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From “Inner Secret” to Minor Diversion

By Donald Michael Kraig

When Aleister Crowley was initiated into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, he was initially impressed with the intensity and seriousness of the vows he took never to reveal any of the secrets of the Order. He quickly became disappointed, though, when those “secrets” were revealed to be relatively mundane—or at least well known—things like the Hebrew alphabet and the signs of astrology.

It’s true that the Hebrew alphabet and basic astrology don’t seem, by nature, very magickal. But I think Crowley may have missed the importance of these revelations: Hebrew and astrology were not just an alphabet and a tool for predicting the future. Rather, they were at the very heart of ceremonial magick.

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