Treadwell's Pick of the Week: Books & Events
"The Play Goes On" by Zachary Cox & Jean Williams
Limited edition. London: Starfire, 2015. Softback, 268 pages.
The Companionship of the Rainbow Bridge was a semi-secret experimental ritual group framed in the Western Mystery tradition run in North London by occultists Jean Williams and Zachary Cox. In its years 1977-1994 its members cultivated ritual creation, beauty of language and use of music. Members remember it as an exciting, uplifting magical opportunity for creativity. Now the founders have brought it out from ‘sub rosa’ status, the group can takes its place in the history of twentieth-century British occultism.
Twenty-three of the rituals are here presented, with an introductory chapter on the ethos, method and working philosophy of the group. Photographs show symbolic weapons, officers’ robes and temple furniture. The authors hope that others will be inspired and challenged to use them, adapt them, and develop their own versions.
Standard edition limited to 750 copies. Softbound in a substantial illustrated cover. Printed in colour on good quality matt coated paper and bound in sewn sections, with 21 colour images and 2 black and white line drawings interspersed throughout the text. Photographs by Ruth Bayer.
Alchemical Mythology: a lecture by Paul Cowlan
Saturn, Jupiter, Apollo, Diana, Venus, Mars, Mercury… You probably have a general idea about these, and other, classical deities. But, for the alchemists the associated mythology concealed arcane psycho-spiritual and laboratory-specific information. Why was Actaeon transformed into a stag when he glimpsed Diana naked? Why did Mercury decapitate Argus? What was the significance of Danae’s seduction by Jupiter?
Paul Cowlan will elucidate these and other myths in alchemical terms. Paul has been practising spiritual alchemy for over 25 years and is a popular speaker.
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