Everyday Witchcraft: Magical Practice and Daily Ritual with Christina Oakley Harrington
Monday 20 January, 6.30pm at the Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High St, London. £7
Our ‘Age of Uncertainty’ has seen a profound shift in public consciousness towards an embrace of magical thinking. But how can esoteric knowledges and practices support your daily life?
In conversation with Ben Vickers, co-founder of Ignota Books, Christina Oakley Harrington discusses her extensive knowledge of the worlds of witchcraft, mysticism, esotericism and the occult, and explores how these rich traditions are being continued by contemporary practitioners through a progressive, feminist and queer lens.
Drawing on the Ignota Diary, Christina talks about how diaries and daily life are important in the practice of witchcraft. She touches on the noting of lunar cycles, and how people have worked with them in magical rites and even in the tasks of daily life. The notes of daily life, such as kept in a diary, build an attunement to both the momentous and the minute elements of daily life – with the occult, hidden, often transformative, noted, anticipated and remembered. Notes of tarot cards pulled, dreams remembered, rituals attended – all become part of a wider record of a life lived to the full. The Ignota Diary notes many historical figures' anniversaries, and Christina speaks about a few of her favourite historical occultists, and suggests how to draw on the power of our forebears as a magical practice.
With astrological navigation, seasonal rituals and tarot spreads and a holistic health appendix, the Ignota Diary 2020 is a tool for the practice of everyday life.
Christina Oakley Harrington is the founder and presiding spirit of Treadwell’s, one of the world’s leading esoteric bookshops. Christina was voraciously interested in spirituality and magic since childhood, and grew up in West Africa, Burma, and Chile. In her early twenties she was heartened to discover Europe’s own spiritual traditions, and has been a pagan ever since. A former academic with a doctorate in Mediaeval History, she left university life in 2001 to establish Treadwell's, now based in Bloomsbury.
Founded by Sarah Shin and Ben Vickers, Ignota Books is a publishing space at the intersection of technology, myth-making and magic that launched in 2018 with Spells: 21st-Century Occult Poetry. Deriving our name from Hildegard of Bingen’s mystical Lingua Ignota, we seek to develop a language that makes possible the reimagining and reenchantment of the world around us.