Aleister Crowley and the Aeon of Horus

A Thelemite belief is that humanity can be divided into a series of Aeons that was accompanied by its own forms of magical and religious expression. The Aeon of Isis, the Aeon of Osiris, and the Aeon of Horus. Crowley believed that Magick was a bridge between art and science with the involvement of mystic forces.

Isis

Isis was the Egyption Goddess of fertility. The Aeon of Isis was characterized by maternal values such as the pagan worship of mother nature and pagan worship. This Aeon took place during the pre-Christ era.

Osiris

The Egyption God Osiris was the God of the underworld. He symbolized death and resurrection. This era was marked by self sacrifice and submission. These values are reflected in Christianity and Islam, the dominant world religions during this period.

Horus

Aleister Crowley believed he ushered in the Aeon of Horus, where individuality and the exploration of self will are the dominant belief systems. I find it intriguing that commercialism, psychology, and secular societies encourage core elements present in the basic premise of Crowley’s book of the law – or “Do what thou wilt.”

Crowley’s second most important book was “The Vision and the Voice.” He believed that along the journey to self discovery the individual could find harmony with the universe and develop the ability to openly communicate with higher powers. Through meditation, concentration, and discipline an outer body experience could be achieved. I feel the techniques Crowley developed were the foundation for current belief systems that provide a methodology to astral projection exploration in the modern age. In the 1970s, the CIA embarked on a mission to study the possibilities of psychic powers and the existence of a sixth sense. Crowley’s rituals and techniques added a learnable methodology to ancient mystic beliefs that influenced humanity’s pursuit for discovering a connection between spirituality and science.

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My upcoming short film, Mountain Cult, incorporates themes of Astral Projection and occultism. You can view the trailer below.

Aleister Crowley 1905 Kachenjunga Disaster

Aleister Crowley K2 expedition

In 1905 Aleister Crowley agreed to a Himalayan mountaineering expedition up Kanchenjunga. Swiss doctor Jules Jacot-Guillarmod proposed the plan following their unsuccessful expedition together on K2 in 1902. Crowley agreed under the condition he lead the expedition along with Oscar Eckenstein, a mountaineering friend. Crowley wanted to set the record for highest altitude reached by man. Climber George Bell, an American physicist, biologist, and mountaineer, would later call the face of the mountain Crowley attempted to climb “A savage mountain that tries to kill you.”

Crowley insisted on bringing along a several volume library – he felt it was dangerous for men to let go of their civilization while in the wild. The crew would bring along a train of about 200 porters to carry an unreasonable 3 tons of luggage.

Crowley allegedly treated the porters brutally – with no compassion for the many among them who traveled barefoot. This lead to discontentment among the crew that only escalated.

Following a small avalanche and a hesitant retreat, Jacot- Guillarmod attempted to depose Crowley of his leadership position. Crowley rejected this request. Guillarmod decided to lead the crew back down the mountain, despite Crowley’s warning that his intended route was too dangerous.

As the rest of the crew retreated, Crowley remained in his tent and attempted to summon a demon. An avalanche occurred and instigated a chaotic scene with crew members crying out for help. Aleister ignored their pleas even as three porters and one of the crew members succumbed to their deaths. The evening of the event Aleister Crowley wrote a letter to the Darjeeling Newspaper in which he stated “”a mountain ‘accident’ of this sort is one of the things for which I have no sympathy whatever.” When Crowley passed by the survivors on his own way down, he neither stopped nor spoke to any of them.

“1905 Kanchenjunga Expedition.” Wikipedia, 23 Jan. 2021, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1905_Kanchenjunga_expedition.

Crow, Footless. “Footless Crow: The Brief Mountaineering Career of Aleister Crowley- the Great Beast 666.” Footless Crow, 21 Jan. 2011, footlesscrow.blogspot.com/2011/01/brief-mountaineering-career-of-aleister.html. Accessed 29 Dec. 2021.

History, et al. “How Aleister Crowley, the Infamous Occultist, Led the First Attempt to Reach the Summit of K2 (1902) | Open Culture.” Open Culture, 16 Aug. 2018, http://www.openculture.com/2018/08/aleister-crowley-infamous-occultist-led-first-attempt-reach-summit-k2-1902.html. Accessed 29 Dec. 2021.

The Boleskine House – Portal to Hell

In 1899 Aleister Crowley purchased the Boleskine House to perform a 6 month ritual called “The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage.” Crowley – regarded by even himself as “The Great Beast” – had been on the hunt for a property that matched certain specifications – it needed to be secluded, have doors facing the north, and room to construct a terrace with fine river sand. The sand was used to measure the success of the ritual – Crowley would be summoning spirits, and in that sand he would see their foot prints.

Crowley wanted to open up communication and knowledge of his guardian angel, whom Crowley believed to be Aiwass. The first instructions of the ceremony warn the user that the ceremony itself is to dangerous and should not be performed. Crowley didn’t care – he felt he was up to the challenge. He would live on bread and water for months, rise before dawn, and recite the incantations with the habitual discipline of a monk. The ceremony takes 6 months to perform.

The grave spiritual danger of the ceremony is that evil spirits must be summoned and compelled to serve the light. The room where Crowley performed the ceremony was so dark he required the artificial light of candles. In his isolation the shadows in the house began to appear as opaque figures.

Macgregor Mathers – founder of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Crowley’s occult group – interrupted Crowley during his ceremony. He required his assistance in Paris. Crowley never completed the ceremony – nor did he cast the spirits away. Jimmy Page would later claim Crowley had opened the portal to Hell.

After the second world war Major Edward Grant took ownership of the property. He was in Allaister’s former room when he took a shotgun to his head and committed suicide.

Jimmy Page, famed guitarist of Led Zeppelin, purchased the home in 1970. He was too busy to maintain it and invited his friend, Malcolm Dent, to reside there. Dent frequently experienced a malevolent presence in the home. The ominous feelings would develop into real world sensations – negligible sputtering steps at first, until one night it sounded as if an enormous hound were moving just outside his room. Dent recalled hearing a pounding on the door, only to find he was still alone the following morning.

The Boleskin House burned down in November of 2015 with nobody inside. Centuries earlier, on the same lot where the home would be built, it is said that a fire had also broken out. Only that time, the blaze occurred during a church congregation – and killed everyone inside.

Uri Geller – CIA Psychic or Conman?

Uri Geller

In the 1970’s the American government received word that Russia was investing heavily in the research and development of para-psychological phenomena. Not only that, but their intelligence – which was likely intended to mislead them – suggested that they were increasing their budget from an already whopping 60 million rubles. Keep in mind, these were Cold War times, so the U.S. was determined to beat Russia at everything.

The United States government began funding CIA projects to invest in ESP testing and uncover paranormal abilities. They launched a program called “Scannate” at Stanford University where they brought in well known psychics and tested their claims.

One of the most popular psychics was rocketing to stardom – his name was Uri Geller, a soft-spoken Israel who invoked the help of God to perform his stunts.

The common feats Uri performed involved bending spoons and visualizing images that a subject known as a “sender” concentrated on. In a 2017 interview with Good Morning Britain, Geller claimed that the CIA had requested him to investigate a Russian embassy using remote viewing and solve the mystery of JFK’s assassination.

The most infamous moment of Uri Geller’s career, however, occurred during his appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Unknown to Geller, Carson had contacted former magician and skeptic James Randi.

Carson himself had experience with magic and doubted Geller’s psychic claims. He contacted James Randi and asked for instruction on how to keep Geller honest. James Randi insisted that Johnny provide the instruments for the tricks and keep Geller and his crew away from them prior to his performance. Randi believed Geller was performing cheap magic – and the spoons were already bent before he went on stage.

Johnny Carson’s control of the objects prior to Geller’s appearance seemed to pay off – Geller was unable to demonstrate a single telepathic ability during his 20 minutes of onscreen time. It was unforgettably awkward and put the brakes on Geller’s exploding popularity. Nonetheless, Uri Geller continues to be known worldwide as a legitimate psychic and convince many of his paranormal abilities.

My short film “Doctor with the Red Houseware” involves a cult that employs the use of astral projection for communication with an otherworldly being. Feel free to check out the trailer below if that’s of interest to you.

The Ganzfeld Experiment and ESP

The “Ganzfeld Experiment” was introduced to experimental psychology during the 1930s. The aim of the experiment was to test for PSI – or anomalous processes of sensory information. The term “Ganzfeld” is a German word that means “entire field”. The experiments were essentially designed to test the existence of a sixth sense – so it’s not hard to see why sensory deprivation exercises developed from these experiments.

During the Ganfeld Experiment a subject, known as a “receiver”, would be isolated into a dark room. Translucent ping pong balls were cut in half and taped to their eyes. A red flood light illuminated the room. Headphones secured to their ears bombarded them with white noise. The receivers were deprived of normally functioning senses to force them to use a subconscious sense to interpret the world around them.

Another subject, known as the “sender”, would concentrate on a select image in another room. Researchers wanted to learn if the receiver could receive telepathic communications and visualize the image that the sender was focusing on.

The experiment concluded with the receiver attempting to properly identify the image that was being telepathically communicated. They were presented with 4 images, which through guess work alone had a 25% chance to be accurate. Correctly identifying the image was known as a “hit”.

Charles Honorton

Through 42 experiments conducted from 1974-1982, the hit rate was 33 percent. This is statistically significant, and it was enough for Charles Honorton – an American Parapsychologist – to conclude that a anomalous process of sensory information did exist. Unsurprisingly, the methods employed in the study were scrutinized for not employing optimal protocols and contained insufficient documentation. Ray Hyman, a psychologist, criticized the flaws in randomization for choice target and judging procedure. It seems the success of these experiments fueled legitimate intrigue into the possibility of remote viewing.

I’ve been researching astral projection and remote viewing to better understand its history and how it received funding of 20 million dollars through formerly classified CIA experiments. Astral Projection is a communication method employed by the “Mountain Cult” in my upcoming short film “Doctor with the Red Houseware.” I’ll post a link to my trailer at the bottom and my sources directly below. I am not a historian, nor a documentarian. I simply drink a lot of coffee, walk in a lot of circles, then write down the results of that journey.

  1. Bem, D. J. (1996). Ganzfeld phenomena. In G. Stein (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the paranormal (pp. 291-296). Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganzfeld_experiment

The Man is Lost

desert-trekA man sat on a beach all alone, mid-day. The wind blew through his hair and the waves broke on the shore. He smooshed a cigarette from his hands into the sand, stood up, and started walking away.

“Where are you going?” asked a little girl a short ways behind him.

The man looked both ways. “Who are you?”

The little girl shrugged. “I was just surveyin’.”

The man shook his head. “You should stop. Go find your parents, little girl.”

“I don’t have any,” she responded, with a chuckle.

The man scratched his chin. “You screwin’ with me, kid?”

The little girl laughed again. “No. Don’t you like the waves?”

The man turned to look. “Yes, I do. Do you?”

“I love them!” she boomed, enthusiastically. “That’s why I live here.”

“You live here?”

“Yes. I live here.”

The man shook his head, then walked away.

About fifty paces further, he was well afar from the sand of the beach and walking along a grassy terrain filled with palm trees. There he found a little boy.

“Hey there mister!” Said the little boy, jumping as he did.

The man scratched his long mane of blond hair. “Now who are you supposed to be?”

The little boy only laughed. “You are funny.”

“Where’s your parents, kid?”

The little boy giggled again. “I don’t have any.”

“And I don’t suppose you live here too, do ya?”

The little boy nodded excitedly. “I do, I do!”

The man scoffed, then left, walking with his head down.

Pretty soon, the man was walking through a desert. Tumbleweeds drifted, sand blew through the air, and when he turned around, the man saw that everything behind him was gone. He stood there on his own, until suddenly noticing a very old lady, wearing all black, and sitting in a rocking chair.

“Excuse mamn, I think I’m lost. You got any idea how to get outta here?”

The old lady smiled a sickly smile, the type that squiggled all the way up to her eyes. “Young man, you’re not lost. This is where you live.”

– Thomas M. Watt