One of the comments to my previous post (about having read Crowley on occasion) brought up the question of why some Golden Dawn members and leaders loathe Aleister Crowley. (I am using the word "loathe" because I like the word, and I think their feelings go well beyond "dislike" and "hate.") Here are some of my current thoughts about the question.
One, Crowley is a hard act to follow. The man produced a lot of material. And he was producing material until the end of his life.
Two, Crowley was an occultist and seeker all his adult life. It was a lifestyle, not a temporary act with a definite goal on the end.
Three, Crowley published---a lot. He also stole material and published it as his own. Plus, he produced new things too.
Four, Crowley followers are not good followers. Thelemics are more goats than sheep. Some of them are slightly dark (possible understatement), and all of them are argumental.
Five, Crowley was anti-secrecy. At least when it comes to the teachings.
Six, Crowley was anti-guru and Order. The AA is built more like a resistance movement than a fraternal Order.
Seven, Crowley thought his system was better than the original Golden Dawn. And maybe, he was right...in a sense.
Eight, his followers tend to think that his way of doing things are the best way. And they loudly say so.
Nine, his system produces people who declare themselves prophets. They tend to declare new laws. Thelema and the Book of the Law was merely the beginning of heretics and radicals.
Ten, Crowley was truly running a non-profit organization. Crowley often had a real day-job.
Bottom-line, you do not want people who follow Crowley or use him as a good example in your organization. Especially if you are looking for sheep that need looking after. Thelemites are dangerous to anyone managing a "shut up and follow" Order.