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March 2017
£8

SOLD OUT – Abbé Boullan, Paris’ Satanic Priest

Monday 27 March @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Abbé Boullan, Paris' Satanic Priest Lecture - Madeleine Le Despencer This event is sold out. Join us for a night on the life and work of the notorious heretical  priest and accused satanist, Abbé Joseph-Antoine  Boullan (1824- 1893), who came to be known as a bogeyman of the 19th century Paris magicians who misrepresented his occult Catholicism. In his lifetime, Boullan went from a rising star within the church of Rome to a defrocked priest running his own ministry of mystical…

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April 2017
£66

The Game of Saturn – Book Launch

Saturday 1 April @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

The Game of Saturn - Evening Book Launch with Peter Mark Adams & Scarlet Imprint The Game of Saturn by Peter Mark Adams is the first full-length study of the Sola-Busca tarot, an enigmatic Renaissance masterwork of supreme importance for the history of tarot cards and for Renaissance esoteric symbolism. The book crosses the boundaries of Renaissance scholarship, art history, tarot studies and the history of Western esotericism.  In a remarkable and bold proposal, the author argues for the existence of pagan…

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£20

A Thelemic Rite: Liber Reguli (Liber V)

Monday 3 April @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

A Thelemic Rite: Liber Reguli (Liber V) Evening Mini-Workshop - Luke Fleming Liber V vel Reguli: "Being the Ritual of the Mark of the Beast: an incantation proper to invoke the Energies of the Aeon of Horus, adapted for the daily use of the Magician of whatever grade." This workshop will introduce Liber V vel Reguli, a classic rite of Thelema. Luke Fleming will open the evening by placing it in historical context as well as comparing and contrasting it with other…

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£8

Meeting the Goddess Aphrodite

Thursday 6 April @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Meeting the Goddess Aphrodite Talk and Short Rite - Dr Amanda Potter For all who have loved, this is a night getting to know the goddess Aphrodite (and Venus, her Roman counterpart). The famed goddess of beauty and love, with her naked form adorning museum collections across Europe, is celebrated and explored tonight by Dr Amanda Potter, a classicist from the Open University.  Come meet Aphrodite in all her complexity: with love affairs, heartbreaks, a violent streak, and even a few…

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£8

Ghosts of Tantra Past

Friday 7 April @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Ghosts of Tantra Past Tantra History Lecture I - Phil Hine When Europeans in India encountered texts called 'tantras' they framed the path as distinct from mainstream Hindu religions: sexual, deviant and separate.  In this lecture, Phil Hine takes us from the earliest theories of tantra's origins, right up to the most recent understandings. He will set the earliest emergings of tantra in their  cultural context, and  the talk will culminate with a clear summary of the latest theories of current research. The…

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£20

A Thelemic Rite: Star Ruby (Liber XXV)

Thursday 20 April @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

A Thelemic Rite: Star Ruby (Liber XXV) Evening Mini-Workshop - Marco Visconti This Thelemic ritual was created by Aleister Crowley in 1913, who describes it as a 'new and more elaborate version of the Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.' He included it in the magical regimen of the A∴A∴ . It attunes the magician to the energies of the aeon,working both as a banishing and proper invocation of those forces. Tonight teaches how to do the rite along with its…

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£15

SOLD OUT – British Museum & English Magic

Sunday 30 April @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

The British Museum and the Awakening of English Magic This event is now SOLD OUT. Sunday morning walking tour in the British Museum-  Caroline Wise The British Museum is an icon in British occultism: from the 1880s on, magicians met in the reading room, saw pagan deities in the galleries, and maybe even held rites in back rooms. This tour highlights the pagan deities exhibited in the museum that inspired the magical people at the heart of the occult revival.…

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May 2017
£8

Archaeology of Spells: A Case Study from Karanis, Egypt

Monday 1 May @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Archaeology of Spells: A Case Study from Karanis, Egypt Dr Drew Wilburn (Oberlin) In the ancient world, people used magic to solve everyday problems. The remains of their spells, today's archaeological remains, are vital clues to understanding these practices.  Tonight's lecture gives us a case study: objects from the  Graeco-Roman site of Karanis in Egypt, namely a burned figurine  from a love spell and a group of painted bones. Drew Wilburn uses these items as doors to lead us into the vibrant world of ancient…

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£8

Tantra and Trance Possession

Thursday 4 May @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Tantra and Trance Possession Tantra History Lecture 2 - Phil Hine Trance possession is a widespread religious phenomenon across the Indian subcontinent, yet only recently have scholars come to realise how central it is to Tantra. One finds it in a variety of guises from a fairly early point, particularly involving  "wild" deities such as Chamunda, Bhairava, and groups of Yoginis. In this lecture Phil Hine examines the textual evidence for possession rituals, unpacking the ideas embedded within them, and how…

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£8

Sex and the Sea Priestess

Monday 8 May @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Sex and the Sea Priestess: Dion Fortune's Quest for a Western Tantra - Lecture - James North Dion Fortune wrote seminal texts on many elements of the Western occult tradition, including The Mystical Qabalah, The Cosmic Doctrine and the esoteric Christian classic Avalon of the Heart. Throughout her life, she opened the way to the Mysteries for the wider public and challenged taboos. Tonight James North considers the deepest of these: the central role of sex in the cosmos, human…

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£8

Leonor Fini, Surrealist Sorceress

Friday 19 May @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Leonor Fini, Surrealist Sorceress Lecture - Dr Sabina Stent Leonor Fini (1918 - 1996) was a self-styled high priestess of glamour within the circle of the surrealists, with her her flamboyant costumes and Persian cats -- once attending a roof garden party to celebrate the Witches' Sabbath in "knee-length white leatherette boots and a cape of white feathers".  Yet she embodied a fierce feminism and lived the life a powerfully committed artist. This lecture introduces her extraordinary life, and looks at her interpretations of female beauty and…

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£8

Lore and Belief in the Case of the Talking Mongoose

Friday 26 May @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Lore and Belief in the Case of the Talking Mongoose Lecture - Chris Josiffe In the early 1930s, an isolated Manx farm family became international celebrities after claiming their home was inhabited by a weasel-like animal. Gef the Talking Mongoose could speak coherently, shape-shift and perform telepathy. Investigators came in their multitudes, and many were convinced. Christopher Josiffe explores the tale, considering it against the background of  Manx fairy lore and contemporary spiritualism. Manx folklore was rich in belief that small beings  somewhat like brownies…

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June 2017
£8

The Magical Life of Charles Leland

Thursday 1 June @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

The Magical Life of Charles Leland,  the Witches' Folklorist - Lecture - Jonah Locksley In occult circles, scholar and flaneur Charles Godfrey Leland (1824-1903 ) is best known for Aradia: Or The Gospel of the Witches, a soulful and dynamic work that has had an immense influence on Wiccan practice. Leland, however, also developed his own curious magical practice -- a method of establishing contact with an oracular spirit. This talk examines the inner workings of Leland's "soul sorcery" and…

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