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020 7419 8507

Dear Friend of Treadwell's,

 
As it's travel time for many, the shop's been full of visitors from all around the world. Thanks for stopping by, dear friends!  And many of you have also been writing to us from all over - to say such nice things about the online bookshop, which now has another new 20 titles added, predominantly on Traditional Craft and folk magic. Check it out! B elow is our events programme, with courses and lectures and performances. You can purchase tickets online or, as before, by ringing us here at the shop.  Click or ring! Our best regards,

 

 Christina, Dianne, Kate and Livia

Events

Tue 3 September & following Tuesdays  Book now                             

Tarot Foundation Course

Sue Merlyn

Learn to read tarot with a gifted, experienced teacher. In this eight-week class, you learn the mystical symbolism of the tarot cards, the visual language of their codes and archetypes.  By the end of the course, students can do basic readings and use tarot in meditation. Includes practice sessions, homework, backup support and exlusive handouts. Tutor Sue Merlyn has been reading tarot for over 30 years, and her teaching gets rave reviews. Course Outline.  Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Treadwell's certificate, and can attend guided follow-on practice sessions. Max 14 students per class.

Time: 7pm - 9.30 pm
Price: £200 (£100 deposit, balance due on first night) 

Book online or ring  0207 419 8507

Wed 4 September & following Wednesdays     Booking Now

Tarot Intermediate Course

Diana Taylor

This  eight-week course is for people who have a working familiarity  with the tarot. It is dedicated fully to an in-depth analysis and exploration of the 22 trumps of the major arcana - from the Fool to the Star to the World, and all in between.  Each is covered in turn, with discussion on the multi-faceted ways of understanding it, including kabbalah, depth pyschology and Western classical magical tradition. Students receive a large body of handouts, exclusive to those on the course. Diana Taylor is a knowledgeable and gifted teacher with 20 years experience in the subject. Class size is limited to 14 students, and those who successfully complete the course will receive a Treadwells Certificate.  Course Outline

Time: 7.00 pm to 9.45 pm

Price: £200 (£100 deposit, balance due on first night)  
Book online or ring 0207 419 8507

Thursday 29August

Woden and the Wolf-Kin

Stephen Pollington

The god Woden was the patron of the East Anglian royal family when paganism was giving way to Christianity. Tonight's speaker takes this fact and goes further, arguing that in the Sutton Hoo burial itself we can see an active cult of Woden, giving new evidence drawn from experimental archaeology. We invite you to come, learn and consider the thesis. Stephen Pollington has been written many books on Anglo-Saxon England, most recently  Elder Gods - The Otherworld in Early England.  He is a good speaker and returns to Treadwells with a warm welcome back.

Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start

Price: £7      Book online or ring 0207 419 8507

 

Sunday 1 September

Herbalism Workshop: Berries

Natasha Richardson

London herbalist Natasha Richardson teaches you how to work with wild berries, rich in vitamins and helpful in the upcoming cold and flu season.She will teach you the properties and folklore, and how to make your own medicinal berry syrup for coughs - in class you will also make a charmfor prosperity. The day will conclude ith a seasonal ritual. Places limited. More on Natasha Richardson.

Time: 11 am - 5.30 pm
Price: £45         Book online or ring 0207 419 8507

Monday 2 September

Treadwell's Open Circle

If you are a solitary pagan looking for experience of group ceremony and learning,  Open Circles are designed with you in mind.  These friendly evenings include discussion, chant, activities and ceremony.  Numbers are limited so that everyone has a more focussed experience. Led by Lisa Grace and Ellie Hughes, both of whom are experienced and active in the pagan community in London. 

Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start

Price: £7     Book online  or phone 0207 419 8507

Monday  9 September                                                         

A Priestess Rite of Bronze-age Syria

Soraia Tabatabai

Four fragmentary manuscripts from 13-century BC Syria describe, step-by-step, the ritual to install a high priestess of the local Storm-god of the town of Emar. Only discovered in the 1970s, they shed new light on the NIN.DINGIR,  “lady of the god," long-attested from as early as the 3rd millennium BC. Tonight's speaker has worked on the texts  for several years, and tonight re-lives the eleven- day ceremony, enlightening us on this ancient priestesshood. Soraia is a PhD candidate at UCL, who also works as an academic translator.

Price: £7 by phone on 0207 419 8507 or book online here

Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start
 

             

Saturday, 14 September                                            

Autumn Equinox: Custom, Lore, Magic

One-Day Workshop with Suzanne Corbie

Spend the day immersed in the ancient lore of  the autumn equinox period. You will be treated to folklore, traditional customs, pagan spiritual meanings. It includes illustrated lecture, handouts,  meditation and some traditional craft work. A full-participation ceremony completes the day. Ideal if you love folk customs, or if you are studying as a pagan. Suzanne Corbie is a practising Wiccan Priestess with over 37 years' experience. She brings a wealth of information and personal insight.

Price: £45 (£25 deposit, balance due on the day)

Time: 11 am - 5.30pm
Phone 0207 419 8507 or book online here

 

Friday 20 September

Abraxas 4 - Launch

Treadwells and Fulgur invite you

This night launches  Abraxas Issue Four, with a night of partying,  40 minute session of speeches, short presentations and a few words from each of the contributors who can join us.  When you've finished looking at the art on the walls we will serenade you wtih three short readings. Think of it as a salon for magic and the imagination. Join us, meet the contributors, and revel in the delight of magic and the imagination.  Brought to you by Christina, Livia, Robert, Merlin - all of whom work behind the scenes to bring Abraxas to life. Let us meet you,  the community we celebrate.

Price: free but please RSVP to Treadwells

Time: 7pm to 10 pm

Monday 23 September

Paganism in Fairy Tales

Joanna Coleman (Chichester)

How is the enchanted realm of the fairy tale relevant for today's magical practitioner? Tonight's speaker will lead us into the fairy tale world through the border between human and animal, considering how traditional tales narrate the voices of the non-human. Can telling the tale itself be a pagan act, recalling us to a wisdom we've forgotten to hear? Joanna Coleman is a doctoral student at University of Chichester, and has been giving workshops on paganism and folklore for five years. If 'once upon a time' still sounds to you like the first words of a magic rite, this night is for you. Image credit Victoria Frances

Price: £7          Ring 0207 419 8507  or book online here

Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start

Monday 30 September

Lairs of Chthulhu II: the Hollywood Years

Dr James Holloway

HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos conjures images of strange pre-human ruins. In fact, the author was keenly interested in archaeology and ancient history, and used these to create specific dramatic effects in his work. Tonight James Holloway explores archaeological ideas  in the Cthulho mthos, as reformulated in  films, games and comics issued since the author's death. This lecture  builds on ideas from the now-famed 2009 Treadwells Lecture. Archaeologist and Lovecraft buff Dr James Holloway studied archaeology at Cambridge University, where he received his doctorate, and returns to Treadwells' with a warm welcome.

Price: £7   Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online here

Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start

Wednesday 9 October

Hocus Pocus: Witches in Film

Judith Noble

Judith Noble is a noted film scholar and expert in Western occultism, and tonight she examines critically the portrayal of witchcraft  in feature film. Bringing  together expertise in the subjects of modern pagan witchcraft, Western esotericism,  popular culture and film-making, she offers new insights and raises new questions. A former producer who now lectures at University of the Arts in Bournemouth, she is a gifted speaker who returns to Treadwell's at our invitation. It's a lively, illustrated lecture for everyone.

Time: 6.45 for 7pm start
Price: £7         Book online or ring 0207 419 8507

Monday 14 October

Pryderi, son of Branwen

Stories from the Mabinogion - Fiona Collins

The Welsh tales are important for modern pagans, containing life lessons for the wise and telling of old gods and goddeses f the land. Tonight we meet the son of the goddess Branwen, Pryderi. Brave, bold and loyal, his life is entwined with two powerful women: his mother Rhiannon of the Birds, and his wife Cigfa. But in the end, Pryderi must go on alone. Join us as Fiona Collins takes us into his realm and his fate. A nationally renowned storyteller with over 20 years experience, Fiona is winner of numerous prizes and author of a new title, The Legend of Pryderi: Ancient Legends Retold. Signed copies will be on sale.

Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start
Price: £7   Book online or ring 0207 419 8507

Thurs 24 October

Alchemy: Symbols of the Rubedo

Paul Cowlan

Alchemist Paul Cowlan lectures on the symbolism of each of the famed phases of the Work, the alchemical process of perfection. Tonight he unlocks the Rubedo, the final reddening stage, the Rising Dawn, the attainment of the Philosophers' Stone. We learn what it looks like, how it can be 'multiplied', what its powers are, and what its dangers.  We will also meet some of those who claim to have made or used the Stone, and will glance at both ancient and contemporary evidence for the reality of the Lapis. Suitable for everyone, this illustrated lecture will rock your world. Paul Cowlan has been practising spiritual alchemy for over twenty years,  and is a popular speaker visiting from Germany.

Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start
Price: £7       Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online here

 

Tue 5 Nov and following Tuesdays

Planetary Magic Course

Sue Merlyn

Learn planetary magic,  the core of  Western magic.  Each week you work with one of the seven sacred planets, learning their esoteric meanings — and how do magical workings. This course is ideal for people on pagan paths and those exploring Western esoteric traditions. Classes include illustrated lecture, questions, handouts, hands-on practice, and homework.  Sue Merlyn has taught at Treadwell's for seven years, is a tarot consultant and astrologer (over 30 years), and holds an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology. She is is bright, organised, and friendly.  Those who successfully complete the class receive a Treadwells Certificate. Class size limited to 14 people.  Eight dates: 5 Nov, 12 Nov, 19 Nov, 26 Nov, 3 Dec, 10 Dec, 7 Jan, 14 Jan.

Time: 7pm - 9.30 pm

Price: £200  (£100 deposit, balance due on first night)
Book online or ring 0207 419 8507

 

Friday 25 October

Interview with a Pagan Priest

Pagans and Depression & Crisis

Tonight Christina Oakley Harrington interviews Cat Treadwell, a druid priest, on her work relating to crisis and depression in pagan spirituality. Pagans are good at celebrating life, embracing joy and accepting change - after all, it's a pleasure-affirming theology. Only recently have pagans  commenced addressing reality of Pagans experience of despair, anxiety, and hopelessness.  Cat is at the forefront of this work, and tonight we invite her to share her experiences and insights on one of the pagan community's few taboo subjects.  Join us and share a drink afterward in honour of her new book, Facing the Darkness.

Price: £7        Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online here

Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start

Saturday 26 October

On Liber Nigri Solis

An Afternoon Event

This modern astrychymical grimoire was published anonymously in 2004: an instant sensation. Theion Press's new expanded version prompts a day exploringit. Dr Eva Kingsepp (Stockholm University)  speaks on th history of the Black Sun symbol, from alchemy to Romanticism to German Naturphilosophie -  to modern right-wing misappropriations. Andrew Vee,  an author of the LNS, gives the second lecture, on  gnosis of our solar system Black Suns and relevant fictive points,  with the book's applied workings and sigils. The event concludes with a  "rite inscendence on a contra-solar journey starting from Casimi and finishing at piercing the Apex."  Drinks follow. Theion's David Beth will be with us on the day.

Price: £15       Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online here

Time: 1.45 for 2pm start, runs till 5.30

Tarot Readings

Treadwells offers in-house tarot readings.  Personally chosen and headhunted, our consultants offer readings in a context that is compassionate, intelligent and insightful.  Available daily 12.30pm to 7.00pm, including Saturdays and Sundays.  Rates: £50 full hour, £30 half hour.

Michelle Chaso  (Tue, Thu) her personal site
Suzanne Corbie (Wed)  her personal  site

Tomas d'Aradia  (Sun) his Facebook page
Diana Taylor  (Mon, Fri, Sat) her personal site

Patrick Andre (intermittent days) his personal site
 

Treadwell's requires that querents be aged 18 or over, and follows a code of ethical practice. Readings for private functions can be arranged, just contact the shop.  More on tarot on our website

Book your reading by phoning Treadwells on 0207 419 8507 or by  email.


Outside Events At Treadwell's Meeting Rooms

Our workshop space is sometimes used by other groups for their events and meetings. Treadwell's Bookshop is not the organiser for any of these - we are simply the venue and have no involvement beyond that.  Please contact the organisers directly.  More about Treadwells Room Hire.

Saturday 31 August

Sacred Seidr Songs

Kith of Yggdrasil - Frigga Asraaf  & Michiel de Nijs

A day exploring seidr, a pre-Christian Scandinavia oracular practice. Led by experienced Dutch seidworkers, who see seidr as a heathen shamanism/witchcraft within Norse-Germanic paganism. Time 11 am - 5pm, and price £30, or £25 for Kith of Yggdrasil members. Email Andre Henriques - andre@drawingdownthestars.com. Facebook event.


Friday and Saturday 6 - 7 September

Steve Judd, Astrologer

Astrology appointments

Astrologer Steve Judd, resident in Bath, is seeing clients in London for the day in our meeting room.  Consultations are available by advance appointment only. To learn more about Steve Judd, see his website, and to make a booking contact him though his Services page which includes an appointment booking form.

Thursday 12 September

Briony Hatch Book launch

Ginny and Penelope Skinner, with Limehouse Books

You are cordially invited to the launch party of this engaging graphic novel for imaginative younger readers of a magical persuasion. Your younger self lives again.  Briony Hatch hates reality; she prefers the fantasy world of her favourite novels. All welcome. The authors, Ginny and Penelope Skinner, will be signing copies on the night.

Price: Free but please RSVP bobby.nayyar@limehousebooks.co.uk

Time: 7.00 - 9.30 pm

Friday 4 October

Temple of Levanah

Vivianne and Chris Crowley

Dedicated to the Great Work, the Temple draws on Western magical tradition, Wicca and Buddhist practice -  and is open to those of all paths. There is meditation, attunement, honouring the Divine as Goddess and God, and exercises to develop visualisation and insight.  Email in advance to BMDeosil@aol.com
Cost is £8, payable on the door.

Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start

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