Do as thou wilt: Aleister Crowley

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Aleister and Rose on the Cairo honeymoon

Aleister Crowley wrote prodigiously.   His works “The Book of the Law”, “Magick in Theory and Practice,” Diary of Drug Fiend and “The Book of Thoth” are almost de rigueur reading for occultists.  His tarot deck, the Thoth Tarot, is a non-pareil.  It was created with Lady Frieda Harris and Israel Regardie, then his personal secretary and later president of the Golden Dawn.  This trio is depicted on the deck’s Nine of Disks, that is titled Gain.

Download Aleister-Crowley’s chart here.

The Book of the Law was written by automatic handwriting i.e. It was channeled from a higher being called Aiwaz (or Aiwass) who lived in Chaldea during the reign of Hammurabi (around 1750 BC) to him.  He was actually very proud of this book, which he used as a Bible for his own religion – Thelema.  To read more about his life and endeavors, click here, though to be honest, we find the site sensationalistic.  There are lots more out there though like the Thelemapedia or “his own” page here.

 

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Crowley’s zodiacal map.  Sorry about the blur.

 

                                Chart Highlights

We are not rectifying Aleister’s chart.  We assume that he already did that and doubt we could improve upon Master Theiron’s work.  His Ascendant is at 08 Leo.  The Hyperion Symbols by G K. McClung, says is “Zeus’s thunderbolt,” an image that we think he would greatly approve.

His chart is heavily western-based, telling us that he was all about choices and opportunities but equally an introverted thinker and extroverted doer.  His career supports those generalizations.

A Leo Ascendant tends to make its natives large people with broad shoulders and a florid complexion.  One we know flushes easily which is very discernible with their light olive complexion.   Leo rising also makes the natives, self-confident, ambitious and fond of power with a tendency towards the dramatic.  Of course in Crowley’s case, all of this is affected, either weakly or strongly,  by that mighty Grand Cross.

images_asbuddhistRead Diary-of-a-drug-fiend-book-review from the New York Times

The Crowley lines

Of Marc Edmund Jones’s five departments, the one that is most prominent in Crowley’s chart is the Line of Efficiency 1, that aspect between Mars and Venus.  Jones writes that when in sextile it gives a “particular dramatization” to the native’s affairs.  His early writing partner, Evangeline Adams, also had this aspect but it had a minor effect and showed her interest in “the everyday and practical affairs of people.”  That different between the two suggests the real reason for their astrological writings to have such great success:  a marriage of practicality and elan.

His Line of Vitality is trine, the aspect between the Sun and the Moon, suggesting a creative aspect towards his self-expression.

His Line of Culture, Neptune aspected to Uranus, is in opposition showing his awareness of how his intuition reacts with his surroundings.  This is shown not only by the automatic writing of some of his books but also how the spirit of the Egyptian god Thoth came to him while in the Cairo Museum of Antiquities during his honeymoon.

The fourth line, of Personality, is between Jupiter and Saturn that is squared in his chart which is also squared in his partner, Evangeline Adams chart as well.  This aspect suggests their ability for a personal concern with things as a touchstone for their creativity.

Mr. Crowley has all four lines found in his chart.  We have found in our survey that this typically suggests a narcisstic personality.

                                                                 The Symbols

Crowley’s Mars is at 25 Capricorn in the fifth house of creativity, children, and speculation.  The Sabian Symbol is A dark shadow thrown suddenly over the right shoulder, symbolizing the natives obligation as a leader and his vehicle his own self-expression of inner potentiality.

His Venus is at 25 Virgo has the symbol of a Flag at half-mast that symbolizes the native’s own need for self-fulfillment in a manner that brings them immortality in a series of self-dramatized superficialities.

                        Temperament Type

Crowley is a see-saw according to Marc Edmund Jones.  Astrologer Robert Jansky termed this an hour-glass.  In both cases, the native goes through life trying to be an acrobat on a high wire act, balancing this way and that to get his equilibrium.  The oppositions in the chart, and for a see-saw to work there must be one, show the tension between the two segments of the natives life.

images_explorerA Fixed Grand Cross

Another major feature of Aleister Crowley’s layout is the Grand Cross (see above) in fixed elements.  One example that Marc Edmund Jones makes in this book, How to learn astrology, is financier J. P. Morgan, founder of the major American bank that bears his name.

Dr. Jones writes that this gives the native a “special instinct for dealing with intangibles.”  And if esoterica is not “elusive” then there is not much that is.  A fixed cross, he continues, “irrevocably” links the native with an establishment, patterns of beliefs or age.

                                  Intercepted Houses

Crowley also has a few planets in his intercepted houses of Taurus in the tenth and Scorpio in the fourth.  We leave those aspects and how it affected his chart for your enlightenment.


Footnotes:

The four departments are outlined in Marc Edmund Jones’s book Guide to Horoscope Interpretation, page 151.


Bibliography:

  • McClung, G. K.  Hyperion Symbols.  You can purchase it here at the  Barnes and Nobles site.
  • Jones, Marc Edmund.  How to learn Astrology.  Stanwood, WA:  Sabian Publishing Society.  c.  Mrs. Delphine Norwood/ Dromenon LLC., Chicago, Illinois
    • Mrs. Delphine Norwood has graciously made this available for online reading here.
  •  Jones, Marc. Edmund.  The Guide to Horoscope Interpretation.  Philadelphia: MacKay Publishing, 1941.  It is available here.
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