Featured Zoom Lectures

Hekate : Meeting the Goddess of the Crossroads – Melissa Madara

This lecture will examine Hekate's pre-historical origins, her rituals in the PGM, her demonization in the Roman empire, and her evolution

Introduction to Planetary Herbalism – Melissa Madara

This lecture is an introduction to the art of planetary herbalism- a practice with roots extending deep into the ancient world

Working the Poison Path : Poisonous Plants for Witches – Melissa Madara

We will explore the mythology, history, and science of poisonous plants, providing an informed pathway for further exploration

Potions, Elixirs, & Magical Brews – Melissa Madara

This lecture will cover - herbal preparation involved in potion making, potions their components and uses and magical beverages from history

The Witch’s Guide to Crafting Oils, Salves, and Unguents – Melissa Madara

In this lecture, we will look at a history of magic oils, salves, and unguents, examining spells from the ancient past to understand why these substances have become so iconic

The Mythology & Folklore of Magical Plants – Melissa Madara

Join Catland co-owner Melissa Madara for a storytelling session & analysis of some of the most infamous plants in the witch's apothecary

Upcoming Zoom Lectures

Witch Marks – Prof. Marguerite Johnson

Detecting the so-called ‘witch’s mark’ or ‘devil’s mark’ was a means of proving someone was a witch.

A Short Course in Old Norse Cursing – Prof Bernt Thorvaldsen

This lecture delves into the more shadowy side of Norse magic.

Bedtime Stories: Spring Tides & Salty Tales – Giles Abbott

Spring Tides run high and so too do the stakes in this evening of thrilling tales from the British traditions of the Sea. Expect Mermaids, Sailors, Smugglers and Pirates.

Alchemical Illuminations: The Splendor Solis and Nicholas Flamel – Prof Evans Lansing Smith

The presentation continues with a focus on one of the most famous and splendidly illuminated texts of the Hermetic Renaissance

Cats in Mythology and Culture – Lena Heide-Brennand

we will take a closer look at the myths, the legends and the numerous superstitions that surround these fascinating and elegant creatures

John Kruse – The Faes’ Anatomy

In this talk John Kruse will examine what we know about the anatomy and physiology of faery-kind

Dark Fairy Tales by Viktor Wynd on Zoom

This evening Mr. Wynd will tells some his favourite tales heard around the world, from nasty Germans chopping up people and eating them to disgusting, macabre and delightful tales

Supernatural Mystery Symposium: Ted Serios: The Mind’s Eye, with Emily Hauver

Ted Serios was purportedly able to document his inner thoughts on Polaroid film in a process called 'thoughtography.'

Bedtime Stories: These Woods More Free – Madeleine Grantham

In These Woods More Free’ when Robin Hood goes to London adventuring

The Haven-Finding Art: An Intellectual Adventure of Celestial Navigation – Robert Hicks

This illustrated presentation explores one of humankind’s greatest achievements—wayfinding by the sky

Supernatural Mystery Symposium: Séance: Spiritualism, Photography and the Search for Ectoplasm – Shannon Taggart

Shannon will share stories and pictures from twenty years of photographing mediumship, explaining how two decades of investigation developed

Season of the Witch: The Book of Goth – Cathi Unsworth

a panoramic view of the musical culture of the UK in the 1980s

Wilde and Pagan? – Robin Herne

This talk will combine an overview of Wilde’s life and philosophy peppered with readings from his poetry and prose to illustrate

“Art begins where life ends; beauty is sublimated reality:” Joséphin Péladan and the power of Symbolist art – Dr Sasha Chaitow

this talk focuses on his concept of the role of art and artists and their power to effect individual and social change according to his esoteric-aesthetic philosophy

Haunted Houses in the UK – Lena Heide-Brennand

This lecture is illustrated with stunning artwork of the haunted places, and packed with historical facts, legends, and anecdotes.

Supernatural Mystery Symposium: Music from Elsewhere – Doug Skinner

presents music attributed to non-human inspiration— tunes from fairies, trolls, trows, angels, spirits, and aliens, as well as music generated by channeling, visions, and dreams.

Birthing Bunnies (and other such things) – Prof. Marguerite Johnson

This lecture unpacks stories around women giving birth to animals, from rabbits to pigs.

The Mythology & Folklore of Magical Plants – Melissa Madara

Join Catland co-owner Melissa Madara for a storytelling session & analysis of some of the most infamous plants in the witch's apothecary

Witchcraft During World War II – Julia Phillips

There is a popular belief that in the early days of World War II, a coven of witches gathered in the New Forest to conduct a ritual designed to repel the threat of a Nazi invasion

Supernatural Mystery Symposium: Publishing the Paranormal – Charles and Penelope Emmons

Charles and Penelope Emmons discuss their own adventures in publishing the paranormal in academic and other contexts and those of other researchers as well

17th Century Alchemy and the Rosicrucian Manifestos: Atalanta Fugiens and the Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosencreutz – Prof Evans Lansing Smith

This session delves into the mysteries of perhaps the most extraordinary of all alchemical texts, the Atalanta Fugiens of Michael Maier.

Art of The Solomon Islands – Kevin Conru

In the art of the Solomons, there is a link between the visual and the practical.

Trolls in Scandinavian 1800’s Art – Lena Heide-Brennand

this intertwines artistic mastery with mythical folklore, shedding light on the rich and intriguing portrayals of these legendary beings

Supernatural Mystery Symposium: Reclaiming Art – JF Martel

The book places art alongside languages and the biosphere as something endangered by the onslaught of predatory capitalism

An essential guide to Viking culture and traditions – Lena Heide-Brennand

In this lecture we will step into the captivating world of the Vikings and delve into their rich culture and enduring traditions

Lewis Carroll and Surrealism – Mark Richards

This talk will demonstrate Carroll’s influence on the Surrealists, explore the remarkable mind of the author

Franz Kafka and his view on life – Lena Heide-Brennand

a lecture that aims to wake an engaging exploration of Kafka's perspective on life, where the ordinary is transformed into the extraordinary

Count Stenbock: Decadent master of the macabre – a Zoom talk by James Machin

An introductory Zoom talk by James Machin on the decadent writer of strange tales, Count Stenbock – 'scholar, connoisseur, drunkard, poet, pervert, most charming of men'

Medieval Mermaids – a Zoom talk with Professor Sarah Peverley

This illustrated Zoom talk will explore the Medieval history of one of the most popular and long-lived of all the mythical creatures that humans have invented.

Bodies Behaving Badly – From Vagina Dentata to Wandering Wombs – Prof. Marguerite Johnson – 6 part Lecture Series

In this special six-part series, Professor Marguerite Johnson takes us on an uncanny journey across time and space into the wilds of human imagination.

Hirsute Women – Prof. Marguerite Johnson

This lecture considers hair as a marker of monstrosity, beginning with ancient accounts of the hirsute women

The Black Death and how it ruled the world – Lena Heide-Brennand

In this lecture we dive into the haunting history of the Black Death and explore how this devastating plague swept across the world

The Witch’s Guide to Crafting Oils, Salves, and Unguents – Melissa Madara

In this lecture, we will look at a history of magic oils, salves, and unguents, examining spells from the ancient past to understand why these substances have become so iconic

Alchemy and Hermeticism in Elizabethan Poetry: Marlowe, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton – Prof Evans Lansing Smith

This session focuses on alchemical and hermetic themes in brief selections from poetry of the Elizabethan era and early decades

Brothers Zara and Raum: The Real Story of a Fake Buddhist Rosicrucian Order – Philip Deslippe

This talk will tell the history of Francis Ormsby, Lewis Colburn, and their group, the Ordo Magiaro.

“You Are to Do What We Say”: The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle and his Spirit Guide Pheneas – Michael W Homer

This presentation will use previously unpublished materials to explore the séances in which Pheneas appeared to Doyle’s home circle

Malleus Maleficarum (1486) – the Medieval Witch Hunter Bestseller – Lena Heide-Brennand

Explore a chilling odyssey into the dark heart of the Middle Ages with a compelling lecture on the infamous "Malleus Maleficarum," from 1486

Portrait in Wax: The Anatomical Models of Anna Morandi Manzolini – Cat Irving

This talk will look at Anna Morandi Manzolini’s life and career, and her patronage by a Pope who promoted scientific investigation and the education of woman.

19th Century Children’s Stories and Songs – Lena Heide-Brennand

Welcome to an extraordinary exploration through the enchanting treasure of European folklore

Kitchen Kundalini – Xanthe Gresham

Plant lore and mythology have a tale for every malaise – including menopause and midlife crisis.

Greek Flower Power – Robin Herne

This botanical tour will look at some of these old tales and contemplate what they tell us about humanity, spirituality, sexuality

Potions, Elixirs, & Magical Brews – Melissa Madara

This lecture will cover - herbal preparation involved in potion making, potions their components and uses and magical beverages from history

Alchemy shifting into the Enlightenment: Alexander Pope to Goethe – Prof Evans Lansing Smith

The cultural transformations of the Enlightenment, or Early-Modern Era, involved the psychologicizing of alchemical mythologies

Darkling Shadows & Midsummer Madness: The Weird Fiction of R Murray Gilchrist – Daniel Pietersen

In this talk, Gilchrist scholar Daniel Pietersen will use newly-unearthed details of the writer's life to explore this change in fortunes and why Gilchrist

Bad Humored: humoral theory and its influence on medicine – Cat Irving

This talk will look at what humoral theory was, what it told us about the body, and the way it influenced medical thinking

Formidable Warrior Women: Tales of the Amazons in Antiquity – Connie Skibinski

This presentation examines a wide range of art and literature to trace changing attitudes towards these warrior women throughout Greece and Rome.

Working the Poison Path : Poisonous Plants for Witches – Melissa Madara

We will explore the mythology, history, and science of poisonous plants, providing an informed pathway for further exploration

19th Century Alchemy in Literature: Nathaniel Hawthorne to W.B. Yeats – Prof Evans Lansing Smith

One of the secret undercurrents of the literature of the American Renaissance in the mid 19th century

Painting British Folk Customs – Ben Edge

Join Ben Edge for this Zoom talk as he takes you into the heart of British Folklore and shares his own journey as an artist and gives insights into his creative practice

Ancient Greco-Roman Werewolves and the Posthuman Imagination: Finding the Hum(an)imal – Tanika Koosmen

this lecture will discuss the advent of the posthuman – and prove that it has existed for much longer than it has been recognised.

Knives Out! A history of human dissection – Cat Irving

This talk will look at the history of dissection, and the role it has played in shaping the medical world

‘Fiona Macleod’ (William Sharp) (1855-1905) and the Celtic Revival in Scotland by Dr Mark Williams

This talk weighs up Sharp’s deeply peculiar cultural achievement, probing the role that ‘Fiona’ played in his complex life.

An Animist Ethics – Robin Herne

This talk will draw on notions of personhood, reflect on changing laws from around the world as we reconsider our relationships with the non-human

Alchemy in the works of Thomas Mann and James Joyce – Prof Evans Lansing Smith

At the same time that renewed interest in alchemy and hermeticism was being explored in both Freudian and Jungian circles

Supernatural Mystery Symposium: Dr. Raymond Buckland’s ‘Wide World of Spirit – Steven Intermill and Toni Rotonda

Steven Intermill, will explore Buckland's interest in Spiritualism and his summers spent in Lily Dale during his last years

Introduction to Planetary Herbalism – Melissa Madara

This lecture is an introduction to the art of planetary herbalism- a practice with roots extending deep into the ancient world

Marvelous Births in Old Norse Myth and Saga – Bernt Ø. Thorvaldsen

In Old Norse culture, there is a number of stories about peculiar conceptions and births

Hekate : Meeting the Goddess of the Crossroads – Melissa Madara

This lecture will examine Hekate's pre-historical origins, her rituals in the PGM, her demonization in the Roman empire, and her evolution

Alchemy and Hermeticism in the works of Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky, and Hilma af Klint – Prof Evans Lansing Smith

The reduction to the fundamental elements of aesthetic composition—geometrical figures like the rectangle, square, circle

Mark of the Werewolf – Robin Herne

This talk explores a selection of such legends and the possible explanations for how those stories started – from medical and psychiatric explanations

Victorian Ghost Stories – Lena Heide-Brennand

Step into the shadows of the 19th century, an era of occultism and gothic intrigue

The Dragon in the West: From Ancient Myth to Modern Legend – Professor Daniel Ogden

It brings the story forwards though Christian writings, medieval illustrated manuscripts, and the lives of dragon-duelling saints

Summoning The Spirits – Seance with Medium Patti Negri on Zoom

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Alchemy in the works of C.G. Jung and Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) – Prof Evans Lansing Smith

Jung’s engagement with alchemy began in the late 1920s and dominated his late work

From Dutch Courage To Trendy Cocktail – The History Of Gin – Lena Heide-Brennand

this lecture promises to be a heady mix of knowledge and fun. Join us, and let's toast to the fascinating world of gin!"

Echoes from the Asylum: A Journey through the Mental Institutions of the 18th and 19th Century Europe – Lena Heide-Brennand

This lecture is not just a chronicle of history, but a tribute to the human spirit's indomitable will to survive and never give up on the hope of freedom

Druids in medieval Irish sources by Dr Mark Williams

This talk sets out those sources, explaining why they are just as problematic—if not more so—than the classical accounts.

Victorian Christmas Stories – Lena Heide-Brennand

Journey back to the heartwarming Christmases of the Victorian era, where families gathered around the hearth

Alchemy in Art and Culture -12 Part Lecture Series – Prof Evans Lansing Smith

Perhaps the oldest and most enduring of all myths is the Nekyia: the descent to and return from the underworld.

Alchemy and Hermeticism in the work of Leonora Carrington – Prof Evans Lansing Smith

Leonora Carrington’s traumatic breakdown and incarceration in the Spanish asylum at Santander,

Reverend Robert Kirk’s “The Secret Commonwealth of Elves and Fairies” – Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart

In his talk, Dr Stiùbhart will introduce us to Kirk’s life and works, comparing the beliefs presented in the ‘Secret Commonwealth’

Past Lectures

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

The Spiritualism Symposium: The Moment of Revelation – Joscelyn Godwin, Ph.D

The Spiritualism Symposium by Shannon Taggart : The Moment of Revelation: Cases from New York's ‘Burned-Over District’ - Joscelyn Godwin

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit