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Welcome To

Nottingham Empyrean History

Nottingham Pagan Interest Group

A group of pagans from all paths who meet to listen to guest speakers who
talk to us about varied subjects, not necessarily pagan, but of interest to pagans.

We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at the Theosophical Hall on Maid Marian Way in Nottingham
(next door to the Salutation Inn) at 7.30 for 8.00pm
Talks usually finish around 9.30-10pm when we go to the Salutation pub next door for a drink and a friendly social chat

Admission is £4 (or £3.50 for Pagan Federation members and £2.00 for the unwaged)
FROM FEB 2017: admission prices will be: £4.50 or £2.50 for the unwaged.

Let us know who you would recommend to speak at Empyrean, if you have contact details for them, please let us know these as well:

What does "Empyrean" mean?


Wednesday 7th Feb 2018

Frank Wright

Medieval Graffiti

Modern graffiti is often seen as transgressive and moronic. However, look closely in the light of a torch at the walls of our historic buildings, trees, caves and rock faces and you will see a world of graffiti left that illuminates the psychology of our ancestors. The study of historic graffiti enables us to hear the lost voices of ordinary individuals through their images of daisy wheels, ships sailing across the walls, knights drawing their swords, demons stalking the stonework and every animal imaginable.

Wednesday 7th March 2018

Daryl Baxter

Mystery Religions and Paganism

This talk considers the nature of religions which have exclusive rites and inducted membership within the context of Ancient Religions - and considers the parallels with modern ideas on Paganism

Wednesday 4th April 2018

Carol Keith

Anglo-Saxon Magico-Medicine: charms to combat a supernatural adversary

The medieval period in Europe is rich with illustrated herbals on the properties of plants for treating sickness and disease. However, within the pages of Anglo-Saxon leech books, we can find signs of a darker, more sinister realm. Here is a world where healers need not only medicinal plants, but also the knowledge of charms and incantations to combat an otherworldly foe that spells trouble for both man and beast.

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Ross Parish

Votive offerings at holy wells, a historic and modern prospective

Undertaking on-going research on the custom of rag wells, Ross's work has involved investigating the chronology of the custom, visiting and recording the range of votive offerings made at sites, surveyed visitors to the wells and has undertaken the first internal distribution map of the custom which has allowed him to draw some possible conclusions on its origins.

Wednesday 6th June 2018

Prof. Timothy Landry

Voodoun & African Sorcery

Prof. Landry is a socio-cultural anthropologist who works in the Afro-Atlantic world. He has worked with Vodún and orisa worshipers in coastal West Africa and with practitioners of Vodou in Haiti and in the United States.

Wednesday 4th July 2018

Dominic Wetherall

It's all Wyrd

An exploration of the evolutionary processes that created the different Futharks and futhorks. Including a discussion on the Blank rune's place in the modern Rune Smiths' repertoire and a new take on an old divination method.

August 2018


Wednesday 5th September 2018

Suzanne Read

An Occult history of Alderley Edge

Rising 300 feet above the Cheshire Plain, the sandstone ridge of Alderley Edge, enjoyed in the daytime by countless walkers and sightseers, becomes at night a very different and magickal place. Filled with a rich folkloric history, it has attracted numerous folk, including Bob Clay-Egerton's Coven of the Scales and Alex Sanders. In more recent times many Wiccan and eclectic pagan groups still work this magickal place. Hidden beneath the Edge's peaceful woodland, over 11 miles of mines traverse a sacred underworld used historically by some of those occult groups. That use continues to this day. The talk will focus on being an introduction to the Edge, covering the physical Landscape, the magickal and mundane history of the area, some of the folklore attached to it and some personal observations and experiences from one who has worked the Edge for many years.

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Ashley Mortimer

Ancient Paganism - Modern Witchcraft

A look at the roots of modern Pagan paths like Wicca and Witchcraft and how the earliest development of human religion contains threads of belief and ideas which have survived and been reconstructed in contemporary practices. Drawing on research from the legacies of Doreen Valiente and Gerald Gardner, Ashley frames modern Witchcraft and Paganism's rise to popularity in reference to its ancient roots.

Wednesday 7th November 2018

Shani Oates

The Wild Hunt

Wednesday 5th December 2018


Plus Pagan Market and Empyrean's famous raffle


Empyrean's very first speakers 1993 - 1995

More recent ones (!):

Dec 2017 Ross Parrish "Christmas Customs of the East Midlands and their possible pagan origins"
Oct 2017 Frank Earp "Paranormal Nottingham"
Sep 2017 Daniel Griffith, the Chattering Magpie "Black Annis: Goddess, Goblin, Demon or Troll?" more info
Jul 2017 Steven Blake "Getting more Love and Joy in your life" more info
Jun 2017 Finian Heavey "Theosophy, Paganism and the Aquarian Age"
May 2017 Bob Trubshaw "Anglo-Saxon Boundary Shrines of the Leicestershire-Nottinghamshire Border"
Apr 2017 Frank Earp "An evening of local Folklore and Mysteries with Frank Earp"
Mar 2017 Mike Hill "Radio Afterlife"
Feb 2017 Moira Hodgkinson "Elemental Pathworking"
Jan 2017 Social Moot
Dec 2016 Gordon McGowan "Dowsing – A Tool for the 21st Century"
Nov 2016 Peter Laws "Are We Wired to Think Spiritually?" more info
Oct 2016 Matt Arnold "Paganism and Christianity – Light in the Vesica Piscis"
Sep 2016 Moira Hodgkinson "Jazz Magic – witchcraft, spells and rituals"
Jul 2016 Mike Hill "Cardboard Henge"
Jun 2016 Cat Treadwell "Exploring Pagan Ministry"
May 2016 David Knight "The Masculine Principle in Pagan Spirituality"
Apr 2016 May Charissa Borrof "Interconnected Oak Heart Meditation" more info
Mar 2016 Philip Heselton "Doreen Valiente - Witch" more info
Feb 2016 "Tithe Green Burial Ground" more info
Dec 2015 Dr Lindsay Davies "53 Ways to Stop Believing"
Nov 2015 Heinz Frommann "Beyond Duality - The Roots of Paganism"
Oct 2015 Tim Hewitt "Near Death Experiences"
Sep 2015 Judith & Peter Hewitt "The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic" more info
Jul 2015 Shani Oates "Sacred Mask, Sacred Dance"
Jun 2015 Daryl Baxter "Ancestors & The Sky Gods"
May 2015 Daniel Griffith "Wheels Within Wheels" more info
Apr 2015 Lynne Baylis "Life Rites" more info
Mar 2015 Ashley Mortimer "Witchcraft & The Wica" more info
Feb 2015 Pets As Therapy "Pets As Therapy" more info
Jan 2015 Ross Parish "A Calendar Of Customs - Part 2" more info
Dec 2014 Bridgette Hamilton-Gamble "Eating Like the Ancestors"
Nov 2014 David Knight "Celt Boys & Injuns"
Oct 2014 Tony Rotherham "Robin Hood -The Man - The Myth"
Sep 2014 Moira Hodgkinson "Playing With Dollies"
Jul 2014 Ross Parish "A Calendar Of Customs" more info
Jun 2014 Cat Treadwell "Living Inspiration" (cancelled)
May 2014 Andrew Roberts "An evening of spirit communication"
Apr 2014 Mike Mason "The Trials & Tribulations of Playing With Others"
Mar 2014 Frank Earp "The Survival Of Paganism In Nottinghamshire"
Feb 2014 Ross Parish "Pagan Holy Wells Of The East Midlands" more info
Jan 2014 Dave Howard "Bows An' Arrers (in a Nottingham accent)"
Dec 2013 Mistress Parboil "Pub Ghosts Of Nottingham" more info
Nov 2013 Mike Hill "Poundland Paganism"
Oct 2013 Bee Amber Firechild "Pagan, folk and sacred songs to harmonise your soul"
Sept 2013 Penny Tranter "Everyday Buddhism" more info
Jul 2013 "An Evening With The Spider God"
Jun 2013 Helen Cyrus-Whittle "Embracing Change in Life" more info
May 2013 Richard Pattinson "Fun In A Yurt"
Apr 2013 Daryl Baxter "Witchcraft In The Classical World" more info
Mar 2013 Antonia Zenkevitch "The Hidden Divine Feminine"
Feb 2013 Ross Parish "Holy Wells and Sacred Springs of Nottinghamshire" more info
Jan 2013 Asif & Pauline Qu "Your Inner Djinn"
Dec 2012 Forum Discussion "Paganism Today?"
Nov 2012 Rafe Nauen "Ancient Voice & Constellations" more info...
Oct 2012 Karen Wallace "Hynotherapy and Past Life Regression Therapy" more info...
Sep 2012 Moira Hodgkinson "Casting the Ogham Workshop" more info...
Jul 2012 Jay Lakhani "Experiential Religion" more info...
Jun 2012 John Read "Tai Chi Workshop" more info...
May 2012 Ian Timothy "Barefoot Walking" more info
Apr 2012 Elaine Mein "Suffer Not A Witch To Live!"
Mar 2012 Andrew Roberts & Guests "An Evening Of Mediumship"
Feb 2012 Daniel Bran Griffith "Pagan symbolism within the Sherwood Legends"
Jan 2012 Kristian Lander "Atlantis, The Celts, Fallen Angels & The Egyptians"
Dec 2011 Patrick Harding "Four Thousand Years of Christmas" more info
Nov 2011 Dr. Lyndsay Davies "Jung For Pagans"
Oct 2011 Ashley Mortimer "The Legacy Of Doreen Valiente" more info
Sep 2011 Mark Olly "King Arthur in the North"
Jul 2011 Antonia Zenkevitch "Mermaids and Sea Lore"
Jun 2011 Mike Hill "Dr Frankenstein: What's the Worst That Could Happen?"
May 2011 Paul Clipsham "Coming Forth by Day: Ancient Egyptian Teachings" more info
Apr 2011 Frank Earp "The Gods of Nottinghamshire"
Mar 2011 David Lowe "Ancestral Undertows" more info
Feb 2011 Alison Chester-Lambert "The Sun/Earth Environment"
Jan 2011 Esme Knight "Unlocking The Language Of Dreams"
Dec 2010 Mark Olly "Lost Treasures" (cancelled)
Nov 2010 Russ Tanham and Karl Stirland "The Attraction Paradigm"
Oct 2010 WaNaNeeChe "Spiritual Advisor from Turtle Island "more info
Sep 2010 Grahame Watson "I Built an Iron Age Roundhouse!"
Jul 2010 Daryl Baxter "From Ghosts to Gods: Spirituality in the classical world"
Jun 2010 Lynne Tann-Watson "Introduction to herbs/food from Hedgerows"
May 2010 Lapis Lazuli "A Beltane Ritual In Dance"
Apr 2010 Gordon the Toad "Everyday Shamanism"
Mar 2010 Deirdre O'Byrne "Irish Folklore" more info
Feb 2010 Asif Q'ar "Arabic Drumming Workshop" more info
Jan 2010 Esme Knight "Unlocking the Language of Dreams" (cancelled)
Dec 2009 Anna Franklin "The Traditions Of Yule"
Nov 2009 Mark Graham "Druidry"
Oct 2009 Mohana Ward "Active meditations for a balanced and happy lifestyle" more info
Sep 2009 Larry Tuck "Qui Gong workshop - The Swan" more info
Jul 2009 Rosemary Robb "Ghosts, Legends and Mysteries"
Jun 2009 Christine Davies "Nottinghamshire Witchcraft"
May 2009 Joan Cook and Sue Allen "A Chanting Workshop"
Apr 2009 Carol Barstow "Historical Tea, Coffee and Chocolate"
Mar 2009 Geoff Blenkinsop "Anglo Saxon Heathenism"
Feb 2009 Richard Pattinson "Nomadic Wisdom" more info
Jan 2009 Erick Henderson "Prosperity and Abundance"
Dec 2008 Elaine Mein "Curses! - That special gift for that special person!" more info
Nov 2008 Qu'ar Body Art "Henna In Magic" more info
Oct 2008 Ashley Mortimer "Paganism - Survival Or Revival" more info
Sep 2008 Nicky Greenwood "Fruits of the Hedgerow - a Circle Dance Harvest"
Jul 2008 The Aetherius Society "The Masters Of Earth" more info
Jun 2008 Mick Lawlor "Archangels" more info
May 2008 Lizian "Colour Magic And Therapy" more info
Apr 2008 Gary Morley "Ayahuasca: Plant Spirit Medicine"
Mar 2008 Ken Huggins "Stopping the Runaway Brain" more info
Feb 2008 Ade Andrews "Sherwood - The Living Legend" more info
Jan 2008 Steve Mitchell "Dragons & Rings: Decoding Sacred Geometry With Quantum Physics" more info
Dec 2007 Gary Breinholt "Spinning Yarns on the Wheel of the Year" more info
Nov 2007 Lapis Lazuli "Bellydancing: The Goddess Within"
Oct 2007 Dan Billings "Extreme Pumpkin Carving"
Sep 2007 Russell Archer / Jackie Brown"Quantum Thinking"
Aug 2007 Ezekial Bone's Guts & Gore Tour Of Olde Nottingham Towne
Jul 2007 Paul Newman "Voice Magic Workshop"
Jun 2007 Bob Trubshaw "What do we know about England's sacred sites?"
May 2007 Jodie Gray "The Essentials of Aromatherapy"
Apr 2007 Camille Fox "Witchcraft and Astrology: Four of the Elements"
Mar 2007 Patrick Harding "In Praise Of Trees!"
Feb 2007 Margaret Harrison "Pub Ghosts Of Nottingham"
Jan 2007 Dave The Fletcher "Arrow Making And Flint Knapping"
Dec 2006 Everyone! "Yuletide Social Event"
Nov 2006 Pat Dunniclife"Drumming Workshop"
Oct 2006 Jacq Dobson & her group "Reiki - a Practical Introduction"
Jul 2006 Mary Clarke "The Journey Of The Fool (Tarot)"
Jun 2006 Lesley Acklam "Walking The Labyrinth"
May 2006 Moira Stirland "Personal Empowerment Workshop"
Apr 2006 Steve Frost "Native American Flutes And Their Use In Ritual & Meditation" more info
Mar 2006 Michael Nuzzo "Aura Maintainance For Daily Life"
Feb 2006 Dr Charles Tebbs "Teaching Plants Of The Peruvian Amazon"
Jan 2006 Finian Heavey "Female Magicians Of The Golden Dawn And The Goddess"
Dec 2005 Patrick Harding "4000 Years Of Christmas"
Oct 2005 Angie Denman "Houses In Astrology"
Sep 2005 Dennis Ashton "Star Presentations Tour Of The Universe" more info
Jul 2005 Frank Earp "Nottinghamshire Mummers And Guisers"
Jun 2005 Sarah Yates "Cats And Magic"
May 2005 George Chaplin "Thornborough Henges"
Apr 2005 Jeanne Thompson "The Earth As Goddess - A Pagan's Relationship To The Natural World"
Mar 2005 Finnian Heavy "Magic And The Quabbala"
Feb 2005 Mick Lawlor "The Wonder Of Crystals"
Jan 2005 Dr David Marcombe "St Edmund's Chapel, Lincs - A Spirtual Site From Neolithic times"
Dec 2004 Elaine Mein "Amulets, Symbols & Talismans"
Nov 2004 Diarmid "Circle Dancing"
Oct 2004 Anna Franklin "Wise Women and Cunning Men Today"

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