Mr Crowley

Aleister Crowley was extremely influential on the culture of the twentieth century and still remains so.

Here are a few of the people he has inspired, I thought the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, Robert Anton Wilson, Timothy Leary and Iron Maiden were a bit too obvious!

1. The Beatles- Aleister appears in the galaxy of faces on the cover of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band:-

2. Robbie Williams- One of his most famous lines is referenced in the former Take That’s solo song “Candy” – “Do as you will will be the whole of the law”:-

Jay-Z also likes that line…

3. Jimmy Page – Led Zeppelin guitarist and producer, obsessed to the point of buying Boleskine, spooky mansion of Crowley next to Loch Ness, which recently burnt down.

4. Sting/The Police- Synchronicity II is rumoured to partly be about events at the aforementioned Boleskine.

5. Manic Street Preachers- Features AC in the video for the song “You Love Us”:-

6. Ian Fleming- The creator of James Bond was involved in a plot to use Crowley as a secret agent, amongst numerous missions one being to fool Rudolf Hess with fake horoscopes. At least two Bond villains were based on Crowley, Le Chiffre and Blofeld. 007 did come from Elizabethan magician John Dee’s codename after all.

7. Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard called Crowley his “very good friend”, but along with Jack Parsons, one of the pioneers of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs, was criticised by Crowley for the Babalon Working where an attempt was made to create a Moonchild.

8. David Bowie stated he was “immersed in Crowley’s uniform”

9. Primal Scream use a sentence from Crowley’s Liber Al vel Legis (I, 3: “Every man and every woman is a star”) in the refrain of their song ‘Star’: “Every brother is a Star, Every sister is a Star”

10. Daryl Hall of the rock duo Hall and Oates admits that he follows Crowley. “I became fascinated with Aleister Crowley, the nineteenth-century British magician who shared those beliefs. … I was fascinated by him because his personality was the late-nineteenth-century equivalent of mine—a person brought up in a conventionally religious family who did everything he could to outrage the people around him as well as himself”


5 thoughts on “Mr Crowley

  1. Thank you so much for mentioning David Bowie! His entire life was an odyssey of self-discovery and learning.

    My sister has the Crowley tarot deck. I, personally, am deeply uncomfortable with it and won’t touch it or allow her to read cards for me from it, but we’re all different. I love my Arthurian deck, which chose me when I visited Tintagel nine years ago, but if the Crowley and Thoth decks make my sister happy, then so mote it be. I don’t know a great deal about the Thoth deck anyway, but keep reminding myself to look in to it.


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