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Dr Margaret Beardsley
Science and Magic: Sharing a language, divided by choice?
Drawing on her belief that science and magic are two parts of one continuous spectrum, this presentation will explore links between the two. Touching on Dion Fortune's views about the relationship between science and magic, the talk will then explore some of the ideas and practices common to both. It will consider some of the issues that have arisen when applying the methods of one to the practise of the other, and the challenges that face scientists and occultists today.
Margaret Beardsley is a professional scientist and engineer and a practising esotericist. Having gathered up the degrees of BSc, LLB and PhD, the majority of her professional life has been spent investigating incidents at industrial sites worldwide. She also has a keen interest in history, particularly the High Middle Ages in England. She has a special interest in the links between science and magic and the current convergence of the two.
SEPTEMBER 10th 2022
Dr Steven Critchley
The Magician has been instructed to “Inflame Thyself in Prayer” since the time of Abramelin The Mage and long before. In this talk, ancient pagan teachings concerning prayer will be explored as well as some aspects of the power of prayer in esoteric traditions and magical lore that are reflected in the work of Dion Fortune, her contemporaries and modern schools that are influenced by her teachings.
Dr Steven Critchley is the Director of Studies of the Servants of the Light school. For over 25 years, Steven has been involved, practically, with several aspects of the western esoteric tradition, especially working within Wicca, Esoteric Christianity and with the Mystical Qabalah. In 2007 he completed his PhD thesis on Thomas Taylor the Platonist at the University of York and he has a keen ongoing interest in Neoplatonism, classical theurgy and related magical traditions. Steven also demonstrates regularly on the platform in Spiritualist Church services working as a psychic and spiritual medium.
THE PROBLEM OF ATLANTIS
An exploration of religious and mythical assertions. The way we use language to construct interpretations of the world in order to create meaning. The magician's ability to reshape these forms through the power of thought and language.
Christian is a theologian and teacher of religious education. He came to the Mysteries as a teenager through the works of Doreen Valiente and later Marian Green. Over the years he has run his own small group and worked with a wide range of people, at one time publishing his own pagan magazine. He has written widely, not least a range of articles published in the Inner Light Journal. He has also contributed to the anthology "Sparks from the Cosmic Flame".
MAGIC AND RELIGION.. THEURGY AND THEOLOGY, THE NOT SO GREAT DIVIDE?
Mike discusses where and why worship and wizardy, miracles and magic, from Qabalah to Cauldron can and might meet.
Mike has been described as "an integral part of the Western MysteryTradition". mainly due to the fact that he's now quite old...as is the photograph above! . He was a student of the late Gareth Knight and consequently one of the founding Magii , of the Gareth Knight Group and an original member of the Gareth Knight Hawkwood diaspora of the nineteen seventies and eighties. He co founded the Avalon Group (now, once again the Gareth Knight Group) with Wendy Berg and thence The Company of Avalon, over which he still presides. He instigated these Dion Fortune Seminars with Naomi Ozaniec. His best known work is in the Brythonic Celtic Tradition. Writings include "Awen the Quest for the Celtic Mysteries", "Merlin's Chess" (a study of Gwyddbwyll magical chess), 'Working Notes for working Magic" and "Polarity Magic" (with Wendy Berg). He has written a mountain of articles and lectured in the UK, USA and Europe.
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