- Category : Writers-Fiction
- Type : MEG
- Profile : 2/5 - Hermit / Heretic
- Definition : Split - Small (43)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Sphinx 2
English poet and writer.
He also wrote on the subjects of theosophy and occultism. He was an associate of Aleister Crowley and the publisher of the early works of Pamela Hansford Johnson and Dylan Thomas.
Around 1906 at Cambridge, at the age of twenty five, Neuburg came in contact with Crowley, also a poet.
Crowley initiated Neuburg into his magical Order, wherein he took the magical name of "Frater Omnia Vincam." Crowley also began a long-lasting sentimental and sexual relationship with Neuburg. In 1909 Crowley took Neuburg to Algiers, and they set off into the North African desert, where they performed a series of occult rituals based on the Enochian system of Doctor John Dee, later chronicled in The Vision and the Voice. In the midst of these, Crowley put the ideas of sex and magick together and performed his first "sex magick" ritual. Neuburg's poetry anthology The Triumph of Pan (1910) dates from shortly after this period and shows a distinct influence from Crowley.
Back in London, Neuburg showed potential as a dancer, leading to Crowley giving him a leading role in his proto-performance art pieces Rites of Eleusis. Neuburg also pursued a doomed relationship with the actress Ione de Forest, who committed suicide shortly after their breakup. In 1913 Crowley and Neuburg again joined forces in a sexual ritual magic operation known as "the Paris Working." Neuburg appears to have broken with Crowley some time in 1914, before Crowley left on an extended tour of the United States. Supposedly, Neuburg suffered a nervous breakdown. The cause of Neuberg's breakdown is not known, but according to one of Crowley's biographers, Lawrence Sutin, Crowley used racial epithets to bully Neuburg.
From 1916 to 1919 Neuburg served in the army in World War I, and then lived in Steyning, Sussex, where he ran a small press, the Vine Press
He married Kathleen Rose Goddard in 1921, but the marriage eventually broke up.
Victor Benjamin Neuburg died from tuberculosis on 30 May 1940.