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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.

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