is a practicing occultist and writer. His own journey has taken him through
shamanism, Wicca, Druidry and Thelema but he is probably best known as a chaos
magician. So what exactly is chaos magic, and how is it connected to Julian's
fascination with the spiritual use of mind altering chemicals?
In this talk Julian will lead us into the rich world of psychoactive plants, chemicals and even animals. Exploring why it is that governments, both Communist and Capitalist are dedicated to the War on (some) Drugs, we will discover the radical alchemy that underpins the magickal use of these substances. Mixing humour, academic research and personal accounts Julian's talk is one trip you don't want to miss
Caroline is a Wiccan High Priestess who ran the Talking Stick talks forum in
She is also a co-organiser (with Vivianne Crowley and Caroline Wise) of an annual series of magickal workshop rituals, the next being "The Emerald Tablet" in
May: Jake Stratton-Kent – Goetic Magic
edition of the Grimorium Verum under the title The True Grimoire, the first
volume of his Encyclopaedia Goetica. He is currently working on Volume Two, an
extensive survey of the Greek origins and mythic background of goetia, with its
roots in chthonic religion and the magical papyri.
Properly understood goetic magic is the only continuous tradition in modern neo-paganism. These origins permit a magical renaissance separate from the later Judaeo-Christian redaction of ancient magic.
...there are other ways... using the fictional tales that fill our culture as a modern mythology. Movies, TV, SF and fantasy fiction and comic books can all offer insights on magic and mysticism.
Cat Vincent coined the term Guttershaman to describe this perspective - an urban path based on the mix of 'fact' and 'fiction' with personal experience. He talks about some of the inspiration he has found along this path, with particular reference to the noted comic writers and practicing mages Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. Cat Vincent's Guttershaman Blog
11th July: Professor Ronald Hutton – 'Fairies'
"Since the 1970s there
has been a major revival of interest in traditional fairy lore. This talk is
intended to examine accounts of fairies in folk belief from across the
Ronald is Professor of
Books referred to in the talk:
-Katherine Briggs, "The Fairies in Tradition and Literature" (Routledge,
-Diane Purkiss, "Troublesome Things: A History of
Fairies and Fairy Stories" (
-Lizanne Henderson and Edward J. Cowan, "Scottish Fairy Belief" (Tuckwell,
-Jeremy Harte, "Explore Fairy Traditions"
18th/19th September 2010: Omphalos Magickal Fayre
will not be meeting on the 2nd Sunday of September but instead on
the 3rd weekend there will be 2 days of great speakers and a
fabulous party on the Saturday night. Visit http://www.theoccultreview.com/page4.htm for further info.
10th October: No speaker but there will be talking stick style discussion topics. Click the Discussion link for more info.