In 1947, a Black Mass was performed at the graveside of Aleister Crowley during his funeral. During life, Crowley was described as practicing “black magic” and performing Satanic rituals. However, he stated emphatically that he despised black magic and could never perform a Black Mass, which was an abuse of spiritual power.
Crowley’s rituals were “anti-Christian”; that does not make them “Satanic.” For example, he wrote a Gnostic Mass that remains a central ritual in the Ordo Templi Orientis magical order, of which he was head in England.
In 1933, the London Sunday Dispatch newspaper published an article by Crowley on black magic. In it he commented on the Black Mass:
In Paris, and even in London, there are misguided people who are abusing their priceless spiritual gifts to obtain petty and temporary advantages through these practices.
The “Black Mass” is a totally different matter. I could not celebrate it if I wanted to, for I am not a consecrated priest of the Christian Church. The celebrant must be a priest, for the whole idea of the practice is to profane the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Therefore you must believe in the truth of the cult and the efficacy of its ritual.
A renegade priest gathers about him a congregation of sensation-hunters and religious fanatics; then only can the ceremonies of profanation be of extended black magical effect. There are many ways of abusing the Sacrament.
One of the best known of which is the “Mass of Saint Secaire,” the purpose of which is to cause an enemy to wither away.
At this “mass,” always held in some secret place, preferably in a disused chapel, at midnight, the priest appears in canonical robes.
But even in his robes there is some sinister change, a perversion of their symbolic sanctity. There is an altar, but the candles are of black wax. The crucifix is fixed the head downwards.
The clerk to the priest is a woman, and her dress, although it seems to be a church garment, is more like a costume in a prurient revue.
It has been altered to make it indecent. The ceremony is a parody of the orthodox Mass, with blasphemous interpolations. The priest must be careful, however, to consecrate the Host in the orthodox manner.
The wine has been adulterated with magical drugs like deadly nightshade and vervain, but the priest must convert it into the blood of Christ.
The dreadful basis of the Mass is that the bread and wine have imprisoned the Deity. Then they are subjected to terrible profanations.
This is supposed to release the powers of evil and bring them into alliance. (It is rather the case of the mouse trying to make a friend of the cat!) In the congregational form of the Black Mass the priest, having finished his abominations—these are, quite frankly, indescribable—scatters the fragments of the Host on the floor, and the assistants scramble for the soiled fragments, the possession of which, they believe, will allow them to work their petty and malicious designs.
My most memorable personal experience of the effects of black magic occurred when I was living in Scotland. The machinations of a degraded and outcast member of the Order caused my hounds to die, my servants to become insane.
The struggle lasted until the recoil of the current of hated caused the luckless sorcerer to collapse. The explanation of its effects is that, if you believe passionately enough in your will to do something, then power to achieve it will accrue to you.
Last updated: October 30, 2012 at 21:26 pm
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