Sir (Edward Alexander) Aleister Crowley

(1875 e.v. – Ixxi e.n.)

by T. Apiryon

English poet, painter, mountaineer, magician, and prophet, the physical vehicle of TO MEGA THERION. Head of A∴ A∴ and head of O.T.O. in the English-speaking world under Reuss, and Reuss’s successor as O.H.O of O.T.O. Crowley wrote Liber XV, the Gnostic Mass, in Russia in 1913 e.v. Most readers of this essay will already be familiar with the life of Aleister Crowley; those who are not are referred to the references listed below.


Cammell, Charles Richard; Aleister Crowley: the Man, the Mage, the Poet, University Books, Inc., New Hyde Park, NY 1962

Crow, W.B.; A History of Magic, Witchcraft and Occultism, Aquarian Press, London 1968

Crowley, Aleister; Works

Fuller, Capt. J.F.C.; The Star in the West, Walter Scott, London 1907

Grant, Kenneth; Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God, Samuel Weiser, NY 1974

Regardie, Israel; The Eye in the Triangle, Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, Minnesota 1970

Roberts, Susan; The Magician of the Golden Dawn, Contemporary Books, Chicago 1978

Skinner, Stephen; The Magical Diaries of Aleister Crowley, Samuel Weiser, York Beach, Maine, 1979/1981

Stephenson, P.R. and Israel Regardie; The Legend of Aleister Crowley [1930], Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, Minnesota 1970

Symonds, John; The King of the Shadow Realm, Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd., London 1989

Symonds, John and Kenneth Grant, eds.; The Magical Record of the Beast 666, Duckworth, London 1972

Original Publication Date: 2/1/97

Originally published in Red Flame No. 2 – Mystery of Mystery: A Primer of Thelemic Ecclesiastical Gnosticism by Tau Apiryon and Helena; Berkeley, CA 1995 e.v.