Workshops with Deirdre Wadding

This weekend we are joined by Deirdre Wadding who will be offering 2 days of workshops, on Saturday a journeying workshop and on Sunday a workshop on using Irish in ritual.

14th October – Journeying into the Stories of Samhain

11am-5pm, Craobh Rua Community Space, Conway Mill, Belfast

The journeying workshop introduces the journeying for wisdom and power using the gateway of stories of this time of year, Samhain.

As we approach the time of the dark year, the sovereignty of the land shows herself as the Cailleach, the face of the ageing year, of wisdom, and of transformation. As the darkness increases, we turn the energy of the work of summer inwards as we go in search of wisdom, steadfastness, and the kindled light in the heart shrine. Samhain is the festival at which the veil with the Otherworld is thin, and when the spirits and the Ancestors join us, as we remember them, seeking their guidance for our life’s journey.

Blending storytelling, the wisdom of the indigenous traditions of Ireland and the active journeying for insight, advice, and the opening of powerful inner landscapes rooted in the myths and landscapes of the island of Ireland.

Deirdre is an acclaimed storyteller, teacher and facilitator in the Irish ingenuous tradition and we are very happy to be able to host this work in Belfast.

Cost: £40 (some places at a concessionary rate are available by arrangement for those who are unwaged)


Journeying Workshop



Using Irish in Ritual

11am-5pm, Craobh Rua Community Space, Conway Mill, Belfast

Deirdre has a long and involved love of the Irish language, teaching it professionally in her role as a primary school teacher, and later using and teaching its use in her work with the indigenous traditions of Ireland.
 
In her own work as a practitioner of the Irish magical tradition, and in sharing that tradition both she and her many colleagues and students have observed that “the land responds to the use of the Irish language”.
 
This workshop has previously been taught in condensed form and well received at Éigse Spiorad Cheilteach, an annual festival of Celtic spirituality.
 
This day long workshop will bring your work to a new level as you learn to address the old gods, ancestors and the good folk (fairies), to ‘set’ space, formally opening and closing ritual through the language of the land Herself.
 
Cost: £40 (some places at a concessionary rate are available by arrangement for those who are unwaged)

Irish in Ritual



ABOUT DEIRDRE

Deirdre is a Celtic Shamanic Priestess and an ordained Priestess-Hierophant of the Fellowship of Isis. She is deeply drawn to mythology, where the seeds of her current spiritual path were sown. The primary spiritual connection for Deirdre is the Land Herself. Her first exploration of Paganism was in a Wiccan coven in 1984. This opened up a world of learning, understanding and the first steps on a very long road. Although ordained into Traditional Craft in 2004, another strand of Paganism called. In 1988, Deirdre first visited Huntington Castle and met Lady Olivia Robertson. Deirdre was at that time attending a Fellowship of Isis Iseum in Sandymount Dublin. It was to be 16 years later when Deirdre was ordained by Lady Olivia, dedicated to the Goddess Arianrhod. Parallel with the study of ceremonial Temple Priesthood, Deirdre pursued her love of the Land through her training and practice in Celtic Shamanism with Cait Branigan and Caitlín Matthews. This connection to the Goddess and the Land flows through all that Deirdre does, her work with People before Profit and since May 2014 as a Co. Councillor in Wexford, apparently the first openly Pagan public representative.

Scoil Fis: The Way of the Warrior Poet

A Training in Mysticism and Magic, Focusing on the Irish Magical Tradition

Scoil Fis is a 7 month course running the last Saturday of every month, being hosted by the Irish Order of Thelema to educate participants in the Way of the Warrior-Poet. The school draws upon traditional Gaelic Heritage and the general Western Mystery Tradition and seeks to provide a practical reconstruction of such for the times we live in.

These workshops are cumulative and only those who make a commitment to attend all seven will be admitted.

The course will be taught by a faculty of senior initiates of the Irish Order of Thelema, each of whom has over 20 years experience in exploring the subject matter.

The content outlined below is for guidance and is open to change both before hand and on the day depending on the facilitator and the students needs. Participants should bring a journal to each class.

The first workshop on Saturday 28th Oct will focus on the martial arts and will involve practical, physical self-defence training including: striking, blocking, disengagements and basic weapons training. There will also be subtle energy defence training including: use of banishing rituals, purification, magical combat techniques and making an astral temple. Participants should dress in loose comfortable clothing and trainers and bring a magical sword or dagger if you have one.

The second workshop on Saturday 25th Nov will focus on developing the ‘Spirit or Astral Body’ and on the Arts of stilling the body and soul, poetic vision and Journeying within. Bring a cauldron or magical cup if you have one. (More details to follow).

The third workshop on 27th Jan (no workshop in December) will focus on explorations of different systems and means of spiritual attainment and what they all have in common. Irish systems and traditions in particular will be explored as The Tree of Life via the Ogam and also a range of tools for Divination e.g. Clouds, Birds, Bones as well as an overview of other systems such as Astrology, Tarot, Runes and I Ching. Bring a magical stone or disk if you have one. (More details to follow).

The fourth workshop on 24th Feb will focus on Devotion to Deity and the techniques of such in an Irish Context and how people may best work with the ‘Gods’ and ‘Spirits’ of the Irish magical and mystical traditions. Bring a magical spear, staff or wand if you have one. (More details to follow).

The fifth workshop on 31st March will focus on the concept of The Sacred Centre, both of Ireland and the Self. It will include key teachings on the Knowledge of the Self and Universe and draw on the concept of the ‘Soul-Friend’ (otherwise known as the Holy Guardian Angel/Anima/Animus) and the use of Animal familiars. Bring a magical lamp if you have one.
(More details to follow).

The sixth workshop on 28th April will focus on the Art and Science of Magick in general and explore how such may be considered and approached today in terms of science and psychology and the practical use and benefits of such. (More details to follow).

The seventh workshop 26th May will combine elements from all the other workshops and will culminate in the design and performance of both a solo and group magical ritual. (More details to follow).


These workshops are made freely available to all paid up members of the Irish Order of Thelema and are also open to respectful members of the public for a minimum donation of £150/£120. All money raised goes towards the upkeep of the Croabh Rua Community Space. Places are strictly limited and advanced booking and payment is required via: info@irishorderofthelema.com

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Turas Istigh: Fortified Island #8 Out Now!

Turas Istigh, the eight volume of the Irish Order of Thelemas journal is based on the fiancient cosmology of Ireland as described in primary medieval texts. Fionn takes a journey through the provinces, looking at their qualities, lessons and correspondences. In between are personal anecdotes looking at the land as mother, and characteristics of his own mother as exemplifying and reflecting the Irish provinces. At the core of the book are a series of inward journey’s, meeting animal guides and the four wise teachers of the directions to build an inner grove. This book is unique in its subject matter, style and subtle blending of the personal and the universal in the quest for an authentically rooted Irish spiritual tradition.

 

“Turas Istigh is an epic initiatory journey through the provinces of Ireland charting the ancient cosmology and geomantic nature of the Island.” John-Paul Patton, poet and author of The Poets Ogam

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Three Days Celebration and Exhibition

From the 1st to the 9th of April we have been holding the Candle of Vision exhibition. Organised to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of author, artist and mystic George William Russell, the exhibition featured work from artists working with esoteric themes.. We had work from the four corners of Ireland, both literally and figuratively as we had representation from every province. Running nine days (until the 9th of April) the exhibition was a decided success with many visitors from both near and far. Creating spaces for community to happen is important for us, and we hope to pioneer similar projects in the future.

A digital gallery is also in preparation.

On 8th of April we organised a day of talks, workshops, readings and performances to mark both the AE anniversary, and the annual event of the Three Days of the Writing of the Book of The Law, an important day for Thelemites. The day saw an opening ritual, talks by Anne Crossey on art and esotericism, a talk by Brian Breathnach on the magick of Liber AL vel Legis, a soundbath from Sacred Sound Studios NI, a series of readings, a dance performance by Aepril Schaile, poetry, stories, feasting and other wonderful things. We also launched our library project and a special anniversary edition of the book The Candle of Vision by AE. Plans are already underway for next years event which will be even bigger and better!

Our next event, Feis Beltaine is on the 29th of April. Come along and find out about what we do in person!

Invocation of Horus at the Vernal Equinox

At the Vernal Equinox the Irish Order of Thelema met in Belfast to perform the Invocation of Horus. It was also the occasion of the AGM and the membership met to both look back and look forward.

The day was ended with feasting and fraternity.

Strike, Strike, the Master Chord!
Draw, Draw, the Flaming Sword!
Crowned Child and Conquering Lord!
Horus, Avenger!

EVENT: Three Days Celebration

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Craobh Ruadh Community Space, Conway Mill,
Conway Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland

 Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law

Every year Thelemites around the world meet to celebrate the writing of Liber Al vel Legis, The Book of the Law. This book is a charter of individual liberty as the right of every person.  Those who accept this charter are called thelemites. For those who will, it is a path of self-knowledge towards the implementation of your true will or purpose.

You are invited to participate in An Irish Thelemic celebration, which is also open to other like-minded individuals who would like to join our celebrations.

We will have ritual, readings, performance, workshops, talks, vending and will be running concurrently with the Candle of Vision Exhibition. Listings are subject to change

Love is the law, love under will

Irish Order of Thelema


PROGRAM

FRIDAY

All Day:

  • Drying Room Gallery: Esoteric Ink… 12pm to 5pm

SATURDAY

All Day:

  • Drying Room Gallery: The Candle of Vision (9.00 to 17)
  • Vendors: 1st Floor Reception Area (Vending from 9)*

 Presentations:

  • 9.00 AM – Candle of Vision Exhibition Open/ Informal Socialising (Drying Room Gallery)
  • 10.00 Morning Resh and an Introduction to the 3 Days (Drying Room Gallery)
  • 10.15 Opening Ritual -Macha invocation and Reconstruction Ritual (DRG)
  • 11.00 Reading of the First Chapter of the Book of the Law (CRS)
  • 11.20 talk – The Magick of Liber Legis (CRS)
  • 11.50 Anne Crossey
  • 12.20 Noon Resh (DRG)
  • 12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH (pre-orders taken at Vending area until 11.30)
  • 13.30-14.30 Sound bath (DRG)
  • 14.30 Reading 2nd Chapter of the Book of the Law (CRS)
  • 15.00 Ask a Thelemite (Panel including members of OTO, Irish Order of Thelema and A.’.A.’.)
  • 16.30 Thelema in the Irish tradition – frater Storm d’Athrach
  • Aepril schaile Dance Performance – Drying Room Gallery

18.00 FESTIVE DINNER

  • Opening of AE Memorial Library, and the launch of a special edition of The Candle of Vision (Craobh Ruadh) – BYOB
  • Followed by Poets, Bards and Blaggers (open format cabaret/ performances)
  • 21.00 Night Resh, followed by Informal Partying On offsite

 

Please let us know if you intend to come so we have an idea of numbers. E-mail: fortifiedisland@gmail.com 

  This program of events is offered without charge, but donations to the maintenance of our space, or purchases at the exhibition and vending area would be much appreciated.


 Meals

Meals are available onsite through a café on the ground floor (pre orders for lunch can be made in the vending area). There are also other options within a short distance. Ask at the vending area for reccomendations.

The evening meal on Saturday will by catered for by members of the Irish Order of Thelema (there will be a vegan option – please let us know if there are other special dietary needs). NB!!! For this reason we need numbers of atendees

Accommodation Options

Overnight accommodation can be found through hostels and hotels. Some of the cheaper examples include:

Belfast International Youth Hostel (from £11 a bed a night)

Vagabonds Hostel (from £13)

Global Village Hostel (from £14)

Ibis Hotel (from £70 a room)

Map

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 Get There (directions, buses etc)

Buses from the City Centre to venue from Queen Street (marked on the map) approx. every 10 minutes. Press to get off when you see Spires Shopping Centre and the Leisure Centre to your right. Conway Mill in on the right after Falls Leisure Centre on Conway Street.

Venue is also about 10 minutes from the City centre, taking Castle Street, onto Divis Street, onto the Falls Road (straight series of roads from the City centre, crossing the West link). Venue is 10 to 15 minutes’ walk from City Centre, the first turn on your right, directly after the Falls Leisure Centre and Social Welfare offices.

Vendors

A vending area is onsite where products made by or of interest to thelemites including crafts, books, merchandise can be left. A volunteer in charge of the vending area deals with money and keeps a record of sales. Successful vendors are asked to make a donation. Information of groups or personal services can also be left in this area.

Got other Questions? Contact Us

Feis Imbolg 2017

The Irish Order of Thelema Feis Imbolg gathering involved a devotional ritual unto the Goddess Brigit via a dramatic ceremony in which one of Her Priestess offered healing and the forging of what needed purified and created within each person present and also in wider society. We agreed Fear is what most needed banished in Ireland and Freedom, Tolerance and Courage what most needed creating. The Temple was packed with around 30 people, some coming all the way from Dublin to enjoy the event. After the formal rite, two new members completed the Community Rite and a communal seasonal feast was shared. It was a beautiful occasion, celebrating early spring via the traditions of our native culture under the universal banner of Thelema.

Three Candles That Illumine Every Darkness

Three candles that illumine every darkness – truth, nature, knowledge

Irish Triad (1)

I’ve been musing on an old Irish triad in the context of the Irish Order of Thelema, and the thelemic worldview. The old Irish triad above has significance as much for the Irish person as a thelemite if we but look closely at these three elements of the path.

TRUTH – In Aleister Crowleys conception of existence, truth is supra rational. Rationally any position can be opposed. But there is that which ‘is’ – Aleister Crowley described this as will – the experience of momentum or beingness. “I am the axle of the wheel, and the cube in the circle. ‘Come unto me’ is a foolish word: for it is I that go.” This sense of momentum is, at least initially not a self aware force. But truth as an experience of being – or as Crowley surmises in Little Essays Towards Truth – “YE ARE TRUTH”

This acknowledgement of ‘being’ is important, but also that truth is a dynamic and constantly revising sense of self born out of a dynamic engagement with life and living with presence. This brings us onto nature.

NATURE – Many strands of Western esotericism bring us away from the world into theoretical constructs of heavens and transcendence, an escape from our place in the world and likewise ourselves as a dynamic meeting with that world. Much of occultism gets caught up with past lives, fortune telling and the future, and the escape into abstraction. While we may use symbolic narratives we are necessarily called to narrate our experience, and to distance ourselves from the here and now is a logical and theological fallacy. This is not to say there are not experiences of trancendance, but they too are rooted in the here and now and there is no need to divorce ourselves from one to experience the other. With presence there comes a certain reality of living in a place, interacting with its landscape, its culture and its deep sense of rootedness which is a culture rooted in the geographical realities of the land. Why Irish – because that is a very real cosmology, and visceral and present experience – a way of experiencing ourselves, but this need not be the bounds and limits of our explorations either but it is one perspective and reality for me as an Irish person.

With our grasp of the truth of things is a sense of wonder and awe at all of existence – dwelling neither too long on the sorrowful, or the joyous, for both are part of the reality we form. We can both get lost in the trance of sorrow (its all suffering and shit) and in the glittering image (oooh, shiny angel) but as thelemites we are told to achieve both weddings, to live with both realities, not seeking to escape one for the other but to come to a balance of extremes and to reflect our own nature, and our Work and place in the world as an expression of our true selves.

KNOWLEDGE – We know nothing. No Thing. In the qabalistic framework knowledge is corresponding to Da’ath, located in the abyss between the supernals and the rest of the tree. The crown of knowing is ultimately revealed as illusion which we are either revel in or move beyond. Consider that knowledge has a position – a perspective which probably also has its counter image. It is stuck in absolutism, this or that and is dependent on a fixed point – a ‘thing’.

This is not to say learning is without merit, for by widening our world we take into account wider perspectives, and though we may still encounter these as this or that, we can also begin to use ever widening perspectives to experience that there are also things that are comparable or the same, or just a little different, and thus begin to erode the borders of ‘absolute truth’ as rooted in a position. Truth is supra-rational – it is beyond a single position and embraces them all, the good, the bad and the ugly. A widening of knowledge and experience allows us to experience ourselves as both the good and the bad, the light and the dark, the active and the passive – and that which is beyond them, the reconciler between. And indeed their are certain fields of self experience in mysticism and magick which are transcendental of such dualism. What if one could empathise with and encapsulate vastly different positions? And what if one could simply be? The rational and the roads of learning are roads to the supra-rational, but they are the map, not the territory. Cleverness can as much be a trap as a liberator because we are fond of our cleverness and the status knowing gives us, and brings us ever deeper into a dualism of knowing and not knowing and the trap of ‘being clever’ rather than just ‘being’. Intellect is a tool, a means to an end but it is by no means the end of the journey in the Thelemic tradition.

  • Truth is our goal
  • Nature is our field of operation (here and now)
  • And Knowledge and Experience are roads to get there

These universal elements are three candles that illumine every darkness, and which lead us to the achievement of our will and the completion of our Great Work.

Frater Fionn

NOTES

1) Triad number 210, from The Triads of Ireland by Kuno Meyer (1906)

Winter Solstice – Open Day 2016

It is with great pleasure that we announce the Winter Solstice Rite of Croabh Rua, the Belfast Grove of The Irish Order Of Thelema.

This is both a seasonal celebration and an opimageen day. The day will commence with a talk introducing the work of the Order by Frater Stoirm D’Athrach.

We will be marking the occasion with the Gnostic Gaelic Rite, a ritual combining the traditions of the land with the law of thelema, being “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”. This celebration will be accompanied by music on an early Irish metal stringed harp.

All are warmly invited to attend.

Guests are asked to bring with them a contribution for the feast, which will be held after the main ceremony.

The Solstice is one of our most exciting and memorable events, and this year promises to be no exception.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

When: 17th of December 2016ev, from 2.45pm onwards

Where: Craobh Ruadh Community Space, Conway Mill, Conway Street, Belfast

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/220567698382508/

We’re Organising An Exhibition! The Candle of Vision Exhibition

The Candle of Vision is an exhibition of esoteric art happening from the 1st to the 10candle_flame_1th of April 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This will include both visual and performance art.

The exhibitions title, the Candle of Vision is a reference to seeing into the world of Spirit and is the title of the magical autobiography of AE, the Irish mystic, poet and artist whose 150th birth date is on the 10th of April.

Coinciding with an exhibition of art, there will be a festive celebration of the writing of the Book of the Law with talks, workshops, feasting, poetry, performance and community.

To keep in the loop watch here and follow the event page on facebook.

A facebook event page can be found here