Friends of Unkle Al

Thelemites and fellow travelers, Unkle Al being, of course, the late Aleister Crowley, author of "An Essay on Number" stating that an atheist takes a position at least as good as any other and is a person a lot less likely to lead others astray.

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Resident Alient at Answers: Who Put Aleister Crowley on the Cover of Sgt. Pepper?

Started by James M. Martin Dec 1, 2012. 0 Replies

"The cover of the Sergeant Pepper's album by the Beatles showed a background of, according to Ringo Starr, people "we like and admire" (Hit Parade, Oct. 1976, p.14). Paul McCartney said of Sgt.…Continue

Perdurabo: Coming to a Screen Near You

Started by James M. Martin Nov 25, 2012. 0 Replies

Hoping that Mr. Richard…Continue

Aleister Crowley on Atheism

Started by James M. Martin. Last reply by James M. Martin Sep 22, 2012. 10 Replies

Atheists are of three kinds.The mere stupid man.  (Often he is very clever, as Bolingbroke, Bradlaugh and Foote were  clever).  He has found out one of the minor arcana, and hugs it and despises…Continue

Christian Cafeterialism (and Islamic, Too)

Started by James M. Martin Mar 16, 2012. 0 Replies

I read a piece on a Morrocan woman who, told that she must give birth to her rapist's child, committed suicide instead.  In a comment to the story, it was mentioned that religious people "like bin…Continue

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Comment by James M. Martin on June 27, 2014 at 7:40am

The genius of Crowley lay in part in his (he would say his Higher Self's) prevention of sect-making and schism one sees around us in the 21st century: Christians against Christians, Muslims against Muslims, &c. Liber AL vel Legis strictly forbade any interpretation of the text; Crowley may have been satirizing the authors of the O.T., having the benefit of perusing every extant "Holy Book" Unkle Al could get his hands on. He knew that the nomadic desert warlord tribes and leaders kept their flocks in thrall of a "God" to manipulate their behavior in a molded version of submission and obedience. Today, we have different sects interpreting the Bible so radically different that the only-human urge to press one's version ahead of all others is guaranteed to harm us all. All the monotheisms despise each other because their god is better than the others' gods. While it is true that the Sunni-Shia schism is based upon patrilineal succession and hereditary mantles, the rivalry among The Priesthood -- my term for clerics of all religious and sectarian persuasion -- ensures an uneasiness that translates into action at some point. We who do not believe cannot escape the devices of those who do. But at least Thelema cannot have evangelical-Catholic, Sunni-Shia, &c. schismatic disruptions, which also, obviously, translate into action of a sordid sort.

Comment by James M. Martin on November 14, 2012 at 4:15pm

I am reading the Kaczynski bio of To Mega Therion titled Perdurabo and have adduced a whole new theory about him that certainly links him spiritually and materially to the subatomic particles of the late John Lennon: Libras are sensualists and cannot help sexual exploration if art will not suffice.  Sometimes they manage to combine the two.  Kaczynski links Crowley to Dionysian cults using altered states of consciousness to explore theories of invisibility and other themes of interest to, e.g. intelligence agencies.  The drug of choice, Kaczynksi proves, was mescaline.  (Didn't Jim Morrison of the Doors try that?)  I did not care for the drug, myself, having partaken in the days when the buds of the Rio Grande Valley could be picked up within barb wired ranches on cold, wet Christmastime days going with my brother to the south to gift his lady friend there.  Some were into peyote enemas because the high was stronger and came-on quick.  Thinking of Crowley doing those Horus rituals in public, replicated by Thelemite Kenneth Anger for screenings of, e.g. Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome.  The film seems odd to squares because they see it without having imbibed the Kykeon. 

Comment by James M. Martin on September 9, 2012 at 9:58am

I am really amazed more atheists don't groove on Unkle Al: Knowing that all scripture was written by men, he wrote a "gospel" of his own.  His God (the man's own mind) told him that the Number One tenet of his religion was: Do anything you wish so long as you do not prevent others from exercising this same right.


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