~ Question 1: WHY IS HE SO DIFFICULT TO READ? ~
Answer 1a: The Scholar's Mind
"He has no 'vulgar sense'; having written for so long out of the ken of the general reader, he has forgotten that the general reader is not a specialist. The result is that, even in his lighter work, there are often certain references and words which the general reader would find unintelligible and therefore disconcerting; references and words that might irritate him and 'put his back up' because they would make him feel ignorant, exciting that famous 'inferiority complex.' 'Oh!' says Crowley, 'but he can always look it out in a dictionary.' What a revealing remark! If you write only for people who habitually use dictionaries, your sales can never be very large. But Crowley does not seem to realize this. He has the scholar's mind; and can no more imagine a reader without a dictionary at his elbow than he can imagine him without a shirt to his back." - page 8, "The Law is For All" - Foreward.
Answer 1b: Men and Women of Leisure
"Another thing that Crowley has never realised is that readers are not, as a general rule, men and women of leisure and that they want things made reasonable quick and easy for them. He never troubles to condense for their benefit, he never does anything to save them time. In fact, he has never troubled to cultivate a single one of the practical, cunning tricks of the literary trade, and he never had any flair whatever for 'what puts a reader off.' His innocense in this respect is one of the singular of his many singularities."- page 9, "The Law is For All" - Foreward.
Comment on the Answers
"Wilkinson was a fair and perceptive critic of his friend's work. The following assessment shows at once why Crowley chose Wilkinson as his editor, and explains the problems encountered in editing the present book:"- page 8, "The Law is For All" - Foreward.
~ Question 2: I HAVE HEARD BIZZARE THINGS! ~
Answer 2a: Code
Aleister often wrote in a sort of code. Some say, it was to avoid breaking his oaths. Others say it was to avoid throwing pearls before swine.
Answer 2b: Layers of Meaning
I have often heard that some of Aleister's writings come across as an Enigma in a Riddle in a Paradox all wrapped in a Tapestry of Mystery.
~ Question 3: WHY ALL THE SECRETS? ~
Answer 3a: Mystery
The Mysteries wouldn't be Mysteries without Mystery.
Answer 3b: Gnostic Approach
The Gnostic approach to teaching is to create an environment where individuals can learn by experience.
Answer 3c: The True Secrets
A Past Master of William Blake Lodge in Baltimore Maryland once told me that "the True Secrets are Incommunicable!"
~ Question 4: I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT CROWLEY!? ~
Answer 4a: The OTO Grand Lodge FAQ
Some quick-and-easy Q&A including but not limited to Crowley
Answer 4b: The Book "Perdurabo, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Life of Aleister Crowley" by Richard Kaczynski
The final word on Crowley.