This illustrated lecture traces the appearance of the infamous magus Aleister Crowley in cinema, as both a character and an influence. Gary Parsons follows him from earliest flickering images portraying him, through the Hammer horror era, and right up to the avant-garde. Along the way we meet Kenneth Anger, The Devil Rides Out, and a smattering of European art house films. We promise an enlivening evening with the Great Beast, celluloid-style. Gary Parsons is a film maker and a graduate in film from Goldsmiths College London. He has been interviewed for both Dazed and Hero magazines. He has previously spoken on ‘Witchcraft Documentaries of the 1970s’ and we are delighted to welcome him back to Treadwell’s.
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.
Treadwells, London, on Tuesday 21 March 2017 Meeting Aleister Crowley and his Magic – Evening Mini-Workshop – Marco Visconti For people curious about the man, his philosophy and his magic. This ‘mini-workshop’ offers a highlight-filled introductory tour of the key godforms, symbols and rituals which make up Thelema. Its an engaging
At Treadwells in London this Friday: Eily: Austin Spare’s Muse – Launch Come out to celebrate this book dedicated to Eily Shaw – Austin Osman Spare’s wife and inspiration behind The Book of Pleasure, and it also includes biographical essay by her grand-daughter. Fantasies and stars of Edwardian theatre served as
Treadwells Bookshop, Bloomsbury, London Saturday 6 October 2012 A thoroughly enjoyable day! Mick Staley opened the proceedings, putting the publication into context. He was followed by Roy Sutherwood, speaking about the core principles behind Gurdjieff’s teachings and relating them in particular to his own extensive – and fascinating – experience