Without a doubt the one figure that comes to mind for many when the word Occult and/or Magic is mentioned- is Aleister Crowley. He is a monumental figure and the modern occult still resides in his shadow to this day. Much of what passes for Magic these days owes some sort of debt to Crowley as he was both prolific and influential in many ways. The Great Beast lived an extraordinary life and each biography of Crowley seems to show a different person. On this episode, joining WMiT? is the scholar and author of the most comprehensive Biography of Aleister Crowley, Richard Kaczynski PhD!
Richard Kaczynski is a Scholar and Academic who specializes in the Western Esoteric Tradition. A Student of Thelema since 1977, his book The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley is the best introduction to Aleister Crowley in one volume. He is also the author of the most comprehensive and detailed biography of the Great Beast ever released- Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley. Other books Panic In Detroit deal with Thelema and he recently edited, annotated and introduced Sword of the Song: The Book of the Beast. Active on Twitter and Facebook, for all that Richard gets up to- Click Below!
- Scans From Aleister Crowley’s The Equinox – Amazing scans of Aleister Crowley’s Magazine for the A∴A∴
- The site above Keep Silence also has some other amazing Thelemic Treasures to check out!
- The Libri of Aleister Crowley – Tonnes of Aleister Crowley’s writings at the Hermetic Library
- Timeline of Events in Crowley’s Life
- LAShtal.com – News from around the Thelemesphere
- Thelema 101 – To get the basics of Thelema, this is a no-nonsense guide
- Gems from the Equinox
- Aleister Crowley: Wandering the Waste – Fun Comic about the Great Beast’s life with an introduction from Richard
- The Eloquent Blood: The Goddess Babalon and the Construction of Femininities in Western Esotericism by Manon Hedenborg White
- Secret Agent 666: Aleister Crowley, British Intelligence and the Occult by Richard B. Spence
- The Great Beast: The Life and Magick of Aleister Crowley by John Symonds – The Biography that sensationalized Crowley and in a way helped drum up interest in him