Premier Satanist Foresaw America’s Embrace of Wickedness

Posted on January 24, 2019


By David Ettinger


Not My Usual Practice
It is not my usual practice to quote Satanists; I much prefer to quote the Bible and those who speak eloquently and accurately of it. However, if anyone – a Satanist included – says something that contains a modicum of insight and importance, perhaps that individual’s words can be useful.

Such is the case concerning the “father” of modern-day Satanism, a man so sold out to Satan, he said, “I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.”[1]

This man is Aleister Crowley, and he was dubbed by London newspaper John Bull as “the wickedest man in the world.” He has had more influence on the 1960s counterculture movement in America than anyone, and clearly foresaw America’s voracious embrace of wickedness.

Who Is He?
Aleister Crowley was born in England in 1875. He was an English occultist who became the most prominent Satanist of the 20th century. Despite being raised in a Plymouth Brethren family, Crowley rejected his Christian upbringing for the worship of Satan. His reason for this desertion of his faith? “I simply went over to Satan’s side,” he said. “And I do not know why.”


He invented his own religion, which he dubbed “Thelema,” a blending of Western ideals and Eastern mysticism. The major tenet upon which Thelema is built is “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” The essence of this mantra can be worded, “May your will be done, not God’s.” Or this, “Do whatever you want, whenever you want, how you want, and with whomever you want.” Essentially, what is ultimately being said is, “May Satan’s will be done in and through my life.”

Crowley’s Vision
Crowley’s vision for his counterculture revolution called for the fusion of western occultism and Eastern mysticism, a marriage of the black arts of the West and East. The vision called for rebellion against all authority, Christianity being at the top of the list. He said, “Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales.”[2] Crowley’s ultimate goal was the establishment of a new world order under the Antichrist.

One of the keys to Crowley’s revolution was the promotion of homosexuality. He said that an individual “must not be ashamed or afraid of being homosexual if he happens to be so at heart; he must not attempt to violate his own true nature because of public opinion, or medieval morality, or religious prejudice which would wish he were otherwise.”[3]

It is no wonder one of his “disciples” was Harold Hay (1912-2002), a prominent gay-rights and pro-pedophilia activist, and major supporter of NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association). Hay founded the Mattachine Society, the first lasting gay-rights group in the U.S. Hay was just one of many Crowley adherents.

Crowley Disciples
Besides Hay, Crowley’s most faithful follower was Timothy Leary (1920-1996), the former Harvard professor-turned-drug guru. Leary zealously distributed hallucinogenic drugs to young people, and developed his own mantra to coincide with Crowley’s “Do what thou wilt.” Leary’s version was, “Turn on, tune in, and drop out.” He said, “I’ve been an admirer of Aleister Crowley … I think that I’m carrying on much of the work that he started over one hundred years ago … I’m sorry he isn’t around now to appreciate the glories he started.”[4]


Crowley’s biggest influence was on rock music, his devotees numbering some of the biggest names in the business including the Beatles, particularly John Lennon; Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones; the band Black Sabbath; Jim Morrison of the Doors; Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin; David Bowie; Sting; Darryl Hall of Hall and Oates; and, naturally, Marilyn Manson. Crowley is featured on the cover of the Beatles’ groundbreaking 1967 album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Said Lennon, “The whole Beatle idea was to do what you want, right?” This is a variation of Crowley’s “Do what thou wilt.”

On America
Shortly before his death in 1947, Crowley became disenchanted with Europe, finding the continent too conservative to embrace his ideology. America, however, was a different story. Said Crowley, “I turn therefore to America … to a nebulous mass which I expect to develop into an organized galaxy. … Every race, language and creed of Europe is represented … all Americans are eager for power, in one form or another … no humbug so outrageous as to deter them from running after the new religion.”[5]

Crowley rightly saw in America the breeding ground for his satanic counterculture dream. He said, “Their dauntless innocence persuade me that just as soon as they have acquired the critical faculty, they will progress spiritually more swiftly and sanely than have ever been known.”[6]

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America’s Spiritual Fall
It is telling that someone as satanically possessed as Crowley could see so clearly into the heart and mind of America. Though never a “Christian nation” but founded on biblical ideals, America has fallen spiritually in the most tragic of ways. The U.S. is a country filled with “men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith” (1 Timothy 3:8). Furthermore, America has become a nation that does “… not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, [therefore] God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper” (Romans 1:28).

Perhaps it was hoped long ago that America would fulfill the destiny God had laid out for her. Instead, the reality is that America has embraced the wickedness the premier Satanist foresaw for her. How tragic.

[1] The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 5 (1929).

[2] Ibid, chapter 57.

[3] Lawrence Sutin, Aleister Crowley – Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley, p. 128.

[4] Timothy Leary, PBS Late Night America.

[5] The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, 1969, pp. 727-728.

[6] Ibid.