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Aleister Crowley and the Left-Hand Path

Nevill Drury

in Stealing Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Modern Western Magic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199750993
eISBN:
9780199894871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199750993.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Arguably the most influential occultist of the twentieth century, Aleister Crowley was initiated as a Neophyte in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn on 18 November 1898. He passed quickly through ... More


The Scarlet Goddess and the Wine of Her Fornications: Crowley, Babalon, and the Femme Fatale 1898–1909

Manon Hedenborg White

in The Eloquent Blood: The Goddess Babalon and the Construction of Femininities in Western Esotericism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780190065027
eISBN:
9780190065058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190065027.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Beginning with an overview of feminine stereotypes in fin-de-siècle culture, the chapter introduces Aleister Crowley and his concepts of Babalon and the related figure of the Scarlet Woman. An ... More


Yielding Peaches and Women with Whips: Babalon, Crowley, and Magical Systematization 1911–1947

Manon Hedenborg White

in The Eloquent Blood: The Goddess Babalon and the Construction of Femininities in Western Esotericism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780190065027
eISBN:
9780190065058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190065027.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter analyzes how Aleister Crowley’s ideas about Babalon and the Scarlet Woman—a title Crowley bestowed upon his most important female lovers and magical partners, designating them earthly ... More


Introduction

Henrik Bogdan and Martin P. Starr

in Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199863075
eISBN:
9780199979974
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This introductory chapter discusses Aleister Crowley, who is considered as the godfather of modern Satanism and believer of every kind of excess involving sex and drugs. It first examines his concept ... More


The Revival of Magick: Aleister Crowley

Jason Ā. Josephson-Storm

in The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226403229
eISBN:
9780226403533
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226403533.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter turns to the infamous British magician Aleister Crowley, who overlapped with Frazer at Trinity College, Cambridge. This chapter shows that Crowley drew on the very text in which Frazer ... More


The Beast with Two Backs: Aleister Crowley and Sex Magick in Late Victorian England

Hugh B. Urban

in Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520247765
eISBN:
9780520932883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247765.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines the unique melding of Western sexual magic and Indian Tantric traditions at the dawn of the twentieth century, focusing on the work of the Aleister Crowley. It discusses how ... More


Aleister Crowley in the Desert

in The Place of Enchantment: British Occultism and the Culture of the Modern

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226642017
eISBN:
9780226642031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226642031.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

Aleister Crowley's magical odyssey is deeply instructive of the potentialities of the psychologized magic of the fin de siècle, and illustrative of its dangers. Not least, his magical practice ... More


Esotericism and Escape

C. Nicholas Serra

in W. B. Yeats's A Vision: Explications and Contexts

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780983533924
eISBN:
9781781382219
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780983533924.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This essay provides an overview of W. B. Yeats’s involvement with mystical, magical, and pseudo-scientific societies over the course of his lifetime, with emphasis on the goals of the Hermetic Order ... More


God (And Goddess) Parents

Ronald Hutton

in The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207443
eISBN:
9780191677670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207443.003.0010
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter examines the religious and spiritual ideas of selected individuals who flourished in the first half of the 20th century. The distinctions are, first, that their best-known work was ... More


Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Henrik Bogdan and Martin P. Starr (eds)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199863075
eISBN:
9780199979974
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This book offers an examination of one of the twentieth century's most distinctive occult iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875–1947) was a study in contradictions. He was born into a Fundamentalist ... More


Occultism in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

Christopher Partridge

in High Culture: Drugs, Mysticism, and the Pursuit of Transcendence in the Modern World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190459116
eISBN:
9780190459147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190459116.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores the use of drugs in the occult milieu of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The focus is fin de siècle occultism. While it examines the significance of drug use ... More


Encountering the Scarlet Goddess

Manon Hedenborg White

in The Eloquent Blood: The Goddess Babalon and the Construction of Femininities in Western Esotericism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780190065027
eISBN:
9780190065058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190065027.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter sets the scene for the study by briefly introducing some of its core contents and defining the aim of the book: to analyze constructions of femininity and feminine sexuality in ... More


Introduction: Sex Magic, Modernity, and the Search for Liberation

Hugh B. Urban

in Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520247765
eISBN:
9780520932883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247765.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This introductory chapter explains the theme of this book, which is about the rise of sexual magic in America and Europe since the mid-nineteenth century. The book traces the transmission of magia ... More


The Eloquent Blood: The Goddess Babalon and the Construction of Femininities in Western Esotericism

Manon Hedenborg White

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780190065027
eISBN:
9780190065058
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190065027.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The study analyzes constructions of femininity and feminine sexuality in interpretations of the goddess Babalon, a central deity in the British occultist Aleister Crowley’s (1875–1947) religion ... More


Satanic Precursors

Asbjørn Dyrendal, James R. Lewis, and Jesper Aa. Petersen

in The Invention of Satanism

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780195181104
eISBN:
9780190277505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181104.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The chapter shows briefly the early history of how Satan was dis-embedded from the Christian, theological tradition. Beginning with the Romantic poets’ reading of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, the ... More


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