Crowleymas greetings! While it is not an official holiday on the Thelemic Calendar, today marks the 144th anniversary of the birth of Aleister Crowley, often referred to as “Crowleymas.” Edward Alexander Crowley was born on this day in 1875 e.v. at 30 Clarendon Square, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, in the West Midlands of England.
For those who would like to enliven their commemorative libations with a suitable game of parlor strategy, Crowley was, of course, a notable chess enthusiast–but he also invented a variation of the game of Bridge known as Pirate Bridge. More information on Pirate Bridge can be found in this 0=2 blog entry. (Thanks, Richard K!)