Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Aleister Crowley Declares the Irish Republic and War Against 'England' on July 3, 1915

Aleister Crowley took an interest in Irish Republicanism while he was resident in New York during the height of his occult experimentation (particularly in relation to using prostitutes in sex magic rituals). The Great Breast 666 was also working as a journalist at a German-American newspaper in Manhattan. Crowley designed the following flag for the Irish Republic proclaiming that the design represented Ireland as the link between Atlantis and Egypt:

I recreated the flag according to how Crowley described its appearance. The fiery red sun on a green background also denotes the Four of Wands card in the Thoth tarot deck designed by Crowley and Lady Frida Harris. Notice also the symbol of the Dove used by the Irish Republican political group Sinn Fein. The symbolism of the card represents a completion of a ritual or task, now grounded upon stable foundations of a community with potential for secure, future growth. Four is also a very significant number in Irish occult traditions. The Tuatha Dé Danann possessed four magical items which they were supposed to have brought with them from the four island cities Murias, Falias, Gorias and Findias, when they arrived in Ireland. Modern Ireland is divided into four provinces based on the last Kingdoms of Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connacht, or the 'Four Green Fields' in esoteric language.

From the New York Times 13 July 1915:

Irish Republic Born in New York Harbor

Ten Patriots at Daybreak Renounce Allegiance to England Near Statue of Liberty

Independence is Declared

As dawn was slowly spreading over the city on the morning of July 3, a thirty-foot launch slipped from the recreation pier at the foot of West Fiftieth Street and glided down the Hudson. On board were ten persons, silent and serious with the consciousness of what was to them a profoundly solemn and significant ceremony.

In the prow of the boat was Aleister Crowley, Irishman-poet, philosopher, explorer, a man of mystic mind - the leader of an Irish hope. Of nearly middle age and mild in manner, with the intellectual point of view colored with cabalistic interpretation, Crowley is an unusual man, capably so to those who believe and feel in common with him. He has spent years exploring in Persia, India, and Tibet, and he is the author of several volumes of translations of the early writings of those countries. He is said to be a close friend of William Butler Yeats, the Irish poet, and he has written several Irish poems himself.

In the boat also was Miss Leilah Waddell, whose mother was an Irish refugee of the last generation and who believes herself an Irish patriot. She is a violinist and has appeared publicly on several occasions since her recent coming to America. And among those in the exotic party were one J. Dorr, an Irish editor who has published papers in both Ireland and England, and Patrick Gilroy, an Irish agitator. All of those in the launch were Irish. Most of them have come to this country since the beginning of the war.

Ready to War on England

The members of the party consider themselves members of the secret Revolutionary Committee of Public Safety of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic, and their early morning mission of July 3 was to declare the independence of the Irish Republic, which included a declaration of war against England, and to pledge their allegiance to the government of their vision.

The little launch passed from the river into the bay and stopped off Bedloe's Island, under the Statue of Liberty. The time and place chosen for the ceremony were considered brightly propitious. There was the poetic significance of the dawn, the great figure of Liberty enlightening the world was symbolic of the dreamed-of republic, the season was the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States. And the leader of the party, Crowley, in whose mysticism there is something of astrology, had read the heavens and found that the conjunction of certain stars was auspicious for Ireland at exactly 4:32 o'clock on the morning of July 3.

So, with the launch a few feet off Bedloe's Island, at the moment of 4:32 o'clock, Crowley rose to begin the ceremony. He said:

"I have not asked any great human audience to listen to these words; I had rather address them to the unconquerable ocean that surrounds the world, and to the free four winds of heaven. Facing the sunrise, I lift up my hands and my soul herewith to this giant figure of Liberty, the ethical counterpart of the Light, Life, and Love which are our spiritual heritage. In this symbolical and most awful act of religion I invoke the one true God of whom the sun himself is but a shadow that he may strengthen me in heart and hand to uphold that freedom for the land of my sires, which I am come hither to proclaim.

"In this dark moment, before the father orb of our system kindles with his kiss the sea, I swear the great oath of the Revolution. I tear with my hands this token of slavery, this safe conduct from the enslaver of my people, and I renounce forever all allegiance to every alien tyrant. I swear to fight to the last drop of my blood to liberate the men and women of Ireland, and I call upon the free people of this country, on whose hospitable shores I stand an exile, to give me countenance and assistance to my task of breaking those bonds which they broke for themselves 138 years ago.

Unfurl Irish Flag

[i] [color=darkblue]"I unfurl the Irish flag. I proclaim the Irish Republic. Erin go Bragh. God save Ireland."

As the bits of the torn English passport scattered over the surface of the water the Irish flag, a green field supporting a golden harp, flapped free in the breeze from a mast in the bow of the boat.
Solemnly then the Declaration of Independence of Ireland was read. It is:

[b]We, the secret Revolutionary Committee of Public Safety of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic, hereby authorize our spokesman and delegate, Brother Aleister Crowley, No. 418, in our name and in our behalf, to promulgate the proclamation following:
In so grave a circumstance of human affairs as the declaration of war or revolution, it is customary that those whose conscience and free-will alike impel them to take up arms against other men, should state openly the causes of their resorting to so dread efficacy of protest.

Peace and good-will are the ruling passions of the better sort among mankind; and for these to turn therefrom argues the existence of a state intolerable to free men. We hold this truth to be self-evident, that all men and women are created unequal; and our justice wills that this prejudice of nature be redressed, so far as is possible to human effort, by assuring to each and every one of them equality of rights before the law, and the right to make, alter, or repeal that law itself; and, by assuring to each and every one of them freedom to develop the powers of the soul, spiritual, moral, mental, or physical without interference from any other person or persons, so far as that development may prove compatible with the equal rights of others.

Right to Rebel

To obtain these advantages of security and freedom is the object of all proper government; and it is not only the right of every man for himself, but his duty to his neighbor, to refuse obedience to any authority which does not serve its people to this end with loyalty and fidelity. What then must be the right and duty of every member of a nation not only misgoverned, but governed for the purpose of exploitation by an alien, usurping, and inferior race?

For many centuries this particular wrong has been suffered with a patience and gentleness not unworthy of the Saviour of Mankind, by the Irish people; but as to endure oppression with meekness is the pride and prerogative of God, it is not for man to usurp it. The free and independent spirit of the people of Ireland is weary of the continued crimes of the English tyrants; and, seeing no end possible but the success of the oppressors in their systematic annihilation of the people, dares the desperate alternative of revolt.

For, as is notorious in every country of the inhabited globe, the deliberate policy of England from the first conquest of Ireland has been endowed with that admirable virtue of consistency which is the spine of good intention, but in this case props the determination to destroy a people.

The land of Ireland has been stolen from the people of Ireland, both by armed aggression and by the chicaneries of unjust law.

The labor of Ireland has been sterilized and thwarted by the envy of British industries.

The people of Ireland have been enslaved by a ferocious constabulary, militia, and soldiery, enforcing laws intended to weaken the people directly by coercion or indirectly by impoverishment. The right of political action has been denied to them, and the sacrilegious hand of atheistic oligarchy has been lifted even against the freedom of religious thought.

The means of private assassination and of public massacre have been freely employed against the people, and when even the soldier turned with disgust from the task of a butcher, famine and pestilence were deliberately brought upon the land by the calculating craft of the robbers, tyrants, and murderers that bear rule over them.

So comprehensive, so infamous, and so continuous a conspiracy is unparalleled in the annals of humanity; and were we to precise and to detail the crimes against our people which already overload the scroll of the recording angel, and now bare the sword of the avenging angel of God, we think that not even earth itself could contain the document of their mere enumeration.

"Hatred of Their Tyrant"

Nor have the Irish people been inactive in measures directed to appease the unnatural hatred of their tyrant. They have sought by every lawful means to obtain some alleviation of our sempiternal suffering. They have made political overtures only to be rejected, or nullified by the adroitness of the lawyer. They have sacrificed freely their best blood, for their sons have been the best soldiers of the usurper; and England has answered by their deliberate massacre in battle.

We believe that earth itself revolts at the recital of these tyrannies and treasons; we believe that God Himself is weary of beholding these intolerable evils; and we believe in consequence that the hour is come when desperation should be transformed into resolution, patience inflamed to wrath, and Peace, folding her wings upon her face, mournfully beckon war.

We, therefore, the secret Revolutionary Committee of Public Safety of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic, by the mouth of our trusty and well-beloved delegate and spokesman, Brother Aleister Crowley, No. 418, do decree and proclaim:

1. That, we put our trust and confidence in the Judge of the whole world, appealing to Him to witness the righteousness of our intent.

2. That, declaring England the enemy of civilization, justice, equality, and freedom, and therefore of the human race, we do hereby lawfully establish the Republic of the Men and Women of the Irish People, free and independent by right human and divine, having full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliance, establish commerce, and to do all other things which independent States may of right do.

Repudiate England

3. That we do hereby dissolve all political connection between that Republic and the usurper, absolving of their allegiance to England (a) all free people of good will that are of Irish blood, (b) all free people of good will born in Ireland, (c) all free people of good will who may hereafter desire to partake of the benefits of the Irish Republic, and effectually acquire these rights by the forms provided.

4. That, we do hereby declare war upon England until such time as our demands being granted, our rights recognized, and our power firmly established in our own country, from which we are now exiled, we may see fit to restore to her the blessings of peace, and to extend to her the privileges of friendship.

And for the support of this declaration, with a firm and hearty reliance upon the protection of God, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

Long live the Irish Republic[/color].

The official copy of this declaration of independence is "signed by order and on behalf of the committee" by "Aleister Crowley, 418," and "attested" by "L. Bathurst, 11."

With the conclusion of the reading of the declaration, the launch headed up the Hudson River, proceeding near the western shore, Miss Waddell playing patriotic Irish airs on her violin. The music and the large Irish flag, now plainly visible in the increasing light, identified the boat to the seamen on the German ships interned at the Hoboken waterfront, and they cheered the small company of Irishmen lustily.

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  1. Didn't he work for British intelligence?

    1. Well, the fact he suffered no consequences for this action would suggest he may well have been a double agent all along.

      In hindsight, this might seem like a somewhat farcical event, but there were very real political and personal consequences for all involved. Crowley signed a document which should have led to a charge of high treason. However, he had changed his name to a Gaelic name after his time in Limerick and may well have signed the actual independence proclamation and declaration of war using his adopted Irish language name and not 'Aleister Crowley'.

      The thing I would like to know is if the other signatory of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic in Dublin in 1916 knew about this one declared in New York the previous summer. Also, Liberty Island is essentially Masonic Land so that is another factor to consider.

      It is just one more example of Crowley being involved in so much during the 20th Century and how powerful his influence was.

    2. I invited a young lady violinist who has some Irish blood in her, behind the more evident stigmata of the ornithorhyncus and the wombat. Adding to our number about four other debauched persons on the verge of delirium tremens, we went out in a motor boat before dawn on the third of July to the rejected statue of Commerce for the Suez Canal, which Americans fondly suppose to be Liberty Enlightening The World.

      There I read my Declaration of Independence. I threw an old envelope into the bay, pretending that it was my British passport. We hoisted the Irish flag. The violinist played the "Wearing of the Green". The crews of the interned German ships cheered us all the way up the Hudson, probably because they estimated the degree of our intoxication with scientific precision. Finally, we went to Jack's for breakfast, and home to sleep it off. The New York Times gave us three columns and Viereck was distinctly friendly.

      Over in England there was consternation. I cannot think what had happened to their sense of humour. To pretend to take it seriously was natural enough in New York, where everybody is afraid of the Irish, not knowing what they may do next. But London was having bombs dropped on it. There was, however, one person in England who knew me --- also a joke when he saw it: the Honourable A. B., my old friend aforesaid. Owing to the confusion inevitably attached to the mud with which we always begin muddling through, this gentleman had been inadvertently assigned to the Intelligence Department.

      When he saw the report in the New York Times, he wrote to me about it. I knew he would not talk. I knew he would not blunder. I wrote back explaining my position, with he immediately understood and approved. But intelligence such as his is a rare accident in an Intelligence Department. He could not authorize me to go ahead without appealing to his superiors. He put the case before them. They were quite unable to understand that I was merely in a position to get into the full confidence of the Germans if I had the right sort of assistance. They idiotically assumed that I already possessed a knowledge of the enemy's secrets and they sent me a test question on a matter of no importance --- did I know who, if anybody, was passing under the name of so-and-so? I was not going to risk my precarious position asking questions. The official English idea of a secret agent seemed to be that he should act like

  2. Then again maybe this is the real Irish Republic and the one declared in 1916 resulted in the leaders being shot (apart from New York Eamon De Valera...) for trying to superseded this one.

    Nothing I read about Crowley surprises me anymore.

  3. Reminds me of the modern "Color Revolutions" of today, which has been linked to Western (CIA) intelligence agencies. The French Revolution was no doubt, a Masonic creation. Just look at the "Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen". And, we know that the founding America was lead by Masons.

  4. I would be very interested to find out your source for him being in Limerick as though his sucessor Gremer spent significant time in Ireland, I am unaware of ny reference to Crowley actually coming to Ireland. Any help welcome

  5. What a great shame that the New York Times of the day couldn’t get its facts righr – or, for that matter, that you , Mr. Sheridan, could not be bothered to correct their mistake in your article - this so-called “Irishman-poet” was actually British (English) – he was born Edward Alexander Crowley on 12th October 1875 in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England - he died on 1st December 1947 (aged 72) in Hastings, East Sussex, England. I had difficulty getting this comment to post to your website , and so I have posted this under your Anonymous profile - my name is Eamonn Giblin (Dublin, Ireland) with an email address of EamonnJG@outlook.com.

    1. Eh, I know that Eamon. I left the NY Times article in tact as it was printed.

    2. Eh, yes Thomas - I guess that, even when you are simply copying something, accuracy does not figure too highly on your agenda - note (from my post versus your reply) your spelling of my name.

    3. Watch out Thomas, he's a Giblin, total knacker families - his unnecessary harassment and name pride really speaks for itself : )
      You give the Anonymous a bad name Amonn, I'm the anom from Feb15 down, just don't want to be confused with the rampant ass :P

  6. There is speculation that Lionel Herbert Blythe played the parts of both Crowley and Churchill.

  7. Aleister Crowley actually never once, visited Ireland. His extensive dairies never mention it. Where is the evidence that he actually did? You said he may have changed his name.. all his alter egos or aliases are well documented. A gaelic name is never recorded. Sounds like you are making this up to suit your agenda.

    1. I stand corrected, and will alter the article accordingly. I was going by an Irish newspaper clipping which turns out is bullshit. Thanks for this.

    2. I wouldn't believe a word written by Crowley, or rather words which are published under that name. In particular something professedly a diary; for the obvious reason that people would (and now have) naturally assume truth validity of the information contained in such work, for there would be no apparent reason that a man would lie to himself (unless of course he be bestially disposed :P)
      Crowley had a profound memory capacity, I would question the utility in his keeping written records of events on that one definite premise, again unless the utility was trickery. What trickery could he utilize with a false diary? It may have served him as a running alibi throughout his life with just enough truth content to validate falsities, he could assume future credit for things he did not do, he may have taken joy in the fact that someone someday would read and assume them to be gospel - which would somewhat justify his own skepticism (or blatant denial rather) of the Christian Gospels.
      I'm not pointing these potentialities out to defend the possibility of his visiting Ireland (there's not enough treacherous mountains and ley-lines here in my opinion to appeal to him) but when it comes to the fabrication of information to suit one's own personal agenda, we should remember that Crowley wrote the book (which ironically cannot be trusted)!

  8. The fact of the matter is crowley was nothing but illuminati loving scum. and he should have been burned at the stake the filthy b@@tard, As for the free masons and all there satan shit they're all over our beautiful country the filthy rats. As for our government they have been influenced by the illuminati for hundreds of years... but time are a changing the revolution is on line...

    1. That is neither fact nor relative to the subject matter.
      Freemasonry has naught to do with the worship of a/any deity, there may be Satanist Freemasons or even Masons with outside ulterior motives, but Freemasonry itself is not a religiously orientated society (you cannot be an atheist, but Satanists by default do believe in God, they just reserve their worship for themselves, as would any orphan). So in the same way that the Catholicism doesn't abuse children (sexually repressed men do) - Freemasonry doesn't mess up your beautiful country - Americans do, or in other words, you do :P
      As far as I know; Crowley never burned anyone alive so there's little justification referring to him as a 'filthy' man when your'e just as capable of filthy sadistic postulation.
      Only a virtual revolution can take place in a virtual forum.
      If I was in member of the (alleged) Illuminati - I would be most pleased with your comment, your chosen avatar is icing for the cake : )

  9. Crowley was always a double agent - in that he was always on his own side. This stunt would have won him friends and influence within Irish American circles and if done so under the guise as an infiltrator when (or if) reporting back to British intelligence, then it was win win for him, and he even made some German friends on the river too :) Magic

  10. And the flag of the youth of the ira is the corner of an orange sun burst on the blue background and there is another with a sun on a green back ground. Also, the Irish tricolour was made from the best French silk. The proclamation is in the name of the most high God and goes on about equality of opportunity. I would also like to bring in a link with the Choctaw Americans who gave money to Ireland during r the famine. A little read of the Choctaw constitutions over time ( how ridiculous for native Americans to have a constitution! ) goes on about God and religious freedoms. What a farce all these things are...it's all pretence in the name of this one true most high God. I have essays in my head.

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