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Urban Magic at Crossbones Graveyard

Writer, performer and urban shaman John Constable aka John Crow initiates us into a contemporary magical praxis dedicated to the outcast dead of London’s Crossbones Graveyard. This talk relates how the secret history of the unconsecrated Crossbones burial ground near London Bridge was revealed in a vision to his shamanistic alter ego, John Crow, by the spirit of The Goose. The Winchester Geese were medieval sex workers licensed by the Church to work inside an area of Southwark known as The Liberty of the Clink, although Christian doctrine prevented them from being buried in consecrated ground. The Goose revealed her secret history in verses transcribed by John in a form of automatic writing. These verses in turn grew into The Southwark Mysteries, a multifaceted work published in 1999, included vision books of poetry and a cycle of modern mystery plays. The work has been performed in Shakespeare's Globe and Southwark Cathedral. John took The Goose's transmission as his guide for developing the rituals and magical workings conducted at Crossbones for over 20 years, beginning in 1998 with The Halloween of Crossbones and including the vigils held on the 23rd of every month. This talk takes in mediumship, trance and incorporation, street magic, synchronicity, and how spiritual works can manifest in the physical world - in this case by establishing a shrine for the outcast dead and a Garden of Remembrance on a site that, 20 years ago, was scheduled for redevelopment. John will also perform selected channelled texts from The Southwark Mysteries.



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College of Psychic Studies
College of Psychic Studies - The College was founded in 1884 by a group of eminent scholars and scientists. Its purpose was to facilitate formal investigation into the psychic and mediumistic phenomena that were such a topic of debate in the Victorian era. With great courage, this group of distinguished people, some notable in science, others from within the ranks of the Anglican clergy, defied the prevailing canons of respectability in order to proclaim to a world of increasing materialism that human personality survives bodily death and that this is capable of demonstration.

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