Vilified by the British tabloid press as "The Wickedest Man in the World," Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) became a legend in his own lifetime. Decades ahead of his time, Crowley was a wealthy libertine, poet and intellectual who spent a fortune of £100,000 in the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment. Reviled during his lifetime as a monster, Crowley's reputation for evil has diminished as the social mores of Victorian England recede. But the legend of the Beast 666, the Wickedest Man in the World, persists, with the surprising result that it has spawned a Crowley cult of rock stars and fans who are more attracted to the legend than to Crowley himself! Of course, these are the ones that attract the most media attention. Unfortunately, this sensationalistic popularization of Crowley masks the real depth and range of Crowley's attainments. The Secret Wisdom of 666 strips away the legend and reveals Crowley in a completely new light. 666 is an inspired work of Thelemic... More > hermeneutics. Also available in softcover.< Less
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