Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Al-Lex-Luthor Crowley

From a Thelemic website:

Alchemy had three main objects:
1. The transmutation of the base metals into gold, or more generally the conversion of abundant relatively useless material into rare useful substances.

2. The prolongation of life indefinitely, or more generally, the cure of all disease and senility. 

3. The creation of a human being from non-living chemical materials, such as an artificial man being called the android or homunculus [cf. the IX' secret document 'De Homunculus' in which Crowley relates sex magick secrets in the fabrication of the Magical Child, described previously in this series and conflated with the fabrication of the 'Elixir of Life' as the effluvia of ritualized sexuality in prescribed circumstances, often fabricating an astral or magical being to carry to fruition. the desire/will of the magician; mu]; or in more general terms, to create living things from non-living [cf. various genesis stories in which the gods effect this very thing, being immortal and able to transmute substances from one to another.

A History of Magic, Witchcraft and Occultism, by W.B. Crow, Whilshire Book Co, 1979; pp. 199-200.

Ritualized sexuality, eh? You can cut the sexual tension on that page with a knife...