Talks for 2016

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Sunday Feb 14th :

Wylde Hunter - Obeah - British Voodoo: Myths, spirits & practices:  

    Here to expand on his previous talk on British Voodoo is Wylde Hunter. Very well recieved last year and back by popular demand; Wylde Hunter is a compelling speaker and the subject matter is a fascinating one.

Sunday Mar 13th :

Peter Knight - The Cerne Abbas Giant - Landscape, Gods and the Stargate:
    Omphalos Magickal Moot welcomes back Peter Knight

Sunday Apr 10th :

Marina Graham – The Geometry of Avebury:
    “Ever since 2010 when I noticed that a pair of eclipses lined up on opposite horizons with a line of Stones in the outer circle at Avebury around the Winter Solstice I have been doing geometrical experiments based on the lines and circles which precisely fit the aerial view of it. Astounding patterns emerged once I had established the working centre. Since these patterns include figures which are not easy to draw I have been obsessively driven for years to find out what makes this possible. I have since made extensive discoveries far beyond the wildest of my initial imaginings. I will be giving my first talk on this subject on Sunday to the Bath Omphalos Society, when I hope to cover some of the basics of the painstaking and sophisticated ancient science which seems to lie at the very roots of all geometry. I have encountered methods which are entirely logical and which make sense when you see them, but which I suspect may perhaps also be almost entirely lost to contemporary mathematical thinking. The closest thing to this geometry that I have ever come across is the geometry behind the Antikythera Mechanism. This is an ancient Greek computer which was being deciphered in the 1980s by Professor Derek de Solla Price. Eventually modern photographic techniques were able to confirm his theory by making it possible to read and translate previously invisible Greek texts written on the mechanism. The recent BBC documentary on this subject helped me to make a crucial breakthough in understanding the Geometry of Avebury.”

Sunday May 8th : 

Mogg Morgan – Isis, Goddess of Egypt and India.
    The story of Isis and Osiris is the basis of Egypt’s most popular religion. I trace the origins of this to the Egypt’s pyramid age in the middle of the second millennia BCE. This, I shall argue, is the basis for what comes later in the time-line, when the world was dominated by the Greek and Roman Empires. Isis and Osiris became the focus of a global religion and the basis of the most popular of all classical mystery cults. This is also precisely the time at which a small, Near Eastern shrine was built in South-West India to service the needs of the merchant trading post. Mysteries of Isis were popular among all social classes in the ancient world, but especially mariners. I present a complete and ‘lost’ version of the most famous drama of all time, the celebrated myth or passion play of Isis and murdered husband Osiris, clearly recognizable even in its current idiom based as it is in South Asian ritual drama. The drama is reproduced in its entirety as it reveals many previously unknown aspects of one of the world’s oldest myths.

Sunday June 12th : 

Nick Hanks -   " Doorways to the Divine – How Sacred Space Works in Religious Buildings."
    What does a stone with Bronze Age rock art, and a non-conformist chapel have in common? Ritual spaces whether built or temporary, whether circular or rectangular have certain requirements in order to work. These requirements emerge from our fundamental relations between mind and body, and are expressed most clearly at the thresholds within sacred spaces. This talk draws on published academic research.

Sunday July 10th: 

Andrea Kundry - Speaking about Tobias Schneebaum:
    The Inspirational & Imperfect Adventures of an Artist & Animist Anthropologist.

Tobias Schneebaum

Sunday August 14th: 


Sunday Sept. 11th: 

Mike Slater: THE OLD WOMAN AND THE CONJURORS - Fear, suspicion, and retribution in the 18th and 19th centuries.

    I am an amateur historian with a keen interest in the local "eccentrics" and how they fit into wider psyche of all classes. On 9th November 2015 I was side-tracked into a little bit of reasearch by a post by Paolo Sammut on Facebook about an eccentric and interesting young lady called Valerie Meux. Whilst investigating the humble birth of this woman in the Devonshire newspapers of the mid 19th century, I came accross an article on witchcraft in an adjacent column. This article described an attack on a suspected witch from a small Devonshire village called Colaton Raleigh by the name of Susannah Sellick, a name and a village familiar to me. She was my first cousin of six generations ago.
The attacks were planned and pre-meditated, and I discovered numerous similar attacks reported in the papers, particularly in the West, which seemed to have at their root the local county Wizard or Conjuror, often male but not always.
    This talk will explore some of these characters, the Perrys of Somerset, the Bakers of Devon, Janny Hooper of Cornwall, to name some of the key players, who reached notoriety as the "County" conjurors and should, I believe, have a large place in the history of the traditions that most evoke our interest. Also I shall touch on the Tring witches, Ann Hill of Malmesbury, William Abrahall of Bristol and the Monkton Combe Ghost and others that have popped up along the path.

Sunday Oct. 9th: 

Wylde Hunter: Working da' British Boneyard.

Hawarth Presenting an Omphalos favourite Wylde Hunter coming to talk to us on a fascinating subject:-
Inspired by the book, "Working da' Boneyard" by Creole Voodoo priestess Denise Alvarado, this will be an exploration of British cemeteries and burial sites followed by a guide to working with the spirits found there.

Image: Haworth Cemetary, Yorkshire.  © Mike Slater 2014

Sunday Nov. 13th: Nick Hanks

"Dyslexia: more than just getting your 'mucking worms fubbled'"

Our friend and an old favourite Nick Hanks gives us an opportunity to travel through the realms of dyslexia from his own personal (and therefore unique) point of view. Expect unusual twists and turns in this talk peppered with humour and delivered in Nick's inimitable style.

A journey through neuroscience, Hollywood, comedy and simulations for the non-dyslexic, to this different way of perceiving and thinking.

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