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Getting Higher: The Banned Lecture [ONLINE]

December 22, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

by The Psychedelic Society UK


Occultist and writer Julian Vayne, author of Getting Higher: The Manual of Psychedelic Ceremony, was recently banned from speaking at the Oxford Psychedelic Society by the administrators at one of the University’s colleges. His crime? Being on record as having taken, and advocated for, psychedelic substances.

This is not the first time someone from his community has received such treatment from one of the UK’s most esteemed institutions. The Great Beast, Aleister Crowley, was similarly banned from the Oxford Poetry Society in 1930.

The Banned Lecture of Getting Higher not only includes his lecture (ironically on methods of inducing non-drug altered states), but also an introduction discussing Crowley’s misadventures and some of Oxford’s own history with psychoactive substances.

Julian Vayne is an occultist and the author of numerous books, essays, journals and articles in both the academic and esoteric press. While his name is closely associated with chaos magic Julian is also an initiated Wiccan, member of the Kaula Nath lineage and Master Mason. Over the past 30 plus years he has participated in group ceremony with a variety of druids, shamans and others as well as sharing his own practice through public workshops, retreats and networks of practitioners including The Illuminates of Thanateros.

Julian’s Book, Getting Higher, is a manual for exploring the use of psychedelic substances in the contexts of spirituality, self-transformation and magic. It is the Psychonauts essential guide. Getting Higher is a toolbox for technicians of the sacred; ideal for both novices and experienced Psychonauts. Inspired by the wisdom of ancient cultures, and informed by the latest advances in psychedelic science, a powerful ally for all those following the Medicine Path.


December 22, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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