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Earth Lights, Earth Angel by Simon Wilson

Earth Lights, Earth Angel by Simon Wilson

This chapter argues that… a multidimensional transformation is evoked and enacted in Paul Devereux’s writing on what he calls Earth Lights. Drawing on the work of other researchers Devereux developed a hypothesis which was intended to account primarily for UFOs, but also illuminated the origins of many other anomalous phenomena, such as ghosts, fairies, Marian apparitions, etc. (depending on the cultural milieu of the witness).

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Dr Bernardo Kastrup on Myth, Allegory and Symbol – Saturday 23rd October 2021 – 3.00pm-4.30pm (UK time) – via Zoom – £15

Dr Bernardo Kastrup on Myth, Allegory and Symbol – Saturday 23rd October 2021 – 3.00pm-4.30pm (UK time) – via Zoom – £15

We are delighted to welcome the scientist and philosopher Dr Bernardo Kastrup to discuss the power of mythic and symbolic understanding for our age. We will talk with Bernardo about his book ‘More than Allegory’ and the relationship of intellect, emotion and belief in religious and mythic narratives and their importance today, followed by a discussion and Q&A with participants.

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Chakra Therapy and the Imaginal

Franceska Brown First, I’d like to walk you through the chakra system as I learned it to give you some background for the session demonstration you’ll see later. The chakra system dates back about 3,000 years to India and China and relates to the essential life force...

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Petite Pandora An Archetypal Adventure – Jodie Miller

Petite Pandora An Archetypal Adventure – Jodie Miller

Petite Pandora - An Archetypal AdventureI wrote and illustrated a children’s story based on the ‘Fool’s Journey’ of the tarot cards, which sees the main character Pandora embark on a quest for self-realisation by facing the archetypal forces of the psyche and...

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Orpheus redivivus: The Musical Magic of Marsilio Ficino

Orpheus redivivus: The Musical Magic of Marsilio Ficino

In a letter to Paul of Middelburg, written when he was nearly sixty, Ficino looks back over the great achievements of the Florentine Renaissance: “This age, like a golden age, has brought back to light those liberal disciplines that were practically extinguished: grammar, poetry, oratory, painting, sculpture, architecture, music and the ancient singing of songs to the Orphic Lyre”. He is of course referring to both his own and his friends’ well-attested skill at improvising or composing musical settings for the Hymns of Orpheus, which he himself had translated from the Greek, and whose ritual use in the practice of natural magic lay at the very heart of Ficino’s work with the Platonic Academy.

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Why astrology and medicine are not enemies – Angela Voss

Why astrology and medicine are not enemies – Angela Voss

Human beings have two quite distinct ways of knowing, and always have had – except that during the last four hundred years or so, one particular way has become super-dominant, exercising an authority (especially in the West) which has come to determine our assumptions about how everything happens.

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Imaginal References

Imaginal References

Imaginal Quotation References Here are the references for the quotations on the imaginal on the home page: Corbin, H.  Mundus Imaginalils at http://www.bahaistudies. net/asma/mundus_imaginalis.pdf Hillman, J. (1991) A Blue Fire - Selected Writings by James Hillman....

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What are religious research values? – Angela Voss

What are religious research values? – Angela Voss

At the beginning of CCCU’s ‘Strategic Plan for Research and Enterprise 2018-2-23’, it is claimed that the mission of the University is inspired by its Church of England foundation, “to pursue excellence in higher education: transforming individuals, creating knowledge, enriching communities and building a sustainable future.” 

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Platonic Myths: Likely Stories with Dr Angela Voss – 4 week course starting 31st October – 11am-12.30pm (UK time) – via Zoom – £60 full course/£15 per session

Platonic Myths: Likely Stories with Dr Angela Voss – 4 week course starting 31st October – 11am-12.30pm (UK time) – via Zoom – £60 full course/£15 per session

We will think about why and how Plato uses myths in his Dialogues, and what kind of ‘truth’ he is wanting to tell us using the language of the ‘likely story’. We will follow the themes of the creation, the nature of knowledge, erotic love as a spiritual path, and finally the experience of the afterlife, and consider the importance of these stories for us now.

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Imaginary Gardens and Real Toads with Victoria Field – 2nd November 2021 – 6.30pm-8pm (UK time) – via Zoom – £10

Imaginary Gardens and Real Toads with Victoria Field – 2nd November 2021 – 6.30pm-8pm (UK time) – via Zoom – £10

In this interactive talk, Victoria Field will explore some of the ways in which the poetic can enhance our lives and expand our sense of connection with ourselves, the world and the transcendent. Mindful reading of poems and writing in response can offer solace, pleasure, new insights and even awakening experiences. We will look specifically at how metaphor, form and rich ambiguity work in poems. No previous experience or knowledge is required. Please bring a notebook and something to write with.

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Re-Imagining the heart as an organ of knowledge to inspire community engagement in sustainability issues – Louise Livingstone

Re-Imagining the heart as an organ of knowledge to inspire community engagement in sustainability issues – Louise Livingstone

ESDGC is concerned with educating young people to recognise that they are part of a wider whole that encompasses a myriad  of issues including the environment, societal values and the economy (Welsh Assembly Government, 2008, p. 4). Specifically, the ESDGS makes clear that its main theme is about “values…attitudes, understanding and skills” (Welsh Assembly Government, 2008, p. 4).

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If You Don’t Love Trees, you don’t love God with Simon Wilson – 16th November 2021 – 6.30pm-8pm (UK time) – via Zoom – £10

If You Don’t Love Trees, you don’t love God with Simon Wilson – 16th November 2021 – 6.30pm-8pm (UK time) – via Zoom – £10

The theme of this talk is beauty, love and ecstasy, and how they may save us and the cosmos. In particular I will talk about love as a response to the theophanic beauty of the world and human persons. This ecstatic movement of eros is a personal call which lifts me out of my ego-centred self, abandoning myself to realise the divine presence and dignity of the other (whether human or non-human) as an icon of God. It is however a slow process and indeed it will never end, continuing, deepening, expanding for ever. This is an ecological vision which includes the afterlife, as it should.

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Becoming an Angel: the mundis imaginalis of Henry Corbin and the Platonic path of self-knowledge – Angela Voss

Becoming an Angel: the mundis imaginalis of Henry Corbin and the Platonic path of self-knowledge – Angela Voss

The profoundly alchemical implications of Corbin’s imaginal hermeneutics, in a spiritual sense, are illustrated by his interest in the hieratic art of statue animation, which he describes as:

neither a simple dramaturgy of the unconscious or psychological allegory, nor a simple manipulation of materials practiced in the manner of a mere chemist or pharmacist (droguiste). It is an operation at once material and spiritual, the juncture between the two aspects remaining the hidden secret underneath the symbols of the “Philosophers” (as the alchemists designate themselves).

Alchemy for Corbin is essentially the inner, spiritual work of attaining union between the human soul and its heavenly counterpart

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Sacred Journeys from the Centre – Viki Hall

Sacred Journeys from the Centre – Viki Hall

The inspiration for my creative project came when Angela Voss introduced Ficino’s ‘Book of Life’ and the idea of creating an image of the cosmos to contemplate in your home. I had a powerful reaction and decided to create my own version:

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Giving Shape to Dreams – Simão Cortês

Giving Shape to Dreams – Simão Cortês

Dreams are strange things. Whether we regard them as prophetic, psychoanalytic or merely as the reorganization of cognitive material during sleep, the truth is that they affect us. We wake up drenched in cold sweat, laughing, panting or crying because of dreams. Once I was so scared during a dream that I woke up to the sound of my own voice praying a Hail Mary.

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Vesica Piscis – Janice Emmott

Vesica Piscis – Janice Emmott

The vesica piscis is an ancient symbol with many meanings in cultures all over the world. It often symbolises a portal or bridge between between earthly and transcendent realms. I decided to explore this symbol for my creative project, and made a painted, printed and sewn cloth with vesical designs for contemplation and meditating on. I also some other art works – they were quite different from anything I’ve done before. This was truly a journey of creative discovery and ’embodied spirituality’ for me, which was very healing.

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How to Harmonise your Life with the Heavens with Angela Voss – 8 Week Reading Group – Friday 21st January – Friday 11th March 2022 – 11am-12:30pm (UK time) – via Zoom – £80

How to Harmonise your Life with the Heavens with Angela Voss – 8 Week Reading Group – Friday 21st January – Friday 11th March 2022 – 11am-12:30pm (UK time) – via Zoom – £80

This little treatise by Ficino, published in 1489, is a ‘hands on’ manual for aligning your soul to the planetary spirits for spiritual, psychological and physical health. In some ways it is very ‘new age’ – advising the reader on herbal remedies, musical invocations, astrological talismans and image-making – but it is also deeply theurgic, in that all these activities are part of an intention to raise the soul to the highest divine realm. We will take 2 or 3 chapters each week and discuss Ficino’s ideas and his metaphysical and philosophical framing, but also think about the implications of his teaching for our own lives.

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