We have a series of interesting events lined up for October ’11 – feel invited to join in!
Talk by Allan Armstrong + Book Launch: Five English Alchemists + Symbolic Colours
Tuesday, October 4 @Watkins – 18.00 – 19.00 (rsvp/invite friends)
Join us for this mystical evening as Allan Armstrong will give a talk about two new books published by Imagier Publications – Five English Alchemists (by Robert Black) & Symbolic Colours (by Baron Frederic de Portal, first English publication since 1845!). Allan Armstrong is an esoteric scholar, the Prior of the Order of Dionysius & Paul, a position he has held since 1991. The ODP is a Religious Order dedicated to the contemplative life and the study of Comparative Religion, Mythology and Symbolism. His life’s work is devoted to developing a greater understanding of the spiritual life and the path of spiritual perfection in the context of the Order curriculum. His research interests reflect this in his a life long study of Spiritual Disciplines; Prayer & Meditation; Ritual; Healing; Kabbalah and Mysticism.
“Five English Alchemists” is an introduction to the most significant English exponents of the Alchemical Mysteries of the pre-Enlightenment era, who believed, as did the Greek philosophers before them, that all metals were based on a combination of the four elements, Earth, Air, Fire and Water. They knew how to change a base metal into gold by rearranging the proportions of these elements. This they achieved with the aid of a secret catalyst – the Philosopher’s Stone, and the main concern of the alchemist was the search for and preparation of this enigmatic substance.
The author, Doctor Robert Black, (born in 1925) has dedicated his life to the study of chemistry. In the course of his work he was led to understand that alchemy was not only a proto-science but also a profound spiritual discipline that connecting alchemy with modern chemistry. Dr. Black is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Society of Chemical Industry, and, in other fields, of the Society for Psychical Research and of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia, of which he was for many years Recorder-General.
“Symbolic Colours” is a rare and valuable treatise concerning the symbolism of colour written in 1837 by Baron Frederic de Portal. It was published in English as a limited edition of 100 copies in 1845. There has been no English edition published since!
Within the covers of this book the reader will discover a mine of information and lore, with many references scarcely known today concerning medieval symbolism and ancient uses of colour. He demonstrates throughout a profound familiarity with the esoteric teachings discreetly transmitted from generation to generation in the schools of initiation that have existed in one form or another throughout the history of humanity.
Frederic de Portal (1804 – 1876) was born into a minor noble family from the Languedoc who could trace their ancestry back to the early medieval period. They were very active during the Cathar wars of the Albigensian Crusade. However, it was Frederic, the Jurist, historian and author, who became, perhaps, the most distinguished head of his family. He is known to have written another book on symbolism but it was for this book, which was utilised by Eliphas Levi in his studies of the Kabbalah, that he is deservedly best known.
Radhanath Swami – The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami
Friday, October 7 @Watkins, 17.30-18.30
The book describes author’s personal journey from young Jewish boy in the suburbs of Chicago to renounced monk and spiritual leader in India. Join us for the book reading & talk, where Radhanath Swami will discuss how each of us can find our own path towards our personal journey home. In sharing his story with the world through The Journey Home, Radhanath Swami hopes that the lessons he learned on his quest can help inspire others on their own spiritual journeys. “This isn’t a book about me,” he says, “it is a story of how the Divine can work through any of us to accomplish wonderful things.” Rooted in his study of ancient India’s mystic devotional tradition, Radhanath Swami’s message is as profound as it is simple: by cultivating a rich inner life of self-awareness and a genuine practice of service, we can become instruments of compassion and agents of sustainable change in the world.
John Matthews & Mark Ryan – free Tarot Event (with readings all day)
Tuesday, October 11 @Watkins – 17.30-18.30 (rsvp/invite friends)
Mark Ryan & John Matthews, creators of the Wildwood Tarot, make a one-off appearance at Watkins Books.
Tarot readings: from 13.00 to 17.00 they will take turns to give personal readings with their tarot. This is a unique opportunity since neither Mark nor John give regular readings anywhere in the world. So come along and be part of a once in a lifetime event! To book a reading: £35 for a half-hour reading between 1-5pm. Tel 020 7836 2182.
Mark and John will give an introductory talk at 17.30 revealing some of the ideas and concepts in the Wildwood Tarot. They will then be available to sign copies of the deck, available from Watkins Bookshop.
Robert Howells – Inside the Priory of Sion – Book Launch, Talk & Signing
Thursday, October 13 @Watkins – 18.00-19.00 (free – rsvp/invite friends)
Rob Howells is a writer and researcher who has investigated esoteric and historic mysteries such as Rennes-le-Château and the Priory of Sion for the past 20 years. The Priory of Sion was thrust into the limelight in Dan Brown’s worldwide bestseller The Da Vinci Code – here at last is an insider’s guide to this mysterious organisation. Here is the first book to shine a spotlight on this group, drawing upon evidence from the Priory itself. It shows that the Priory is releasing information in a series of disclosures, to prepare the world for a catastrophe. This apocalyptic event will culminate in the emergence of a world saviour figure belonging to the bloodline of Christ…