By Marco Pasi
Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) is without doubt one of the most renowned and important authors within the background of western esotericism. Crowley has been lengthy neglected through students of faith while the tales of magical and sexual perform which move approximately him proceed to draw well known curiosity. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" appears to be like on the guy in the back of the parable - by way of environment him firmly in the politics of his time - and the improvement of his rules via his broad and terribly various writings. Crowley used to be a rationalist, sympathetic to the values of the Enlightenment, but in addition a romantic and a reactionary. His look for another method to convey his non secular emotions led him to problematic his personal imaginative and prescient of social and political switch. Crowley's advanced politics resulted in his involvement with many key contributors, corporations and teams of his day - the key provider of varied nations, the German Nazi social gathering, Russian political activists, newshounds and politicians of assorted persuasions, in addition to different writers - either in Europe and the US. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" provides a lifetime of principles, an exam of a guy formed via and shaping the politics of his instances.
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In fact, the last decade of the nineteenth century saw a significant revival of interest in this movement in England. Various Jacobite circles were born or newly revived, and there was intense journalistic activity in newspapers and magazines. Curiously, Queen Victoria herself played a part in promoting this vogue, although Jacobite legitimists considered her a usurper. The queen felt in fact a strong connection to her Stuart ancestors and to Scotland, where she spent a good deal of time, and in 1889 she sponsored an exhibition of Stuart and Jacobite relics in London.
77 Besant had adopted Krishnamurti a few years earlier when he was still a young boy, being convinced that he possessed the characteristics of a new master of humanity. Crowley decided to block Besant’s project through a press campaign, “unmasking” Krishnamurti, whom he saw as a false messiah. Crowley’s purpose in this, naturally, was to present himself as the true “Master of the World”. 78 Around this time, he also met George I. 79 Meanwhile, Theodor Reuss had died in 1923 without leaving any clear instructions as to who should succeed him as leader of the OTO.
When Crowley died in 1947, Germer would inherit the position of international head of the OTO. After their meeting in Thuringia, Germer left Germany in order to work in closer contact with Crowley. Küntzel would also soon become one of his most indefatigable supporters in Germany. She is an interesting figure also because her name is connected to Crowley’s alleged contact with Adolf Hitler – to which I shall return later. In November 1925, while in Tunis, Crowley was contacted by a young student from Oxford, Thomas Driberg (1905–76).
Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics by Marco Pasi