Synopsis - Crowley, Myth and Magick,When the popular press of the 1930s dubbed Aleister Crowley the 'wickedestman in the world' they started a smear campaign that is still taken seriously bythe majority of modern pagans. Mogg is a modern Thelemic magician, workingin the same tradition as Crowley, who often finds himself tarred with the same brush. In this talk he will argue that it is impossible to move beyond Crowleyunless one has first reached a mature understanding of the man's weaknessesand strengths. He will them go on to outline the new synthesis of Thelemicmagick that has grown out of researches of Crowley and which is part of theancient tradition of hermetic magick. He will argue that this magick has to bethe real core of the modern pagan renaissance if it is to progress.
Crowley, in case you've not heard, died in 1947. I mention that in case you areone of those whose is about to ask me for his current address.I first encountered the myth of Crowley when I was at school. I friend of mine,very much into rock climbing, suggested I take a look at an interesting book he'd picked up, about an Edwardian mountaineer who was also a 'Satanist.'I was at the time, browsing my way through the books in our local (Newport)reference library's 'private case'. Every library seems to have one of these, Inthe Bodleian, where I know live in Oxford; it’s called the Phi collections,(presumably Phi for phallus). Incidentally, they still keep a copy of the Kama