The aristocrats of magic are said to be the great occult adepts. Typical was Aleister Crowley, once dubbed the 'Wickedest Man in the World'. Born in England in 1875 to fanatical Plymouth Brethren parents, they are believed to have done Crowley untold damage, his mother even classing him as the beast from the Book of Revelation. By 1898 Crowley joined the infamous magic circle, Golden Dawn, eventually falling out with them.
An erotic poet and adept, in 1903 Crowley married Rose Kelly who he eventually abandoned. But with her help he is said to have invoked the Egyptian God Horus’s messenger, Aiwass, who dictated Crowley's the ‘Book of the Law,’ laying down much modern occult practice.
This, his drug dependency, and his setting up of a sex magic cult in Sicily in the 1920s made Aleister Crowley one of the most controversial figures of his time. Dying in 1947, it is my opinion he did untold damage to the place of the occult in the modern world.
(c) Anthony North, Feb 2007