Every once in awhile, I have to admit that I used to read the works of Aleister Crowley. This tends to get me some black looks in Golden Dawn circles. The official word from on-high is that Crowley is a taboo subject---not that I have ever been much on obeying the edicts of the upper echelon, hence the occasional admission of past guilt.
Am I still guilty of reading Crowley? I am in Golden Dawn---what do you think?
Crowley has been placed in the biggest traitor category, thanks to his publishing of some of the early Golden Dawn rituals and teachings---but he also provides us with a baseline of what was actually being done at the time that he was in the Golden Dawn. In fact, he is the baseline that all students of the system can locate.
Crowley has been placed in the category of the biggest charlatan---but we actually have evidence that he was actually working the tradition, even after he officially left the system.
Crowley has been placed in the category of the biggest show-off that Golden Dawn ever produced---are we really sure that is true anymore?
Crowley has been placed in the category of one of the worst things to happen to occultism, but how many of us started off reading him?
There are some that believe that we should automatically reject the applications of anyone that admits to reading Crowley. I am not one of those people.