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Aleister Crowley’s influence on Ian Gillan and Robbie Williams

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Fair use in order to illustrate article's context.
Aleister Crowley, Ian Gillan and Robbie Williams

Having written much about Aleister Crowley and his influence upon pop-occulture, we will, herein, continue considering personage who have looked to the to mega therion / the great beast for inspiration. Find our previous articles on Crowley here—which range from L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology to Damien Echols (of the West Memphis Three-WM3 murders infamy) and much, much more.

The following is translated from Paolo Baroni’s Italian site, “Tutti Pazzi Per Crowley [Something about Crowley],” Centro Sangiorgio, December 27, 2013 AD.


“Ian Gillan is an Enlish singer, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of the historic hard rock band Deep Purple. In 1980, with his band he recorded Gillan Glory Road (Virgin). In the same year 15,000 copies of a version entitled For Gillan Fans Only LP was published.

The bonus disc contains the song Abbey of Thelema, a piece dedicated to the writings of Crowley and his famous Abbey founded in 1920 in Cefalu. The lyrics, which contains clear references to Thelemite religion, seems dedicated to Leah Hirsig (1883-1975), one of the Scarlet Women of the magickian which he used during his ceremonies.”

The lyrics to the Abbey of Thelema song goes thusly:

“She opened her eyes with a look of surprise / And she started to cry / She remembered the dream, which wasn't a dream / Abbey of Thelema

Going to another place, running in another race, She tried to do what she would [aka do what thou wilt], that was the law she understood / I was on another plane, she was out alone again

Scarlet women ride the beast / Ready willing to join the feast / She will enjoy the feast [reference to the “feast of the beast” which is a satanic ritual]

If she follows the law, then she can sure open any door / If not for the fruit, it's not for the food / Shantan makes the rule.”

Gillan also went on to sing with Black Sabbath. One of their albums was called “Born Again” and featured a demonic baby on the cover.


“Robbie Williams is a British singer-songwriter and musician who his musical career began in 1990 as a member of Take That, which soon became one of the most successful and renowned musical groups of the period.

In 1995, Robbie left the group to start a solo career. In 2005, Williams released Intensive Care (EMI), an album contains the song Random Acts of Kindness. In this piece Williams sings: ‘And with Crowley on my mind / I should try being kind’ [also For those about to die / We salute you]. Indeed, in recent years, in the course of several interviews the well-known British singer has made ​​no secret of his interest in UFOs, the occult and the Thelemite theories.”

The Intensive Care album contains a set of tarot cards designed by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely:

“Morrison and Robbie Williams became friends after they attended one of the speeches of Morrison in Los Angeles. As it happens, Morrison is a disciple of Crowley and Williams agrees with the idea that the magus has come into contact with alien intelligences.”

From an Andrew Williams interview with Morrison (“Superman writer Grant Morrison: I taught Robbie Williams magic,” Metro Magazine, July 12, 2011 AD):

You taught Robbie Williams some magic rituals, didn't you?

He got really into magic in 2005 just before His Intensive Care album came out. The artist Frank Quitely and I did some tarot card images for that album but no one picked up on it. I think he was doing some basic spells himself and it was working out quite well for him.”

Williams has gotten an eye of Horus/Ra tattoo on his neck and one across his chest that states, “chacun a son gout” which is a form of a French phrase for to each his own, there's no accounting for taste; in other words, do what thou wilt.

Grant Morrison became possessed whilst practicing tantric sex magick in India (see video here).


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