"I am The Beast, I am the Word of the Aeon. I spend
my soul in blazing torrents that roar
into night, streams that with molten tongues hiss as they lick."
Aleister (Alexander Edward) Crowley was born on the 12th
of October 1875 in Leamington Spa, England, into a family
of Plymouth Brethren, a strict Christian sect. During his 72 years on this
he managed to indelibly imprint himself on the Western Magickal
Tradition, Poet, Author, Magickian,
Yogi, Philosopher, Mountain Climber, Crowley's output was prolific, and
his life hedonistic.
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ALEISTER CROWLEY A LIFE TIME
1875 Born at Leamington Spa, Warwickshire on 12 October.
of The Plymouth Brethren, a fanatical Christian sect.
1887 His father, Edward Crowley, dies.
1895 Matriculation at Trinity College, Cambridge.
1896 First mystical experience on a visit to Stockholm.
He writes;"I was awakened to
the knowledge that I posessed a magical means of becoming
conscious of and
satisfying a part of my nature which had up to that
moment concealed itself from me.
It was an experience of horror and pain, combined
with a certain ghostly terror, yet
at the same time it was the key to the purest and
holiest spiritual ecstasy that exists".
1898 His first published poem, Aceldama.
Meets Gerald Kelly.
Writes White Stains.
Meets George Cecil Jones and is initiated into the
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
1899 Meets Allan Bennet of the mentioned Order, and
becomes his chela.
Meets Mathers, the Chief of the Order.
Buys Boleskine House on the Shores of Loch Ness in
Performs Abra-Melin Operation.
1900 Conflicts and schisms in the Order.
Mathers initiates Crowley into Adeptship in Paris.
1900 He leaves for Mexico.
1901 In Mexico, he writes Tannhauser and Alice: An
Adultery, becomes a 33* Mason ,
continues scrying experiments, tries Enochian magic,
devises a Ritual of
Self- Initiation, and claim the grade of Adeptus Major.
1902 Leaves for Ceylon and practises Yoga under Allan
Bennet, who had become a Buddhist
1901-2 Wanderings in India
1902 Visits Bennet in Burma.
Leaves for Paris. In Paris meets Sommerset Maugham
who mocks him in the character
of Oliver Haddo in one of his earliest novels, The
Collaborates with Auguste Rodin, and produces Rodin
1903 Returns to Boleskine.
Completes Snowdrops from a Curate's Garden.
Establishes his publishing house the Society for the
Propagation of Religious Truth.
Marries Rose Kelly, the sister of Gerald Kelly.
1903-4 Honeymoon travels to Paris, Naples, Cairo and
India; return to Cairo.
Completes The Sword of Song, The Argonauts, The Book
of the Goetia of
Solomon the King.
1904 8-10 April: The Book of the Law dictated to Crowley.
1905-7 The Collected Works of Aleister Crowley published.
Completes Oracles and Orpheus.
1906 Travels through Southern China.
Attains Nirvikalpa Samadhi and completes Abra-Melin
Acknowledged a Master by George Cecil Jones.
1907 Reception of The Holy Books commences.
Completes Konx Om Pax.
Meets and becomes friend with Captain J.F.C. Fuller
1908 Walks across Spain and Marocco with Vicor Neuburg,
Performs 'John St. John' Operation in Paris.
1909-13 Publishes the first ten numbers of The Equinox.
1909 The A.'.A.'. opened to new members.
Divorces Rose Kelly.
The Vision and the Voice received in Sahara with Neuburg.
Crowley accepts the grade of Master of the Temple.
1910 Meets Leila Waddell
The Rites of Eleusis performed at Caxton Hall.
1911 Jones, Fuller and others break with Crowley.
Another visit to Sahara with Neuburg.
Meets Mary d'Este Sturges.
1912 Book Four published as result of that Working.
Theodor Reuss initiates Crowley into the Ordo Templi
Orientis, and appoints him
head of the British Branch, the M.M.M.
1913 Visit to Moscow with the 'Ragged Rag-Time Girls'.
Writes The Gnostic Mass there.
The Book of Lies published.
1914 The Paris Working with Neuburg.
Depaurture for the United States.
1916 Magical Retirement in New Hampshire.
1917 Becomes editor of The International.
Takes up painting.
1918 Liber Aleph completed.
Amalantrah Working with Roddie Minor.
Magical Retirement on Oesopus Island.
Publishes his version of Tao Teh King.
Meets Leah Hirsig.
1919 The Blue Equinox, III,1,published.
Return to England with Leah.
1920 Abbey of Thelema founded in Cefalu, Sicily. Visits
from Jane Wolfe, Frank Bennet,
C.F. Russel, Raoul Loveday and his wife Betty May.
1921 Claims the Supreme Grade of Ipsissimus.
1922 Publication of Diary of a Drug Fiend.
New campaign of newspaper assaults on Crowley.
1923 Crowley expelled from Sicily by Mussolini.
Crowley leaves for Tunis and completes The Confessions.
1924 'The Supreme Ordeal' of the Ipsissimus Grade
1925 Invited by Heinrich Tränker to Thuringen
in Germany to become International Head
of the OTO.
1926-28 Travels in France, Germany and North Africa.
1928. Israel Regardie joins Crowley and becomes his
1929 Crowley expelled from France.
Magick in Theory and Practise published.
Crowley marries Maria de Miramar in Germany.
1930 First two volumes of The Confessions published.
1930-36 Is visited and supported financially by Karl
Germer who to succeed Crowley as OHO
of the O.T.O.
1930-4 Wanderings in Germany and Portugal.
1932 Crowley and Regardie part company.
1934 Crowley loses libel suit against Nina Hamnett
over the book
1935 Crowley made bankrupt.
1936-8 Visits to Germany. Meets Aldous Huxley.
1937 Publication of The Equinox of the Gods.
1938 Eight Lectures on Yoga.
1940-5 Is visited by Grady Louis MacMurtry on a regular
basis. McMurtry is later to
succeed Germer as OHO of the O.T.O.
1944 Publication of The Book of Thoth with Torot Cards
designed by Lady Frieda Harris.
1945 Crowley retires to 'Netherwood', Hastings and
works on Magick without Tears.
1947 Completes 'Olla', his third anthology of poetry.
Crowley dies on the 1 December.
Crowley is cremated in Brighton. Among the persons
present were Gilbert Bayley, who knew
Mudd and frater Achad,Sorores Tzaba and Ilyarun, Gerald
Yorke, Kenneth Grant and his old
friend Louis Wilkinson who read 'Hymn To Pan', the
'Collects and Anthems' from
'The Gnostic Mass' and selected passages from The
Book of the Law.
The Brighton Council afterwards delivered a protest
in regards to the contents of the Last Ritual:
"We shall take all necessary steps to prevent such
an incident occuring again".
1915 Work on Astrology with Evangeline Adams.
Work with Charles Stansfield Jones ,Frater Achad,in
Claims the Grade of Magus, Prophet of the New Aeon.