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Who Was Aiwaz? The Strange Story of Samuel Jacobs and Aleister Crowley

February 4, 2012

The first time that the name of Aiwaz (or Aiwass, as Crowley spelled it) was heard by Aleister Crowley was in March 1904, when his wife, Rose Edith Crowley née Kelly, spontaneously entered a state of trance. It is often forgotten that it was not Aleister Crowley who sought out the Cairo Working. It was an unknown intelligence communicating itself through the spontaneous mediumship of Rose that called Crowley to fulfil his role of the Beast 666, with which he had identified himself both in his childhood imaginings and in his poetry.