Patrick Everitt holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Classics from Maynooth University in Ireland, and was awarded several prizes by the Department of Philosophy for his grades during his degree. He also holds a Baccalaureate in Philosophy from St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and previously completed a B.Sc. in Software Engineering and a M.Sc. in Security and Forensic Computing, both at Dublin City University.
He studied for a M.A. in Philosophy at KU Leuven in Belgium, and recently completed the M.A. in Western Esotericism at the Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, University of Amsterdam. His M.A. Thesis explores the pioneering use of the psychedelic peyote by the poet-occultist Aleister Crowley in the first decades of the twentieth century.
POSTER TITLE: Magick, Strange Drugs, and Draughts of Wizard Wine: The Psychedelic Rituals of Aleister Crowley
The English poet Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947) is arguably the most infamous mystic and occultist of the twentieth century. He was deeply interested in the biological basis of religious experiences and was one of the first non-natives to experiment with peyote, the mescaline-containing ‘Divine Cactus’ of Mexico. Between 1900 and 1918, when very little was understood about the astonishing effects of mescaline, Crowley developed a personal entheogenic practice with peyote and used it in his private magical ceremonies. Many of the rituals he performed were based on traditional Western occultist practices, however Crowley innovatively combined these ceremonially with the entheogenic and visionary powers of peyote. This presentation will explore Crowley’s entheogenic ritual Magick and outline the various kinds of magical practices that he combined peyote with, including: astral projection, magical invocations, and attaining visionary contact with spiritual guardians.