Down is the New Up: Aleister Crowley, ‘As above, so below,’ and Evil in the World Today
Did you know Aleister Crowley was not only an occultist but a British secret agent as well? (Kaczynski, 2009, p. 10). A few years ago, I remember getting into a debate with my dad. I brought up Aleister Crowley, and my dad noted he was just an agent – nothing more. When I look into his work on occultism, though, he really believed what he said, and perhaps his role was to ensure these beliefs were spread, and they have been.
Even if you have never heard of Crowley, he had a huge impact and influence, specifically on pop culture and pop music. Brett (2017) writes, “Crowley’s doctrine ‘Do What Thou Wilt’ started to ring true once more for a generation desperate for a new spiritual saviour. Along with the Beats, existentialism, and counterculture, an occult revival was imminent.”
Further, “Pop messiahs of the age ushered in the return of the Beast. Crowley appears on Peter Blake’s cover of the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. A statue of him also appears on the cover of the Doors’ album, Doors 13. Mick Jagger was seen carrying occult books ahead of the Stones album His Satanic Majesties, that cradled one of their most anthemic songs; ‘Sympathy for the Devil’. Both Jagger and Marianne Faithful knew Kenneth Anger, the Avante-Garde filmmaker and Crowleyite. Jagger recorded the soundtrack to his film Invocation to my Demon Brother, while Marianne Faithful appeared in Lucifer Rising. ‘Hail Atlantis!’ intoned Donavan. Black magic became the new black magic in a back to the future return to old spiritual ideas. Crowley’s career revival was on and the comeback tour secured. His call for a new world order beyond the conventions of society couldn’t have been more suitable for the 60’s libertarian culture of sex, drugs and rock and roll.”
So, even if you have never heard of Crowley, his teachings are alive and well today, and they continue to be shared and emulated, not just through music, but our society in general. Perhaps one of the most famous phrases you may here around here, especially in conspiracy forums, is “as above, so below.”
“This phrase comes from the beginning of The Emerald Tablet and its explanation embraces the entire system of traditional and modern magic which was inscribed upon the tablet in cryptic wording by Hermes Trismegistus and his hermetism.”
Crowley joined the “Heremetic Order of the Golden Dawn”, “the most celebrated and influential late ninteenthcentury magical society” (Kaczynski, 2009, p. 10).
The Emerald Tablet is the foundation of Hermeticism, and here is the “as above, so below” saying in Isaac Newton’s words (By the way, he was an alchemist deep into the occult, too!):
“That which is below is like that which is above & that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing.”
But what does this really mean? Why is it “bad?”
In this post, I want to explore the true meaning of this famous expression, and how our world is shaped by it more than we may realize. Crowley did not become famous by ‘accident’, and these beliefs are more alive today than ever, because when examine the world today, it literally feels upside down.
As above, so below
This phrase is really a phrase of unity of the “opposites.” Ultimately, this belief is about balance and oneness. Manly P. Hall explains, “We are the gods of the atoms that make up ourselves, but we are also the atoms of the gods that make up the universe”; and Paracelsus says that man’s spirit comes from the stars, his soul from the planets, his body from the elements. More recently Carl Sagan had said quite simply, “we’re made of star stuff.”
No surprise that Aleister Crowley also said, “Every man and woman is a star” (Kaczynski, Appendix III, p. 117)
What this phrase really means is that there is a balance of good and bad, light and dark, and the light and dark have an equal necessity. This belief system is prominent in many other belief systems, but today, I want to talk more about it is influence. However, if you are interested, I wrote a post about this here:
So, why is this belief system “bad”? It sounds quite nice, doesn’t it? Whether you believe this as a new ager, an occultist, a Taoist, or a transhumanist, there is something that I feel people are missing.
My question to ask you first, is have you experienced true, pure evil? I am not talking about something “bad” or “not good.” I am wondering, if you are reading this, if you have witnessed true evil in your life? Sure, maybe you hear stories on the news, but that is not what I am asking. I am asking, if you, yourself, have experienced true evil firsthand?
Most reading this might have to confess “no”. They have not. Before I witnessed true, pure evil, I was an agnostic Buddhist. I definitely had “the as above, so below” belief system, and I thought everything in life balanced itself out. Well, that was until I fell into an abusive relationship where I was nearly killed. I am not writing this for pity or sympathy, really, I just want to explain that I did not understand evil until I experienced it firsthand:
- He almost killed me several times through strangling, beating, and knocking me unconscious. One time, he took me into the middle of nowhere, where nobody could hear my screams, and he beat me with a broom until I nearly lost consciousness. When he did these things to me, it was almost as if something else took over his body. After the experiences, he would act as if nothing happened.
- He beat his mom up once right in front of me. He was never apologetic.
- He tortured animals.
- He was a severe alcoholic, and he had “two sides”, so the world mostly saw his good side, but I saw his true, honestly, demonic side.
I could write about him all day long, and if you are interested, I could expand on how I got into the relationship in the first place (my therapist helped me see that), and why I stayed, and how I escaped.
The point of me bringing this up is that I never really understood evil until I fell into that relationship. I was naïve, and that is probably one reason I dismissed so much – I seriously did not know evil like that existed. It was difficult for me to process and comprehend.
And, for you reading this, my story is not even one of the worst out there. I am sure there are many who experience and have experienced far worse on a daily basis.
So, after I escaped the relationship, I started to question evil, and I no longer saw it as some type of necessity in oneness. I wanted to know why it existed, and I did not want to justify it. Evil should not be justified or explained away.
And to me, that is what this “as above, so below” belief system does. It equates evil and good, and it treats evil as a necessity in this world. It promotes moral relativism, as if there is no true ‘good’ or ‘evil’, and that simply is not true. There is evil out there, some horrors many of us cannot even begin to understand.
This belief system of “as above, so below” predominates our society today. Everything is becoming justified because people do not really believe that good and bad exist anymore. Most of us know about Aleister Crowley’s “do what thou wilt” phrase, which essentially means, do what you want, as long as it makes you happy. You can read more about “thelema” here:
So, when I look at the world, it literally appears to be upside down, and I believe this is a direct result of people embracing this “as above, so below” mentality. I want to point to a few examples in American society.
We are Gods now.
Aleister Crowley said, “There is no God but man”. (Kaczynski, Appendix III, p. 117) This falls into the we are all one/we are all Gods belief system.
Jason Silva, an “Emmy-nominated and world renown TV personality, storyteller, filmmaker, and sought-after keynote speaker and futurist” illustrates his beliefs at a “dangerous ideas” conferences entitled, “We are the Gods now”:
I highly recommend watching the entire thing. His beliefs are really just occult beliefs disguised/translated into modern, futuristic language. He is saying the same thing that Crowley said, just in a more engaging way that is relevant to modern audiences. Again, I challenge you to watch it before you argue me on this point.
So, again, what is “bad” about this concept that we are Gods? Whether or not God exists in up to you on your spiritual journey, but here are a few reasons that this concept has a negative impact on our society:
Today, it is easier than ever to literally feel like a God, especially on a social media platform with an audience that worships you. Social media has a direct link to narcissism:
In a world full of people obsessed with themselves, can anything really get better? Can anything really change? I’ll never forget the disturbing video of teens recording a man drowning instead of helping him:
At that moment, I suppose, they literally ‘played’ God.
This “We are Gods” mentality promotes selfishness and morallessness. Even if one does not believe in God, claiming to be a God is at the peak of narcissism.
Finally, though, what if there really is a God?
Inversion of the Adult/Child
More parents today than ever have difficulty disciplining their children:
If you do not trust the Daily Mail, I can offer some of my experiences as a teacher.
Further, children are taking on more “adult” qualities and increasingly making adult decisions before they even really have the capability to understand what is going on.
- Child Pageants: Why are children even allowed to dress like this? I have no words, really:
- Children are losing their childhoods: I am witnessing this daily as a teacher. Children do not have time to be kids anymore, and this is a direct result of technology. Children are overexposed and under-prepared for sexual content online, for example:
I saw a snapchat video on one of the stories they post for millions to see, and somebody filmed their younger sister (5 years old) watching gay porn. He laughed about it, and millions of people viewed this, probably laughing, too. The girl was horrified, but did anybody ask, is there something seriously wrong with this girl having access to gay porn in 5 years old?
Are kids growing up too fast? Dvorak writes, “Scientists are studying why we are seeing alarming numbers of 7-year-old girls and 8-year-old boys hitting puberty (they still don’t know, but some blame chemicals in food and personal products.)”
At the same time, we live in a world where is it not even shocking to hear that a man left his family to become a little girl:
Adults are having difficult raising children because many are like children themselves. At the same time, children are being treated as little adults who are wise enough to make their own decisions and be exposed to anything and everything online.
Less is More?
This one honestly makes me laugh, in a saddened way. Want to fight climate change? Stop having children:
To me, this is some sick kind of twisting of reality. Big corporations who are destroying the environment are somehow convincing the average joe that they are responsible for all of the problems and should probably stop having kids.
And while the cost of living gets higher, people are living in more extreme situations like tiny houses. By the way, tiny house regret is growing:
Look, if you have the choice to live in a tiny house and want to, that is on you, but most people who are “choosing” these tiny houses do not really have the choice. Maybe I am crazy, but I feel that families should have the right to adequate living spaces for reasonable prices. Look at our overworked America, and Mother Jones says some of these charts will make your blood boil:
Finally, one of the creepiest things I have seen is the celebrity promotion of eating bugs. You can watch Nicole Kidman eating a four course meal of bugs here:
Whatever your views on eating bugs, there is something really off about this to me. I am not sure what agenda they are working here, but it seems to be that we can be “more sustainable” by eating bugs, living in tiny houses as small as jail cells, and having less kids, and working more and more in our future prison cities where everybody will be happy!
Perhaps you think I am being overly-dramatic here, but just watch that four course bug video before you decide.
All Work, No Play
The US is the most overworked nation in the world:
Yet, we are told that if we just work hard enough and long enough, it will all be worth it. What is sad is that all this work does not really make us happier:
And even if it does make us happier in some ways, we just do not have time for it. Time poverty is a real problem:
Something seems twisted about all of this, doesn’t it?
Food and Water
This really could be an entirely different post and many have written about the conspiracies surrounding food here. The point is we now live in a world where we cannot even trust the food we eat. Gender-bending chemicals in food are found to feminize boys:
And then we live in a world where we cannot even trust our drinking water. Does anybody remember the Flint Water Crisis? I predict many more events like this in the near future:
And, yet, water bottle companies have monopolies on fresh water sources:
Did you hear that George Bush recently bought 300,000 acres near one of the largest freshwater aquifers in the world?:
What is he preparing for?
The point is that something is off when even the most basic necessities for life are completely out of our control. We cannot trust the food or water we drink, and water shortages are a real concern now. The elite families may not have to worry, but we do.
Somehow ‘they’ twisted what is natural and turned it into something else…
This will be my last section, but I probably could do this all day long. Before I get attacked, I really do not care what people identify as or what goes on sexually in their own private homes (as long as it does not hurt anyone). What I do care about is the propagation of these gender issues to children.
There are just some things that children do not have the capacity to understand at young ages. Yet, gender identity is being taught to children as young as kindergarten:
To me, this goes back to the adult/child thing. We are trusting children with too much, even trusting them to make decisions about their gender that could have permanent lifetime consequences at younger and younger ages:
Plus, I always look to pop culture for agendas, and I have to say this Pink video was loud and clear:
It is entitled, “Beautiful Trauma” which feeds on that ‘as above, so below’ concept. As somebody who has experienced pure trauma in my life, I see nothing beautiful about it.
Again, I could probably write an entire post on just this one subject (and I have many times), but the point is there seems to be a flipping and twisting of things, and scariest of all, our children are being taught this all without the capacity to truly examine it.
That is where I get upset. If you want teens and adults to discuss these topics in schools, ok, but kids are just so impressionable. Something just does not feel right about it. More teens, by the way, are identifying as transgender:
To me, the world feels upside down, and I feel like many are asleep. The problem is that I do not think people realize the influence of the occult beliefs of those like Crowley, and how they infiltrated pop culture, and then the masses.
Going back to the beginning of this post, Crowley had a profound influence on musicians like the Beatles and even David Bowie:
“Bowie made no secret of his enthralment with the dark priest that was Crowley throughout his career frequently discussing the subject in interviews. As early as 1971 his occult adoration made its way into his songs, famously in ‘Quicksand’ from Hunky Dory: I’m closer to the Golden Dawn Immersed in Crowley’s uniform of imagery. But what is beyond?”
I feel these belief systems have infiltrated pop culture, which is a tool to brainwash the masses. Many, today, buy into the new age occultism of “We are all Gods” and “good and bad can coexist.”
Tell that to the kids who have to eat mud cookies:
Or the children killed by US forces (where is the outcry?):
Or the children trafficked in sex rings:
Sure, it is easy to ignore the evil of the world, but it exists, no matter how it is twisted.
I basically read a bunch of Alesiter Crowley books the past few days, so that I could write this post properly:
*Aleister Crowley by Richard Kaczynski
*The Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley
*Magick by Aleister Crowley
*The Book of Lies by Aleister Crowley
*Modern Alchemy: Occultism and the Emergence of Atomic Theory by Mark S. Morrisson
Please at least do not downvote if you disagree. This took me some time! : )