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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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Continuing Knowledge from Generation unto Generation

Continuing Knowledge from Generation unto Generation

The Social and Literary Background of Aleister Crowley’s Magick

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Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Richard Kaczynski

Oxford University Press

This chapter identifies the different Western sources that Crowley used to help synthesize his magical system. It examines the modern literature on phallicism, sex worship, and worship of the sun. It then introduces the concept of solar-phallicism, which was viewed as the true origin of all world religions. It shows that these ideas were combined into Crowley's religious and magical worldview, and can be seen in certain passages in his 1913 Gnostic Mass.

Keywords:   magical system, Western sources, phallicism, sex worship, worship of the sun, solar-phallicism, world religions, worldview, 1913 Gnostic Mass

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