Aleister Crowley was an accomplished mountain climber, poet, chess player and writer. He is also the most well known and influential occult magician of modern times. His admirers saw him as the prophet of a new age, whose goal was a spiritual awakening for himself and all humanity. At times his unique message and unusual behavior led to misunderstandings and contempt. His detractors denounced him as a Satanist, a drug addict, and a sex maniac. The tabloids labeled him a Black Magician, The Wickedest man in the World and the Man We'd Like to Hang. The Great Beast, as he called himself, continues to be an influence on the spiritual world today.