By Marco Pasi
Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) is likely one of the most famed and demanding authors within the heritage of western esotericism. Crowley has been lengthy overlooked by means of students of faith when the tales of magical and sexual perform which move approximately him proceed to draw well known curiosity. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" seems on the guy in 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 different writings. Crowley was once a rationalist, sympathetic to the values of the Enlightenment, but additionally a romantic and a reactionary. His look for an alternate approach to exhibit his spiritual emotions led him to tricky his personal imaginative and prescient of social and political switch. Crowley's advanced politics resulted in his involvement with many key contributors, organizations and teams of his day - the key carrier of assorted nations, the German Nazi occasion, Russian political activists, newshounds and politicians of assorted persuasions, in addition to different writers - either in Europe and the USA. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" provides a lifetime of principles, an exam of a guy formed through and shaping the politics of his occasions.
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During all this period his conviction of having a new religious message for humanity remained firm, along with his decision to spread it using all the means at his disposal. How could this message, revolutionary as new religious messages so often are, not have equally revolutionary implications on the political and social level? And how could these implications have 24 aleister crowley and the temptation of p olitics been ignored by Crowley in a time when everything seemed to have political and social significance, and “revolution” – whatever form it might take – appeared to be in the agenda of a myriad of groups and movements?
He returned to England and, according to his version of the story, applied to work for Intelligence Services, but was rejected. By now his inheritance was almost entirely gone, and in 16 aleister crowley and the temptation of p olitics October he left for the United States, where he planned to meet with the American collector John Quinn to sell part of his collection of books. He intended to stay for two weeks,71 but remained in the US for more than five years. Thus began Crowley’s “American period”.
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.
Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics by Marco Pasi