I just came across an interesting note from David McGowan: Aleister Crowley’s Temple of Thelema was built not in “Italy,” but in Sicily. This is especially curious for a number of reasons.
First of all, Western magic has a least one leg of its mysterious origins in Pythagorean cultic activity that took place in Sicily.
Secondly, the myth of Hades and Persephone, who was abducted in Sicily, has a clear connection with shamanism and the Orphic myth and cult–maybe the key of the Persephone story is the initiation of a priestess into the underworld who accompanied Orpheus as a priest in some ritual.
Thirdly, as I have mentioned before, there is strong evidence that Plato hid a secret teaching in his philosophical writings, which was reintroduced into the West via Marsilio Ficino.
This secret teaching, or at least the “dark” version of it involves:
- Pedophilia / Pederasty
- A totalitarian state
- Shamanistic mystical experience and theurgy
Well, it is no secret what Crowley was doing / plotting in the temple of Thelema, and it is very likely that he chose to reboot Satanism in the 20th century at the same spot at which it possibly entered Europe in the ancient world.