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30 August 2008 (Saturday) The Empress of the Tarot: A Goddess Day for Women with Caroline Wise and Friends

07 September 2008 (Sunday) Ritual and Magical Candle-Making: A Hands-On Training Day with Nathalie Beveridge of ‘Little Owl’

21 September 2008 (Sunday) Day-long Intensive Workings with Orryelle Defenestrate Bascule: Tarot for Conjuration -and- Web Mandalas

27-28 September 2008 (Saturday/Sunday) Dark Goddess Workshop: Descent to the Underworld with Jane Meredith
30 August 2008 (Saturday) The Empress of the Tarot: A Goddess Day for Women with Caroline Wise and Friends
£30.00. 12 noon – 5.45 pm

This is a one-day goddess intensive for women, centred on the Empress card of the tarot. This beneficent aspect of the goddess bestows abundance, creativity, sensuality and the earthing of desires.

The day will be made up of talks, visualisation, meditation, and practical exercises and we meet Ishtar, Isis, Venus, Ceres, and Athena. There will also be a nod to Florence Farr and her ‘Sphere Group’ within the Hermetic Order if the Golden Dawn, and tarot artist Pamela Colman Smith (artist of the famed Rider-Waite deck).

Caroline Wise has not only a long involvement with the Fellowship of Isis but is deeply committed to the legacy of women magicians in Britain. Coming originally from an earth mysteries background, her workshops also incorporate a strong sense of place and locality. She has been an occultist for over 30 years.

07 September 2008 (Sunday) Ritual and Magical Candle-Making: A Hands-On Training Day with Nathalie Beveridge of ‘Little Owl’
£45, includes materials and candles made on the day. 11am- 6 pm

This full day focuses on the art of making candles by hand, and is taught by Nathalie Beveridge of Little Owl Company, specialist candle-makers for ritualists and magicians. It is an opportunity to learn the techniques from an experienced maker, in order to obtain especially good results in both techniques of candle-making: dipping and moulding. A practitioner herself, Nathalie will also lead a discussion on how to use them in magical workings and in ritual. Each participant will make and take home two types, and will have the knowledge to make candles at home with basic equipment. This day is ideal for practitioners who want to be able to make personal candles for their own practice, be it ceremonial magic, hedge witchcraft or shamanistic working.

21 September 2008 (Sunday) Day-long Intensive Workings with Orryelle Defenestrate Bascule: Tarot for Conjuration -and- Web Mandalas
£70. £40 deposit, with balance due 21 Aug. 11 am – 6 pm

This is a full day intensive with one of the most up-and-coming free-thinking maverick magicians of the post-chaos period.
Orryelle will be taking the group into two areas of exploration: the Tarot for conjuration, and Web-mandalas.

Here’s what he says about it: “From observation in the present, our future is not a set definitive, but an array of probabilities. A belief in destiny does not preclude Free Will and the ability to consciously Co-Create this Fate. What is the use of divinatory arts if they merely give us glimpses of where we are headed, yet we are powerless to then affect this? Even just by looking at the current pattern of our lives, we may effect where we are going –why not consciously craft our path? We will work on a number of practical techniques for Tarot ‘writing’ as well as reading, to alter the course of our destiny by changing ourselves and our lives in the present to effect future outcomes. Also, we will go into ritual creation and use of spiral web mandalas/veves to map time onto a spatial plane in your magick circle and navigate rays of potentiality thereon.”

Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule is an artist, performance artist and magician and can best be described as working in the Chaos/post-chaos current. Director of Metamorphic Ritual Theatre Co., his ritual-performance workings have been documented in contemporary journals. An artist, he is the creator of The Book of Kaos Tarot Deck (www.crossroads.wild.net.au/tarot.htm). Following his exhibition last year at the Horse Hospital Gallery in London, he has been signed by the prestigious occult art publisher Fulgur, Ltd. Biographical on Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule: http://www.crossroads.wild.net.au/bio.htm This workshop will follow the launch of his new Graphic Grimoire ‘Conjunctio’ from Fulgur Limited (www.fulgur.co.uk).

27 September 2008 (Saturday) Dark Goddess Workshop: Descent to the Underworld with Jane Meredith
£110. £60 deposit, with balance due 27 August. 10am – 5 pm, both Saturday and Sunday

This is a two-day workshop for women which runs on Sturday 27th – Sunday 28th September, whose theme is centred round the Sumerian myth of the descent of Inanna to the Underworld.

Here is how the organiser describes the course: “The Dark Goddess is all the parts of women that have been shamed and denied and hidden. She is the mother of suffering, change and renewal and it is in her realm that the mysteries of healing and personal transformation are found. Her names are Kali, Morrigan, Lilith, Ereshkigal, Mary Magdalene, Sekhmet and many others. The Sumerian myth of the goddess Inanna’s descent into the Underworld to meet her sister, the Dark Goddess, provides a brilliant map, outlining the path step by step that can be taken to descend into the darkest places and emerge, reborn. This essential journey is always about transformation and integration.

This workshop incorporates working with the myth through ritual, meditation and personal process. The two days span a ritual enactment of the descent into the Underworld to meet, heal and integrate one’s personal shadow, as well as to acknowledge and empower the long-repressed dark feminine in her own right, and learn some of the paths that lie within her realms.”

For more on the workshop’s content and on Jane Meredith, the leader, see http://www.janemeredith.com/northeast/workshops/dark-goddess.html

Reserve your place via Treadwell’s by email (info@treadwells-london.com), or by phone, 020 7240 8906. Payment confirms booking.

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