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Your Zodiac Soul: Twelve Gateways to Wholeness

Your Zodiac Soul: Twelve Gateways to Wholeness

Date: September 27, 2018

Time: 18.30-19.30

Location: Watkins Bookshop

In this talk, astrologer John Wadsworth will be sharing the fruits of his many years working with the Zodiac as a wheel of initiation, transformation and healing. This talk coincides with the launch of John’s new book Your Zodiac Soul, published by Orion Spring.

Rather than focusing on the zodiac signs as being indicative of twelve personality types, John will present the zodiac as a complete, alchemical emblem of the soul, offering twelve transformational gateways in the ever-turning wheel of life. Treating the zodiac in the manner of a medicine wheel that we all possess complete and whole within the psyche, John will take us on an journey to restore the power and integrity of its twelve archetypal images and demonstrate how we can engage with the wheel practically and alchemically in our everyday lives.

John became a professional astrologer in 1993, following a profound experience of communion with the night sky, which opened his mind to the poetry of the cosmos and radically altered his worldview. He has been teaching astrology since 2000, running the Kairos School of Astrology in Glastonbury. He is known as an innovator in the field, engaging with astrology primarily as an experiential practice capable of facilitating profound healing and transformation, and is the founder of The Alchemical Journey, a contemporary zodiac mystery school, based in Glastonbury. This work forms the basis of his book Your Zodiac Soul. John holds an MA in Cultural Astronomy & Astrology from Bath Spa University. He also teaches night-sky astronomy and runs a mobile planetarium for schools.

Andy Burnham on The Old Stones

Andy Burnham on The Old Stones

Date: October 4, 2018

Time: 18:30-19:30

Location: Watkins Bookshop

The Old Stones is a new book written by megalith enthusiasts for megalith enthusiasts. The book is the most comprehensive and thought-provoking field guide ever published to the iconic standing stones and prehistoric places of Britain and Ireland. The ultimate insiders’ guide, it gives unparalleled insight into where to find prehistoric sites and how to understand them, by drawing on the knowledge, expertise and passion of the archaeologists, theorists, photographers and stones aficionados who contribute to the world’s biggest megalithic website – the Megalithic Portal.

In this talk, Andy Burnham will explore acoustic, colour and shadow theory to get inside the minds of the Neolithic and Bronze Age people who created these extraordinary places. He will navigate you through the sites that have the most spectacular views, which are the best for getting away from it all and which have been immortalized in music.

Moon Laramie on Greta Garbo, The Mystic Swede

Moon Laramie on Greta Garbo, The Mystic Swede

Date: October 11, 2018

Time: 18.30-19.30

Location: Watkins Bookshop

Using examples from his book, Spirit of Garbo, Moon Laramie describes the spiritual journey of the Swedish film star Greta Garbo. Once described as ‘rather a crazy mystic Swede’, Garbo was an unconventional spiritual explorer with a profound sense of connection to the natural world. She was a ‘cosmocentric thinker’ drawn to occult ideas. Moon Laramie maps the essential aspects of self-actualisation, as defined by psychologist Abraham Maslow, onto Garbo’s spiritual journey. It was Garbo’s spiritual sense that enabled her to triumph over Hollywood, defying the patriarchal pressures of both the studio system and wider society.