DVD
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Aleister Crowley’s The Rite of Luna, a rock opera DVD
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The Three Magical Books of Solomon: The Greater and Lesser Keys & The Testament of Solomon
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Bestseller No. 10
Aleister Crowley: Magick, Rock and Roll, and the Wickedest Man in the World
179 Reviews

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Written by Morningbird & Witchipedia Team

I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years. As a founder and lead writer on Witchipedia, I’ve been publishing articles since 2006.

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