UPDATED ARTICLE: HESS, CROWLEY AND THE LOCH NESS MONSTER
Occultist and author Aleister Crowley purchased Boleskine House in Foyers on the coast of Loch Ness in Scotland in November 1899. "He developed a love of Scottish culture, describing himself as the 'Laird of Boleskine' and took to wearing traditional highland dress, even during visits to London."
Built in the late 18th century, Boleskine House was the manor estate of Aleister Crowley until 1913. It is located on the Southeastern shore of Loch Ness in Scotland, two miles east of the village of Foyers. Crowley purchased the home in order to abide by the grimoire rite found in "The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Mage."
Crowley considered Boleskine to be the Thelemic "Kiblah." This is an Arabic word that refers to the direction of Mecca, the holiest shrine of Islam. It has a slightly different premise in Thelema, as it is mentioned in a number of rituals written by Crowley where it is identified with the East. Boleskine House is the Omphalos or Center of Power for Thelema.
The Gnostic Mass and Liber Reguli both identify the principal orientation (sometimes known as "Magical East") as being towards Boleskine. It is considered to be the focal point of the magical energies (also called the "93 Current") of the Aeon of Horus. In Crowleyanity it is similar to Jerusalem and Mecca.
From the early 1970s until 1991 famed Led Zeppelin guitarist and Aleister Crowley enthusiast, Jimmy Page, owned Boleskine. Page's fantasy sequence in the Led Zeppelin concert film "The Song Remains the Same" was filmed at nighttime on the mountainside directly behind Boleskine House. Page allegedly claimed that a "severed head" haunted the house. Jimmy Page sold the Boleskine estate on the shore of Loch Ness in 1992.
The Loch Ness Monster is supposedly a large unknown animal that inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. "Popular interest and belief in the animal's existence has varied since it was first brought to the world's attention in 1933. Evidence of its existence is anecdotal, with minimal and much-disputed photographic material and sonar readings."
The most common speculation among believers is that the creature represents a line of long-surviving plesiosaurs. "The scientific community regards the Loch Ness Monster as a modern-day myth, and explains sightings as including misidentifications of more mundane objects, outright hoaxes, and wishful thinking."
Aleister Crowley allegedly "unleashed" the Loch Ness monster when he failed to finish his complicated Abra-Melin ritual at Boleskine House (he was summoned to London by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers). His snarl-up was said to have set free a demon:
"For Crowley, Boleskine House was a 'Thelemic Kiblah,' a 'Magical East,' where he could practice the Black Mass and summon demons. It is these demons which are believed by many to have caused the strange, monstrous disruption to the loch. Crowley later stated in his autobiography:
" ...the spirits he summoned got out of hand, causing one housemaid to leave, and a workman to go mad. He also insinuates he was indirectly responsible for a local butcher accidentally severing an artery and bleeding to death. Crowley had written the names of some demons on a bill from the butcher's shop.
"Aleister Crowley and the Other Loch Ness Monster (2000 film) is an engaging short documentary, directed by Garry S. Grant. It contains fine interviews with Kenneth Anger, Colin Wilson, Neil Oram, Head of the UK OTO, John Bonner and Mogg Morgan. And the commentary is read by former Jesus of Nazareth, Robert Powell." (Paul Gallagher, "Aleister Crowley: How The Great Beast unleashed the Loch Ness Monster," Dangerous Minds, June 20, 2013)
"The earliest report of a monster associated with the vicinity of Loch Ness appears in the Life of St. Columba by Adomnán, written in the 7th century. According to Adomnán, writing about a century after the events he described, the Irish monk Saint Columba was staying in the land of the Picts with his companions when he came across the locals burying a man by the River Ness. They explained that the man had been swimming the river when he was attacked by a 'water beast' that had mauled him and dragged him under. They tried to rescue him in a boat, but were able only to drag up his corpse. Hearing this, Columba stunned the Picts by sending his follower Luigne moccu Min to swim across the river. The beast came after him, but Columba made the sign of the Cross and commanded: 'Go no further. Do not touch the man. Go back at once.' The beast immediately halted as if it had been 'pulled back with ropes' and fled in terror, and both Columba's men and the pagan Picts praised God for the miracle." (Wikipedia.org)
The Loch Ness Monster remains one of the most famous examples of cryptozoology. Since the 1940s the legendary monster has been referred to by the nickname "Nessie."
"In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea." (Isaiah 27:1)
On May 10, 1941, German Deputy Fuhrer Rudolf Hess dramatically parachuted into Scotland. "Shortly after 11 p.m. a Messerschmitt aircraft crashed at Bonnyton Farm near Eaglesham with an airman bailing out and landing at Floors Farm."
"David McLean, a local ploughman, ran out of his cottage at the rear of Floors Farm after hearing an aeroplane crashing and saw a parachutist coming down. McLean assisted the slightly injured airman back to his cottage. The airman, a German officer, identified himself as Captain Albert Horn."
Captain Horn was arrested and subsequently turned out to be Deputy Reichsfuhrer, Rudolf Hess. Hess apparently claimed that he had flown to Scotland in an attempt to persuade the British government to restore peace but in poor light "mistook his intended destination" of Dungavel House near Strathaven as Eaglesham House. When Hess came down with his aircraft in Scotland, he gave a false name and asked to see the Duke of Hamilton.
"At the outbreak of war, the Beast found himself caught up in further intrigue as the occult and espionage worlds collided. Ian Fleming, working for naval intelligence in MI5, contacted him with an outlandish plan to lure Rudolf Hess to Britain by using mystical enchantments and astrology. The details of this plot remain obscure, but Hess, a passionate devotee of the occult, did fly to Scotland and Fleming was keen that Crowley should interrogate him using his magical knowledge. All that is certain about this curious episode is that Crowley provided Fleming with the template for Le Chiffre, the first Bond villain in Casino Royale (1953)." (Jake Arnott, "Aleister Crowley's lives: The Satanist and spy has inspired memorable characters," The Telegraph, May 30, 2009)
Was the Hess peace mission a Nazi-made attention-grabber to appear as if the occultist Crowley had "lured" Hess to parachute onto the mountainside directly behind Boleskine House — the "Kiblah" or focal point of all magical energies? But in the poor light Hess mistook his intended destination and instead landed south of the Loch Ness. Even so, the Deputy Fuhrer just dropped by still struggling with his parachute to enlighten the British public that "Crowleyanity" was the new Nazi religion beyond doubt, while MI5 agent Ian Fleming and Thelema's Great Beast proudly took cover behind a British mantle.
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