Confessions of an Acid Queen

Johanna at 26

Johanna Harcourt-Smith was 26-years-old when she met Timothy Leary. After Leary turned informant, she was branded a CIA-honeypot by Allen Ginsberg and shunned by just about everyone. For a time, most of the counterculture turned on Leary and his acid queen.

The primary person Leary ratted out was a lawyer named Michael Kennedy who’d engineered Leary’s prison escape through the terrorist Weather Underground. Leary was only told they “were political people,” not that they were terrorist bombers responsible for the death of a San Francisco policeman. The Weather Underground sought to use Leary as a publicity tool by sending him to Algeria to live with Eldridge Cleaver. They wanted to replay the film Algeria, which documented the success of a terrorist Islamic-Marxist revolution led by downtrodden Muslims, who had no rights in French Algeria. Hundreds of thousands died in their fight for independence, and the Weather Underground was envisioning a similar scenario in the USA, except led by middle-class teenagers. The real mission, however, was driving the left violent in order to marginalize and isolate it from the mainstream.

In 1969, Leary successfully legalized cannabis for a brief moment when he appealed a pot conviction all the way to the Supreme Court and won, so the antiquated 1937 Marijuana Tax Act had to be swiftly replaced by the Controlled Substances Act, which broadened the reign of terror on medicinal plants.

In 1987, when I arrived at High Times the entire editorial staff had recently been fired over the Christmas holidays. The magazine was teetering on insolvency and circulation had cratered. The advertising base consisted of two companies selling lookalike pills obviously intended to be sold as real on the blackmarket. Caffeine was likely the primary ingredient. The magazine had recently relocated to save money on rent, and the files that survived were in a shambles. There were no photo files, and no manuscript log for unsolicited articles. All unsolicited material disappeared into a black hole. The publisher was an accountant who kept the magazine running by cutting expenses. But the publisher turned out to be a puppet for lawyer Kennedy.

Tom Forcade (aka Gary Goodson)

Tom Forcade had created a trust to gift the company to loyal employees in the event of his demise, but when Kennedy learned of this, he immediately engineered a trip to the bank vault where the document was stored, and wrote his name on the list of trustees, while promising to serve as “protecter” of the agreement.

Soon Tom was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and Kennedy conspiring with Tom’s widow and family, including Tom’s lawyer uncle, the author of the trust. He was a former tank commander in WWII who’d been recruited into military intelligence. Employees began exiting en mass, mostly through sudden firings, but some because the thrill was gone. High Times became a treacherous environment run like an intelligence operation, where information was on a need-to-know basis.

Since the counterculture media had died or been co-opted by the 1980s, being put in charge of a nationally-distributed magazine represented a huge opportunity and I had no problem turning the financial situation around instantly just by upgrading the magazine’s content and focusing on celebrating the remaining counterculture, which included the Grateful Dead followers and Rainbow Family. One day A. Craig Copetus, one of the original High Times employees, visited the office. He seemed surprised to hear Kennedy had taken control. “Right before he died, Tom held a meeting and told us not to let Kennedy get control,” said Copetus. Obviously, Tom had second thoughts about that trip to the bank vault.

Micheal Kennedy

I sent a letter to Kennedy outlining my plans for creating universal, non-violent ceremonies that would focus on ending the drug war. I was already doing these cannabis-infused ceremonies in Amsterdam as part of the Cannabis Cup, as well as filming them, and felt a class-action lawsuit could be successfully mounted to protect hippies from persecution by claiming pot was a legitimate sacrament. To bolster these claims, I’d been accumulating evidence Zoroastrianism, the foundation for Judaism and Christianity, had originated as a cannabis cult, and the smoking bush of Moses was a reference to the inspirational power of cannabis. Despite offering a splendid opportunity for Kennedy to double-pay himself and get tremendous publicity for himself (and for the magazine), and increase sales, and especially because it would save countless thousands from jail and financial ruin, Kennedy never responded to the letter.

What Kennedy did instead is launch a series of campaigns to have me fired. A series of publishers were installed, all instructed to “start looking for a new editor.” Attempts were made to kill the Cannabis Cup, but I managed to offload that to Michael Esterson for a licensing fee. The agreement also kept videotaping alive as Esterson agreed to cover that cost. But as soon as the WHEE! festival became profitable, and Mountain Girl agreed to move the festival to her estate, Kennedy summoned me to his office, where he unexpectedly declared WHEE was dead. Kennedy informed me it was a huge waste of time and resources. Bolstering this lie required support from the publisher, who was Mike Edison at the time, who would soon be fired, and who later write a revenge memoir branding me as incompetent. Apparently, among my many crimes was believing the assassinations of the 1960s deserved further investigation, and that a group of teens from Marin had invented 420.

The next year, the trust dissolved and Trans High Corporation gifted to the employees. I was given some token shares along with a handful of other real employees, but Kennedy and Tom’s family held the majority. Kennedy moved into the High Times office and began running the operation into the ground. Meanwhile, I could never comprehend why Kennedy was so angry with me all the time since I’d been making him millions and sales sank without me at the helm. He was living on billionaires row on Central Park South, his summer residence was an ocean-front property in the Yale enclave in the Hamptons, and he also had a winter home in Palm Beach, as well as an estate in Ireland. I was a single dad living hand-to-mouth with two kids with a disabled wife to support at a different location, and just eking by thanks to the debates I was doing on college campuses against the former head of the New York DEA.

Buffalo Mailer

One day, I was summoned to Kennedy’s office where he introduced me to Buffalo Mailer, Norman Mailer’s son. Kennedy wanted Buffalo to provide some young energy to the aging editorial staff, so he was being installed as Executive Editor and I needed to introduce him to staff as if it was my idea.

The following day, I was again summoned to Kennedy’s office upon arrival in the morning, where a shame-faced Mailer held a copy of a just-released New York magazine, which contained an interview with Richard Stratton where he announced his next project: running High Times. Kennedy had made a secret deal with Stratton and Mailer was Stratton’s stalking horse. I felt sorry for Mailer, for allowing himself to be dragged into participating in a slimy hoodwink. At the editorial meeting later that morning where Mailer announced the real situation to the staff, only Natasha shed tears for me. The others were already angling for elevation on the masthead.

Richard Statton

I was moved out of the office so as not to interfere with the transition. I could never understand why nobody wanted my participation as I’d always thought of magazines as a team effort, and the goal was assembling the best possible staff. My investigative journalism had been a significant part of the magazine’s success, so why wouldn’t that continue? Instead, my contribution was limited to a 500-word monthly column, for which I was paid a steadily dwindling salary.

One day I got an email from Johanna saying she wanted to talk. I’d believed the stories about her being a CIA agent, but I was having second thoughts about that, as well as the truth concerning Kennedy’s participation in the Weather Underground. I knew Bill Ayers remained a close friend since I’d recently edited Kennedy’s adopted daughter’s wedding video.

I soon began formulating my alternative history of the 1960s, in which Tim Leary and Charlie Manson are manipulated pawns deployed to de-tooth the counterculture. Knowing I was on treacherous ground, I sent an email to Kennedy requesting permission to interview Johanna. Strangely, I got a response right away, and it contained an emotional plea not to because the memories remained an open wound. That email was nothing like any other email I ever received from Kennedy. It wasn’t like him to show weakness.

Johanna died recently from breast cancer, but she was able to finally get her story out. She’d watched Wormwood on Netflix and felt compelled to contact the filmmaker, who’d instantly agreed to interview her. During the film, it becomes apparent Johanna felt she was being manipulated into Leary’s orbit and it was through surveillance on her that the CIA was keeping tabs on Leary. But she’d never been a knowing participant. And I believe this is the way a lot of intel operations work. Few have any clue to the unseen strings or who the puppet masters might be.

Teenage Johanna

Johanna had become promiscuous at age 15, and a parade of powerful people connected to arms trafficking and illegal drugs soon became her friends and lovers. She became part of the Rolling Stones jet-setting entourage. At 26, she was likely nearing the end of a glamorous career as swinging super hottie, when Aleister Crowley devotee Anita Pallenberg (who’d inspired the Stones “Sympathy for the Devil” phase), told her to look up Leary because he was available and hiding out in Switzerland.

At their first meeting Leary pulled out Crowley Tarot deck.

Johanna and her mother

I was disappointed the film never delved into whether Johanna could have been sold by her mother to the CIA as an MK/Ultra sex slave. She’d had a raging libido from the age of 15, and typically held at least eight males under her command at all times. The reason Wormwood resonated so deeply could have been because her role as an acid queen was ordained.

The sad truth about Leary is he was half-visionary and half-huckster. His first book on the psychedelic experience was based around the Tibetan Book of the Dead, magic incantations intended to lead the dying to nirvana, basically the same hoodwink MI6 operative Somerset Maugham deployed in the Razor’s Edge, in which the secrets of the universe are located in Eastern philosophies. Imagine leading people from India or China to adopt Catholicism as the true faith. Enlightenment is not like climbing a mountain. You don’t reach the top and become released from temporal bondage. There is no nirvana, no heaven, no hell, no eternal soul. You’re just replacing one Santa Claus story with another. The real secret to magic and religion is it only works on believers.

Strangely, the Weather Underground celebrated the Manson murders, and held Charlie up as a counterculture hero for “killing pigs.” They also celebrated Sirhan Sirhan for the same reason. Both Leary and Manson were held in isolation at the same prison, but their cells strangely located next door, allowing them to communicate.

“They took you off the streets so I could continue your work,” said Manson.

Reflections on spooks & kooks

In the beginning all knowledge was occult, meaning “kept secret,” including mathematics, music, medicine, chemistry, astronomy, metallurgy and philosophy. Eventually, however, the sciences and the study of telepathy parted ways, the former being accepted into the national academies while the later confined to forbidden secret societies.

Priests and clergy have always made some of the best spooks, and certainly the Jesuits are famous for founding universities and recruiting secret agents within their ranks. But when the Age of Enlightenment began to threaten the European oligarchies, there suddenly was an explosive growth in occultism. To quickly advance to the front lines, one merely had to claim some secret wisdom or magic power and arrange a fake demonstration, a mission easily accomplished, which is why so many spooks transformed into fake magicians during this period in history.

While there were many serious students of alchemy, astrology and the use of symbols and ritual to communicate with the unconscious mind, there were more fakers looking for an easy buck, or playing roles as spooks, than authentic mediums. There simply was no more influential position for a spook to play than as official royal fortune teller.

The Most Holy Trinosophia was an illustrated Finnegan’s-Wake-like guide to Egyptian magic containing tarot-like paintings with cryptic captions written in a variety of languages and esoteric codes. The 97-page book had the ability to supply multiple meanings since the imagination was forced to fill in blanks, the same magic trick employed by songwriters seeking universality. Many of its codes have yet to be cracked, probably because the author intended it that way. Manley P. Hall found two triangular copies, now owned by the Getty Museum, while the original resides in a French museum.

Cagliostro

Alessandro Cagliostro was the creator of the book, as well as the founder of a new branch of Masonry known as The Egyptian Rite, notable for its acceptance of Jews and women. Born in the Jewish quarter of Palermo, Sicily, as Giuseppe Balsamo, Cagliostro convinced a local goldsmith to loan him 70 pieces of silver and then departed Sicily to seek his fortune. He’d lured the goldsmith into a treasure hunting scheme, claiming he could locate a treasure while shielding against its evil curse.

In 1768, Cagliostro became secretary to Cardinal Orsini, and the following year Pope Clement XIII ordered a consistory to examine widespread demands requesting the suppression of the Society of Jesus. Many monarchs felt the Jesuits were a dangerous conspiracy of power as their influence had grown immensely since the order’s founding in 1534. The order had been recently expelled from France, Portugal, Naples and Sicily. This important consistory was scheduled for February 3, 1769, but whoops, Pope Clement turned up unexpectedly dead on the morning of February 2nd.

While I’m not connecting Cagliostro to this mischief, this background illustrates the intense conspiratorial reality during the Enlightenment, something Jesuits were trying to roll back through the power of the Inquisition.

Cagliostro was making his living forging Egyptian art and amulets (which he no doubt represented as ancient and magical) when he met the beautiful 17-year-old Serafina and swiftly proposed. Soon, Serafina was dangled in front of a forger named Agliata, who agreed to surrender the secrets of expert forgery in exchange for a night or two alone with Serafina, to which Cagliostro readily consented.

The couple soon traveled to London and made contact with the mysterious Compte de Saint-Germain, one of the greatest spooks of the time. In 1776, Cagilostro was inducted into the Esperance Lodge No. 289 on Gerrard Street in Soho, and four years later, founded Egyptian freemasonry. He began traveling throughout Europe in an attempt to unite the Masonic community under his umbrella, as he felt his Egyptian rites preceded all others. He was eventually arrested in Rome by Jesuit Inquisitors and died while in captivity. Aleister Crowley believed he was Cagliostro in a previous life.

The Count of Saint-Germain’s origins are shrouded in mystery. Although he claimed royal birth, that was most likely a lie, although he was well financed throughout most his life. He was constantly inventing autobiographical fables, usually claiming he was over a hundred years old and sometimes much older. He claimed to have discovered the secret of the Philosopher’s Stone.

The Count was also a talented composer who published an extensive array of sonatas and arias, as well as being fluent in many languages. Mostly, he was an expert in flattery and seduction.

These are the foundations upon which Blavatsky and Crowley constructed their philosophies. That and the tradition of using spooky symbols to scare people, an art that was all the rage in Paris prior to and during the Revolution. There was a side to the occult based in sadomasochism and the art of amplifying fear, for fear is one of the easiest emotions to evoke, especially during times of civil unrest. This trend can still be found all over the Internet today employed by spooks and kooks. Just try to keep in mind, any time they try to scare you with religion or magic, it’s always a hoodwink. Always.

The Mysterious Madame Blavatsky

Madame Blavatsky is a titan of Fundamentalist Occultism who died from the flu in London in 1891 at age 59. She was also one of the world’s greatest bullshit artists, and possibly an intelligence agent, like many other occult icons.

Blavatsky fabricated a head-spinning early biography that placed her in Cairo, Paris, London, New York, Chicago, Salt Lake City and San Francisco in the mid-1800s, where she supposedly held meetings with important mediums. She claimed to have become the only westerner to gain access to the holy city of Tibet, an obvious fabrication.

No doubt Blavatsky was fully exposed to Freemasonry, and her books shared Albert Pike’s affection for plagiarizing huge sections from other manuscripts sans attribution, although Pike never claimed special powers (that I know of), while Blavatsky claimed secret masters had given her special abilities, among which were telepathy, clairvoyance, clairaudience, controlling the consciousness of others, and materializing and dematerializing physical objects.

It’s interesting she moved to India at a time of great social turmoil, summoned by her secret masters, and led an entourage around that country, from one sacred site to another, while encouraging Indians to embrace their native culture, which kept her under the close watch of British intelligence. She eventually created over 100 lodges devoted to her new religion, Theosophy, most of which were in India and probably still operating today. Have you read my theory Gandhi was a spook whose mission was to keep Indians non-violent to prevent the rise of an armed insurrection against British rule?

Although it’s obvious Blavatsky’s claims of magic powers were fraudulent, her basic message was actually a good one, as she sought to unite all religions, like Mani had done millennia before. She was obviously well-read in occult and Eastern religious traditions and freely incorporated elements from a wide variety of sources. The cleverly named National Socialist German Worker’s Party would lift her fascination with Tibet along with the swastika, although she’d appropriated that symbol from Jainism, the original religion of non-violence and “no gods.” Lifting symbols from other cultures while reversing their intended meaning is a magical trick.

Occultists make great spooks, and Aleister Crowley’s connections to SIS are well documented at this point. Crowley remained an asset for most of his life, and many suspect his induction into a German secret society (OTO) was actually part of his spook activities, just as Hitler’s introduction to Thule was part of his, but later in life, when James Bond creator Ian Fleming was his handler, “C” felt the Great Beast’s days as a useful asset were over. C is the real code name for the head of the circus, not the “M” deployed by Fleming in print. Blavatsky could have been an independent agent successfully inventing a completely new age religion, or then again she could have been someone’s spook. One thing I know for sure: her claim of magic powers was a lie.

The Fraudulent Founding of Modern Magick

Nicolas Flamel was a scribe, notary and bookseller in the late 1300s in Paris who grew immensely wealthy, eventually founding fourteen hospitals while donating handsomely to many chapels and churches. In the 1700s, several hundred years after his death, The Book of Hieroglyphic Figures appeared and purported to have been written by him. Its introduction described how for two guilders, the author purchased the Book of Abramelin the Mage, an unusual manuscript on tree bark written in a strange language by Abraham the Jew, an Egyptian magician. According to the book, the author decoded Abramelin’s formulas of magic and alchemy, learning the secrets of the philosopher’s stone, which accounted for his great wealth and success in life.

The Book of Hieroglyphic Figures immediately became the go-to manual for magic all over Europe and exerted tremendous influence over the development of Freemasonry, the Golden Dawn and OTO. Only one problem, however: it was an obvious hoodwink. Flamel lived into his eighties and designed his own tombstone (see below), which contained only images of Jesus, Peter and Paul. He was a devout Catholic with an extensive biography that never mentions alchemy or occult ritual even once. If Flamel had a secret source of income beyond his bookstores and notary offices, it has yet to be discovered, but it’s safe to say any claims he was turning lead into gold is a total fabrication. His great wealth and connections with ancient manuscripts made him the perfect foil on which to hang a magical hoodwink. No doubt Flamel rolled in his grave after being posthumously transformed into the world’s greatest magician, instead of the great benefactor of Catholicism he actually was.

Forget about the phony DaVinci Code and numerous other rabbit holes. If you want to decode the real story of religion and magic, you first must expose the hoodwinks and then follow the trail to their source to expose the charlatan. (It’s interesting Flamel was turned into the world’s greatest alchemist when Francois Rabelais remains a better candidate for that throne, and actually did the necessary work.)

In 1761, Etienne Villain claimed the book’s real author was P. Arnauld de la Chevalerie, the publisher who was profiting immensely off its sales. Unfortunately, Villain’s expose gained little traction and even Issac Newton was eventually taken in by the hoodwink. You find this pattern of fake secret knowledge appearing throughout the history of magic, all leading into rabbit holes instead of real enlightenment. A modern equivalent would be the Don Juan series of books that continue to hoodwink even today.

Eventually, the Book of Abramelin the Mage also appeared written in German, although in somewhat fragmentary form. According to this manuscript, the road to enlightenment required months of daily prayer at sunrise and sunset, chastity, fasting and avoidance of intoxicants (echoes of Pythagoras and Mani). With the help of your guardian angel, who will appear after months of prayer, the budding magician need only capture and bind 12 devils in order to usurp their powers. Once this is done, the ability to cast love charms, find buried treasure, fly and become invisible will be conferred.

The magical tools employed by Abramelin included a wand made from an almond tree, and an oil and incense derived from the Old Testament. There was also a lamp for burning the oil. Although the oil was identified only as Abramelin Oil, it was supposed to replicate the original anointing oil of Moses. It would become an essential tool in the rituals of the Golden Dawn and OTO, although they didn’t agree on the recipe. They both got it wrong, replacing kaneh bosem with calamus or galangal (a relative of ginger).

Here is the actual recipe from Exodus 30:22-25:

Take thou…pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of kaneh bosem, two hundred and fifty shekels, and of cassia five hundred shekels, and of oil olive an hin: And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compounded after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil.

The translation of kaneh bosem (fragrant cane) was not correctly identified until Sula Benet published Early Diffusion and Folk Uses of Hemp in 1967. Meanwhile, for hundreds of years, churches and magical societies have all been dutifully burning incense and anointing themselves with oil containing zero psychoactive effect. Although Crowley loved psychoactive substances, he too was taken in, for here is his personal recipe:

8 parts cinnamon oil, 4 parts myrrh, 2 parts galangal, 7 parts olive oil

All manner of nonsense was written about the purpose, effect and great power of Abramelin Oil. Fumigating temples with cannabis incenses and serving cannabis beverages were employed by numerous temples in ancient times to enhance the spiritual experience, much the same way a psychedelic garage band might hand out mushrooms before a concert today. But if you remove all psychoactive substances, there is no enhancement, and no magic, just a weak form of fake magic.

Suppression of the true story of the role of cannabis on the development of religion and myth has been so intense for so long that despite all the newly uncovered scientific evidence, most people still have no idea that cannabis was used as the primary medicine by Zoroaster, Moses and Jesus, among others and had a reputation for healing the blind and lame centuries before the arrival of the Jesus myth. Jesus was a Zoroastrian-Buddha hybrid, which is why the Magi attend his birth and why he preached against worshipping statue representations of Jehovah.

Perhaps the most important element of intel control over magic and religion has been diverting people away from cannabis and toward a poison mushroom, Amanita Muscaria. This op was launched by Robert Gordon Wasson, Vice-President and director of public relations for J.P. Morgan & Co., who had begun career by asserting his company had not been built on the back of selling defective weapons to the Union during the Civil War, an effort that largely failed to gain traction. Wasson next concocted an absurd story of wandering upon some magic mushrooms in the Catskills in 1927 and soon was peddling a phony secret history of mushrooms, which culminated with his falsely identifying Soma and Haoma as Amanita. Unfortunately, this hoodwink got massive traction. Since the scholarship was so sloppy and obviously directed by an agenda, one wonders why virtually nothing has been done to topple his absurd ideas and correct the historical record.  Soma is a form of bhang, in other words, cannabis and milk with spices. And the history of cannabis in ancient Judea has been scientifically proven, so why isn’t it widely known the burning bush in the Bible is a reference to cannabis intoxication? At least from the 1950s on, Wasson’s work in this area was funded by the CIA’s MK/Ultra program, and he was greatly assisted by having his efforts put on the cover of Life magazine.

In the 1970s, Wasson passed the Amanita baton to Andrija Puharich, an Army MD also working for MK/Ultra out of Fort Detrick. Puharich would launch the career of British-Israeli self-claimed psychic Uri Geller while also arranging seances for elite members of the oligarchy, a list that included various Duponts and Bronfmans, among others.

“We use footage from the CIA-funded film record of the Uri Geller experiments, and we then track stories about Uri’s involvement in events ranging from the Israeli commando raid on Entebbe through to his participation in the search for Osama bin Laden, with a mysterious sidebar as a federal agent for the Mexican government. Forty years of psychic operations,” writes Vikram Jayanti, a filmmaker who produced a puff piece for the BBC. Jayanti goes on to assert: “Someone well positioned to know suggests that rather than being shut down in 1995, the use of psychic operatives by the US government and military has merely gone deeper black. If that’s the case, then perhaps Geller is still at work in the shadows.”

Maybe, but no matter what Geller is up to, it’s really some staged hoodwink involving deception to create an illusion of magic power. Knowingly or unknowingly, religions work with the national security state to maintain a status quo magic show, and so do all the occult alternatives. Most of your so-called psychics who reach icon status are intelligence agents. Magic and religion are the same thing, and only work on believers, but then there are a lot of those people around.

The novelist was a spook

Somerset Maugham was well on his way to becoming a doctor when he published a novel and after the first edition sold out in a week, he chucked his career in medicine and evolved into the highest-paid author in England, forging a trail now ruled by J.K. Rowling. It wasn’t until recently that MI6 admitted Maugham was a spook.

While frauds like Mark Passio attempt to frighten people with complex dogmas constructed out of coincidence, I will herein reveal the real secrets of brainwashing. Maugham had an agenda and helped inspire the creation of James Bond with his earlier dashing secret agent named Ashenden, who deployed trickery and blackmail to achieve goals, rather than murder.

Before joining the Red Cross Ambulance crew, where he was allegedly recruited into the secret services, Maugham wrote a book titled The Magician, a thinly-veiled attack on Aleister Crowley, accusing him of ritual murder and other unspeakable acts of black magic. Strange that eventually both these characters would be unmasked as agents of MI6, which leads to the possibility their little mini-war could have been staged all along. The book made Crowley famous, while splitting the world into two factions, one fearing, despising and hating Crowley; the other wanting to learn his secrets. It introduced an entire generation to the obscure occult bibles, books Crowley had raided to create his alternative to Christianity. Strangely, however, it ignored Crowley’s principle influence, French priest and alchemist François Rabelais, who introduced the mythical Abbey of Thelema, where enlightened monks did as they wished, provided they harmed none. Crowley ignored that last part, however. He did not believe hurting people was an obstacle to enlightenment.

Although Crowley became somewhat corpulent later in life, Maugham’s book falsely painted him as obese. It mostly portrayed him as an evil enigma with mysterious powers. “Another strange thing about him was the impossibility of telling if he was serious,” writes the narrator. “There was a mockery in that queer glance, a sardonic smile upon the mouth, which made you hesitate how to take his outrageous utterances.”

Both Crowley and Maugham were bisexual and England’s greatest literary talent (Oscar Wilde) had only recently been jailed and financially ruined for committing sodomy, even though like many other gays in England at the time, he’d married and sired children. The painter Gerald Kelly (brother to Crowley’s first wife) introduced Crowley to the bohemian expats at Le Chat Blanc, a crew that included Maugham, who formed an instant negative impression based on Crowley’s towering ego and affection for cannabis and opium, both of which Maugham detested as “oriental intoxicants.”

“Magic is no more than the art of employing consciously invisible means to produce visible effects,” says Oliver Haddo, the Crowley character in the book. “Will, love and imagination are magic powers that everyone possesses; and whoever knows how to develop them to the fullest extent is a magician.”

One imagines some of these quotes originated straight from Crowley’s mouth during drinking sessions in a Paris bistro. When asked how one accesses magic powers, Haddo replies: “They are enumerated in a Hebrew manuscript of the sixteenth century, which is in my possession. The privileges of him who holds in his right hand the Keys of Solomon and in his left hand the Branch of the Blossoming Almond, are these twenty-one. He beholds God face-to-face without dying, and converses intimately with the Seven Genni who command the celestial army.” Just a fancy way of saying it’s all done with a secret book of Hebrew spells and magic wand.

In the novel, Haddo hypnotizes, marries, and then murders a virgin so he might harvest her soul to create new life. Crowley responded to the book by exposing the magical sections influenced by Eliphas Levi and other famous occultists, accusing Maugham of plagiarism. Today most of those appropriations would probably fall under “fair use.” Crowley then went on to write a book on cannabis under the name Oliver Haddo. All the chapters open with quotes from Zoroaster taken from the Avesta. In his Confessions, Crowley wrote: The Magician was, in fact, an appreciation of my genius such as I had never dreamed of inspiring. It showed me how sublime were my ambitions and reassured me on a point which sometimes worried me, whether my work was worth while in a worldly sense.”

Crowley probably enjoyed the book because Maugham did not seek to expose him as a hoodwinker faking powers, but a real magician. Yet despite his encyclopedic knowledge of all things occult, Crowley never realized haoma of the Avesta and soma of the Rig Veda were references to cannabis. He specialized in ceremonies involving the oil of Abramelin, also known as the holy anointing oil of Moses, but his formula replaced the primary ingredient (cannabis) with galangal, which is not psychoactive, which is why you can buy Crowley’s recipe online but not the real thing.

It doesn’t matter if you choose Christianity or occultism, both are equally corrupted by hoodwinks and neither side holds a monopoly on magic or spiritual truth. The real secret to magic and religion is it only works on believers, and hoodwinks are needed to capture and contain believers. In this self-fulfilling prophecy, one gets a lot farther faking divine power and promising eternal life than one gets admitting we don’t know what happens after death. The most likely scenario is nothing happens. The concept of an eternal soul is comforting but defies the laws of the universe, where nothing lasts forever and change the only constant.

After the first World War, there were a lot of PTSD-damaged Americans left behind in Europe seeking healing and many were self-medicating with hash and opium. After joining the secret service, Maugham wrote a highly influential book about these times, The Razor’s Edge, and that book, like his one on Crowley, left many false impressions that linger today. It also delved into oriental mysticism, only this time the magician was a good guy.

When I think of Maugham, I picture him as Herbert Marshal, the English actor who played him in the original 1946 movie. Marshal captured Maugham’s homosexuality in a very understated and elegant manner, although he ignored his stuttering. But instead of conferring a path to enlightenment, the book and film led people away from it.

I say this is because intoxication is painted as the greatest evil. The protagonist winds up in India seeking the meaning of life and is instructed by a sadhu to meditate alone in a cave until reaching satori, after which he returns to Paris an expert in hypnosis. He attempts to stop a grieving friend from medicating herself by dragging her out of a hash and opium den. Because of this film, millions of people around the world were led to believe enlightenment could be found in a cave on a mountain top in Tibet, and not through intoxicating substances.

Which happens to be the reverse of the truth. Yes, deep meditation can be useful and may be required to quiet a restless mind, but the magical and medicinal plants are important tools deserving respect. Cannabis is at the root of almost all religion, including occultism. Maugham’s guru was a one-dimensional caricature who paved the way for a parade of charlatans to profiteer off popularizing Eastern meditation techniques.

Whenever I find an effort to lead people away from cannabis, I suspect the forces of propaganda are secretly at work. Had Maugham really wanted to enlighten people, he would have explained how wars are staged for profit, and how prohibition of medicinal plants is a scam to reap higher profits while demonizing users. But this sort of information is held close to the vest by the secret services. There’s a reason why Britannia rules both magic and spy-craft and it’s because those two arts have always been joined at the hip.

Magic Signs and Sigils 101

Sometime in the late 1500’s, an Arabic astrologer drew this portrait of the Devil (left). Note the position of the fingers on both the Devil’s hands, forming perhaps the first ever “Hail, Satan!”, a sign soon employed by Christians in Italy to ward off evil spirits for a few hundred years, and perhaps still in use in that form somewhere today.

Strangely, however, the sign didn’t surface in American popular culture until the late 1960s.

Around 1966, a band called Coven formed in Chicago, Illinois, and they were the first occult band and influenced everything that came after. Anton LaVey had just formed the Church of Satan in San Francisco, the first officially-recognized Satanic cult, but Coven was doing their own thing, surfing their own vibrations thousands of miles away.

Jinx Dawson was a magical child, a Nordic princess with long blonde hair whose twin sibling had died in birth. She grew up in a mansion outside Indianapolis and her family stretched back to the Mayflower and many were high-ranking masons. Apparently, her family was involved with many other secret societies and Jinx had a lovely, innocent voice. Most know her as the voice on “One Tin Soldier,” an anti-war song used as the theme for the film Billy Jack. But that was just a gig for hire, and her own material was drenched in satanic symbol and ritual. A song on her first album was titled, “Black Sabbath.” The band enacted a Satanic Mass during the show and employed a lot of very effective theatrical embellishments. Jinx dressed all in black and is credited today as being the Queen of Goth despite being a mostly unknown personality.

Jinx would open and close every show by making the sign of the horns with both hands, arms crossed exactly as the image above. And Coven was getting some pretty high-profile gigs, opening for the Yardbirds, Alice Cooper and others. Far as I know, Jinx never revealed her inspiration for the sign, although she may have seen that image of the Devil from the 16th Century as she was quite studious in her investigations into the occult.

Jinx developed a dispute with her record label, and upon forced exit, all her material was offered to an unknown English band called Earth, who soon renamed themselves off the title of one of her songs. But while Jinx was a serious student of the occult, Ozzy was an entertainer looking for an act. The sudden unexpected demise of Jinx opened a path for Ozzy to mount the satanic throne.

The nail in the coffin was an article in Esquire published in 1970 (“Evil Lurks in California”). The story linked Coven to Charlie Manson. Los Angeles at the time was a hotbed spawning grounds for Satanism, and many societies were trying to one-up each other with dastardly deeds of evil magical intent. The nastiest of the bunch was probably a British splinter from Scientology called the Process Church of Final Judgment. After the article appeared, Coven was dropped by their label and the album taken off the shelves and destroyed.

So that’s the story of the origins of the now ubiquitous “Hail, Satan!” sign. You probably thought it was something invented by Aleister Crowley, didn’t you? But Crowley does get credit in some quarters for inventing the peace sign, and how’s that for a topsy-turvey twist of events to this blog?

This story starts with Victor de Laveleye, a liberal Belgian radio host during WWII. On January 14, 1941, Laveleye urged his listeners to employ the letter “V,” and cited the words for victory in French and freedom in Dutch, both of which begin with “V.” I imagine the letter was soon painted in streets all over Europe as the magical antidote to the spreading Nazi sigil, the swastika.
At the time, Aleister Crowley was a British spook embedded in a German secret society, writing pro-fascist propaganda, while secretly reporting back to MI6. Crowley was actually a master spook at the height of his game, and was never unmasked as a spook during his lifetime. It would take decades of research to connect all the dots, and the key evidence became a letter written by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond.

There is no real evidence Crowley told Laveleye to employ a finger version of the “V.” Transporting that finger sign to England was somewhat touch-and-go, as it had already been established earlier as a lower-class insult similar to giving someone the finger (but only if you turned the back of your hand outward). Yet, a few days later, Churchill introduced the finger “V” in a major address and from then on, this “V” sign took on great magical power and was used to keep spirits pumped-up during the Blitz. The BBC built an entire campaign around it, although the campaign only lasted one year before it was dropped. The morse code for “V” was also worked in, and how nice that it replicated the opening of Beethoven’s most famous symphony.
Many years later, Bertrand Russell was manifesting the anti-nuclear movement and decided to employ the “V” as a universal peace sign. The well-known sigil version, invented by Gerald Holtom, came a few days later and was based on the semaphore codes for “N” and “D,” meaning: nuclear disarmament.

But in the 1960s, hippies adopted the hand sign as a friendly way to greet each other, and that has become its most widely adopted use around the world today.

Inside the Shooter Rabbit Hole

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There’s a lot more disinfo than real info going around these days, and nothing demonstrates this trend better than the stories circulating about the recent shootings in Colorado and Connecticut. Since the fathers of both shooters are in the banking industry, some now claim both events are tied to the LIBOR rigging scandal. What evidence do they put forth? Nothing. Just working in the banking industry is enough evidence it seems.

This sort of disinfo reminds me of that recent book I panned, The Most Dangerous Book in the World, which purports to reveal how the world is being run by a black magic cult that worships Aleister Crowley. In this scenario, any bird image is secretly a reference to a Masonic phoenix, just as any town or building near the 33rd parallel is secretly an illuminati operation. As I have tried to explain in the past, you can filter any story through this sort of template and come up with all sorts of coincidences. By trailing these coincidences into some master theory, the disinfo machine creates the chaff and flares used to divert researchers from investigating real conspiracies while leading people into a fake rabbit hole.

Creating a Manchurian Candidate is a complex operation. One thing we know about the Connecticut shooter is he lived a solitary life with his mother, and both were virtually estranged from the rest of their family, especially the father, who seems to have had little contact other than providing $200,000 a year for his estranged wife and son to live on.

My question is, where is the evidence of CIA involvement in these two shootings? There is none. Instead, the disinfo artists take fragmentary info from the initial news reports and pretend some enormous coverup is going on. In both cases there were initial false reports of other people being involved, just as there were false reports that the shooter’s mother worked at the elementary school, as well as false reports that the shooter was let into the school because he was recognized. In fact, the shooter shot his way into the school. He was likely seeking vengeance for being kicked out of the school many years earlier. Or maybe he was bullied there. We may never fully understand the motives, but they are not rational whatever they are.

One thing I’m pretty sure of however, and that is we won’t be uncovering any evidence of CIA mind control being used on either of these two kids. Brainwashing is a complex operation and it can’t be done without leaving a trail of evidence. In the case of Sirhan Sirhan, this evidence is apparent for anyone who looks deep into the case. Sirhan is an excellent example of a probable Manchurian Candidate, while the shooters in Colorado and Connecticut are not. But by claiming they are, researchers are led off on a wild goose chase to nowhere.

So please don’t spread fake rumors on the internet that have zero evidence to back them up. Try to focus on the real issues.

Is Conspiracy Theory the True Road to Enlightenment?

“Enlightenment’s not like ringing a bell. Some days you can stone people with your presence, some days not.” Stephen Gaskin

I used to wonder if all this deep political research I was doing was really worth it. Sometimes, when I’d try to clue my elders into the secret society network that controls real global power, they’d get depressed having to confront all that corruption for the first time.

Then I realized the case on the JFK assassination was closed. All you had to do was read the testimony of mafia figures and Cuban exiles who worked on that CIA project, presumably initiated at the request of the oligarchy, and not by some rouge agents either.

A peaceful calm came over me when I realized I no longer had to stay abreast of all the latest twists and turns. Conspiracy theory is 99% disinfo and 1% honest investigations. More than anything, it involves avoiding rabbit holes, like chemtrails and “we never landed on the moon.” These are the chaff and flares ejected to fool heat-seeking missile researchers.

The latest rabbit hole is 9/11 was a fusion of OTO/Freemasonic black magic rituals designed to penetrate the psyche of the nation.

I’d prefer an analysis of 9/11 based on the Harry Potter franchise, the most valuable media asset in the United Kingdom right now because I think Harry Potter contains more powerful magic than Aleister Crowley at this point.

Every generation shapes its own magic and I don’t subscribe to the theory a black magic cult has been running the world continuously for 2,000 years. Black magic cults are everywhere, usually hidden as white magic cults. LaRouche, Hubbard and Rev. Moon created three of the biggest of our time, but they still don’t approach whatever black magic cult is embedded in the corrupted Pentagon and CIA.

Rule number one: Never talk about the order.

Rule number two: Obey the order.

These societies are designed to hand down power from one generation of the oligarchy to the next and most of the people certainly don’t feel they’re committing any crimes or doing anything other than protecting their family’s interests.

We get a picture of the dark side of these societies by looking at the Sicilian men-of-honor society, whose initial induction ceremony involved black robes with hoods and a human skull with a stiletto driven through it. There were no complex OTO or masonic-style rituals, though. Just a pinprick on the finger, a few drops of blood, and the sacred oath to obey and conceal. Oh, and if you ever broke this vow, you gave the society permission to kill you as your just punishment.

Although we’ve never been inside the Bonesmen’s tomb during their initiation ceremonies, we’ve heard audio tapes from activities in the courtyard, which sound pretty hilarious. Ritual death seems to be involved there as well, just as it is with the masonic societies. I’m not familiar with the Mormon’s version, but given that cult’s rapid penetration of the FBI, I suspect ritual death may be a part of their initiation rites as well.

So why all this continuous reference to Crowley and Pike as if their ideas are actually driving the show? A huge part of disinfo is creating the false enemy.

Someday the corruption inside this network is going to be exposed because someone on the inside is going to make a serious run at exposing the hoodwink. But it will probably be preceded by a fake messiah acting the role of do-gooder.

Mark Passio and the Illuminati Hoax

Just when you thought the world had enough disinfo memes, a new franchise is born: and Mark Passio wants to tell you what is really going on and what the hidden meanings are to life! It’s not like Mark is hiding his source material, since he starts his four-part video series on the Illuminati occult conspiracy by naming the four “titans” whose research his theories are grounded in (meaning here are the dudes who’s ideas I ripped off to create my franchise).

David Icke is first on the list, of course. In case you don’t follow conspiracy kooks, Icke is an obvious disinfo agent who claims contact with giant reptile creatures from another dimension that only he is allowed to see? Like most disinfo agents, Icke slips in the occasional truth to better make the spoonful of disinfo go down. Passio’s credibility sinks even further with the next two “researchers’ whose work form the basis of his worldview: Jordon Maxwell and Micheal Tsarion, two obvious kooks who push UFO and alien conspiracy stories, while also retreading Aleister Crowley as a dark magician secretly running the world. (The truth is Crowley became a professional huckster similar in many ways to Icke, Maxwell, Tsarion and Passio, although Crowley’s connections to British intelligence—James Bond creator Ian Fleming was his handler at the end—are well documented at this point, while any possible intel connections on the others remain to be uncovered.) Passio also lists Terence McKenna, who is really more of a psychedelic mystic than occult conspiracy researcher, but since McKenna has a huge fan base and believes in UFOs, you can see why Passio would want to tie himself to those coattails.

To give an idea of the quality of this “research,” expect to find a string of logos with pyramid shapes. These logos will all be claimed as evidence of an Illuminati occult conspiracy, because, after all, no one would be stupid enough to put a triangle in their logo unless they were being controlled by the Illuminati, right? See, the triangle is super important because it represents how a small number of people on top control the huge amount of people on the bottom. Duh? Using this logic, anytime you see the color “red,” its safe to assume the Rothschilds are behind that op. This is about as rigorous as Passio research gets and expect a lot of hypnotic music and quick cuts and dissolves to lots of symbols and fear-loaded sigils, the end result of which will make you very, very fearful, since it’s obvious the Illuminati intend to kill most of the planet in the next few years. One wonders, however, where their profits will come from once they get rid of us stupid consumers? I guess the Illuminati don’t care about profits.

Yes, the super rich old money cabal meets in secret and organizes a future that guarantees their ancestors will continue to rule the planet just like they do. What else would you expect the super rich old money to do? And I don’t think they’re in a hurry to install this supposed one-world government either, since manufacturing war requires at least two sides, and war has been the economic engine driving the world economies for centuries. Unless, of course, they can devise a war against alien life-forms or creatures from another dimension. At that point, a one-world government scam will work.

The real point of all this disinfo is to keep the people fearful and confused. Once you believe you are surrounded by chemtrails, or UFO landings, or Illuminati agents trying to poison you, you lose the ability to mount an effective investigation into what is really going on. The 9/11 conspiracy was a magic ritual designed to sweep us into war and hide the electronic transfer of billions of dollars. But it wasn’t anything like the scenario being pushed by this cabal of disinfo agents. What they do is take the hypnotic mind control being used for brainwashing one side of a dialectic and claim that’s actually a true representation of the mind of the Illuminati and how they work, and not just another mind control op in progress. It doesn’t matter what altar you pray at, all magic is based around bell, book and candle, and the only real rule is big dog eats first.

To give an idea of what “good” versus “bad” research looks like, a real researcher named Antony Sutton wrote a book detailing how Skull & Bones moved members into elevated positions in medicine, education, government, and then those characters began affecting major changes within those professions, the end result of which has been to further the dumbing-down process while centralizing power and control (and manufacturing war for profit). Sutton also said Skull & Bones could be related to the Illuminati, since it was a German secret society transplanted to Yale right after the country’s biggest educational secret society (Phi Beta Kapa, organized by Freemasons) went above-ground in the 1840s, a move that angered the Yale chapter who wanted a completely secret society for the educated elite. The main thing about Sutton, however, is he talked about real people and had real facts to back up everything. With characters like Icke and Passio, however, it’s a giant web constructed of rumor and coincidence. Whether these people know they are deep in some intel rabbit hole, or whether they knowingly spread this garbage is the only question in my mind.

Since I never heard of Maxwell and Tasarion, I decided to do a little research. Strangely, Maxwell had no wikipedia entry. Even stranger, many people had apparently tried to start a wikipedia page on Maxwell, yet this page was mysteriously always getting deleted by those higher up the wikipedia chain. Now why would that be, I wonder? I did come across an accusation that Maxwell was a 30-year CIA veteran and a 33rd Freemason, but since zero evidence was offered to back up either claim, I didn’t feel that rumor was very useful.

One thing for sure, the websites for all of them sure look similar, as if a template is being passed around to amp up fears of an occult conspiracy. Hopefully, this blog will prevent some people from falling down that rabbit hole. Any  time anyone tries to scare you with magic or religion it is always a hoodwink.

Just looking at the evolution of the distribution of wealth, it should be obvious there’s a concentration of power that is increasing power through the generations, an operation going on for the last 2,000 years. In a true participatory democracy the opposite would be taking place: wealth should become better distributed over time and not monopolized by the already rich.

In Europe, some of the wealthiest families can trace their ancestors through 30 or more generations, while in the United States, some of the wealthiest families are descendants of the Robber Barons who emerged after the Civil War. The biggest international corporations have interlocking boards of directors and these people live in a world of secret clubs, secret societies and secret monopolies.

They don’t want us investigating this world because they don’t want the masses to start conspiring to vote away their wealth, so they create a lot of fake, garbage, click-bait to confuse the subject, much of which involves trying to scare you with magic symbols and spooky soundtracks, the same way some religions try to scare you with imaginary concepts. All divisive issues are carefully mined with spooks on both ends, who drive the conversation between two designated poles, thus establishing the center of gravity on that issue. Left and right are an illusion because both sides work for the same masters, just as Occult and Fundamentalism are two sides of the same coin.

The Truth About Aleister Crowley

Crowley grew up rich, but after his father died of cancer when the lad was 11, his life changed direction rapidly. Crowley rejected his Christian upbringing and became fond of drugs and prostitutes and devoted himself to hedonism. He studied alchemy, and took much from Francois Rabelais, including the slogan “do what thou wilt” and the name of his eventual philosophy, “Thelema,” based largely on Rabelais, who wrote extensively on the virtues of marijuana, although Rabelais had to disguise the plant in code due to the Vatican’s ban on writing or speaking about cannabis.

Crowley’s background in ceremonial magic really starts with his introduction to the Golden Dawn society. Crowley was eventually drummed out of that organization. It was inevitable Crowley would get control of his own secret society at some point, although he continued to pick up degrees in as many magical societies as possible. It should be noted he was a devoted 33rd degree Freemason.

The OTO Crowley eventually took over began in Germany as a revival of the Illuminati, and Crowley seems to have been a double agent pretending to support Germany while actually working for MI6. At some point, Crowley crossed the line by claiming magic powers that didn’t exist, possibly as an intelligence operation, as this sort of hoodwink seems to be standard operating procedure for setting up mystics supervised by counterintelligence.

I imagine an intelligence connection could have begun soon after Crowley went to India to study meditation and yoga. After they conquered India, England moved swiftly to leverage control over established religions, something easily accomplished by offering a few crumbs of assistance.

After establishing himself as a yoga master, Crowley got married and moved to Egypt, where he made telepathic contact with the Egyptian god of magic, Thoth. I could take this seriously if Crowley’s career at this point was just recognized as an author of  “science fiction,” but I’m afraid he intended his disciples to believe he routinely opened doors to other dimensions of time and space with the help of drugs and forbidden sex. The Process Church and Weathermen deployed those same tools to condition their mental slaves.

Crowley claimed all sorts of magical powers. Meanwhile, among polite society in England, it’s understood not to leave your kids alone with Crowley, as his conduct knows no moral guidelines. Somerset Maugham (another spook) would write a novel, The Magician, asserting that ritual murder was part of Crowley’s bag of tricks. You see, some sorcerers believe if they kill someone, their soul can be transmuted into psychic energy making the dark magician all that more powerful. In fact, however, Crowley was known as being wicked simply because he handed out cannabis and cocaine and encouraged their use, and was open about his bisexuality. He also predicted the end of fundamentalist religion and return to paganism. His writings about “child sacrifice” were actually his sly reference to masturbation. Many of the accusations against him have been twisted beyond all recognition. Since Maugham was an intelligence operative, and his book put Crowley on the map as the preeminent black magician, it’s possible their confrontations were all staged as part of some complex operation.

It seems that the old money super rich have always been fascinated by magic and easily suckered out of their money by a good seance, so it wasn’t long before people inside the oligarchy developed an interest in Crowley. We don’t know when exactly he went to work for British intelligence as a secret agent, but when he came to America, his mission seems to have been to spy on German spies. He seems to have been involved in the plot to sink the Lusitania, which was done to bring the US into England’s war. He also may have been involved in the mysterious defection of Rudolf Hess and several other major intrigues during WWII. He supposedly invented the “V” sign used by Churchill as a magical device against Hitler. His impact on paganism and Wicca is comparable to Albert Pike’s influence on Masonry.

In fact, organized occultism is just the flip side of the coin on organized religion, and neither one holds any monopolies on enlightenment. It’s interesting that Crowley’s devotees can so easily pierce the hoodwinks of Christianity, but fail to see similar hoodwinks in Crowley’s magic. Magic and religion are the same thing, and both sides of this wedge are stuffed with intelligence operations.

A revealing detail of Crowley’s limitations was his glaring failure to uncover the true recipe for the Oil of Abramelin, which was based on the holy anointing oil of the Hebrews. According to Crowley, the magic substance contained the following:

  • 8 parts Cinnamon essential oil
  • 4 parts Myrrh essential oil
  • 2 parts Galangal essential oil
  • 7 parts Olive oil

In fact, there was no Galangal in the ancient recipe and the main ingredient of the oil was undoubtedly cannabis, although throughout the middle ages “calamus” was substituted. The study of the sacred oil leads into the history of the holy grail as the story has its roots in Scythia centuries before the rise of Christianity. Crowley failed to uncover any of this history, despite his fondness for smoking cannabis.

If there’s a Crowley in England today, his name is David Icke, who also claims special magical powers. According to Icke, the royal family is really composed of shape-shifting alien reptiles from another dimension that only Icke is allowed to see. Believe it or not, Icke has a huge fan base and is hard at work trying to capture the center of energy on conspiracy research, despite being such an obvious disinfo agent or quack, take your pick. Claiming special magical powers might get you some prestige inside the oligarchies, but for me, it’s always an indicator of hoodwink in progress. By the end of this life, Crowley had become a bit of a joke inside British intel, and they considered him little more than a pawn to be used in misdirection ops. Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was his handler at the end.

Of course, a huge cult has developed around Crowley. They don’t see him as an agent of British intel claiming special powers. They view him as the most enlightened man in the universe. Crowley left a troubled legacy and some of his followers twist his philosophy for evil. So he’s mostly known today as the founder of modern Satanism and a convenient scapegoat. I’m sure Crowley would be happy with this role. In the meantime, if you’re looking for true enlightenment, or just a happy and well-adjusted life, I’d advise not falling too deeply under his control.