Aleister Crowley question/ Why did Crowley recommend that his students talk backwards, walk backwards,etc?

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why did Aleister Crowley recommend people should talk backwards, walk backwards and play records bacwards? I just was curious as to what this was supposed to accomplish?

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Discipline the mind.
Begin to understand time and space.
And because he was a bit of a sadist.

Angela M

I think it is a means of learning to think outside the box.

satan h

If you can change your perception you will notice things that you have not noticed before doing things back wards is just a way of changing your perception

Cruz C

Because he was a satanist and that means contra to the natural order of things, i.e. God.
I never knew that was the case, but it makes perfect sense in relation to who he was.


He was never a satanist, he worked with Egyptian deities.


He probably spent too much time watching “Cartoon Network” and got a chuckle watching people do dopey things that didn’t make sense.

Edward J

It’s an old magicians trick. Create a diversion(distraction) while you are pulling the wool over their eyes.


i think i have to agree with some of the other answerers. it’s simply a tool to help make the mind more agile and to help break habits.
however, you have to realize that these were only recommendations, not commandments.
you should check this out:
it is suggestions for ways to gain control over your speech, actions, and thoughts.
to me, it is all about finding, knowing, and becoming the god that you are. by that i mean that you are your own master. you don’t have to seek out control of yourself from someoutside force. you are not some animal or child that must be threatened with discipline to behave….. ok, i’ll stop before i really get to rambling


guess you weren’t around in the 60’s and 70’s when Aleister Crowley was the latest fad
and playing songs backwards was all the rage–they called it back-masking — still do
WHY? WHY did Aleister Crowley use the practice. Because it served Satan. Aleister Crowley was a Satanic priest.
Satan likes his students to serve him. Bob Dylan wrote a song, “You Gotta Serve Somebody, It might be the devil, and it might be the Lord, but you gotta serve somebody.”
Satan enjoys being served. Little wonder where some of his servants from that time (or any time for that matter) are right now.
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15


Perhaps he was addicted to the iPhone applaication ‘Backtalk’?


He said it was a way to control people.


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