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Almanac – April 08

1904 – British mystic Aleister Crowley transcribed the first chapter of The Book of the Law.

The full title of the book is Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX, as delivered by XCIII=418 to DCLXVI.

Through the reception of this book, Crowley proclaimed the arrival of a new stage in the spiritual evolution of humanity, to be known as the “Æon of Horus”. The primary precept of this new aeon is the charge to “Do what thou wilt”.

The book contains three chapters, each of which was written down in one hour, beginning at noon, on 8 April 9 April, and 10 April in Cairo, Egypt. Crowley claimed that the author was an entity named Aiwass, whom he later referred to as his personal Holy Guardian Angel (analogous to but not identical with “Higher Self”).

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1929 – Jacques Brel born.  Belgian singer-songwriter who composed and performed literate, thoughtful, and theatrical songs that generated a large, devoted following in Belgium and France initially, and later throughout the world. He was widely considered a master of the modern chanson.

 Although he recorded most of his songs in French, he became a major influence on English-speaking songwriters and performers such as David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Marc Almond and Rod McKuen.

 In French-speaking countries, Brel was also a successful actor, appearing in ten films. He also directed two films, one of which, Le Far West, was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973.

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1973 – Pablo Picasso died. Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer.

As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore.

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Almanac – February 03

1927 – Kenneth Anger born.  American underground experimental filmmaker, actor and author of two controversial Hollywood Babylon books. Working exclusively in short films, he has produced almost forty works since 1937, nine of which have been grouped together as the “Magick Lantern Cycle“, and form the basis of Anger’s reputation as one of the most influential independent filmmakers in cinema history.His films variously merge surrealism with homoeroticism and the occult, and have been described as containing “elements of erotica, documentary, psychodrama, and spectacle.”

 Anger himself has been described as “one of America’s first openly gay filmmakers, and certainly the first whose work addressed homosexuality in an undisguised, self-implicating manner“, and his “role in rendering gay culture visible within American cinema, commercial or otherwise, is impossible to overestimate“.  He has also focused upon occult themes in many of his films, being fascinated by Aleister Crowley, and is a follower of Crowley’s religion, Thelema.

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1959 – Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, The Big Bopper   and pilot Roger Peterson died in an aircrash near Mason City, Iowa – “The day the music died” according to Don McClean.

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1967 – Joe Meek, English innovative music producer extrodinaire, shot his landlady and then himself. The date may not be coincidence – he was obsessed with Buddy Holly and claimed to have received messages from him from beyond the grave.

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Aleister Crowley & The Loch Ness Monster

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Today is the 65th anniversary of the death of that most remarkable man – Aleister Crowley.

Amongst all his other achievements, is it possible that the Great Beast was inadvertantly responsible for the surge of sightings of that other Great Beast, Nessie, in the 1930s ?

Crowley owned Boleskine House at Loch Ness between 1889 and 1913 (a future owner would be guitarist Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin) and undertook a complicated ritual which was never completed.

Were leftover energies released by this ritual responsible for the 1930s Loch Ness Monster flap ?

Read the full article here – http://holywells.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=71

 

 

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Almanac – December 01

1761 – Marie Tussaud born. French artist known for her wax sculptures and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, which she founded in London.

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1940 – Richard Pryor born.  American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic, writer, and MC,  known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful vulgarities, and profanity, as well as racial epithets. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style. He is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comedians of his era:

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1947 – Aleister Crowley died. English occultist, mystic, ceremonial magician, poet and mountaineer, who was responsible for founding the religious philosophy of Thelema. In his role as the founder of the Thelemite philosophy, he came to see himself as the prophet who was entrusted with informing humanity that it was entering the new Aeon of Horus in the early 20th century.

According to one biographer the cause of death was a respiratory infection. Crowley  had become addicted to heroin after being prescribed morphine for his asthma and bronchitis many years earlier.  He and his last doctor died within 24 hours of each other; and newspapers would claim  that Dr. Thomson had refused to continue his opiate prescription and that Crowley had put a curse on him.

Some accounts say a Mr. Rowe witnessed Crowley’s death along with a nurse, and reported his last words as “Sometimes I hate myself”.  Another account  had  Crowley dies pacing in his living room. Supposedly a witness  heard a crash while polishing furniture on the floor below, and entered Crowley’s rooms to find him dead on the floor.
Yet another account reported a sudden gust of wind and peal of thunder at the (otherwise quiet) moment of his death.

 Readings at the cremation service in nearby Brighton included excerpts from Crowley’s works, among them his poem Hymn to Pan, and newspapers, ever non-controversial reporters of plain facts,  referred to the service as a Black Mass. Brighton council subsequently resolved to take all the necessary steps to prevent such an incident from occurring again. Given that that would require another Aleister Crowley, its unlikely that it ever could occur again.

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1955 –  In Montgomery, Alabama, seamstress Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white man and was arrested for violating the city’s racial segregation laws, an incident which leads to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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1986 – Lee Dorsey died.  African American pop/R&B singer. Much of his work was produced by Allen Toussaint with instrumental backing provided by the Meters. He also boxed, quite successfully,  under the name Kid Chocolate. He contracted emphysema and died  in New Orleans, at the age of 61.

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Almanac – November 17

1307 – The day William Tell is reputed to have shot the apple off of his son’s head.

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1558‘Bloody Mary’ Mary I of England – died.

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This allowed Elizabeth I  to take the throne. From 1568 this date was marked with the ringing of bells and subsequently became known as Queen Elizabeth’s Day, celebrated with increasing fervour as her reign progressed, and long after her death the observance continued as a day for Protestant rejoicing and exporession of anti-Catholic feeling, including triumphal parades and processions, the preaching of sermons against papalism and burning the Pope’s effigy.

After all, you’ve got to have someone to hate, haven’t you, even if its just another branch of the same religion

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1790 – August Ferdinand Möbius born.  German mathematician and theoretical astronomer,  best known for his discovery of the Möbius strip, a non-orientable two-dimensional surface with only one side when embedded in three-dimensional Euclidean space.

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1907 – Israel Regardie born.  British occultist and writer, author of books on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, one time secretary to Aleister Crowley.

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1922 – J.T. Walton Newbold became the first British M.P. elected as a  communist, representing Motherwell, Scotland.

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1968 – Mervyn Peake died.  English writer, artist, poet and illustrator. He is best known for what are usually referred to as the Gormenghast books. Although he gained little popular success in his lifetime, his work was highly respected by his peers, and his friends included Dylan Thomas and Graham Greene.

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Almanac – October 12

1216 – King John of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash.
According to contemporary reports, John travelled from Spalding in Lincolnshire to Bishop’s Lynn, in Norfolk, was taken ill and decided to return. While he took the longer route by way of Wisbech, he sent his baggage train, including his crown jewels, along the causeway and ford across the mouth of the Wellstream.
 This route was usable only at low tide. The horse-drawn wagons moved too slowly for the incoming tide, and many were lost.The location of the accident is usually supposed to be somewhere near Sutton Bridge, on the River Nene.

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Astronomical study, however, permits a reconstruction of the tide table for the relevant day and it seems most likely, given travel in the usual daylight hours, that the loss would have been incurred in crossing the Welland Estuary at Fosdyke.
There is also a suspicion that John left his jewels in Lynn as security for a loan and arranged for their “loss”.

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1692 – The Salem witch trials were ended by a letter from Massachusetts Governor William Phips.

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Consequently, October 12th is Freethought Day , the annual observance by freethinkers and secularists of the anniversary of the effective end of the Salem Witch Trials.

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1773 – America’s first insane asylum opens for ‘Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds’ in Virginia

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1872 – Ralph Vaughan Williams born. English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, choral music, and film scores. He was also a collector of English folk music and song: this activity both influenced his editorial approach to the English Hymnal, beginning in 1904, in which he included many folk song arrangements set as hymn tunes, and also influenced several of his own original compositions.

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1875 – Aleister Crowley born.  English occultist, mystic, ceremonial magician, poet and mountaineer, who was responsible for founding the religious philosophy of Thelema. In his role as the founder of the Thelemite philosophy, he came to see himself as the prophet who was entrusted with informing humanity that it was entering the new Aeon of Horus in the early 20th century.

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1945 – Desmond Doss became  the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor. He refused to kill, or carry a weapon into combat, because of his personal beliefs as a Seventh-day Adventist. He thus became a medic, and his Medal of Honor was earned by the risks he took to save the lives of many comrades.

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1954 – Linval Thompson born. Jamaican reggae and dub musician and record producer.

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1964 – The Soviet Union launched Voskhod 1 into Earth orbit as the first spacecraft with a multi-person crew and the first flight without space suits.

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1971 – Gene Vincent died. American Rock & Roll and Rockabilly musician. Died of a ruptured stomach ulcer.

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1979 – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams was published.

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1984 – Brighton hotel bombing: The Provisional Irish Republican Army attempted to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet. Thatcher escaped but the bomb killed five people and wounded 31.

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