SPELLS WITH SPIRITS
Jake Stratton-Kent: Omphalos is delighted to welcome our controversial necromancer Jake back to present a talk on Spells with Spirits.
THE CREATIVE POWER OF THE MIND
Esmee Woolcomb: Esmee Woolcomb presents her first talk for Omphalos on the topic of visualisation and the Creative power of the mind. A subject known to be vitally important in all aspects of magickal working and indeed in our day to day lives.
MANDY PULLEN - ECO-SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER
Mandy Pullen is an Eco Shamanic Practitioner based on the edge of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. She runs workshops, courses and trainings in the subject of Eco Shamanism. Mandy has been practising shamanism since 2007 and in the last few years has developed a new way forward in shamanism which takes into account our changing consciousness of the Earth. She also runs pilgrimages which are currently based around the River Severn and it’s tributaries, gives talks about Eco Shamanism and works with others in the fields of plant spirit, eco linguistics and poetry.
Eco Shamanism synopsis
Eco Shamanism is a marriage of shamanism and deep ecology . . . and a way forward for our souls or spirits to reconnect with the anima mundi, or world soul. Eco Shamanism helps bring the world of spirit and our sensate world into a closer communion. As we launch ourselves into this new century it is becoming more and more necessary to see ourselves ‘as’ Earth, to see, hear, touch, taste and feel ourselves ‘as’ Earth rather than being ‘on’ it. The way we perceive our lives in relation to our Earth needs to change, it needs to return to a much more visceral sense of our existence. Crucial to this is engaging with our existence here on our Earth in our carnate form and seeing spirit in everything around us and becoming embedded within that perception. Eco Shamanism helps bring people back to their spiritual place within our world - it is a way or reconnecting and becoming one with our Earth. The talk will include a little audience participation!
Mandy Pullen Website
Celia learned about this tradition directly from Native Americans, with whom she worked on cultural preservation for many years. She will introduce you to the wisdom of the animal spirit guide and use shamanic journeying techniques to help you to identify your personal animal spirit guide, and honour and work with it.
Originally from Northumberland, author Celia Gunn spent many years closely involved in the renaissance of a Native American tribe, the Sinixt First Nation, a shamanic journey that changed her life. Her memoir about this extraordinary experience, 'A Twist in Coyote's Tale' (2006), inspired a film, 'The Sinix't: Bringing Home the Bones', which premiered in Canada in 2010.
Celia is now based in the West Country, where she works with her husband on revitalising our connection with the land, the ancestors and creatures-other-than-human. She has since published a novel, 'A Dark Wind' (2009) and a book on animal spirit guides, 'Totem Animals' (2010, 2016). Currently working on a sequel to 'Twist', and a book about the journey of healing, when not writing she can be found walking her elegant salukis or tending her beautiful woodland chakra garden.
SEED SISTⒶS Sensory Solutions (Herbal Evolution) Website
Fiona Heckels and Karen Lawton known as the Seed
SistⒶs, are lively teachers who are witchy herbalists with over
twenty years of clinical experience. They run workshops, ceremonies and
apprenticeships through Sensory Solutions, their educational social
They are deeply passionate about plants and creativity. And through their work aim to give people more autonomy in their health by connecting individuals with their local medicinal plants and the magical nature of the green world around us.
Come and explore the world of Sensory Herbalism. In this talk about crafting with herbs, they will describe their journey of how the magic of the plants have led their work.
NICK HANKS- Cheddar Gorge - geology, history and botany
Delve into the depths of the Britain’s biggest gorge. It is full of natural wonders large and small, including unique species that are here and nowhere else and curious hybridizing trees. The caves have tales to tell from the evidence Ice Age cannibalism to the beginnings of the show caves, via hunting kings and the famous Cheddar cheese. This talk is based on research for the National Trust guidebook.
MIKE SLATER-Witch-Scratching, Conjurors and Non-Conformists
presents our very own Mike Slater.
Whilst researching for a friend, Mike discovered a story in a newspaper column containing familiar names and places. It described an attack on an old woman in a Devonshire village who was suspected of being a witch. This woman turned out to be the author’s ancestor, and the subsequent investigation into her story led to the uncovering of a veritable pandemic of “witch scratching” and even murder of mostly elderly women. The figure of the village “conjuror”, a West Country term for somebody who could remove the Evil Eye, loomed large behind the scenes along with odd connections to non-conformist and millennial religious groups. The enigmatic Exeter prophetess Joanna Southcott and her followers make an appearance along with the Leeds witch, and murderess, Mary Bateman. The long-held belief that, by drawing blood from a witch, one could negate her power was also behind the famous murder of Ann Tennant, in the Warwickshire village of Long Compton in 1875, a deed that was influenced by a cunning man who was one of the “water doctors” of Northamptonshire.
Follow Mike on his journey that produced his book “The Old Woman and the Conjurors”. Hot off the presses! If you are lucky he may even have some to sell.
PAOLO SAMMUT: Spirits of the Mauve Zone: a tour of the ideas of Kenneth GrantKenneth Grant, as Aleister Crowley's final student, has produced a wonderful and fascinating body of work which is a testament to a magical life well lived. His ideas touch upon many areas ranging from H.P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon mythos to UFO lore; the cults of Ku; the Egyptian Priestess/King Sobek Neferu and even stranger areas such as the spirits of Liber 231. This talk will explore some of these concepts as we walk through themes in the Typhonian Triogies and look at the magic which Grant enthused about.