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April 2017
£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 Lecture - 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…

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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 British occultist Dion Fortune (Violet Firth, 1890-1946) 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…

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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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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 on Italian witchcraft 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…

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£15

SOLD OUT. British Museum & the Awakening of English Magic

Sunday 4 June @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
http://www.treadwells-london.com/venue/british-museum-north-entrance/, British Museum North Entrance Montague place WC1E 7JW

The British Museum & the Awakening of English Magic Walking Tour - Caroline Wise This event is SOLD OUT. The British Museum is an icon in British occultism: from the 1880s on, magicians researched in the library, met in the reading room, and communed with pagan gods in the galleries. You will be looking at chosen items from Egypt, Sumer, Celtic, Roman and Anglo-Saxon England, as your guide regales you with tales of magicians of the revivals. The objects you will be looking…

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£10

Witchcraft Documentaries of the 1970s

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

Witchcraft Documentaries of the 1970s - Lecture - Gary Parsons "Wicca rode on the countercultural sentiment of the late 60s onward. The 60s were a technicolour era, when recreational drugs got big, as did sexual liberation and a mass distrust of authority." Dazed interviewed film expert Gary Parsons on this aluring subject.  Parsons comes to Treadwells to discuss the portrayals of witchcraft in teh documentaries of the early 1970s, considering also the involvement of people in Wicca at the time.…

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