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Visionary, author, and lecturer Paul Weston joins us from Glastonbury, UK in podcast episode 106 to discuss his book, Aleister Crowley and the Aeon of Horus.
Paul begins the interview by describing his experience in writing his first three of his books over the course of a decade, the other two being Avalonian Aeon and Mysterium Artorius, from the perspective of an insider as well as a researcher of the traditions represented in his works.
We spend considerable time discussing Aleister Crowley, including Paul’s analysis of Liber AL vel Legis, The Book of the Law, and the ensuing turmoil and technology of the twentieth century and beyond.
Next, Paul explains the historical connections between German Ariosophists and Nazi occultism, tracing a clear lineage of racist philosophy. Weston’s analysis provides a more historically accurate magickal lens through which to view Nazi Germany’s use of archetypes and symbols to inflame violence. Weston has extensively documented the British occultists’ own use of ancient archetypes and symbols to counter this threat.
Paul’s writing and analysis is from the perspective of one that has learned the inner meanings of the wisdom teachings through experience. He shares his personal thoughts and opinions, weaving a magickal tapestry of history and culture. Aleister Crowley and the Aeon of Horus is billed as a “historical and cultural esoteric extravaganza,” and it delivers. If you want a book that spans the subjects of history, Magick, psychedelia, and UFOlogy, Paul Weston has it. Recommended!
In the Occult of Personality Membership Section, Paul Weston describes the Magical Battle of Britain and Dion Fortune’s role. Also included is a historically-based and powerful meditation guided by Paul Weston entitled “A Glastonbury Qabalah.”
Avalonian Aeon – Blog Talk Radio
Aleister Crowley and the Aeon of Horus by Paul Weston
Avalonian Aeon by Paul Weston
Mysterium Artorius by Paul Weston
“Aleister Crowley” Wikipedia entry
“Deo, non fortuna – A Light in the Darkness – Interview with Paul Weston, author of Avalonian Aeon”
The Occult Roots of Nazism: Secret Aryan Cults and Their Influence on Nazi Ideology by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke
“The Magical Battle of Britain,” by Dave Evans and David Sutton, The Fortean Times, Sept. 2010
intro music by HipGnosis and Paul Avgerinos
outro – “The Pentagram” by Aleister Crowley
I thoroughly enjoyed this interview – it’s always a pleasure to listen to an occultist of talent and scholarship, rather than the countless quacks and wannabes. I also was born around the same time, related to his experience, etc.
He was dead on about “Morning of the Magicians”, “Spear of Destiny”… etc.
Crowley’s poetry, by victorian standards was pretty good – arch-Catholic icon of the era, Chesterton lauded his verse (tho’ said poem chanting (shu! Shu!) sounded like someone trying to rid themselves of a cat -Crowley was not amused)
there is no doubt crowley was responsible for much of his sinister reputation – he like to promote himself that way – i think he had a hell of a lot of fun doing it