Crowley (1875-1947) Occultist.
1898 - Initiated into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
where he learnt the Enochian language of John
Dee. Created White and Black Temple, Chancery Lane,
London. 1899 - initiated into a witches¹ coven in Norfolk.
1900 - Purchased Boleskine House, Loch Ness, Scotland (bought
by Jimmy Page in the 1970s). 1904 - Crowley revived the
law of Thelema, the manuscript of 'The Book of the Law'
dictated by his 'Holy Guardian Angel. ("Do what thou wilt
shall be the whole of the Law").
Between 1910 and 1912 Crowley was visited in his apartment
St by co-founder of the
Ordo Templi Orientis
and member of the german secret service, Theodor Reuss.
O.T.O. is a magical group practising tantric sex magic,
kabbalistic rituals and drug experimentation. On April 21,
1912, twelve years before the founding of MGM,
Aleister Crowley was appointed National Grand Master General
of O.T.O. for Great Britain and Ireland. Crowley's appointment
included authority over an English language rite of the
lower (Masonic) degrees of O.T.O., which was given the name
"Mysteria Mystica Maxima", or 'M.'.M.'.M.'.
Crowley rented 'The Abbey of Thelema' in Cefalu, Sicily.
In 1925, after Reuss' death, Crowley became Outer Head of
the Order (OHO).
the 1920¹s and 30¹s Crowley/.'M.'.M.'.M.'. and O.T.O. were
involved in political events of the C20th through spying
for the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) on members
of the Thule
and Vril Societies, German occultists with political
links to the Nazi party, and on European comunist activities.
During WW2 Crowley led an MI5
mission involving a magic ritual to send a psychic message
to lure Rudolph Hess to Britain.
the early 1940s Crowley's U.S.
based O.T.O. Lodge, Agapé, was led by 'Jack' Parsons,
a Los Angeles based rocket scientist, whose semi-biogaphical
script, co-written with Frank Malina, was rejected by MGM.
- Moved to private hotel, 'Netherwoods' in Hastings, Sussex.