Monday, 8 April 2013

The Rebirth of Witchcraft?

Our thanks to all who attended the overflowing party to launch Apocalyptic Witchcraft at the Atlantis Bookshop whose support of Scarlet Imprint is very significant to us. Rather than simply posting just the pictures, we'd like to give them a little context. To share wine and food is a significant ritual, not simply an excuse for excess.

Geraldine Beskin was kind enough to situate the book in the history of the Western Witchcraft revival evoking the propitious meeting of Gerald Gardener and Cecil Williamson at the Atlantis Bookshop, a very momentous event. We hope that Apocalyptic Witchcraft will be as momentous in what it provokes in this new generation of witches. The backing of this personal and radical vision from those who have far longer experience of witchcraft and its history is because they understand that the book connects with a current. It acknowledges the depth charges that pioneers such as Peter Redgrove set and continues the work. Change is here, and though it may provoke resistance in some quarters, it is unstoppable, because change is in the very nature of witchcraft itself.

Peter read a passage, aptly on pilgrimage, from the book. Standing, relatively steadily at this point, on the armchair that did not once belong to Aleister Crowley, despite the apocryphal mutterings. Atlantis provided such a nexus for those that undertook their own pilgrimage here. It remains the heart of occult London. A vital part of the message of the book that we retake physical space and orientate our practice in the modern world. This was a demonstration of the power that such seemingly simple acts can have.

The attendees were the perfect mix of friends and strangers, those new to any public events and those who have seen the project of Scarlet Imprint evolve alongside their own. It can be daunting to come to your first event, but any barriers dissolved (not just due to the Strega) as so many creative people found themselves sharing space. Our thanks to all. The pictures tell their own story. We hope that as the energy from the event spilled out into the night, that for those who attended, and those who were with us in spirit, a moment in the history of living witchcraft was marked.

1 comment:

Russell Erwin said...

I've purchased both this and Serpent Songs, with much anticipation. It remains to be seen what change(s) these publication may provoke or foster within or without, but I'm none the less pleased with the focus of your talents and energies on the subject in general. Serpent Songs in particular, I already know, fills an over due and necessary niche in cross traditional dialogism and direct self representation in the field of Traditional Witchcraft. Well done.