“Varieties of Magical Experience” – a new article on Crowley, magic, and psychologisation

Dec 28, 2011 by
“Varieties of Magical Experience” – a new article on Crowley, magic, and psychologisation   krk7pIlDCToI2F5m DmFFTl72eJkfbmt4t8yenImKBUQF1ynBdGblrT wPcv2AQe

The November issue of Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft ran an article by my colleague Marco Pasi, titled ”Varieties of Magical Experience: Aleister Crowley’s Views on Occult Practice”. It may safely be characterised as the most complete academic treatment of Crowley’s magical thought and practice that has so far been published in a peer-reviewed journal. It also ties in neatly with a discussion here at Heterodoxology and a couple of other blogs earlier this year (Tyromanteia and Invocatio), namely the question of the “psychologisation of magic”. A review is definitely in order.


Pasi will be a well-known name to the Crowleyites reading this blog. His book on Crowley and politics has been published in Italian and German (Aleister Crowley und die Versuchung der Politik), with the long awaited English translation due to appear on Equinox Publishing in 2012 (Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics).


He has also worked on Crowley’s art, published on his conception of yoga, and written important dictionary entries on Crowley and the O.T.O. in the seminal Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. His PhD dissertation was on conceptions of magic in modern occultism, and it is in part to this question – focusing on Crowley – that Pasi returns with the present article.

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