Treadwell's Book of the Month
The Sea Priestess (1st Ed.) – Dion Fortune
Legendary and highly influential early twentieth-century English writer, ceremonial magician and psychic Dion Fortune was obliged to self-publish The Sea Priestess, since no publishing house was prepared to be associated with its themes of paganism and magic. The novel tells of earthly estate agent Wilfred Maxwell’s gradual psychical initiation and enlightenment, through his love for the mysterious and fey Vivien Le Fay Morgan. Fortune also concealed genuine occult secrets and mysteries – hitherto never before revealed to a mass audience – within the pages her novel, believing that certain ideas were best presented in fictional form.
It has been suggested that one of the enduring qualities of Fortune’s fiction is the emphasis she places on telling a story from a female magical practitioner’s point of view, rather than that of a (male) magician, such that women readers may find inspiration herein to construct and enlarge upon their own practices.
Our copy is a very rare first edition.
Godhead Dethroned: Leninfall As A Collective Esoteric Practice
The phenomenon of Leninfall – the toppling of Soviet monuments in Ukraine since November 2013 – presents a rather curious example of post-Soviet collective esoteric practice. The Mother Goddess archetype that is the Ukrainian landscape is liberated of the host of phallic columns that have sought to dominate it forevermore. The plinth, at once battleground and burial-ground, remains empty: what should replace the downcast idol?
Tonight’s speaker proposes that the violent toppling of Soviet monuments in Ukraine since November 2013 was an act of sympathetic magic, a sublimation of discontent with the political present through the destruction of the image of a dead godhead. Through exploring the mystical dimension of decommunization, she points to the inconsistencies in the national narratives in the post- Soviet space, informed at once by modern concepts of statehood and prehistoric narratives.
Myroslava Hartmond (Halushka) is a researcher, entrepreneur, and art collector. Her current work with the Centre for International Studies at the University of Oxford explores the role of visual culture in the emergence of a new Ukrainian national identity. Her practice in the cultural sector forms the basis of her research: in September 2014, she rebranded her family’s historic gallery in Kyiv (est. 1988) to T-GAW [Triptych: Global Arts Workshop]. T-GAW engages with the both the local and international community through exhibitions, events, and publications. In February 2016, Myroslava was nominated among the Cultural Leaders of the EU-Eastern Partnership Culture & Creativity Programme.
Image courtesy of Niels Ackermann.
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