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

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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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24 Comments on "To Know, To Will, To Dare, To Keep a Fancy T-Shirt"

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

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

  3. Nerdlingers

  4. Antediluviancurrent | Oct 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm |

    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.

  5. Antediluviancurrent | Oct 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm |

    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 | Oct 19, 2012 at 9:20 pm |

      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 | Oct 19, 2012 at 9:20 pm |

      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 | Oct 22, 2012 at 8:45 am |

      Glad to have launched this conversation. 🙂

  6. Anomaly_of_Anomie | Oct 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm |

    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.

  7. Anomaly_of_Anomie | Oct 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm |

    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.

  8. Anomaly_of_Anomie | Oct 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm |

    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 | Oct 20, 2012 at 11:59 am |

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

    • Daniel Reasor | Oct 20, 2012 at 11:59 am |

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

  9. Apathesis | Oct 20, 2012 at 10:15 am |

    Ugh. Hipsters.

  10. Apathesis | Oct 20, 2012 at 10:15 am |

    Ugh. Hipsters.

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

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

  13. MagieMcGill | Oct 20, 2012 at 11:38 am |

    He ended-up drinking his own Koolaid.

  14. MagieMcGill | Oct 20, 2012 at 11:38 am |

    He ended-up drinking his own Koolaid.

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

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

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

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

  17. joe hova wit-nessy | Oct 21, 2012 at 10:46 pm |

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

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

  19. Aleister Crowley 2012 | Dec 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm |

    Crowley would love any promotion of Thelema, period.

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