- Martin Faulks - The Hermetic Art of Memory
Would you like to learn the secret magical memory methods of Giordano Bruno?
During the Renaissance, memory training methods and mnemonic techniques were used to train the mind. It was commonly believed that these methods wouldn’t just improve your memory, but your mind in general - reforming the character, bringing increased creativity, awareness, and intellectual ability.
A select few, however, were said to hold the secrets to using these methods in a far more dramatic way. Passed in secret from teacher to student, there were memory methods that were said to be able to lead to a total regeneration of the body and an upgrade to the human consciousness. But what would it be like to be an apprentice to a mystical memory master like Robert Fludd or Mnemonic Magi like Giordano Bruno?
These secrets have been unknown until recently hidden in code and never explained in plain language. But now for the first time in history a memory manual written by Giordano Bruno’s Scottish apprentice Alexander Dicsone has been translated from the Latin and published English.
In this talk memory specialist, Martin Faulks reveals the methods taught in this volume and takes you through a syllabus of Renaissance training allowing you to discover the methods that would have been taught and how they would have worked. Join us for a journey into the past and an adventure in memory that may inspire you to practice this art and gain from the benefits these methods bring.
This is an online event which will take place via Zoom on 5 August, 17.30 (London Time). To register, please use the following link: https://bit.ly/3fiTeTV
- High Weirdness & Techgnosis - Erik Davis
This free online event will take place via Zoom at 17.30 (London Time) on 12 August. To register, please use the following link: https://bit.ly/35ADd61
In his latest book High Weirdness, Erik Davis―America's leading scholar of high strangeness―examines the published and unpublished writings of these vital, iconoclastic thinkers, as well as their own life-changing mystical experiences. Davis explores the complex lattice of the strange that flowed through America's West Coast at a time of radical technological, political, and social upheaval to present a new theory of the weird as a viable mode for a renewed engagement with reality.
In this event, Erik will discuss his latest book and the esoteric/psychedelic cultural backdrop of our current age.
- TROLLRÚN - Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold
This free online event will take place via Zoom at 17.30 (London Time) on 19 August. To register, please use the following link: https://bit.ly/3wCMjeF
For this Thursday event we are joined by scholar and magician Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold, who will present his latest book TROLLRÚN. This book explores the magic/spellcraft (trolldom), divination and the runes in the Norse tradition, starting from the old Norse cosmology, then presenting to us fantastic creatures, especially trolls, before switching to rituals and the ancients’ practices, in particular the siðr, which rely on beliefs deeply anchored in mentalities which are still prevalent today.
- Wolfs-Head & The Hanged God - Shani Oates
This free online event will take place via Zoom at 17.30 (London time) on 26 August. To register please use the following link: https://bit.ly/3gME4Gd
For this Thursday online event, we are joined by Shani Oates, who will discuss her two latest books in her triology dedicated to the ancient Norse god Odin/Óðinn - the lord of shamanic shapeshifting, magic and war
- Michael Staley - Kenneth Grant & Cults of the Shadows
This free event will take place online via zoom at 17.30 (London time) on 2 September 2021. To register please use the following link: https://bit.ly/3hq4IGo
We are happy to welcome back Michael Staley (owner of Starfire Publishing and head of the Typhonian Order) to present the re-publication of Kenneth Grant's "Cults of the Shadows". This book, originally published in 1975, complete the first of the so-called Typhonian Trilogies.
In this talk, Michael will discuss the conception and the major themes of the book, as well as provide his insights into Grant's magickal theories and pratices expressed in the text.
- Rod & Ring - Samuel David
This free online event will take place via Zoom at 17.30 (London time) on 9 September. To register, please use the following link: https://bit.ly/2SaKPcw
History tells us of the mystery traditions of Isis, Dionysius, and Mithras – but what of the mysteries of Inanna, Enki, and Dumuzid? Author Samuel David’s Order of the Rod & Ring seeks to fill those lacunae with a spiritual journey that combines traditional Mesopotamian praxis with a contemporary paradigm.
Immerse yourself in this mystery tradition as you undertake a mythopoetic journey informed by historical, religious, and cultic practices, as well as mythology, and research from experts in the field of Assyriology.
- Sitting Comfortably - Swami Saradananda
Join Swami Saradananda as she presents her latest book Sitting Comfortably - a guide to setting up your long-term healthy and enjoyable meditation practice. This is the only book offering a comprehensive approach to the preparation for sitting meditation without aches and pains.
Meditation practice can be blocked by aches and pains felt while sitting. This allows the jittery mind to take up residence, and leads to the feeling of "not being good at meditation".
Sitting Comfortably explores the physical issues that may arise while sitting, from painful knees to tight hamstrings. Swami Saradananda shows how yoga preparation, breathing and adapting postures can help to strengthen the body to be able to maintain a sitting meditation. She invites us to understand how the mind can easily be distracted, like a puppy, and that physical discomfort can often be this distraction in disguise.
This free online event will take place via Zoom at 17.30 (London time) on 16 September. To register, please use the following link: https://bit.ly/3iR5RYs
- The Synchronicity Oracle - Etan Ilfeld
Join Etan Ilfeld (owner of Watkins Books) for the launch of his new and ground-breaking oracle deck "The Synchronicity Oracle", which uses synchronicity to answer the seeker's question.
Noticing synchronicity - or random coincidences that strike us as meaningful - allows us to align our life path with the flow of the universe. This is the first-ever oracle to draw on the power of synchronicity to give you insight into your problems, answer your questions and highlight previously unconsidered patterns and potential pathways in your life.
There are 57 hexagonal cards in the deck, each with 8 symbols, plus an 80pp booklet profiling each of the 57 symbols and giving instructions on how to use the cards. For instant insight, choose two cards at random and find the symbol that matches – there will only be one. Information about the meaning of the symbolism is given in the booklet, but ultimately it's up to you to interpret the symbol based on what it means for you. For a more in-depth answer to your problem, choose two cards for each of these three questions: Where are you coming from? Where are you now? Where are you going? Note the matching symbol in each case and see what it mean to you and what insights it throws up for the past, present and future of your situation. Then arrange the chosen cards in a circle, pull the final card - the intuition card - and place it in the centre. Which symbols match? Which ones predominate? What does it mean to you? The booklet offers a contemplation and a meditation for each symbol to help you interpret the symbols.
The deck uses a wide range of symbols, including Jungian archetypes, contemporary icons, and images from alchemy, science and mysticism - from the Kabbalah's tree of life and the yin yang symbol to images of an anchor, a wave, a spider's web, and a mirror. As you search for the synchronicity and enjoy the magic of finding it through this deck, you will find that synchronicity comes up more and more in your everyday life. What can synchronicity tell you?
- AMDUAT - Diana Kreikamp
This free online event will take place via Zoom at 17.30 (London time) on 30 September. To register please use the following link: https://bit.ly/3gzwBLw
On this Thursday evening talk, we are joined by researcher and occultist Diana Kreikamp as she discusses her latest book AMDUAT: The Great Awakening.
The Egyptian Amduat, “Book of the Hidden Chamber”, is a fascinating text from ancient Egypt that describes the journey of the deceased. It tells of a twelve hour long voyage beyond death through a mysterious realm known as the Duat. Every human being, embarking on this journey, will renew himself to eventually rise from the dead.
In the decade the author worked on this text, she discovered that the journey, as described in the Amduat, is a voyage of Initiation. During the journey the old consciousness, symbolised by the Sungod Râ, is dissolved and transformed into the birth and awakening of a renewed consciousness, which is symbolised by the God Khepri. The process is not limited to the post mortem state, for it occurs during life as well. Therefore, not only the deceased, but every living being on earth can embark on the voyage in question.
Today, the Amduat is still a system qualified to heighten our consciousness. The inner Sungod teaches us how to navigate safely and transform the psyche’s destructive forces into constructive powers. This life changing magical journey is a wake-up call to allow us to see who we really are— divine beings— and to become reborn as our Greater Self.
The book, The Great Awakening; the Way of the Amduat, presents the entire Egyptian system in an unique and interesting blend of academic and esoteric knowledge, intertwined with the author’s personal experience of the system itself. It is also a practical workbook to teach the reader how to embark on the Sun barque, together with his or her inner Sungod, to make the inspiring voyage of inner awakening.
- Hellebore & Folk Horror - Maria Perez Cuervo
This free online event will take place via Zoom at 17.30 on 23 September. To register please use the following link: https://bit.ly/3gFJrH3
For this Thursday evening talk, we are joined by Maria Perez Cuervo, the editor of Hellebore magazine in a talk about Folk Horror, Folklore and Folk Magic.
HELLEBORE magazine is a collection of writings and essays devoted to British folk horror and the themes that inspire it: folklore, myth, history, archaeology, psychogeography, witches, and the occult.