In 1920 Aleister Crowley and his magical partner Leah Hirsig established the Abbey of Thelema at Cefalù, in Sicily. Here they undertook taboo-breaking magical experiments, including rites involving eating faeces. This lecture reveals this previously-unexplored side of Crowley’s magic, telling a story which raises questions about taboo and purity in ceremonial magic, but equally — gender, ideals of womanhood and the idea of the Scarlet Woman. The workings probed the boundaries of selfhood, subjectivity and taboo, and insights can be drawn from Mary Douglas’ work on purity and taboo and Georges Bataille’s writing on the negative paths to mystical ecstasy.
Thursday 8 March 2017: Meeting Aleister Crowley & his Magick Evening Seminar at Treadwells, London – Marco Visconti Tonight is for people curious about the man, his philosophy and his magic. It offers a highlight-filled introductory tour of the key godforms, symbols and rituals which make up Crowley’s system Thelema. Whether you’re an artist exploring sigils and glyphs, or a musician curious… Read more »
Treadwells Bookshop, London Friday 9 June Witchcraft Documentaries of the 1970s Lecture – Gary Parsons “Wicca rode on the countercultural sentiment of the late 60s onward. The 60s were a technicolour era, when recreational drugs got big, as did sexual liberation and a mass distrust of authority.” Dazed interviewed film expert Gary Parsons who comes this evening to discuss the… Read more »
The London Working: Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June 2017 J Daniel Gunther presents: Self Beyond Self – The Holy Guardian Angel Blood in the Cup of Babalon – Across the Abyss The Principles of Thelema The Forces of Life (Updated on 20.05. due to change in schedule.) Five lectures over two days of Thelemic Doctrine Admission £66 The Windsor Suite… Read more »
I have written elsewhere of my respect and admiration for the recently-published thesis by Patrick Everitt on the influence of peyote on the life and work of Aleister Crowley: The Cactus and the Beast: Investigating the role of peyote in the Magick of Aleister Crowley. Thanks to YouTube we can view a lecture by Patrick based on his MA thesis at the OPEN Foundation‘s… Read more »