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USA-Made Gifts. Books See All. Jen Wilkin. According to his account, he instead sent typescripts of the work to several occultists he knew, putting the manuscript away and ignoring it. Returning to Boleskine, Crowley came to believe that Mathers had begun using magic against him, and the relationship between the two broke down. The winner of this was J. Fuller , a British Army officer and military historian, whose essay, The Star in the West , heralded Crowley's poetry as some of the greatest ever written. Crowley decided to climb Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas of Nepal, widely recognised as the world's most treacherous mountain.
Rigo de Righi, the expedition was marred by much argument between Crowley and the others, who thought that he was reckless. They eventually mutinied against Crowley's control, with the other climbers heading back down the mountain as nightfall approached despite Crowley's warnings that it was too dangerous. Subsequently, Pache and several porters were killed in an accident, something for which Crowley was widely blamed by the mountaineering community.
Spending time in Moharbhanj , where he took part in big-game hunting and wrote the homoerotic work The Scented Garden , Crowley met up with Rose and Lilith in Calcutta before being forced to leave India after non-lethally shooting two men who tried to mug him. On the way he spent much time on spiritual and magical work, reciting the "Bornless Ritual", an invocation to his Holy Guardian Angel , on a daily basis. While Rose and Lilith returned to Europe, Crowley headed to Shanghai to meet old friend Elaine Simpson, who was fascinated by The Book of the Law ; together they performed rituals in an attempt to contact Aiwass.
Crowley then sailed to Japan and Canada, before continuing to New York City, where he unsuccessfully solicited support for a second expedition up Kanchenjunga. Under emotional distress, his health began to suffer, and he underwent a series of surgical operations. Crowley claimed that in doing so he attained samadhi , or union with Godhead, thereby marking a turning point in his life. Crowley's inheritance was running out.
In November , Crowley and Jones decided to found an occult order to act as a successor to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, being aided in doing so by Fuller. The group's headquarters and temple were situated at Victoria Street in central London, and their rites borrowed much from those of the Golden Dawn, but with an added Thelemic basis. Crowley had become increasingly frustrated with Rose's alcoholism, and in November he divorced her on the grounds of his own adultery.
Lola was entrusted to Rose's care; the couple remained friends and Rose continued to live at Boleskine. Her alcoholism worsened, and as a result she was institutionalised in September During the trip he invoked the thirty aethyrs of Enochian magic , with Neuburg recording the results, later published in The Equinox as The Vision and the Voice.
Following a mountaintop sex magic ritual, Crowley also performed an invocation to the demon Choronzon involving blood sacrifice , considering the results to be a watershed in his magical career. The case was widely reported in the press, with Crowley gaining wider fame.
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Various members of the press attended, and reported largely positively on it. In October and November , Crowley decided to stage something similar, the Rites of Eleusis , at Caxton Hall , Westminster ; this time press reviews were mixed. In early , Crowley published The Book of Lies , a work of mysticism that biographer Lawrence Sutin described as "his greatest success in merging his talents as poet, scholar, and magus".
Crowley convinced Reuss that the similarities were coincidental, and the two became friends. Reuss appointed Crowley as head of the O. Fascinated by the O. O's emphasis on sex magic , Crowley devised a magical working based on anal sex and incorporated it into the syllabus for those O. They subsequently performed in Moscow for six weeks, where Crowley had a sadomasochistic relationship with the Hungarian Anny Ringler. As part of the ritual, the couple performed acts of sex magic together, at times being joined by journalist Walter Duranty.
During this time the First World War broke out. Professing to be of Irish ancestry and a supporter of Irish independence from Great Britain, Crowley began to espouse support for Germany in their war against Britain. He became involved in New York's pro-German movement, and in January German spy George Sylvester Viereck employed him as a writer for his propagandist paper, The Fatherland , which was dedicated to keeping the US neutral in the conflict. Many of his articles in The Fatherland were hyperbolic, for instance comparing Wilhelm II to Jesus Christ; in July he orchestrated a publicity stunt—reported on by The New York Times —in which he declared independence for Ireland in front of the Statue of Liberty ; the real intention was to make the German lobby appear ridiculous in the eyes of the American public.
In Vancouver , headquarters of the North American O. There, he made heavy use of drugs and undertook a ritual after which he proclaimed himself "Master Therion". He also wrote several short stories based on J.
Crowley used it to promote Thelema, but it soon ceased publication. Through their rituals, which Crowley called "The Amalantrah Workings", he believed that they were contacted by a preternatural entity named Lam. The relationship soon ended. Now destitute and back in London, Crowley came under attack from the tabloid John Bull , which labelled him traitorous "scum" for his work with the German war effort; several friends aware of his intelligence work urged him to sue, but he decided not to.
New followers continued to arrive at the Abbey to be taught by Crowley. On publication, it received mixed reviews; he was lambasted by the Sunday Express , which called for its burning and used its influence to prevent further reprints. Subsequently, a young Thelemite named Raoul Loveday moved to the Abbey with his wife Betty May; while Loveday was devoted to Crowley, May detested him and life at the commune.
She later said that Loveday was made to drink the blood of a sacrificed cat, and that they were required to cut themselves with razors every time they used the pronoun "I". Loveday drank from a local polluted stream, soon developing a liver infection resulting in his death in February Returning to London, May told her story to the press.
As a result, John Bull continued its attack, with its stories being repeated in newspapers throughout Europe and in North America. Crowley and Hirsig went to Tunis , where, dogged by continuing poor health, he unsuccessfully tried again to give up heroin,  and began writing what he termed his " autohagiography ", The Confessions of Aleister Crowley. Crowley took Olsen back to Tunisia for a magical retreat in Nefta, where he also wrote To Man , a declaration of his own status as a prophet entrusted with bringing Thelema to humanity.
Hirsig later distanced herself from Crowley, who then denounced her. According to Crowley, Reuss had named him head of the O. Mandrake went into liquidation in November , before the entirety of Crowley's Confessions could be published. Stephenson meanwhile wrote The Legend of Aleister Crowley , an analysis of the media coverage surrounding him. In April , Crowley moved to Berlin , where he took Hanni Jaegar as his magical partner; the relationship was troubled.
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There, he decided to fake his own death, doing so with Pessoa's help at the Boca do Inferno rock formation. Crowley's paintings fitted with the fashion for German Expressionism ; few of them sold, but the press reports were largely favourable.
Justice Swift, in Crowley's libel case. He gained much publicity for his lawsuit against Constable and Co for publishing Nina Hamnett 's Laughing Torso —a book he thought libelled him—but lost the case. During the hearing, it was revealed that Crowley had been spending three times his income for several years. Crowley developed a friendship with Deidre Patricia Doherty ; she offered to bear his child, who was born in May The work sold well, resulting in a second print run.