The Abbey of Thelema 1920
Moving to Cefalù in Sicily, Crowley rents a villa and names it the Abbey of Thelema. He later describes this period as one of perfect happiness, with each day devoted to rituals to Egyptian deities, masses, art, writing books and bringing up his acolytes’ children. Sex, magic and other arcane practices evolve, and Crowley develops addictions to heroin and cocaine. A film star, Jane Wolfe, becomes a Thelemite, and thinkers of all types congregate at the Abbey. However, a series of scandals resulting from the death of a Thelemite, Raoul Loveday, and the publication of Crowley’s book Diary of a Drug Fiend eventually lead to his deportation from Italy and the closure of the Abbey.