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Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism$
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Henrik Bogdan and Martin P. Starr

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199863075

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.001.0001

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Aleister Crowley—Freemason?!

Aleister Crowley—Freemason?!

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(p.227) 9 Aleister Crowley—Freemason?!
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Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism
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Martin P. Starr

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.003.0009

This chapter considers Crowley's Masonic contacts. It tries to separate the facts from the numerous myths that surround Crowley and Freemasonry. In the next section, it studies Crowley's relationship with Freemasonry, which parallels his differing views of himself as the Great Wild Beast 666, the great magician and prophet, and the decent British gentleman. It also considers how Freemasonry allowed him to become a part of the respected establishment of British society.

Keywords:   Masonic contacts, Freemasonry, differing views, Great Wild Beast 666, magician, prophet, British gentleman, British society

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