The Great Beast 666: Taking Another Look At Crowley

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. This is my 666th post for this blog. I thought long and hard about what to write for this post. Numerology, sun worship, the influence of Christian eschatology on Pagan traditions, or the obsession with the anti-christ. In the end, I decided to write about Crowley. I've been reading a lot of his work lately.I'll be honest: I have never liked Crowley. He was brilliant, a genius, but I sincerely disliked the man. Then again, a lot of early … [Read more...]

Life Moves Pretty Fast: Learning to Love the Law

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Having a crisis of faith on top of a Saturn's return is a weird thing. The whole purpose of a Saturn's return is to shake your foundations until all the rotten pillars come loose. It's very unpleasant. Part of the process involves you clinging to those rotten pillars as if it were a matter of life and death. You, of course, don't realize that they don't fit your life or feed your soul. It's simply how you expect things to be. And when it … [Read more...]

An Occult Memoir of New York: A Review of James Wasserman’s “In The Center Of The Fire”

My feelings regarding books sent to me for review are mixed. I don't have a lot of free time for reading. Reading a book and then reviewing it requires a significant time and energy commitment on my part. So although I feel obligated to review the books sent to me for that purpose, most of them sit in what I term "the stack of good intentions." It sits there boring a hole into my conscience. I feel a sense of relief upon being able to successfully remove a book from that stack, and a sense of … [Read more...]

Book Review: Diary of a Drug Fiend by Aleister Crowley

{Aleister Crowley. Diary of a Drug Fiends. Weiser Books 2010. 368 pages. $18.95} Review by Star FosterWhy on earth should you read this book? I know I asked myself that question. What moral, spiritual or religious value could be found within? It is the story of a couple who ride the highs of heroin and cocaine until they find themselves addicted, degraded and enslaved to their habit. Through Thelema they find salvation from the demands of heroin. The book is more than just an advertisement for … [Read more...]