Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune: The Logos of the Aeon and the Shakti of the Age

Overview

Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune were two of the most controversial and powerful occultists of the 20th century. Crowley was regarded by many as a creature of the night, albeit one whose soul was streaked with brilliance; Fortune was viewed as one of the Shining Ones, who nevertheless wrestled with her own darkness. Between them they produced some of the best books on magick ever written, and their influence upon contemporary magicians has been profound.

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Overview

Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune were two of the most controversial and powerful occultists of the 20th century. Crowley was regarded by many as a creature of the night, albeit one whose soul was streaked with brilliance; Fortune was viewed as one of the Shining Ones, who nevertheless wrestled with her own darkness. Between them they produced some of the best books on magick ever written, and their influence upon contemporary magicians has been profound.

Written by occult scholar Alan Richardson, this unusual and provocative book draws upon unpublished material to reveal little-known aspects of Crowley and Fortune’s relationship, and their role as harbingers of sweeping cultural changes—foreshadowing the women’s movement, the sexual revolution, and 1960s counterculture—as well as other surprising influences upon our present culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738715803
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 607,405
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Richardson was born in Northumberland, England, in 1951, and has been writing on the topic of magic for many years. He does not belong to any occult group or society, does not take pupils, and does not give lectures on any kind of initiation. He insists on holding down a full-time job in the real world like any other mortal. That, after all, is part and parcel of the real magical path. He is married with four children and lives very happily in a small village in the southwest of England.

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Table of Contents

About This Book xv

Prologue 3

1 Deaths and Afterward 7

2 The Wars of Their Worlds 29

3 Priests and Priestesses 59

4 Temples and Their Truths 85

5 Initiations and Other Awakenings 119

6 Falling to Earth and Other Trauma 147

7 Past Lives and Similar Futures 163

Afterword 169

Appendix A 177

Appendix B 187

Selected Bibliography 193

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