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Leeds Theosophical Society
Promoting understanding and respect for spiritual lifestyles in the Leeds Area
Founded Sept. 1900
12 Queen Square, Leeds LS2 8AJ
(Near the Merrion Centre)

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President: Dr Paul Barker
A branch of The Theosophical Society in England.
Registered Charity No. 1167737.


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Dr Paul Barker
[Dr Paul Barker]
Sunday31st March 2019 - 2:30 pm
'A Spiritual Journey from the Arabian Sea to the Indian Ocean:
The Jyotirlinga, Navagraha & Agni Temples of India

Dr Paul Barker

Paul will be discussing his recent pilgrimage across India where he visited a number of important temples including Somnath & the temple at Mallikarjuna, the 9 planetary temples at Kumbakonam, and the Arunachaleswarar Agni (fire element) temple. He will also include the visit to the Ramana Maharishi Ashram and the perambulation around the sacred  Arunachala Hill.  Walking around the Hill is called Giri Pradakshina. Pradakshina means the act of walking around any holy place in a clockwise direction, with one’s right side facing the object of adoration. Paul will also present the cultural art on display at the Tanjore Art Gallery. He will conclude with a description of his stay at Adyar where he visited the Theosophical Society International Headquarters. This will be an illustrated presentation.

Dr. Paul Barker has studied Vedic Astrology for over 10 years with distinguished tutors and scholars, and has spoken at International Conferences in the UK and Abroad. He is the President of the Leeds Theosophical Society. Paul has also studied spiritual numerology and the Tarot for over ten years. He is a student on the Jaimini Scholar Programme, which is a five centuries old lineage of esoteric Vedic knowledge.
Ted Caspstick
[Ted Capstick]
Sunday 7th April 2019 - 2:30 pm
Ted Capstick

Details Later.

Ted Capstick has studied Theosophy and the works of Alice Bailey for over 30 years and is a National Lecturer for the Theosophical Society in England. Ted has specialised in Esoteric Astrology, which he now practices professionally.
Susan Leybourne
[Susan Leybourne]
Sunday 14th April - 2:30 pm
'HEKATE: The World's Soul in Late Antiquity
Susan Leybourne (Northampton)

To most people familiar with classical mythology Hekate is the dark goddess of witches and magic, with parallels in many other ancient mythologies. She had a very important role in Homer's hymn to Demeter, where Hekate helps in the search for the abducted Persephone. This myth formed the back-bone of the Eleusinian mysteries and the mystery cult so favoured by the ancient world. However, in late antiquity, and arguably under Roman influence, Hekate took on a new, and very different role as World-Soul, or Cosmic-Soul. She was no longer seen as an underworld goddess and instead became the intermediary between the heavenly gods and humans. Still approached by those practicing magical rites, from the Chaldean Oracles, and the Greek Magical Papyri she became the power guiding human souls to their true homes among the stars, the ascent to godhood and the revelation of heavenly secrets. To Theosophists this concept of World-Soul, which has its origins in the works of Plato, has developed over time and continues to evolve.
In this talk we will look at the concept of the World-Soul, what that means to modern seekers and what is meant to Neoplatonic thinkers, and examine the ancient goddess behind this mystery.

Susan Leybourne is a past President of Leeds Theosophical Society. She has a background in ancient religions, ancient Greek philosophy, mystical experience in world traditions and comparative religion. She has worked internationally as a Clairvoyant, Medium and Healer in the UAE, Malaysia, USA, North Africa, West Africa and most of Europe. Susan has taught workshops and courses in UK, USA, Sweden, France, Spain, Holland and Norway and lectured widely at international Spiritual conferences and conventions in UK, Holland, Sweden, Germany, Denmark and Norway. She has been featured many times in the Media in the UK and abroad, including TV, Radio and national press and has been featured in TV programmes in Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Canada. Susan has also assisted academic researchers in PhD studies into Mediumship, Psychic abilities and consciousness.
Susan's Website: www.susanleybourne.com

Hugh Agnew
[Hugh Agnew]
Sunday 28th April 2019 - 2:30 pm
Hugh Agnew (Merseyside)

The human thinking self is a ray of the Great Flame, the Great Truth that sustains and fills the world, the One Divine Energy. That is our common higher nature. We grow by assimilation of more and more of that into our thinking nature, which thus slowly becomes the Flame and is no more under the domination of the forces below. We raise the mind little by little by finding and creating thoughts that glow and radiate, the “pure, strong, unselfish thought that raises the whole being to the heights of light,” transforming the mind little by little, day by day, till at last it reaches reunion with the Great Flame of Truth.

Hugh Agnew is the President of Merseyside Theosophical Society and a National Lecturer of The Theosophical Society in England. He is a lifelong spiritual explorer and a student of the esoteric mysteries, occult sciences and the Ageless Wisdom.
Finian Heavey
[Finian Heavey]
Sunday 12th May 2019 - 2:30 pm
Finian Heavey (Nottingham)

Details of lecture later.

Finian Heavey is the President of the Nottingham Theosophical Society and a National Lecturer of The Theosophical Society in England. He is a lifelong spiritual explorer and a student of the esoteric mysteries, occult sciences and the Ageless Wisdom.
Tim Wyatt
[Tim Wyatt]
Sunday 26th May 2019 - 2:30 pm
The School of Applied Wisdom Part 4
Tim Wyatt (Leeds)

Death is many people’s worst fear but it shouldn’t be. Death only prompts terror until it is correctly understood. Death as final annihilation, extinction or oblivion is a total myth and pernicious untruth. It is simply a change of state from the physical to the non-physical. Moving beyond the physical body into more subtle realms of being is not a tragedy but part of an inevitable cycle.
Members of some religions do indeed believe that life continues eternally in either heaven or hell but this is entirely illogical to those willing to think deeply about it. The truth is that we have all died and been re-born numerous times before but somehow we still haven’t got used to the idea.
We never stop living. The human spirit spends time not only in flesh and bone but in other non-material realms. Each new life is on Earth is a crucial learning experience which moulds subsequent re-births – all controlled by the Law of Karma or cause and effect. In some lives we make definite spiritual progress. In others we may backslide. But our overall goal is to evolve our lower and higher natures through a succession of lives until the need to return to physical form is superseded.
The purpose of this talk is to de-mystify death and redefine it as an important part of an endless voyage.

A lifelong spiritual explorer and a student of the esoteric mysteries, occult sciences and the Ageless Wisdom, Tim Wyatt has spent five decades working as a journalist in all sections of the broadcast, print and online media. A dedicated student of consciousness research, he is the founder of the Leeds-based School of Applied Wisdom.
As its name suggests The School of Applied Wisdom focuses on understanding practical aspects of the Ageless Wisdom, identifying how we can use key ideas and cosmic laws in our everyday lives. Each session examines how esoteric theory can be applied successfully to virtually all aspects of modern human activity. The school runs interactive workshop sessions for those interested in gaining a greater depth of understanding about themselves and the wider cosmos.
Tim travels extensively giving talks, seminars and workshops on occult topics to the Theosophical Society in England and many other groups.
Despite or perhaps even because of, having no recognised academic qualifications whatsoever, he has won awards for his plays and television documentaries. Tim is also the author of numerous novels, short stories, articles, non-fiction works and poetry. He is the founder of several publishing companies and two record labels. His other diversely chequered roles include film director, radio talk show host, car designer, public relations consultant, funeral celebrant, TV and film actor, musician, death counsellor, barman, teacher, DJ and advisor to government departments.
Tim is an avid walker, animal lover, book and art collector and naturalist. Apart from brief stints in London, Thailand and North West England, he has spent most of his life in the Yorkshire Pennines. These days he makes only rare and reluctant visits to cities.
Tim is the Treasurer of Leeds Theosophical Society, and a National Lecturer for The Theosophical Society in England.

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2019.

Speakers: Janet Lee (London), Susan Leybourne (Northampton), Ted Capstick (Chester),
Gary Kidgell (Dundee), Graham Pemberton (London) and Tim Wyatt (Leeds).

There are many diverse routes to occult knowledge and an esoteric understanding of ourselves and the universe. This two-day conference – the third in The Roots Of Wisdom series – explores the basic ideas behind some of the classical techniques of prediction and divination such as the Tarot and the Kaballah. It will also examine other important avenues such as astrology, symbolism and alchemy but also how esoteric ideas are hidden in the worlds of both art and science.
£45 for both days; £25 for a single day includes refreshments, but not lunch. Concessions are available. Places are strictly limited so early booking is recommended.
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Ifigeneia Kastamoniti
[Ifigeneia Kastamoniti]
Sunday 23rd June 2019 - 2:30 pm
Ifigeneia Kastamoniti (Greece)

We only become truly human when our latent spiritual powers eventually awaken. This innate power can be activated through use of the will, by prayer or via deep meditation and body control. But there is also another way. This involves tapping into the vital energies of sacred and holy places. These powerful natural energies help not only heal our minds but can be used for soul therapy.
In this illustrated talk the prominent Greek theosophist Ifigeneia Kastamoniti will explore how these esoteric forces were well understood by the initiates of old who used them to determine where to construct holy buildings or new cities. She will identify how these forces operate at key sacred sites.

Ifigeneia Kastamoniti has been a member of the Theosophical Society in Greece for almost a quarter of a century and is an accomplished student of esotericism as well as a frequent speaker. She has been a member of the board of the Hellenic section of the Theosophical Society for 20 years and secretary for the past nine years. Ifigenia is the editor of the ILISOS, the magazine of the Greek Theosophical Society, editor of the Theosophical Publishing House in Athens and also the translator of many theosophical books. She has also spent several years as a lodge president. Ifigeneia is also the Secretary of the highly successful European School of Theosophy http://europeanschooloftherosophy.eu

Alan Clay
[Alan Clay]
Sunday 22nd September 2019 - 2:30 pm
'Sedna Consciousness: The Soul’s Path of Destiny
Alan Clay (New Zealand)

Discover the evolutionary spiritual power of Sedna, the new esoteric outer limit of our solar system and learn of the profound implications for society and for each of us individually in the coming years, as she approaches her closest point to Earth.

New Zealander Alan Clay has been a practising astrologer for over 40 years, with a background as a humanistic astrologer inspired by the work of Dane Rudhyar. Over the past 20 years this has broadened into a study of Chiron and the Centaurs and more recently into the newly discovered Dwarf Planets. His book, 'Sedna Consciousness: The Soul’s Path of Destiny’ was very well received at its launch at UAC in Chicago and reviewers have called it: 'a groundbreaking book’, ‘essential reading for astrologers’, 'a well-written, well-researched, and easily readable book' and 'a treasure trove of information and inspiration’. Alan will be lecturing on Dwarf Planet Astrology at the Federation of Australian Astrologers conference in Melbourne in January 2020.
Alan Clay's Website: www.sednaconsciousness.com

Cyrus Ryan
[Cyrus Ryan]
Sunday 29nd September 2019 - 2:30 pm
'STAGES OF INITIATION: Comparing Yoga, Buddhism and Theosophy
Cyrus Ryan (Canada)

In this talk we will discuss the different stages of Initiation, with the help of a chart that shows the various esoteric traditions and the different levels of Initiation. The knowledge about Initiation is still relatively new in the West, and for some time many people believed that H P Blavatsky/Theosophy originated the concept.  But Initiation has been the root of all true esoteric traditions for untold ages.  Initiation was a well-guarded secret hidden from the general public and even neophytes, until Theosophy opened the door allowing a glimmer of light to pierce the darkness on this most secret subject.   “Initiation is the process whereby the spiritual man within the personality becomes aware of himself as the soul, with soul powers, soul relationships, and soul purpose.”  ('The Rays and the Initiations', Alice A Bailey. pg. 341)

Creativity and spiritual experiences have marked Cyrus Ryan's life since a young age. He has spent time in India and Tibet, where he gained insights into the practices of esoteric Buddhism, the path of Vajrayana. An artist, writer and lecturer, Cyrus has lectured at The Theosophical Society, the Association for Higher Awareness (AHA), the New Jersey Metaphysical Society, and the University of Seven Rays. He has published articles in a variety of new age periodicals including The Beacon. His art reflects his understanding, his path and his inspiration from the inner esoteric worlds. He was first introduced to Theosophy and the works of Alice A. Bailey in the mid-1970s, and along with his teacher and other aspirants, Cyrus developed a Group Work which later evolved into a unique spiritual gestalt, which drove them deeper into the mysteries. He has been exploring esoteric knowledge for over forty years. Cyrus is the author of ‘Living on the Inner Edge: A Practical Esoteric Tale.’
Gary Lachman
[Gary Lachman]
Gary Lachman (London)

The Hermetica are Egyptian-Greek wisdom texts from the 2nd century ACE and later, which are mostly presented as dialogues in which a teacher, generally identified as Hermes Trismegistus ("thrice-greatest Hermes"), enlightens a disciple. The texts form the basis of Hermeticism. They discuss the divine, the cosmos, mind, and nature. Some touch upon alchemy, astrology, and related concepts.

The term particularly applies to the Corpus Hermeticum, Marsilio Ficino's Latin translation in fourteen tracts, of which eight early printed editions appeared before 1500 and a further twenty-two by 1641. This collection, which includes Poimandres and some addresses of Hermes to disciples Tat, Ammon and Asclepius, was said to have originated in the school of Ammonius Saccas and to have passed through the keeping of Michael Psellus: it is preserved in fourteenth century manuscripts. The last three tracts in modern editions were translated independently from another manuscript by Ficino's contemporary Lodovico Lazzarelli (1447–1500) and first printed in 1507. Extensive quotes of similar material are found in classical authors such as Joannes Stobaeus.

Parts of the Hermetica appeared in the 4th-century Gnostic library found in Nag Hammadi. Other works in Syriac, Arabic, Coptic and other languages may also be termed Hermetica — another famous tract is the Emerald Tablet, which teaches the doctrine "as above, so below".

All these are themselves remnants of a more extensive literature, part of the syncretic, intellectualized paganism of their era, a cultural movement that also included the Neoplatonic philosophy of the Greco-Roman mysteries and late Orphic and Pythagorean literature and influenced Gnostic forms of the Abrahamic religions.

Extracts from Wikipedia.

Gary Lachman (1955 - ) was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, but has lived in London, England since 1996. A founding member of the rock group Blondie, he is now a full time writer with more than a dozen books to his name, on topics ranging from the evolution of consciousness and the western esoteric tradition, to literature and suicide, and the history of popular culture. Lachman writes frequently for many journals in the US and UK, and lectures on his work in the US, UK, and Europe. His work has been translated into several languages. His website is: www.garylachman.co.uk

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