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Mithras: A Roman God in London Lecture - Ruth Clydesdale SOLD OUT In a dark cave, a man straddling a bull plunges a dagger into its neck. A dog and a snake leap to lick its blood, while a scorpion grips its testicles. This image is the centrepiece of Mithraism, a mystery cult of the Roman Empire. Here in London the Walbrook Mithraeum has been superbly restored and opened to visitors in 2017. Speaker Ruth Clydesdale delves into…Find out more »
Kenneth Grant Conference - Launching 'Servants of the Star & the Snake' - Starfire Publishing Sold out This full day of talks on British occultist Kenneth Grant (1924-2011) is held in conjunction with the release of Starfire's collection of essays, Servants of the Star & the Snake, bringing together aficionados of all things Typhonian. It run 11 am to 6pm. Henrik Bogdan: Creative Imagination, Arcanization, and Obliqueness: Deciphering Kenneth Grant’s Magical Universe Michael Staley: The Emergence of New Isis Lodge Caroline…Find out more »
British Museum and Awakening English Magic Guided Tour – Caroline Wise Sold out. The British Museum is an icon in British occultism: from the 1880s on, magicians met in the reading room, studied and translated seminal texts, and saw pagan deities in the galleries. Inspired by manuscripts and finds from around the world and from Britain, they created systems of magic that flourished and grew. This tour highlights the pagan deitiesthat inspired the magical people at the heart of…Find out more »
SOLD OUT. Psychedelic Shamanism - Lecture - Julian Vayne Sold out. In this lecture Julian Vayne will explore the sacred drugs of shamanism, a story rich with his first hand descriptions of both indigenous ceremony and the latest licensed research into psychedelics. Expect a heady blend of chemistry, politics, medicine and magic to be brewed up tonight. Julian Vayne is an explorer of alternate realities and entheogenic magics, with over 30 years' experience. He is the author of many titles…Find out more »
Discovering the Lost Gods of England Evening Storytelling and Workshop – Andreas Kornevall How did we get the names of the week? What Anglo-Saxon elements lie at the root of many English local customs? Tonight is dedicated to revealing the folklore, mythology and old folk practices which contain traces of the pagan English gods. Andreas Kornevall, a mythotrapher and storyteller, will tell one or two of the main myth cycles of Northern Europe as an act of remembrance and as…Find out more »
Sex and Empire: The Cannibal Club's Edward Sellon Lecture - Phil Hine The Cannibal Club was a nineteenth-century coterie of influential gentlemen fascinated by sexuality, including 'deviancy' - often through anthropological enquiry and published erotica. Its members came together to form club of fascination at the crossroads of anthropology, empire, and pornography. The club's most infamous member, Edward Sellon (1818–1866) is the starting point for this lecture on the group's ideas and influence. Join us for a trip into a world…Find out more »
'Everything I Knew About Wicca Was Wrong' Lecture - Paula Nancy and Frank Pierce Some years ago a young couple, both London professionals, got initiated into a coven as neo-Pagan witches. They thought they knew what Wicca was all about, being well-read people with long study in Western esotericism. But the tradition they found in practice, still bounded in secrecy, was a revelation: it was powerfully different from what the beginner Wicca books had described. Paula and Frank, now in their…Find out more »
Vision Quest - Lecture - Gabriel Toso Rites of passage in the wilderness are common in different cultures throughout the human history. One such is the Vision Quest, specifically linked with the Native American tradition which has managed to survived the ‘American Genocide’ and is still much alive in our times. A vision quest, in whatever form, is a spiritual undertaking to find oneself and one’s direction, as well as to assist in connecting with Mother Earth and the divine. Based…Find out more »
Hermes-Mercury, God of Alchemy - Lecture - Paul Cowlan If alchemy has a patron deity it's Hermes, god of riddles, tricks and secrets; or as the Romans called him, Mercury; tutelary wheeler-dealer deity of trade, thieves and market places. The arch illusionist, the ultimate Tricky-Dickie, he is the fluid that is really a metal but behaves like a liquid. But he also the spiritual essence, the divine messenger, the only one who can lead you safely through the darkness of…Find out more »
Western Esoteric Traditions - Ten-week History Course – Dr Christian Giudice This course teaches the rich history of esoteric movements: Renaissance planetary magic, Elizabethan angel magic, alchemy, freemasonry, Rosicrucians, spiritualism, The Order of the Golden Dawn, Thelema, Wicca and more. The arts which form the West’s occult knowledge are joined in a lineage of ideas, and this ten-week course leads you through through it, century by century from the Renaissance up to the present, familiarising you with the key figures…Find out more »
British Museum and Awakening English Magic Guided Tour – Caroline Wise The British Museum is an icon in British occultism: from the 1880s on, magicians met in the reading room, studied and translated seminal texts, and saw pagan deities in the galleries. Inspired by manuscripts and finds from around the world and from Britain, they created systems of magic that flourished and grew. This tour highlights the pagan deitiesthat inspired the magical people at the heart of the occult revival. You…Find out more »