Crowley claimed to have written The Book of the Law on 8, 9 and 10 April 1904 (though his diaries and published accounts alternatively list April 1 and April 7, 8 and 9) between the hours of noon and 1:00 pm, in the flat where he and his new wife were staying for their honeymoon, which he described as being near the Boulak Museum in a fashionable European quarter of Cairo, let by the firm Congdon & Co. The apartment was on the ground floor, and the "temple" was the drawing room.
Crowley described the encounter in detail in The Equinox of the Gods, saying that as he sat at his desk in Cairo, the voice of Aiwass came from over his left shoulder in the furthest corner of the room. This voice is described as passionate and hurried, and was "of deep timbre, musical and expressive, its tones solemn, voluptuous, tender, fierce or aught else as suited the moods of the message. Not bass—perhaps a rich tenor or baritone." Further, the voice was devoid of "native or foreign accent".
Crowley also got a "strong impression" of the speaker's general appearance. Aiwass had a body composed of "fine matter," which had a gauze-like transparency. Further, he "seemed to be a tall, dark man in his thirties, well-knit, active and strong, with the face of a savage king, and eyes veiled lest their gaze should destroy what they saw. The dress was not Arab; it suggested Assyria or Persia, but very vaguely."
The Book of the Law is heavy on poetry, but light on theology. It generally encourages a libertine approach to life, the use of "strange drugs" and various obscure adjurations like "Let my servants be few & secret" and "Choose ye an island!"
Whether mystically transmitted or an act of creative excess, the Book of the Law is a remarkable document. In cryptic and poetic terms, the book lays out a kind of scriptural framework for a spiritual path called Thelema, the Greek word for "will." The most famous line in the book, while derivative of previous spiritual writings, would forever be associated with Crowley:
"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law."
Aleister Crowley is surely the most famous Satanist and black magician of the twentieth-century.
In 1909, Crowley began publishing the Equinox to spread his ideas.
Aleister Crowley called himself "The Great Beast", a reference to The New Testament's description of the Anti-Christ. In his masses he used cocaine, opium and hash.
Crowley’s philosophy was as follows (which is the exact same philosophy of all Witches and Satanists today):
“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.”
“Lust, enjoy all things of sense and rapture. Fear not that any God shall deny thee for this.”
“I do not wish to argue that the doctrines of Jesus, they and they alone, have degraded the world to its present condition. I take it that Christianity is not only the cause but the symptom of slavery” (Crowley, The World’s Tragedy, p. xxxix).
“That religion they call Christianity; the devil they honor they call God. I accept these definitions, as a poet must do, if he is to be at all intelligible to his age, and it is their God and their religion that I hate and will destroy” (Crowley, The World’s Tragedy, p. xxx).
Crowley studied Buddhism and Hindu yoga, following in the footsteps of Helena Blavatsky, and did much to popularize these in the West.
Some of the bands/musicians influenced by Aleister Crowley
A number of rock musicians have been fascinated by the persona and ideas of Aleister Crowley, and several have made reference to him or his work in their own.
Popular music groups who have made passing references to Crowley include:
The Beatles, who placed him among dozens of other influential figures on the cover of their concept album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
David Bowie, whose song "Quicksand", featured on his album Hunky Dory, makes the reference "I'm closer to the Golden Dawn, immersed in Crowley's uniform of imagery..."
Numerous heavy metal rockers have incorporated Crowley in their lyrics, though their interpretations more often follow the tabloid "Satanist" image of Crowley and not his actual writings. Such lyrics dwell on Crowley's sometime use of Christian eschatological imagery such as the number 666.
Ozzy Osbourne in his solo album Blizzard of Ozz released the song Mr. Crowley which was about Crowley's struggles and beliefs.
Ministry have also referred to Crowley in lyrics and sampled his voice on the track "Golden Dawn" from their Land of Rape and Honey album. The band reiterated in their album Psalm 69, in the eponym song the last lines "The way to succeed or the way to suk eggs" are borrowed from the Book of lies.
Iron Maiden, also made references to Crowley in many of their songs (most obviously "Moonchild", on the "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" album);
Celtic Frost released a (now classic) album named "To Mega Therion". Crowley had adopted this title, which means "the Great Beast".
Carcass (band) repeats "Hate is the law, love under will", a slight variation on the phrase from Liber AL vel Legis in the song "Firm Hand" on the album Swansong.
Behemoth: a record of theirs is entitled Thelema 6.
Tiamat, a Swedish metal group, in their album "Prey" with songs like "Light in Extension" (a direct quote from Crowley), and "The Pentagram" where Crowley was directly quoted from one of his recorded lectures.
Paradise Lost and Finnish band Babylon Whores. In his film House of 1000 Corpses, Rob Zombie used an actual recording of Crowley himself reading his poem "The Poet".
Perhaps most curiously, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page owned Crowley's Loch Ness estate, Boleskine House, from 1971 to 1992. It is also said that on some pressings of the Led Zeppelin III album, one or more Aleister Crowley quotes are inscribed into the runoff matrix of the vinyl (the space between the last groove and the label.) This may be a misinterpretation of the signatures left by master cutter George Peckham.
Page also composed the original music for Lucifer Rising, a film by Kenneth Anger heavily influenced by Crowley.
Mick Jagger composed the soundtrack to another Crowley inspired Kenneth Anger film, 'Invocation of my Demon Brother'.
Crowley is the old man pictured on the cover of Led Zeppelins fourth album (IV, Zoso, Runes etc).
Former Pantera frontman Philip Anselmo used the alias "Anton Crowley", (In reference to Anton LaVey from "Satanic Bible" fame, and Aleister Crowley), to avoid lawsuits while recording for his many side-projects.
John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is an admirer of Crowley, and the songs, '666' , 'I'm Around' , 'Emptiness' and 'Look On' (from his solo album, 'Inside of Emptiness') are all inspired by Crowley.
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Aleister Crowley is no doubt an occultist or in a more correct way a certified Cult leader who deceived his disciples thru malicious and inhumane ideology and perverted interpretation of the holy scripture. His philosophies never really made such an remarkable contribution in terms of integrity to humanity as a whole except for those of his kind who seek for theme self things more than they are able to think of and was victimized by the fruitfully poetic erroneous inherited or implanted teaching and beliefs like that of Scientology famous for its institutionalized mockery of God and Christ.
His influential and mystique appeal to the musicians and artist up to this present time is undeniably true, but certainly understandable musicians are by far always cling to an image of addiction to bad habits like smoking drinking, drugs and woman's, overwhelmed by success open resulted to self-centered belief, But even though that malicious and erroneous belief acquired to some other philosophies particularly that of Aleister Crowley inputted in a lyrical composition of an musicians or artist this thing never really matters most to the audience. As for myself lyrical composition is an important part of the song as a whole but melody plays the main part that makes people in love with it, and take not into mush consideration the lyrics intention. An exception maybe for the love song and ballads?
Its funny to learn this man proclaiming himself the "Great Beast" while on the Bible where he acquired this name the beast is actually is in symbolical form.