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Trad-Snobs Suck

To: alt.pagan,alt.pagan.magick,alt.religion.wicca
From: (Paul Hume)
Subject: Re: Trad-Snobs Suck (Re: What does Murray have to do with anything?)
Date: 22 Oct 2003 09:09:00 -0700

> But Gardner (and through him Crowley (the original Book of Shadows was
> mostly written by MR Crowley as Uncle Gerry asked him too) came up
> with the term. No way in hell was it an old term!

This is a jump a lot of people like to take (not historians, mind,
just people with an axe to grind of some kind). It does not seem to be
logical, or likely, however.

Crowley was quite ill when he met Gardner, and did not have energy for
a lot of projects - and already HAD a lot of projects underway in
connection with the work of the Order (ie. OTO). Taking on a job for a
new acquaintance, however, friendly, creating a new initiatory system
when he had just chartered Gardner to administer "a camp of Minervals"
in the OTO system, all this while dealing with his other writing, his
failing health, etc. without, mind you, any mention of such a thing in
his journals, seems a bit far-fetched.

In his salad days, based on the blistering speed with which he wrote a
number of his important works, yes, I would bet you that Crowley could
have composed the original cycle of Gardnerian initiations, which is
what I assume people mean when they say he "wrote" the Gardnerian
"Book of Shadows." They can't mean Crowley hand wrote Gardner's Boke
of Ye Arte Magical (or whatever), which actually WAS the original
Gardnerian BoS.

It is undeniable that there are lots of snippets of Crowley in
Gardner's there are snippets of the Solomonic grimoires,
Mathers GD material, etc. But it does not follow from this that
Crowley wrote them, anymore than the presence of Shakespearian tags in
the novels attributed to Dorothy Sayers implies that the bard actually
created Lord Peter Wimsey.


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