According to Crowley, Magick could be used for instrumental ends or it could be used for "the Invocation of the Holy Guardian Angel; or, in the language of Mysticism, union with God."
Also, Magick is "Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel," which is equated with an "individual's Holy Guardian Angel," or union with the "Higher Self."Aleister Crowley, “Th e Initiated Interpretation of Ceremonial Magic,” in Crowley and Mathers (eds.), The Goetia , 15–20
Crowley had a reductionist/psychological/material view of Magick, at times
If, then, I say, with Solomon: “The Spirit Cimieries teaches logic,” what I mean is: “Those portions of my brain which subserve the logical faculty may be stimulated and developed by following out the processes called ‘The Invocation of Cimieries.’” And this a purely materialistic rational statement.
It is unclear how this notion would reconcile with Crowley's own "action at a distance" view of magick. In fact, it is clear that at other times he did consider spiritual entities as having an existence independent of the physical unit.
- Magick in Theory and Practice, p. xii.
- Aleister Crowley, “The Initiated Interpretation of Ceremonial Magic,” in Crowley and Mathers (eds.), The Goetia , 15–20
- Pasi, Marco. “Varieties of Magical Experience: Aleister Crowley’s Views on Occult Practice.” In Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism, edited by Henrik Bogdan and Martin P. Starr, 53–88. Oxford University Press, 2012.