This weekend at Tamesa we celebrated the first night of the Prophet and his Bride with a Feast of Roses.

The first night of the Prophet and his Bride is one of the Thelemic holy days as set out in the collects of Liber XV The Gnostic Mass, it commemorates the consummation of the marriage between Aleister Crowley and Rose Edith Kelly who was instrumental in instigating the events that lead to the writing of The Book of the Law in 1904.
Hence why we had a feast of Roses!

The Oasis was decked out in decorations for the occasion:

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Everyone who attended wore something in red to match and the members of the Oasis made a variety of dishes all flavoured with rose.

The selection of dishes included:

  • Safaid Murgh Gulabi – Chicken and rose petal curry with minted rice
  • Roasted organic leg of lamb in zucchero rosato and rosemary marinade
  • Moroccan roasted vegetables with ras el hanout scented couscous
  • Carrot halwa – a sweetened carrot and rose water dish
  • Orange segments in rose water
  • Rose creams dipped in bitter chocolate
  • Rose water iced fairy cakes with candied rose petals
  • Rose petal biscuits from an 18th century English recipe
  • Fresh cream Victoria sponge with strawberries and rose petal jam
  • Rose lassi
  • Iced fizzy rose water


The food was delicious and disappeared in moments

roses food


It was a wonderful feast and very much enjoyed by all who attended.

This was a public event attended by both members of Tamesa Oasis and other local bodies from across the UK and people not initiated to the O.T.O.

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