David Beth, who was born to German parents in Africa, is the author of Voudon Gnosis and has been the main force in the revival of Esoteric Voudon in the past decade. He is the founder of the Société Voudon Gnostique, a selective group of initiates and artists dedicated to manifesting the more powerful, inner revelations and transmissions of the Gods of Esoteric Voudon as well as to push evolution and research of Voudon Gnosis and sorcery freely beyond all frontiers of orthodoxy. David is also a member of the Fraternitas Borealis and Ecclesia Gnostica Aeterna. University educated in Germany and the USA, he travelled and lived all over the world from Nigeria to Hamburg, from Los Angeles to London, studying occult systems and gnosis for the past 2 decades. Currently preparing the publication of a second revised and enlarged edition of Voudon Gnosis with Fulgur Ltd., David lives and works between Europe and Brazil.
The Dark Doctrine:
The Qliphoth and Nightside Gnosis in Esoteric Voudon
The Dark Doctrine is an often talked about but rarely understood section of Western Occultism.
Work with the Qliphotic and Dark Path of occultism are central aspects of Esoteric Voudon. Cults like the Lycantrophic Voltigeurs and Shadow Power Shamans have made the Tree of Death their preferred hunting-grounds. In this talk Hierophant David Beth of the Société Voudon Gnostique (SVG) will map out the approach a sorcerer of Esoteric Voudon takes in working with the Gnosis of the Nightside. David will take us deep inside the nocturnal worlds of luciferian magic as practiced within the SVG. Amongst other things, he will explain fascinating concepts such as the Meon, Universe B, the kosmic resurrection and Sol Niger. The Dark Doctrine as understood within the SVG opens up the path to supreme realization, the enlightenment of Gnostic Luciferianism.
Debra Chesnut recently graduated from Exeter University, England with an MA in Western Esotericism. She was raised in the Alaska bush on a homestead at the foot of Mt. Susitna near Anchorage. Her father flew his small plane to work because there were no roads, no schools, no stores, and no jobs in the wilderness. She attended school through the Calvert Course correspondence school provided by the State of Alaska to all the children like her who lived in rural Alaska. Nature was her constant companion and profoundly influenced her life.
She graduated from Nursing School at the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 1976 earning her RN. She worked in a variety of communities in Alaska including remote native villages, and around the world in countries such as Brazil, Thailand, Nicaragua and others. She received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 1989.
She has been a student of the Qabalah for 32 years, 25 of them as a member of the Builders of the Adytum (BOTA). She ran a Qabalistic study group for ten years in the Fairbanks community, and presently teaches classes on the Qabalah as well as other subjects.
In 1991 she was classically initiated into shamanism. In 1993 she founded The Four Winds Foundation to promote shamanic and traditional wisdom. She was a member of the faculty for the Foundation for Shamanic Studies from 1996 to 2008 and is presently their field representative in Alaska.
The Spoken Aspects of Ritual from the Ancient Mysteries to present day Occult Societies
The Spoken Aspects of Ritual from the Ancient Mysteries to present day Occult Societies
This brief lecture will first present an overview of the ancient Greek mysteries ritual practices with an emphasis on the observance of legomena (things recited, or spoken) in the mystery rites. The subject is vast and there exists a large body of works by scholars of the ancient mysteries who have thoroughly researched the various cults, such as Jane Harrison, Walter Burkert, Karl Kerenyi, George Mylonas, Marvin Meyer, and others. They utilized primary sources; working off of manuscripts written in the original languages and drawing on the written works of the philosophers, historians, and authors of the period; research which was beyond the scope of this paper, but, which provided a working framework for the primary purpose of this presentation.
Next, as a preliminary to considering the use of legomena in the various rites, a study of the importance of speech, and euphony in the ancient world will be presented focusing on the written works of the ancient philosophers, and the research by W.B. Stanford and Joscelyn Godwin. This is followed by a review of the translations of existing texts from the early period of the CE, The Corpus Hermeticum, the Nag Hammadi Codices, the Ritual Gold Tablets, and the Mithras Liturgy from the Great Magical Papyrus of Paris, with a particular emphasis on the spoken elements of the texts as authentic examples of ritual legomena from the mystery cults.
A brief overview of the use of invocation and chanting follows, with a more detailed look at the god name ‘IAO’, based on the works of Godfrey Higgins, Joscelyn Godwin, Paul Foster Case, and others. If time allows, ritual documents from a few representative present-day societies will be reviewed, and a comparison made to the observances of legomena in the ancient mystery cults. A complete survey and comparison will not be possible within the scope of this lecture but the evidence supports the conclusion that similarities exist between them.
Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule is a ChAOrder Magickian and Sabbatic Sorceror, primarily interested in the reification of spirits, deities, and elementals into the world of form via the various Artes as magickal media: drawing, sculpture, ritual theatre, musick, film, writing and various combinations thereof. He is the director of Australia’s Metamorphic Ritual Theatre Co. and performs globally, seeing public ritual as an access point for the further propagation of magickal memes and vibrations.
Orryelle is working on The Tela Quadrivium, a fourfold bookweb from Fulgur Limited. The Red Book, Conjunctio, was released in 2008, and he recently finished the Gold Book, Coagula, which is to be launched towards the end of this year.
The originator of The HermAphroditic ChAOrder of the Silver Dusk, an international network/webplay of artist-magicians, he also publishes through his iNSPiRALink. Multimedia Press (The Book of Kaos Tarot, SilKMilK MagiZain) and has recently had work published in XVI (Scarlet Imprint May 2010) and Hekate: Her Sacred Fires(Avalonia June 2010).
And the Fourth Fate shall Bind Thee…
Orryelle will be speaking about his magickal journeys with the creation and realization of the Tela Quadrivium fourfold bookweb — including its ritual applications — and the complex Alchemy involved to distill the Golden tome, Coagula.
He will also delve into the complex relationship between Will and Fate, relating this to the talismanic Book of Arte as a reflection of the magickian’s journey: The spine of the book and the spine of the awakened human, the spinner weaver and cutter of Fate’s thread, and the mysteries of the enigmatic Fourth Fate who binds together the Work into coagulated form.
This will be primarily a talk, but as a performer Orryelle will also be bringing theatrical and musickal elements into his presentation.
He will also be exhibiting original artwork (including new works for Coagula) and speaking with with other occult artists on the Esoteric Artist panel.
J. Daniel Gunther
J. Daniel Gunther is a teacher highly respected and revered by his Students and peers alike. Considered one of the world’s few genuine Authorities on the doctrines of Thelema, his lectures and presentations have been hailed as dynamic revelations of Thelemic doctrine, while his engaging question and answer sessions demonstrate his collegial approach and sincere commitment to Student learning.
A member of the A∴A∴ for over thirty years, he is the author of Initiation in the Aeon of the Child, and co-editor of Pythagoras: His Life and Teachings, both published by Ibis Press. He is a standing member of the Editorial board of The Equinox.
I Am the Heart —
A Verse-by-verse Exposition of Liber LXV, Chapter 1
The Book of the Heart Girt With The Serpent, or Liber LXV as it is known to the Students of Aleister Crowley, is one of the central Holy Books of Thelema. Liber LXV is one of the revealed documents of the A∴A∴, published in Class A, a designation assigned only to works considered divinely inspired, a work not to be changed even to the style of a letter. It gives a revealed account of the relations of the Aspirant with his Holy Guardian Angel. In his Lecture, “I Am the Heart,” J. Daniel Gunther gives an initiated verse-by-verse exposition of this beloved Holy Book, enhanced by a vivid PowerPoint demonstration. For the first time, many of the most enigmatic passages are elucidated in clear, precise language.
Dale Pendell is the author of Pharmako/Poeia,Pharmako/Dynamis, and Pharmako/Gnosis, a depth study of the shamanic and pharmacological virtues of psychoactive plants. Dale’s first novel, The Great Bay: Chronicles of the Collapse, stories from the next ten thousand years of California history, will be released in July.
Orpheus, Faust, Eve: Shamanism in the Western Tradition
Through the myths of Orpheus, Faust, and Eve, we find shamanic traditions in the West — some using plants, some not — that continue to affect our policies and beliefs. The three magical traditions are distinct, and lead to vastly different results in the contemporary world. The stakes are high: magic and politics intermix. By understanding the magical basis of our current political and economic system, some steps at counter-spells may be more clear.
Denny Sargent (a.k.a.: Aion 131, Hermeticusnath), writer, teacher and practicing Eclectic Ritualist, was first introduced to mythology and magick in New York where he grew up. He has since his early teens been accepted as a member of a number of initiatory groups and esoteric associations. In 1979 he received his BA in Education. During this time he was one of the founding editors ofMandragore, a journal of magick and eclectic ritualism published in New York City (The Grove of the Star & Snake), as well as a founding member of the Horus Maat Lodge. In 1981 he was awarded an MA in Ancient History/Cross Cultural Communications from Western Washington University where he also taught. His research has included the magickal/religious traditions of Egypt, Sumeria, Greece, Rome, China, India, Europe and Pacific Northwest Indians (Kwakiutl). In the early 1980’s, he helped found, write, and edit Aeon and Kalika, journals that were concerned with contemporary ritual practice and creative mythology. From 1980 until today, the Western Magickal Tradition, Tantrika and Taoism have formed increasingly important foci for his studies and writing. In the mundane world he is currently a Teacher Trainer, teaching university courses as part of a certificate in teaching ESL. He has written for many different pagan and magickal magazines as well as magazines in Japan. Denny taught, lived, and wrote for four years in Japan from 1989–93. He has engaged in extensive traveling and on-site research in Japan, Australia, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Hawaii, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Thailand, Cambodia, Egypt, Turkey, as well as Central and North America (so far). Books published include: Global Ritualism, Myth & Magick Around the World, The Tao of Birth Days, The Magical Garden (co-written with his lovely and very psychic wife, Sophia), Your Guardian Angel And You, and Clean Sweep. He has several works that are going to print or are already out as this is written: Liber Sigil A IAF, a “double current” grimoire (Waning Moon Press) and Matsuri, Shinto & Buddhist Festivals of Japan (Immanion Press). In the near future, The Book of the Horned One will also be released by Ouroboros Press.
A History of the Horus/Maat Lodge and of the Double Current
In 1979, the Horus Maat Lodge, a new magickal order, was founded. It was earthed in many lineages of the Western Occult Tradition and yet beholden to none of them. This Lodge was different in almost every way from traditional Orders of the past. It was non-hierarchical, had no set degrees or levels, had no set or firm members, had no requirements for initiation or joining, and met only on in cyberspace, on the astral, or on the physical when people felt like it. Its goal was and is to unite mages of all kinds. Now, thirty years later, it is a fully functioning Lodge that produces an online magazine, hosts a vibrant web presence and an ever growing elist. The HML has forged alliances with a number of other initiatory orders and has a large number of wildly creative members all over the world, on every almost continent.
Denny Sargent (Aion 131), one of the founding members of the HML, will present the history of the Horus Maat Lodge and of the double current that gave birth to it. He will also read a few select passages from the HML archives and from his newly published Double Current grimoire, Sigil A IAF.
“The Horus Maat Lodge is a seed-gestalt, a priesthood, and an instrumentality of the Universal Pattern of Consciousness. We accept and live by the Law of Thelema as promulgated in Liber Al Vel Legis. It is our will to assist the mutation of Homo Sapiens to Homo Veritas, and to assist each other, and all sentients living today, to find the Gateway to Maat (Truth).” — from the Charter of the Horus Maat Lodge.
The Richel-Eldermans Collection:
A Hidden Lexicon of European Witchcraft
In 2000, the Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall inherited a large collection of occult documents, images, and artifacts from Dutch collector Bob Laurentius Richel. Amassed by several occult practitioners in private for the better part of a century, it was marked by extraordinary craftsmanship and a curious hybrid of ceremonial magic, sexual sorcery, and rural witchcraft. The cache contains a considerable number of items relating specifically to European witch practices and lore, specifically those pre-dating the modern phenomenon of Wicca, and many of which have not seen print before. In this presentation, a brief history of the collection will be given, and number of its specific witchcraft arcana examined, especially those relating to schools of lore preserved in Traditional Witchcraft. Additionally, the collection’s hidden nature will be considered, and the likely rationales for its concealment.
Caroline Wise has been involved with occult book selling and publishing for many years. In the late 70s and 80s she worked with The Ley Hunter Earth Mysteries magazine. After working for Psychic Press she then initiated the republishing of Kenneth Grant, starting with Hidden Lore, at Scoob Books in 1989. Her brief career there was to establish the shop as an esoteric store and publisher, which she did. She co-edited Skoob Occult Review, and was one the first to publish articles and illustrations by the late Andrew Chumbley.
She moved to Atlantis Bookshop which she owned along with Neptune Press in 1995, selling the business in 2002. At Atlantis she revived The Occult Observer and published several esoteric titles.
In 1993 Caroline produced Florence Farr’s Egyptian themed plays at the Rudolf Steiner Theatre, London, to raise money for breast cancer charities, and has been producing Florence’s potent ritual drama, The Shrine of the Golden Hawk, periodically for smaller audiences.
Caroline gives lectures and workshops internationally on the Goddess, the tarot, and on the pioneering women magicians of the Golden Dawn as important figures culturally and historically. She has produced several esoteric conferences since the late 70s.
She currently works with Starfire Books, and is a senior member of the Fellowship of Isis.
Florence Farr, a Modern Magician
Florence Farr was Chief Adept in the Golden Dawn, actress, author, and “first-wave” feminist, a progressive woman on all levels. The mystical, the philosophical and the political wove a seamless whole in a questing and pioneering life. The talk will revolve around Florence’s powerful ritual drama, The Shrine of the Golden Hawk, and its subtext that reflects observations made in her Golden Dawn years and her reasons for leaving.
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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.
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.