Treadwells Bookshop in London’s Covent Garden contnues to impress with the quality and range of its forthcoming events:
Voice for Ritual – Day Course – This Sunday: 22 October With Delianne Forget
Jewish Kabbalah – 24 October (Tuesday) Daniel Jonas
Swedenborg Biography Launch Party – 25 October (Wednesday)
Austin Osman Spare and Spiritualism – 27 October (Friday) Caroline Wise
Runes & Ritual: Heathen Practices Ancient and Modern – 4 November (Saturday) Pete Jennings
The Southwark Mysteries – 23 November (Thursday) John Constable BOOKING Please book in advance on firstname.lastname@example.org, or 0207 240 8906. 34 Tavistock St, Covent Garden, London . Map on http://www.treadwells-london.com/. Note: all events start promptly and latecomers are not normally able to be admitted. Wine is, however, served from 7.00 pm on nights when the events commence at 7.30.
Voice for Ritual – Day Course – This Sunday
22 October (Sunday) With Delianne Forget £45.00 11 am – 5.30 pm
This is a full challenging day dedicated to make your voice serve you in ritual. The voice, as is well known, plays a key role in ceremonial magic, wherein the ‘vibration’ of names is a longstanding and essential part. It is essential, too, for pagans and witches who perform group rituals where the voice has to be projected, yet under control. The day will be fun as well as rewarding. Delianne is a professional stage actress and opera singer (she has sung at Glyndebourne!). She has worked professionally with people whose needs range from the operatic to the shamanic. As a practising witch herself, she appreciates how the inner magical experience of the ritualist is as important as how the voice sounds. She is a bubbly and friendly teacher – guaranteed to bring out the best in you. A few places remain – please ring to register
24 October (Tuesday) Daniel Jonas 7:15 for 7:30 pm start £5.00
This talk gives an insider’s overview on how Orthodox and other traditional Jews practice Kabbalah, as the mystical heart of traditional Jewish teaching and life, in contradistinction to the Western Mysteries variant familiar to most occultists. Daniel Jonas is a management consultant by profession but has been working for more than a decade in the field of interfaith relations including, almost uniquely, Jewish-Pagan interfaith work. Daniel is also one of the founders of the Centre for New Jewish Thought and the bandleader of the Sephardic flamenco group Los Desterrados. Bring an open mind and lots of questions.
Swedenborg Biography Launch Party
25 October (Wednesday ) 6.00 – 8.00 pm FREE
Join the Swedenborg Society to celebrate the launch of Gary Lachman’s Into the Interior: Discovering Swedenborg. Lachman, a writer on the history of consciousness and the occult, this time turns his attentions to the life and thought of the 18th century Swedish mystic, philosopher and scientist Emanuel Swedenborg. The book is a provocative insight into Swedenborg’s ideas of mysticism, sexuality and radicalism, with a view to contemporary thought. Described by some as the ‘Scandinavian da Vinci’, Swedenborg was an inspiration for writers and artists, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Carl Gustav Jung, August Strindberg and William Blake. All invited, but please email first. To be added to the guest list, email Emma on email@example.com.
Austin Osman Spare and Spiritualism
27 October (Friday) Caroline Wise 7:15 for 7:30 pm start £5.00
The occult influences upon this 20th century London artist have been the subject of much controversy and discussion in the past few decades. However, no one until recently has considered the spiritualism – with its séances, ouija boards and trance states – that was prevalent in Spare’s milieu and environment. This talk by longstanding occultist Caroline Wise uncovers an overlooked influence upon his work, and builds on the presentation given by the speaker at this Spring’s sold-out Spare event, held at St Bride’s Institute. Please book in advance, as this event is expected to sell out.
Runes & Ritual: Heathen Practices Ancient and Modern
4 November (Saturday) Pete Jennings 11 am – 5.30 pm £35.00
This is a full, experiential day on the Northern Tradition. The morning will focus on runes, and the afternoon will concentrate on ritual. The rune session explores the different futharks, and works on helping people get beyond simplistic meanings. The activities will include: reading and writing with runes; making bindrunes; composing codes; rune meditation; divination; stances and chants. The afternoon ritual session will examine historic and archaeological sources to find what heathens really did, and then apply it to constructing a blot ritual utilising all five senses. Pete Jennings is a longstanding heathen, and an honorary life member of Odinshof and former president of the Pagan Federation. He is the author of several books on the Northern Tradition.
The Southwark Mysteries
23 November (Thurs) John Constable 7:15 for 7:30 start £8.00
This evening is the anniversary performance of the Southwark Mysteries, an epic cycle of poems and mystery plays which have been performed in Shakespeare’s Globe, Southwark Cathedral and at many festivals. When it first appeared it took London by storm, and tonight John Constable performs it once again. In large part the Southwark Mysteries celebrate a character called ‘The Goose’ – the spirit of a medieval prostitute, licensed by the church yet buried in the unconsecrated Cross Bones graveyard. John Constable aka John Crow John Constable is a playwright, poet and performer. He is the author and playwright who also directs community dramas, holds storytelling workshops and leads unusual guided walks. Website: www.gooseandcrow.co.uk