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Aleister Crowley (1875–1947), born Edward Alexander Crowley, and also known as both Frater Perdurabo and The Great Beast, was an influential English occultist, astrologer, mystic and ceremonial magician, responsible for founding the religious philosophy of Thelema. He was also successful in various other fields, including mountaineering, chess and poetry. Crowley was also bisexual, a recreational drug experimenter and a social critic. In many of these roles he “was in revolt against the moral and religious values of his time”, espousing a form of libertinism based upon the rule of “Do What Thou Wilt”. Because of this, he gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime, and was denounced in the popular press of the day as “the wickedest man in the world.”

Crowley believed that he was contacted by his Holy Guardian Angel, an entity known as Aiwass, while staying in Egypt in 1904, and “received” a text known as The Book of the Law, which served as the basis for Thelemite philosophy. Through Thelema, Crowley came to see himself as the prophet who was entrusted with informing humanity that it was entering the new Aeon of Horus — the third of three aeons, in which humanity will enter a time of self-realization and self-actualization.

He has been described He has also been cited as a key influence on many later esoteric groups and individuals, including Kenneth Anger, Jimmy Page, Kenneth Grant, Jack Parsons, Gerald Gardner, Robert Anton Wilson and, to some degree, Austin Osman Spare. (WIKIPEDIA)

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Alice Cohen – Backwards Music Video (w/ Musician & Director Micki Pellerano Interview)

"[Director] Micki [Pellerano] focused on the lyric: "The planets open wide", and we had the elevator going to different planets, rather than floors -- each planet representing a different element of my psyche. It feels like this inner journey, activated by exploring and "trying on" these different aspects of Self, the way you would "try...
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Dub Thompson – No Time Music Video (Interview w/ Director Vinyl Williams)

Drawing obvious inspiration from timelessness and less obvious inspiration from Aleister Crowley’s Thoth tarot deck, director Vinyl Williams takes Dub Thompson’s “No Time” and turns it into a multi-level philosophical exercise. Williams explores the slippery nature of existence by using both HD and analog techniques, which ebb, flow, and spin within a mad cycle, in...Read...
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2011 Year-End Respect For Album Cover Art: Illustration, Painting & Drawing

Our third-annual album cover art feature uses interviews with artists and musicians to highlight the philosophical, thematic, and conceptual significance of great album cover artwork. THE BREAKDOWN    12 Collage + 14 Digital Illustration, Drawing, Design + 19 Illustration, Painting, Drawing + 8 Black And White Photography + 22 Color Photography + 6 Deluxe Packaging...Read...
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Swahili – Self-Titled Album Review (w/ Full Album Stream)

The relationship between ritualistic drumming and consciousness alteration is an age old tradition stemming largely from the overlooked shamanic cultures of antiquity. It should go without saying that viewing the supposed “triumph” of Western materialism thought over the more “primitive” concepts of animism is a retardedly short-sighted way of oversimplifying the universe, but that’s the...Read...
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