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Aleister Crowley was an English mystic whose teachings were the foundation of the Thelema religion. He was often referred to as "the most evil man in the world."


While in Egypt, Crowley claimed to receive religious tenets from a higher power, incorporating them into the religion of Thelema. In the process, he supposedly restored knowledge of alchemy, an art lost to the centuries.[1]

Crowley also visited Tibet, becoming the first Westerner to study with the lamas.[1]

In 1923, Crowley published Moonchild in which two groups of magicians fought over an unborn child who was potentially the Antichrist. Crowley himself tried to summon the supposed Moonchild, to no success.[1]

After Jack Parsons became leader of the Pasadena Thelema lodge, Crowley sent him a letter concerning the "Hell Gate," one of seven such gates he believed to exist in the world. He encouraged Parsons to "make use of" this information.[1]

Crowley was a rampant drug user and died in 1944 at the age of 72.[1]

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Aleister Crowley (October 12, 1875 – December 1, 1947) was an English occultist and magician who founded Thelema, a religion he developed after supposedly being visited by an entity named Aiwass.



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