Jimmy Page is certainly one of the biggest guitarists in rock history, famous for his session recordings and his work with the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin. But, there is another side of the musician that are not well known for the main public, he is interested in the occult and even bought the house that was once own by the English occultist Aleister Crowley (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947) was an English. Crowley founded the religion of Thelema, identifying himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Æon of Horus in the early 20th century.
The appearance of the four symbols on the cover of the fourth album has been associated with Page’s interest in the occult. The four symbols representing each member of the band. Page himself called “ZoSo.” 3 The ZoSo itself would have appeared for the first time in the book Ars Magica Arteficii, of 1557, written by the alchemist Gerolamo Cardano, where it was identified like a sigil that consists of signs of the zodiac. The symbol was also reproduced in the Dictionary of Occultism and Alchemical Symbols, by Fred Gettings, published in 1982.
During the tours and presentations after the release of the fourth album, Page often had the ZoSo symbol embroidered on his clothes, along with the signs of the zodiac. These were visible mainly in his “dragon suit”, which included the signs of Capricorn, Scorpio and Cancer that can become the Sun, Ascendant and Moon of the musician.
The cover of the Led Zeppelin IV album is from a painting by William Holman Hunt, an oil painting Jimmy found in the city of Reading, England. The cover was inspired by the letter homonymous in the Tarot Deck The Hermit. Page becomes a character during his fantasy sequence in the film-concert The Song Remains the Same.
Owner of bookstore and house
In the early 1970s, Page was the owner of the bookstore and occult publisher “The Equinox Booksellers and Publishers” in Kensington High Street, London, which ended with the growing success of Led Zeppelin and the lack of sufficient time to devote to it. Page has held a strong interest in Aleister Crowley for many years and even bought his house “Boleskine”, that is a manor on the south-east side of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.
Crowley purchased Boleskine House from the Fraser family in 1899. The House at that time was known as the Manor of Boleskine and Abertarff after the name of the local parish. Crowley believed the location was ideal to sequester himself to perform a series of operations known as the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, taken from a grimoire called The Book of Abramelin.
According to Crowley, in his book The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, in order to perform the operations “the first essential is a house in a more or less secluded situation. There should be a door opening to the north from the room of which you make your oratory. Outside this door, you construct a terrace covered with fine river sand. This ends in a ‘lodge’ where the spirits may congregate.”
The purpose of this ritual is to invoke one’s Guardian Angel.
It requires at least 6 months of preparation, celibacy and abstinence from alcohol. However, it also includes the summoning of the 12 Kings and Dukes of Hell, to bind them and remove their negative influences from the magician’s life. Whilst Crowley was in the process of performing the lengthy ritual, he was called to Paris by the leader of the Golden Dawn. According to legend, he never banished the demons he had summoned, leading to strange happenings occurring in and around Boleskine House.
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Crowley became infamous for stories of conducting black magic and various other rituals while residing at the house; one of his pseudonyms was “Lord Boleskine”. His lodge keeper, Hugh Gillies, suffered a number of personal tragedies, including the loss of two children. Crowley later claimed that his experiments with black magic had simply got out of hand.
Crowley described the house as a “long low building. I set apart the south-western half for my work. The largest room has a bow window and here I made my door and constructed the terrace and lodge. Inside the room I set up my oratory proper. This was a wooden structure, lined in part with the big mirrors which I brought from London.”
He left the property in 1913, moving to a modest cottage for sometime in Dennyloanhead near Falkirk.
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