By Marco Pasi
Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) is among the most renowned and demanding authors within the background of western esotericism. Crowley has been lengthy neglected via students of faith when the tales of magical and sexual perform which movement approximately him proceed to draw renowned curiosity. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" seems on the guy at the back of the parable - via environment him firmly in the politics of his time - and the improvement of his rules via his large and terribly diversified writings. Crowley was once a rationalist, sympathetic to the values of the Enlightenment, but additionally a romantic and a reactionary. His look for another approach to exhibit his non secular emotions led him to difficult his personal imaginative and prescient of social and political switch. Crowley's advanced politics ended in his involvement with many key members, companies and teams of his day - the key carrier of assorted nations, the German Nazi occasion, Russian political activists, newshounds and politicians of varied persuasions, in addition to different writers - either in Europe and the USA. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" offers a lifetime of principles, an exam of a guy formed by way of and shaping the politics of his occasions.
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He was undoubtedly a man who lived in the present and had his own opinions about the social and political situation of his era, but for the most part he could not separate these aspects from the transcendent framework postulated by his world view. Crowley always interpreted his ideas and behaviour in the light of metaphysical considerations. He believed, in essence, that the world was ruled not by material, but by spiritual laws (or we might better say “energies”). 4 For these reasons, politics came not before but after metaphysics.
In Crowley we find a Faustian desire for knowledge and experience. The true “Magus” is he who strives endlessly toward this ideal of absolute experience, putting himself to the test by undergoing ordeals of every kind. In a very important passage from The Confessions, he writes: “I want everything that the world holds; I would go to prison or to the scaffold for the sake of the experience. I have never grown out of the infantile belief that the universe was made for me to suck. ”6 According to Crowley, one way to gain experience of reality is to step out of one’s own personality and observe things through the eyes of another person.
Nevertheless, despite appearances, these last fifteen years of his life do not seem to have been particularly unhappy. He still continued to write and publish books, and had a fairly active social life, at least until his final years, when the war forced him to find lodging outside of London. Cammell, who got acquainted with him in 1936, described him thus: When I met him, the promise and romance of Crowley’s life were over; his best poetry and his best prose were written. He was bankrupt, ostracised.
Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics by Marco Pasi