Crowley Vivianne

journeys in The Vision and the Voice, published first in The Equinox and posthumously in 1949.

Crowley kept with him a series of "scarlet women." The best known of these was Leah Hirsig, the "Ape of Thoth," who indulged with him in drinking, drugs and sexual magic and who could sometimes contact Aiwass. Crowley apparently made several attempts with various scarlet women to beget a "magical child," none of which was successful. He later fictionalized these efforts in his novel, Moonchild, published in 1929.

From 1915 to 1919 Crowley lived in the United States. In 1920 he went to Sicily and founded the Abbey of The-lema, which he envisioned as a magical colony.

In 1921, when Crowley was 45, he and Hirsig conducted a ritual in which Crowley achieved Ipissimus and became, according to his cryptic description, a god ("As a God goes, I go"). He did not reveal attaining Ipissimus to anyone, only hinting at it in his privately published Magical Record much later, in 1929. After the transformation, however, Hirsig found him intolerable. Crowley later discarded her and acquired a new scarlet woman, Dorothy Olsen.

In 1922 Crowley accepted an invitation to head the Ordo Templi Orientis. In 1923 the bad press that he routinely received led to his expulsion from Sicily, and he had to abandon his abbey. After some wandering through France (where he suffered from a heroin addiction), Tunisia and Germany, he returned to England.

In 1929 he married his second wife, Maria Ferrari de Miramar, in Leipzig.

In his later years he was plagued with poor health, drug addiction and financial trouble. He kept himself financially afloat by publishing nonfiction and fiction. In 1945 he moved to a boardinghouse in Hastings, where he lived the last two years of his life, a dissipated shadow of his former vigorous self. During these last years, he was introduced to GERALD B. Gardner by Arnold Crowther. According to Gardner, Crowley told him he had been initiated into the Craft as a young man. This claim is unlikely, as there is nothing in Crowley's published or unpublished writings referring to involvement in witchcraft. Crowley seemed disinterested in the Craft because of the authority of women; according to patriCIA Crowther, he said he "refused to be bossed around by any damn woman." Crowley died in a private hotel in Hastings in 1947. His remains were cremated and sent to his followers in the United States.

Crowley's other published books include The Diary of a Drug Fiend; Magick in Theory and Practice, still considered one of the best books on ceremonial magic; The Strategem, a collection of fiction stories; The Equinox of the Gods, which sets forth The Book of the Law as mankind's new religion; and The Book of Thoth, his interpretation of the Tarot Confessions originally was intended to be a six-volume autohagiography, but only the first two volumes were published. He argued with the publishing company, which was taken over by his friends and then went out of business. The remaining galleys and manuscripts—he had dictated the copy to Hirsig while under the influence of heroin—were lost or scattered about. They were collected and edited by John Symonds and Kenneth Grant and published in a single volume in 1969.

Crowley referred to himself in some of his writings as "the Master Therion" and "Frater Perdurabo." He spelled magic as magick to "distinguish the science of the Magi from all its counterfeits." Some modern occultists continue to follow suit.

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