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Women, Sex and Spiritualism Lecture - Matt Wingett From its 19th-century beginnings in Hydesville New York, modern Spiritualism was primarily a woman-centred religion. Matt Wingett traces the views of the church and scientists towards Spiritualist women. Religious critics called them witches, and accused them of meddling with demonic forces. The scientific community, which was mostly male, focussed on the what was happening the the women's bodies when they were in seances: the investigators pried under the petticoats and tied them up with…Find out more »
Aleister Crowley's Final Years Lecture - Antony Clayton As he declined into old age, the infamous mage Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) moved from London into a Hastings retirement home for bohemian types, an eccentric and vibrant guest house called 'Netherwood.' From his room, he continued the Great Work of promulgating the magico-philosophy of Thelema, with a young Kenneth Grant as his secretary. Letters were dicatated, missives sent, guests received, and charters for lodges issued. Antony Clayton is a researcher and author of…Find out more »
Pamela Colman Smith: Fireplace Unveiling with Talk Talk and Fireplace Unveiling The artist of the famed Rider-Waite tarot deck was Pamela Colman Smith (1878-1951). A trained magician who had belonged to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, she has since her death become an icon for women occultists of today. Creative, Sapphic, commonly thought in her own to day to have been of mixed race, Colman Smith lived for her art, for women's equality and for religion. This talk…Find out more »