Crowley adored controversy, often describing his already scandalous behavior in even more offensive terminology. For example, he claimed to sacrifice 150 children a year, referring in fact to ejaculations that had not resulted in pregnancy. He also referred to himself as "the Beast," referencing the creature mentioned in Revelations, as well as representing himself with the number 666.
Critics commonly described Crowley as a Satanist, and that error continues to the common day. The confusion stems from a number of issues including:
Christian equation of the Beast of Revelations with Satan
The common perception that all occult workings must involve Satan
Crowley's embrace of the concept of Baphomet, commonly confused with Satan
The fact that Crowley did write about summoning and commanding of demons, which he considered to be exploration of the self rather than a working with literal beings.
Aleister Crowley – The Wickedest Man in the World
Aleister Crowley – In Search Of The Great Beast