The neoplatonic theory of the power of words is key to Western Esotericism’s magic, but one which is rarely examined. Plotinus and his ilk taught that thoughts were not abstract, 'unreal' things, but rather the essence of reality – and it was the material world that was illusory by comparison. Words, manifesting thought, possess intrinsic power which can affect the material world, they said. And they endorsed ceremonial practice -- which includes uttering magical words which emit 'ineffable power.' Our speaker asks: what is his theoretical basis for this theory of word power? What does it imply for astrology, divination? And what of that power greater than that of words -- silence? No expertise in late-antique Platonic thought needed – just bring an interest in magical speech, spoken spells, or ceremonial magic –or philosophy! Earl Fontainelle lives on Dartmoor where he is writing his University of Exeter PhD thesis on Plotinus. He works on various music projects, and plays in the Amsterdam-based country band Earl Fontainelle and the Pearl of Great Price. Price: £7.00 Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start Reserve your place via Treadwell's by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by phone, 020 7240 8906. Payment confirms booking. Treadwell's hosts courses and workshops taught by most experienced and gifted practitioners we know -- tutors who are not only advanced in their subjects but are also able to consider their practices thoughtfully and critically. Our aim is to make the study of esoteric disciplines available to thinking, well-read enquirers. You can get details on current events at http://treadwells-london.com/lectures_and_launches.html. We also do tarot readings (http://treadwells-london.com/tarot_at_treadwells.html), and you can subscribe to our mailing list (http://treadwells-london.com/mailing_list.html). (marysia)
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