How Brit sex cult leader followed by Kanye & Peaches made fans drink semen & cat's blood – and wanted them to DIE during orgasm

The infamous satanist has been dead 70 years – but his evil legacy lives on in his thousands of followers, who had included major celebrities like Peaches Geldof and Kanye West.

Crowley, who founded his own dark religion, Thelema, was so evil he was branded the "Master of Darkness" and "Wickedest Man in the World" by the press.

But this hasn't stopped a number of celebs following his teachings, including the late Peaches Geldof, who got a tattoo relating to one of his groups and encouraged fans to buy his books.

Rapper Jay-Z was also spotted a few years ago wearing a T shirt featuring Crowley's motto "do what thou wilt", and Kanye West has worn jewellery of the Egyptian god Horus and pyramids, the symbol of Thelema, sparking rumours that he too is a follower.

Controversial rocker Marilyn Manson, who has also faced accusations of black magic throughout his career, has even referred to Crowley as one of his "favourite" authors.

As images of the inside of Crowley's home are released for the first time, Sun Online takes a closer look at his sordid life, from his sex cults to rampant drug use and sick rituals.



A sex addict who encouraged followers to eat poo

Raised a devout Christian, Crowley  – who was born in 1875 – was obsessed with 'sex magic', believing sexual arousal could transcend humans into a spiritual place.

He organised ritualistic orgies where followers were encouraged to consume blood, semen and faeces to "achieve a higher consciousness" or "empower oneself".

Crowley's motto was "do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law".  Known as "The Law of Thelema", it encouraged people to follow their true path.

Death by orgasm

He also told people that focusing intently on their goals during orgasms would help them achieve them – and that dying during orgasm – what he called "mors justi" would be the best way to go.

When he founded The Temple of Thelema in the early 20th century this idea was one of the cornerstones of the faith.

He also encouraged followers to practise 'sex magic' spells and rituals as often as they could.

Crowley, who was bisexual and indulged in regular sex with prostitutes, also wrote erotic literature that makes Fifty Shades of Grey look very tame.

His 1920 666-word poem 'Leah Sublime' shocked readers, being referred to "the most disgusting piece of erotica in the English language."

In it, he described drinking his lover's wee, asked her to smear diarrhoea into his eyes and made references to several STIs including syphilis and gonorrhoea.

Due to his behaviour, his mother began calling him "the Beast": a nickname he was proud of.

Drinking cat blood and summoning demons

In 1920, Crowley travelled to Sicily, where he founded the Abbey of Thelema with his associate Leah Hirsig, a Swiss-American occultist.

It was billed as a "utopia", where followers would learn sex magic, practise daily yoga and study Crowley's writings – but it was closed down after somebody died from drinking cat's blood during a ritual.

Because of this, Crowley was asked to leave Italy by Mussolini's government, and the Abbey was left abandoned.

This increased his fame and notoriety, and he travelled round the world to places such as Egypt, Tunisia, Germany and Mexico to spread his teachings.

It wasn't long before he was made UK head of the secret society Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), an organisation modelled on freemasonry, which taught sex magic and 'magical masturbation.'

He's thought to have spent a lot of time in Zennor, Cornwall, the area surrounding a local cottage, Carn Cottage which has been pictured for the first time this week.

There, rumours persisted that he held a black mass in the village church, and performed spells using skinned animals in the cottage.


On 21 May 1938, a pagan woman Katherine Laird Arnold-Forster, who was previously healthy, suffered a seizure in the cottage and died.

She was visiting a couple, Gerald and Ellaline Vaughan, who were renting the property and were concerned about the rituals Crowley was performing there.

Gerald was committed to an asylum soon after that night – he claimed Crowley had summoned a giant lizard-like demon to petrify him.

A proud "drug fiend" with links to Nazism

It wasn't just illict sex that Crowley enjoyed – he was also a big recreational drug user, sampling everything he could get his hands on from cocaine to psychedelics and heroin, which he later became addicted to.

In 1922, he published his first novel The Diary of a Drug Fiend, which is believed to be semi-autobiographical.

In it, the characters go on a giant drug binge as they travel around Europe, ending up in Italy, where they begin to dabble in sex magic.

His drug use, he claimed, was part of his rituals – but it had major costs to his health.

Cocaine eroded his nose, and he was left with lung problems and was skeletal due to his heroin addiction.

He would also secretly drug people he invited over for dinner, documenting their behaviour when under the influence.

Crowley was also intrigued by Nazism, and reportedly wanted Adolf Hitler to convert to the Temple of Thelema.

He even held racist views, referring to Jews as "worse than cannibals".

However, when OTO was disbanded in Germany, Crowley lambasted Hitler.

Crowley died in December 1947 from bronchitis alone in a boarding house in Hastings, and only 12 people were reported to have attended his funeral.

During the 1960s and 70s, he had a resurgence: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page routinely took part in OTO rituals and bought one of his former homes in Scotland.
While The Beatles included Crowley as one of the famous faces on the cover of their 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Today, there are still OTO and Temple of Thelema followers, though, as the groups are so secretive, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly how many.

Though if you see someone wearing a pyramid chain – give them a wide birth.

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