Edinburgh Branch of the Theosophical Society in Scotland

AUTUMN PROGRAMME September – December 2022

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 25 Palmerston Place EH12

Admission:  £3 Members / £5 Non-Members.  ALL WELCOME

Talk: 7.30  -  8.50pm in the Sanctuary Room  (Tea/coffee in Cafe from 7pm)


8th September       Swan Mysteries  (VIDEO)  The Swan emblem of illumination; heavenly / landscape zodiacs; the mystery of Shakespeare.


15th September     Into the Unknown: an exploration of consciousness. by Samantha Hendry and Melissa Hendry

Consciousness is one of science’s greatest mysteries, and is still yet to be understood fully. What it is to be conscious is one of the most debated topics in modern day research and philosophy, with many theories being challenged. Over the past three decades neuroscientists have carried out many studies looking at neurophenomenology, trying to underpin what creates consciousness. Consciousness is not a unitary construct with many integrated pieces completing the puzzle. There are different levels in which consciousness is experienced, ranging from the way we perceive the world around us to connecting with our internal being.  All current research on consciousness has been integrated into clinical practise to treat neurological conditions.  In the future our increased understanding of consciousness and advancement in technology could unlock an uncertain reality.  Samantha Hendry, 4th year neuroscience, & Melissa Hendry 3rd year medicine, University of Edinburgh.


22nd September   1722-2022:  A Well-Tempered Cosmos by Mike Hall"There is no better way of attaining Spiritual Perfection than through Music if rightly understood" (Hazrat Inayat Khan).  What do we need to understand?  Mike Hall, President Edinburgh Theosophical Society.


29th September    The Serpent Within.  Live performance by Mariola Albinowska.

Within  the silent void of destructed space

An infinite vibration of coiling movement

Creates the sound of the whole of existence.  

This performance art has been inspired by forces of creativity, destruction, and the voice of the silence, within sound, in the context of Beethoven's life, music, and the seminal symbolism of snakes.


6th October         The coming of a new era – the years 2025/2026 in astrology by Kat Wojdyla  Saturn,Uranus, Neptune and Pluto will advance  along the Zodiac Wheel bringing profound changes for our planet. What will the possible manifestations look like and how we can prepare for them?  Kat Wojdyla, Edinburgh astrologer.


13th October        Through Alchemical Eyes. by Dawn Berry Alchemy is the ancient art of transformation, the science of making something better - whether it is changing lead into gold, perfecting our personality, or creating a spiritual presence within. The alchemists believed consciousness was a force in nature, and if you could purify and perfect your own consciousness, you could project that power into the world around you. In that way, they developed a spiritual technology, a science with soul. This talk will not be on “Alchemy itself”, but will cover the key areas I have identified in the application of transformational Alchemy and how it’s practices are integrated into day to day life.  Dawn Eva Berry is an artist using experimental film as an Alchemical tool, and delivers workshops using creativity as to expand consciousness. Member of the Theosophical Society, International Alchemy Guild, AMORC, Order of Women Freemasons, Wing Chun King Fu School. 


20th October      Where Are We Now? by Professor Lance Butler   It is over a century since Quantum Mechanics destabilised fundamental science and over a century-and-a-half since  the Fox sisters inaugurated the present period of spiritual investigation. It is nearly half a century since Raymond Moody put NDEs on the map. So where are we now in 2022? What is credible in the twenty-first century? What new paradigm or theory do we need to make sense of our huge volumes of new data on anomalous experiences? What is the current state of play in the Consciousness debate?   Professor Lance Butler, Chair of The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, will address these questions and try to present a picture of what it is possible for us now to think.'


27th October         A Social History of Quantum by Isabella Lennie  19Th, 20th and 21st century developments & Theosophical views.  Isabella Lennie, Edinburgh Theosophical Society.


3rd November       Wholeness: Personal & Planetary by  Gary Kidgell: In accord with classical esoteric teachings, Gary outlines ways in which we may become psychologically ‘whole’ and aligned to the intent of the planetary consciousness. On this basis, universal brotherhood may be realised upon our planet which is currently beset by progressively polarised political ideologies; appalling wealth disparities; an impending threat of environmental pollution and climate change; and the proliferation of nuclear weaponry.

The Organising Secretary for the TS in Scotland, author of The Inner Journey: Pathways to the Higher Self and Greek Hero Myths: Symbols of Transformation, presents his lecture first given at the 2022 European Theosophical Congress in York. Gary is an international speaker, the Librarian of the Alex Johnston Library in Edinburgh and a member of the Dundee Theosophical Lodge.


10th November     TITLE TO BE CONFIRMED.  Edward Campbell, Professor of Music & Aesthetics University of Aberdeen.


17th November     Everyone’s Book of the Dead.  Discussion evening based around the book of the same name by Tim Wyatt.


24th November     Mind Of A Bee  (VIDEO).  More than just a ‘hive mind’. Professor Lars Chittka on the sophisticated cognitive, sensory and emotional capacities of bees.  Be amazed!


1st December        Unfolding Consciousness: Exploring The Living Universe and Intelligent Powers in Nature and Man. Introducing  a new programme discussion series starting in January 2023.


8th December       Christmas Social



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