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Crowley as a Christian Beast

To: alt.magick
From: (sv)
Subject: Re: Crowley as a Christian Beast
Date: Sun, 25 Feb 96 11:16:56 GMT

 In article (Paul Hume) said:-

>One thought I'd toss in is that "John" who wrote Revelation perceived
>an aspect of reality, call it the Beast, which he interpreted as a bad thing -
>but the signatures of this aspect, the Therion symbolism and the
>Solar power of the 666 numerology, are accurate. Crowley interpreted then in a
>different light, however.

>Another hypothesis - John foresaw the change of Aeons, but from his
>perspective, these forces, individuals, and officers - Beast, Babalon, et al -
>who arose to lead humanity into a new view of life seemed quite evil indeed -
>as one would expect when the visionary has dedicated his own life to the
>message, good in its time, which the figures in his vision are
>superseding/amending/etc. at the end of its lifetime.

>These are all personal musings I've come up with on the same theme.

There are other conculsions that can be reached. One of these is that Crowley
carefully crafted his symbolism to reflect similarities with other symbol
systems. One of the problems with 'new' proposals like the precession of the
aeons is that one cannot be sure to what extent the vision or perception of
the proposal has been influenced by the teaching that the proposer has already
been exposed to. This must undermine the 'newness' of the proposal.

For what it is worth, there must be a considerable suspicion that Crowley
could not contemplate that his life was not the herald of something momentous.
Such was his psychology that he needed to think this to counteract the low
esteem in which he was held with all except his own acolytes and followers.

In order to do demonstrate this, he did two things; firstly he presented
himself as the prophet or herald of the new age, thereby exalting himself to a
status which befitted his self-image. So that the new age should be nothing as
humdrum or conventional as the dawn of Aquarius which conventional astrology
would propose (the timing of this in relation to his life would also have been
inconvenient for him I imagine), it was also necessary to present a completely
new system of cosmology in order to demonstrate the true cosmic significance
of the fact of his birth.

The man had serious problems.

I am frankly sceptical of the usefulness of the whole thelemic proposal. I see
nothing of benefit in it except perhaps the restating of the concept of the
Higher Will in different terms, and even that had been done better before.

I am not trying to demean Crowleyites or Thelemites, I would be happy to see
any comment which might demonstrate something innately new or different about
Crowley and his teaching. So far as I can see there is nothing new or
particularly amazing in it. I think the whole OTO/93 thing has been expanded
well beyond the limits of it's merit or potential.




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