Actaeon: Aleister Crowley Never Branded or Blackmailed Women

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By Actaeon

“Do what you want” seems an excellent rule for responsible adults.

Far better than its alternative, which is “Do what you’re told”. In fact, if the fools who joined Nxivm/DOS had followed the former rule, they never would’ve gotten in the mess they did.

Weak-willed fools like Allison Mack were eager to be told what to do, told how to live their lives, told which books to read and which ones not to. Told what is ethical and what is not. Told not to be “prideful”. Ah, pride, one of the seven deadly sins. Pride is self-respect, pride is self-confidence. Neither of these qualities is what a cult leader looks for in his slave-minions.

The craven self-abasement of cult followers frankly disgusts me.

That long YouTube video of Mack “interviewing” her lord and master Keith Raniere is one revolting spectacle. She gazes at him adoringly as he corrects her, lectures her, and chastises her. She positively laps it up. And then she went out doing his bidding, recruiting fresh meat for his maw. Lying for him, cajoling, sneakily gathering up her victims’ so-called collateral. Submissively doing what she was told.


The idea that doing what you want to do is wrong is one of the reasons I left Catholicism. Penance and self-denial are akin to masochism, as far as I’m concerned. Life should be joyful; the world is beautiful and our time here is limited, so take pleasure in life. The Christian notion that life is a vale of tears, that man is inherently sinful, does not appeal to me in the least, and the idea of depriving oneself of joy in exchange for the promise of reward in some supposed afterlife is frankly risible.

Nietzsche was right, Christianity is a slave’s religion.

As for the Church of Satan, they aren’t what you might think. They do not believe in the Devil any more than in God. I have no affiliation with the CoS but they have a very entertaining online presence and are, despite the scary name, utterly harmless.

Aleister Crowley was a nut, and so was Anton LaVey. But neither of them gathered blackmail material on their female followers and had them branded, and neither one ran a criminal racket. And that to me is what separates them from Keith Raniere.

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17 commentsOn Actaeon: Aleister Crowley Never Branded or Blackmailed Women

  • Still confused as to why Frank keeps running this guy’s articles. We get it: you’re an atheist. So am I, so are a lot of people. But your articles barely touch on Raniere, and instead are just about your personal beefs with religion. That’s all fine and good, but pretty off topic, and honestly, pretty thinly written. I think I’ll be skipping any further pieces from this writer.

    • well said! a dogmatic atheist is as much of a crushing bore as any fundamentalist […] Crowley is the absolute nadir of wit and wisdom, a sort of anti- motherlode drawing in all manner of like minded souls, though in Crowleys case you could say ‘exposing ‘ all manner of like-minded souls, as he worked for MI5, recruited out of Cambridge…writings not so much word salad as boiled word cabbage.. a footnote citation for nearly all celebrity evil-doers in these last centuries.

  • “Craven self-abasement” is exactly right. It takes the right type to victimize. I think this is why Vangaurd needed the young ones. Classic grooming. When you think about Rainbow Cultural Garden, whoa. Interesting is that Raniere’s living children are male.

  • Wow ! another long and…pointless post by mr Actaeon…Stay in your area of expertise (which is…hm…Nothing in fact) and stop giving lectures that you don’t understand yourself…

    • Exactly. Here’s a primer Acteon:

      1. LaVey was a cheap bullshit artist and plaigiarist.

      2. Crowley certainly led an interesting life but he’s hardly someone to emulate.

      3. Ditto Nietzsche.

      4. You also display a puddle-deep knowledge of Catholicism. I’m sure the RC Church is devastated that you “left.”

      • yeah Mike, what is your claim to fame? i have read nietzche, lavey and crowley. I’ve also seen with my own eyes what the church offers and parallels between idol worship and the dogma of Catholicism- was that hit piece on acteon your contribution

  • Raniere is more of a Rasputin than a Crowley.

  • So now we espouse Satanism?

  • “Recruiting fresh meat for his maw” sounds like the motive for creating Girls By Design.

    • When it comes to bullshit, big-time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, religion. No contest. No contest. Religion. Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an Invisible Man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the Invisible Man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time!

      But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, you talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit!

      – George Carlin

    • i wonder why GBD never was mentioned in the trial?

  • Interesting Actaeon. I had heard of Aleister Crowley before but didn’t know much about him. This post made me curious so I looked him up. Thanks for the interesting comparison! Though Crowley seemed much more benign than Raniere, from what I can tell. Also, more intelligent. Logic and proper use of language seem to escape Raniere.

  • Your quote is not complete. The actual statement was “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Love is the Law! Love under will”.

    Victorian/Edwardian England (and America) were exceedingly sexually inhibited.

    Most Initiates understand the pronouncement to mean that in the new age Love will rule (as opposed to money) and that anything will be tolerated, any relationship (ie LBGTQ etc.) providing it has love as a foundation.

    So in that context, Raniere was doing “what thou wilt”. He muffed up by apparently compelling women to act against their will, both by the unwanted brand and sex.

    The branding would only be acceptable if the women were given a drawing of the image, and told – “go get it done by a professional when you believe you’re ready”, and the sex if offered without being asked.

    Crowley was a highly talented, but badly disciplined student of the path, who was born wealthy but died impoverished.

    And by the way, it was his wife who “channelled” the Book of the Law. While travelling in Egypt she heard a voice tell her to return to a certain location on a certain day. When they returned a voice from the ether dictated to her “The Book of the Law” which Crowley scribbled while she spoke.

  • In a way, our Greek mythological hero Actaeon reminds me of a serial arsonist. In the House-Tree-Person psychological assessment, a serial arsonist will nearly always feel compelled to draw something pertaining to a fire when they draw a house-tree-person scene, such as smoke coming out of a chimney, or something akin that. Nearly all of Actaeon’s posts include his own indictment of Christianity, which has never been part of NXIVM or Raniere’s ideas.

    Actaeon always presents himself as a person of superior intellect who has transcended a need to believe in God. He is seemingly of much higher moral fabric than everyone, and has no need for any Judeo-Christian value system. Oddly, he condemns Raniere, but he doesn’t seem to realize that he is very similar to the person he seemingly despises! Did Raniere not create his own value system, free of Christian beliefs? The Society of Protectors is an organization created by Raniere which clearly stated that it is not affiliated with any religious believe system. Perhaps Actaeon should consider joining SOP, and may even become the new face of this movement!

    It seems to me, Actaeon, that you and Raniere are more alike than you care to believe.

    So we get it, Actaeon; you’re an atheist…for now. But like Saul on the road to Damascus, perhaps you’ll find your way.

  • I am non-religious.
    But looking back on the history of the 20th Century how many people died in atheistic Soviet Russia and Communist China?

    An estimated 20 million Russians were murdered by their Communist leaders in the Kremlin and and estimated 80 Chinese were murdered by Communism.

    China: 82 million dead
    USSR: more than 21 million dead

  • “Actaeon: Aleister Crowley Never Branded or Blackmailed Women..” You’re kidding right? Sarcasm I bloody hope! He certainly was a nutter, but a very influential nutter both when he was alive and now! Branding, driving women insane, sodomy to bring in those ‘insane’ demons (Lucifer’s friends maybe?), as well as child sacrifice — he all advocated — apparently. O.T.O. in contemporary times can probably be considered more successfully than NiXiUM — or is this your next line of research? Listened to quite a few interviews by William Ramsey who has researched and written a couple of books.

  • Acteon,

    “As for the Church of Satan, they aren’t what you might think. They do not believe in the Devil any more than in God. I have no affiliation with the CoS but they have a very entertaining online presence and are, despite the scary name, utterly harmless.”

    ……The Church of Satan is harmless…..

    ………If that is so……

    Go on a camping trip with them or a barbecue get together…..

    I rather take my chances with the Michigan Militia.

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