Esoteric Book Conference 2013

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2013 Presenters:

Aaron Cheak

Dr Cheak is a life-long student of the world’s spiritual, philosophical and esoteric traditions. He studied Classical Sanskrit, German, Greek, religious studies, philosophy and classics at the University of Queensland. His research interests encompass the phenomenology of consciousness, nondual currents in eastern and western philosophy, and the traditional esoteric sciences. For the past seven years, Cheak’s research has concentrated on the deep interstices between integral and hermetic philosophy, focusing on the lives and works of two of the twentieth-century’s most neglected phenomenologists of consciousness: French Ägyptosoph, René Schwaller de Lubicz, and German Kulturphilosoph, Jean Gebser. Despite a strong academic background, Cheak believes (with Suhrawardi) that philosophy must go hand in hand with higher modes of experiential apperception, and in this respect he is devoted to the cultivation of nondualistic epistemologies within the academy. Cheak has been trained in the preparation of spagyric elixirs at the Paracelsus College in Victoria, and is currently undertaking mind training within the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages of Vajrayana Buddhism. He presently resides on the eastern coast of Australia, where he maintains an active interest in tea, wine, poetry, typography and alchemy.

Cheak is the editor of the forthcoing academic anthology, Alchemical Traditions: From Antiquity to the Avant Garde (Numen Books, 2013), which will be launched at the EBC.

Academic Profile Numen Books The Legacy of Henry Corbin

2013 Presentation
The Call of Fire:
The Life and Work of René Schwaller de Lubicz

René ‘Aor’ Schwaller de Lubicz (1887–1961) was an Alsatian artist, chemist, revolutionary, Neopythagorean, and Egyptologist. More covertly, however, he was a practicing Hermetic adept deeply experienced with esoteric laboratory processes. Student of Matisse, recipient of the chivalric title ‘de Lubicz’, and collaborator with one of the most influential alchemists of the twentieth century (Fulcanelli, alias Jean Julien Champagne), René Schwaller de Lubicz made one of the most powerful attempts in the modern world to wed the metaphysical to the concrete. Perhaps due to the fact that his Egyptosophical masterpiece, Le Temple de l’homme (The Temple of Man, 1957-8), comprises over a thousand pages of dense geometric analysis, Schwaller is among the most revered yet neglected esotericists of the twentieth century. In academic circles, his symbolist approach to Egyptology incited a virulent controversy, while in literary circles he drew the admiration and attention of figures such as Jean Cocteau and André Breton. Despite or because of this, little academic attention has been paid to his work. What is sorely needed are some concrete entry-points not only into his œuvre proper, but also into his social, intellectual and historical contexts. It is the purpose of this paper to provide exactly this.

What I would like to present is a detailed biographical and bibliographical survey of the life and work of René Schwaller de Lubicz. This will draw on the seven years of research that I completed as part of my doctoral dissertation: Light Broken through the Prism of Life: René Schwaller de Lubicz and the Hermetic Problem of Salt (University of Queensland, 2011). I will guide the audience on a journey through Schwaller’s fascinating life, from the Parisian alchemical revival and the Hermetic experimentum crucis in stained glass, through to his fifteen year sojourn in Egypt, where he lived in daily contact with the temples at Luxor. The talk will be furnished with original translations from the French, and illustrated with rare photographs.

Aron D. Tarbuck

Aron is a practitioner of Traditional Witchcraft and a researcher of folklore and the occult from around the world.  Kate Merriwether Lynch is a Pathfinder and a Sacred Fire Guardian of the Wolven Path Tradition.  Together they own and operate The Dreaming Comics and Games, located in Seattle’s University District.  Their love of magical traditions and practices and the written word bring them to the Esoteric Book Conference.

2013 Presentation
Comic books as Grimoire

Co-Presented by Kate Merriwether Lynch

Comic books have been introducing the world to different mythologies and metaphysical concepts, both classical and modern for over 80 years.  Could comic books be the Grimoire of the 21st Century?

Comic books have given society a safe outlet to discuss topics that were considered “taboo”.   Spandexed super heroes fighting for truth and justice have disguised our fears about being too weak or too powerful, sex and sexuality and civil rights issues while allowing us to see how these social issues might play out.

Comics have also been a medium where metaphysical concepts and applications could be explored while giving practitioners access to larger audiences and greater source material.  Many characters and situations that seem fabricated actually come from rich and varied metaphysical traditions from around the world.

David Shoemaker

Dr. David Shoemaker is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in Jungian and transpersonal psychotherapy. He is the Chancellor of the College of Thelema of Northern California, and the Prolocutor of its initiatory Order, the Temple of the Silver Star. He is a longstanding member of Ordo Templi Orientis and A∴A∴ , and is recognized as a leading author and lecturer on Thelemic magick and mysticism. He is Past Master of 418 Lodge, O.T.O. in Sacramento, having succeeded Soror Meral (Phyllis Seckler), his friend and teacher. He is also a consecrated Bishop of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, and a Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the O.T.O.  David is the founding President of the O.T.O. Psychology Guild, and a frequent speaker at NOTOCON and other regional and national events. David is a co-editor of the journals Neshamah (Psychology Guild) and Cheth (418 Lodge). In addition to his essays in these publications, his writings have been published in the journals Mezlim and Black Pearl, and his chapter on Kabbalistic Psychology was included in the Instructor’s Manual of Fadiman and Frager’s Personality and Personal Growth, an undergraduate psychology textbook. He was the compiler of the COTNC publication, Jane Wolfe: The Cefalu Diaries 1920-1923, and a co-editor of the COTNC/Teitan Press collections of the writings of Phyllis Seckler (Soror Meral), The Thoth Tarot, Astrology, & Other Selected Writings and The Kabbalah, Magick, and Thelema. Selected Writings Volume II.   His popular “Living Thelema” instructional segments are featured monthly on the Speech in the Silence podcast. In addition to his work in magick and psychology, David is a composer and musician. (See animasolis.com) He lives in Sacramento with his wife and his son. Living Thelema One Star in Sight College of Thelema NorCal

2013 Presentation Living Thelema: Reflections on the Path of Attainment

In this entertaining and informative presentation, Dr. Shoemaker will discuss the most important fundamentals of Thelemic magick and mysticism for modern practitioners.  Drawing on the material in his popular “Living Thelema” podcast segments and his forthcoming book on the subject, Dr. Shoemaker will bring his characteristic down-to-earth style to bear on such topics as the intertwining of magick and modern psychology, and the path toward the key attainments in the Thelemic path: Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel and crossing the Abyss.

Fredrik Eytzinger

Fredrik Eytzinger is an ethnologist and occult researcher residing in the archipelago of Gothenburg, on the west coast of Sweden. His current investigations surround Swedish folk magic and the written works of Swedish esotericists. He is also coeditor of the journal Feral Transmissions issued by Belzebez.

2013 Presentation
The Myth of the Swedish Books of Black Arts

Partly written and compiled by a Swedish pastor, Salomonic Magical Arts is a notable Swedish manuscript of cunning recipes and magical operations from the early 18th century. It is an account of both Swedish folk magic and the European tradition connected to the grimoires and house hold books. The forbidden knowledge of the Books of Black Arts was often guarded by sinister deities and the only way to get rid of it once in your possession was to seal it with brick and mortar within the church walls. Salomonic Magical Arts is presented as an example of the mythical lore surrounding the Scandinavian Book of the Black Arts through which we will get acquainted with the sorcerer, the book itself and the powers therein.

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

Freedom Cole

Freedom Cole is a teacher of Vedic Astrology, Yoga and the Vedic Sciences. He teaches traditional Vedic Astrology in a practical way which is useful in the modern world. He teaches with the traditional use of Sanskrit, meditation, chanting/mantra through modern technology. Freedom’s teachings are filled with the deep understanding of the unity of all things. 

Freedom Cole as Teacher

2013 Presentation

Freedom Cole will discuss the nature of Consciousness and Time and the conscious use and interpretation of time in daily, predictive, and ritual contexts.

From the introduction to Chapter 2 of Volume 2 of Science of Light: “The manifest world is created and it exists within Time. Time is the force impelling events forward (kalana) and is measured by change (pariNaam). There are three different levels of time; the supreme level of Time as a deity who motivates creation, subtle time creating the building blocks of reality and perception, and empirical time that is perceived in units.”

Johnny Jakobsson

Johnny Jakobsson is a central author, artist and lecturer on the Draconian tradition and the European grimoire canon. Lately in Clavis 1 – Journal of the Art Magical, his essay, Nebiros et Ars Necromantica – In Medio Umbræ Mortis, bestowed its readers with an unique insight into his innovative studies of the Qliphothic initiation and the alchemic art of necromancy.

2013 Presentation
Zothyria
The Zothyrian Doctrine of Initiation

For the 5th annual Esoteric Book Conference, Jakobsson’s lecture, Zothyria – The Zothyrian Doctrine of Initiation, will be akin to his initiatory work with Michael Bertiaux throughout the years. As a long time student to Michael Bertiaux and as the secretary of the Choronzon Club, Jakobsson and Bertiaux are together writing a book, The Leviathan Diaries, for future publication. The Zothyrian Empire and its esoteric teachings are central motifs permeating throughout Bertiaux’s corpus. In Jakobsson’s lecture, the auditors will be granted a privileged journey through the Meon and into the alternative universe, named Zothyria. The lecture will both include a historical summary of the Zothyrian culture and its futuristic initiatory philosophies, together with Jakobsson’s empirical knowledge of its akin praxis and spiritual mystagogues, as: Choronzon, Doctor Kammamori and Zothyrius.

Stand adamantly firm on the thunderbolt of the storm, until all worlds ignited and into ashes befall. We will become ashes to one world, but living and eternal fire to the next one.

Joshua Madara

Joshua Madara designs ritual magic with digital media. He makes digital-ritual artifacts, installations, and performances; writes, lectures, and teaches. His most recent project, Robomancy.com, is the world’s premier resource for robotic magic. A member of the Illuminates of Thanateros, Joshua is a practicing Chaos magician of many years, and sponsors Seattle’s longest-running Chaos magic meetup. His occult influences have included witchcraft, Hermeticism (especially alchemy), Antero Alli’s Paratheatre, Philip Farber’s Meta-Magick, and psionics and radionics.

hyperRitual Oneirodyne Systems

2013 Presentation
Interactive Media for Occult Book Makers

“Interactive” is a contemporary buzzword that many people associate with computers and electronics without ever thinking critically about the nature of interactivity. Although books are typically not considered an interactive medium, many book enthusiasts would argue that books are indeed interactive objects or a significant part of a domain of interactivity that might not be as easy to circumscribe as is often assumed. In any case, it seems apparent that most books offer little more direct interaction than linearly reading words and turning pages. I would like to show you a world of other possibilities.

This presentation will survey a variety of book-related interactive forms both old and new, in paper, digital, and combined media, with the intention of inspiring new designs for occult book makers. We will begin by looking at various roles that occult books play, and then as we see examples of interactive media, many of which will come from outside of the occult, we will consider ways of mapping those examples onto the roles of occult books. There will be time at the end of the presentation for people to ask questions or share any ideas that have occurred to them, including things they might have already done or have been planning to do along these lines.

Whether you are looking to create value to help conserve paper media in an ever-digitizing market, or something you can do with a digital book that makes it extraordinarily different from merely converting words to bits, this presentation will surely urge you to think differently about occult book design.

Kate Merriwether Lynch

Kate Merriwether Lynch is your Volunteer Coordinator. She was attracted to the Esoteric Book Conference for her love of sacred knowledge.

Kate was brought up in a family of professional artists.  The greatest influence on her was her mother, Sherry V. Lynch, who is a practitioner of the sacred art form of Byzantine Iconography.  Through her mother’s devotion to sacred art, Kate was exposed to and encouraged to pursue sacred knowledge of all traditions.  This led to exploration of different fields of study; from art forms such as Taiko drumming and mask making to study of spiritual practices, mainly Saivite Hinduism and the shamanic arts.

Kate’s love of knowledge and art also expresses itself through her fascination graphic art forms, especially comic books.  An enthusiastic collector for many years led to the purchase of her own business.  Kate is the co-owner of The Dreaming, a Seattle based comic and game store.

Kate is an initiated Pathfinder and a Sacred Fire Guardian in the Wolven Path Tradition where she is currently pursuing Elder status.  She enjoys teaching and learning and crafting of all types.  She lives in Seattle, WA USA.

2013 Presentation
Comic books as Grimoire

Co-Presented by Aron D. Tarbuck

Comic books have been introducing the world to different mythologies and metaphysical concepts, both classical and modern for over 80 years.  Could comic books be the Grimoire of the 21st Century?

Comic books have given society a safe outlet to discuss topics that were considered “taboo”.   Spandexed super heroes fighting for truth and justice have disguised our fears about being too weak or too powerful, sex and sexuality and civil rights issues while allowing us to see how these social issues might play out.

Comics have also been a medium where metaphysical concepts and applications could be explored while giving practitioners access to larger audiences and greater source material.  Many characters and situations that seem fabricated actually come from rich and varied metaphysical traditions from around the world.

M. Isidora Forrest

M. Isidora Forrest has been devoted to Isis ever since the Goddess told her, in no uncertain terms, that she was not yet ready to be Her priestess. (Isidora respects a Goddess Who doesn’t coddle.) More than twenty years—and a lot of research, ritual, agony and ecstasy—later, Isidora has earned the title of Prophetess in the House of Isis. She is also a priestess of the international Fellowship of Isis, a Hermetic adept, a maenad for Dionysos, and a founder of the Hermetic Fellowship, a religious non-profit devoted to education in the Western Esoteric Tradition. In addition to Isis Magic, she is the author of Offering to Isis: Knowing the Goddess through Her Sacred Symbols, and a contributor to the Golden Dawn Journal series of books edited by Chic and Tabatha Cicero. Isidora lives and works in the not-all-all-Egypt-like climate of Portland, Oregon with her husband Adam Forrest, a fierce black cat, and both a Temple of Isis and a grape arbor sacred to Dionysos in the backyard.

Isiopolis

 2013 Presentation 

When Plotinus, the Greek founder of Neoplatonism, agreed to a magical evocation of his guardian spirit, the Egyptian priest who conducted the ceremony declared that it could only take place in the Temple of Isis because Her temple was the only pure place appropriate for the working of this type of high magic in all of Rome. Such was the reputation of the Goddess Isis as “Great of Magic” and patroness of magicians.

This presentation would be in conjunction with the upcoming release of the 10th Anniversary Edition of her Isis Magic: Cultivating a Relationship with the Goddess of 10,000 Names. ”

In this presentation, we’ll look at the ancient Egyptian conception of magic, its integral place in the world, and the role of Isis as Egypt’s Great Magician and Goddess of Magic. We’ll discover how Isis the Enchantress worked with Her magicians in ancient Egypt, and then in the wider Mediterranean world of the Greek Magical Papyri and among the Theurgists.

Yet even with the coming of the Christian Empire, the Lady of Magic continued to guide Her magicians. Her name remained a name to conjure with in Christian magical papyri. She became the Goddess of the Great Work of alchemy. She became the Lady of Initiation in the early Masonic lodges and in the temples of late-19th, early-20th-century magicians such as H.P. Blavatsky and the Golden Dawn. Today, She continues to be an important part of (or, for magicians like me, the very core of) sacred magical Work.

She inspires and leads a wide range of modern magic workers, including ceremonial magicians, Wiccans, Kemetics, Neo-Pagans, Goddess devotees, and more.

Nick Koss

Nick Kossintsev is a scholar of Western Esoteric Tradition, with a focus on European grimoires.  His interest in cryptography comes from an analytical academic background in Mathematics, Computing Science, and Linguistics.  Outside of work and research, Nick is a jewellery designer and goldsmith, an interest originally inspired by his desire to create rare metallic talismans described in medieval grimoires.  He lives with his wife Jocelyn in Vancouver, Canada.

2013 Presentation
Use of Cryptography in Magical Books:
Deciphering the Triangular Book of St. Germain

When the authors of grimoires (instructional books on magic) employ a cipher system, they transform a readable text into a sequence of cryptic symbols, intensifying the enigma surrounding these already mysterious works.  The original intention behind the obfuscation –whether it is to shield the manuscript’s content from all except the privileged initiate or simply to deepen its allure – is often unknown or lost in time.   To uncover the literal meaning of the work, the reader requires the key to the cipher.  But, what happens if a cipher does not accompany the manuscript because it has been separated, lost, or is simply unknown?

Over the course of this presentation, we will discuss strategies to decipher coded manuscripts, using the 18th century grimoire called the Triangular Book of St. Germain as an illustration.  This text is attributed to the legendary Count St Germain, a renowned European courtier reputed to have gained immortality and extraordinary success in arts and sciences including alchemy via magical means.  We will also review why it is necessary to combine standard techniques of cryptanalysis with specific knowledge of foundational texts of Western Esoteric Tradition to successfully decode this manuscript.

 


2013 Artists:

Daniel A. Schulke

Daniel A. Schulke is an artist and author working primarily in oil on canvas, and pen and ink. His subjects include medieval European witchcraft, herbalism, esoteric Christianity, and the magical extension of human perception beyond the five classical senses. His artwork has appeared in a variety of esoteric publications and is held in private collections. In 2012 he participated in “Occult Aesthesis”, a panel hosted by Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and in 2013 was a guest lecturer on the subject of Occult Art at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

XOANON Limited Three Hands Press

 

Divine Mania (Francísco D.)

I was born in 1979. I have created art of one form or another all my life: from monster drawings and comic books as a boy, to paintings, sculptures and digital illustrations as an adult. For the most part I have taught myself how to draw, paint and create through much trial & error.

A very basic description of the term: “Divine Mania” is a state of being where a person is inspired by a God, a Muse or one’s own personal Daemon; the Divine expressing itself through a person. A state commonly found in many artists.

I consider the Human Imagination to be a form of the “Prima Materia” and a means for expressing hidden worlds. Imagination is capable of so much more than we often give it credit for. My artworks can be both terrifying and beautiful, but many are telling important stories based upon influences such as: Myth, Magick, Alchemy, folklore and history.

Throughout my artwork I am most comfortable with the uniting of opposites. Making the circle whole, through the confluence of light and darkness. I do as I have always done, I make creations which are honest to myself first and foremost.

“Don’t battle your demons, perfect them.”

Divine Mania

Hagen von Tulien

Hagen von Tulien is a contemporary artist and occultist. With more than thirty years of intense magical theory and practice, he has specialized in creating art as an expression and manifestation of magical states of awareness and its use as an esoteric tool.

He is working in a variety of media including pen and ink, paper cut, collage and digital formats.

Throughout the 1990s Hagen was a key figure in the Magical Pact of the Illuminates of Thanateros (I.O.T.), serving as its section head for Germany.

He is currently a Master-Initiate of the Fraternitas Saturni (F.S.) and an empowered adept of the Société Voudon Gnostique (S.V.G.), focused on deeply researching the Saturnian and Voudon Gnosis. La Société Voudon Gnostique is 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.

As a Gnostic Priest of the Ecclesia Gnostica Aeterna, Hagen von Tulien is dedicated to manifesting the supreme and divine Gnosis Aeterna within himself while assisting others on their own path to kosmic freedom and liberation.

Joseph Uccello

Miniature ink illustration with rapidograph pen starting in 2000. Various times living in seclusion perfecting a Microcosmic technique. Lived in China, Yemen, Italy, where inspiration was drawn from ancient culture remnants. Art subject matter naturally gravitated to the symbolic, occult, and arcane, as a means of interior travel and manifestation dna memory and the mind. Took up the Chinese brush, stone, and ink stick in 2003 while living in Beijing. Moved to Northwest in 2004 (Portland) then Seattle shortly after. Developed deep interest in typography, took degree in printing and graphic design as Seattle Central Creative Academy. Started Viatorium Press, designing, illustrating and printing many broadsides on a Vandercook 4 proof press. Worked with Ouroboros Press to design and set the type for new edition of Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum. Won Bookbuilders West award for best book design for Lovecraft homage “Pilgrimage to Azathoth”. Designed, printed, illustrated another Lovecraft themed book titled Al-Azif. Currently working as freelance typographer and book designer for clients such as University of Washington.

Joseph Uccello’s Website Deviant Art


2013 Performers:

Jessika Kenney

Jessika Kenney is a vocalist, composer and voice teacher, interested in both traditional sources and experimental methods.

Kenney has performed and recorded classical Persian vocal repertoire with ney master Ostad Hossein Omoumi, new and traditional Javanese music with Gamelan Pacifica and Gamelan Madu Sari, and the music of contemporary composers such as John Cage, Hans Eisler, Lou Harrison, Eyvind Kang, and Tadao Sawai.

Her teachers include the jazz vocalist Jay Clayton at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and Nyi Supadmi in Central Java, Indonesia, where she studied traditional Javanese vocal music and collaborated on music and theater in experimental settings. She currently studies classical Persian vocal music with Dr. Hossein Omoumi. Kenney has created numerous wayang (shadow plays) and many works for voice and mixed ensemble.

She currently teaches at the Cornish College of the Arts, where she completed her music degree in 2007.

Website

Kalpa

KALPA कल्प

DYLAN CARLSON (Earth) and RANDALL DUNN DUO

Guitarist Dylan Carlson is the founder of the Seattle music group EARTH.
as Dr. Carlson Albion his musical output reflects his longstanding interest in occult folklore and history of the United Kingdom and his abiding love for all things British.

Randall Dunn is an acclaimed music Producer who has worked with bands and artists ranging from Tim Hecker, and Sunno))), to Six Organs of Admittance and Akron Family. He is profoundly influenced by Buddhist philosophy in his music and audio work and is constantly seeking a bridge between meditation and sound by combining varying styles and approaches.

This night for the EBC they will perform a meditative set of Guitar and Analog Synths. In the spirit of Tangerine Dream and Indian raga music.


Six Organs of Admittance

 

In 2003 Chasny began an association with Comets on Fire, which led to him becoming a full-time touring and recording member of the band. He also released Compathia for Holy Mountain and two titles for Time-Lag, a CD reissue of 1999’s limited-edition Nightly Trembling and the landmark For Octavio Paz. After recording and touring extensively withComets on Fire in 2004, Chasny returned to the studio and issued the moving and beautiful School of the Flower on Drag City in January of 2005. Sun Awakens and Shelter from the Ash arrived in 2006 and 2007. After touring and a long break in 2008, SOOA undertook what would become a prolific 2009. First was the release of the sonically expansive — and very electric — Luminous Night, followed by the double-disc retrospective RTZ, both of which appeared on Drag City.In 2003 Chasny began an association with Comets on Fire, which led to him becoming a full-time touring and recording member of the band. He also released Compathia for Holy Mountain and two titles for Time-Lag, a CD reissue of 1999’s limited-edition Nightly Trembling and the landmark For Octavio Paz. After recording and touring extensively withComets on Fire in 2004, Chasny returned to the studio and issued the moving and beautiful School of the Flower on Drag City in January of 2005. Sun Awakens and Shelter from the Ash arrived in 2006 and 2007. After touring and a long break in 2008, SOOA undertook what would become a prolific 2009. First was the release of the sonically expansive — and very electric — Luminous Night, followed by the double-disc retrospective RTZ, both of which appeared on Drag City.In addition, Chasny and friends provided a vinyl-only soundtrack forJoseph Mattson‘s novel Empty the Sun, from Barnacle in a limited edition that also included the book. Chasny and guitarist Andrew Mitchell recorded — as SOOA — an all-acoustic, limited-release CD-R entitled Life at the Cat’s Cradle, recorded by Cory Rayborn in October.Chasny spent 2010 immersing himself in the writings of French criticGaston Bachelard and American theology professor Catherine Keller. They proved a profound influence on the composing, arranging, and recording of the next (primarily acoustic) SOOA album, Asleep on the Floodplain, issued in the early spring of 2011 on Drag City. The band returned in the summer of 2012 with the decidedly more rocking Ascent.


2013 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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Joshua Madara

Joshua Madara designs ritual magic with digital media. He makes digital-ritual artifacts, installations, and performances; writes, lectures, and teaches. His most recent project, Robomancy.com, is the world’s premier resource for robotic magic. A member of the Illuminates of Thanateros, Joshua is a practicing Chaos magician of many years, and sponsors Seattle’s longest-running Chaos magic meetup. His occult influences have included witchcraft, Hermeticism (especially alchemy), Antero Alli’s Paratheatre, Philip Farber’s Meta-Magick, and psionics and radionics.

hyperRitual Oneirodyne Systems

Kaitlin Reeves

Kaitlin Reeves is the fleshbot behind FORM & FUNCTION [ web production ] and the official web mistress of the EBC. She has had the honor of developing websites for many fine esoteric endeavors and individuals, including Ouroboros Press, Rosarium Blends, Xoanon Limited, Fulgur Esoterica, Abraxas Journal, Anima Nocturna, Austin Coppock and Clavis Journal. Select upcoming projects include Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, Robomancy.com, Treadwell’s bookshop and Liv Rainey-Smith’s new website.

Kaitlin’s background is in feng shui, astrology and hypnosis, all of which inform her design aesthetic, communication style and the selection of launch dates for new websites (which mostly means avoiding mercury retrogrades, which she tries to sleep through in their entirety). She has also helped typeset numerous titles for Three Hands Press and the first Clavis Journal, in addition to designing Austin Coppock’s yearly astrological almanac.

If you were at the 2012 Esoteric Book Conference, you may have seen her co-hosting the table at Xoanon’s 20th anniversary exhibition.

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Liv Rainey-Smith

Liv Rainey-Smith is an artist specializing in hand-pulled xylographic prints, and is the official art show liaison of the 2013 Esoteric Book Conference. Her imagery draws primarily upon historic sources, folklore, dreams, Enochian, and Qlippothic workings. Rainey-Smith’s woodcut process incorporates a mixture of traditional and modern tools as well as a blend of European and Japanese printmaking technique. She prints her own fine art prints  in small editions on both paper and animal parchment. She is also published by Three Hands Press and recently illustrated Arcanum Bestiarum by Robert Fitzgerald with over 50 new woodcuts.

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Patricia Cram

Patricia Cram works in the esoteric and political. She is a writer, designer, event curator, and performance artist. She is also the hostess of the Sunday night EBC after-party.

Patricia’s Website

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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