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The Comment called D by 666 (Aleister Crowley), c. 1923. Crowley himself never published it, but it did appear in "The Magical Link" IX(4)-X(2), 1995/96. Please note that this copy derives from a secondary source, with key entry and editing by Frs. T.S. and V.C. The PDF version can be found here. I myself have added the text from Liber AL for reference. Internal footnotes are by Leah Hirsig, who typed the document from Crowley's written notes. Here is a site providing scans of Leah's original typescript. The word "Djerid... More >>>
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The Comment called D by 666 (Aleister Crowley), c. 1923. Crowley himself never published it, but it did appear in "The Magical Link" IX(4)-X(2), 1995/96. Please note that this copy derives from a secondary source, with key entry and editing by Frs. T.S. and V.C. The PDF version can be found here. I myself have added the text from Liber AL for reference. Internal footnotes are by Leah Hirsig, who typed the document from Crowley's written notes. Here is a site providing scans of Leah's original typescript.

The word "Djeridensis" essentially means "pertaining to Djerid", since -ensis means "pertaining to" (usually a place) and Djerid (lit. "palm")-located in Nefta, Tunisia (on the shore of Chott de Djerid)-was the name of the hotel in which the document was written. Nefta is considered to be the spiritual home of Sufism, and is the religious center of the "Bled el Djerid" ("Land of Palms"), with more than 24 mosques.

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Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, (12 October 1875 - 1 December 1947) was an English occultist, prolific writer and poet, mystic, astrologer, drug experimenter, hedonist, aficionado of chess and mountain climbing, sexual revolutionary and social critic. He is perhaps best known today for his occult writings, especially The Book of the Law, the central sacred text of Thelema. Crowley was also an influential member in several occult organizations, including the Golden Dawn, the Argenteum Astrum, and Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.). Crowley gained much notoriety during his lifetime, and was famously dubbed "The Wickedest Man In the World."

Aleister Crowley founded the religion of Thelema, which became adopted by the Ordo Templis Orientis (O.T.O.) as well as the magical order Argenteum Astrum, the Order of the Silver Star. He was also a highly controversial member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, where he was known by the magical name of Frater Perdurabo.

Crowley's lifestyle was absolutely shocking in the era in which he lived. Besides his interest in the occult, he was sexually promiscuous with both genders (at a time when homosexuality was still illegal in Britain), frequented prostitutes, was vocally defiant against Christianity and Victorian and post-Victorian prudishness toward sexual subjects, and was a drug addict.

While Crowley detested Christianity, he considered himself an immensely religious and spiritual person. His writings record incidents of experiencing deity, and Thelemites consider him to be a prophet. In 1904, he encountered a being known as Aiwass, described as a "minister" to Horus, the central deity in Thelema, and as a Holy Guardian Angel. Aiwass dictated the Book of the Law, which Crowley wrote down and published, becoming the central Thelemic text.

Crowley's beliefs included pursuing the Great Work, which included gaining self-knowledge and uniting with the larger universe. He also encouraged seeking out one's ultimate destiny or purpose, commonly referred to as one's True Will.