Fantastic magical words workshop

Fantastic magical words workshop

The Museum held a workshop on Saturday February 18th on Magical Words.  It was led by Julian Vayne, Chair of the Friends of the Museum organisation and author of such works as “The Book of Baphomet” and “Magick Works” and about eight other books.

It was a well attended, diverse day of talks, discussions, rituals, practical magic and sigil making made great use of the Museum’s library (what better place to contemplate magical words?)  We received this email from one of the participants: “Thanks for a great day with Julian yesterday.  A really practical, thought provoking and inspiring day!!”

The day started with each of us introducing ourselves and then Julian introduced us to Thoth and St Catherine, both figures associated with writing and scholarship (amongst many other things).

Julian then took us on a quick tour of the history of writing and the development of spoken and written words.  We also discussed runes: their sound, image, meaning and symbolism before considering numerology (briefly) and bibliomancy.  Each member of the group found and shared books and excerpts from books that resonated with them and we were encourage to consider the library as having a spirit which was helping us gain wisdom.  

We spent quite a bit of time outside (it was a beautiful day) and stood in a circle holding hands with eyes closed saying and singing the word “Awen” next to the babbling stream as it entered the Harbour.  Some of the group are photographed below before this took place.

After lunch, we considered sigils and used a monogrammatic technique inspired by the workings of Austin Osman Spare.  The example photographed below was created by Julian to illustrate Spare’s working.

We also considered the magic of poetry: Julian shared some of the poems that affect him such as “Hymn to Pan” by Aleister Crowley, the works of Doreen Valiente and “Charge of the Goddess” from Eight Sabbats for Witches by Janet and Stewart Farrar.  One member of the group found a poem in Arthur Mee’s Cornwall about Land’s End which particularly appealed to us all, here it is:

“I am the Sea! The earth I sway;

Granite to me is potter’s clay!  

The iron cliffs that edge the land I grind to pebbles to sift to sand;

And beach grass bloweth and children play

In what were the rocks of yesterday.  

It is but a moment of sport to me, I am the Sea!”

The day ended with each of us finding a special page in the “Silent Book” of the Tarot.  We each selected a card and our homework was to go home and consider its meaning to us and the next step in our journey.

This was a wonderful day and we look forward to having another event hosted by Julian at the Museum soon.





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