The Sorcerer and His Apprentice: Aleister Crowley and the Magical Exploration of Edwardian Subjectivity

Alexandra Owen*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the theme of the "sacralization of the self," and places Crowley's magical work in the context of a fin de siècle occultism. It tries to determine whether Crowley's magic expresses a modern sense of the self. Next, it interprets the magical exploration of John Dee's "Aethyrs" that Crowley did along with Victor Neuburg in 1909, in order to try to understand the complete implications of subjectivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAleister Crowley and Western Esotericism
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199979974
ISBN (Print)9780199863075
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 24 2013

Keywords

  • Fin de siècle occultism
  • Implications of subjectivity
  • Magical exploration
  • Magical work
  • Modern sense of self
  • Sacralization of the self

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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