To Know, To Will, To Dare, To Keep a Fancy T-Shirt

Picture: Black Sanctuary (C)

There’s no telling what Aleister Crowley would think of this “Thelema” t-shirt, although I suspect it wouldn’t be pleasant. Wearing an enormous Thelemic pentacle seems to go against the principles of silence espoused by most magical traditions, and depicting Crowley invoking the sign of silence just beneath it doesn’t help matters much.

Still, if you’re more interested in the aesthetics of the occult rather than its practice, you could find worse looking t-shirts. Grab one at Black Sanctuary.

Via Hermetic Library.

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  • alizardx

    Sometimes, LOL really is the most intelligent thing one can say.

  • alizardx

    Sometimes, LOL really is the most intelligent thing one can say.

  • mattey

    Nerdlingers

  • Antediluviancurrent

    Crowley wasn’t some “tr00 black metal” idiot raging against ‘posers’. The man was a prankster by nature and he loved to see controversy around his character and thelema. He would have loved the current obsession of hipsters and the like with occult symbolism.

  • Antediluviancurrent

    Crowley wasn’t some “tr00 black metal” idiot raging against ‘posers’. The man was a prankster by nature and he loved to see controversy around his character and thelema. He would have loved the current obsession of hipsters and the like with occult symbolism.

    • markhovcheney

      And I’m sure he would have had no use for the ultra-serious no-fun having dipshits that flip out about stuff like this.

    • markhovcheney

      And I’m sure he would have had no use for the ultra-serious no-fun having dipshits that flip out about stuff like this.

    • Matt Staggs

      Glad to have launched this conversation. :)

  • Anomaly_of_Anomie

    Symbols are live entities. Commercializing broadens awareness and weakens their effect. Power should not be tainted by the conscious minds of those who do not understand, and thus is traditionally best kept hidden.

    No one here can speak the opinions of a dead man. Besides, Crowley himself publicly exposed knowledge that he was sworn to guard secretly.There was much controversy surrounding this action at the time and still to this day. He alone did not invent the signs or rituals of the occult world.

    Still, it is not likely this fashion will become popular. Things have a way of working out on their own.

  • Anomaly_of_Anomie

    Symbols are live entities. Commercializing broadens awareness and weakens their effect. Power should not be tainted by the conscious minds of those who do not understand, and thus is traditionally best kept hidden.

    No one here can speak the opinions of a dead man. Besides, Crowley himself publicly exposed knowledge that he was sworn to guard secretly.There was much controversy surrounding this action at the time and still to this day. He alone did not invent the signs or rituals of the occult world.

    Still, it is not likely this fashion will become popular. Things have a way of working out on their own.

  • Anomaly_of_Anomie

    Symbols are live entities. Commercializing broadens awareness and weakens their effect. Power should not be tainted by the conscious minds of those who do not understand, and thus is traditionally best kept hidden.

    No one here can speak the opinions of a dead man. Besides, Crowley himself publicly exposed knowledge that he was sworn to guard secretly.There was much controversy surrounding this action at the time and still to this day. He alone did not invent the signs or rituals of the occult world.

    Still, it is not likely this fashion will become popular. Things have a way of working out on their own.

    • Daniel Reasor

      That’s almost exactly the opposite of how memes and sigils actually work. Invoke Often.

    • Daniel Reasor

      That’s almost exactly the opposite of how memes and sigils actually work. Invoke Often.

  • Apathesis

    Ugh. Hipsters.

  • Apathesis

    Ugh. Hipsters.

  • MCLepus

    Correction: That is not a “pentagram” it is the Universal Hexagram. Count the points. 93

  • MCLepus

    Correction: That is not a “pentagram” it is the Universal Hexagram. Count the points. 93

  • MagieMcGill

    He ended-up drinking his own Koolaid.

  • MagieMcGill

    He ended-up drinking his own Koolaid.

  • anechoic

    it’s not a pentacle, it’s a unicursal hexagram:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicursal_Hexagram

  • anechoic

    it’s not a pentacle, it’s a unicursal hexagram:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicursal_Hexagram

  • joe hova wit-nessy

    to the t-shirt makers: make it less kkk-esque and more crowley and maybe we’ll perk up

  • Gruffsta

    Whoever wrote this artickle is a ignorant git!
    Crowley would think this was great PR,
    We need more of this shit!

  • Aleister Crowley 2012

    Crowley would love any promotion of Thelema, period.

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