3rd Update: Aleister Crowley's Boleskine House Jul 14, 2019 11:27:17 GMT -5
Post by JoannaB on Jul 14, 2019 11:27:17 GMT -5
Restoration of Aleister Crowley's Boleskine House
Following its purchase, plans are moving forward to restore Scotland’s “Boleskine House,” once owned by infamous occultist Aleister Crowley. The house – or what’s left of it – stands on the shore of Scotland’s Loch Ness, famed for its monster, and Crowley was said to have purchased the house in order to perform an elaborate ritual, which involved abstinence from sex and alcohol and required the summoning of 12 Kings and Dukes of Hell in order to bind them and remove their influence from the magician’s life.
Crowley owned the house from 1899 to 1913. It changed hands several times thereafter and was marked by tragedy – one owner ended his life with a shotgun in Crowley’s former bedroom – before its purchase by musician Jimmy Page in 1970. Page himself was an avid occultist and follower of Crowley. Page sold Boleskine in 1992 and the house changed hands twice more before the fire in 2015.
The property was purchased in 2019 by Kyra Readdy, who bought Lots 1 and 3, and William Clifford-Banks, who bought Lot 2. Readdy and Clifford-Banks are members of a board of trustees belonging to the Boleskine House Foundation, a “not-for-profit group aimed at restoring and maintaining the Boleskine House estate.”
A video released by the foundation highlighted the property’s occult history and significance as a place of worship for followers of Crowley’s teachings. “When it comes to heritage property, I feel that we are guardians for future generations,” Readdy said in a statement on the Boleskine House Foundation website. “It is my privilege and honor to work on this project and to be able to secure the future of the house.”
In a similar statement, Clifford-Banks commented, “I would like to dispel the negative rumors about Aleister Crowley and restore the estate as a space to host well-being and mindfulness events such as yoga and meditation retreats, and provide a place for lectures, conferences and even ceremonies.”
The foundation has reportedly been in talks with occult organization Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) regarding the restoration project and the property’s use following its completion. The OTO is an initiatory secret society known to include sexual elements in its magickal practices. The organization was founded at the beginning of the 20th century and is still active today. Aleister Crowley was its best known member.
The following statement was issued by the OTO:
“The new owners have confirmed to us that they wish to restore the house and eventually open parts of the house and its surrounding gardens to the public as a heritage landmark. The new owners wish to honor Crowley’s legacy as part of the estate’s history. They intend to cooperate with OTO to provide opportunities for access to the house and land in a way which has hitherto not been possible.
“The new owners intend to transfer ownership of the estate to a public charity so that it can be preserved for many generations to come. OTO intends to cooperate with the charity in the coming weeks, months and years as this exciting project gets underway.
“Private fundraising efforts have been launched to help start the renovation. Once the public charity is established and formal agreement has been reached, OTO will provide an opportunity for interested parties to make US-tax-exempt donations specifically dedicated to support this project, in full compliance with non-profit rules and regulations. No funds from OTO’s operating budget (member dues, fees and general donations) will be allocated to the project.”
Restoration efforts are estimated at around $1.25 million and the Boleskine House Foundation hopes “to restore the house and open it to the public by spring 2021.”
Source: Tobias Wayland, Singular Fortean, July 14, 2019; and Abraxas Books, Daytona Beach, Florida.