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Aleister Crowley and Thelema
"Thelema is the magical system derived from the work of Aleister Crowley. Perhaps ironically, many occultists who blanch in horror at the mention of Crowley's name use concepts and terminology drawn directly from his work."
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Aleister Crowley, born October 12, 1875, was the son of a wealthy family which adhered to the Christian sect known as the Plymouth Brethren. Under what name was he christened?
Edward Alexander Crowley
William Alexander Crowley
Edward Aleister Crowley
Thelemites (people who practice Thelema, who "accept" the Law of Thelema) often greet others with the salutation "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." What is the correct response to this greeting?
Love is the law, love under will.
Thou hast no right but to do thy will.
Every man and every woman is a star.
Who calls us Thelemites will do no wrong.
The number 93 is significant in Thelema for many reasons. Among these is the gematria - the "numerological" value - of two Greek words. What are they?
Thelema and Eros
Thelema and Agape
Eros and Agape
Therion and Babalon
The fundamental text on which all other Thelemic magick, philosophy, and thought is based was written in 1904. Crowley maintained that he was inspired to write it while travelling with his wife in Cairo, and indeed, stated that it was dictated to him in an audible voice by a spirit named Aiwass. What is the title of this work?
The Book of Lies
The Book of the Law
The Book of the Heart Girt with a Serpent
Aleister Crowley founded the OTO (Ordo Templi Orientis).
Crowley adopted the archaic spelling of magic - "magick" - as the name for his system of attainment, and defined it as "the Science and Art of causing change in conformity with the Will." Which of the following would probably NOT be considered a magical operation under his definition of the art?
Blowing your nose.
Mindlessly reacting to the actions of others.
Conjuring up a thunderstorm.
Writing a popular song.
Crowley wrote "The Gnostic Mass," a eucharistic ritual based on Thelemic principles, in 1913. What ritual officer or officers are involved in performing this Mass?
Priest and one or more Acolytes.
Priest, Priestess, Deacon, Positive Child, Negative Child.
Priest and Priestess and an optional Deacon.
Near the end of his life, Crowley worked with artist Frieda Harris on a monumental project, producing a completely redesigned Tarot deck and accompanying book on the Tarot which refined and crystallized much of his earlier work. What was the name of the deck and book produced by Crowley and Harris?
The Rider Tarot
The Crowley Tarot
The Book of Thoth
The Tarot of Thelema
Besides technical and philosophical works on magick, Crowley wrote two novels and a number of short stories with magical themes. Many of the characters in his novels were based on people he knew. Basil King Lamus (in "Diary of a Drug Fiend") and Simon Iff (in "Moonchild" and several detective short stories) were based on someone Crowley knew well. Who was it?
Samuel Liddell "MacGregor" Mathers
William Butler Yeats
Crowley attached great importance to "The Magical Memory." What does this mean?
Remembering all the words, gestures, images in a ritual.
Memory of past incarnations.
Memory of events that have not happened yet - i.e. precognition.
Total recall of all details in one's life.
Crowley had a number of magical names - names/mottoes adopted upon attaining a particular magical initiation, or "grade." Which of the following was NOT one of Crowley's magical names?
John St. John
Crowley had many sexual partners, male and female, in the course of his life. However, at any given time, beginning with his first legal wife, Rose Kelly Crowley, he would regard one woman as his particular magical partner. What title was conferred upon the woman who formed that bond with Crowley?
The Scarlet Woman
The Whore of Babylon
The Mother of Heaven
The Bride of the Beast
Philosophically, Thelema insists that ethical and spiritual authority over each person derives from...
...The Gods of the Book of the Law.
Crowley believed that the writing of the Book of the Law marked the beginning of the Aeon of Horus, the era of the Crowned and Conquering Child. The Aeons were periods of human spiritual development governed by a particular Deity, symbolizing a central formula of how humans relate to the spirit, to the Gods, and to themselves. The present Aeon of the Child was preceded by an Aeon of the Father. What was it called?
Aeon of Jehovah
Aeon of Zeus
Aeon of Jesus
Aeon of Osiris
Which of these choices was NOT (in his opinion) an earlier incarnation of Aleister Crowley?
Cagliostro (Italian adventurer and occultist)
Eliphas Levi (French occultist)
John Dee (Elizabethan magician and scholar)
Pope Alexander VI (Borgia pope)
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Compiled Jun 28 12