Originally Posted by warrenpchi
I get the fruit punch, but peyote?
The fruit punch and peyote is a reference to events Crowley would stage for the public. From Wikipedia:
Deciding to expand his teachings to a wider audience, Crowley developed the Rites of Artemis, a public performance of magic and symbolism featuring A∴A∴ members personifying various deities. It was first performed at the A∴A∴ headquarters, with attendees given a fruit punch containing peyote to enhance their experience. Various members of the press attended, and reported largely positively on it. In October and November 1910, Crowley decided to stage something similar, the Rites of Eleusis, at Caxton Hall, Westminster, although this time press reviews were mixed.
Crowley was a big proponent of mind-altering drugs - he regularly used cocaine, opium, heroin, alcohol, mescaline, peyote, ether, etc. One rumor is that Crowley once had dinner with Aldous Huxley in 1930 and introduced Huxley to peyote. Huxley published Brave New World
in 1932. Coincidence? I think not!