By Lon Milo DuQuette
The dawning 20th century isn't really sufficiently big for eccentric genius Aleister Crowley. he's an acclaimed poet, chess grasp, world-class mountaineer, and possibly the main passionately liberated guy in Victorian London. His genuine devotion, even though, is magic...and the hunt for his personal soul.
An notorious fourteenth century Arabic ebook of magic survives the centuries to spawn the formation of a hidden society of magicians in London. The Order is led via occult pupil MacGregor Mathers and his spouse Moina, who declare to be in contact with mystery masters that provide them ever-increasing magical wisdom and gear. For a number of years the Order grows, drawing on new individuals from the giants of British trade, artwork, and literature.
Suddenly, on the peak of the Order's impact, MacGregor and Moina seem to lose touch with the key masters. They flow to Paris and forget about the Order's plea for extra teachings and better initiations. The London inn threatens to sever ties with them and make magical touch with the key masters themselves. 5 very recognized participants lead the revolt:
*the poet William Butler Yeats
*the playwright Maude Gonne
*Bram Stoker, writer of Dracula
*Florence Farr, the main acclaimed actress of her day
*and one of many wealthiest girls on the earth, tea heiress Annie Horniman.
Crowley naively joins the Order in the beginning of the insurrection. Blinded by means of his severe religious aspirations, he isn't purely drawn into the clash, yet unwittingly turns into the catalyst that brings approximately their destruction.
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Aleister Crowley - Revolt of the Magicians by Lon Milo DuQuette