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Crowley and Freemasonry

In his book "Confessions ..." Crowley claimed that he had been initiated as a
33 Degree Mason in the Ancient and Accepted Rite of Masonry (A&AR). He probably
did this in Mexico, where he went after the break-up with the Golden Dawn. At
this time (around 1900) there was a lot of masonic activity in South America.
However, there is some confusion regarding this, as you have to be a Master
Mason to be initiated on the Higher Grades, but by this time Crowley hadn't
gone through the grades required, so either he made it up or was granted the 33
degree without prerequisites necessary. In his own words he received the
initiation after he had helped an individual with another mystical order called
LIL. No one knows for sure what the real truth is.

It looks though, as if he at one point or another DID receieve initiation, as
a copy of his recognition still exists. It's here re-produced:

                         T. T. G. O. T. S. A. O. T. U.

                                ( Great Seal )
                             SUPREME GRAND COUNCIL
                                    of the
                               H.R.D.M. R.M.S.H.

               From the East of the SUPREME GRAND COUNCIL of the
               SOVEREIGN GRAND INSPECTORS GENERAL of the 33rd and
               last degree of the Ancient and Accepted Rite of
               Freemasonry in and for Great Britain and Ireland
               under G.L. near the D.B. corresponding to 53', 25"
               N. Latitude 2', 3" West Meridian of Greenwich.

               To all Illustrious, Ineffable and Sublime Freemasons
               of every degree Around and [unclear] over the
               surface of the Globe, Greetings:

               KNOW YE - That the undersigned Sovereign Grand
               Inspectors General do hereby certify and proclaim,
               our Illustrious Brother ALEISTER CROWLEY of
               *London*, to be an Excellent Master Mason, Secret
               Master, Royal Master, intimate Secretary, Provost
               and Judge, Intendant of the Building, Elect of Nine,
               Elect of Fifteen, Sublime Knight Elected, Grand
               Master Architect, Ancient Master of the Royal Arch,
               Grand Elect Perfect and Sublime Mason, Knight of the
               Temple, Prince of Jerusalem, Knight of the East and
               West, Knight Rose Croix of Heredom, Grand Pontiff,
               Master ad Vitam, Patriarch Noachite, Prince of
               Libanus, Chief of the Tabernacle, Prince of the
               Tabernacle, Knight of the Brazen Serpent, Prince of
               Mercy, Commander of the Temple, Knight of the Sun,
               Knight of Saint Andrew, Grand Elect Knight Kadosh,
               Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander, Prince of the
               Royal Secret, Most Puissant Sovereign Grand
               Inspector General of the 33rd and Last Degree.

               WE ALSO COMMAND: All the Knights, Princes and
               Sublime Masons under our Jurisdiction and we pray
               all other MASONS over the Surface Of The Globe, to
               Welcome and Honor Him as a SOVEREIGN GRAND INSPECTOR
               GENERAL, and to give credit to these LETTERS PATENT,
               we have caused to be signed in the margin by our
               said Illustrious Bro. ALEISTER CROWLEY, that they
               admit no other than himself.

               Signed and Delivered by us SOVEREIGN GRAND
               INSPECTORS GENERAL of The 33rd and Last Degree with
               the Seal of our said SUPREME COUNCIL affixed in the
               Valley of Manchester this 29th day of the 11th month
               A.M. 5071 corresponding to the 29th November, A.D.

                            RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED

                              {*} John Yarker 33~
                   M.^.P.^.S.^.Gr.^.of Gt. Britain & Ireland

Though it is beyond doubt that Crowley had connections with Freemasonry, he
didn't seem to have a high opinion of their teachings. He used some of their
techniques in his own order, OTO, later but most of his own grades in that
order was and is quite different from Freemasonry.

The following is taken from his book Confessions once again, page 700 et seq.
regarding his motives of using Freemasonic knowledge within his own order:

    ``What is Freemasonry? I collated the rituals and their secrets,
    much as I had done the religions of the world, with their magical
    and mystical bases. As in that case, I decided to neglect what it
    too often actually was. ... I proposed to define freemasonry as a
    system of communicating truth - religious, philosophical, magical
    and mystical; and indicating the proper means of developing human
    faculty by means of a peculiar language whose alphabet is the
    symbolism of ritual. Universal brotherhood and the great moral
    principles, independent of personal, racial, climatic and other
    prejudices, naturally formed a background which would assure
    individual security and social stability for each and all.

    "The question then arose, 'What truths should be communicated and
    by what means promulgated?' My first object was to eliminate from
    the hundreds of rituals at my disposal all exoteric elements.
    Many degrees contain statements (usually inaccurate) of matters
    well known to modern schoolboys, through they may have been
    important when the rituals were written. ... I saw no point in
    overloading the system with superfluous information.

    "Another essential point was to reduce the unwieldly mass of
    material to a compact and coherent system. I thought that
    everything worth preserving could and should be presented in not
    more than a dozen ceremonies, and that it should be brought well
    within the capacity of any officer to learn by heart his part
    during the leisure time at his disposal, in a month at most."

Crowley, who had the idea that he stood above everybody else on this planet,
chose other ways to accomplish his magical goals. So he took over another
secret society, the OTO, and changed its rituals dramatically.


     In the beginning of the 20th century, a manufacturer from Vienna Dr. Karl
Kellner, and a German theosophist Dr. Franz Hertmann, founded a secret occult
lodge which they named "Ordo Templi Orientis" (O.T.O.). Soon after they were
joined by Theodore Reuss (1855-1923) who had connections with many lodges. It
was he who led Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy, into such a group.

      Reuss, whose lodge-name was "Brother Merlin", contacted Aleister Crowley
in 1912, and he became a member of this additional lodge receiving the name
"Brother Baphomet". Baphomet, the symbol of the satanic goat, usually portrayed
as a half-human, half-goat figure, of a goat head. It is often misinterpreted
as a symbol of witchcraft in general. (It is used by Satanists, who worship the
devil, but is not used by neo-Pagan witches, who do not worship the Devil.)

      The origin of the name Baphomet is unclear. It may be a corruption of
Mahomet (Mohammed). The English witchcraft historian Montague Summers suggested
it was a combination of two Greek words, baphe and metis, meaning "absorption
of knowledge." Baphomet has also been called the Goat of Mendes, the Black Goat
and the Judas Goat.)

      The O.T.O. developed its sexual rites quickly under Reuss and later
broadened them under Crowley. Not long after, Crowley took over the leadership
of the lodge. Like other secret lodges, members may not disclose their


Updated: 25 February 1999

Crowley, Hitler and World War II

Aleister (Alexander was his birth name) Crowley, the self-proclaimed Magus of
the Aeon, was destined from his inception to be an exception. His father, a
preacher, hounded him relentlessly to "Get right with God"; his mother, equally
obsessed with biblical lore, referred to him repeatedly as a "beast," and
beyond doubt all this left its mark on young Alexander, the great beast to be.
For years later, he did indeed assume the title"or station"of "To Mega
Therion," The Great Beast, signing all his correspondences in later life not
with a name but a number"666, all in his continued quest for supreme
significance in the eyes of a hostile, if not plain indifferent, world. Infamy,
Crowley reasoned, was every bit as valid as fame, and that much easier to
claim; in this, as in countless other ways, he was far ahead of his time, one
of the first con-artists to realize that "all publicity is good publicity."
Both amount to influence, which amounts to power.

>From the very first of his reinventions (the name change) his purpose was
plain: whatever games Crowley played with the perceptions of the world, he was
undoubtably a master, though after a fashion wholly his own. Never a dabbler,
he applied himself to a number of diverse disciplines and excelled in them all:
chess, literature, languages (ancient and modern), philosophy, poetry,
espionage, mountain climbing, wild-game hunting, yoga, drug-taking, sex magick,
and so forth. His claims to fame, indeed, are as many and myriad as his
names"Hitler's guru, self-made Messiah, Babe of the Abyss, and let us not
forget, Prophet of the New Age! His greatest claim of all was what he himself
termed, "crossing the abyss," being what is known nowadays ego-death, or being
"born again." It was by this accomplishment, highly esteemed in all magikal
circles, that Crowley assumed, or pretended, his role as "Magus of the Aeon."

Crowley was notoriously perverse in both his personal and professional life.
But, though he was to all intents and purposes a sort of inspired lunatic, he
did practise all he preached, a rare enough commodity these days to command
respect. The central event in his life was undoubtedly the writing of The Book
of the Law, an event that was to give him the most grief but also the most
gratification in his long and fruitful career. Apart from anything else, it
fulfilled his fantasies, from the most exalted to the basest and most
abominable. The Book of the Law, or Liber Al vel Legis (Liber Al for short) is
a text considered by many to contain the profoundest secrets of magick, as well
as the keys to the inauguration of the long-promised (and long-delayed) New
Aeon. For what it's worth, it is a book that claims to have been written
(passive voice), rather than one which Crowley (or anybody) actually wrote.
Nowadays, we'd call it a "channelled work," but in this case one channelled
with such a degree of precision as to entirely separate it from the vast mass
of "automatic writings" so popular today, and which amount to little more than
the wishful free-associations or mystical ramblings of the supposed

In distinction, Crowley claimed that, on the 8th of April 1904"in Cairo at 12
noon exactly and for the following two days at the exact same time"he actually
heard a voice in his ear, dictating the words of the text (as if through some
transmittor in his brain), and that he transcribed them faithfully. It was not
"inspired," then, so much as received. The voice itself claimed to be that of
Aiwass, or Aiwaz, "the minister of Hoor-paar-kraat," or otherwise, Horus "the
god of force and fire, child of Isis and Osiris," and self-appointed conquering
lord of the New Aeon, officially announced through his chosen scribe, "the
prince-priest the Beast." This much of Crowley's controversial life and claims
is more or less confirmed. It is, as promised, to be found there in the
writings themselvesáthe proof as it were is in the pudding. Anyone who has read
the work, and suffered the resulting conflictive feelings of admiration and
disgust, will not doubt that there is something about the "little red book"
that puts it in a class all its own. It might be argued that it is simply the
work of a poetic genius, were it not for the fact that Crowley was to prove
again and again in subsequent works that, for all his magikal prowess and
philosophical brilliance, he was anything but a poetic genius. It seems rather
as though the book partakes not of the qualties of Crowley, but that,
conversely, Crowley himself grew over time to partake of the qualities of the
book. And this he did, by his own admission, with boundless reluctance and

The work itself, not for its artistic merit so much as its sheer intensity and
relevance to our times, is perhaps the most substantial evidence for the
much-insisted upon (by Crowley) greatness of its puppet-author. Yet Crowley
also claimed to revile and disdain the work (particularly the third chapter)
for many years, above all for its barbaric and warlike diatribes, and its
ruthless rejection of all philosophies and creeds previous to it, its utter
savage as it let fly its war cry and word of the Aeon (be it anarchy or be it
harmony): Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be The Whole Of The Law! These
characteristics of ruthlessness, arrogance and blasphemy were of course,
rightly or wrongly, traits for which Crowley himself would become most commonly
and widely known in the public mind, while there is a fair case, in
conventional history alone (Crowley's claims aside), to be made for the fact
thatábesides the "secret four-fold word, the blasphemy against all gods and
men...Do What Thou Wilt""Adolf Hitler whole-heartedly adopted many of the
central tenets of Liber Al. Whether or not he actually embraced "the Law of
Thelema," as such, there can be no doubt at all that Hitler was aware of the
Book, and probably derived a certain demonic inspiration from it. The third
part of the Book, pertaining to Horus, begins:

Now let it first be understood that I am a god of war and vengeance. I shall
deal hardly with them... I will give you a war-engine. With it ye shall smite
the peoples; and none shall stand before you. Lurk! Withdraw! Upon them! this
is the Law of the Battle of Conquest: thus shall my worship be about my secret
house.á (I:3,7-9) [It continues:] áMercy let be off: damn them who pity! Kill
and torture; spare not; be upon them... (18) Argue not; convert not; talk not
overmuch! Them that seek to entrap thee, to overthrow thee, them attack without
pity or quarter; and destroy them utterly. Swift as the trodden serpent turn
and strike! Be thou deadlier than he! Drag down their souls to awful torment:
laugh at their fear: spit upon them!

Certainly such sentiments, if taking at face value, would have appealed to the
young monomaniacal Austrian bent upon leaving history in ruins. As he had done
with Nietzsche, however, Hitler was wont to twist and distort the text to his
own ends, and to pervert the whole by taking what were perhaps (one hopes) as
much metaphorical expressions as literal commands. Nevertheless, between
Nietzsche and Hitler, it seems, came Crowley. Crowley himself made no bones
about it: áBefore Hitler was, I am,á he boasted, in imitation of Christ, who
said the same about Abraham. (It might be fair to reply, however: áBefore
Crowley is "Aiwaz!")

Crowley's involvement in espionage on both sides of the first and second world
wars (he worked for both US and British intelligence writing deliberately
"absurd," i.e., counter-productive, German propaganada during the first) is
well known and presumably well-documented. Nevertheless it is extremely
difficult to find any author anywhere who will admit to Crowleyás involvement
with Hitler, despite the fact that Crowley himself confessed, or more
accurately bragged, about it to his associates. Yet, Hitlerás interest, nay
obsession, with the occult is well-known and there are dozens of books upon the
subject, of varying degrees of ludicrousness and sensationalism (it even served
for the plot of the pulp action movie Raiders of the Lost Ark). It is a
well-known fact that he set out either to recruit or to persecute all
practising occultists in Germany, and Crowley eventually found himself on the
"shitlist" too, which by no means refutes the possibility of their working
together. (The apparent vilification of Crowley might have been simple cover,
or even genuine but as a result of a "falling out" between the two men.) The
fact remains that at the deepest, most occult level, and behind the political
facades and the theatre of war performed for the public, the most powerful
factions"occult and economic"of both Germany and Britain were not enemies but
allies, bound together in the one great war for the conquest of menás souls and
minds. This in itself makes it highly probable that Hitler and Crowley would
have met, and that some relationship existed betwen the two men, of such
different charcters but sharing so similar an obsession. Perhaps even it was a
relationship similar to that shared by Rasputin and the Tsar and Tsaress of
Russia at roughly the same timeáthe one priest, the other king, and each
equally benefitting from the favors of the other?

  We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit: let them die in
  their misery. For they feel not. Compassion is the vice of kings:
  stamp down the wretched and the weak: this is the law of the strong:
  this is our law, and the joy of the world. -Book of the Law, II:21

In order to qualify such off-the-wall remarks, we need to take a brief
excursion into the philosophy of war: All warfare must be understood, first and
foremost, as internal warfareáhidden, domestic and "cold," of which the
external, overt and heated warfare between nations is no more than an outburst,
a brief orgasm, if you will, after years of foreplay. Wars are never won or
lost, they are merely negotiated, and World War II might best be seen as the
greatest business deal ever accomplished. As a battle between "good and evil,"
or justice against crime, it was but one more in a long series of hollow
dramas, engineered expressly for the hoodwinking of the masses. It seems
likely, however, that Hitler, in his bid for world-domination (or
destruction?), lost his head and alienated the very "powers" that put him in
place to begin with: he became an unmanageable element, if not an actual
embarrassment, and so had to be removed. Itás possible even that he was as
guilty of "betraying" Chamberlain and later Churchill, as much as he was
Stalináby setting his sights on the whole of Europe, and so banishing all
possibility of an unholy alliance between the two powers. Ideologically they
were perfectly compatible, however, and the same might be said of the US, which
also only entered the fray when it became completely unavoidable. Hence,
victory was denied Hitler, by his own excess of zeal and lust for power. At the
same time, however, and all appearances aside, his "defeat" was anything but
total. In truth, Nazism was as much a global phenomenon as was Christianity
2000 years before (though it required considerably less time and effort to take
hold), and there was little likelihood that a minor setback such as the
collapse of the Third Reich in 1945 would quench the raging ideological
pseudo-religious thirst and fervour of such a movement. The explosion of rage
might be checked and containedáand so postponedábut the collective psyche which
had spawned it could by no means be so easily satisfied: Because Nazism was no
aberration, but rather the NATURAL AND LOGICAL development of a global wave of
systemized, ritualized and economized warfare. It was the realization of an
age-old political dreamáthe perfected face of tyranny. Hence, while to all the
world it appeared as if Nazism suffered a mortal defeat at the end of the war,
in reality, it merely underwent a sophisticated facelift. Behind the wholesale
destruction of Germany and Hiroshima, and the empty facade of the Nuremberg
trials, another, occult agenda was being pursuedáthat of establishing a secret
treaty between the Nazis and the Alliesáspecifically the American Intelligence
communityáthrough which Hitlerás goals and dreams would be subtly resumed,
albeit in a mutated form, and continue to manifest over the years in only
thinly disguised ways.

Jim Keith writes extensively on the subject in Casebook on Alternative 3:

As can be seen by the activities of US and British business, statecraft, occult
groups, and "aristocracy," the Nazis were no isolated phenomenon, only one
expression of a multi-faceted and murderous world wide game... Shortly after
the collapse of the Third Reich... General Reinhard Gehlen, Nazi spymaster and
Knight of Malta-to-be, began negotiations with Allan Dulles and the American
O.S.S. Using Nazi intelligence networks as a hole card to provide for his own
survival and the survival of his huge spy network, Gehlen made a separate peace
with Dulles, resulting in the clean grafting of Nazi spy apparatus to the
American clandestine services. This was the birth of the C.I.A, and part of a
nexus of betrayal that continues to this day.

Regardless of whether one bothers to research all this however (and there is an
ever-growing amount of literature on the subject), the evidence seems to speak
for itself. The CIA alone (one of the smaller of countless similar US
intelligence organizations), which built itself around a nexus of ex-Nazis, has
been responsible for as much havok and wholesale slaughter in Central and South
America as the Nazis ever accomplished during their brief "reign of terror" in
Europe. The Art of War then, like that of business, has been to make itself as
smooth and as efficient as possible, as silent, secret and sustained an affair
as the explosive, unpredictable nature of the work itself will allow. The
ultimate war-machine, mili-medical-industrial complex (established in á47 and
consolidated in á63), is designed to "serve" man in just precisely the manner
which MacDonalds has been "serving" cows for the last few decades. All the
unpleasantness is under the counter. War itselfáas a commodityámust be rendered
as appealing as any other "product," not only to be propagated and disseminated
to the populace, but to be advertised and glorified, until it is coveted and
consumed willingly, hungrily, as if it were manna from heaven itself, and not
poisoned rain from polluted sky. Above all, it must be made to seem an
intrinsicáhowever undesirable and inexplicableáfeature of existence: an
indispensable element of human nature. Thus war becomes not a single condition
but the primary nature of life, and of mankind, be it ever a state of fear and
loathing, empty of growth but full of decay, all of savagery and none of

    For he who is ignorant until the end is a creature
    of oblivion, and he will vanish along with it.

    -The Gospel of Truth, Nag Hamadi Library

The war-like nature of many of the passages in Liber Al would seem to be a
direct response to this. It seems to treat of this condition as a disease that
must be purged, like a boil brought to a head, in order that it might be
squeezed finally out of existence. To read many of his other writings, however,
leaves one in little doubt that Crowley, like Nietzsche before him, was a kind
of proto-Nazi (though he abhorred all forms of fascism, just as Nietzsche
despised anti-semitism). On the other hand, Hitler himself doubtless aspired to
both immortality as a world-avatar and invulnerability as the chosen "Savage
Emperor" of the New Aeon: his Fourth Reich/Millenium of peace, prosperity and
perfection is illustrative of this insane mix of the best intentions with the
very worst of methods. There seems little doubt that, for his part, Hitler
believed that worldwide destruction was a necessary process, by which to pave
the way for a new evolutionary step for mankind. He did not acknowledge any god
or saviour, as such, but was firmly persuaded of the existence of "the
superman": "The new man is living amongst us now. He is here! I have seen the
new man. He is intrepid and cruel. I was afraid of him." Whether or not Hitler
was referring to Crowley hereáit sems doubtfuláor, as seems more likely, to
some incorporal force or preterhuman entity, conjured by his own demented will,
it is impossible to say, nor does it much matter. Hitlerás preoccupation with
the Superman seems to be parallel to Crowleyás own claims of affiliation
(through Aiwaz) with the "Secret Chiefs"ánamely, the preterhuman intelligences
previously mentioned which "rule occultly over the destiny of mankind." Crowley
himself also considered contact with these beings the next, inevitable,
evolutionary step for mankind as a whole, and it is an indisputable fact that
the SSáand Nazism as a wholeáwas established upon an occult basis, and that its
inner structures and purposes were not merely political, but also magickal.

The whole apparatus of ceremonial magick (as conceived and adapted
by the Golden Dawn and its offshoots, many of which were directly
influenced by Crowley) that formed the true inner protocol of Nazism
(originally spawned by the Thule Society) is dedicatedáin theoryáto the
one single end and purpose of: contact with preterhuman or
extraterrestrial forces.  To achieve this end, the aspirant must prepare
himself vigorously, mind, body and soul, for the contact, lest he be driven
mad (like Hitler?), diseased, or even destroyed, by the catastrophic
nature of the encounter.  And yet Hitler wasáto look at at least, and all his
considerable accomplishments asideáan ordinary, even mediocre
person. It seems as though he knew little or nothing of the forces which
possessed him, and was at most a low-grade medium with a deranged
sense of self-importance.  If so, then he was perfectly chosen to embody
and so fulfil the demonic will of the mass, which he himself so despised.
John Symmonds has Crowley remarking:

I never met... someone so demonic as Herr Hitler. Why do you think I
spend so much time with him? And come when he bids me? I tell you
only the universe can prevail against Hitler. But the universe for the
present doesnát seem to be interested; though Hitler is the enemy of the
universe, that is to say of God; for the universe is only Godás instrument. It
is as if God said, "Let mankind learn a lesson; they need to open their
eyes a little wider. Hitler will do that for them. Just wait. They will see
things that men have never seen or heard beforeásuch horrors that there
will be no word in the German or any other language to describe them."
That is what the demonic is when it appears in a very ordinary person, a
man of the people, someone the intellectuals are contemptuous of but
not the masses. With an uncanny instinct, they know who he is."

Crowley was one of the most terrible and formidable shit-stirrers in
recent history: he wrote for example about the traditional "black magickal"
practise of child or animal sacrifice (also referred to in AL), and almost
certainly performed it occasionally himself, even if only in a symbolic
fashion (shedding of oneás own blood or the spilling of semen, for
example). He enjoyed the thought of his words being miscontstrued by
the unwitting masses, and of all the mischief and grief that it would cause
them. Hitler, on the other handáin many ways a common Thug with an
incredibly high intelligence but extremely low imaginationátook the
whole thing to its literal, appalling extreme, and set about to construct
actual factories, complete with cages and showers and ovens and gas
chambers, all with this single purpose in mindáof feedingáand thereby
appeasingáthe powers that would otherwise devour him. This is nothing
new, of course: the Mayans and Aztecs performed similar rites of mass
sacrifice (holocaust), and Jehovah of the Old Testament apparently has
Moses perform the same basic "rites" by sending him and his men into
city after city to butcher the populations therein and burn the bodies.
Hitler was simply upholding an ancient tradition, and taking it to new
extremes of post-Industrial, technological effeciency.

There seems no reason to doubt that, directly or indirectly, Crowley was
responsibleáat least partiallyá for feeding Hitlerás dark fantasies and
lustful ambitions as a "black messiah" and "scion of darkness." Crowley, a
true Magician and Trickster, would have taken no sides in any battle, but
deliberately and consciously played both sides against one another, in
good Machiavellian fashion. His goals, however (even when evil), would
have always been spiritual, never temporal.  In Symmondsás work, we
have the following exhange:

   Hitler: "And are you an angel of darkness?" Crowley: "Youáll find
   out in good time all about me. For the present, Iáll say this: if
   I were an angel of light, you wouldnát want to know me."

   This has been a fable from the age of paradoxesáa fairy tale about a
   "good war" that never was, that still rages and has yet to be fully
   understoodáor divulgedáby history. Mythologicaly speaking, it doesnát
   seem an excessively arbitrary or irresponsible leap of the imagination
   then to propose the following: that if Adolf Hitler wasáarchetypally if not
   in actual "fact"áthis centuryás "Antichrist" (and few would dare deny it),
   then Aleister Crowleyáthe man in the shadowsáqualifies (even as he so
   carefully fashioned himself to) as its corresponding "Beast." For when
   men assume the temerity and audacity to play the roles of the gods, the
   mischief they make can indeed shake the foundations of the Earth; we
   are still shackled to the power of myth, even if we now prefer to call it
   history, and still caught under the spell of magick, even if we choose to
   call it politics. One shudders, thenáor perhaps marvelsáto think that this
   myth-story has yet to be completed; and that the prophecy, as yet,
   remains unfulfilled.

   (from "The Medusa's Head"  by John Symmonds)

   Hymn to Lucifer
   by Aleister Crowley

   Ware, nor of good nor ill, what aim hath act?
   Without its climax, death, what savour hath
   Life? an impeccable machine, exact
   He paces an inane and pointless path
   To glut brute appetites, his sole content
   How tedious were he fit to comprehend
   Himself! More, this our noble element
   Of fire in nature, love in spirit, unkenned
   Life hath no spring, no axle, and no end.

   His body a blood-ruby radiant
   With noble passion, sun-souled Lucifer
   Swept through the dawn colossal, swift aslant
   On Eden's imbecile perimeter.
   He blessed nonentity with every curse
   And spiced with sorrow the dull soul of sense,
   Breath life into the sterile universe,
   With Love and Knowledge drove out innocence
   The Key of Joy is disobedience.

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