Monday, October 12, 2009

Meandering in stardust . . .

Today is the birthday of Edward Alexander Crowley (October 12, 1875 – December 1, 1947), occultist and writer. He is best known as Aleister Crowley, the author of The Book of the Law, the central sacred text of Thelema.

"Black magic is not a myth. It is a totally unscientific and emotional form of magic, but it does get results — of an extremely temporary nature. The recoil upon those who practice it is terrific. It is like looking for an escape of gas with a lighted candle. As far as the search goes, there is little fear of failure! To practice black magic you have to violate every principle of science, decency, and intelligence. You must be obsessed with an insane idea of the importance of the petty object of your wretched and selfish desires. I have been accused of being a "black magician." No more foolish statement was ever made about me. I despise the thing to such an extent that I can hardly believe in the existence of people so debased and idiotic as to practice it." - Aleister Crowley

"A man may be misled by the enthusiasm of an illumination, and if he should find apparent conflict between his spiritual duty and his duty to honour, it is almost sure evidence that a trap is being laid for him and he should unhesitatingly stick to the course which ordinary decency indicates..." - Aleister Crowley

"I do not want to father a flock, to be the fetish of fools and fanatics, or the founder of a faith whose followers are content to echo my opinions. I want each man to cut his own way through the jungle." - Aleister Crowley

"I am certainly of opinion that genius can be acquired, or, in the alternative, that it is an almost universal possession." - Aleister Crowley

"There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt. Love is the law, love under will." - Aleister Crowley

"Every man and every woman is a star." - Aleister Crowley

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