The fools said that I was more influential than Jesus. They reckoned I had seduced thousands of women, and even more young men.
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They claimed I was a friend of Hitler and a rabid lover of a burgeoning Prussia, and then a vile and eager Germany. Some snaggle-toothed and half-baked buffoons said I advocated rape, paedophilia and black magic.
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They hypothesised, with little regard for fact that I sacrificed children and dined with a vermillion Satan. And I am here to tell you the truth. You see, wouldn't you want to do just that, if instead of being blamed for trying to torch the twentieth century, you had really only ever been responsible, in large parts, for rescuing it. And what is the point of busting an infernal gut to save a generation, if one then sits by, lights a girthy and corpulent cigar, scratches oneself around the well-cut trouser and watches meekly as quite preventable mischief and horror ensues.
Yes, there was adultery, but adultery does not imply marriage, no more than whoredom implies commerce. You see, the truth is that I was the greatest spy of the twentieth century. The lies were all necessary, as they had been for that other great Englishman, The Scarlet Pimpernel. For the longest time I could not care less about the conjecture that surrounded my unrivallable degeneracies. So why pipe up now after all these years?
I shall get to that almost immediately. The factual regurgitation is of tiny consequence and is little more than shoddy typing and juvenile tittle-tattle. It is that lowest and most self-serving bar of memoir. One was even too long-in-the-tooth for it back then. How many times must I tell them that my admission to killing children only referred to the near constant masturbation of my youthhood, my uncoupled ejaculate, my lonesome and spilled seed?
This desire would eventually lead him down the path of magic. As a young man, in the last years of the 19th century, Aleister was making progress as a magician. Around this time, witch hunts and propaganda from the church towards magicians had died away, replaced with attacks from the early newspapers. The presence of people who remade old witch rituals with sex and drugs was another reason why this age was fairly shameful for magicians. Although Aleister was involved in this kind of activity, unlike the others who had merely used the former as an excuse for the latter, he was logically and efficiently achieving results with it.
At the time, the world's largest magic cabal was the Golden Dawn, which sought a unified theory to explain the truths of the world. With one of the founders having retired due to old age, there was internal competition between the two remaining founders; William Wynn Westcott and Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers. The two had conflicting views on how the cabal and magic should proceed as they worked towards their ultimate goal of discovering a unified theory and constructing a magic work kit that would bring endless possibilities for magicians.
Being of an older age, Westcott advocated tradition and saw a need to compromise, while Mathers wished to see progress, even if it meant going into areas considered taboo and heretical at the time. Mathers in particular wanted his name to be the one associated with the products of the Golden Dawn's research and sought to overwrite the individual pieces the other members had constructed with ones of his own. The Golden Dawn was divided between them, though neither faction had complete control over the organization as a whole. Recognizing Aleister's abilities and potential, Mathers scouted him and invited him into the Golden Dawn, intending to use the young man's talents for his own purposes.
Westcott was reluctant to have Aleister join the cabal and others held similar sentiments. Shortly after he entered the cabal, Aleister performed a Telesma summoning ceremony in the presence of the two founders, the results of which reinforced their own sentiments. Despite being a relatively new member in the Golden Dawn, Aleister Crowley developed countless spells and spiritual items during his time in the cabal.
Some of his ideas, such as the Aeons , were considered extreme even for the Golden Dawn and as such there were a fair number of people who didn't support them. However there was one man who approached Aleister without ulterior motives; Allan Bennett , a friend and teacher whom Aleister would call his one true mentor. Bennett would teach Aleister Spiritual Tripping , which would become one of Aleister's specialties and his primary offensive magic, as well as the secrets of his Blasting Rod , the true power of which Bennett had disguised so as not to draw unwanted attention from the likes of Mathers and Westcott.
In April , Aleister met with Bennett at his apartment, where his teacher foretold the future death of Aleister's first daughter at a young age from illness. Bennett explained to Aleister about the phenomena connected to this event; the 'sparks' produced from the collisions of the phases , which affect the balance of fortune and misfortune, and subtly influence the lives and fates of people across the world.
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He also described how the usage of magic increases the phase collisions and cause more of these sparks, particularly with magic based on unified theories such as the Golden Dawn's Hermetic -based magic. With Aleister resolving to take action against the Golden Dawn for the sake of his future daughter, Allan talked of how those who would survive being struck down by Aleister's power in the coming war would be cursed to live a life where every choice they made would end in failure.
Allan warned Aleister that if he was to curse and destroy the Golden Dawn, he would eventually have to turn the fangs he bared towards them on himself and swallow the poison he had concocted, bearing the same fate as those he had cursed. He also warned him that he could choose to compromise, but if he did then his feelings would grow dull and rusted, and his vengeance would lose its purity.
Having given Aleister everything that he needed and with Aleister understanding the consequences, Allan told Aleister to kill him, as he too was a member of the Golden Dawn.
Aleister reluctantly complied, shooting his teacher in the head with a Spiritual Tripping flintlock gun. Allan didn't resist, telling his friend to take care with his last words. Aleister subsequently launched an attack on Mathers and a magical battle ensued, with both sides being evenly matched. Angered by Aleister's rebellion, Mathers called him a fool for not sticking with him to receive the scraps of his success and argued that Aleister could avoid his daughter's death by simply not having one to begin with.
Aleister responded by questioning Mathers' own reasons for marrying Mina and his look enraged Mathers further. Remarking on Mathers' true authoritarian nature, Aleister retreated, but he had achieved his real objective; obtaining a sample of Mathers' blood.
Having used Mathers' blood to forge a document with his supposed orders, just as Westcott forged a letter from Anna Sprengel to give the cabal prestige during its foundation,   Aleister proceeded to 36 Blythe Road, Hammersmith, the Golden Dawn's most important ceremonial ground. What followed was the Battle of Blythe Road , which would come to be regarded as a crucial but quiet turning point of history by magic researchers. He also stole a number of tools from the armory, including the spiritual item referred to as Blythe Road's Treasure , an arrow made out of a right hand bearing Imagine Breaker.
While in the office, he was contacted by Mathers via Automatic Writing and revealed his intentions in making the Westcott faction believe Mathers ordered Aleister to occupy Blythe Road.
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As Aleister had hoped, Mathers was soon confronted by a furious Westcott at his headquarters and unable to prove to him how Aleister had framed him, as the two were in front of their subordinates and couldn't openly discuss or accept Westcott's forgery without compromising their own positions. Aleister's actions triggered a war between the Mathers and Westcott factions within the Golden Dawn which raged in the darkness of London.
Aleister didn't expect or intend for one faction to wipe the other out, taking advantage of the chaos to sneak in and attack members of both sides to fulfill his revenge. Whenever he killed a magician, he planted evidence pointing to the other side being responsible, resupplying from fallen enemies along the way.
As the war escalated, further openings arose along with opportunities to secretly enter areas normally unreachable.
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Eventually an opportunity arose for Aleister to take out the founders and he killed Westcott with the arrow, Imagine Breaker rendering his quasi-immortality useless. He then turned his attention to Mathers who had witnessed Westcott's death. After Mathers argued that he could have remade his daughter as many times as necessary, Aleister threw the arrow at him. Mathers managed to repel and destroy it, at the cost of his arm and many of his symbolic weapons.
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However in focusing on protecting himself from the arrow, he made the fatal mistake of not paying attention to his real enemy, Aleister, who took advantage of the opening and struck the self-styled highlander down with a claymore manifested through Spiritual Tripping , bringing his curse down upon him. As Aleister expressed his anger and sorrow at not only his daughter's future death but also the tragedies filling the world and how people give up rather than stand against them, Mathers managed to set off a few more explosions at point-blank range, but ultimately Aleister was the one left standing.
Having destroyed the leaders of the Golden Dawn, Aleister declared that he would wipe out all magic, shatter every last phase and put an end to all mysticism, remaking the world where people accept these tragedies as mere cruel coincidences and bury them saying they can't be helped, and bringing back the pure world where people aren't manipulated without their knowledge. The conflict ignited by Aleister, along with the deaths and cursing of the founders and many other members, caused the Golden Dawn's collapse, though it was not a clear and decisive end.
The large organization broke apart into many smaller cabals claiming to be its successor, but they all declined and none of them reclaimed the Golden Dawn's former glory. Many people would attempt to revive the Golden Dawn but all of those attempts were doomed to failure, just as foretold. Aleister spent a long time afterwards hunting down the remnants. In their initial meeting, Aleister remarked that she looked upset and asked if he could cheer her up by inviting her to the starry sky.
During this period of courtship, Aleister suppressed his more egotistic and perverted side, acting like a gentleman around her. In , while in Egypt, Aleister made contact with the entity known as Aiwass , using his wife as a medium. Summoned into Rose's body, Aiwass conveyed secrets to Aleister through her which he would compile into the Book of the Law. Not long afterwards, Aleister and Rose's first daughter Lilith was born. Having halted his research to focus on ensuring his family's safety, once their condition had stabilized, Aleister resumed his work to find a way to avert Lilith's foretold death.
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The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript. It sometimes strikes me that the whole of science is a piece of impudence; that nature can afford to ignore our impertinent interference. If our monkey mischief should ever reach the point of blowing up the earth by decomposing an atom, and even annihilated the sun himself, I cannot really suppose that the universe would turn a hair. The conscience of the world is so guilty that it always assumes that people who investigate heresies must be heretics; just as if a doctor who studies leprosy must be a leper.
Indeed, it is only recently that science has been allowed to study anything without reproach. Indubitably, Magick is one of the subtlest and most difficult of the sciences and arts. There is more opportunity for errors of comprehension, judgment and practice than in any other branch of physics. Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people. To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.
Almost all religious tyranny springs from intellectual narrowness. One has to be a philosopher to endure the consciousness of waste, and something more than a philosopher to admire the spendthrift splendour of the universe. The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing. I would rather bear physical starvation than intellectual starvation, any day of the week.