BirthdayOctober 12, 1875

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Aleister Crowley

    Full name: Aleister Crowley
    Also known as: Aleister Crowley, Crowley, Aleister
    Professions: poet, mountaineer, occultist
    Occupation: Occultist, poet, novelist, mountaineer

  2. Aleister Crowley Measurements

    Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)

  3. Aleister Crowley Death information

    Died: Monday, 1st of December, 1947 (Age: 72)

  4. Aleister Crowley Biography

    Aleister Crowley (/?kro?li/; born Edward Alexander Crowley; 12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947) was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He was responsible for founding the religion and philosophy of Thelema, in which role he identified himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Aeon of Horus in the early 20th century.Born to a wealthy Plymouth Brethren family in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, Crowley rejected this faith to pursue an interest in Western esotericism, poetry, and mountaineering. He was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he embraced his bisexuality. Although remaining unproven, some biographers allege that at university he was recruited by a British intelligence agency, and that he remained a spy throughout his life. In 1898 he joined the esoteric Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, where he was trained in ceremonial magic by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers and Allan Bennett. Moving to Boleskine House by Loch Ness in Scotland, he travelled to Mexico and then India to study Hindu and Buddhist practices. He married Rose Edith Kelly and they honeymooned in Cairo, Egypt in 1904. There, Crowley claimed to have been contacted by a supernatural entity named Aiwass, who provided him with The Book of the Law, a sacred text that served as the basis for Thelema.After an unsuccessful attempt to climb Kanchenjunga and a visit to India and China, Crowley returned to Britain where he and George Cecil Jones co-founded the A?A? as a Thelemite order in 1907. After spending time in Algeria, he was initiated into the Ordo Templi Orientis in 1912, rising to become the leader of its British branch, which he reformulated in accordance with his Thelemite beliefs. After spending the First World War in the United States, where he worked for British intelligence services to infiltrate the pro-German lobby, in 1920 he moved to Cefalù in Sicily, to run a commune known as the Abbey of Thelema. His libertine lifestyle led to denunciations in the British press, and the Italian government evicted him in 1923. He divided the following two decades between France, Germany, and England, and continued to promote Thelema until his death.Crowley gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime, being a recreational drug experimenter, and an individualist social critic. As a result, he was denounced in the popular press as "the wickedest man in the world" and erroneously labelled a Satanist. Crowley has remained a highly influential figure over western esotericism and the counter-culture, and continues to be recognised as a prophet in Thelema. In 2002, a BBC poll ranked him as the seventy-third greatest Briton of all time.

  5. Aleister Crowley Family

    Spouse: Maria Teresa Sanchez
    Childrens: Lilith, Astarte Lulu Panthea Crowley, Lola Zaza Crowley, Randall Gair Doherty, Anne Leah Crowley, Nuit Ma Ahathoor Hecate Sappho Jezebel Lilith Crowley, Lola Zaza, Alaister Atatürk Crowley, Barbara Bush Nuit Ma Ahathoor Hecate Sappho Jezebel Lilith Crowley, Barbara Bush, Nuit Ma Ahathoor Hecate Sappho Jezebel Lilith Crowley
    Parents: Edward Crowley and Emily Bertha Crowley, Edward Crowley, Emily Bertha Crowley

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