Aleister Crowley may have died in 1947, but his influence is still very much felt by the magician of today.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that the magician of today is a slavish follower or member of some mind bending cult. Crowley’s word was Thelema (The Crowleian pronunciation is Theh-LEE-mah, the accent bewatching on the vowel of the second syllable, Greek speakers ay the accent should be on the vowel of the first syllable for it to be pronounced right….ThEH-lee-mah) – which means free will.
Those who choose to follow this magical path aim to de-condition themselves, to develop independence of spirit and ultimately to become their very own self. One of the many attractions of Crowley’s type of Magick, was this advice to follow one’s own way and create your own life style. You don’t need a priest or a judge to tell you how to act – work it out for yourelf.
As part of the process of developing self knowledge, Crowley advocated the practice of Magick. This he defined as,
the science and art of causing change in conformity with will …
The history of magick is the history of human beings. Many of the things that are now labelled ’culture’ began as experiments in ritual and magick via drama, music and poetry etc. Magick has played a role in many key moments of our history, for example during the fourteenth century, it was the philosophy of the Renaissance. In our own time, many modern art movements have been driven by magical ideas, for instance, the first abstract painting was made by the Theosophist Kandinsky.
There are indeed many examples of this which leads one to believe that at the very minimum, more experimentation into the realities of Magick as a practice should at least be considered.
At least you’ll have a fun hobby.