11th Annual Sophia Centre Conference, June 2013
'Celestial Magic' was the topic of the Eleventh Annual Conference of the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture. Held in Bath from the 22nd to the 24th of June 2013, the conference drew a broad range of speakers investigating this fascinating topic which was loosely defined as 'the attempt to engage with the world through the imagination or psyche, in order to obtain some form of knowledge, benefit or advantage. Celestial magic engages with the cosmos through stellar, planetary or celestial symbolism, influences or intelligences.' Conference chairs were Dr. Nicholas Campion and Dr. Liz Greene
Photos by Gaia Somasca. Click each photo to enlarge.
Nick Campion introducing Karen Parham's lecturing on 'Perfection in Relation to the Celestial Magic within Aurora Consurgens'
Hereward Tilton lecturing on 'Bells and Spells: Summoning Planetary Spirits in Early Modern Germany'
Elliot Wolfson lecturing on 'Ascending Jacob's Ladder: Celestial Magic and the Demiurgical Angel in Merkavah Mysticism and Kabbalistic Esotericism'
Peter Forshaw lecturing on 'The Goal of the Wise: Medieval and Renaissance Astral Magic and the Influence of the Picatrix'
Jane Burton lecturing on 'Necromantic Ancient Rituals Bound In Contemporary Magic Rituals: An Investigation of Invocation Rituals of Spirits and Deities for Divination by a Small Group of Witches and Spiritual Mediums'
Matthew Melvin-Koushki lecturing on 'Using Heaven to Move Earth: Astrological Letter Magic in Early Modern Islamic Occultism'
Maria Nita lecturing on 'The Flying Man' and 'The Little Wax Man": Celestial Longing and Earthly Empowerment in Romanian Love Magic and Romantic Poetry.'