Aleister Crowley’s House Destroyed In Fire

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Originally published in 2015

OK, so technically it wasn’t infamous occultist Aleister Crowley’s house anymore…but you’d imagine that all the workings Crowley allegedly performed in that place sort of “lingered” over the years.

About 60% of Boleskine House, located in the Scottish Highlands, was gutted in the fire last week, though nobody was reported injured or hurt. Crowley owned Boleskine from 1899 to 1913, and in 1970 his fan, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, bought it as a restoration project.

Weird mojo seemed to stick to Boleskine even before Crowley got his mitts on it, being located on a hill above a graveyard. A 10-century kirk, or church, located on the site supposedly went up in flames at some point, killing all inside.

So obviously, the residence was the perfect place for Crowley to perform all manner of rituals and energy raising, including the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage—which required, in part, “summoning of the 12 Kings and Dukes of Hell.” He was in the middle of this delicate magickal operation when he was called away on other occult business…and legend has it, he never properly banished the demons he had summoned.

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Lots of spooky superstitions have been attributed to “Uncle Al” over the years, and should be taken with a grain of salt. HOWEVER, tragedy not only struck his lodge keeper, who had two children die, but in 1965 the new owner committed suicide on the grounds.

Misfortune connected to Boleskine has even been linked to Jimmy Page, with rumors of a “Led Zeppelin Curse” (which might have been cast on the band by filmmaker/fellow occultist Kenneth Anger).

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At any rate, Page had cleared out of Boleskine in 1992, and the house has been used as a private residence ever since. But one has to wonder…did some “god-fearing” individual decide to toss a lit cigarette onto the grounds two days before Christmas as a sort of “statement”? Jesus 1, Crowley 0?

Well, he still has the Sgt. Pepper album and the works of Alan Moore.