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Founded over 120 years ago, Watkins Books is the oldest esoteric bookshop in the UK. Our store is on Cecil Court in Central London and every week we host an array of top speakers in the fields of spirituality, consciousness, new thought, esoterica and wellness. All our talks are free!
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- Author Talk - Faery Lore with John KruseWatkins Books, London
We are delighted to welcome John T. Kruse as he dives deep into the rich cultural traditions of the British Isles, revealing the symbiotic relationship between humans and faeries. Explore the magic, habits, and culture of the Good Folk. Discover the different types of faeries, how to find them, and what precautions you should take when working with them. Respectful and thorough, this talk will enrich your life and give you an introduction to truly feeling the presence of the Good Folk.
- Author Talk - Trauma and the Supernatural in Psychotherapy by Alex MonkWatkins Books, London
Drawing upon psychoanalysis, anthropology, the arts, and esoteric philosophy, Alex Monk presents examples from folklore and literature to enrich his case illustrations which offer therapists important clinical perspectives on ways of working with clients who feel cursed and repeatedly manifest self-sabotaging states. The book examines the challenges that can arise when working with this client population and illustrates how to work through them while navigating potent transferences and projective identifications. Monk illustrates the way in which clients with developmental trauma may experience the supernatural and its psychic representatives as persecutory and/or a source of empowerment and healing. Trauma and the Supernatural in Psychotherapy also considers the historically conflicted relationship between psychoanalysis and the supernatural and proposes treatment perspectives which are not implicitly dependent upon a materialist paradigm.
This book will be of great interest to psychotherapists and counsellors who have an interest in clinical work concerning the connection of relational trauma to unconscious forms of communication and uncanny phenomena arising between therapist and client.
Copies of the book will be on sale at the event.
- Author Talk - Here Comes the Candle by Ruth Bayer and Caroline WiseWatkins Books, London
Real or not, ghosts and their locations are rich fuel for the writer, artist, musician. In this wonderful book, Wise and Bayer have bought together a collection of London ghosts in photographs with their accompanying stories. These are the visions and the voices they heard. The artist and photographer was inspired by the reports of London ghosts and has depicted them here as they appeared in her imagination.
The stories, repeated over time at specific places, are now embedded in the fabric of each place. An actual source for many of these ghost sightings, or a reliable known witness, is hard to track down. They seem to vanish like mist in the sunlight when one delves closer.
The stories presented in this book are thrilling. The authors have tried, with some presented in this book, to imagine more of their story, by tuning in to them at their haunting grounds. In this way they have treated them as real phenomena and real souls, with a story to tell, and who can be communicated with.
After listening to this engaging talk, we hope that you will visit these places, tarry a while, offer them kindness, and see what they reveal to you. And remember, it is not the dead you have to fear in this world, but the living!
- The Folklore Oracle with Mike BassWatkins Books, London
Join us to hear Mike Bass present his wonderful linocut-style oracle card deck which features characters and beings from the folklore of the UK and the US.
Creatures such as Mermaid, the Brownie, the Boogyman, Sasquatch, Black Shuck and the Jackalope. Divinities such as the Green Man, the Muse, the Banshee, Pan, Sheela-na-Gigh and Herne the Hunter. Trees such as Oak, Maple, Willow, Yew, Hazel and Redwood. Animals and birds such as Fox, Raven, Badger, Rattlesnake, Wolf and Eagle.
The deck can be used as an oracle to answer questions, to fire up creativity, connect with nature, and enrich daily life with a sense of magic.