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Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism$
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Henrik Bogdan and Martin P. Starr

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199863075

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.001.0001

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Varieties of Magical Experience

Varieties of Magical Experience

Aleister Crowley’s Views on Occult Practice1

(p.53) 3 Varieties of Magical Experience
Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Marco Pasi

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This chapter centers on two features of Crowley's esoteric work, which are magic and Yoga. It shows how Crowley changed the understanding and epistemological interpretation of occult practice, and addresses the argument that there is a natural contradiction between his views on magic and Thelema. It then looks at his efforts to modernize magic and his interpretation of the idea of “Knowledge of Conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel.” This chapter also introduces Aiwass, a “praetor-human intelligence” that belongs to the realm of spiritual reality.

Keywords:   esoteric work, Yoga, magic, occult practice, epistemological interpretation, Thelema, modernizing magic, Aiwass, praetor-human intelligence, spiritual reality

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