Varieties of Magical Experience

Marco Pasi

in Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199863075
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979974 | DOI:
Varieties of Magical Experience

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This chapter centers on two features of Crowley's esoteric work, which are magic and Yoga. It shows how Crowley changed the understanding and epistemological interpretation of occult practice, and addresses the argument that there is a natural contradiction between his views on magic and Thelema. It then looks at his efforts to modernize magic and his interpretation of the idea of “Knowledge of Conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel.” This chapter also introduces Aiwass, a “praetor-human intelligence” that belongs to the realm of spiritual reality.

Keywords: esoteric work; Yoga; magic; occult practice; epistemological interpretation; Thelema; modernizing magic; Aiwass; praetor-human intelligence; spiritual reality

Chapter.  15897 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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