Treadwells – Events from now to November

For the information of visitors to LAShTAL.COM that are likely to find themselves in London between now and November, Read More for details of events planned to be held at Treadwells Bookshop.

There are a couple of events that are of obvious interest to Thelemites: see the planned talk by Michael Staley on 5 October, for example…

Please note that these events have nothing to do with LAShTAL.COM and I include details here only as a service to students of the Western Esoteric Tradition.

Hello from Treadwells,

Here’s what’s happening here this week. The autumn lecture programme and workshop programme follow on below it. Bookings are being taken for all of them.

Full descriptions of all events are to be found now on our website, Our hope is to provide something for every taste and interest, however arcane; if we’re lucky we’ve got something for you!
Best wishes,
Christina, Allison and all of us

34 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London Places booked on 0207 240 8906 or by email

Tuesday, July 19, 2005
EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN OCCULTIST: MABEL COLLINS Kim Farnell 7:15pm for 7:30pm start £5.00

Mabel Collins (1851-1927) was an occultist of the Victorian – Edwardian era, an unusual and independent woman who led a scandalously colourful life. She was beautiful, fashionable, and a sometime Sapphic, supporting herself by writing successful melodramatic novels, and fashion columns in the press. She fell in with (and fell out with) the eccentric occultist Madame Blavatsky of the Theosophical Society; she mixed with the crowd in the Gurdjieff, Ouspensky and Steiner movements. Many of her friends were in the Order of the Golden Dawn. She was an acquaintance of Aleister Crowley, who commented on her proclivity for female lovers.

She is remembered in the history of occultism for her book A Light on the Path which was THE best-selling mystical text of the era. What is less known is that she dedicated herself to animal rights charitable work in an era when animal welfare was not taken seriously. So who was she, really? To some, Mabel Collins was an angel, to others she was a mystical vampire.
Come learn about a larger-than-life character, a woman whose place in the history of occultism needs to be reclaimed.

Kim Farnell’s illustrated talk will have slides of the people and location in Mabel Collins’ life. Kim is a lively and enthusiastic speaker. The talk is followed by a round table discussion in the fashion of a seminar; then there is a wine and cheese party for all attending. Kim has just completed the first-ever biography of Mabel Collins, Mystical Vampire, published by Mandrake Press. It was launched on 15 July, and is still hot off the press.
The book will be on sale at the talk, and Kim will be happy to sign copies.
Please reserve your places in advance.


Friday, July 22, 2005
7.15 for 7.30 start

This is an evening of the folklore, symbolism and celebration of the ancient festival of Lammas. We explore what it means to modern pagans, and ways in which they celebrate it. But also, there is discussion of the history of the festival, Celtic, Irish, Welsh as well as English. Ballads, flowers, and customs are related, and there is time to plan celebration on the upcoming day.
As this is a Friday night event, all are invited to stay afterward for an informal social. If you wish to stay for the party, please bring a bottle or some snacks to share.



Friday, August 5
Demons, Sigils and Sigilisation: A Demon : stration
George Sieg
7:15 for 7:30 pm start £5.00

Tuesday, August 9
Hoodoo: Living Folk Magic Practice
7.15 for 7.30 pm start. £5.00
Lisa Mead, Practitioner

Friday, August 26
Psychogeography: Walking with Intent
7.15 for 7.30 pm start £5.00
Julian Vayne, Practitioner

Thursday, September 1
Wilhelm Reich Reconsidered
7.15 for 7.30 pm start £5.00
Daniel Lowe

Thursday, September 8
Dion Fortune: Priestess of Modern Magic
7.15 for 7.30 pm start £5.00
Gareth Knight, Author and Expert on Dion Fortune

Tuesday, September 13
Witchcraft and Elfhame: Isobel Gowdie
7.15 for 7.30 pm start £5.00
Dr John Callow (Lancaster University)

Tuesday, September 20
Zora Neale Hurston and Voodoo
7.15 for 7.30 pm start £5.00
Presented by Allison Brice, Practitioner

Wednesday, Sept 28
William Lilly, Planetary Magic and Divination
7.15 for 7.30 pm £5.00
John Frawley

Friday, 20 September
Dracula Versified: A Launch Performance Night Mark Jeoffroey and the Alchimia Press
7.15 for 7.30. Free, but booking required.

Tuesday, October 4
Queerness and the Acts of Sex Magic
7.15 for 7.30 pm start £5.00
James Butler, Practitioner

Wednesday, October 5
Crowley’s Amalantrah Working
7.15 for 7.30 pm start £5.00
By Michael Staley (Typhonian OTO)

Tuesday, October 11
Issues in Sexuality and Magic, from Tantra
7.15 for 7.30 pm start £5.00
Phil Hine, Practitioner and Writer

Wednesday, October 12
Marsilio Ficino and Natural Magic
6.15 for 6.30 start £5.00
Dr Angela Voss, University of Kent
NOTE early start time

Tuesday, October 18
The Symbols in Alchemy
7.15 for 7.30 pm start £5.00
Paul Cowlan, Practitioner and Musician

Thursday, October 20
Runic Magic: the Old English Rune Poem
7.15 for 7.30 pm start £5.00
Stephen Pollington, Anglo-Saxonist

Friday, 11 November
Cunning Women, Cunning Men: A Cornish Case
7.15 for 7.30
Jason Semmons, Author and Researcher

Wednesday, Nov 16
The Four Elements: A Secret History
7.15 for 7.30 pm start £5.00
Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum, Astrologer and Scholar

Wednesday, Nov 28
Paganism in Edwardian Literature
7.15 for 7.30 start. £5.00
Lindsay River, Author and Researcher



Friday, August 5, 2005
IMMEDIATIST SIGILISATION: Comments and Demon-stration Against the Archons of the Media 7:15pm for 7:30pm start £5.00

Friday, August 5, 2005
Immediatist Sigilization as the Post-Modern Antinomian: Comments and Demon-stration Against the Archons of the Media 7:15pm for 7:30pm start £5.00 In this encounter with the daemonic, the author of the Cainite gnostic grimoire, Liber Niger Legionis, considers the concept of the sigil. He looks at it in particular as reified by Spare and the Surrealists and as it has been applied by Burroughs, Hakim Bey, and their postmodern magical
heirs: the sigil is a device of memetic subversion. The sigil can mediate both benign and malefic forms. The speaker looks at the Media itself as filling the role of prime God-Demon of the post-modern aeon. The talk will make up only the first part of the evening. The second part consists of a participatory Working: an actual act of sigilization. This will be aimed at releasing the personal demons and ids from their bondage to the mediative matrix of normality. Not for the faint-hearted.

Saturday, August 20, 2005
With Tomas Daradia
2-6 pm
An afternoon exploring the practices associated with inhabiting the
archetypes of the Tarot, that European theatre of symbols. The tutor, Tomas
Daradia, has been reading tarot seriously for 25 years. Here he shares, for
an afternoon, methods that have helped build his own experiential base.
Tomas teaches his in-depth training courses at Treadwells, and is a
much-loved friend of all the staff here. He brings to his art a familiarity
with Jungian theory, a grounding in shamanic paganism, an impressive
intelligence, and an enormous amount of common sense. £20.00, registration
in advance. Places limited, bookings now; please book early.

Sunday, August 28, 2005
With Gemma Miles 11 am – 6pm, £30.00
A day of dyeing fabrics with natural substances, using a variety of
methods. Learn the arts of dyeing for magical purposes: altar cloths,
clothing, robes, tarot card wraps. The doctrine of correspondences – solar,
venusian, etc. will be explained, along with how they inform your choices
of plants to use. Gemma Miles has an arts degree in textiles, and is
passionate about her craft. This full day continues Treadwells series in
the ‘Arts and Crafts of the Hedgewitch’. £30.00 includes all the supplies,
handouts, refreshments, and samples you will make to take home. Bookings
now, places are limited.

Friday, September 09, 2005
7.15 for 7.30 £5.00

Sunday, September 25, 2005
With Caroline Wise and Friends
1-6 pm £35.00

Monday, September 26, 2005
7.15 for 7.30 start

Friday, October 21, 2005
7.15 for 7.30 start £5.00

Sunday, November 13, 2005
With Caroline Wise and Friends
1-6 pm £35.00

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