Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was an English occultist, magician, mountaineer, novelist and poet.


He founded the religion Thelema, a new religious movement, and was also member of the Golden Dawn, a secret society devoted to the occult and the paranormal – a magical order.

He was titled the “wickedest man in the world”, self-named “the beast” and was labelled as a Satanist by the press.


We know from the third Strike novel, Career of Evil, that Strike’s ex-stepfather Jeff Whittaker was interested in Aleister Crowley, as well as the Satanic Bible and Charles Manson.

“He liked death, Whittaker; he liked bodies. He claimed he’d been a gravedigger when he was a teenager. He had a thing about corpses. People took him for a hardcore goth, some ten-a-penny poseur – the necrophiliac lyrics, the Satanic Bible, Aleister Crowley” Career of Evil

One of J.K. Rowling’s many Twitter headers whilst writing the fifth Strike novel, Troubled Blood, was that of three Thoth tarot cards, which were developed by Aleister Crowley

Thoth tarot cards

She also uploaded a header photo of an astrological chart by Crowley.

 In Troubled Blood, the detective inspector on the original Margot Bamborough case, Bill Talbot, turned to astrology and the Thoth tarot cards created by Crowley to help solve the case.

You can watch a video about the Thoth tarot deck below.

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