Saturday, 18 June 2016

Babalon Working video lecture




I'm very pleased to finally be able to post a video of a lecture I gave at the March 2015 Glastonbury Occult Conference.

The Babalon Working is an enduring interest of mine for many reasons, primarily the amazing cast of characters involved. This lecture brings together material in my book Aleister Crowley and the Aeon of Horus and includes quite a lot of my unique take on the controversial role of L Ron Hubbard in the proceedings. Being as I'm fairly unusual in occultist writers in not having a default hate position on LRH, I feel that has enabled me to see a few interesting things others might have missed.


Monday, 9 May 2016

Magical Battle of Britain Video




Here is a video of my recent Glastonbury presentation.
It is nearly 2 hours long.

 It was given on April 21st as a benefit for the Library of Avalon. 

This was the same evening that beacon fires were lit around the country as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. There was one on Glastonbury Tor and there is a brief visualisation to link in with it in the spirit of Dion Fortune's 1940 workings featured about 50 minutes into the video.

The material is a glimpse into the immense amount of information and ideas I have gathered for my long-term writing project on this subject.

Includes Dion Fortune, Wellesley Tudor Pole, John Goodchild, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Rudolf Von Sebottendorff, Karl Maria Wiligut, Glastonbury, and Wewelsburg.

Thanks to Tim and Janet Hale for filming it.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Guest Blog Post: Wirral Park Roundabout Mystery




A piece adapted from material in my latest book Glastonbury Psychogeography has appeared as a Guest Blog Post on Particulations, the site of academic Psychogeographer Tina Richardson. My thanks to her for featuring it.





 

Friday, 15 April 2016

Mysterium Artorius now available on Kindle



My first book, Mysterium Artorius, is now available on Kindle in UK and USA.


Buy the Book in USA

Buy the Book in UK


Nine years on I'm still very proud of this work and the ground it covers.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Southend Glastonbury Cremation Ground Mandala Initiation.





Here is a 92 min video of my recent presentation for the Glastonbury Positive Living Group.

I thank Samia and Dave for inviting me to do it in full knowledge of the nature of the material involved.
Initial impetus from a conversation with Divyael.

Also yay to Chillfilms who recorded the basic footage.

I have added some imagery and music.


This is an incredibly strange, powerful, intense, potentially disturbing story. It is most definitely adult material and includes some strong language. If easily triggered, do not watch!

Twenty years after the events described I feel that I can't wait any longer to get it out there in some form. I've always intended to write a book about it but I have no idea when I might find the time to do this justice and I have never felt that this extraordinary tale was just for me so I'm uploading it for all those who might be going through their own distinctly weird spiritual dramas in the modern world and looking for some maps of the territory to assist them.

After I turned into a dolphin in Glastonbury and took Reiki and Osho sannyas initiations in the same week, I was thrown into an extraordinary initiatory ordeal involving past lives, serial killers, Sai Baba, a Kali machete murder, the Southend werewolf, and the Whore of Babylon. This is a tale of how Shakti Kundalini does its thing in the modern world. 



Friday, 1 April 2016

New Book. Glastonbury Psychogeography








After my presentation earlier this year I realised that I had enough material for a book and couldn't resist the challenge of putting it together at a rapid pace. It is a unique blend of Psychogeography and Psychic Questing

Some of the material in it has been repurposed from Avalonian Aeon.  

The material on Jung and Crowley featured in my Aleister Crowley and the Aeon of Horus appears again but in a hugely expanded context that shows what was going on in my life whilst I was putting it together. This includes my discovery of Jung's visit to Glastonbury and a heretical episode with psychic questing pioneer Andrew Collins involving Abraxas in Glastonbury Abbey.

What I have have called the Wirral Park Roundabout Mystery deals with powerful events in the Glastonbury of the nineties that occurred on opposite sides of it: the burning down of McDonalds and the fatal outbreak of Legionnaires Disease.

From the back cover


GLASTONBURY PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY
is a unique blending of Psychogeography and Psychic Questing, providing some remarkable perspectives on the historical mythic landscape of Glastonbury and its powerful genius loci. The works of great visionaries provide a context for the modern experiences of the author.

Includes
The View Over the Hawksmoor Matrix.
The Visionary Cities of William Blake.
The Daemonic Genius of John Cowper Powys.
Great Memoria:  the Eternal Abbey.
Wearyall Hill and the Fisher King's Song.
Collector of Souls: the Park Wood Murder and Twin Peaks.
The Wirral Park Roundabout Mystery.
Glastonbury Romance 2003: the Artist as Magician. Wisdom of the Dream.
The Visit of CG Jung to Glastonbury: Abraxas in the Abbey.
Kentucky Tescopolis: the Non-Place Membrane.
Holy Thorn Trauma.

Featuring
Iain Sinclair, Peter Ackroyd, William Blake, John Cowper Powys, Frederick Bligh Bond, Dion Fortune, Andrew Collins, John Michell, Arthur Rimbaud, Aleister Crowley, CG Jung.

121 pages. £11.99 




USA to follow soon.

 





Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Glastonbury Psychogeography




My first public event of 2016 is a presentation entitled

 The Psychogeography of the Wirral Park Roundabout.


It takes place in Glastonbury on Wednesday February 3rd at
 the Red Brick Building, Morland Enterprise Park, Morland Road, Glastonbury, BA6 9FT.

Entry is £5.00 with doors opening at 7:00 for a 7:30 start.

I will feature material that has been percolating in my head for decades.



John Cowper Powys meets JG Ballard. Psychogeography is a literary mythopoetic mode of understanding the effects of environment on human consciousness. Powys portrayed a conflict between two different levels of Glastonbury, the realm of the Grail and the domain of worldly concerns, business and industry, in his great novel Glastonbury Romance. This tension is played out in modern times with extraordinary intensity in one of the most powerful and generally unacknowledged zones in Glastonbury, the area centred on the Wirral Park (B&Q) Roundabout and its megalithic standing stone. 







Wearyall Hill and Beckery are the gestation points of the modern Glastonbury mythology, being the sites of the Joseph of Arimathea story and Blue Glass Bowl event respectively. John of Glastonbury also links the two places with a nebulous story of a convent of nuns on the hill and the strange journey of Arthur to a Grail chapel at Beckery where he received a crystal cross from the Virgin Mary. This brought the motif of the Chapel Perilous to a locale which in modern times became the location of a veritable wasteland of industrial decay.


View of mythic Glastonbury from decapitated Holy Thorn.




View from behind Holy Thorn to Glastonbury non-places (B&Q, Tescos etc).



 
JG Ballard expressed alienated post-modern sensibilities whereby the road and the car carry isolated people from one indistinct all-but-identical place to another and strange extremes of events and behaviour result. The Wirral Park Roundabout has a multitude of modern non-places clustering around it: two chain hotels, a supermarket, fast-food outlets, a petrol station, garden centre, and so on. An A Road takes innumerable people past it every day. 



Glastonbury non-places.



It is as if a strange membrane exists between mythic Glastonbury and the relentless spread of non-places that attempt to impinge upon it. In this unique area, conflagration and death have  resulted. I will discuss the outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease, the McDonalds arson, the Holy Thorn decapitation and much else.  

Maybe I might see some of you there. It is possible that a short book might manifest from the material one day ---