Learn the rich history of esoteric movements: Renaissance planetary magic, Elizabethan angel magic, alchemy, freemasonry, Rosicrucians, spiritualism, The Order of the Golden Dawn, Thelema, Wicca and more. The arts which form the West’s occult knowledge are joined in a lineage of ideas, and this ten-week course leads you through through it, century by century from the Renaissance up to the present, familiarising you with the key figures and subjects. You will meet John Dee’s angels, Aleister Crowley’s Scarlet Women, Madame Blavatsky’s Hidden Masters and many more– and you will have read original writings and discussed them all in a friendly group setting.
The history-based course has been taught in the past at University of Exeter and University of Gothenburg; it has never before been offered outside of an academic institution. There will be weekly illustrated lectures and seminar discussions, with readings of primary source texts. Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke’s Western Esoteric Traditions will be the text book.
Venue: Treadwell’s Bookshop, London – Starting on Tuesday 9th October 2018 e.v. 7-9pm