Fair warning :0
I don't share Aleister Crowley's love of practical jokes, but I do understand it...and I'll note again my belief that a fair bit of antipathy to Crowley* might be ameliorated if others understood it better. In brief, Crowley deeply believed that those willing to be enslaved deserved it
, and that if they were so willing, better they be his slaves than somebody else's. So, taking care to warn them**, he was fairly merciless with those who willingly persisted anyway.
When they did figure it out, btw, his attitude toward such folks changed; we have Gerald Yorke's testimony to that.
Anyway, Crowley's interlocking system is intended to distinguish kings from slaves, and to reward each accordingly. I worry when I see efforts afoot to change elements of that system without having first understood it: risks ruining both the joke, and the system itself.
There. That's oblique enough for one morning. (Hey, it'd been a while! :) )
93 93/93 -- AJ
* Martin Starr's To the Unknown God
comes to mind.
** I can't be too specific, but for examples of such warnings preserved in public writings, cf. the Holy Books generally (e.g. CCXX
, "LXV" V:19, "VII" II:37), and the discussion of the Initiator in Book of Thoth
's "Hierophant" section.