Edinburgh Branch of the Theosophical Society in Scotland PROGRAMME

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 25 Palmerston Place EH12. (Telephone 0131 625 0700)

Admission: £5 Members / £7 Non-members. ALL WELCOME Talk: 7.30 - 8.50pm in the Sanctuary Room (Tea/coffee in Cafe from 7.00pm

7 September          Orion – Origin of the Gods (Gaia film plus discussion)

14 September       Pathways to Transcendence 

To understand the mystery of consciousness the awareness of the aspirant must be elevated to the transcendent level of being which gives rise to consciousness itself: the transcendent realm of Sat referred to in H.P. Blavatsky’s The Voice of Silence.  The presentation adopts a comparative approach, in outlining various practices and techniques that humanity has developed towards crossing to the metaphorical ‘other shore’ of Mahayana Buddhism, or being ‘without the gunas’ as Krishna advises Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita.  Carl Jung demonstrated that archetypes or 'divine ideas' are represented within the human psyche as symbols. Gary shall emphasise the importance of symbols as a bridge between the lower, intellectual mind and the higher, abstract mind. Human consciousness may be elevated beyond the opposites of manifestation to the level of transcendent truth on the ‘wings of symbols.’   Gary Kidgell is a professional astrologer who has studied the wisdom teachings for forty years. He has lectured extensively on esoteric subjects, as well as undertaking numerous astrological consultations throughout the UK and in Europe. Gary joined the Theosophical Society in 1994 as a founding member of the Dundee Lodge and as President. He is the current Organising Secretary for the Theosophical Society in Scotland and the librarian for the Theosophical Society in Scotland Charity.  Gary has published two books: The Inner Journey: Pathways to the Higher Self and Greek Hero Myths: Symbols of Transformation.


21 September    Face to Face with Iain Grimston: young Robert Fergusson - the spirit who saved the soul of Scotland

Join Mike Hall as he interviews Iain Grimston, who was one of those behind the commemorative statue of Robert Fergusson outside the Canongate Kirk, as we look at the poetry, life and legacy of this once forgotten but now celebrated icon of Scots letters.  Find out about the man whose much loved statue strides down the Royal Mile - from his grave towards the Scottish Poetry Library! His poetry was a lifeline to Scots culture. Full of humour and compassion, his observations are both timely and timeless. Not only did his poetry make an eloquent statement against the loss of Scotland’s soul in the heady days of the enlightenment, he also inspired Robert Burns who, without Fergusson may never have written in Scots! Iain Grimston:  "In the past I have; written history articles for the Edinburgh Evening News, been a features reporter for BBC Radio Scotland, a manager at Craigmillar Castle in Edinburgh and also at the amazing Rosslyn Chapel just outside of Edinburgh. I know my city from driving buses and cabs for years and my country from being a driver/tour guide for the last ten years. And always I have been telling stories". 

28 September    A Journey into your Akashic Records

What is your soul's blueprint and what are the benefits of learning to access it? Allow Natasha Rocha to lead you on a guided meditative journey into the Akashic Records to access your soul's blueprint that holds the keys to all aspects of your life.  Please bring with you a journal and something to write with. Natasha Rocha was born to a Portuguese family in South Africa. After living in Edinburgh for 13 years she then moved to Calgary, Canada where she lived for 10 years.  Connecting to the Rocky Mountains and Lake Louise activated her reawakening. She has now come full circle and has returned to Edinburgh with her beautiful daughters and chocolate labs. Natasha’s reawakening created the opportunity for her to switch careers from a very corporate life to embracing her deep passion for helping others using natural healing therapies like: akashic records, Craniosacral Therapy (CST), SomatoEmotional Release and Reiki. She helps people move forward and live their purpose by aligning their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves. Natasha founded Raising the Vibes Academy of Consciousness, an online spiritual learning center that allows people to develop their existing spiritual abilities.


5 October        Composing for All Eternity

It is in Occult Law that the artist is the catalyst, not the scientist, not the Philosopher, not the statesman who incarnates in order to advance society politically and spiritually.
Composing For All Eternity will highlight several examples of the how the great composers arrived as the Zeitgeist, the  'Spirit of The Times' leaving mankind with memories which will last for the whole of eternity. "A good memory is a sign of great souls" Hazrat Inayat Khan: The Music of Life. Mike Hall is currently the President of The Edinburgh TS.  He has spoken on various esoteric subjects at local, national and international TS meetings. In addition he has written and directed shows which went on to be professionally performed at The Edinburgh Festival; a "Scotsman" review described him as a "Born Dramatist".

12 October     Magic and Witchcraft in Judaism during Antiquity.  Dr Shai Feraro, with the Alex Johnston Library

Dr Shai Feraro is a Research Fellow at the University of Haifa. He also teaches at the Open University of Israel, and serves as Secretary of the Israeli Association for the Study of Religions. Dr Feraro is the author of Women and Gender Issues in British Paganism, 1945–1990 (2020), and has co-edited Contemporary Alternative Spiritualities in Israel (2016) and Magic and Witchery in the Modern West (2019), all published by Palgrave Macmillan. He is currently researching the history of British occult and New Age Spirituality bookshops as arenas for the production and distribution of 'rejected knowledge', c. 1893 - c. 1993

Please email the Alex Johnston Library at admin@alexjohnstonlibrary.org


19 October          Cosmic Disclosure.  Entering Area 51. (Gaia film plus discussion)

David Adair, the Rocket Man, brings to light new information never before revealed on camera. At 17 years old, in 1971, David Adair was taken to the secret facilities under Groom Lake, commonly known as Area 51. This began his descent into the secret projects. He describes some of the advanced vehicles and technology he encountered, much of which is still far more advanced than what we are using, today. But his story begins when he was 12, as a series of dreams told him how to create a device that would become a fusion containment drive. His interest in rocketry was less about the vehicles, and more about the power source for propulsion. This is what caught the eye of the military who brought him to work on secret projects.


26 October    The 3 Objects of the Theosophical Society Revisited for Modern Times 

How well do the 3 Objects of the TS speak to today’s seeker?  Do they need tweaking or a complete re-write?  Interactive evening encouraging input from members and non-members.
The Theosophical Society was formed in New York on 17 November 1875, and incorporated at Chennai (Madras) on 3 April 1905. Its three Objects are: 1)  To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour.  2)To encourage the study of Comparative Religion, Philosophy and Science. 3) To investigate unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in man.  The Mission, Objects and Freedoms of The Society can be found here:   https://www.ts-adyar.org/content/mission-objects-and-freedom

2 November      

Collective Karma and the Destiny of Nations - (video) Tim Wyatt, Leeds Theosophical Society

Everything is ruled by the universal law of cause and effect otherwise known as karma. This karma accrued from past lives not only affects individuals. Collective karma shapes the entire course of human history. It moulds the rise and fall of civilizations, the fate of countries and the emergence of new peoples. It also impacts on families, organisations and societies.  In this talk author and broadcaster Tim Wyatt demonstrates how this law of laws has shaped the destiny of all empires and explores how it has impacted on individual nations.

9 November        Rethinking The War On Cancer by exploring the new medical paradigm of Nutritional Immunology

 Members and Guests are invited to explore the work of Phil Richards one of the worlds leading experts in Nutritional Immunology.  Interactive Multi Media presentation led by Mike Hall. ( Nutritional Immunology Practitioner) followed by discussion.
16 November    Exploring the Cycles within the Tarot

Tarot is a multi-faceted tool that can help you understand life and its workings: through the Fool's journey, we can discover where we are and which way we can go in our own lives. Through the more powerful cycle of the Major Arcana, to the day-to-day energy of the Minor Arcana, come along to see how these 78 cards work synergically and discover how approachable they can be once you give yourself the chance to dive into the vibrant imagery. Ilaria Patrizii Bernardi is a self taught Tarot reader at the Arthur Conan Doyle centre. She believes in the benefits of a regular tarot and Journaling practice as a tool to rediscover ourselves and become conscious creators of our reality.

23 November   

23 November  Discover Divine Forces in the Human Being. The Awakening of Latent Faculties and Powers of Consciousness.  (Discussion evening).

30 November    Sacred Space & the Healing Power of Resonance.  (Gaia film plus discussion)

Ancient temples and other sacred sites were designed to generate a unique resonant environment where the laws of nature are harnessed and amplified. This involved the strategic use of magnetism, sacred geometry, even potentized water. But what science is now discovering is that these unique places also retain a lasting energetic fingerprint that is capable of transferring vital, living codes to the people who interact with them.  Bestselling author and researcher Freddy Silva takes you through an extraordinary series of connections, and shares his discovery of combining crop circles symbols with resonance therapy to create a practical system of remote healing.

7 December        Christianity or Spirituality?  Lance Butler, Chair of The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, in dialogue with Rev. Dr. Liam Fraser of the Church of Scotland 

Our discussion will centre on the paradox that the spiritual is increasingly popular while church congregations are mostly shrinking. What is it that constitutes the spiritual life? Is Christianity no longer fit for purpose? Why is it that the teaching of Jesus is still so highly regarded in our less religious age? What is the relationship between belief and secular knowledge?  What can we think about the great questions in the modern secular world?
SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE CENTRE EVENT – please contact the centre for information on start time, ticket prices and to book.     0131 625 0700




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