A Brief Introduction
Hi there - please let me introduce myself! My name is Brian Northmore. I may well be 'getting on a bit in years', a fact of which I am often reminded by those supposedly nearest and dearest to me, but nevertheless I am proud to say I am the independent researcher, designer and writer of this most informative website. Despite the fact that I have tried desperately to explain to my lovely wife that irrespective of the great deal of time spent involved in its development, during which she was more or less 'ignored', I can not possibly be a reincarnation of the subject because I was born in the year BEFORE he died, she remains unconvinced! So, welcome to this site dedicated solely to the life and works of, in my humble opinion, the greatest magician of the 20th century, Edward Alexander Crowley, known to one and all as Aleister Crowley, The Beast 666. Incidentally, you can rest assured that even after my demise, others are now capable of researching and updating the site. Despite this, if you consider you can maintain the site and would like to own and run it, I AM ALWAYS OPEN TO SERIOUS OFFERS. PLEASE Contact Us SHOULD YOU WISH TO CONSIDER PURCHASING IT AS AN ONGOING CONCERN.
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Aleister Crowley, like so many of the world's other outstanding men who preceded him, was definitely a man born before his time. He was also a man who did not suffer fools gladly living in Victorian and Georgian societies that could neither understand him nor even begin to appreciate his true genius. His extensive writings so shocked the vast majority of the influential people of the time that he was most likely robbed of the praise that many of his works so richly deserved. Fortunately the world today is a much more enlightened place, and even more fortunately for those of us still living in it, his publications live on. To see a list of these publications, in particular those relating to the Astrum Argentum AA, the organisation he formed with George Cecil Jones after the collapse of the Golden Dawn, click HERE. Crowley only ever referred to his organisation as the AA. What the letters actually stood for was supposedly known by members only. Israel Regardie, his one-time secretary, in Gems from the Equinox suggests it should be Astrum Argentinum, while others call it Argenteum Astrum, Arcanum Arcanorum, Argentinum Astrum, Argentinium Astrum and Astron Argon, although C.R. Cammell in his biography Aleister Crowley The Black Magician tells us it is Atlantean Adepts. However, the concensus of opinion seems to be Astrum Argentum, which is the name we shall use throughout this site. Liber LXI vel Causae is Crowley’s own account of the G.D., its breakup and how the AA came to be formed.
Despite the fact he died almost 70 years ago, the name Aleister Crowley still instils revulsion and horror in the hearts and minds of many, although these tend to be uninformed bigots who know nothing whatsoever of the man except what they have been told by other uninformed bigots. He gained much notoriety during and after his time on this earth, and was (in)famously dubbed The Wickedest Man in the World by the magazine John Bull, a title of which he was indubitably proud. The same magazine ran headlines such as 'THE KING OF DEPRAVITY', 'A HUMAN BEAST' and 'A MAN WE'D LIKE TO HANG' after the scandal concerning the Abbey of Thelema. Before you judge Crowley, we feel this snippet of information is of vital importance to balance what has been written about him since his death. Israel Regardie in his Introduction to P.R. Stephenson’s The Legend of Aleister Crowley (1970) throws some interesting light on John Symonds (Crowley's literary executor and biographer):
It is certainly recommended that you read his autohagiography titled The Confessions of Aleister Crowley. Apart from being a tremendous read, albeit it disjointed, and at times complicated, it may well alter any preconceived impression you have of the man, irrespective of what your thoughts were originally, saint or sinner. The cost of Crowley's publications has rocketed since his death, so you may well consider the expense is not worth it. In this case try your Public Library (assuming it is still open), which is from where I obtained and read my first copy many years ago, but you really should bear in mind that truly rare books can turn out to be a sound investment. At Tomegatherion, we consider ourselves very fortunate as we recently acquired a copy of the 1989 reprint (in outstanding condition for its age) on eBay ® for less than £23 including postage. We were also very lucky when we picked up an original First Edition of the 1969 print in hardback, also relatively cheaply and in wonderful condition - see the image to the right. This was the first complete airing of this great tome, because prior to this only the first two parts of the book had ever been published! Amazon ® is another web site you can try with complete confidence. Second-hand bookshops used to be an excellent source, but, unfortunately for people like us, the owners of such premises have now realised the potential value of these books. Shortly before Crowley's death, John Symonds, co-editor of Confessions, paid him a visit and persuaded him to get the remainder of the manuscripts typed, which he did. The Master sent a copy to Symonds, complaining about the forty pounds cost, and the rest is history - The Confessions of Aleister Crowley is the subsequent result. It is unbelievable to think that this incredible book recording the life and works of the world's greatest magician could have been lost forever!
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The Number of the Beast
The Number of the Beast (Greek: Άριθμὸν τοῦ θηρίου (Arithmon tou Thēriou)) is a term found in the Book of Revelation in the New Testament that is associated with the first Beast of Revelation 13:18, the Beast of the Sea. "Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six". Numbers were represented by letters in Koine (common) Greek and Ancient Hebrew (and Ancient Arabic). The practice of converting Greek letters into Greek numerals is known as Isopsephy. In Hebrew (and English), the practice is known as Gematria, where every letter corresponds to a number. The sum of these numbers gives a numeric value to a word or name.
In most manuscripts of the New Testament and in English translations of such, the number of the Beast is written as 666. However, prior to the writing of the Book of Revelation it was believed that the number for the antichrist was 616, for in those days there were many people who were not enamoured of the Jewish people, particularly Roman Emperors (whose names were in Latin).
Neron CaesarIt is widely accepted amongst scholars that the Roman Emperor Nero (ruling 54 – 68 AD, which was around the time when John of Patmos wrote the Book of Revelation) is the first Beast of the Book of Revelation. This interpretation was calculated by enumerating his name and title Neron Caesar to the Number of the Beast. An Aramaic scroll from Murabba'at, dated to 'the second year of Emperor Nero', refers to him by this name and title; in Latin this is Nro Qsr (pronounced "Nerō Kaisar") and in Hebrew it is Nron Qsr (pronounced "Nerōn Kaisar"). To completely understand the following, a smattering of Kabbalah and the Sacred Alphabet is essential.
This is the Latin version of the name which drops the second Nun (נ), so that it appears as Nro and transliterates into Hebrew as נרו קסר, yielding 616:
However, the preferred Greek version of the name and title used by John of Patmos transliterates into Hebrew as נרון קסר, and yields a numerical value of 666 still seen today:
Aleister Crowley adopted the number 666 as a form of rebellion against his strict religious upbringing as a child, and the fact that his mother considered him to be the Beast, the Anti-Christ of the Apocalypse. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is the fear of the number 666.
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Chapter 1 - A Biography of the Beast 666 - & much more
Aleister Crowley (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947)
Chapter 2 - The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
Chapter 3 - Astrum Argentum AA
Chapter 4 - Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.)
Chapter 5 - Thelema
What is Thelema?
Appendix 1 - AA Publications, Poetry, Novels, Essays & Other Miscellany
Understanding Crowley's Works
Appendix 2 - The Book of the Law + Much More
Not Merely a Reproduction of Book 4 - Part 4 - Liber AL vel Legis ....
Appendix 3 - The Gnostic Mass
Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (Gnostic Catholic Church)
Appendix 4 - Images of Aleister Crowley, his Associates & Artwork
Images of Aleister Crowley
Appendix 5 - Kabbalah
What is Kabbalah?
Appendix 6 - Occult & Other Symbols
Occult & Other Symbols
Appendix 7 - Miscellaneous Newspaper/Magazine Articles relating to Aleister Crowley
Appendix 8 - Free eBooks available from tomegatherion.co.uk
A Glossary of Thelema & the Occult
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