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February 2017
£8

Wilhelm Reich & the Occulted Body

Thursday 23 February @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Wilhelm Reich & the Occulted Body Lecture - Dan Lowe Wilhelm Reich is one of the most controversial figures of twentieth-century psychoanalysis, and this talk will look at some of the ways in which his work sheds light on the occult and hidden aspects of experience. Reich moved on from studentship under Freud to develop his own radical style of therapy and energetic physics. He was the first therapist to take a real interest in how the body might affect…

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SOLD OUT. William Blake among the Druids

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

SOLD OUT. William Blake among the Druids Lecture - Ruth Clydesdale The later works of English artist William Blake (1757 - 1827)  are thickly sown with verbal and visual references to Druids.  This evening we enter the enchanted islands of Albion where giants stalk the land, priests perform bloody sacrifices and the truth of the imagination takes precedence over cold facts.  We look at the bizarre history of druidry and the craze for them that forms the background for Blake’s…

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March 2017
£8

India’s Aghori: the Cemetery-dwellers

Monday 13 March @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

India's Aghori: the Cemetery-dwellers Slide Lecture - Darragh Mason Field Photographer Darragh Mason Field tonight introduces the Aghori of Varanasi, a  Hindu sect  distinctive for their close working with human skulls and cremated remains in their spiritual practice -- following what Western occultists call 'left-hand path'. The Aghori have captured the imagination of the western occultist and the ethnographer alike: smearing themselves with human ash, and drinking from skulls, the observer is drawn to ask: why, and to what end? Darragh  spent…

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Magical Stones and Gems in Pre-modern England

Thursday 23 March @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Magical Stones and Gems in Pre-modern England Lecture - Francis Young Understanding the occult 'virtues' of stones and minerals was central to the practice of magic in medieval and early modern England -- from the scrying stones of ritual magicians to ground-up gems in medicinal powder of physicians. A particular class of magical literature, the lapidaries, described stones' properties and included things like a recipe for a magic mirror, and a method for speaking with the dead. Tonight this world…

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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 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 Catholicism  in which women were…

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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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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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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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£15

British Museum & the Awakening of 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 Sunday morning walking tour in the British Museum Led by 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. You will be looking…

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May 2017
£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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