The Hanged Man

Since he was a young man, Crowley's goal had been to set up a new religion based on what he had learned traveling in the Orient, in India and as a member of the Temple of the Golden Dawn. Through the support of a group called The Ordo Templi Orientis, he was able to establish his notorious Abbey Of Thelema in Cefalu, Sicily.

Once set up in the Abbey, he spent the next few years developing what is now called the Thelemic system of Magic. The locals, however, became upset at the wild parties Aliester threw at his retreat, and his erratic behavior due to a massive cocaine and heroin addiction did not help matters. Crowley's time in Sicily reached its climax when a young man died due to drinking "unpure" water at the Abbey. His fiancee' began publicly accusing Crowley and his followers of scandalous behavior and black magic acts. In the resulting uproar the Abbey was shut down and Crowley was forever banned from Sicily. By this time, Aliester Crowley had taken on his most famous epithet, "The Beast" and was reputed to be the "Wickedest Man In The World".