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October 2017
£20

SOLD OUT – 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

SOLD OUT. Tarot for Absolute Beginners

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   This workshop is now sold out.     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…

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£20

SOLD OUT. 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 Sorry, this event is sold out. 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…

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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: £80

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

SOLD OUT. 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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£20

A Crowley Rite: The Star Ruby

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

A Crowley Rite: The Star Ruby  (Liber XXV) Evening Mini-Workshop - Marco Visconti This Thelemic ritual, also known as Liber XXV was created by Aleister Crowley in 1913, who describes it as a ‘new and more elaborate version of the Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.’ He included it in the magical regimen of the A∴A∴ . It attunes the magician to the energies of the aeon,working both as a banishing and proper invocation of those forces. Tonight teaches how to…

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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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£8

Kenneth Grant’s First Typhonian Trilogy

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

Kenneth Grant's First Typhonian Trilogy Lecture - Michael Staley British occultist Kenneth Grant (1924-2011) achieved fame with his Typhonian Trilogies, published across thirty years from 1972, which were woven from his magical adventures of the preceding decades. The first three books are The Magical Revival (1972), Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God (1973), and Cults of the Shadow (1975) .  In these, Grant explores and conjures with the Typhonian Tradition, Advaita Vedanta, Aleister Crowley, Austin Osman Spare and Michael Bertiaux, and the…

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December 2017
£10

Talk and Northern Rite for Winter

Saturday 2 December @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Talk and Northern Rite for Winter Lecture with Heathen Blot - Andre and Amanda Henriques You are invited to a Norse-inspired Heathen ritual welcoming Winter. Now that the nights grow longer, and the first frosts invite reflection and remembrance. Before the ceremony, there will be a talk on the ritual structure, the cosmology of the Norse, and the related myths. The second part of the evening will be the rite itself. In a space created in accordance with Norse cosmology, the gods and…

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£15

British Museum and the Awakening of English Magic

Sunday 3 December @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
British Museum North Entrance, Montague Place
London, WC1E 7JW United Kingdom

The British Museum and the Awakening of English Magic 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. You will be looking at selected…

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£8

Fairies – Human Relations in British Lore

Monday 4 December @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Fairies - Human Relations in British Lore Lecture - John Kruse The British lore of fairies has long fascinated folklorists, but tonight's speaker is a researcher who has examined fairies in terms of theme, with some surprising results. Tonight he talks to us about how, according to folklore, humans and fairies engage with one another, and how those relationships are negotiated by the rules of gift, taboo and seduction.  Tonight's speaker looks at the nuts and bolts of how to deal…

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Deposit: £40

Tarot Cards for the Absolute Beginner

Saturday 9 December @ 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Tarot Cards for the Absolute Beginner Day workshop - Sue Merlyn The mysterious tarot cards have always held a fascination for people. If the tarot is a new world for you, this lively informative day workshop may be just what you’re looking for. The day sets you on a journey of exploration. Tutor Sue Merlyn starts the day with a brief history of the cards, and then turns to the symnols and symbolic thinking.  A guided meditation takes the class…

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