13th FebruaryOmphalos Magick Moot presents: Oak, Andraste
Hear Oak deliver his unique blend of stand up comedy and music from his first solo album Andraste.
Oak has played in a
many folk clubs in the West of England. In the 1980s and early -90s he played
bass guitar in several rock bands. He wrote songs which the bands recorded. He
has returned to his folk music roots.
His songs are inspired by nature and his spiritual experiences. The two are intertwined. He often meditates to find inspiration.
As well as his own songs, Oak plays traditional music. This, he feels, connects us with our roots and our culture. He believes that if a song has been sung for hundreds of years it’s likely to be a good one. He also plays contemporary ballads. A good song is a good song and our culture continues to evolve.
You can hear
samples of his album Andraste at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oak
He now lives between the Somerset Levels and the Quantock Hills. He is a popular performer at festivals and pagan gatherings and his songs have been played on the radio.
13th March: Omphalos Magick Moot presents Nick Hanks - Doorways to the Divine
This month we are
delighted to welcome Nick Hanks and Doorways to the Divine. Nick is a professional archaeologist and a
recognised teacher at the
His current interests are in ritual theory, practical philosophy and mindfulness meditation. He is dyslexic.
Doorways to the Divine - Sacred Spaces in Modern Religious Buildings. This talk is based on a presentation given to the Society for Social Anthropologists Conference in 2009 about the use of space in the buildings of eight different religions (Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, Ba'hai and modern Druids) and what they tell us about religious ritual requirements of space. The research involved mapping the activities in the space and interviewing those who actually used it. This talk is not an exploration of sacred geometry but of the space as experienced by the users, such as the restricted visual access and the attentional focus. Unlike previous interpretations by archaeologists, the liminal (an idea from anthropology) is placed at the centre and not merely the threshold, which leads to religious buildings distinctiveness
Time: 2pm for a 2.30pm start Cost: £5 donation - this enables us to pay expenses for our speakers and performers, and continue bringing you such a diverse and wonderful range of guests.