Aleister Crowley and G.M. Kelly:
An Astrological Report
In comparing the horoscopes
of Aleister Crowley and G.M.Kelly
I expected to find many interesting links. By the time my analysis was complete
I was amazed at the implications. What follows is a summary of the
major points of the comparison.
A predominance of cardinal
signs, 10th house influences and the fire element is immediately apparent in
comparing the two nativities. This indicates a vital, high-energy relationship.
Aries and Libra emphasise the polarity of Mars and Venus in particular,
an appropriate combination of love and will. The strong 10th house
favors public recognition of their allied ambition.
The aspects of Crowley's planets
to Kelly's Sun are all plainly supportive and positive. Kelly's Sun is only
two degrees away from Crowley's midheaven and within five degrees of his
North Node. Considering the Nodes as "karmic" links there is an important
destiny seen in this pattern.
In turn, Crowley's Sun appears,
intercepted, in Kelly's 7th house, the home of partnerships--another highly
significant combination. The natives often mirror each other, together achieving
total vision by balancing each other's expressions with complimentary views.
This is also a potent spiritual link. Crowley's Sun opposite Kelly's
Mars adds plenty of energy, which can be applied to understanding the meaning
of the relationship and putting this understanding into vigorous action.
A conjunction of Crowley's Sun and Kelly's Neptune represents spirituality
and idealism, empathy and intuitive understanding. This is very helpful
to Kelly in interpreting Crowley's works. Crowley's Sun also square
Kelly's midheaven, showing that clashes in self-expressions and practical
concerns can threaten each other's security needs or public images--not
unexpected considering such controversial careers.
Pluto and the Sun are in
harmonious sextile to each other in both charts, doubly favorable for
stimulating the will to work for rebirth, reform and transformation both on
personal and transcendental levels.
The Moon's position in both
horoscopes is equally significant. Kelly's Moon is in Crowley's 4th house,
where the Moon is "at home." A deep emotional bond is shared, where similar
family backgrounds or early childhood conditions form the basis for psychic
attunment of feelings. Crowley's Moon falls neatly into Kelly's 1st
house, reflecting and fortifying this powerful emotional link between the
Conjunctions of Crowley's Moon
with Kelly's Jupiter, Ascendant and North Node augment the harmony of emotional
attitudes. Jupiter's influence adds a common spirituality, supporting ethical
and moral values, philosophies and educational activities with emotional fervor.
Aided by the resourcefulness found through Crowley's Pluto trining his
Moon, Kelly can successfully provide a regenerative base of operation for
Crowey's occult and magical endeavors. Some emotional conflicts may
be unavoidable, with Crowley's Moon square Kelly's midheaven and Kelly's
Moon squaring Crowley's Ascendant. Perhaps it is well that these
men are not currently co-existent on the physical plane since their personal
mannerisms, habits and domestic or emotional tendencies would probably
be mutually irritating.
Communication is obviously an
important factor in this relationship, with Kelly's Mercury tranposing into
Crowley's 10th house. Through his own practical ideas and communication skills,
Kelly can accurately convey Crowley's own intentions, improving their efficiency
and effectiveness with ingenious flair. This partnership is focussed
through writing, journalism, teaching, publishing, travel, the media in
general, research and education. What better indications for a messenger
of the New Aeon?
All major aspects of Kelly's
Mercury to Crowley's chart are brilliantly supportive. A sextile of Crowley's
Saturn is a classically excellent teacher/student combination which also
shows connexions through fraternal organizations. Constructive mental
discipline and experience is carried out with care and precision.
Kelly's Mercury trine Crowley's Uranus adds a sparkle of originality and
creativity to Kelly's expressions, proving that he is capable of finding
many practical applications for Crowley's advanced mental concepts.
The combination of Saturn and Uranus with Mercury generally points to a
fine balance of new and old, avant-garde and traditional, inspiration and
earthiness. This is communicated to the world with disciplined
Crowley's Mercury in Kelly's
8th house is not as strong as any of the previously mentioned positions, but
maintains the theme of carrying on the message of Thelema. Crowley's
"communications" with Kelly (through written works) have all been after his
own death, so it is fitting that his Mercury should be in Kelly's house of
inheritances. His writings, indicated by Mercury, can be seen as what is
passed on to Kelly as an entrusted legacy. The 8th house also signifies the
realm of the occult in general.
A square between Kelly's Pluto
and Crowley's Mercury compliments the 8th house influence, adding a
friction-produced energy to their combined occult and mental endeavors. The
purpose of Pluto/Mercury contacts is to promote necessary intellectual confrontations
so that rigid, fixed ideas can be reformulated, transformed and expanded.
This aspect forces a rethinking of cherished concepts through an intensely
penetrating type of concentration. It also provides a mental compulsion
to delve into areas considered secret or taboo by society. Challenges
to strongly held ideas occur during this intellectual probing, with all
due stubborn debate, until the concept in question is eventually transformed
through Plutonian osmosis.
Two trines from Crowley's
Mercury mitigate this mental combat somewhat. A trine to Kelly's ascendant
smooths difficulties through a psychological understanding of the relationship,
and a trine to the North Node further assists positive communications.
The 10th and the 7th houses are
highlighted by the presence of Venus in the respective horoscopes. Kelly's Venus
in Crowley's 10th house enables him to apply his characteristic charm and
diplomacy to advancing Crowley's public recognition and reputation.
Through doing this Kelly can gain some recognition for his own creative
talents. Crowley's Venus is intercepted in Kelly's 7th house, indicating
an enjoyment of the same pleasures and generally harmonious
A shared conjunction between
the natives' Venuses and Neptunes is a deeply spiritual aspect of creative
working. Again, a psychic and emotional rapport is emphasized. The relationship
manifests highly idealistic goals, encompassing expressions of ethereal
beauty, celestial harmony and divine love that may be too far-flung for
worldly application--although every soul yearns for the perfected union
of spirit and self.
Crowley's Venus sextiles Kelly's
midheaven, a benevolent factor in the advancement of his career. Kelly's Venus
is square Crowley's ascendant, another clash of mundane habits and social
expressions which may have produced trivial squabbles if these two ever
met fact to face. With Kelly's Venus opposite Crowley's Jupiter,
however, they probably would have tactfully laid their mutual minor irritations
aside in favor of shared religious, artistic, philosophical, educational
and pleasurable interests. The spiritual basis of compatability outweighs
the chafing of personal idiosyncracies.
Indeed Crowley and Kelly together
would make an excellent team, with Kelly's Mars in Crowley's 10th house--an
energetic, ambitious combination. The warrior aspect is much in evidence here,
with a competitive edge exerted in promoting common campaigns. This
influence carries political overtones and the promise of high position
Mars interacts in several
strong aspects between these two horoscopes. Saturn is involved through a
sextile to Kelly's Mars and a trine to Crowley's Mars. Any Mars/Saturn combination
adds constructive will and militant discipline, careful organization and
courageous, energetic actions. The sextile lends the necessary determination
and persistence to endure challenges, over-coming fear and negativity.
The trine allows Kelly to bring Crowley's bold concepts down to earth,
obtaining practical results. The combined effect provides patience
and dilligence, along with the wisdom to build on a solid foundation of
experience and good organization.
The somewhat plodding,
workhorse aspect of Saturn and Mars are lightened by a trine in Kelly's Mars
with Crowley's Uranus. This prevents discipline from becoming overly dull
or monotonous. Uranus always brings lively inspiration and dynamic creative
insights into a relationship, along with adventure and excitement. It is the
planet ruling the scientific facets of the occult, such as astrology, as opposed
to the more intuitive arts. Crowley was an expert astrologer and
through this Mars/Uranus contact Kelly can learn how to better channel
his own energies.
Crowley's Mars sextile Kelly's
Jupiter favors intelligent action in religious, educational, social and
charitable group activities. Kelly can find constructive outlets for Crowley's
expressions through travel--either actual physical travel or else journeys
of an intellectual nature. These two share a crusading zeal for a
common cause and both uphold the same goals and principles. Involvment
in works to aid the less fortunate may relate to schools, colleges, retreats
or other institutions.
The influence of Crowley's
Mars square Kelly's Neptune is perhaps the most potentially disturbing aspect.
This can be treacherous and coercively deceptive in a relationship, causing
confusion, vacillation and repression. Although generally the compared
horoscopes support each other's strengths, likewise do they negatively
reinforce each other's weaknesses with this aspect. The relationship
presents some issues that neither Crowley nor Kelly can decide how to face.
Evasive action is no solution because these problems will not simply vanish
if ignored. Dangerous self-destructive or escapist practices may
be evident, such as drug abuse or alcoholism. The main issues focus
on partnerships, work and health, and these could present the most important
challenges entailed in the relationship.
Kelly's Jupiter in Crowley's
10th house is another especially strong influence. Official support can be
gained for educational, religious or philosophical goals and purposes. This
is an excellent combination for activities involving religion, publishing,
travel and lecturing, gain of public recognition and career
Like a benevolent legacy,
Crowley's Jupiterstands in Kelly's 8th house. This is a good indication of
the richness of Crowley's spiritual gifts Kelly rightfully claims as inheritance.
It is also testimony that Kelly will appreciate and handle these gifts
The aspect of Kelly's Jupiter
sextile Crowley's Pluto favors cooperative spiritual, educational and cultural
self-improvment. Kelly can take Crowley's ideas about reform and apply these to
the larger social order. Under Crowley's influence, Kelly is more dynamic,
resourceful and focussed in accomplishing worthwhile educational, religious or
cultural goals. Naturally this is another aspect which underlines shared interests
in reincarnation, life after death, and the use of one's will for personal,
spiritual and social change, which is close to Crowley's own definition
The influence of a trine with
Kelly's Uranus and Crowley's Jupiter brings the combined reformative and religious
tendencies together, capable of producing a new kind of Thelemic Abbey. The
urge to combine group activities with home life is definitely evident.
While Crowley's original Abbey concept may have been quite expansive in
his day, Kelly can, through Uranian inspiration, find ways to improve and
modernize the concept.
Saturn represents seriousness,
responsibilities and discipline. With his own Saturn in Crowley's 3rd house,
Kelly can apply Crowley's ideas and communications in very practical ways.
He takes this work as a serious duty, as anybody can see from perusing
the pages of The Newaeon Newsletter. He does a thorough and well
organized job--painstaking, patient, and with all the positive virtues
of Saturn at work.
With his Saturn sextile
Crowley's ascendant, Kelly can take the Master Therion's expressions, mellowed
with time, and interpret them with added poise, maturity and organization.
Through his Thelemic studies, Frater Keallach finds the energy to support serious
ambitions in his own life.
Pluto, the planet of death and
re-birth, has been very active in producing powerful contacts between these two
horoscopes. Crowley's Pluto makes a useful trine to Kelly's Saturn. This aspect
favors research, especially having to do with energy, physics, recycling
and the occult--in other words, what lies at the core of life itself, behind
all superficial manifestations. Crowley's Pluto provides the deep,
penetrating insights while, with Saturn's help, Kelly can put these metaphysical
truths into constructive and practical applications.
The 12th house rules karma,
sacrifice and the subconscious. Crowley's Saturn in Kelly's 12th house shows
serious interactions regarding psychic and occult pursuits, psychology,
behind-the-scenes research and secret investigations. A sextile between Kelly's
midheaven and Crowley's Saturn indicates that Crowley has a stabilizing, steadying
influence on Kelly's attitude toward achievement, evoking discipline and
responsibility. Crowley's Saturn is also trine Kelly's Neptune, helping
Kelly find adequate outlet for his own creative and spiritual urges using
Thelemic philosophy as a basis. Saturn and Neptune together make
an effective combination of the ideal and the practical, the ethereal and
Again, Pluto demonstrates its
importance, as Kelly's Pluto opposes Crowley's Saturn. Kelly can regenerate the
institutions Crowley established, rebuilding these with added strength.
Pluto/Saturn contacts basically involve expressions and assertions of authority
and power, usually through sheer willpower. Leadership potential
is evident, but must be carefully directed because of the powerful combination
of planets. Saturn/Pluto aspects demand that time be spent learning
or preparing for specific roles through developed systems and discovering
where this role fits into the system. From an evolutionary point
of view, the primary lesson here is to learn how to subjugate, conform
or align personal authority to the larger authority and divine Will.
Being more concerned with the position of authority itself and maintaining
that role--rather than focussing on the real lesson--results in ultimate
downfall because the capabilities of others are recognized only as a threat,
and as something to be undermined in order to maintain "authority".
The position of Uranus in these
horoscopes is characteristic of a strongly occult-based relationship. Kelly's
Uranus is intercepted in Crowley's 12th house, which indicates that Kelly
may bring to the surface many of A.C.'s hidden spiritual insights, introducing
new, fresh viewpoints. Crowley's Uranus lies in Kelly's 6th house,
illustrating how Crowley's influence has brought Kelly special awareness
of occult forces which Kelly can apply to both his health (perhaps through
yoga, healing methods, diet and meditation/visualization) and his work.
Crowley's Uranus is conjunct
Kelly's Pluto, an extremely high-frequency aspect. The outermost planets tend to
involve higher vibrations, and in this particular combination the effects
can be radically transformative, both on a personal and cosmic scale.
Both Uranus and Pluto relate to the urge to change inner as well as outer
environment, eliminating all attachments to the past, based on a desire
to be totally free. This can produce various effects: total
rebellion against all traditions or limitations from the past; the urge
to create totally new conditions or lifestyles which transform a collective
group together; or simply an identification with future-oriented changes
as society naturally progresses, always being somewhat "ahead of one's
time." The purpose of Uranus/Pluto aspects is to quicken evolutionary
cycles on a very broad, collective level, which coincides with the entire
New Aeon concept.
A mutual Uranus sextile Neptune
aspect further extends this transformative urge to include mystical attitudes.
Mutual interest in religious, cultural and scientific evolution sparks
an avid curiosity about historical trends which have influenced the world's
destiny. Utopian goals and group ideals are shared with respect to
occult objectives. With Kelly's Uranus square Crowley's Nodes and
midheaven, his methods, means and approaches may make Crowley seem relatively
conservative and conformist, but such is the tide of evolution and history.
Crowley's Uranus trine Kelly's midheaven supports this fresh approach to
his original ideas and techniques. Although the Master Therion may
have passed the torch reluctantly, he would do so with awareness of the
need to adapt to the changing world views.
One more karmic connexion can
be found in Kelly's Neptune appearing in Crowley's 4th house. This intensifies
the previously mentioned emotional link, raising it to a more spiritual
and subtle level. Crowley's Neptune shows up in Kelly's 2nd house,
his idealism strongly affecting Kelly's value systems and his attitude
towards the material side of life.
In turn, Kelly's Pluto is in
Crowley's 2nd house, which can be interpreted as Kelly's skillful recycling of
Crowley's resources, executed with an eye to all due responsibility to the larger
social order. Kelly knows instinctively how to re-use what Crowley
has left behind, getting rid of what is no longer useful while preserving
and revitalizing the essential.
Lastly, Crowley's Pluto in Kelly's
3rd house deepens the urge for study and research so that it delves through
to the very innermost causes behind outer events. Penetrating, resourceful
thinking is characteristic, and the communication of discoveries is compulsive.
Through sharing the results of his intense probings with us through The
Newaeon Newsletter, Kelly fulfills only a small but important part of his
and Aleister Crowley's interlaced destinies.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Aleister Crowley
was born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England on October 12,
at 10:52 P.M., while G.M.Kelly was born in Pittsburgh,
U.S.A. on March 23, 1951 E.V., 5:50 A.M. In considering the house positions
and aspects of the planets to each other I have used, generally,
a five-degree orb of influence.
November 1986 E.V.
(TNN.V.6.3-5, JANUARY 1987 E.V.)