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CoS's View of Crowley

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick,alt.satanism
From: (SOD of CoE)
Subject: CoS's View of Crowley
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2000 19:50:09 GMT

50000218 IVom Hail Shiva!

"ShivaGirl" :
> ...what does the COS think about the studies and works of Aleister
> Crowley?

likely they regard him as a kind of poor uncle. here's some of
what Anton LaVey had to say about LaVey in "The Satanic Bible":

	As far as Satanism was concerned, the closest
	outward signs of this were the neo-Pagan rites
	conducted by MacGregor Mathers' Hermetic Order
	of the Golden Dawn, and Aleister Crowley's later
	Order of the Silver Star (A.'. A.'. -- Argentium
	Astrum) and Order of Oriental Templars (O.T.O.),
		[AUTHOR'S NOTE: "Ordo Templi Orientis,"
		Crowley's take-off on the German sect

		of the same name, originally founded
		in 1902, and practicing some of the
		principles set forth in this volume.]

	which paranoically denied any association with
	Satanism, despite Crowley's self-imposed image
	of the beast of revelation. Aside from some
	rather charming poetry and a smattering of
	magical bric-a-brac, when not climbing
	mountains Crowley spent most ofhis time as a
	poseur par excellence and worked overtime to
	be wicked. Like his contemporary, Rev. (?)
	Montague Summers, Crowley obviously spent a
	large part of his life with his tongue
	jammed firmly into his cheek, but his followers,
	today, are somehow able to read esoteric meaning
	into his every word.
	"The Satanic Bible", Anton LaVey, Avon, 
	 1969; p. 103.

probably more is known today by the CoS about Crowley 
and his organizations than is evidenced by LaVey's 
writing here. for example, they might know that Ordo
Templi Orientis actually translates to 'Order of the
Temple of the East' and that the AA doesn't have group
rituals (not to mention Neopagan rites). I have noticed 
(being a member of the order) that the officials of the
OTO do distance publically themselves and the 
organization they are representing from Satanism,
sometimes making outrageous statements despite the
fact that Crowley went so far as to invoke Satan in

rites like "Liber Samekh" (cf. "Book Four" Appendix IV)
and identify Satan as his Holy Guardian Angel (the
Knowledge and Conversation of which constituted, for
him, the only noble objective of any magical enterprise,
all others being "black magic").

LaVey's rip-off of Crowley's Enochian Calls in "The
Satanic Bible" indicates that he thought quite a bit
of Crowley's appeal to occultists and wanted to use
this for his own benefit. Beyond this, I suspect that
LaVeyans would probably in many cases describe what
Crowley was doing "mysticism" and have little to do
with it. I know it varies from CoSatanist to CoSatanist.

Satanic Outreach Director
Church of Euthanasia

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