Talks for 2014



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Sunday Feb 9th : Prof. Ronald Hutton : 'The Ancient Mysteries.'  Omphalos Magickal Moot is proud to present Professor Ronald Hutton Speaking on 'The Ancient Mysteries'. Professor Hutton lectures on paganism and the history of the British Isles at Bristol University and has recently been appointed to English Heritage as an advisor.

Sunday 9th March. : Gavin Baddeley : Towards a history of Diabolism, or  why witches still need the Devil.

'Gavin Baddeley is quickly becoming the patron saint of gothic journalism because of his humorous, sometimes ironic writing style, his thoroughness, and his obvious interest in the dark cultures.’ - Journal of Pop Culture

Gavin Baddeley is an English writer specialising in the devilish and decadent, Gothic and macabre, with a special interest in the darker fringes of history. In addition to penning a number of books in these areas, he’s written for numerous, diverse periodicals and newspapers, ranging from the Observer and Knave, to Metal Hammer and Medieval History magazine. While researching his first book, Lucifer Rising, Baddeley was made an honorary priest by the 20th century’s leading Satanist, San Francisco’s ‘Black Pope’ Anton LaVey, and has subsequently made many media appearances - on TV, radio and film - and advised sundry bodies as a leading expert on the dark arts.

Sunday 13th April. : Mike Slater “Bristol Tentacles”
Bristol was very influential on the occult scene of the late 18th century, Mike looks at the links with London and the characters involved, his research is ongoing and new surprises always seem to come to light.


Sunday 11th May: Peter Knight : Peter lives in Wiltshire, close to the magical landscape of Avebury, and he is well known in the South for his lively and enthusiastic workshops, convention lectures and field trips about topics relating to our ancient landscape. He was co-founder of the Dorset Earth Mysteries Group and an Honorary Member of the Dorset Dowsers, as well as on the committee of the Wyvern Dowsers and the Society of Ley Hunters.  In 2005 he instigated the first ever Convention of Alternative Archaeology and Earth Mysteries, now held annually in October in Dorset, offering a platform to both new and established speakers and authors. He is an Honorary Member of both the Antiquarian Society and the Wessex Dowsers.

Sunday 8th June: Jake Stratton Kent: Jake is the author of “The True Grimoire”, “Geosophia”, and the forthcoming “The Testament of Cyprian the Mage”. This is the final work in Stratton-Kent's acclaimed Encyclopaedia Goetica series. The Testament of Cyprian the Mage is an ambitious and far-seeing work, addressing two ends of the magical spectrum: the Testament of Solomon and a version of the Iberian Book of Saint Cyprian. This work draws upon these texts to create a clear understanding of the practice of grimoire magic, not as a discrete or degenerate subset of ceremonial magic, but one which is integrated with folk magic and witchcraft. In particular we discover a shared dramatis personae, the infernal pact, and a common terrain of Wild Hunt and Sabbat. (Scarlet Imprint )


Sunday 13th July: Orryelle Defenestrate Bascule: Time, Fate and Spider Magic:

Time and Fate seem intrinsically entwined, and the primary avatars and deities of both are arachnean in nature- multi-limbed Hindu creator-destroyers such as Kali and MahaKala, and the Greek Moirae who spin, weave and cut our allotted span. Following up on the release of his book on the subject from Avalonia (to be launched June 2014), Orryelle will explore the relationships between these concepts and archetypes. In contrast with Hawking's 'Brief History of Time', his newly revised and expanded tome is more of a 'HERstory of TimEmiT' -following the mythic, magical and poetic aspects of time's spiralling course and Fate's intricate web of connectivity. Orryelle's presentation will include a bit of performancy and live music (violin, voice) as well as talking and discussion.

Orryelle is an Australia-based esoteric artist in many media, including painting, sculpture, writing, sound and performance art. His 'Tela Quadrivium' series of alchemical art books are published by Fulgur Limited (UK) and he regularly exhibits and performs internationally. His work engages with connecting the subconscious and conscious through employment of magical and mythical symbols and archetypes.

Sunday 10th August: Wylde Hunter – Primordial Myth

Our very own Wylde Hunter will be informing and entertaining us with a talk on "Primordial Myth"

We will be looking at Ancient Greek, Babylonian, Viking, Christian and Indo-European Creation myths in order to focus on those primal essences of Chaos, Time, Darkness and others. Wylde wants us to explore esoteric sources from a place where Man was just a future twinkle in some Creator deity's eye!


Sunday 14th September: Lydia Maskell – In Search of the Wolf God (A Personal Journey)

Anubis; the origin of St Christopher; the cult of the Werewolf king; how to change into a werewolf; silver bullets; a year in the life of a werewolf; the Apollonian invocation; Yama's 2 dogs; Cerberus ... and more.

Sunday 12th October: Andrew Philip Smith – The Cathars of Southern Mediaeval France

The Cathars of medieval southern France were seen as heretics by the Catholic Church. They had an entire crusade launched against them and the Inquisition was founded specifically to root out the remaining Cathars and eliminate them and their beliefs. Their persecution is notorious but their own beliefs and practices are less well known. Were they really similar to the ancient Gnostics, and did they believe in reincarnation?

Where did they come from and could they have survived their genocide? Do modern neo-Cathar groups have any continuity with the medieval Cathars? And how did a doctor from Bath come to believe that he and his circle were a group reincarnation?

Andrew Phillip Smith, an expert on Gnosticism and author of the forthcoming Lost Teachings of the Cathars, will address these questions and more.


Sunday 9th November: Ezra VdreadMagickal Hypnosis In theory and in practice.

Some have attempted to dismiss Magick as mere hypnosis, but we may equally suggest that hypnosis is entirely magickal.
Both are concerned with altered states of consciousness, and utilizing them to create willed, directed and perceptible changes in the phenomenal world.
We will look at the theories behind both disciplines, comparing magickal and mystical models of mind with those of modern hypnosis and NLP, and look into their physiological basis.
We will delve into history and discover how hypnosis developed from Mesmerism, which was firmly rooted in the esoteric traditions and schools, and find that many features of modern magickal technique in fact originated with the Mesmerists.
Then we will look at the practice, elucidating some modern hypnotic techniques and considering how they could be used to enhance magickal practice, or indeed, how hypnosis could become magickal hypnosis!

Ezra is a qualified hypnotherapist and an associate of the Midlands institute of hypnotherapy, and has 30 years experience as a psychonaut and student of the mysteries.

Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815)