The Eye in the Triangle: An Interpretation of Aleister Crowley
Robert Anton Wilson, Israel Regardie, David Cherubim
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Introduction by Robert Anton Wilson
Preface by David Cherubim
This is the masterful biography of the Magus Aleister Crowley, written by the one person most qualified to write it. Israel Regardie was a friend and student of Crowley, and served as his personal secretary for some time. In this book, Regardie manages to write a fair and balanced view of Crowley. It is an intelligent and insightful look into Crowley's life, Magick and Mysticism. Dr. Regardie interprets all this from the wisdom of experience. A member of the Golden Dawn, O.T.O. and A.A., Regardie writes with deep insight and compassion, openly revealing his own feelings, and thus providing a unique insight into Crowley. This book is the classic biography of Crowley!
His studies in the Qabalah and Magic enabled him to ingratiate himself with Dion Fortune, who picked him out of his misery and helped him in every possible way. He betrayed, robbed and insulted his benefactress. Being now a little more on his feet, he was able to move about more freely, and soon managed to scrape acquaintance with a middle-aged lady occupied in varieties of "healing" by massage and other devices. He switched over to this form of human activity, and made considerable sums of
multiplied my stuprations. I have made my flesh rotten, my blood venomous, my nerves hell-tort'ured, my brain hag-ridden. ! have infected the round world with corruption. ALEISTER CROWLEY 25 But just as one swallow does not make a summer, neither does this by itself make Crowley into a masochist. For one thing, his capacity for sheer pleasure, adventure and excitement was too vast. Another viewpoint is possible about this "ecstasy of abasement" as Crowley referred to it in another place.
attach any vital importance to works. With him, the reason for refraining from sin was simply that it showed ingratitude to the Saviour. In the case of the sinner, it was almost a hopeful sign that he should sin thoroughly .... It should be clear, then, that he did not like his uncle, and since Tom Bishop was a devout Christian, it requires no great psychological acumen to realize the simple identification that followed. Tom Bishop = Evangelical = Christianity = Christ. If the fITst item of the
for a living-as far as that goes, we learn very little about the man. We do know that he was penniless, and came to live with Crowley, acting in effect as his instructor in magic. If he had no fInancial resources, he must have been thoroughly insecure in our particular social environment, altogether apart from the more dynamic and historical factors lying in the background of his life. After he had completed his role of acting as guru to Crowley, he went to Ceylon to become a Buddhist monk. Under
went right. Instead, he was told that before he could be advanced to the next grade, he would be given an examination on certain material which would be furnished him, and which he should study. This was not at all unreasonable, but to his chagrin and consternation, instead of unspeakable mysteries, he was handed the Hebrew alphabet and a few Hebrew words from the Qabalah. What a let-down! He had been familiar with these prosaic facts for a long while. There was nothing new-or secret-about any of