666 Aleister Crowley Life Facts

Kidding. Clearly, 666 facts about Aleister Crowley will not be presented here, as that would take too much space.

Still, a lot of facts about him will be presented, because Aleister Crowley (born Edward Alexander Crowley) is one of the most controversial figures in history and the man he inspired the counter-cultural movement of the 1960s. Which should come as no surprise when taking into consideration that Crowley himself claimed to be The Great Beast whose number is 666, described by John in the Book of Revelations.

Of course, as many who have studied his life and commented on its various aspects point out, one should remember that Crowley was an educated and highly intelligent man, with a gift for words and ample wit who reveled in challenging established social norms and value systems, most notably Christianity, so his words should probably never be taken literally.

Instead, one can see his claim as a metaphorical one. Meaning that, by his thoughts and actions, he represented an opposite to the way of doing things taken for granted in the Western World, a challenger of the status quo.

So, in essence, the Crowley demon persona should be interpreted as him being akin to the Great Beast of Revelations, which has the same function of destroying everything (albeit presumably in a literal manner), but not the actual Beast per se. The same being true of the Aleister Crowley satanist image he has acquired after his death, in more recent times.

So, who was he?

1. Background

Aleister Crowley had a patchy relationship with his mother.

Edward Alexander Crowley was an Englishman born in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, UK on the 12th of October 1875.

His father was a devout Christian and a travelling preacher for Plymouth Brethren, part of the fundamentalist Christian sect the Exclusive Brethren and a major influence on Aleister Crowley in early life, which explains his later fascination with mysticism and the occult as well as possibly his revolt against Christianity.

He didn’t get along with his mother who described him as “the Beast” which he enjoyed greatly and only served to make him misbehave more.

He studied at Cambridge from 1895 to 1898, initially enrolling to study Philosophy, but then changing to English Literature. While here he wrote poems, expertly played chess and continued to cultivate what would become a life-long passion for mountaineering (including performing his first remarkable mountaineering feats around this time).

It is also speculated that he was recruited by the British secret services while at Cambridge and it seems like he was interested in a career in “diplomacy” in Russia, by his own admission. However, he would abandon such plans in 1897 after a brief illness. And so, he would turn his interest to the occult, which would occupy him for the rest of his life, along with continuing to write poetry, go mountaineering, paint and other pursuits.

2. The HOGD

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn is the occult organization Aleister Crowley first took part in.

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was the first time that Aleister Crowley was exposed to an organized group of occultists. He got into the organization by the introduction from Julian L. Baker (a chemist interested in alchemy as Crowley was, which he met while in Switzerland) to George Cecil Jones who was a member of Golden Dawn.

However, it was not meant to be a good, long relationship. Because Crowley’s abrasive personality and pugnacious attitude would manage to irritate some elders of the group, among which Arthur Edward Waite and the renowned poet William Butler Yeats.

When he was initiated, Aleister Crowley was given the magical name “Frater Perdurabo”, which is taken to figuratively mean “Brother, I shall endure to the end”, but in a literal translation from Latin it is simply “Brother Vigor”.

Tying in to the speculation about his secret service recruitment, it is also assumed that he was actually set the task of infiltrating the organization in order to keep an eye on it for the British secret service.

3. Sexuality

Aleister Crowley was a very sexual person.

It definitely plays a major role in all of Crowley’s teachings and the whole system of magick that he built, which will be mentioned below.

But it also played a major role in his everyday life too and can be argued that it has shaped his life in its entirety as well as his psychology, even from a biological point of view.

The thing is, Aleister Crowley started his sex life early, losing his virginity at the age of 14 to a family maid. From that point onward, he continued to be very sexually active, indeed a womanizer, and he was perfectly comfortable with being publicly promiscuous during his whole life, including having frequent sex with prostitutes.

This latter practice led to him getting his first sexual disease (gonorrhea) barely three years after losing his virginity. But it would not be the last. As he also contracted syphilis from a prostitute while a student at Cambridge.

Since syphilis is known to affect the brain in its later development, you can see why the mention above regarding his sexual life being a major influence on his life, as well as his psychology, even from a biological perspective, is a valid point.

And speaking of societal effects of his sexuality on his life, he also discovered his bisexuality early in his youth, (biographers speculate that during his Cambridge years), which is another reason why he was kicked out of the Golden Dawn.

Because, although other members were bisexual or homosexual too, such practices were illegal at the time and Aleister Crowley was not discreet about it.

4. Books, teachings and works

Aleister Crowley invented a whole system of magic and a new religion.

¬†Probably the most important and famous Aleister Crowley book is Liber AL vel Legis, or “The Book Of The Law”, because that’s where it all started, as concerns Crowley’s major and lasting influence on modern Western occultism and Wicca.

And it was this book that gave rise to the religion that Crowley founded called Thelema (which the English transliteration of the Greek word “will”), whose main tenet is “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”.

In short, when he was in Egypt with his wife Rose in 1904, Aleister Crowley claims to have come in contact with his guardian angel named Aiwass who, as the messenger of Horus, told Crowley that a new age of mankind has come under this¬†god’s rule, characterized by the supreme moral tenet mentioned above, in which people must learn to live in harmony with their Will.

As such, Aleister Crowley was to be the prophet of Horus and spread the teachings and commandments he delivered with the help of Aiwass during three whole days to the whole word and translate the book in all languages.

Oddly enough, Crowley himself claims that initially he resented his being chosen and just sent the manuscript to other occultists he knew, then ignored it.

But later Aleister Crowley did develop Thelema in earnest. And the mentions above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his prolific dedication to writing occult material. Keyword being occult, meaning¬†“only for initiates” or “knowledge of the hidden”, coming from the Latin “hidden, secret”.

Because Crowley’s works are cryptic, allegorical and symbolic, (presumably) requiring magickal instruction from a Thelemite in order to be understood.

One can search on the Internet The Book of Lies Aleister Crowley to see possibly the most cryptic example.

And if the search were The Book of Thoth Aleister Crowley instead, the reader would discover the text that he wrote as accompaniment to the Aleister Crowley tarot cards version that he created.

5. Death and aftermath

The death of Aleister Crowley took place at his home.

Before talking of his real death, it’s worth mentioning his fake death.

In character with his love of mischief and chaos, Crowley meticulously faked his death in 1930 just for laughs. While at the Boca Do Inferno (in Portugal, near Lisbon) he planted a note which talked about him being heart-broken and implied that he had jumped to his death.

With the help of his friend, Portuguese Fernando Pessoa he also managed to fool the newspapers who picked up the story and made it known. The whole thing was revealed as a prank when Crowley made his unannounced appearance in Berlin at an exhibition for some of his paintings.

He did really die though (despite many conspiracy theories and wishful thinking to the contrary) in 1947, December the 1st, due to a combination of conditions, the main one being chronic bronchitis on top of which he also suffered from myocardial degeneration and pleurisy.

Based on his reputation, when one pictures his death, one tends to do so in the form of a spectacular event. More like The Aleister Crowley Death involving great magick at hand and a good show.

Sadly, reality was far more mundane with Crowley dying in his home at Netherwood, like many “average” men and women. Sadly, he also died penniless without ever managing to get rid of his addictions (including heroin and cocaine).

If it seems like an inglorious end for an influential man, worry not. This didn’t stop him from becoming the emblematic occultist that he is today with a continuing influence on many. For better or for worse, it’s up for each person to decide.

If you’re interested about more information about this controversial figure you can look for the Aleister Crowley biography considered by many to be a must read, namely¬†Richard Kaczynski’s “Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley.

Or the partial autobiography called “The Confessions of Aleister Crowley¬†: An Autohagiography”.

Just remember to keep things grounded in facts and not the sensational, as is often the case with Crowley.

I mean just type Aleister Crowley Jay Z or Barbara Bush Aleister Crowley in a search engine and you’ll know what I mean.

And just in case you were wondering, a simple “research” will help clarify that the whole Barbara Bush descendant of Crowley theory is actually a well-documented and confirmed April’s Fool prank that started on a blog (Cannonfire).

Do what thou wilt. Heh.

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5 Beautiful Luxurious Hotels

Some people like natural beauty and nothing else, going to remote places to enjoy it and just it, without the hubbub of society and civilization.

Other people like exactly that. The purring of life in a busy urban center, with all the comforts that the city can offer.

But it’s probably universally appealing, to each and every individual to have both beauty and luxury rolled up into one perfect package.

Which is what the 5 beautiful luxurious hotels which are about to be presented below can offer to their clients. For the appropriate price, of course.

1. Singita Sabi Sand

5 beautiful luxurious hotels - Singita Sabi Sand

Situated in the South Africa in the Kruger National Park, this resort was designed by up-and-coming African architects and is gracefully integrated into the landscape. Its two lodges, Boulders and Ebony give off a vibe of an old fashioned 60s movie featuring a daring explorer coming back from a dangerous safari to enjoy a tasteful location as he rests.

Among its features are private showers outdoors, tours to photograph the surroundings and the wildlife and a wine cellar stocked with excellent wines. And speaking of the wildlife, there’s plenty around, including elephants that like to dip their trunk in the river nearby now and then.

2. Taj Lake Palace

One of the 5 beautiful luxurious hotels is Taj Lake Palace.

All the way over in Udaipur, India this time, the hotel in question is a magnificent sprawling complex, with 17 suites available for the ultimate experience in comfort, on this private island on a lake. But if you don’t want to break the piggy bank, you can also opt for its 66 “regular” rooms.

Don’t worry, they’re in the same league of magnificence with the suites, featuring frescoes and mosaics which are a testament to this structures 263 years on this Earth. And to make the experience complete, the hotel even has a fleet of vintage cars that you can rent.

3. Ocean House

The list of 5 beautiful luxurious hotels includes Ocean House in Rhode Island

In the Watch Hill district of Rhode Island rests a gem of the Victorian architectural-style, right on the waterfront. But its story is like that of the Phoenix: it features a comeback, but is still inherently sad. Because this current establishment is remarkable for keeping much of the form and structure of the original hotel by the same name built here in 1868.

However, that original hotel was demolished in 2005, marking the end of the last Victorian Era hotel on the waterfront in the entire Rhode Island mainland.

Still, the present incarnation’s 49 guest rooms (along with the many other rooms housing the pool, spa, restaurant etc.) are more than impressive in their own right, regardless of being relatively newly built (opened to the public in 2010).

You can also choose to stay in one of the condominium suits, of which this estate has 23.

4. Four Seasons in Gresham Palace

5 beautiful luxurious hotels - Four Seasons Gresham Palace

The Gresham Palace in Budapest is a complex built on the place of a neo-classical palace built in 1827 and called Nákó House. The Gresham Palace came to be because the Gresham Life Insurance Company bought the Nákó House in 1880 and then decided to make something new and larger, which they completed in 1906 after two years of work.

Then, its history becomes more convoluted, being used as a barracks by the communists Red Army after World War II, then being abandoned and finally being swapped from one owner to another, including Four Seasons who still manage it.

And if you know other Four Seasons hotels around the world, you have an idea of how much they value luxury and form. This one is no exception with its Art Nouveau architecture, large staircase, beautiful ironworks and many other details

5. Nayara Springs

The list of 5 beautiful luxurious hotels includes Nayara Springs

The owners of this hotel claim it is one of the most romantic places in the world, placed as it near the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. And the Springs part in the name is no lie either, because the clear cool waters from the aforementioned volcano do pass there.

Interesting about it is also that it promotes itself as an adult-oriented place, with entertainment options like various excursions, horse-riding, water-rafting, zip-lining and many others being provided by the staff.

With plenty of rooms in three complexes to choose from, of which some include hammocks, your stay in the jungle will feel authentic enough, yet without sacrificing luxury and comfort one bit. An interesting combination.

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Laugh Out Loud Wrong Presidential Candidates Statements

In anticipation of the presidential elections to be held in the US in 2016, which are starting to be on everyone’s mind, let’s relieve some of the tension building around the subject by taking our collective hats off in honor of some past¬†laugh out loud wrong¬†presidential candidates statements.

These statements, mind you, belong to the current presidential candidates.

And I mention that they are past statements which fall into the glorious category mentioned above, so as to differentiate them from future such statements, because the probability of them happening is not null, if you get my drift.

Also, they were, curiously, not set loose upon the world by the representatives of just one party, but by both. Just to make it clear that nature, at least, is impartial when distributing her gifts of elocution and logic.

Without further ado, I give you these orator’s gems:

1. Martin O’ Malley

Laugh out loud wrong presidential candidates statements - Martin O'Malley

It’s hard to think of a more expressive and recent example of someone who is totally out of touch with the going-ons in the world at large. What’s sad is that in this case, Mr. O’Malley is¬†running to become the leader of the world’s (currently) only superpower, so in his case it might be sort of, maybe useful if he DID know just a tiiiiny bit more about international affairs.

Especially the big-attention grabbing kind like the war in Syria. You see, he declared that he thinks:

“Assad‚Äôs invasion of Syria will be seen as a blunder.‚ÄĚ

Ahem. As in, Bashar al Assad, the president of Syria. That one.

Apparently¬†Mr. O’Malley doesn’t know that it’s kind of impossible to invade the country you rule, albeit just nominally when it comes to the whole territory, because there are many groups fighting there which are themselves unrecognized internationally.

2. Ben Carson

One of the laugh out loud wrong presidential candidates statements is Ben Carson's

Here’s one that’s right up there in the major league crackpot Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter meets Keith Richards’ stash sort of trips away from reason.

Mr. Carson claimed that, in his own words:

‚ÄúIn the class of 1968 at Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, Mahmoud Abbas was one of the members of that class, and so was Ali Khamenei. And that‚Äôs where they first established relationships with the young Vladimir Putin.‚ÄĚ

Apart from the fact that they are a tad ideologically different (but hey, maybe that’s all an act), Khamenei was imprisoned at the time, Putin was 16 and in high-school not university and Khamenei didn’t even visit that particular university in 1968, let alone study there…

3. Ben Carson (again)

The list of laugh out loud wrong presidential candidates statements includes two entries from Ben Carson

While we’re in crazy town, let’s go visit the luxurious mansion where Ben Carson’s other statement lives, surrounded by admirers.

In a win for science he said:

‚ÄúA lot of people who go into prison straight, and when they come out they‚Äôre gay.‚ÄĚ

Gee-whiz! And we all thought the whole homosexuality thing was a bit more complicated. And that in this particular instance, sure some of the inmates might be¬†hidden gays and for various reasons decide to come out publicly while in prison (maybe because they have nothing more to lose or the other horrors they’ve endured have cured their fear of public scorn). Or maybe even some of the inmates might discover their different sexual orientation while in prison.

But to claim that they all turn gay by going to prison is like saying that all those with PTSD suffer from it because they’re in fact in love with bullets, IEDs, trauma, injuries and horror. Because a soldier gets PTSD as a result of the traumas not¬†because he opts for it. Just like prisoners might be raped in prison by other prisoners, thus causing them a trauma which possibly might result in an apparent change of sexual orientation, in rare cases.

And if he was referring to the rapists themselves, most people understand that there’s a tiny difference between liking someone and raping someone. In the case of inmates, rape has been documented by researchers to actually be a form of domination and imposing hierarchy.

Now if inmates would all suddenly start caring about each others’ feelings, dedicating love poems and having passionate, consensual and partner-aware intercourse, that would probably make Mr. Carson’s claim valid.

4. Donald Trump

laugh out loud wrong presidential candidates statements - Donald Trump.

The current favorite for controversial if not actually appalling statements regarding anything from immigrants to foreign relations, Mr. Trump had one that was truly magical when discussing the US economy.

“The last quarter, it was just announced, our gross domestic product — a sign of strength, right? But not for us. It was below zero. Who ever heard of this? It’s never below zero.”

Now, let’s try and understand the reasoning behind it step by step. If he was referring to the GDP per se being below zero, that’s game over for the Goddess of Reason, who I am informed has just turned over the discussion table screamed in frustration, and left the room.

Because the Gross Domestic Product of a country can only be zero if nothing gets produced in that country. As in really nothing. Think post-apocalyptic landscape, but without any survivors, technology, industry, heck, even civilization. In other words, even the world depicted in the Fallout series is liable to produce a GDP possessing group if anyone bothered to actually calculate it etc.

Moving on, if he meant to say growth in GDP, de Goddess of Reason would have stayed on, but probably had whipped out her little friendly gadget, The BS Detector, because USA has gone through 11 recessions just since World War II, which were¬†all characterized by negative growth. That’s lower than¬†zero growth, that Mr. Trump claimed never happened, in case you were wondering.

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3 Space Things People Know Wrong

Since the universe we live in is so complex, science has a pretty hard job. Because it has to try and give explanations for all the phenomena in this great universe in an orderly, rational, provable fashion. And since everything is connected to everything in the universe, from the macroscopic level to the microscopic one, and our human mind tends to work by dividing things and putting them into neat categories, you can see why mistakes may happen.

Not necessarily because a certain scientific theory is flat out wrong, although that sometimes happens as well, but because the information available at one point changes later and influences the premises that the theory was initially based on, which needs to be revised.

However, when that theory is revised, the world and its people who aren’t scientists don’t necessarily follow suit. Which leads to cases in which a certain thing is believed which might seem plausible or might have seemed so in the past, but is no longer so.

Since space is vast and its field of study is equally so, here’s 3 space things people know wrong. Keep in mind that the things discussed below might suffer revisions as well, if new information comes to light.

1. The emptiness of space

3 space things people know wrong - empty space.

I’m sure you’ve heard this expression frequently in sci-fi movies, usually with the accompanying intense stare into nothingness of a main character, along with dramatic music. Well, scientists are now saying, based on recent discoveries that space might not be all that empty after all. And that even between planets and stars, though there is a seeming void, in fact there the density of material is just really really low, but clearly not zero.

Not to mention that even more recent explorations focus on something called dark energy which seems to be is everywhere within that void and all around the universe. Though some theories explain it as being part of the fabric of space and others use different approaches, it is still an argument that the space between planets and stars is not just nothingness.

2. BOOM!

One of the 3 space things people know wrong is fire in space.

Explosions and the fires that accompany them do not behave at all like we’ve been taught in the movies. Meaning that a great wave of fire, sound and accompanying shock-wave do not happen. This is logical if you come to think about it. As fire needs oxygen to burn and sound is actually pressure on your ear-drum caused by moving masses of… air, water whatever as long as it is liable to cause vibrations.

But keep in mind that there would be oxygen at hand, from inside the destroyed vessel. So in fact, an explosion in space would happen, but it would take a fraction of a second while the fire manages to consume some of the oxygen before it dissipates and it would look kind of like a flash.

3. Dodge skills The list of 3 space things people know wrong includes asteroid mine-fields.

You won’t need that much of them. In case you thought they were essential when navigating an asteroid field. Which is another common opinion often depicted in movies. You know, that part when the beleaguered protagonists, the underdogs and their clearly inferior ship in size and firepower decides to take the dangerous decision of losing the other ship in an apparently suicidal attempt to traverse a dense asteroid field.

In reality, asteroid fields’s elements are pretty widely spaced apart. Along the lines of weeks, months or even years of space travel between one asteroid or another, with current technology. Which is something that some legendary sci-fi writers knew very well and made note of in their works (like Orson Scott Card in his prequels to “Ender’s game”, which features¬†a family of asteroid miners).

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Some Internet Celebrities Post-Fame

If beauty is fleeting, fame is even more so. Yet more fleeting than fame is Internet fame. Of which we have no shortage of in our social media-driven era.

It seems like everyday, at least once a day, a new sensation is born, that somehow makes it to your feed and everyone else’s on the planet, in a manner in which only big-time stars managed to do in the past.

Yet, just as fast as they appeared, these meteors of fame burn away from our collective focus, whether it’s a few days later, a few weeks later or maximum a few months later.

Which raises the question (that I’m sure some of us has had): what happens to these individuals once their moment has gone? Because it’s well known that fame will alter a person’s personality. So, once these people have been affected, but for a little while, do they revert to their old selves? Or does their fame propel them somewhere else? And where? Towards better or worse?

As a few examples, here is some information about some internet celebrities post-fame.

Antoine Dodson

Antoine Dodson is part of the story on some internet celebrities post-fame.

The man who gave you the most precious advice, to “hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide yo husband cause they rapin’ everybody out here.” After his rant was auto-tuned and propelled him to audio and meme celebrity, Antoine tried to capitalize on it by endorsing a sex offender tracking app and trying to start a reality show based on his family.

He also mentioned that he’s decided to switch his sexual orientation to heterosexual (he was homosexual before, in case you didn’t know), married and had a baby.

As climax to this tale, he also thought it’d be a good idea to arrange a boxing match between him and the home-intruder that made him famous in the first place. He almost got knocked out with the first punch thrown by the man.

The Techno Viking

The happenings of some internet celebrities post-fame include The Techno Viking.

What we all thought was a lethal dancing machine meets just as lethal berserker who obviously works out, probably along the lines of battling Ice Giants, turns out, in real-life to be a very private laid-back person. To the point of actually doing the unimaginable (to us) thing of not only not coming forth to capitalize on his fame as Antoine above (hence his name not being known), but actually suing the guy that filmed him impromptu, while dancing on the street and made him a celebrity.

Repeatedly. Until he won compensation for damage to his image from a European court and the right to have all the materials based on the Techno viking thing (and his likeness) removed from the Internet, which is what he’s probably doing right now – hunting for them. With his massive Norse axe.

Chris Crocker

some internet celebrities post-fame - Chris Crocker.

The effeminate (male!) star of the “Leave Britney Alone!” emotion-packed, Oscar deserving(?) rant sure did follow up on his new-found fame. Or so it appeared as he went on to record a few songs and promote them with the help of his new viralness.

This image boost even managed to get him an appearance in a Weezer music video called “Pork and Beans”. So it looked like it might just work for him. Alas, hype is not the only component in long-lasting fame. You have to actually have a skill or something to say to cater to said-hype.

And, as is often the case of Internet celebrities, that artistic talent appears to be lacking in Crocker’s case, judging by the fact that he ended up doing gay porn. With his boyfriend. Oh, well. As long as he’s happy, fame doesn’t matter that much anyway.

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