This pilot features and episode from Ashley's latest micro-documentary series “Warlock Hunter” exploring the estates, castles, palaces an minds of the world’s greatest mystics, holy men, philosophers, alchemists, shamans, writers, magicians, warlocks, wizards and witches.
70 years ago this year, Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947), one of the most controversial men in modern history died. Known as The Great Beast 666 Crowley was an English occultist, author, mystic, artist and ceremonial magician. His lifelong rebellion against his strict Christian upbringing led him to study, develop and apply the mystical aspects of world religions and ancient philosophical systems and he created and led a controversial religious philosophy called Thelema, presenting Crowleyanity as an alternative spiritual path to Christianity. For his legendary drug fueled, magic sex rituals, he became branded by the British press as the ‘Wickedest man to have ever lived.’
Ashley filmed at Boleskine House on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland, where Crowley famously lived in 1904 and performed an advanced magical operation, a ritual from a rare medieval grimoire which he used attempting to raise “the Grand Dukes and High Princes of Hell.” This film reaches far beyond the ‘apparently’ evil symbols of Crowley's ‘brand’ and through observations in the architecture and surrounding landscapes the mind of one of the most controversial psychonauts in modern history is demystified.
ASHLEY COWIE is a Scottish historian, author and documentary filmmaker exploring ancient cultures and kingdoms, science and psychology. Investigating myths, folklore and legends. Examining artefacts, symbols, architecture and other curious things.
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