Ashley's latest micro-documentary explores the home and mind of Aleister Crowley, one of the most controversial and misunderstood psychonauts in modern history.


Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947) was an English author, painter, mountaineer, occultist and ceremonial magician who called himself 'The Beast 666' and was known to the British press as 'the most wicked man in the world'.

Crowley's lifelong rebellion against his strict Christian upbringing led him to study, develop and apply the mystical aspects of world religions and ancient philosophical systems. He created and led a controversial religious philosophy called Thelema, presenting Crowleyanity as an alternative spiritual path to Christianity.

On the surface, Crowley was a dark and dangerous force who danced with demons, but in reality, he was a pioneer of consciousness, a bold psychonaut who mapped the mechanics of the unconscious mind several decades before such models were formalised in the disciplines of psychology.

In 1899 Crowley lived in Boleskine House on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland, in which he performed an advanced magical operation. This micro-documentary reaches 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 and misunderstood men in modern history is demystified.


 
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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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