Sunday 9th June: Donal Ruane : In Search of the Serpent : Donal Ruane will read sections from his forthcoming book ‘In search of the serpent’. The talk will mainly cover the spiritual crisis that sent him into the Amazon jungle over a decade ago on a profound journey deep into myself. It is a universal story of self-discovery and healing that needs to be told because it provides a portal into an arcane world of ritual magic and the real living breathing spiritual world that exists now and always – within and around us all.
Included in this talk will be a discussion of the importance in Amazonian magic of: the traditional dieta; receiving icaros (magic melodies); arcana (protection and defense); near death experiences; encounters with ‘spirits’ and the need to stay grounded while following this path.
There will be a discussion afterwards.
July & August – Talking Stick Discussions.
Sunday 8th September: Brian Paisley : Queering Witchcraft : Queering Witchcraft: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Pagan Witchcraft. To what extent does modern witchcraft reinforce social norms around gender and sexuality? Brian Paisley is doing postgraduate research at the University of Bristol, and this is a presentation of his interim results.