In consideration of Jason Pitzl-Waters’ article Crowley Was Once On His List.
Graham John Clifton Bond (1937-1974) and Diane Stewart 1971 AD album Holy Magick and the follow-up We Put Our Magick On You. Of Holy Magick the publication Beat Instrumental (January 1971 AD) noted of Graham:
“seems to have become involved with Alasteir [sic] Crowley's Order Of The Golden Dawn. I make no comment upon his beliefs, but I have my doubts that this boring album will convert many others to the Great Wisdom.”
Moreover, Bond actually believed he was Aleister Crowley's son. The song titles of the album Holy Magick include: Qabalistic Cross, Invocation To The Light, Pentagram Ritual, Enochian, Magician, My Archangel Mickael, there are also two songs titled Qabalistic Cross and one titled Qabalistic Cross Aumgu.
We Put Our Magick On You includes Forbidden Fruit Parts one and two, Moving Towards The Light, Druid, I Put My Magick On You, Time To Die and Hail Ra Harakhite (who is the Sun god of Heliopolis, the father of the gods).
Jason Pitzl-Waters notes:
“Bond created an openly occult work…Shortly after recording Holy Magick, his marriage dissolved, and his new band, Magus (featuring folksinger Carolanne Pegg) never got off the ground. The musician and singer died tragically in 1974 from an apparent suicide.”
Pitzl-Waters also surmises that “It's likely that Bond figured heavily into guitarist Jimmy Page's interest in Crowley.” We posted an article about this along with a video showing relevant imagery; see article and video.
Pitzl-Waters wrote that while “While [Jimmy] Page is most certainly a true believer, the remaining members of Led Zeppelin can't be called anything other than occasional dabblers in occult or Pagan beliefs. However, the occult elements in their works can't be denied, and have had far-reaching effects on the larger culture” and then he notes that “alarmist Christian groups who have been quick to demonize the band.” Well, the combination of a “most certainly a true believer” along with “occasional dabblers” who openly display symbols and sing lyrics based on these true beliefs and dabbling make for obvious messages.
As one small example note that one of Led Zeppelin’s main symbols is a winged man falling thought the sky. Now, while the imagery is mistaken the message is their adoration of lucifer later known as satan. The imagery is mistaken because lucifer/satan is not a fallen angel but is a fallen cherub and cherubs do not look human (also, angels do not have wings).
He then notes:
“Led Zeppelin joins the ranks of other influential superstar bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones who, while peripherally involving themselves in occult or Pagan ideas, never crossed over into becoming self-consciously Pagan or occult acts.”
Well, the Beatles were actually involved in occult practices (even some upon which the West places a happy face such as transcendental meditation) and featured Aleister Crowley on the cover of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band along with various people whom they admired.
The Rolling Stones infamously sang about having Sympathy for the Devil and released an album titled Their Satanic Majesties Request. All of this is just scratching the surface and is, sadly, simply shrugged off by many as fun-time curiosity.
On the other hand Jason Pitzl-Waters does “highly recommend” Erik Davis's book Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin IV to those “who want to explore the occult and mythic symbolism of Led Zeppelin.”
It is also noted:
“Black Sabbath caused a much bigger stir, but were somewhat less occult in overall outlook, with the strongest association with the occult found in Ozzy Osbourne's solo song ‘Mr. Crowley.’”
He neglects to mention that, among other things, the title song and album Black Sabbath was based on the manifestation of a being to guitarist Toni Iommi which came about as a result of his possession of an ancient book on magick given to him by Ozzy. This satanic figure was, literally, that which got the band on the map. As the song states:
“What is this that stands before me? Figure in black which points at me…Find out I'm the chosen one…Big black shape with eyes of fire / Telling people their desire / Satan's sitting there, he's smiling ‘ Watches those flames get higher and higher…Satan's coming 'round the bend…The people better go and beware!”
Iommi has also stated:
“We always, within the band, said there is a fifth member, a mystical member.”
Pitzl-Waters also mentions:
“Industrial and Neo-folk artists…in the late 1970s and early 80s…all would share a common fascination with the teachings of Aleister Crowley…In America as in Britain, many of the bands…stated admiration of Aleister Crowley by psychedelic psychologist Timothy Leary being a prime example.”
Of course, Leary believed himself to have been carrying on the work of Crowley thinking himself to be Crowley’s reincarnation.
Moving across the pond to the USA, Jason Pitzl-Waters refers to The Doors who’s singer Jim Morrison:
“was involved in modern Pagan, occult, and shamanic practices throughout his short career. He alluded to occult and shamanistic ideas in his song lyrics and poetry, underwent a Pagan handfasting ceremony with author Patricia Kennealy…
and posed with a bust of Aleister Crowley in a picture that appeared on the back of Doors 13.”
13 being very significant in occult numerology; Black Sabbath’s new album is titled 13.
Pitzl-Waters points out that Morrison was, “reaching a wide audience with his esoteric…lyrics” and thus, was “bringing modern Paganism into the homes of his many fans” even while he was just “dabbling in Paganism.”
Patricia Kennealy (Morrison) wrote:
“I consider that I've made the Craft accessible to people who would never read a book about Witchcraft per se, but who would read a fantasy novel or a memoir of life with a rock star. It’s my way of sneaking round to the back door then holding it open for them to come inside.” (as quoted in Wiccan Wisdom Keepers, p. 112)
So he was just dabbling but performing rituals? That is more than dabbling; it is involvement and practice. Also, she makes is very, very clear. And Pitzl-Waters does also write that “While the Doors were not alone in their interest in the occult, they were one of the few American bands to make it an explicit focus.”
We also learn:
“[At] American Pagan festivals and conventions today often conduct a ‘Dionysian Morrison’ ritual that invokes the spirit of Jim Morrison as a manifestation of the Greek god Dionysis, ritually dancing to the music of the Doors.”
Doors member Ray Manzarek also made their goal, as a band, very, very clear (quoted from here):
“Let's reinvent the gods, all the myths of the ages. Let's discover the Christ, the Buddha within ourselves. Let's become the lovers that Jesus wanted us to be. "Love thy neighbor as thyself." You are your neighbor. You are all things. You are God.”
The context of “Let's reinvent the gods” and “You are God” demonstrates that the
Christ the Jesus to which he refers is not the real, true, actual, historical, biblical Christ Jesus.
He also stated (quoted from here):
“I've had many conversations with God myself. God will speak to anyone who cares to listen, and I'll tell you, She's got a lot to say.”
But those may just be personal beliefs; what about The Doors and what they purposed to accomplish as pop-occultural media personalities? (quoted from here):
“My experimentation with LSD showed me that we are all one. The earth, the stars, God, humans, are all the same energy. We come from the Creator, we are the Creator!
And if you read the religions of all times, you'll find that the Buddha, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, and everyone else all say we are one. Jesus says, "I and the Father are one".
The doors of perception open and show you the glories of life. You then translate that into your music. That's what the Doors did.”
So, what the Doors did was to promulgate the idea that “we are the Creator” in part because “Jesus says, ‘I and the Father are one’” which, of course, does not amount to that “we are one.” We are one, in and under Jesus, but not just as is.
Moreover, Manzarek stated (quoted from here):
“When the Siberian shaman gets ready to go into his trance, all the villagers get together...and play whatever instruments they have to send him off [into a trance]…It was the same way with The Doors when we played in concert...I think that our drug experience let us get into it quicker...
It was like Jim [Morrison] was an electric shaman and we were the electric shaman’s band, pounding away behind him. Sometimes he wouldn’t feel like getting into the state, but the band would keep on pounding and pounding, and little by little it would take him over. God, I could send an electric shock through him with the organ. John could do it with his drumbeats.”
Ray Manzarek also stated (quoted from here):
“At the time, we had been ingesting a lot of psychedelic chemicals, so the doors of perception were cleansed in our minds, and we saw the music as a vehicle to, in a sense, become proselytizers of a new religion, a religion of self, of each man as God. That was the original idea behind The Doors.”
And even this is merely scratching the surface (Manzarek made many, many similar statement) of The Doors and many, many, many other bands.