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10 Facts About the Great Beast Aleister Crowley

Born Edward Alexander Crowley in 1875, Crowley was a pansexual, mystic, occultist, ceremonial magician, deviant, recreational drug experimenter, poet and accomplished mountaineer who was also known as Frater Perdurabo and The Great Beast 666. He founded the religious philosophy of Thelema which enforced an idealist, libertine rule of “Do what thou wilt.” The British press named him “The Wickedest Man in the World.”




Fact: He lost his virginity at 14.

Early on his life, Crowley developed an intense sexual fixation on women. He lost his virginity to one of the family’s maids on his mother’s bed. The maid was promptly fired and became a homeless drunk. It is rumored that she became one of Jack the Ripper’s victims. Three years later, Crowley contracted gonorrhea from a prostitute.


Cambridge Education


Fact: He studied at Cambridge.

In 1895 Crowley entered the Moral Science Tripos at Trinity College where he studied Philosophy. However he later switched to English literature. While at university he partook in one of his favorite pass-times, poetry. In 1898 he published a 100 page compilation of his poems, Aceldama, and in the same year published his erotic poems, White Stains.


Golden Dawn


Fact: At the age of 23 he joined the clandestine organization, The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

He joined in 1898 thus beginning his long love affair with mysticism and the occult. However, his affiliation didn’t last long as he never failed to offend the elder members of the group, famously aggravating well known poet William Butler Yeats and Arthur Edward Waite.



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Fact: He was expelled from The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn because of his deviant and homosexual behavior.

Although many of the organization’s members were homosexual they felt the need to keep it hidden so Crowley’s blatant promiscuity with men and women, some being prostitutes and rent boys, greatly offended and angered them.


Guardian Angel

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Fact: He believed he had a guardian angel.

Crowley believed that he was being guided by his guardian angel, Aiwass. Shortly after being expelled from the HOGD he traveled across Mexico, India and France then Egypt in 1904 where, along with his wife, he saw a vision where he made contact with Aiwass.


Illegitimate Child

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Fact: It is rumored that Crowley had an illegitimate child.

Amado Crowley has written a vast amount of work on his father claiming that he was intensely tutored by Crowley. He still teaches his work. It is strongly disputed that Amado really is related to Crowley in any way and he is, most likely, using his name to garner fame for himself.



Aleister Crowley, Old And With Pipe

Fact: He died penniless and alone.

Although the actual dates of Crowley’s death are heavily disputed (either Dec 1st or Dec 5th) it is true that he died a heroin addict in 1947 in a boarding house in Hastings, South East England.


Sergeant Pepper

Sgt Peppers

Fact: Crowley was depicted on the cover of The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Crowley bore a heavy influence on many musicians including Jimmy Page, who bought his former residence in Scotland, Boleskine House. The Beatles were no exception in finding inspiration from him. On the Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band cover he is situated in between Mae West and Sri Yukteswar.




Fact: He was also an accomplished mountaineer.

As well as poetry and taking drugs, Crowley also enjoyed mountaineering. He rather exuberantly scaled K2, the 2nd highest mountain in the world and Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest.




Fact: Crowley put a curse on his doctor.

Having prescribed Crowley with morphine for his asthma and bronchitis, his last doctor died within 24 hours of his patient. It is rumored that shortly before Crowley’s death he had refused to refill his prescription thus making his patient place a curse on him.

  • Missy

    Seems like a normal guy to me after reading this list.

    BTW, my dad knew him at Cambridge.

    • cameo1107

      Your dad went to college in 1895?

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      • Molly

        Have you considered that Crowley may have had links to Cambridge College as late as the 1940’s? Perhaps he spoke there.

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  • Gracie

    I’m disappointed in the lack of in-depth information, and the fact the author of this list also, lacked imagination for each of the categories.

    This list seemed to strike your interest immediately after reading its title, but turns out to be quite uninspired.

    • 1-4-3 listverse

      Agreed. It needed more oomph.

      • Plop

        I concur.

        • quite


  • Pippa

    :-) ure just jalouse!

    • OhDearOhDear

      Good God Lass – What has happened to your English?

  • Dean, James

    This list if very disappointing. I second Missy, nothing extraordinary in sight about him, judging on what has been written here.

  • Pippa

    I am so let down by author’s undeveloped list info! *F for effort!

  • Will Trame

    I had a feeling that Crowley’s appearance on the “Sgt Pepper” album cover and the Jimmy Page reference would appear on this list. Musician Graham Bond believed that he was Crowley’s illegitimate son. Ozzy Osbourne even recorded a song about him, which opened with an eeringly appropriate keyboard run.

  • Salo Hes

    Yeah, the intro was interesting, the content is dull poorly written and u assume that readers already know about the points. Such a waste for Wat could have been the most interesting list, evenso compared to yesterday’s

  • Luke

    You knock this list up while dinner was cooking?

    • YouMadeMeLaugh!

      Ha ha ha!

  • bigd1ckman

    You may as well just have linked me to his wikipedia page. Boring, never write a list on this site again.

  • tilt53

    “The Great Beast…” What the hell was so great about him? He was a Satan worshiper and believed in black magic.

    • cameo1107

      “Great” doesn’t only, and didn’t originally, mean ‘very good’. In this context, it means, roughly, ‘to a large extent’.

      • chrissywissy

        Satan worshipper? I may be wrong but my hunch is that Satan would probably think anyone calling themselves ‘The Great Beats 666’ was a bit of a twat.

      • Crumbed Jutzes

        ‘Great’ meaning ‘large or immense’. He used it in the pejorative sense!

  • Pippa

    Google PANSEXUALITY for some interesting and ensightful reading.
    It might get you over this dreadfully written today’s list!

  • Will Carroll

    There is too little information on each article.

  • Leeann

    Oh my did you forget that he was
    1:A spy
    2:A cannibal 
    3:Mixed blood and sex together using animals 
    3:Murder /Human sacrifice
    5: Call himself a living saint , mirical worker .
    To name just a few.

    • Pauly

      So…….he opened for Slayer?

      • ParusMajor

        Naah… but he must have opened for Venom…

  • Jimmy Page

    So he was also known as “Frater” Perdurabo? Haha

    • ParusMajor

      “Frater” = “Brother” (as monks are addressed) in Italian

  • Ni99a

    The mods are desperate to churn out a list everyday. This list was made up on the fly by the mods due to the lack of list submissions.

    That explains the list’s randomness and lack of information.

    I believed I just single handedly destroyed this site because list authors no longer wanted to submit any more list due to the degenerate community here.

    Ongoing traffic here is actually generated by people who come to visit the great troll(me). Like if you agree. Share if you think it is true.

    • Batman

      I’m almost starting to think you’re right..

  • danielle

    almost every sentence is copied and pasted from wikipedia!!

    dissapointed with this author.

  • The Pedant

    If Crowley was born in 1875 and lost his virginity at the age of 14, the unfortunate maid could not have been a victim of Jack the Ripper unless Crowley was a necrophiliac or the maid had access to a time machine. Crowley’s sexual initiation could have taken place no earlier than 1889. Jack the Ripper’s acknowledged victims were all killed between August and November 1888. So I think that’s one rumour that can be safely scotched and need never be repeated again.

  • Lupin

    How can “Crowley put a curse on his doctor” be a fact? Is it really possible to put a curse on people?

    • Bob

      duh haven’t you read the sports curse article here? And your name is lupin and lupin spent some time near one of Crowleys residences. When he met the lochness monster. Well lupin the third that is.

    • ParusMajor

      Yes, it is indeed possible. The effectiveness of the curse depends on how much the cursed individual believes in the fact that he’s been cursed. For instance, the Grand Master of the Knights Templar, Jacques de Molay, put a curse on both King Philip IV of France and Pope Clement V while he was burning at the stake. Both King Philip and Pope Clement V died within a year of the execution of Jacques de Molay.

  • DevilsAdvocate

    “Fact: It is rumored…” What???

    • BOONE

      Was thinking the same thing.

      • ParusMajor

        Well, it says “it is rumored” and that IS a fact, it is indeed rumored that he had an illegitimate child. The author doesn’t claim it to be a fact that he actually had one.

        The subject matter is interesting, but this list would have needed some more meat on its bones.

  • Jeremy

    More like 10 rumors about Crowley…

  • Elemarth

    Reading the introduction, I thought this looked like an interesting list. I also that it was hilarious that your list of things that Aleister Crowley was consisted of a bunch of unusual or bizarre things and then “poet and accomplished mountaineer” – totally different! But most of what was interesting there wasn’t addressed. Specifically, why was he called the Great Beast? I also wanted to know why we say he was pansexual, since it would be hard for him to find more than two genders in England back then. Maybe in his travels…
    I ended the list not knowing who he was or why he was important. The best part of it was that he’s on the Sergeant Pepper album cover.

  • Bob

    #4 and 1 are false. Suprised that they only got two wrong. The fact is that these two pieces of slander were published in newspapers despite a lack of any evidence. Yes he was a herion addict at two points in his life, which was common for asthmatics at the time since other life saving treatments for he condition did not exsist yet.

  • lawn

    He didn’t scale K2. He climbed ON the mountain, but wasn’t ever on the top.

  • Moi

    “pass-times”? it astounds me how many people can’t spell “pastimes” properly

  • jegan

    Cute. ROFL!

  • Canadianguy


    PS. I put a curse on anyone who’s gullible enough to believe in curses.

    • adiemus


  • -_-

    10. Escalated rather quickly.
    9. De-escalated rather quickly.
    7. It’s called bisexuality.
    6. Many people believe in Guardian Angels.
    5. Illegitimate children? Who cares, it’s the year 2012. I’m sick of this discrimination brought up by nonsensical ideologies.

  • sarcasmfont

    had high hopes, was expecting more, ultimately disappointing and lacking in interest.

  • Adiemus

    “Fact: It is rumored that Crowley had an illegitimate child. ”

    This reminds of me of “60% of the time it works every time”

  • neil1953

    Has Jimmy Page seen this list ? Read the book “The Hammer Of The Gods” which is the quintessential book about Led Zeppelin ever written. There is a good portion of the book when Jimmy Page bought Crowley’s estate in Scotland (The Boleskine House) and some very weird and tragic things began with the group. Robert Plant’s 5 year old son Karac died of a very rare stomach disease. Then Plant was vacationing with his wife on the Island of Rhodes in Greece and got into a very bad accident which left him practically in a body cast. And then John Bonham went out pubbing at his favorite water hole and had way to much to drink. He found his way to the house and Jimmy Page was their and helped Bonham to his bedroom and lay him down into bed making sure that he was in the fetal position in case he had to vomit. Nope, he vomited alright but he asphyxiated on it. Some really weird stuff if you ask me……..

  • neil1953

    Mountaineering : K2 is the second tallest mountain in the world next to Everest. Its 8,611 meters above sea level (28,251 ft.) Crowley attempted it with a companion but only managed to get to 6,525 meters (21,407 ft.) So in effect Crowley did NOT scale K2. The first people ever to reach the summit of K2 was done by an Italian team of mountaineers on July 31, 1954. The expedition was led by Ardito Desio. Source ? The Wikipedia.

  • Bridget

    This list almlst seems like disinformation. It doesnt mention his sacrificial horrors and it doesnt even elaborate on what it does offer. Very suspicious. Maybe theyre trying to sanitize him so his satanic illuminati message does not seem so evil.

  • JimNEPA

    To summarize: Crowley was a whackjob who enjoyed making a spectacle of himself. Today he’d either be the head of Scientology or a drunk puking in an alley.

  • Steve

    i dispute number 2, amongst the climbing community, he is widely considered a moron, he actually did get pretty high on K2, however he never summited

  • Noel E. Gutierrez

    I had a negative image of Alister Crawley before, but after studying the Rosicrucian Monographs, I realized that he was not that bad after all. He did have a purpose and that was to help others see the Light to Illumination through Kabbalistic Rituals. He was friends with Annie Bessant and he learnd a great deal from H.P. Blavatsky at one time in his life. The Higher degrees in Freemasonry may study some of his works.

  • Aleister Crowley was also a satanist, a freemason and God knows what else. He was a truly evil man.

  • erich

    “Fact: It is rumored that Crowley had an illegitimate child. ”

    It is a fact that there is a rumor. I don’t think you understand how this works.

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