Religion and Philosophy

V for Victory: Crowley and Infowars has recently revived the “V for Victory” campaign as a way to “invoke the spirit of the French who were occupied by the Nazis in World War Two.” What does this have to do with Aleister Crowley 2012?

V for Victory and the Mark of the Beast, enclosed in the downward-pointing triangle of Ra Hoor Khuit and featuring the slogan “In Hoc Signo Vinces” (“in this sign you will conquer”).

While he certainly wasn’t the first person to scrawl a “V” on walls in Brussels, nor was he the first to put two fingers in the air as a manual communication of some idea or insult, Aleister Crowley demonstrated that he was the first to publish a “V Sign,” and he claimed to have invented Churchill’s use of the gesture in WWII as a magical foil to the Nazis’ use of the swastika. Crowley passed this idea to friends at the BBC, and to the British Naval Intelligence Division through his connections in MI5, eventually gaining the approval of Winston Churchill.

The symbolism of the “V for Victory” refers to the story of Isis, Apophis, and Osiris, as it is illustrated in the Lesser Ritual of the Hexagram, first published by Crowley in The Equinox I, no. 3, in 1910. In this ritual, the swastika is used to represent the mourning of Isis; and the “V” is used to symbolize Apophis or Typhon, the destroyer. This symbolism explains Crowley’s use of the “V” as a foil to the swastika, since Apophis slays Osiris, thus causing Isis to mourn.

The “V” symbol also echoes the downward-pointing triangle, a symbol of Horus, the Crowned and Conquering Child of the New Aeon. In Liber Pyramidos, Horus first appears as Hoor-Apep, a hybrid of Horus and Apophis. Because of this symbolic connection, the “V for Victory” simultaneously invokes Apophis who destroys the swastika, and Ra-Hoor-Khuit, the Lord of this Aeon, wherein the Law is “Do what thou wilt.”

Hoor hath a secret fourfold name: it is Do What Thou Wilt.

Ever an advocate of the liberty of the individual, Aleister Crowley worked to create propaganda for the Allies in other ways. For example, in 1942 he wrote a poem entitled La Gauloise (Song of the Free French), which he subsequently sent to the Free French headquarters in London. The reply he received was very complimentary:

Sir, I am instructed by General de Gaulle to thank you for your letter of May 12th. It is with a keen interest that we receive your song. We are touched by the fine sentiments, which you express in so charming a style.

This was recorded in 1942 and subsequently played on the BBC, and you can hear it in the following video. The music was arranged by Roy Leffingwell, and an unidentified French baritone was hired to sing.

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