Diamond Invictus SP
While I get how this is significant for those still in Scientology, I don't really see how it's a big deal for rational thinkers outside. All this black magic stuff is STILL COMPLETE BOLLOCKS. Just cause you suddenly call "magic" "black magic" it doesn't suddenly become a real thing.
It's pretty significant if one wants to study the influences on Hubbard and Scientology.
It's not about what WE believe; it's about what Hubbard believed.
According to LRH JR, when the Philadelphia course was given his father would read Crowley's works "in preparation for the next day's lecture..."
Here's an excerpt from Crowley's The Book of the Law:
We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit: let them die in their misery. For they feel not. Compassion is the vice of Kings: stamp down the wretched and the weak: this is the law of the strong: this is our law and the joy of the world.
I am of the snake that giveth Knowledge and Delight, and stir the hearts of men with drunkenness. To worship me take wine and strange drugs.... They shall not harm ye at all. It is a lie, this folly against self.... Be strong, Oh man! Lust, enjoy all things of sense and rapture ... the kings of the earth shall be kings forever: the slaves shall serve.
Them that seek to entrap thee, to over throw thee, them attack without pity or quarter, and destroy them utterly.
I am unique and conqueror. I am not of the slaves that perish. Be they damned and dead! Amen.
Pity not the fallen! I never knew them. I am not for them. I console not: I hate the consoled and the consoler!
Some of it sounds a bit familiar to me even though I've never read Crowley.