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October 2017
£8

Shakespeare’s Poisonous Herbs

Monday 2 October @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Shakespeare's Poisonous Herbs Lecture - Gerit Quealy The Bard fills his plays with references to plants, herbs and trees, many of which have meanings, both medicinal and symbolic. His contemporaries would have understood the meanings, which are now largely lost to the modern audience. Gerit Quealy comes to Treadwell's to talk about the dark side of Shakespeare's botanica, and unpack them for us, so to speak. Join us as she takes us on an enchanting journey with tales of the…

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£40

Altered States in Magic

Saturday 7 October @ 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Altered States in Magic – A Full-day workshop with Julian Vayne Generating altered states of awareness is essential to magical practice. This hands-on workshop  teaches how to achieve trance and ecstasy by methods used for millennia: shaking, spinning, dancing,  drumming and surprising the senses. Today explores optimal ways to use these techniques- with tips the most effective applications. You will take home the knowledge of what works best for you – so you can enhance solo and group rituals. This…

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£8

Love, Lust and Witchcraft in Renaissance Venice

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

Sixteenth-century Venice was renowned for its wealth, its republic, and the beauty of its inhabitants, particularly its courtesans. Behind this beauty was another world of intrigue, suspicion and witchcraft. From keeping clients to poaching those of rivals, retrieving lost objects, seeing the future or finding a husband, many women turned to magic where conventional tools failed. Dr Will Visconti reveals his findings and his analysis, based on surviving testimonies from the women and their accusers. He will take us to…

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£20

Making Blended Incense for Magic – Mini-workshop

Sunday 15 October @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Making Blended Incense for Magic - Afternoon Mini-Workshop - Rebecca Beattie Since ancient times, loose blended incenses have been used for purification, for summoning spirits, and in the natural magic -- spells of love, prosperity and success.  Rebecca Beattie introduces you to some of the ancient scents, and you experience them first-hand, to learn from experience. She then teaches you  how to makeyour own blend according to old esoteric traditions and Wiccan principles, for a particular aim you have in mind. This is both…

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£20

Young Urban Witch Workshop: Element Earth

Monday 16 October @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Young Urban Witch Workshop: Element Earth Evening Mini-workshop - Rebecca Beattie This is a an evening for younger Londoners, art students and musicians from the DIY and warehouse scene. Treadwell’s is hosting these to introduce this community to the basics of a wild, free witchcraft. Please note it is for people under 30 who are curious about the witch’s path and magic grounded in a feminist outlook. This workshop is on the Element Earth, one of the four primal energies…

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£20

Meeting Aleister Crowley and his Magick

Tuesday 24 October @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Meeting Aleister Crowley and his Magick Evening Mini-Workshop – Marco Visconti Tonight is for people curious about the man, his philosophy and his magic. It offers a highlight-filled introductory tour of the key godforms, symbols and rituals which make up Crowley’s system Thelema. Join us for an engaging interactive two-hour evening with imagery, slides, demonstrations and discussion. Whether you’re an artist exploring sigils and glyphs, or a musician curious about what Jimmy Page is so keen on, or a personal explorer…

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Deposit: £40

Tarot Cards for Absolute Beginners – Minor Cards

Sunday 29 October @ 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Tarot Cards for Absolute Beginners All-day Workshop - Minor Cards - Sue Terry If you're fascinated by the mysterious images and symbols of the tarot cards, but don't know where to start, today is for you.  So you can become familiar with the cards quickly, the day starts with a look at the structure of the full tarot deck, then you'll meet the characters and symbols in the cards, the four suits, the Courts and the number cards. In the second part…

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£20

The Folk Roots of Halloween

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

The Eight Sabbats: a seminar series. I. The Folk Roots of Halloween Seminar Evening - Will Hunter and Ellie Hughes Witches today work with the folk customs of the seasons of the old farming year, mining them for spiritual insights in their quest to attune to the earth as a spiritual mother. Seasonal customs are found across Europe, with local variation and specific traditions. The evening's seminar starts a new series of seminars which will take place every six weeks,…

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Free

Halloween Book Launch: Talk and Soiree

Tuesday 31 October @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Embracing the Darkness: A Cultural History of Witchcraft Halloween Book Launch: Talk and Soiree Dr John Callow (IB Tauris Press) Come spend Halloween with us, to launch an important new book on witchcraft by a longstanding friend of Treadwell's who is one of our most popular speakers: historian Dr John Callow and the book is Embracing the Darkness: A Cultural History of Witchcraft  (IB Tauris).  Dr Callow starts the evening with a half-hour talk on the image of the witch, the witch…

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November 2017
Deposit: £90

Wicca for Absolute Beginners

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

Wicca for Absolute Beginners Five-week course  - Suzanne Corbie Urban creatives, this one’s for you. This course teaches the actual magic behind the witch image currently exploding across fashion and youth culture. Taking an explicitly artistic approach for absolute beginners, each class will contain a mini-lecture, a creative activity and, meditation or ritual. There will always be handouts to take home, and the tutor is available with backup support by email throughout the course. Suzanne Corbie, a Wiccan priestess of forty years,…

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£8

Valentine Penrose, Surreal Occultress

Friday 3 November @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Valentine Penrose, Surreal Occultress Lecture -  Dr Sabina Stent “Valentine Penrose (1898-1978) liked to think of herself as a witch”.  So writes a biographer of this remarkable artist. Valentine Penrose was  a poet, collagist,  and Erzsébet Báthory biographer, and her name frequently crops up in volumes of women artists and the surrealist moment. In spite of this, she has never been studied in depth,  even though she is often mentioned in in collected works on alchemy and esoteric Surrealism.  Penrose was…

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£8

Dragons! From China to Alchemy to Medieval England

Saturday 4 November @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Dragons! From China to Alchemy to Medieval England Afternoon Lecture - Ruth Clydesdale Coinciding with the British Library Harry Potter Exhibition The Harry Potter novels revived interest in mythical creatures and none moreso than the dragon. This engaging illustrated slide lecture is held to coincide with the British Library's Harry Potter Exhibition, and it brings the legends and lore of dragons to life. We meet the dragons of China, of English landscape lore and of alchemy, and through that journey better understand…

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£20

Practical Candle Magic

Sunday 5 November @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Practical Candle Magic Afternoon Mini-Workshop Note: the date is Sunday 5th November (not October - thre was a typo in our email mailout) f you always wanted to know how to a spell, or if you are keen to be able to work simple magic in accordance with old traditions, today is for you. Candle magic is a basic and central skill in the repertoire of pagans, and Lucya Starza  leads  you step by step, and we provide all the…

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£90

Magic for Today

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

Magic for Today Five-week Course  - Paula Nancy and Frank Pierce This is a course for all those seeking a mature, artistic, unabashedly intellectual, approach to Western magic. It introduces magic as a radical form of art which can and should embrace modernity, while opening a door towards strange treasures.  Over five nights we will look at magic as a craft embracing one’s  full life, as a form of training mind and body, and as a vibrant and flexible creative worldview.…

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Free

Book launch: Lost Knowledge of the Imagination

Friday 10 November @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Book launch, Lost Knowledge of the Imagination  Talk and Party - Gary Lachman & Floris Books People engaged in esoteric pursuits, the occult and witchcraft are deeply imaginative; more often that not, this is held against them as a form of escapism. In his new book for Floris Press, Gary Lachman explores the essence of imagination, and argues that, far from it being about 'make believe', imagination is an essential way in which we engage with reality. We can even say…

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Deposit: £40

Introduction to the Art of Tarot

Saturday 11 November @ 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Introduction to the Art of Tarot Day Workshop - Suzanne Corbie This workshop offers an adventurous exploration of the ancient art of tarot for absolute beginners. The day takes you on a journey, starting with getting to know the four suits of the minor cards and the 21 archetypes of the trumps, the major arcana. From the beginning, you dive straight into fabulous symbolism and core meanings of the cards and progress with exercises to heighten your intuitive imagination, which is the…

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£8

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Mysterious World of Light

Thursday 16 November @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Mysterious World of Light - Lecture - Matt Wingett From early in his medical Arthur Conan Doyle was fascinated by the paranormal. In 1887 – the year his first Sherlock Holmes novel was published – he became convinced of the existence of spirits. Even as the fame of his ultra-rational creation grew, Doyle investigated poltergeists, spirit photography and much more. Then, as the deaths of the Great War mounted, he announced to a shocked world…

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£8

Making Monsters for Harry Potter

Saturday 18 November @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Making Monsters for Harry Potter Afternoon Lecture - Madeleine Spencer Coinciding with the British Library Harry Potter Exhibition Special effects artist Madeleine Spencer is an internationally acknowledged expert in crafting SFX monsters for films; she wrote the leading book on the subject, teaches online, and has fans worldwide. Having 17 years experience in the film industry, Madeleine helped to bring some of your favourite creatures and characters to life including some of those on The Harry Potter films, which she did while…

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£8

Alchemical Symbolism in Shakespeare

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

Alchemical Symbolism in Shakespeare Lecture - Paul Cowlan The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have been called 'the golden age of religious hermeticism' (Jean Dagen), a period when alchemy was the greatest passion of the age, and when some of its most prestigious texts were printed. It was also the age of Shakespeare In this illustrated lecture Paul Cowlan explores the significance of Hermeticism, neo-platonism and Paracelsus in the intellectual world of Shakespeare's contemporaries; and more particularly, its influence on Shakespeare…

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Deposit: £70

‘Know Thyself’ – Spiritual Psychology Weekend

Saturday 25 November @ 10:00 am - Sunday 26 November @ 4:30 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

'Know Thyself' - Spiritual Psychology The Outer Personality & the Deeper Self Two-day Workshop – Vivianne & Chris Crowley This is the first of a series of three workshops offered over the coming months, and is theme is The Outer Personality and Deeper Self. It is geared to people working within specific spiritual or magical traditions, and for those on individual spiritual paths. They aim to facilitate the initiatory journey to the True Self by uncovering hidden aspects and releasing…

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