Viva a Sociedade Alternativa

Aleister Crowley has many supporters in Brazil, where Raul Seixas (with help from Paulo Coelho) turned the culture on its head with his visionary Thelemic anthem, Sociedade Alternativa:

Viva a Sociedade Alternativa!

Raul Seixas released this popular song in Brazil in the early ’70s, at the height of his meteoric career. Seixas wrote the song in collaboration with his friend Paulo Coelho. At that time, Paulo Coelho was a Thelemite who regarded Aleister Crowley as Prophet of the New Aeon. Coelho and Seixas wrote many musical hits together, and this was one of the biggest hits to play on Brazilian radio. Seixas performed the song at large concerts where the audience chanted along with him, and some of these performances even included recitations of Aleister Crowley’s Liber Oz in Portuguese.

Viva o Novo Aeon!

Seixas envisioned this “Alternative Society” as a Thelemic society, informed by the ideas of Aleister Crowley. The concept is still discussed in Brazil today. His ideas went beyond music, however, and he attempted to establish a community where “… the Lawyer is not a lawyer, the officer is not a cop, and all concepts and values are rearranged.” Using some land given to him by an esoteric organization, he began to build his “Star City,” but the militaristic government of Ernesto Geisel put a stop to his efforts.

O numero 666 chama-se Aleister Crowley
Viva! Viva!

The military hierarchy of Brazil considered the efforts of Seixas and Coelho to be subversive, and they were both imprisoned. Some reports say that while imprisoned, Seixas and Coelho were tortured. Both left Brazil, and Seixas went into exile in the United States, where his career and health began to wane.

We at Aleister Crowley 2012 wish to thank Raul Seixas and Paulo Coelho for raising awareness of Aleister Crowley’s political ideas and exposing millions of people to the philosophy of Thelema. We hope that the philosophy of Aleister Crowley will continue to be discussed throughout Brazil, and that this may result in Thelemic ideas penetrating the government there.

A lei do forte
Esta a nossa lei e a alegria do mundo
Viva! Viva! Viva!

Now, who is going to remix Seixas? We need an electronic version for the next generation!

Update: Sep 20, 2013: Bruce Spring sings a portion of Sociedade Alternativa! He even proclaims the Law with gusto:

About ac2012

We realize that Aleister Crowley is dead. And British. And, moreover, not running for office. Nevertheless, we believe that the most effective vote you can cast in 2012 is one for Aleister Crowley. “The absolute rule of the state shall be a function of the absolute liberty of each individual will.”
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16 Responses to Viva a Sociedade Alternativa

  1. Dois malucos beleza, haha. e ainda tinha o terceiro Marcelo ramos mota.

  2. hemlock850 says:

    I watched a Portuguese language film the other day called “Não Pare Na Pista” about the life of Paulo Coelho, and a lot of it with Raul Seixas. I don’t think it’s out in english yet but maybe sometime this year. Pretty interesting Biopic!

  3. True Chaote says:

    Holy cow. I didn’t know Coelho was a Thelemite. But I probably shouldn’t be so surprised, taking into account that the man wrote a book called “The Alchemist” and “A Practical Guide To Vampirism” lol. You wrote “was”. Is there any article where Coelho goes into this?

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  5. As a Thelemite, I do not need to say that this blog became my favorite and my main page. I feel connected with Raul Seixas and with Thelema for my whole life. I was born in the same State of Raul Seixas was born and my education in thelema begins with him.
    There is a book about Raul Seixas written by another of his friend and helper, a man called Toninho Buda, in this book there is a part where Mr. Buda try to make a connection between 22 Raul Seixas songs and 22 tarot cards. A very interesting thing.

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  7. Alan Willms says:


    Since he knew Thelema, until the end of his life, he was a thelemite (one of his last songs is called Nuit).

    He was not like Madonna and Qabalah, or Bruce Dickinson and Aleister Crowley. Most of his songs have a deep spiritual meaning. He touched a whole country, even now, two decades after his death, he is still known and loved.

    Viva, viva!


  8. Fabio says:

    Wonderfull post.
    Just for correction the right spell is Paulo Coelho instead of Paulo Coehlo.
    And as Paulo de Loyola said, Marcelo Ramos Motta has a great contribuition for Thelema in Brazil.
    93, 93/93

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  10. 93
    The most important partner for Raul Seixas in thelemic musics was not Paulo Coelho but Marcelo Ramos Motta. And they wrote lots of thelemic songs, like “A Maçã” (“The Apple”), and even performed the Liber Oz (
    Oh, by the way… Raul’s daughter Vivian “Vivi” Seixas is a DJ that uses to remix her father’s songs.
    93, 93/93

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