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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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John Sherry
[John Sherry]
Sunday 1st March 2020
'INTUITION AND CHAKRAS'
John Sherry (Leeds)

ABOUT THE LECTURE.
I had a question - Who am I? This led me to try to seek for an answer. Other questions that interested me were: What is God? What is Karma? What is reincarnation? etc. During my Shanl Dasha (Saturn Return) I was guided into Astrology in 1998. Then followed interests in meditation and palmistry. I was also interested in the concepts of Energy transfer. My vocational aptitude was towards Engineering.
I also had an opportunity to learn reflexology and few healings were witnessed. My interest obviously went into healing, and I went into various healing modalities. During healing, intuition was observed, and my interest went into intuition.
Energy transfers were witnessed more frequently. Presence of God was felt in anything and everything around me. The energies known and unknown were felt from a possibility to reality.
I realised that seeking is the key: What is the higher truth?
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
John Sherry is a member of the Leeds Theosophical Society. He is a lifelong spiritual explorer.
Tim Wyatt
[Tim Wyatt]
Sunday 15th March 2020
'HIDDEN FORCES, ESOTERIC POWERS & OCCULT ENERGIES'
Tim Wyatt (Leeds)

ABOUT THE LECTURE.
Mysterious energies shape and control us and our universe, potent energies which science has yet to identify, let alone recognise. In this talk Tim Wyatt explores what we know about the mysterious forces of prana, kundalini and fohat along with the etheric, astral, and mental energies mentioned so frequently in theosophical writings. How do they affect us and our planet. How do they operate? Where do they originate? Can we control these forces?
Humans also have stupendous powers and unlimited potential to evolve into true spiritual beings but are largely ignorant of who they are and how they work. Society, religion, education and other pressures often force us to severely limit that potential by downgrading and doubting our own abilities and possibilities. Theosophy and the Ageless Wisdom tradition are clear on one thing – we are all gods in the making and we can accelerate our journey towards that goal if we choose to do so. These little understood energies hold the key.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
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.

Finian Heavey
[Finian Heavey]
Sunday 22nd March 2020
'What Can a Theosophist Learn from the Old Testament?'
Finian Heavey (Nottingham)

ABOUT THE LECTURE.
Finian's talk will show how a dream detailed in a few verses in the book of Genesis sets off a whole string of ladder-based symbolism. Covering things as diverse as Freemasonry, the cult of Mithras (itself a profound influence), the Book of Isaiah and the practice of Judaism, down to esoteric practices over the last 200 years, and including contemporary ’New Age’ Ascension thinking.  
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
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
Erica Georgiades
[Ereica Georgiades]
Sunday 5th April 2020
'Western Methods and Techniques of Contemplation and Prayers'
Erica Georgiades (Athens, Greece)

“Prayer is to religion what thinking is to philosophy. To pray is to make religion.” - Novalis.
ABOUT THE LECTURE.
Platonic technique of contemplation of the stars, as a method to elevate and unite the soul with the divine. We will also explore, in the Christian tradition, two methods of praying: the first known as ejaculatory or aspiration prayers and the second one known as spontaneous prayers and how they lead the practitioner in mystical or ecstatic states
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Erica Georgiades MRes Religious Experience (Candidate) UWTSD; PgD (Merit) Ancient Mediterranean Religions UWTSD; BA (Honours) in Philosophy and Psychological Studies (Open).
Erica is the Editor of the FOTA Newsletter, a researcher on Theosophical History; secretary of the International Theosophical History Conference since 2018. She is the Director of the European School of Theosophy since 2016; and a member of the Theosophical Society since 1991. She lives in Athens, Greece.
The Roots of Wisdom
a Two-day Conference
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April 2020
£50 for both days; £30 for a single day
Concessions are available. Places are strictly limited so booking is essential. To book, log-in to Paypal.com and navigate to the Leeds Theosophical Society account by entering the email: info@ts-leeds.org.uk
Please confirm the number of places you are booking.

MAGIC AND ALCHEMY: The Secrets Revealed

Speakers: Tim Wyatt (Leeds); Dr Edi Bilimoria ( Surrey); Ted Capstick (Chester);
Ifigeneia Kastamoniti (Athens); Susan Leybourne (Northampton); Janet Lee (London); and John Chacksfield (Kent)
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THE SPEAKERS
[Ifigenia Kastamoniti] Ifigeneia Kastamoniti is the long-standing National Secretary of the Greek Section of the Theosophical Society and one of the principal organisers of the European School of Theosophy. An International Lecturer, she has held numerous positions in the theosophical lodges of Athens for more than twenty years. She is a former editor of Ipsos magazine and has translated more than ten major Theosophical classics from English into Greek. She has travelled extensively throughout a long career and has made a special study of sacred sites around the world. She lives in Athens.

[Ted Capstick] Ted Capstick is an innovative and pioneering figure in the emerging science of esoteric astrology – an astrology of the soul rather than the personality. A former finance director in the National Health Service, he has devoted many years to exploring how these techniques can yield practical knowledge. He has conducted many thousands of readings and lectures extensively on astrology and other theosophical themes throughout the country. He lives near Chester.

[Dr Edi Bilimoria] Dr Edi Bilimoria DPhil, FIMechE, FRSA. Edi is a writer, lecturer, educationalist and engineer. Born in India and educated at Imperial College and the universities of Sussex and Oxford, he is Board Director and Treasurer of the Scientific and Medical Network, which awarded him a prize for his book ‘The Snake and the Rope’. A student of the perennial philosophy for half a century, Edi has given courses, lectured extensively in the UK and internationally. As an award-winning consultant to the petrochemical, oil and gas, aerospace, transport, and construction industries, Edi has been project manager and head of design for major innovative projects like the Channel Tunnel and the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier. Edi is also a pianist of concert standard having studied at the Trinity College of Music. He lives in Surrey.

John Chacksfield is a health professional and has worked in adult mental health services for most of his career. He has been a student of the Western Mysteries since the age of twelve when he bought his first pack of tarot cards. He has studied various aspects of the mysteries and eventually joined a contemporary Golden Dawn order. He has lectured on the MA course in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred at Canterbury Christchurch University, on Kabbalah and other mystical practices and remains a guest lecturer on the MA course. He is a strong believer in the importance of ritual in society and that when it is missing it can cause societal problems. He lives in Rochester, Kent.

[Janet Lee] Janet Lee has MAs in both the History of Art and Design and in Psychotherapy and Healing Practice, centring her studies in both on spiritual transformation. She practices as a psychotherapist and clinical hypnotist, after a career as a senior broadcasting executive. She is a former National Secretary of the Theosophical Society in England and is now a TS member attached directly to the International TS in Adyar, India. She enjoys wonder and has travelled intrepidly. She lives in London.

[Susan Leybourne] Susan Leybourne is a PhD candidate at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, working on late antique theurgical texts and ascent mysticism. She has an MA in Ancient Religions from the university’s School of Classics. She is a former President of the Leeds Lodge of the Theosophical Society and a current National Councillor of the Theosophical Society in England. She has lectured widely in the UK and overseas, and been featured many times in the UK and International media. Some of her interests include Greco-Roman and Egyptian religion, mystery cults, oracular practices and prophecy in the ancient world, Jewish apocalyptic mysticism and traditional Kabbalah. She currently lives in Northampton.
THE CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Saturday 25th April
9.00-9.45am: Arrivals
9.45-10.15am: Welcome and overview of Magic - Tim Wyatt
10.15-11.15am The Sacred Dance and Its Ritual - Ifigeneia Kastamoniti
Sacred dance is to be found in every tradition, every religion and every culture from remote antiquity up to contemporary times. What has been its purpose, its significance and its ritual? Why has it played such an important role in mythology and history? How does it function today? This talk is an adventure down the ages exploring the magic and mysteries of sacred dance.
11.15-11.45am Break (refreshments available)
11.45-12.45pm White Magic and Focusing on the Greater Good - Ted Capstick
What is white magic but the spiritualisation of matter? As we proceed down our individual roads of development towards higher initiation we ultimately receive flashes of insight and inspiration of how to achieve this. In the emerging Age of Aquarius this process will be strengthened by the vibrant incoming energy of the Seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order and Magic.
12.45-2.00pm Lunch (not included)
2.00-3.00pm Isaac Newton and Srinivasa Ramanujan: Mathematical Souls in Spiritual Resonance - Dr Edi Bilimoria
This lecture traces the common elements in the very different personal lives of Isaac Newton and Srinivasa Ramanujan outlining their individual trajectories. It shows how the occult sciences can illuminate and enlarge our field of enquiry and deepen our understanding into how and why such phenomena occur. It elucidates how geniuses attain insight by direct contact with the unknown sources that surround them.
3.00-3.30pm Break (refreshments available)
3.30-4.30pm Ceremonial Magic in the Western Mystery Tradition - John Chacksfield
What is Magic? What is ritual? What is ceremonial magic? Why do we use rituals? This talk will explore the background and basics of ceremonial ritual magic in the context of the Western Mystery Tradition and specifically in the esoteric order of the Golden Dawn. It will examine its ancient roots, its role in the Victorian era and its use today, outlining the four steps essential for conducting rituals.
4.30-5.00pm Discussion.
Sunday 26th April
9.00-9.45am Arrivals
9.45-10.15am Welcome and overview of Alchemy - Tim Wyatt
10.15-11.15am Alchemy and the Evolution of the Mysteries - Ted Capstick
The popular notion is that alchemy is about transmuting base metals into gold. But it is far more than that. It is a spiritual science of self-transformation. This talk explores the nature of the alchemical quest and the mysteries of metals. It shows how alchemy is linked to accelerating the development of consciousness and can lead us to our spiritual goal.
11.15-11.45am Break (refreshments available)
11.45-12.45pm Magic and Alchemy in Art and in the Psychotherapeutic Work of C G Jung - Janet Lee
Magic and alchemy have inspired and intrigued artists and esotericists since the dawn of time. Both are often perceived as exoteric practices but Theosophists know that both depend on the quality of our inner lives for their success. Art and spiritual work show the way. This illustrated talk examines the symbolism of both traditions and what it can teach us about initiation, the Mysteries and our own spiritual transformation.
12.45-2.00pm Lunch (not included)
2.00-3.00pm The Hermetic Axiom – Dr Edi Bilimoria
This talk explores the how ‘analogy’, ‘correspondence’ and ‘correlation’ lie at the very heart of the alchemical and magical tradition. It will show how these ideas are discernible in all life and existence. It will explore the relations between human principles and corresponding cosmic principles; between human principles and physical nature (the chemical elements); and between human principles and states of matter as well as colours and sounds.
3.00-3.30pm Break (refreshments available)
3.30-4.30pm Inner Al-kemi: The Science of Godhood - Susan Leybourne.
This lecture will examine the theory and practice of spiritual alchemy towards personal deification or angelification in late antiquity, exploring complementary teachings in Neoplatonic, Gnostic and Jewish mystical sources. These reveal techniques for self-transformation and clear instructions for unfolding one’s god-nature. What can be learned from these ancient sources? How might they practically assist us in our quest for soul- immortality?
4.30-5.00pm Final thoughts.

Tim Wyatt
[Tim Wyatt]
Sunday 10th May 2020
'PROOFS OF REINCARNATION'
Tim Wyatt (Leeds)

ABOUT THE LECTURE.
Half a century ago belief in reincarnation in the West was firmly a minority pursuit - the weird and cranky world of a few spiritual eccentrics. ut there has been a remarkable sea-change. Reliable surveys in recent decades in Europe and the US showing growing interest in this idea. Recent research reveals that up to a third of people now describe themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious’ with most of these also believing in re-birth of some kind. Some polls even show more people believing in reincarnation than in God! This is progress.
However, the majority of people remain unconvinced. Even providing ‘physical’ proof of non-material realities still fails to persuade diehard sceptics that re-birth is a reality. Those of a materialistic rather than spiritual persuasion smugly assert that anyone entertaining such ridiculous notions are crazy or at least deluded victims of wishful thinking or ‘primitive superstition’? Nothing – not even repeated cycles of birth, death and re-birth – convinces the cynics that we experience more than one visit to the classrooms of Earth School.
Nevertheless, evidence for re-birth is powerful if not overwhelming – ranging from potent past-life memories and deep-seated phobias to Near Death Experiences, physical scars and much else besides. Humanity’s expanding intuitional abilities have also convinced many that they have been here before and will return again. In addition, there has been a vast amount of research conducted since World War II and much of it this highly persuasive. Tim Wyatt has been sifting through the vast body of supposed ‘evidence’.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
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.

Gary Kidgell
[John Sherry]
Sunday 5th July 2020
'Greek Mythology: Pathways to Higher Consciousness'
Gary Kidgell (Dundee)

ABOUT THE LECTURE.
Gary utilises the content of classical esoteric and religious teachings, together with the works of Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell and others, as a means of illustrating how the tests and trials, and the successes and failures encountered by the heroes of Greek myth represent the archetypal challenges and rewards related to our own spiritual development and growth. His presentation will consider how we can relate the symbols and imagery of the Greek hero myths to our own lives to obtain insight and inspiration for our own existential ‘hero quest.’    Gary has written a new book on this subject which will be available for purchase on the day.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Gary Kidgell is a professional esoteric astrologer and a teacher and lecturer in metaphysics. He has studied esoteric teachings for the last thirty-five years. Gary has lectured extensively throughout the UK and in Europe. His recently published book entitled The Inner Journey: Pathways to the Higher Self' has been distributed internationally. Gary is also a member of the Claregate College Metaphysics group and the Director of Studies for their two audio-visual online courses: 'Foundations in Esoteric Studies' and 'Esoteric Psychology: The Seven Rays'.
Gary is a member of Dundee Theosophical Society, the former Organising Secretary of the Theosophical Society in Scotland and a National Lecturer for the Theosophical Society in England.
Details: www.soul-centred-astrology.com
Tim Wyatt
[Tim Wyatt]
Sunday 6th September 2020
'Title to be Arranged'
Tim Wyatt (Leeds)

ABOUT THE LECTURE.
Details Later.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
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.



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