Thursday, 5 January 2017

Star of Ishtar Video Presentation

Here is a video of my first public presentation of 2017 for Glastonbury Positive Living Group

I'm currently writing a book entitled Atargatis. This is a major project, tacking a wide subject range, that attempts to do justice to one of the great adventures of my life. Long-term readers of this blog might recall the summary of the story I have republished here that was originally written in 1993.

The book includes an important section concerning how, in 1992, in the midst of a Babylonian past-life saga and the energy blast of initiation into Reiki and Osho Sannyas, I experienced a coming together of all my interests in time and synchronicity into a system of knowledge based on the eightfold wheel of the year that gave me a glimpse of a higher-dimensional form in which the mystery of my true identity resides, the 'Star of Ishtar'. This is a presentation of that material, full of typical tales, expanding on ideas from previous lectures, which contains many actionable takeaways potentially of use to anyone.

Brean Down as seen from the pier at Weston-super-Mare Dec 2016.

Thanks to Chillfilms  for the recording.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The Gurus and the Second World War video presentation.

Here is a video of my presentation for the Glastonbury Positive Living Group in September.

Although complete in itself it does sit well alongside my earlier lecture on Dion Fortune and the Occult Battle of Britain.

Primarily focused on Meher Baba, it also includes material on Narayan Maharaj, Sri Aurobindo, and the Mother.

The important second half tells personal stories of my father's experiences in India and Burma and how a mysterious destiny was gradually revealed. With this, the story opens out to contemplate the spiritual connections between Britain and India.

Thanks to  Chillfilms for the recording and to Samia and Dave of  Glastonbury Positive Living Group

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

New Book. The Michael Line, the Qabalah and the Tarot.

Having been booked to appear at the upcoming Avalon Tarot Conference to give a presentation of my classic material on the Michael Line, the Qabalah and the Tarot, a wild idea occurred to me. Could I get a book together on the subject and manifest it in time? This was on August 11th. The conference is on September 10th/11th. A month. I had to check with printer as to when they would need the work if I wanted it in time. I also needed my graphics man, the redoubtable Bernard Chandler, to be available. It turned out he was soon to go on a family holiday. I was scheduled to be working 8 hour shifts in a warehouse in the coming week. It was crazy. 

I brought together some material from my other books and some magazine articles and wrote quite a bit of new stuff. In terms of what I did, the project was completed in 7 days that included 2 where I worked 8 hours in the warehouse. This provided a surreal contrast to the ten years it took me to write Avalonian Aeon.

From the back cover.

The Michael Line,

the Qabalah & the Tarot

is a unique adventure that brings together
the Earth Mysteries, Psychic Questing, magic, art, creativity,
 history, and mythology,
 in a powerful blend that presents
 a transformative way of approaching a sacred landscape.

The Archangel Michael and his Age.
The Paths of the Dragon.
A Maltwood Mystery and the Sun and the Serpent.

The Green Stone and the Lights of Knowledge.
Ancient Egyptians in Britain. A Qabalistic path.

Albion Rising: the 1991 Michael Line Rally.
Landscape tarot and artefact retrieval.

1997. General Election Cycles of Time.
Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune.

2011. Royal Wedding Cross of St George.
Seven Barrows and the Belinus Line.

Graham Phillips, Dion Fortune, Paul Broadhurst and Hamish Miller,
Rudolf Steiner, John Michell, Aleister Crowley, William Blake,
Andrew Collins, Katharine Maltwood.

80 pages. £9.99

Monday, 5 September 2016

Avalon Tarot Conference

There's a great tarot conference in Glastonbury this coming weekend.

I'm giving one of my best presentations, The Michael Line, the Qabalah and the Tarot, on the Sunday.

I will be in splendid company. Do come along if you can.

Michael Line Temperance card. Artwork Yuri Leitch.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Glastonbury Romance 2003: the Daemonic Genius of John Cowper Powys Video

Here is a 40 min lecture I gave to the Powys Society Conference in August 2010, not long after Avalonian Aeon was published.

Thanks to Raymond Cox of the Powys Society for permission to reproduce.

Why did it take me over ten years to write Avalonian Aeon?  There are good answers here. I always knew that the book would feature John Cowper Powys in a big way as I wanted to convey the extent of his influence and inspiration upon me. It seemed likely that I would need to re-read his thousand-page epic novel A Glastonbury Romance again. I actually ended up reading it 3 times in a 12 month period. This seems absurd but quite remarkable events occurred during that time which seem inseparable from my readings of the novel. These events were powerful and disturbing. I make my case for the artist as magician and Powys as one of the great magi of Glastonbury in that he communicated something vital about the place that none of the other luminaries of his time, Dion Fortune and Frederick Bligh Bond for example, managed to do.

So here is a complementary telling of my story of Abraxas in the Abbey also told in my Crowley and Jung lecture and the story of a terrible murder.

The contents of this lecture have since been published in my Glastonbury Psychogeography.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Babalon Working video lecture

I'm very pleased to finally be able to post a video of a lecture I gave at the March 2015 Glastonbury Occult Conference.

The Babalon Working is an enduring interest of mine for many reasons, primarily the amazing cast of characters involved. This lecture brings together material in my book Aleister Crowley and the Aeon of Horus and includes quite a lot of my unique take on the controversial role of L Ron Hubbard in the proceedings. Being as I'm fairly unusual in occultist writers in not having a default hate position on LRH, I feel that has enabled me to see a few interesting things others might have missed.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Magical Battle of Britain Video

Here is a video of my recent Glastonbury presentation.
It is nearly 2 hours long.

 It was given on April 21st as a benefit for the Library of Avalon. 

This was the same evening that beacon fires were lit around the country as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. There was one on Glastonbury Tor and there is a brief visualisation to link in with it in the spirit of Dion Fortune's 1940 workings featured about 50 minutes into the video.

The material is a glimpse into the immense amount of information and ideas I have gathered for my long-term writing project on this subject.

Includes Dion Fortune, Wellesley Tudor Pole, John Goodchild, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Rudolf Von Sebottendorff, Karl Maria Wiligut, Glastonbury, and Wewelsburg.

Thanks to Tim and Janet Hale for filming it.