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Aleister Crowley, the Occultist Who Started His Own Religion

posted: 09/14/16
by: Kelly McClure

Happy Thelemic New Year and Vernal Equinox. Do what thou wilt.

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"Do what thou wilt" sums up the general philosophy behind Thelema, the religion founded by occultist Aleister Crowley, who passed away from complications of chronic bronchitis in 1947. Also a poet, magician, and adventurer, Crowley saw himself as a prophet who was responsible for steering people away from fundamental religious beliefs into a more enlightened way of living according to one's own true nature.

After traveling to Algeria in 1912, he was initiated into the German-based Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) and soon became leader of the British branch of the organization. A big fan of his own ideas and beliefs, (you could say he had no shortage of self-esteem) Crowley believed that the twentieth century would bring about entry to the Aeon of Horus, a new era in which humans would take increasing control of their destiny.

Though many of his philosophies were embraced by his followers, of which he had, and still has many, those who were against him dubbed him "the wickedest man in the world."


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