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Esoteric London - with Gary Lachman (The London History Festival)

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Kensington Central Library

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(Back of library, off from Campden Hill Road)

12 Phillimore Walk

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Welcome to the 11th annual London History Festival.

London is known for many things, from commercial enterprise to fashion. But it also has a kind of "secret history" as a city home to many important figures in the esoteric tradition of the West. This is the long heritage of mystical and magical ideas and practices that have formed a kind of counter-culture to the standard narrative of western intellectual history.

Among the many esoteric figures that have drifted through London's streets are Queen Elizabeth's astrologer John Dee, Nicholas Hawksmoor, architect of eerily evocative churches, the Swedish savant Emmanuel Swedenborg, the visionary poet William Blake, the Russian occultists Madame Blavatsky and P. D. Ouspensky, the notorious Aleister Crowley and his fellow initiate in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, W. B. Yeats.

This talk will look at some of these mysterious inhabitants of a mystical London and what their lives contributed to the magical aura of the city.

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Come along, enjoy a glass of wine and what promises to be a fantastic treat for all history buffs.




Please note that the concessionary rate of £3 per ticket is available to pensioners, students and people on benefits via a separate Eventbrite link.




About the speaker:

Gary Lachman is the author of twenty-two books on consciousness, culture and the Western esoteric tradition, including The Secret Teachers of the Western World, Lost Knowledge of the Imagination, and Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump.

He writes for several journals in the UK, US, and Europe, and lectures on his work around the globe.

In a former life he was a founding member of the rock group Blondie and in 2006 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Check out his blog at www.garylachman.co.uk


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"Lachman writes about philosophical and mystical ideas with exceptional grace, forcefulness and clarity."

The Washington Post


“It is no mean feat to make good sense of the Arcana and to cast light on the occult, but Lachman has pulled it off ...” William Irwin Thompson, author of The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light

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(Back of library, off from Campden Hill Road)

12 Phillimore Walk

W8 7RX

United Kingdom

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