Illuminating Darkness: Aleister Crowley, Poetry and the Equinox

Lecture by Matthew Levi Stevens & paired with some one of the occultist's very own cocktail creations


Mar 7th 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Join The Last Tuesday Society for an evening of cocktails and the occult as we explore the hidden knowledge of Aleister Crowley, his poetry and the Equinox with Matthew Levi Stevens.

Though renown for his work as an occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter and novelist, Crowley also dabbled in the cocktail world — channelling supernatural behaviors through intoxicating concoction's shared with London's drinking patrons. 

The evening's cocktail pairing includes one of the occultist's very own creations: The Perfect Lady (Sacred to the Memory of the Late Miss Wetton).

6:30pm: Cocktail bar opens
7:00pm - 8:30pm: Lecture follwed by brief Q&A
8:30pm-9:30pm: Bar will remain open for cocktail reception immediately following the lecture

ALEISTER CROWLEY launched The Equinox in 1904 as the official organ of his recently founded magical order, the A.’.A.’. As such, the various issues of this lavishly produced “journal of scientific illuminism” included many of the Holy Books of Thelema, as well as papers of instruction relevant to both the A.’.A.’. and the O.T.O. Crowley’s first love – perhaps even before magick – being poetry, The Equinox showcased a wide variety of literary outpourings: as well as the ever-prolific Crowley himself and his various pseudonyms, there were also contributions from Ethel Archer, Lord Dunsany, J F C Fuller, Frank Harris, Victor Neuburg, William Seabrook, and Austin Osman Spare.

This evening’s Talk will examine something of Crowley’s poetry, as it relates to The Equinox, the range of material the journal presented, and how these continue to serve as a source of inspiration both magickally and creatively to this day.

MATTHEW LEVI STEVENS is the author of The Magical Universe of William S Burroughs (Mandrake of Oxford, 2014), and various other articles relating to this little-examined area of the American author’s life & work. He has also written about Aleister Crowley, John Dee, Kenneth Grant, and the Graeco-Egyptian Magical Papyri, and has been included in such anthologies as Occult Traditions (Numen, 2011), Academy 23 (WhollyBooks, 2012), CUT UP! (Oneiros, 2014), and The Occult Digest (Black Moon Publishing, 2016.) He contributed to Furfur, supplement to the newly revised & expanded edition of David Keenan’s England’s Hidden Reverse (Strange Attractor, 2016), and appeared as part of the launch event.

As an Occultural Commentator, Stevens has appeared in print & online via Beatdom, Beat Scene, The Cauldron, Chaosphere, Esotericana, The Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Online Archive, The Modern Review, Reality Sandwich, Reality Studio, and Wiccan Rede. He is also a regular contributor to New Dawn magazine, and has been involved in The Occult Conference, Glastonbury in one capacity or another since 2014. He has also appeared at The Atlantis Bookshop, Bath Omphalos Moot, The Globe Hay-on-Wye, The Horse Hospital, Secret Chiefs, and Treadwell’s, and on the podcasts Thelema NOW! And Words On Top.

He is currently working on a memoir of his ten-year friendship with the members of Coil, and, with his partner Emma Doeve, a study of author & occultist Kenneth Grant, both for publication later this year.