May 31, 2011 In a league of his own
Occult ideas colour much of Moore’s work; readers of his stories are never far from ancient sources of mystery like Kabbalah and Tarot. He’s been much influenced by Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), a.k.a. The Great Beast, a prolific English writer who invented obscure religions. In 1993, on his 40th birthday, Moore announced that he had become a ceremonial magician who performs shamanistic rituals.
The occult can be a bit of a downer in the hands of someone like Crowley, but it’s transformed when Moore absorbs it into his work. In a series called Promethea, his main character is a teenager possessed by an ancient pagan goddess, but not in a bad way. Moore has explained that he wanted to write an occult comic without making it dark and scary.