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Rodin and his allegorical sculpture plays a great part in _StrangerIn A Strange Land_ by Robert A. Heinlein, particularly the uncut version. On pages 395-399 of Stranger, Jubal gives Ben a first class lesson on Rodin and allegorical sculpture. Not mentioned is that Rodin and Crowley were strong mutual admirers. In fact, Rodin was so taken by young Crowley and his poetry that he extended an invitation for a collaboration of poetry and sculpture which lasted for several projects.
_The Confessions of Aleister Crowley_, p. 338-345
personally, i'm neutral on Crowley. i
think he was one of the first visible over-the-top rebels. the
victorian age can do that to you. he was wild and not very
clever in his expressions, but he did reach memetic critical
mass. i think he's an important step in the road to
progressive thinking - the big explosion out of a very static and
wound era. to actively pursue heresy takes a lot
- @Om* 1/3/01
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin as meme instigator through modern music. The band fused medieval and Celtic folk and imagery with ego driven stadium rock.
following information from an issue of _In The Light - The Led Zeppelin Newsletter_ ( October 1996) edited by MacGregor Mathers aka Theolyn Brock
Youth: are you saying that the star is aware of what it is doing?
Thomas: Well, yes and no. But let's think about it a moment. We are the self-reflexion of the universe. We allow the universe to know and feel itself. So the universe is aware of itself through self-reflexitve mind, which unfurles in the human. We were brought forth so that these experiences of beauty could enter awareness. The primeval fireball existed for twenty billion years without self-awareness. The creative work of the supernovas existed for billions of years without self-reflexive awareness. That star could not, by itself, become aware of its own beauty or sacrifice. But the star can, through us, reflect back on itself. In a sense, you are the star. Look at your hand - do you claim it as your own? Every element was forged in temperatures a million times hotter than molten rock, each atom fashioned in the blazing heat of the star. Your eyes, your briain, your bones, all of you is composed of the star's creations. You ARE that star, brought into a form of life that enables life to reflect on itself. So, yes: the star DOES know of its great work, of its surrender to allurement, of its stupendous contribution to life, but only through its further articulation - you.
- _The Universe Is A Green Dragon_by Brian Swimme
"All the elements of the Earth except hydrogen and some helium have been cooked by a kind of stellar alchemy billions of years ago in stars, some of which are today inconspicuous white dwarfs on the other side of the Milky Way Galaxy. The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff."
- Carl Sagan, _Cosmos_
"According to Ron Jr., his father considered himself to be the one 'who came after'; that he was Crowley's successor; that he had taken on the mantle of the 'Great Beast'. He told him that Scientology actually began on December the 1st, 1947. This was the day Aleister Crowley died."
Brent Corydon - _Messiah or Madman_
"There are interesting similarities between Crowley's writings and the teachings of Hubbard. Dianetics' Time Track, in which every incident in a person's life is chronologically recorded in full in the mind, is quite similar to Crowley's Magical Memory. The Magical Memory is developed over time until ''memories of childhood reawaken which were previously forgotten, and memories of previous incarnations are recalled as well'. Hubbard gives examples in the Philadelphia Doctorate Course of several people remembering lives earlier on earth, some up to a million years ago. The similarity between the Magical Memory and Time Track, then, is that they both can recall every past incident in a person's life, they both can recall incidents from past lives, and they both must be developed by certain techniques in order to make use of them. Both Hubbard and Crowley consider it important to have the person recall his or her birth."
- Jeff Jacobsen, _The Hubbard is Bare_
"Both Hubbard and Crowley are avowedly anti-psychiatry."
- Jeff Jacobsen, _The Hubbard is Bare_
The most advanced shamanic techniques - such as Tibetan Tantra or Crowley's system in the west - work by alternating faith and skepticism until you get beyond the ordinary limits of both. With such systems, one learns how arbitrary are the reality maps that can be coded into laryngeal grunts by hominids or visualized by a mammalian nervous system. We can't even visualize the size of the local galaxy except in special high states. Most people are trapped in one static reality map imprinted on their neurons when they were naive children, as Dr. Leary keeps reminding us. Alas, most so-called "adepts" or "gurus" are similarly trapped in the first postrapture reality map imprinted after their initial Illumination, as Leary also realizes. The point of systems like Tantra, Crowleyanity, and Leary's Neurologic is to detach from all maps - which gives you the freedom to use any map where it works and drop it where it doesn't work. As Dogen Zenji said, "Time is three eyes and eight elbows."
Was Crowley a Satanist? Well, he could and
did play the Satanist game on occasion, just as he played the
Buddhist game, the Taoist game, the Hindu game, the atheist game,
and lots of others. It is emphatically not true that his
reputation as Satanist and Black Magician was spread entirely by his
enemies; he collaborated gleefully in blackening his own
character. To understand his motives, you must first
understand the role of terror in reimprinting the nervous system for
higher, post-terrestrial functioning. Aside from yoga
and psychedelic drugs, the only method for
reimprinting the nervous system is shock, especially near-death
trauma. Most shamans are people who have gone through the
death-rebirth process, just as in our own
society you still find people who have passed through "clinical
death," got revived on the operating table, and came back raving
about transtime perspectives and beings of purelight.
knew, as many shamans do, that you can get this result (shock and
reimprint) quickly with some students by simply scaring the
daylights out of them. A classic gimmick is to steadily
increased their (repressed) suspicion that the beloved guru, in whom
they have stupidly placed blind faith and love, is actually a
diabolist out to destroy them, drive them made, or enslave
them. Crowley used this technique often. The students
who confront their fear and conquer it achieve a higher neurological
-Robert Anton Wilson - _The Illuminati Papers_
"It is my Will to inform the World of certain facts within my knowledge. I therefore take "magical weapons", pen, ink, and paper; I write "incantations" - these sentences - in the "magical language" i.e., that which is understood by the people I wish to instruct; I call forth "spirits", such as printers, publishers, booksellers, and so forth, and constrain them to convey my message to these people. The composition and distribution of this book is thus an act of magick by which I cause Changes to take place in conformity with my Will."
"Within the memory of man we have had the Pagan period, the worship of Nature, of Isis, of the Mother, of the Past; the christian period, the worship of Man, of Osiris, of the Present. The first period is simple, quiet, easy, and pleasant; the material ignores the spiritual; the second is of suffering and death: the spiritual strives to ignore the material....The new Aeon is the worship of the spiritualmade one with the material, of Horus, of the Child, of the Future."
Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?
Aleister Crowley: Because it was his Will, and
therefore the Whole of His Law.
The Beatles - _Sgt.
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band_ (1967) cover art depicts Crowley,
top row, second from left.
All advanced thinkers, all men who realize the divine plan, desire and intend the solidarity of humanity; and the patriot in the narrow and infuriated sense of that word is a traitor to the true interest of man. It may be neccessary, now and then, to defend one's own section of mankind from aggression; but even this should always be done with the mental reservation: "May this war be the nurse of a more solid peace; may this argument lead to a better understanding; may this division lead to a higher union."... The deliberate antagonizing of nations is the foulest of crimes. It is the Press of the warring nations that, by inflaming the passions of the ignorant, has set Europe by the ears. Had all men been educated and travelled, they would not have listened to those harpy-shreiks. Now the mischief is done, and it is for us to repair it as best we may. This must be our motto: "Humanity First."
Source: The Revival Of Magick- Preface "Humanity First" Falcon Publications/OTO 1998
"My observations of the Universe convinces me that there are beings of intelligence and power of a far higher quality than anything we can conceive of as human; that they are not necessarily based on the cerebral and nervous structures that we know; and that the one and only chance for mankind to advance as a whole is for individuals to make contact with such Beings."