It’s one of the most tantalizing rumors ~ above the internet. Aleister Crowley, among the most renowned masters that the occult ever, was secretly the father of Barbara Bush—and thus, also the grandfather of George W. Bush and also Jeb Bush. Is it true? carry out we care?

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The notion that Crowley could be the grandfather of among the 2 or three finest presidents of the 21st century has gone past the internet—a cursory find finds this idea in a number of books, including a current Chuck Klosterman volume. The proof boils down to insurance claims that Barbara Bush’s mother, Pauline Pierce, remained in Paris in the 1920s and also apparently “partied” with Crowley, eight months prior to Barbara to be born. And also according to some websites, there were “sexcapades.”

After digging for a bit, friend soon uncover that the “Crowley is Barbara Bush’s organic father” rumor comes from a solitary source: an short article on the website Cannonfire, whose author claims come have accessibility to Crowley’s diaries, along with information from a “sixth-level begin of the Ordo Templi Orientis, the organization Crowley established in the 1920s. Also in this article, yes sir no really proof that Crowley had sex v Pierce, yet apparently she may have been one of four world who helped Crowley explore sex magick, in a ritual referred to as the rite of Eroto-Comotose Lucidity. This ritual was an alleged to help Crowley reach the “Grade that Ipsissimus, the highest possible magickal achievement within his order.”

I’m not going to save you in suspense any kind of longer—because number (including dates) room often far-reaching in the world of the occult, it’s worth noting the date of the Cannonfire article: April 1, 2006.

So the only resource for the “Crowley is Barbara Bush’s biological father” rumor was published on April Fool’s Day. But does the necessarily median we must dismiss this idea out of hand? To uncover out if there could possibly be any type of truth come this notion, i contacted Tobias Churton, author of Aleister Crowley: The Biography.

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