Reading Roundup: 12 August 2012

Top 10 Crowley Myths which are Actually True

Crowley remains complicated, important, and influential in the research I do. I find the intersections of his sexuality and the sexual theology based off his esoteric work a complicated intersection. The magical community continues to think of itself in heterosexual and cis-gendered ways when one of its most influential founding writers would now be called bisexual. Crowley is a study of esotericism all to himself.

A New and Greater Pagan Cult: Gerald Gardner & Ordo Templi Orientis

Speaking of Crowley’s complicated relationship to early neopaganism, how about the influences of Ordo Templi Orientis rituals and conversations with Crowley on Pagan rituals on Gerald Gardner? It’s very obvious looking at their work that Gardner borrowed heavily from Crowley, but even this is circular and not as straightforward as saying Gardner “stole” his rituals from OTO, because of Gardner’s initiation into OTO and his conversations with Crowley about religion. And quite frankly, has a ritual ever existed without theft of some kind?

Repetitious, Time-Intensive Magical Rituals Considered More Effective, Study Shows

So, it turns out that the more complicated a ritual is, the more emotionally satisfying it is as a problem-solving tool. I think I’ll be referencing this study in my work as I try to understand what rituals have emotional salience to magic-users.

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