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Works by William Blake at Tate Britain through Jan 18, 2014

Works by William Blake is a new exhibition that just opened today at the Tate Britain in London. The exhibition runs through January 18, 2014.

William Blake Elohim Creating Adam at Tate Britain
William Blake’s Elohim Creating Adam (c. 1805) at Tate Britain

“This exhibition of Blake’s paintings and drawings aims to show his work at its highest level in all the periods of its development and in each of the various processes employed by him.

The collection includes considerable loans from Mr. Graham Robertson and the Linnell Trustees. The first of these, largely composed of works acquired from the Butts collection, principally represents the period of Blake’s middle life, from about 1795–1810, and the second covers the final stage from 1818 to his death. In addition to these important central features, the series is completed by a number of works from other sources.”

Magic, charms and amulets at Horniman Museum on Oct 29th, 2013 at 7pm

Magic, charms and amulets” is an event at Horniman Museum in London on October 29th, 2013 [HT Abraxas Journal].

Magic, charms and amulets at Horniman Museum

“Britain has historically been a magical place, full of objects believed to have the power to protect, to keep us safe and to make us feel better. Join Dr Helen Cornish as she explores the amulets and charms discovered in the Horniman Museum and Gardens’ collections, from moles paws to lucky horse shoes and rubbing stones.

Dr Helen Cornish is an Associate Tutor of Anthropology at Goldsmiths University. She has conducted extensive research among British Pagan Witches focusing on the Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall.

This is the second in a series of talks from our Collections People Stories project exploring the different ways people and their things have sought to make themselves and their loved ones feel better in times of ill health or unhappiness.” [via]

Strange Factories

Strange Factories is a film written and directed by John Harrigan, and is due to be released simultaneously to digital download in a variety of formats on the occasion of its premiere in the cinema on October 26th, 2013. The premiere will launch a bit of a scheduled tour around England, but starts off at The Cinema Museum from Oct 26th – Oct 31st, 2013.

Strange Factories – Trailer from FoolishPeople on Vimeo.

“Victor is a writer, possessed by a terrifying story, hunting for refugee performers of a theatre destroyed in a mysterious fire. Drawn to a remote settlement founded by the mysterious Stronheim, he finds his friends under the wing of an aristocratic noble and her childlike ward. A dangerous pact is made between Victor and Stronheim: The destroyed theatre will be reconstructed, and in return, Victor must complete his story — no matter the cost.

Experience the madness and terror of haunted cinema, as you witness the film unravel inside Stronheim’s factory and its characters come to life around you. Strange Factories draws on ancient theatrical traditions and mystical exploration, to wrench at the heart of what it means to be human. Will you allow it to show you the wonder behind the moving pictures — the dreams of violent imagination?

Not everyone can survive the violence of Creation.” [via]

FoolishPeople John Harrigan Strange Factories

Dangerous Minds punks out before attending Aleister Crowley’s Gnostic Mass

Dangerous Minds correspondent Thomas McGrath totally punks out before attending Aleister Crowley‘s Gnostic Mass in the UK, and actually writes about it at the inaccurately and click-bait titled “‘DO NOT EAT THE CAKE OF LIGHT!’ Dangerous Minds attends Aleister Crowley’s Gnostic Mass“.

Dangerous Minds Gnostic Mass

The article is barely worth mentioning, but it’s an interesting example of how newbies perceive things and apparently freak themselves out (or are freaked out by ill-informed friends) around attending such things. Frankly, that kind of self-induced frission is nothing compared to the funky mind games one can play with themself before an initiation (“OMG, what did they put in this WATER they offered while I wait my turn?!?!” or “I hope the GOAT is GENTLE this time!!!”), but this was an example of someone who might have stayed for a much fuller and richer experience of, you know, actually attending the Gnostic Mass ritual if they had been allowed the opportunity to pass the first time they attended, which some local bodies do offer.* However, on the other hand, in spite of the author of the article, I think the amiable and welcoming as well as both funny and serious nature of most actual Thelemites I’ve known comes through a bit as an example for those able to get over themselves long enough to join in.

 

* The point about being expected to partake is actually one of those issues. The text of Liber XV, the Gnostic Mass, itself says, “Those of the PEOPLE who intend to communicate, and none other should be present, having signified their intention, a whole Cake of Light, and a whole goblet of wine, have been prepared for each one.” And, so … but self-care and self-determination, tho.

Revolt of the Magicians

Aleister Crowley – Revolt of the Magicians: A Novel by Lon Milo DuQuette and James M Bratkowsky, the 2011 softcover edition, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Lon Milo DuQuette and James Bratkowsky's Aleister Crowley The Revolt of the Magicians

“The dawning twentieth century is not big enough for eccentric genius Aleister Crowley. He is an acclaimed poet, chess master, world-class mountaineer, and probably the most passionately liberated man in Victorian London. His real devotion, however, is magic … and the search for his own soul. An infamous fourteenth century Arabic book of magic survives the centuries to spawn the formation of a hidden society of magicians in London. The Order is led by occult scholar MacGregor Mathers and his wife Moina, who claim to be in touch with secret masters that give them ever-increasing magical knowledge and power. For several years the Order grows, drawing on new members from the giants of British commerce, art, and literature. Suddenly, at the height of the Order’s influence, MacGregor and Moina appear to lose contact with the secret masters. They move to Paris and ignore the Order’s plea for more teachings and higher initiations. The London lodge threatens to sever ties with them and make magical contact with the secret masters themselves. Five very famous members lead the revolt:
• the poet William Butler Yeats
• the playwright Maude Gonne
• Bram Stoker, author of Dracula
• Florence Farr, the most acclaimed actress of her day
• and one of the wealthiest women in the world, tea heiress Annie Horniman.
Crowley naively joins the Order at the beginning of the revolt. Blinded by his intense spiritual aspirations, he is not only drawn into the conflict, but unwittingly becomes the catalyst that brings about their destruction.”

 

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Glasgow’s Hidden Geometry on Sat July 27th in Glasgow

Glasgow’s Hidden Geometry: A Night of Psychogeographical Exploration is an event with music, film and more, including Hermetic Library anthology artist The Psychogeographical Commission, on Saturday, July 27th at Maryhill Burgh Halls in Glasgow, and tickets are available online.

Glasgow's Hidden Geometry poster

“A Night of Psychogeographical Exploration in music from The Psychogeographical Commission and Glasgow sound artist Caroline McKenzie, with a showing of the feature film ‘The Devil’s Plantation’ by BAFTA winning filmmaker May Miles Thomas, with an Introduction to Psychogeography by Dr David Manderson.

Tickets
£8/£6 (+ booking fee) from http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/398195

The Devil’s Plantation
A feature film based on May Miles Thomas’ BAFTA-winning website, The Devil’s Plantation promises an unforgettable journey into the hidden corners of Glasgow. It tells the true story of amateur archaeologist Harry Bell whose self-published book Glasgow’s Secret Geometry describes his obsessive search for a secret network of aligned sites traversing the city. The original work changed course after the discovery of an abandoned casefile belonging to ex-psychiatric patient Mary Ross whose long walks in the city mirrored those of Bell. Narrated by Kate Dickie and Gary Lewis, the film lovingly captures the spirit of the dérive (unplanned journey or drift) and like any good excursion arrives at a satisfying and surprising conclusion.
http://www.devilsplantation.co.uk/blog/

The Psychogeographical Commission
The Psychogeographical Commission are well known for high-concept recordings based around London (‘Genius Loci’), the psychological effect of the second half of a year (‘Patient Zero’) and the Occult origins of the Glasgow Subway System (‘Widdershins’). For this appearance they will be soundtracking a film based around two journeys through Maryhill, intertwining the past with what they found whilst walking.
http://www.psychetecture.com/widders.html
http://www.facebook.com/Psychcomm

Caroline McKenzie
Caroline has lived close to the River Clyde for just over a decade. In that time, she has crossed its bridges many, many times and 2 new ones have been built. For her set, she will be considering these bridges and the halfway point they represent; they are inherently transitional and yet we cross them without a thought.

David Manderson
“David’s remarkable debut novel, Lost Bodies (Kennedy & Boyd) has a rare quality which takes it into two camps that critics usually keep apart, it’s both a literary novel and a compelling page turner and well worth adding to your reading pile if, like me, you’re beginning to turn away from genre-defined fiction and looking at new ways of telling stories.In the Guardian Review last August in the pre-publicity surrounding Umbrella, Will Self generated a good debate about ‘the failure of modernist fiction’ and wrote about his anxiety in finding the right form. He ought to add Lost Bodies to his TBR pile.”
Bookrambler, Northwords Now
http://davidtmanderson.wordpress.com/” [via]

Hekate Symposium 2013 at Glastonbury on Jun 1st

Hekate Symposium 2013 will be held in Glastonbury, UK on Sat, Jun 1st, 2013.

Hekate Symposium Jun 1st 2013 at Glastonbury, UK

“Devotees, Priestesses, Priests and students of Her Mysteries from all around the country – and indeed the world – will gather for the second annual Hekate Symposium.”

“This is a unique one-day event which is entirely dedicated to the Goddess Hekate and her Mysteries, which will comprise scholarly presentations, ceremonies, meditations, pathworkings, chanting and ritual theatre throughout the day! Packed full of Hekatean delights from 10am – 10pm on Saturday, 1 June 2013. Facilitators and presenters this year include authors Sorita d’Este, Georgi Mishev, Emily Carding, Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule, as well as Amelia Ounsted, Hazel, Sophia Kirke and numerous other Priestesses, Priests and Devotees giving their time, knowledge and talents to making this community event happen as an act of devotion.

This will be Georgi Mishev‘s first lecture in the UK, and those readers who enjoyed his work THRACIAN MAGIC will be particulary interested to know that he will be speaking on some of the material in the book, and leading a blessing ceremony in his native Bulgarian. Emily Carding (Cornwall) has – especially for this event – written a Ritual Drama, bringing together her knowledge and experience of working and studying Acting with that of her spiritual and ceremonial work to create something truly magical. The talks and lectures being given are all absolutely unique to this event. Many of the speakers at this years’ event are professionals and academics in their own fields, speaking exclusively at the Hekate Symposium about their work with the Goddess Hekate, driven by their passion for sharing knowledge and experience about Her Mysteries.” [via]

The Fourth Annual Occult Conference in Glastonbury, UK on Mar 23rd

The Fourth Annual Occult Conference will be held in Glastonbury, UK on Mar 23rd.

Fourth Annual Occult Conference 2013 Glastonbury UK

THE FOURTH ANNUAL OCCULT CONFERENCE
23rd March 2013 12pm-5pm
George and Pilgrims Hotel
Glastonbury

This year’s Occult Conference is going to be like no other! We’ve changed the format beyond recognition, instead of talks and lectures this year we have interactive panels! This gives the audience the opportunity to ask questions and get answers! We have chosen panels of very diverse speakers, from different traditions, from different walks of life, with different opinions and ways of doing things so we’re sure the audience will be in for a very interesting and informative time. The first panel is themed around general esoteric and occult matters. The confirmed speakers on this panel are
David Rankine
Josephine McCarthy
Julian Vayne
Peter Grey

The second panel is themed around the art of divination. Questions answered about all areas of fortune telling.

Divination panel
Confirmed speakers
David Cypher
Kim Huggens
Paolo Fragale
Simon Bastian

The Great Big Occult Quiz
The afternoon offers the great big Occult quiz presented by the Notorious Grim Rita and the Glamazon Ms Kantelya Fortune. The quiz is centered on all things occult and we have some fantastic prizes on offer! The winning team will receive a free weekend stay at the Covenstead Witchcraft themed Bed and Breakfast courtesy of its glorious owner. This establishment is like no other and displays a huge collection of occult antiques, books galore and its very own ghostly residents! Runners up will receive Occult themed hampers, vouchers and other marvellous prizes! Get your study guides out!

The Day Market
Confirmed Stall holders are
Midian Books
DKHL
The Watchers
Scarlet Imprint
Stuart Littlejohn Art
The Fragrant Temple
Witchcraft Ltd
The Perfume Garden

The Kantelya Ball 7pm-11:30pm
after the conference has finished Ms Katelya Fortune will present the “Kantelya Ball” the Occult Conferences very own after party. A chance to mingle, wind down and have a little boogie! Drinks served at the bar until closing time! Music and mayhem! The dress code for the Ball is Fabulous! So get your glad rags on and enjoy! Ticket holders have FREE ENTRY! [via]

I:MAGE An Inaugural Exhibition of Esoteric Artists at Store Street Gallery on May 19-25, 2013 in London

Fulgur Esoterica has announced I:MAGE An Inaugural Exhibition of Esoteric Artists which will be running from May 19-25, 2013 at the Store Street Gallery 32 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London UK.

“I:MAGE

An Inaugural Exhibition of Esoteric Artists

LONDON, 19th-25th May, 2013

I:MAGE is a selling exhibition hosted by FULGUR ESOTERICA that brings together for the first time an international group of artists working in the esoteric genre.

Ranging from the work of progressive women such as Ithell Colquhoun and Steffi Grant, to the dark symbolist themes of Agostino Arrivabene and Denis Forkas Kostromitin set against the contemporary exploratory audio-visual practices of NOKO, I:MAGE promises to be a landmark exhibition.

Held in the heart of London at the Store Street Gallery, this show will cover two floors and over 1600sq ft of exhibition space. A full colour catalogue will be available.

To mark this occasion a week of special evening events and art-related projects will be held in collaboration with Treadwell’s Bookshop, next door.” [via]

“The Artists

Michael Bertiaux
Jesse Bransford
Ithell Colquhoun
Peter Dyde
Denis Forkas Kostromitin
Cristina Francov
Rik Garrett
Steffi Grant
Barry William Hale
NOKO
Orryelle
Francesco Parisi
Residue
David Chaim Smith
Austin Osman Spare

and special guest
Agostino Arrivabene” [via]