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PATRICK EVERITT MA
Independent Researcher

Patrick Everitt is an independent researcher of esotericism, philosophy, and psychedelics. He holds an M.A. in Western Esotericism from the University of Amsterdam and a B.A. in Philosophy and Classics from Maynooth University. His research focuses on the work of occultist Aleister Crowley and the field of entheogenic esotericism (i.e. the secretive ceremonial use of psychedelic substances for mystical and magical purposes). He is currently conducting research on the lives and works of Robert Anton Wilson and Terence McKenna, and is adapting for publication his master’s thesis on Aleister Crowley’s use of peyote.

ABSTRACT

THE PSYCHEDELIC MAGICK OF ALEISTER CROWLEY
 

In 1900, the English poet and occultist Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947) became one of the first non-natives to experience the psychedelic effects of peyote, the ‘Divine Cactus’ of Mexico. For almost twenty years, Crowley privately experimented with peyote in his magical ceremonies and introduced the mescaline-containing cactus to many of the students who joined his secret society. During his life, Crowley developed an intricate system of experimental occultism called Magick. At the centre of Crowley’s system of Magick is a broad curriculum of philosophical texts and physiological practices intended to aid the spiritual evolution of the individual. Two primary goals of Crowley’s Magick are the production of beneficial transformations of consciousness and the attainment of conscious communication with beyond-human intelligences. This presentation will outline Aleister Crowley’s system of Magick and illustrate the central role that peyote played in its development.