Item #55528 An important discussion of "the cross of the Hierophant." A mixed typed and autograph letter, signed, with an additional pencil diagram and manuscript note on another leaf. From Aleister Crowley to "Dear and Illustrious Brother" [in this case W. Dawson Sadler]. Dated, Buckinghamshire, Sept. 23 1944. Aleister CROWLEY, Signed.

An important discussion of "the cross of the Hierophant." A mixed typed and autograph letter, signed, with an additional pencil diagram and manuscript note on another leaf. From Aleister Crowley to "Dear and Illustrious Brother" [in this case W. Dawson Sadler]. Dated, Buckinghamshire, Sept. 23 1944.

1944. The letter is on two leaves of 7" x 5 1/4" note paper, the recto of each of which is headed with Crowley's 'Mark of the Beast' sigil printed in red. It has the typed heading, "Bell Inn, Ashton Clinton," and comprises three typed pages and a manuscript note in ink on the fourth. A third leaf of unheaded 8" x 5 1/4" paper - obviously torn from a notebook - has a diagram in pencil on one side, and an additional manuscript note in pencil on the other. The addressee, W. Dawson Sadler was a conventional Freemason, with esoteric leanings, with whom Crowley was in regular contact from 1944 though 1946. Although not certain, it seems likely that Crowley initiated him into the O.T.O. An interesting and important letter. There had been previous discussion between the two about the Thoth tarot designs, and in this letter Crowley discourses at length on the 'cross of the Hierophant' design that he favours. After a paragraph on forms of the cross in general, Crowley devotes two paragraphs to the meaning and symbolism of the petals of the 'rose' at the center of the design. The rose is also the subject of the diagram. In the pencil note on the verso of the diagram, Crowley apologises for "the extreme crudity of these sketches", explaining that "over the week-end I was critically ill, I am still rather shaken." The letter begins and ends with the Thelemic greetings, and is signed "Yours Fraternally, Aleister Crowley." Both the notes are signed by him with his initials. From the collection of British artist, writer and musician David Tibet (founder of the music group Current 93). As with all documents a letter of authenticity will be issued. Very Good condition, with just the usual light creases from having been folded to fit into an envelope. Item #55528

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