Aleister Crowley's The Rite of Venus, a rock opera
Something Sinister in the Temple of Love
After the Sun God was slain, and as twilight fell, the Goddess of Love assumed the throne in the east, and the shrine was transformed into Her Holy Temple. Here Venus rules in Luxury, surrounded by her Acolytes and those probationers who desire to learn her mystery and partake of her tender gifts.
Sharing in Her victory are those forces over whom she holds sway, Venus gazes upon her Temple with pride and acceptance, eager to receive the tributes she knows herself to deserve. Libra, Taurus, Saturn, Pisces, and Luna all array themselves about her dais, and bask in the glory of her love.
But can Libra find an equal answer to his ardor when Venus shares her affections with all her children, and his eyes see the goddess alone? Will Taurus find a way to garner her favor into the earthly splendor that he so desires? Why has Saturn, the very God of death and time, aligned himself with the forces of unfaltering Love and Motherhood? Can innocent Pisces learn the ways of the Temple, and keep her feet upon the path to understanding without some sacrifice of that innocence? How shall Luna, the changing Goddess of the moon, effect her transformations upon these realms of love and luxury?
...And amid all these contending forces, can Love survive?
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That way I would have had a spoon handy to gouge my eyeballs out and fling them at the screen. I truly believe that may have been the only way to keep this craptastical piece of trash from seeping into my head and polluting it for the rest of my life.
I eagerly awaited the Rite of Venus after having bought it's predecessor, the Rite of Luna, an equally comparable and excellent production. This DVD cannot be recommended enough to fan's of Aleister Crowley's work and poetry.
If you were not too shallow to miss the intense underlying beauty in this performance (like a reviewer before me), you will most definitely love Eleusyve's Rite of Luna and Rite of Mercury, which are both well-produced and which I personally enjoyed even more than this one.