A Feast Menu for the First Night of the Prophet and His Bride

An excerpt from The Thelemic Cookbook: Cooking with Correspondences by Lita-Luise Chappell

A Feast Menu for the First Night of the Prophet and His Bride
August 12th

This menu offers a special summer wedding celebration as the feast for the First Night of the Prophet and His Bride. August 12, 1903 marks the wedding anniversary of our prophet Aleister Crowley with his first bride Rose Kelly. A year later it was Rose who led Aleister straight to the Stele of Revealing at the Boulaq Museum and the Cairo Working, which led to the reception of the Book of the Law. Here is a wedding feast to celebrate this union. Though their marriage ceremony was a civil one, there is no doubt that Rose and Aleister would have had their champagne and celebrated with the best foods available.

Summer is still very warm and the robustness of its early harvest is generous and bright. Since Crowley places himself and his bride in this alchemical love story, the Moon and the Sun will be strongly activated through her water and earth, and his air and fire. Venus is also the second most brilliant object in the morning sky at this time of year, so her presence will be evident in some of the airy and earthy foods in this menu. By the time the last bite is taken with such a variety of soft swathes of sweetness, the tongue will lie limpid in Aphrodite’s arms.

On the following pages are the full menu for ‘The First Night of the Prophet and His Bride’, as well as sample recipes from some of its courses, read on to continue: