Esoteric Book Conference 2012

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2012 Presenters:

Adam Parfrey

Adam Parfrey helms the Feral House and Process Media publishing companies that have published his Apocalypse Culture series, the first book-length biography of Jack Parsons (Sex and Rockets), two books about the Great Beast (Secret Agent 666, Aleister Crowley and the Ouija Board), Master of the Mysteries (Manly Palmer Hall biography), and The Secret Source: The Law of Attraction and its Hermetic Influence Throughout the Ages (co-written with Maja D’Aoust). Ritual America (co-written with Craig Heimbichner) is the result of Parfrey’s extensive colleciton of archival material. Parfrey is also known for his extensive publishing of the more obscure and fascinating corners of popular culture, including the notorious black metal volume, Lords of Chaos. Parfrey co-wrote the screenplay for Lords of Chaos, which will be directed by lauded Japanese director Sion Sono.

Feral House Process Media Inc.

2012 Presentation:
Ritual America

American history and its development was shaped by hundreds of secret societies and esoteric orders.  Adam Parfrey’s Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society examines the little-acknowledged history of these orders with hundreds of never-before-printed images he’s collected the past decade and a half. With his multi-media presentation, Parfrey discourses on the strangest byways of America’s secret history. Conference-goers will also be able to see rare fraternal wall-hangings, banners, posters, and even a mechanical goat used for initiation hazings.

Austin Coppock

Austin Coppock is an astrologer and student of esoteric lore. He holds degrees in Social Science and Philosophy from Antioch College. He works as an astrological consultant, teacher, writer and speaker and is the current president of the AYA (Association of Young Astrologers).   His study and practice concentrates on the critical overlap between astrology and magical theory and practice.

He has written extensively on astrology, including hundreds of weekly columns, dozens of articles, and Astrological Almanacs for 2011 and 2012. His website austincoppock.com hosts a regularly updated collection of writings and news about new projects.

Austin also practices his tai chi regularly and rarely forgets to honor the lwa.

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2012 Presentation:
The Astrological Decans and Magical Practice

There is a thread that runs through over three millennia of astrological and magical history, a cord that binds ancient Egypt with the Hellenistic world, the Arabic empire, India, the European Renaissance and even touches the present.   That thread is the Decans.

The Decans are, physically, a division of the earth’s sky into 36 sections.  Yet these 36 faces of heaven are more than just a curious footnote in the history of archeo-astronomy.  This particular division first emerged in ancient Egypt, but has moved with the corpus of Hermetic material, reincarnating itself in culture after culture.

Ostensibly a gear in astrology’s encompassing clockworks, the Decans have also long been a key to accessing legions of spirits.  For several millennia and in multiple cultures, magicians have looked at these 36 faces and seen gaggles of gods, choirs of angels, hordes of demons, and a host of other spirits staring back at them.  Far from going undocumented, this gallery of faces has been painted and drawn by a host of sorcerors and artists, and can be found on walls of the Sistine chapel as well as in the pages of grimoires.

Weaving together astrology and magic, divination and sorcery, time and sky, this thread of esoteric history deserves more than a footnote.  The lecture will include a survey of the astrological and magical use of the Decans during each period, accompanied by the images used to represent and call down their power.

Craig Williams

Taught and initiated by David Beth, Craig Williams is a prominent member of La Société Voudon Gnostique and an ordained Gnostic priest within the Ecclesia Gnostica Aeterna. Craig is one of the few westerners to receive the “Vedakovid” title from David Frawley and the American Institute of Vedic Studies recognizing initiatic study in Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, Jyotish and Vedanta. With undergraduate degrees in Religious Studies, Philosophy and English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine, Craig lives in Austin, Texas where he has a private medical practice specializing in Ayurveda, Yoga, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. He is a licensed acupuncturist and a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and National Ayurvedic Medical Association. His writings have appeared in a number of anthologies and journals.

Ayurveda Austin

2012 Presentation:
Eastern thought in the Western Occult World

A Discussion Panel featuring Craig Williams, Salvatore Zambito and Gordan Djurdjevic,
moderated by Greg Kaminsky of Occult of Personality

Daniel Schulke

Daniel A. Schulke is director of Xoanon Publishing Limited, which has produced such titles as Azoëtia, Qutub, and Viridarium Umbris, and celebrates it twentieth anniversary this year. He is also Director of Three Hands Press, a publisher producing fine occult editions. Both publishing endeavors have been instrumental players in the emergent field of modern grimoria, or manuals of magical practice.

XOANON Limited Three Hands Press

2012 Presentation:
Genius Libris: The Book as Auratic Object

With Daniel Schulke and William Kiesel

2012 Presentation:
Ogam: From Medieval Manuscripts
to Modern Magicians

The Irish ogam alphabet predates the Irish manuscript tradition. It is found on boundary stones and funerary markers, as well as objects with magical import from about the 4th century CE.

In the Irish manuscript tradition, cryptic glyphs and “abbreviations” are foundthat could be seen as the seed of a sigil system. The mythic tradition shows ogam used for divination and magic in multiple contexts, from bindings on enemies to secret messages interpretable only by poets. Ogam is found outsidethe Irish context as well, in cryptic manuscript inscriptions like the 12th century cosmological diagram of the Anglo-Saxon monk Bryhtferth.

Some modern Pagans and magicians have also taken up the ogam as a magical and divinatory tool. It is used for lot casting, and in the creation of ogam “bindrunes” and sigils derived from the use of medieval glyphs like the
Feige Find from the Book of Ballymote. It has also been used in elemental tablets based on the Enochian system.

This presentation will explore the medieval and modern uses of ogam in crypticand magical contexts, with illustrations from the presenter’s own work, as well as examples from the work of other modern practitioners.


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Gordan Djurdjevic

Gordan Djurdjevic holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is the author of Masters of Magical Powers: The Nāth Yogis in the Light of Esoteric Notions (VDM, 2008), India and the Occult: The Influence of South Asian Spirituality on 20th Century British Occultism (Equinox, forthcoming) and, with Shukdev Singh, Sayings of Gorakhnāth: Selected Translations from the Gorakh Bānī (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He has maintained an interest in esoteric subjects ever since he read his first book on Yoga as a teenager.

2012 Presentation:
Eastern thought in the Western Occult World

A Discussion Panel featuring Craig Williams, Salvatore Zambito and Gordan Djurdjevic,
moderated by Greg Kaminsky of Occult of Personality

Greg Kaminsky

Greg Kaminsky is the host/producer of the Occult of Personality podcast, an illuminist, a Freemason, and a scholar of Western esoteric traditions. His desire to create the Occult of Personality podcast in 2006 began with a life-long desire to learn more about ancient civilizations, world religions, symbolism, and the underlying hidden wisdom which they contain, but only convey to those with eyes to see. With well over 100 episodes completed and thousands of listeners every week, the podcast continues to grow in popularity and prestige.

As an initiate of a magickal order of antiquity, Greg is a Qabalist, intimately familiar with Tarot and inner Alchemy. In 2007, he began working with Points Chauds, facilitated by Tau Allen Greenfield and a group of illumists near Atlanta, Georgia. In 2008, he became a student of yoga and qi-gong. In 2010, Greg was raised as a Mason and he continues to explore Freemasonry in both the York and Scottish Rites. In 2011, he trained in Reiki. In addition to the extensive research required for every episode of the show, Greg is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Medieval studies at Harvard University Extension School. With esoteric pursuits that derive from both the East and West, and a passion to understand their historical and philosophical origins, he brings a unique and eclectic perspective to the modern esoteric landscape.

Greg lives with his wife, Olga, their two children, three cats, and his oversized library in Peabody, Massachusetts.

Occult of Personality Podcast

2012 Presentation:
Eastern thought in the Western Occult World

A Discussion Panel featuring Craig Williams, Salvatore Zambito and Gordan Djurdjevic,
moderated by Greg Kaminsky of Occult of Personality

Mambo Vye Zo Komande Lamenfo

Educated as a graphic designer, employed as a media producer, Mambo is Patricia Scheu, graphic designer, media producer and ordained priest of Haitian Vodou.  At one time a multi-media producer for ABC in Philadelphia, Scheu moved into smaller productions and meeting design in order to accommodate a life changing medical diagnosis in her family.  A search for an explanation brought a crisis of faith that ultimately lead to Haiti and the sacred djevo of initiation into Vodou.  Mambo was baptized into the Haitian Vodou faith in 2002 and initiated as a priest in 2003 in Haiti.  She was crowned Bon Mambo Vye Zo Komande LaMenfo daGinen (Old Bones Commands with a Strong Hand of Ginen).

Mambo returned to the USA, to continue her magical studies under Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki of the Channel Islands, England and Gro Mambo Shakmah Windrum of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She continued her education in Vodou by assisting at services with Bon Houngan Edgar Jean Louis of Belair, Haiti and Bon Houngan Lazireau Lerine of LaFond, Haiti.

Mambo raised La Sosyete Du Marche in 2004 with her husband, also an asogwe priest and incorporated it in 2007. Today, Sosyete du Marche, Inc. is a federally recognized 501c3 Vodou Church operating in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  They hold monthly services, perform charity work, and lecture throughout the area on Vodou, Haiti, and Haitian art.  Their Four Circles education program is entering its fifth year of engaging people in the beauty and knowledge of this African traditional faith. And Mambo continues to honor her vows of ordination by researching, writing and speaking about Vodou to the public.

Her current book, Serving the Spirits is available through Amazon, and is the opening publication to a prepared six volume set on Haitian Vodou that will include an in-depth look at African Traditional Magic, Secret Societies in Haiti, Esotericism in the Caribbean and Herbal Gnosis as practiced throughout Haiti and the West Indies. She is a contributing author to “There is a Mystery: Esotericism, Gnosticism and Mysticism in African American Religious Experience“; editors S. Finely, M. Simon Guillory, H. Page, Jr.; Gnostica Series of Equinox Publishing, with a release date of August, 2012.

Sosyete du Marche Mambo Vye Zo Komande LaMenfo’s Online Botanica

2012 Presentation:
Esotericism in Haitian Vodou

The Atlantic slave trade brought not just Africans into Haiti, but also astrologers from the courts of Britain; Spanish cabalists; French alchemists as well as a myriad of European folk practices that are woven throughout the religion that we know today as Haitian Vodou.  A bricolage of religious thinking, rituals and ceremonies, Vodou has grown up to include much of the Western ceremonial paradigm in its evolutionary process.  Long held beliefs in the efficacy of serving the spirits relegated the practice of Vodou to its lowest common denominator – survival of the fittest.  Today, with new practitioners entering the priesthood, the long held mysteries of service are finally receiving their fair share of recognition.  In this lecture, Mambo Vye Zo will give examples in sociology, philosophy and transpersonal psychology, to demonstrate the rational potential behind irrational practices such as invocation, indwelling and possession that has long held Haitian Vodou in a place of ignorance.

P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

P. Sufenas Virius Lupus is one of the founders and the Doctor of the Ekklesía Antínoou (a queer, Graeco-Roman-Egyptian syncretist reconstructionist polytheist group dedicated to Antinous, the deified lover of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and related divine figures), a functioning sacerdos and Lupercus in the group, and Mystagogos of the Antinoan Mysteries; Lupus is also involved in Neos Alexandria, and is a practitioner of filidecht and gentlidecht.  Lupus has published books through Bibliotheca Alexandrina (The Phillupic Hymns, 2008) and The Red Lotus Library (The Syncretisms of Antinous, 2010; Devotio Antinoo:  The Doctor’s Notes, Volume One, 2011; All-Soul, All-Body, All-Love, All-Power:  A Trans Mythology, 2012), as well as contributing essays, fiction, and poetry to Scarlet Imprint’s anthologies Datura (2010) and Mandragora (2012), Lee Harrington’s Spirit of Desire (2010), Inanna Gabriel’s Etched Offerings (2011), Galina Krasskova’s devotional anthology for Sekhmet, and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina devotional anthologies for Artemis, Hekate, Isis and Serapis, Zeus, Pan, Thoth, the Near Eastern Deities, the Dioskouroi, Persephone, Hermes, Athena, Hephaistos, and the Virgin Goddesses.

Aedicula Antinoi On Patheos Ekklesia Antinoou Neos Alexandria

2012 Presentation:
The Ekklesía Antínoou Serpent Path

Kabbalah, while a beautiful and rich tradition and system of spiritual technology, has become the “Procrustean Bed of modern occultism,” and its assumed universalism and applicability to any and every religious and magical phenomenon presumes that a monotheistic deity is the ultimate key to reality in a monistic view of the world.  While this may be just as well as far as it goes, for modern polytheists, such assumptions remaining unexamined and unquestioned may be inadvisable at best, and downright counterproductive and ruinous at worst.  In an effort to encourage modern polytheists to “get up off the Procrustean Bed,” several members of the Ekklesía Antínoou have been developing what has become known as the Serpent Path, a series of interrelated glyphs that map the syncretisms of Antinous and his interrelationships to a number of other deities on one side, and the “tangle of serpents” of several related deities and syncretisms—including the serpent gods Glykon and Chnoubis—on the other.  As experience and research into this endeavor has continued and evolved, new divine names of Antinous have emerged, new godforms have been revealed, and a more dynamic and vivid view of syncretism (both historically and in the present) has become the reality for those working with it.  Further research into the ancient cultus of Antinous has also confirmed and extended some of these speculations, including doing so through the figure of Pancrates/Pachrates of Heliopolis, an Egyptian poet/priest/magician whose work is preserved in the Great Magical Papyrus of Paris (a.k.a. PGM IV), Athenaeus of Naukratis’ Deipnosophistae, Lukian of Samosata’s Philopseudes (in which Pancrates is the first literary attestation of “the Sorcerer” in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” folktale!), and in several papyrus fragments.  This presentation will draw on many ancient images and texts in relation to Antinous’ cultus (and other related ones), as well as modern hymns, practices, poetry, and theologies.  It is proposed that fully entering into the reality of any deity in a polytheistic system may result in a similar process developing in relation to any of those deities, which can have profound implications and applications for one’s own magic, devotions, and further illumination of one’s own divinity.

Pam Grossman

Pam Grossman is an independent curator and lifelong student of magical practice and history.  She is the creator of Phantasmaphile, a blog which specializes in art and culture with an esoteric or fantastical bent, and the Associate Editor of Abraxas.  As co-founder of the Brooklyn arts & lecture space, Observatory, her programming aims to explore mysticism via a scholarly yet accessible approach.  Her group art shows, Fata Morgana: The New Female Fantasists, VISION QUEST, Alchemically Yours, and Sigils & Signs have been featured by such outlets as Boing Boing, CREATIVE TIME, Time Out New York, Juxtapoz, Arthur, 20×200, UrbanOutfitters.com, and Neil Gaiman’s Twitter.  She lectures on such topics art and the occult, and teaches classes on herbalism and ritual. She is a graduate of New York University, where she studied anthropology, art history, and religious studies. A resident of Brooklyn, she lives with her playwright husband, Matt, and their two cat familiars, Albee and Remedios “Remy” Varo.

Phantasmaphile Abraxas Journal

2012 Presentation:
THE OCCULT IN MODERN ART 101

Though few history books make mention of it, many of our most lauded artists — Picasso, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Duchamp, to name but a few — were deeply influenced by the occult.  The imagery and tenets of arcane traditions including alchemy, Spiritualism, Theosophy, and shamanism have infused the work of artists through the ages.  Beginning with the Symbolists, then spiraling through such periods as Cubism, Dada, Surrealism (with its wonderfully witchy women), Abstract Expressionism, and the visionary art of today, this evening’s lecture will be a visual primer on the existence of magic in our museums and galleries.

Paul Hardacre

Paul Hardacre is a poet, editor, publisher, and student of the perennial philosophy. He is the author of three poetry collections: The Year Nothing (HeadworX, New Zealand, 2003), Love in the place of rats (Transit Lounge, Melbourne, 2007) and liber xix: differentia liber (Puncher and Wattmann, Sydney, 2011). His publishing ventures include boutique arts publishers papertiger media, with its soi 3 modern poets and soi 3 gold imprints; and esoteric, occult and arcane book publishers Salamander and Sons, publishers of the Alchemy Journal and the Modern Magister and Unearthed Arcana imprints. Paul has travelled extensively and currently resides with his wife and son in Chiang Mai, Thailand, home of his vast esoteric library and humble alchemical laboratory.

liber xix: differentia liber Papertiger.Media Salamander and Sons Alchemy Journal

2012 Presentation:
The Lost Book of Lapidus

Unknown to most, the alchemist Lapidus – real name David Curwen – did not limit his alchemical writings to just one book. For decades students of alchemy have believed that his In Pursuit of Gold constituted the sole alchemical text penned by this complex gentleman. However, this is not the case. The truth is that Lapidus wrote a second text which he secreted away with a trusted Brother in the Art. During the past 28 years this remarkable book, The Pass-Keys to Alchemy, has passed through just a few select and trusted hands. The provenance of this lost alchemical masterpiece, and how it came to be unearthed after close to three decades, will be elaborated. The book consists of seven chapters – one for each of the Pass-Keys – which draw upon and clarify selected writings from the works of Eirenæus Philalethes, Ali Puli, Paracelsus, Benedictus Figulas, Sir Edward Kelly, and Michael Maier, towards the confection of the Philosophers’ Stone. The Pass-Keys to Alchemy was intended to compliment In Pursuit of Gold, and how each of these volumes relates to the other will also be discussed. The Pass-Keys to Alchemy is being published in a strictly limited edition of 119 copies fully bound in red leather and numbered by hand. The edition will be ‘born’ on 10 April 2012, on what would have been Lapidus’ 119th birthday. The Pass-Keys to Alchemy also includes 16 plates. Details of this book have not been made publicly available, and this may remain the case for some months yet.

Robert Fitzgerald

Robert Fitzgerald is a native Californian and writer residing in the Bay Area. He is an initiate of Cultus Sabbati and student of the Angelic Workings of John Dee and Edward Kelley. He is the author of A Gathering of Masks and the forthcoming titles (from Three Hands Press and Xoanon): Arcanum Bestiaorum, Burning Flames of Comfort, and Midnight’s Table.

2012 Presentation
Scales of the Serpent:
Ophiolatry and the Witch Cult

The Draconian Traditions of occultism, a perpetuity of ophiolatrous rites embracing the ancient Serpent of Wisdom, derive their origins in shadowed pre-history. From the prefiguration of Serpent of Eden, to the ancient Cult of the Ophite Gnostics, to the Alchemical Ouroboros and the Great Beast of Thelema, the Serpent has served as the perennial glyph of sorcery itself. This lecture will discuss the varied historical threads of the Draconian Current, and its present manifestation within the magical order Cultus Sabbati, where it draws from such diverse sources as stellar lore and the atavistic necromancy of the Witches’ Sabbat.

Salvatore Zambito

Salvatore is a mystic, rogue scholar, and world-traveling recluse.

Salvatore began his yoga adventure as a student in 1967.  He began teaching yoga-āsana in 1968 and yoga-dhyāna (meditation) in 1969.  The Yoga-Sutra came into his life in 1968 has been his organizing principle ever since.

He has established several yoga centers in the United States and has taught yoga and related subjects in universities, institutes, and ashrams around the world.

Salvatore is the founder of the Yoga-Sutras Institute and the author of two highly respected yoga reference books: The Unadorned Thread of Yoga: the Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali in English and The Yoga-Sūtra Sanskrit-English Dictionary.

He lives with his wife, dogs and a flock of pampered chickens on a tiny hobby farm in western Washington State in the USA.

2012 Presentation:
Eastern thought in the Western Occult World

A Discussion Panel featuring Craig Williams, Salvatore Zambito and Gordan Djurdjevic,
moderated by Greg Kaminsky of Occult of Personality

William Kiesel

William Kiesel is a historical and practical researcher in the field of western esotericism with a particular focus on symbol systems. He is director of Ouroboros Press, an editor of CLAVIS: Journal of Occult Arts and the founding administrator at the EBC. In addition to publishing the complete and corrected edition of the Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum under his own imprint, his most recent book, Magic Circles in the Grimoire Tradition was released by Three Hands Press.

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2012 Presentation:
Books in the World of a Magus
Dr. John Dee and His Library

Elizabethan magus John Dee owned a library that rivaled most university collections in his day. In his thirst for knowledge Dee gathered together and preserved many manuscripts from the dissolution of the scribal monasteries as well as seeking the lost apocryphal and Enochian books by communicating with angels. While traveling across Europe Dee came into contact with alchemical books, grimoires and even the mysterious Voynich manuscript. In this illustrated talk William Kiesel will illuminate the books which were such an important part of John Dee’s life and work including the books he owned, sought after, wrote and secreted away only to be found by later generations. Many of the books which passed through Dee’s hands have become foundation stones for scientific and esoteric movements. In addition an exciting publishing endeavor in relation to John Dee will announced at this talk.


2012 Artists:

Anima Nocturna

Anima Nocturna is the primary vehicle of multimedia artist Carlos Melgoza. Within the enclosure of Anima the artist process is sacralized through concentration upon occult currents.

Past explorations have had a Vama Marga Tantric focus mainly exploring the mysteries of the Dasha Mahavidya and Aghoric symbol and strategy employed in facing the traditional 8 fetters of Aghora.  Also explored in past projects are the significance of the LUX/NOX signs as utilized by the Golden Dawn and OTO in relation to asana and mudra as conduit of specific energies utilyzed in ritual.

Previously premiered at the EBC 2010 were talismanic paintings representing knowledge gleamed from 28 contiguous days of ritual focused upon the knowledge and conversation of the angelic regents of the Manazil al Qamar or Mansions of the Moon. The manifestation of the paintings following  strict  procedure of time and excecuted within sacred space . At this time in 2010 six paintings were manifested. Now in 2012, having visited the Manazil for counsel and conversation further, Anima Nocturna is glad to announce the continuation of the manifestation which will culminate in all 28 talismans brought forth in due time. The full embodiment of this work will include the translation of asemic transmissions received simultaneously with the images, and as the conversation continues any other pertinent material.

For those interested in further knowledge and commentary on the  Manazil al Qamar, reference can be made to the Picatrix or Ghayat al-Hakim,( first English translation 2002,2008 Ouroboros Press,) Celestial Magic by Nigel Jackson & Mansions of the moon by Christopher Warnock.

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Daniel Schulke

Daniel A. Schulke is director of Xoanon Publishing Limited, which has produced such titles as Azoëtia, Qutub, and Viridarium Umbris, and celebrates it twentieth anniversary this year. He is also Director of Three Hands Press, a publisher producing fine occult editions. Both publishing endeavors have been instrumental players in the emergent field of modern grimoria, or manuals of magical practice.

XOANON Limited Three Hands Press

2012 Art Exhibit:

Daniel A. Schulke works primarily in the medium of pen and ink and oil and canvas. His imagery draws from a number of esoteric spiritual traditions including Natural Magic, Alchemy, Spiritualism, and the mythos of the Medieval Witches’ Sabbat. Paintings in the current exhibition are studies for imagery in development for a witches’ Mutus Liber, or book-without-words.

Denny Sargent

Denny Sargent, an author, editor, university instructor and practicing Eclectic Esotericist, is a long-time ceramic artist who incorporates a variety of ancient and contemporary esoteric symbols, glyphs, images and archetypes into his ceramic vessels and sculptures.

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2012 Exhibit:
Honoring the Lwa;
Sacred Vodou Vessels and Altar-Plates

The Lwa of Voudoun and I have had an on-going relationship since a life-changing spiritual encounter at the Voodoo Spiritual Temple in New Orleans in 1995. Recently, especially since the earthquake and a return visit to New Orleans, The Lwa have been speaking to me and have became a focal point in my work. I have been creating a series of Vodou Pots (Govi) inscribed with the exact veves of the Lwa, from Papa Legba to Ogu to Erzulie to Agwe to Ghede and so on. After these pots were fired, spirit bid me to bead the rims and add sacred items, charms and amulets, some found, many also crafted, all appropriate to the specific Lwa of that Pot. Now, the complete collection, as one integrated working, has resulted in a unified sacred Art exhibit where the Lwa can also be honored. Altar cloths, veves and other ritual items will be added to the ensemble to create a whole work of art and Esoterica. The ultimate goal is to sell the pieces and send much of the money to Haitian relief NGOs to ameliorate the suffering from the on-going disaster in that country. This was a key part of the original vision and it still is.

Don Farrell

The Art of Don Farrell addresses Mystery, not with fear, nor disdain, nor smirking dismissal, but rather, with joy – as a source of inspiration to awaken a creativity and, I daresay, spirituality within.

Many of my original works are the images for a richly illustrated coffee-table book about Transformation and the evolution of the human spirit, which is almost complete, and which I aspire to publish in late 2012 to early 2013.  My art (and writing) is influenced by the metaphysical traditions of numerous cultures, especially Central American (Mayan) and Old European (witchcraft and magick).

I wield symbols, myths, and visions intuited in my life’s journey to bring viewers to a place before powerlessness and cynicism. I hope that my art encourages them, not only to Think, but more importantly, to Feel, to Love.

The fire of the gods, burning bright – its warmth emanates from the parted palms of the open-hearted. With Promethean pleasure, I open the door for all to see their Divinity, to claim their rightful crown.

Every Man and Woman is a Star; Do what thou wilt.

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Lis Wright Ivec

Lis Wright Ivec portrays her mystical imagery in the ancient icon format using egg tempera paint & leaf on wood panels.

Lis has studied and resided in Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium, where her altarpieces & other works are in various collections.

Image shown “Homage to Hecate”
egg tempera & silver leaf on wood pane
l24″x15″

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Liv Rainy-Smith

Liv Rainey-Smith specializes in hand-pulled woodcut prints. Her bold figure-oriented imagery draws upon visions from Enochian and Qlippothic work, Gnosticism, nightmares, history and folklore. Rainey-Smith’s process incorporates a mixture of traditional and modern tools as well as a blend of European and Japanese printmaking technique. She prints primarily in small editions on both paper and parchment leather. Through her affiliation with Three Hands Press, her work has also recently appeared on the cover of Michael Howard’s Children of Cain.

Her newest body of woodcuts will be debuting at the conference.

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2012 Performers:

Arktau Eos

Arktau Eos’ potent visionary brew, distilled from raw elemental powers and oneiric sources through the alembic of Art, is an highly unusual amalgam of artwork, performance, and music, transcending usual cultic delineaments. To the EBC, Arktau Eos will travel as a trio from their abode close to the Arctic Circle, with the intention of presenting an all new set of sonic forays into the unknown; whether considered as music influenced by ritual or ritual disguised as a musical performance, it acts as a lantern held out to fellow seekers on paths less trodden.

Having previously toured Russia, performed in the U.K. (including London’s Equinox Festival) and privately in a chapel and a haunted house among other places in their native Finland, Arktau Eos’ performance at the EBC will be their first ever in the United States. Arktau Eos also celebrate the beginning of their second seven-year cycle as an operative unit of esoteric exploration.

Arktau Eos run their own studio-laboratory, using a host of unusual ethnic and self-made instruments as well as analog machinery from the ’70s, often incorporating field recordings and audial snapshots of unheralded apparitions into the mix. They have released three albums, all in non-standard, partly handmade packaging, and recently contributed a track to the musical supplement of the Abraxas Journal no. 2 (Fulgur, 2011). Presently, they are completing artwork for an extensive new release by the title of ”Unworeldes.”

Arktau Eos’s Website Myspace

King Dude

Dark pagan-fueled folk wrapped tight with outsider Americana, steeped in themes of love, death and redemption.  King Dude was initially projected forth using his Actual Pain vehicle for his metaphysical leaning and occultist tendencies.  Reverent as it is prophetic and stark, King Dude has previously swooned audiences with releases on Avant!, Bathetic and Clan Destine, now his masterpiece album “Love” on Dais pulls together the biblical sound and isolation of the Northwest.  Stepping forward alone, King Dude has now toured across America, as well as a highly successful European tour last year…An atmosphere filled with hope and salvation, drawing sound influence akin to Death In June & Sol Invictus but sewing together a hybrid of true folk tradition alongside Woody Guthrie and Johnny Cash.

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Poison Ring

Presenting: Book of Seeds

This plastic is vulgar. Poison, wherein is contained Virtue.

Your Composer unearths these relics for you. These technological fossils contain unborn fruit. By careful refinement does this commonest substance turn anew.

The vinyl disc is our Black Sun, with its slow orbit and black hue, being that first matter from which is extracted a hidden light. The magnetic tape is none other than that very Force which attracts and repels- The Yes and No in all things. The tape spindles and turntables are all microcosmic Wheels. The loops transmitted therewith share some affinity with the infinite, yet they age and decay with each passing.

Air we pollute by means of Fire. By impairing the Common Sight we may better peer into Ambiguity. Earth and Water we swallow. Our Holy Flesh and Royal Elixir. Mud in the belly to foster a Seed, from which stems your Fool Incarnate.

And so this process is indeed organic.  The repetition inherent by our means, as it turns, is not static.

For this ripe occasion, matters of the Book shall be conceived: its image and function. A book conveys or conceals that wrought by hand. As it happens, your Host is as a book as well. A host in deed; moved by something greater.


Hosts:

Catamara Rosarium

Catamara Rosarium is an Alchemist, Master Herbalist, and Ritual Artist. She has been a student and practitioner of various Western and Eastern traditions over the past 15 years. Her current studies and practicum include Alchemy, Tantra, Spagyrics, Wortcunning, and Cunning Craft Sorcery. She is the sole proprietor of Rosarium Blends a business dedicated to concocting various alchemical creations to enliven the senses.

Her continuous passions lie in esoteric arts, with an emphasis on cross diversification, working to cultivate networking and community based events wherein diverse belief systems and traditional practices may be shared and to offer deeper understanding and education through these communal experiences.

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William Kiesel

William Kiesel is a historical and practical researcher in the field of western esotericism with a particular focus on symbol systems. He is director of Ouroboros Press, an editor of CLAVIS: Journal of Occult Arts and the founding administrator at the EBC. In addition to publishing the complete and corrected edition of the Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum under his own imprint, his most recent book, Magic Circles in the Grimoire Tradition was released by Three Hands Press.

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