Events in and around Glastonbury

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Events happening in the Glastonbury area this week, or the near future.

(Past events here)

PRC Talk ‘The Passing of the Flame – Dion Fortune, W.E. Butler & the Way of High Magic’ with Ian Rees

Session 4: ‘Passing through the Pillars’.
‘The Passing of the Flame’ is a series of 8 themed but standalone talks taking the major themes of Dion Fortune’s work and exploring them as expressed through the work of W.E. Butler and Tom Oloman. This fourth talk will focus on the ancient image of the Pillars of the Temple and on working with opposites. The sephiroth Hod and Netzach the spheres of mind and feeling and their relationship to the body and the foundation will be contemplated. The nature of personality and the practice of the Magical Personality and its roots in the Golem operation will also be considered.

Glastonbury PLG ‘Numerology Taster – Part 2′ – A talk by Richard Cullen

During this Numerology Taster session Richard will look at the energy you bring to the earth plane when you are born. This is derived from your birth name and each person will have the opportunity to determine the capabilities and talents (often latent) they were born with, their inner motivation, and discover what numerology has to say about their secret dreams.

PRC Talk ‘Mysterium Artorius: Arthurian Grail Glastonbury studies’ with Paul Weston

A series of self-contained but connected presentations from the book Mysterium Artorius.
Session 2: ‘Arthur: Archaic Deity and Dark Age Enigma’.
There is little doubting that the stories of Arthur contain far older themes and motifs. Paul will consider how far this can profitably aid us in understanding his allure.

PRC Talk ‘An Alchemical Journey’ with James North

Session 4: ‘Alchemy, Spirituality and Psychology – How the Art was Reborn in the 20th Century’.
What actually is alchemy? ‘An Alchemical Journey’ is a series of 6 stand alone themed talks that will introduce us to this fascinating subject. The great psychologist Carl Jung was fascinated by alchemy. Although he did not accept the main claims and practices of some of the great alchemists, Jung saw alchemy as reflecting deep truths about the human psyche. In this fourth talk James considers that Jung was far from the first to see the spiritual value in alchemy. Jewish Kabbalists, Christian monks and Rosicrucians, Muslim Sufis, as well as the great alchemists of the East, all left profound teachings on the spiritual meaning of alchemy. In this session, we will go deeper into the meaning of spiritual alchemy. As well as looking at the New Age revival of interest in alchemy, we will begin practical work with some of the powerful seed images of the tradition.

PRC Talk ‘The Passing of the Flame – Dion Fortune, W.E. Butler & the Way of High Magic’ with Ian Rees

Session 5: ‘Piercing the veil Paroketh’.
‘The Passing of the Flame’ is a series of 8 themed but standalone talks taking the major themes of Dion Fortune’s work and exploring them as expressed through the work of W.E. Butler and Tom Oloman. The Veil Paroketh is the filter between the deeper aspect of our nature and our outer personality. In this fifth talk of the series Ian will address our relationship with intuition and inner guidance. He will also consider the alchemical path of the arrow, confronting the shadow and working with the energy of death as we part the veil.

PRC Talk ‘An Alchemical Journey’ with James North

Session 5: ‘Rekindling the Fire – The Revival of Laboratory Alchemy’.
What actually is alchemy? ‘An Alchemical Journey’ is a series of 6 stand alone themed talks that will introduce us to this fascinating subject. Conventional historians normally see alchemy is only an unscientific prelude to chemistry, while Carl Jung thought alchemy was a purely inner process. But most of the great alchemists didn’t separate spirit from matter. They performed the intense operations of the Work in the laboratory, but knew that these processes must also be going on in the ‘inner laboratory’ of the soul and spirit. In this fifth talk James will go deeper into the nitty gritty of medieval laboratory. Working with pictures of the alchemist at work, we will see how knowing how the athanor, balneum maris, or pelican were used is important – not just to see how expert they were at complex chemical operations, but because the tools of the laboratory have exact spiritual equivalents. We will also touch on the revival of herbal and mineral alchemy in modern times.

PRC Talk ‘Mysterium Artorius: Arthurian Grail Glastonbury studies’ with Paul Weston

A series of self-contained but connected presentations from the book Mysterium Artorius.
Session 3: ‘The Twelfth Century Grail Epoch’.
The historical cultural backdrop to the emergence of Arthur as European superstar and the production of the Grail romances is extraordinary. Paul will focus on what he calls ‘Grail culture’ rather than the claims of any particular artefact or bloodline, with the sense that this is something available to everyone rather than just a small select group.

PRC Talk ‘The Passing of the Flame – Dion Fortune, W.E. Butler & the Way of High Magic’ with Ian Rees

Session 6: ‘The Sphere of the Sun’.
‘The Passing of the Flame’ is a series of 8 themed but standalone talks taking the major themes of Dion Fortune’s work and exploring them as expressed through the work of W.E. Butler and Tom Oloman. This the sixth talk will consider the Qabalistic way of the Heart, the name YHVH and the Path of the Healing Name. The Sefer Yetzirah, the book of Creation and the process of Genesis will be considered as exemplars of this process.

PRC Talk ‘An Alchemical Journey’ with James North

Session 6: ‘Alchemy and Rosicrucianism – the Heart of Christian Spirituality’.
What actually is alchemy? ‘An Alchemical Journey’ is a series of 6 stand alone themed talks that will introduce us to this fascinating subject. Since the 19th Century, various magical groups in the Western tradition have identified themselves as Rosicrucian. But few present day students go deeply into the original meaning of the Rosicrucian Movement in the 17th Century, or they would find that alchemy is central to Rosicrucianism. In this final talk of the series James will consider how, for a short period it looked as if Europe might embrace a spiritual and magical form of Christianity, totally compatible with science and capable of connecting with so-called pagan mysteries and other religions. Tragically, this did not come to pass, but the spiritual heart of Rosicrucianism lives on. We will explore the Rosicrucian impulse through practical work based on one of the great texts of spiritual alchemy and initiation, The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosencreuz.

PRC Talk ‘Mysterium Artorius: Arthurian Grail Glastonbury studies’ with Paul Weston

A series of self-contained but connected presentations from the book Mysterium Artorius.
Session 4: ‘The Grail Romances’.
A look at the two most important texts, the Perceval of Chretien de Troyes and Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival, with some of the more interesting interpretations involving heresy and Hermeticism.