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 ‘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.

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

Session 7: ‘The Way of the Sword and the Cup’.
‘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. In the seventh talk of the series, Ian will contemplate the way of the sword and the cup, the Sefiroth Geburah and Chesed, the process of balancing unbalanced force and the art of mediating between the worlds.

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 5: ‘In Search of the Ancient Wisdom Tradition’.
Is there really an ancient wisdom tradition and do the stories of Arthur and the Grail, the mythology of Glastonbury, contain traces of it? The labyrinthine quest of Geoffrey Ashe for the source of the importance of the number seven will lead us into Central Asia and stories of Shambhala and Agarttha.

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

Session 8: ‘Apotheois- the passage through the Abyss and the path of the Fool’.
‘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. In the final talk of the series, Ian will look at the sphere Da’at:- the knowing of unknowing and making the leap into the Abyss. We will contemplate the archetypes of the Fool, the Juggler and the High Priestess.

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 6: ‘Temple of the Stars’.
Mystical sculptress Katharine Maltwood believed she had discovered the source of the Arthurian Round Table in the form of a terrestrial star temple, an outpost of the ancient wisdom tradition expounded in Blavatsky’s Theosophy, in Somerset. The concept of the Glastonbury Zodiac has become perhaps the most controversial aspect of the town’s modern mythology. For all the lack of archaeology and history to support the idea, something about it seems able to catalyse extraordinary experiences and transformations. We come full circle, returning to the theme of the inspiration of the landscape upon the human psyche.