Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin, Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin, pioneer of the Symbolist art movement

“Time has shown that Whistler and Gauguin 'kept rules' as well as the masters whom they were supposed to be upsetting.”—Energized Enthusiasm

Gauguin was added to the list of Saints of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica in 1921 e.v. by Aleister Crowley in his diaries.

“11:40 P.M. I feel easier, but over excited. Gauguin literally torments me; I feel as if by my own choice of exile rather than toleration of the bourgeois, I am invoking him, and this painting of my house seems a sort of religious-magical rite, like the Egyptian embalmers', but of necromancy. I would he might come forth “his pleasure on the earth to do among the living”.

I gladly offer my body to his Manes, if he need a vehicle of flesh for new expression. I could never have done quite that for any other spirit – I have been faithful to my own Genius.

It is maddening to think that I might have known him in the flesh; he died in 1903, May 8, eleven months before the First day of the Writing of the book of the Law. Just six months after I had met Rodin.

I feel very specially that I should consecrate my house to him, not to Beardsley, a quite inferior type deriving from pifflers like Burne-Jones, and the over-elaborate school of Japanese, while he snivelled and recanted disgustingly when his health gave way.

So, by the Power and Authority invested in Me, I Baphomet 729 ordain the insertion of the name of


among the More Memorable Saints in the Gnostic Mass.

Eleven Fold Cross Baphomet XI° O.T.O. I.I. et O.B.”—Crowley's diaries (1921 – Cefalù)

Paul Gauguin appears only in the version of the Saints of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica in Liber XV as published in Magick in Theory and Practice during Aleister Crowley's lifetime. Paul Gauguin is only on the full list of that version, and is therefore a name celebrated only at performances when the complete Saints Collect is read.

Gnostic Saint International Equinox Magick in Theory and Practice
Paul Gauguin     Paul Gauguin


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