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Aleister Crowley
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Aleister Crowley, c. 1912
Edward Alexander Crowley

(1875-10-12)12 October 1875
Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Died 1 December 1947(1947-12-01) (aged 72)
Hastings, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Education Malvern College
Tonbridge School
Eastbourne College
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation Occultist, poet, novelist, mountaineer
Spouse(s) Rose Edith Kelly (m.1903–09)
Maria Teresa Sanchez (m.1929–1947, his death)
Children 5

Aleister Crowley (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947) was a British mystic, occultist, writer, poet, mountain climber and nicknamed "The Wickedest Man In the World.".

He was an influential member in some occult organizations, such as the Golden Dawn, the A∴A∴, and Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), and is better known today for his occult books and papers. He was bisexual.

Crowley also started a mystical philosophy known as Thelema, the Abbey of Thelema, and revived the term magick.

Early life

Edward Alexander Crowley was born at 36 Clarendon Square in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, between 11:00pm and 11:59 p.m. on 12 October 1875.

In 1895, he went to Trinity College, Cambridge after going to Malvern College and Tonbridge School. In his three years at Cambridge, his father died and left him a large sum of money.

In December 1896, Crowley took interest in occultism and by the next year, he began reading books on alchemy and mysticism. A year later, he published his first book of poetry (Aceldama), and left Cambridge, only to meet Julian L. Baker who introduced him to Samuel Mathers and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

In November 1899, Crowley bought Boleskine House in Foyers on the shore of Loch Ness in Scotland.

The Golden Dawn

Samuel Mathers, acting leader of the Golden Dawn organization, acted as his early mentor in western magic. Crowley lost faith in his mentor's abilities in 1900 but did not officially break with Mathers until 1904.


Crowley died of a respiratory infection in a Hastings boarding house on 1 December 1947 at the age of 72.

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