|Musings on a man, on his birthday
||[Oct. 12th, 2006|01:04 pm]
Space Pirates of the Jolly Hastur
It seems today is Crowley's birthday. Now, I'm not especially given to idolization, or idolatry for that matter, but I do like Crowley's work. I don't agree with all of it, and it hasn't moved me to learn Kabbalah to see if I can really swallow it if I tried, but he did lay a good bit of groundwork for a more skeptical approach to the occult, a way into looking at magic(k) without getting soggy in milk, as it were. For that, I do appreciate him. If you haven't read any of his work that goes in that particular direction, or makes that particular direction clear, then I advise you to read Magick Without Tears in which he lays down his perspective and advice for messing around with the occult in more plain terms.
Also, from Crowley, or at least by contrasting Crowley with other contemporary thought on the occult, I learned the lesson that the often-heard maxim "be careful" (sometimes stated as: "OMG don't mess with that or you could go CRAZY !!!!!!!!111!!") is not the path to more interesting states of consciousness (or at least, not the states of consciousness I find more interesting). nurodancer is right in that some people don't want to go that far, and I agree that the choice to play with your mind is each person's to make. I do think that sanity is perhaps too small of yard for playing with my mind, and I learned that from thinking more seriously about Uncle Al and what he was up to.
So there you go, mateys. Smoke 'em if you got 'em.