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Everything I Knew About Wicca Was Wrong Lecture -Frank Pierce and Paula Nancy Some years ago a couple, both London professionals, got initiated into British coven of Wicca. They thought they knew what to expect, 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 books had described. Paula and Frank in this lecture examine the differences, and talk about what they found.…Find out more »
The 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.…Find out more »
The Stuff of Spells Lecture - Julian Vayne Curing, cursing, protecting and banishing: this is the stuff of folk magic with its long history in the Britain. The material culture -- the traces left - are collected in museums. Tonight we present a talk on folk magic by Julian Vayne from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle, who will bring and show some actual items from collection, and use these as a starting point to talk about the…Find out more »
The Vengeance of the White Goddess? Lecture on Robert Graves- Grevel Lindop Robert Graves claimed that two publishers who rejected The White Goddess promptly died, one in grotesque circumstances, whilst a third accepted it and was rewarded with ‘the Nobel Prize for Literature and a smash hit on Broadway’. Grevel Lindop (editor of the definitive edition) reveals the bizarre and dramatic truth behind the publication of the twentieth century’s most influential pagan book, drawing upon previously-unpublished prose by T.S. Eliot and confidential documents…Find out more »