Fuller, J(ohn) F(rederick) C(harles)
Distinguished British soldier and friend of magician Aleister
Crowley. As a young man he became impressed by Crowley’s
poems and occult philosophy and wrote a eulogistic book,
The Star in the West (1907), in which he hailed Crowley as ‘‘more
than a new-born Dionysis, he is more than a Blake, a Rabelais
or a Heine; for he stands before us as some priest of Apollo
. . .’’
‘‘Crowleyanity’’ was to be the new religion of mankind. It
was Fuller who introduced Crowley to poet Victor Neuburg,
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who was to become Crowley’s foremost disciple. (Fuller was not
related to Jean Overton Fuller, who wrote an excellent biography
of Victor Neuburg.)
Fuller parted company with Crowley in 1911 after a disagreement
over a court action and later repudiated The Star in
the West as ‘‘a jumble of undigested reading with a boyish striving
after effect.’’ Before he died, however, in the year of his
death, Fuller stated that Crowley ‘‘remains one of the greatest
of English lyric poets.’’
Fuller’s long career included service in the Boer War
(1899–1902) and World War I. He wrote several books on military
strategy, including Tanks in the Great War, 1914–18 (1920).
Stationed in India for a period, he developed an interest in
Eastern philosophy and yoga mysticism. He rose to the rank of
major-general in 1930. He also continued to write on occult
topics, his later books including Yoga A Study of the Mystical Philosophy
of the Brahmins and Buddhists (1925) and The Secret Wisdom
of the Qabalah (1937). He died February 10, 1966.
Fuller, John F. The Secret Wisdom of the Qabalah. London,
———. The Star in the West. London Walter Scott Publishing,
1907. Reprint, Mokelumne Hill, Calif. Health Research,
———. Yoga A Study of the Mystical Philosophy of the Brahmins
and Buddhists. London, 1925.