The International

The International by Aleister Crowley, George Sylvester Viereck & al at Hermetic Library

The International was a literary and arts journal founded by George Sylvester Viereck, published in New York between WWI and WWII. For a number of years during the period of silence between The Equinox Volume I and Volume III, Aleister Crowley was a contributing editor for this journal and many essays, poems and plays appeared under various names (including Baphomet and The Master Therion) authored by him. For example, the first publication of the Gnostic Mass, which became Liber XV, appeared in this journal. Also, several of Crowley’s Simon Iff stories appeared in the pages of The International, under the pseudonym Edward Kelly.


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Contents Author Page
The Editor Boosts the Next Number 321
(edition and copyright statement) 321
Humanity First Aleister Crowley 322
The Scrutinies of Simon Iff. No. 3. Outside the Bank’s RoutineEdward Kelly 323
Sekhet Adam D'as 331
The Revival of Magick The Master Therion 332
Flowers Ernest MCGaffey 333
Hymn Charles Baudelaire 333
The Hearth Mark Wells 334
Pan Vincent Starrett 338
Ireland Faith Baldwin 338
The Rake's Progress (A.C.) 339
The Philosophy of Militarism George Sylvester Viereck340
Shakespeare: Rebel, Aristocrat and Pessimist Louis U. Wilkinson 343
How Horoscopes Are Faked Cor Scorpionis 345
An Altered Circumstance Alexander Harvey 346
The Professor and the Plutocrat S. J. Mill 348
A Comedy of Disillusion Joseph B. Rethy 349
Drama 350
Music 350
The Gate of Knowledge 351
Songs of Manhattan Morris A. Beer 351

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Contents Author Page
Forecast for the Month of January 353
We Stand Above Aleister Crowley 354
The Scrutinies of Simon Iff. No. 4. The Conduct of John Briggs Edward Kelly 355
NQO Charles Beadle 361
Concerning Death Baphomet 365
Pax Hominibus Bonae VoluntatisA. C. 366
The Box of Counters Hans Heinz Ewers 368
A Septennial Aleister Crowley 376
Inspired Bureaucracy George Sylvester Viereck377
Art and Clairvoyance J. Turner 379
Barnard's Lincoln Unvisited 379
A Riddle Aleister Crowley 379
The Plaint of Eve George Sylvester Viereck380
Auguste Rodin 381
Music for the Month “Haute Boy” 381
Drama As She Is Played 382
The Gate of Knowledge 383-384
The International Forum 383-384
War Poetry 384
Portrait of a Jackal George Sylvester Viereck384

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Contents Author Page
February Fill-dykes 1
England Speaks Aleister Crowley 2
The Scrutinies of Simon Iff. No. 5. Not Good EnoughEdward Kelly 2
Dawn 9
A Poetry Society in Madagascar 9
The Heart of Holy Russia Aleister Crowley 10
Love Lies Bleeding 14
The Morals of Europe George Sylvester Viereck15
The Conversion of Austin Harrison — Editorial 17
The Bath Clytie Hazel Kearney 18
The God of Ibreez Mark Wells 19
Finalism George Raffalovich 24
The Message of the Master Therion 26
The Law of Liberty 27
Geomancy 29
Troth Heinrich Heine 29
A Glimpse Into the Theatres 30
Music of the Month 31
The Gate of Knowledge 32
A Worn Rose Lola Ridge 32

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Contents Author Page
Judging the March Hare 33
Wanted — Moderate Men Aleister Crowley 34
The Scrutinies of Simon Iff. No. 6. Ineligible Edward Kelly 35
Costly Pillows Kondrad Bercovici 40
De Thaumaturgia. Concerning the Working of Wonders The Master Therion 41
The Mass of Saint Secaire. Translated by Mark Wells Barbey de Rochechouart 42
Poem Aleister Crowley 46
To-day David Rosenthal 46
Absinthe — The Green Goddess Aleister Crowley 47
At the Feet of Our Lady of Darkness. Translated by Aleister CrowleyIzeh Kranil 51
The Priestess of the Graal 52
The Third Libery Loan 53
Love and Laughter 55
Withe the Armies in Mittel-Europa. Translated by Helen Woljeska By Various Authors 56
Colors of the Japanese Houses of Sleep Yone Noguchi 58
Adam and Eve George Sylvester Viereck60
Four Poems Aleister Crowley 62
A Glimpse Into the Theatres 63
To a Sparrow Sasaki Shigetz 63
Emptry Nests Sasaki Shigetz 63
Music of the Month 64
Book Reviews 64

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Contents Author Page
April Showers of Amusement 65
(edition and copyright statement) 65
A Hymn for the American People Aleister Crowley 66
Good Hunting (An Essay on the Nature of Comedy and Tragedy) Baphomet 67
Ecclesiae Gnosticae Canon MissaeThe Master Therion 70
The Saviour, a drama Aleister Crowley 75
The Stirrup Cup, a paean S. J. Alexander 82
Elder Eel, a sketch Lord Bolsekine 83
Rococo, a dramatic vignette Helen Woljeska 85
Francisku, a dramatic maasque Helen Woljeska 85
Knight-Errant, a dramatic miniature Aleister Crowley 85
The Gods, a mystery, from the Coptic of Iao Sabao 86
Love and Time, a lyric John Roberts 87
The Bonds of Marriage, a romantic farce Aleister Crowley 88
Windflowers of Asklepiades, epigrams, translated from the Greek Ed. Storer 91
Lady Godiva, a comedy Joseph Bernard Rethy92
The Hippodrome Horror, a nightmare drama Leila Waddell 94
The Rialto and the Drama Joseph Bernard Rethy95
Sappho on the Cliff, a tragic monologue Faith Baldwin 96

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Contents Author Page
To Our Readers 97
Atthis at Leukatas Faith Baldwin 98
The King of the Wood Mark Wells 99
Le Sacrament Jeanne La Goulue 102
Robbing Miss Horniman Aleister Crowley 103
The Suburbanite; and The Riddle Helen Woljeska 106
The Old Man of the Peepul-tree James Grahame 107
The Ideal Idol Cyril Custance 110
The Call of the Sea S. J. Alexander 111
Irritability Dorothy Willis 112
Four Sonnets Vincent Starrett 113
A Pard-like Spirit Alexander Harvey 114
A Sonnet A. Newman 117
Visions Aleister Crowley 117
The Sage of Copenhagen George Sylvester Viereck118
A Doctor of Men Charles Beadle 121
The Bath David Rosenthal 121
Balance David Rosenthal 121
Shinto Shigetsu Sasaki 122
The Other Woman Ida Alexander 124
The Scarabee Aleister Crowley 125
The Tuscan Glory M. B. Levick 126
You Are a Rose David Rosenthal 126
The Drama — Eva TanguayAleister Crowley 127
Music Leila Waddell 128

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Contents Author Page
Announcement [Our Policy] 129
Slaves of the Drug Edwin Markham 130
Editorial 131
The Ragged Edge Hamilton Craigie 132
In the Dusk of the Day Maurice Relonde 136
Conventional Complacency Lindley M. Keasbey 139
Jack Biddle from Nowhere Ford Tarpley 141
Five Japanese Essays Yone Noguchi 144
Alastair Arcott 147
Illumination Dorothy Willis 148
Foreigners Tom Ransford 150
The Characteristic Gesture Alexander Harvey 152
Intellectual Drama George Sylvester Viereck154
An Interview with Auer Leila Bathurst 156
Some of the Latest and Best Books 158


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Karl Germer’s list of Aleister Crowley’s contributions, under various names, to The International is online as //Primary Sources// at Thelema Lodge Calendar for October 1997 e.v. Below is a list of transcriptions from the pages of The International that appear from this list in the archives of the Thelema Lodge Calendar:


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Several of the works by Aleister Crowley from the pages of The International have subsequently been included in compilations, such as simoniff.jpg


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