Richard Kaczynski, Ph.D., is a writer, musician, research scientist and teacher. The Times Literary Supplement called his Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley, “the major biography to date” of this seminal figure of modern magick. Richard is also the author of Forgotten Templars: The Untold Origins of Ordo Templi Orientis, The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley, Perdurabo Outtakes, and Panic in Detroit: The Magician and the Motor City. He has also appeared on television in the documentaries Secrets of the Occult and Aleister Crowley: The Beast 666. Richard earned his Ph.D. in social psychology in 1993 with a dissertation on metaphysical beliefs and experiences in New Religious Movements. He has lectured internationally, and over those years his writing has appeared in various books (Tarot in Culture, Mathematics in Popular Culture, Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism, Rebels and Devils, etc.).
The Method of Science, the Aim of Religion: The Scientific Method and How To Apply It to Magickal Practice
A common assertion in ritual magick is that magicians apply the scientific method to spiritual practice, following rigorous rules in their rituals and keeping detailed records of their activities. However, few teachers actually discuss the scientific method. This talk will describe how to apply research methodology to magick, and how to become a critical evaluator of your own magickal work. How do you prove causality? What are possible alternative explanations? How to improve your approach? What does Occam’s razor have to do with this? Dr. K has taught graduate level courses in research design and statistics since 1988.
Don Webb joined the Temple of Set in 1989, serving as its High Priest from 1996-2002. He has written many articles on Setian practice in specific and Left Hand Path thought generally including: Uncle Setnakt's Essential Guide to the Left Hand Path, Mysteries of the Temple of Set, Overthrowing Old Gods: Aleister Crowley and the Book of the Law, The Seven Faces of Darkness and Uncle Setnakt's Nightbook. He is well published as a writer of horror, science fiction and mysteries and has taught creative writing for UCLA Extension since 2002.
Morality and the LHP -- should we give a sucker an even break? Do I let the homeless freeze to death? If not, why not?
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Thomas Karlsson, Ph.D. is founder of the esoteric order Dragon Rouge and is author of several articles and books published in more than ten languages, such as Uthark: Nightside of the Runes, Qabalah, Qliphoth and Goetic Magic, Adul Runa and the Gothic Cabala, Astral Travels Out of Body, and Amongst Mystics and Magicians in Stockholm. Thomas Karlsson wrote his Doctoral dissertation about the Swedish 17th century Cabalah. He is Fellow Researcher at Yale Unversity, USA, and Director of the Esoteric Crossroads Conferences, Capri, Italy. He is Senior Lecturer and teaches History, Philosophy, and Religion with a focus on Western Esotericism. He also holds workshops around the world where he transfers the Draconian Current. Thomas Karlsson is also the lyricist for music bands and involved in art projects.
Runes in the Underworld: Essential Concepts of Left Hand Path Initiations and Nightside spiritualities. Parts of the LHP is tied to specific traditions and cultural contexts. This lecture discuss LHP as a meta-tradition in which we can discern some eternal patterns. There is a web in the greater Mysterium connecting LHP traditions of Nordic magic, Vamachara, Nigromancy, Vodou, Qliphotic Qabalah and Demonology, in a core beyond time and space.
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Shani Oates is a devoted practitioner of the esoteric artes. As a mystic and pilgrim finding expression through her writing, she fully *lives* her Tradition as a member of the People of Goda, and Maid of the Clan of Tubal Cain. Other ordinations and initiations within sympathetic Occult Streams further enrich her Spiritual congress, inspiring further research into theology, philosophy and anthropology as pathways to Truth. These vital disciplines engage the Mysteries proper, sourcing her numerous lectures at moots and Esoteric Conferences, all of which enrich her role and duties within the Clan she serves. Her politics and arte inform her published works online and via natural media. Her debut book, Tubelo’s Green Fire (2010), followed by The Arcane Veil (2011) and The Star Crossed Serpent I (2012) Star Crossed Serpent II and III (2014 & 2016) all by Mandrake of Oxford). A Paean for Hekate 2012 (Create Space), The People of Goda 2012 (Create Space); Tubal’s Mill 2016 – (Create Space). Crafting the Arte of Tradition 2016 by Anathema Publishing. https://clantubalcain.com/interviews-podcasts/
Supping with the devil' in folkloric tradition, exploring occulted elements of the eucharist and houzel as feasting on the lore of ages; the dark history of the true sabbat of the Sabbatic craft, and how the agent provocateur, trickster and fool serve the initiatory mysteries of the Luciferian Tradition."
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Lloyd Keane, a resident of Ottawa, is a Priest (III°) in the Temple of Set and holds a PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies with a dissertation that presents a Jungian interpretation of the Western Esoteric Tree of Life. Dr. Keane is a Master in the Esoteric Order of Beelzebub and a šēmi pirišti within the Order of Tiamat. His primary Initiatory focus is on understanding, cultivating, and expressing the Black Flame through art. Dr. Keane views Initiatory Art is a Gateway to exploring the Black Flame and the matrix of mystery, curiosity, and the numinous from which is arises as well as the sense of Dread that it projects.
Imagination and Inspiration: A look at an Initiatory Art Element in the Temple of Set, and how Initiatory Art in the Temple of Set can be seen as an expression of the Black Flame. The presentation highlights the creations of a selection of Setian artists and presents their definition of the Black Flame.
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Jex Blackmore is an interdisciplinary artist and activist as well as a national spokesperson for The Satanic Temple and director of the organization’s largest chapter located in Detroit, MI. Her work focuses on the relationship between moral religious rhetoric, sexuality and political policy. She has been featured in numerous publications such as TIME magazine, Vanity Fair, Washington Post, NPR, Cosmopolitan, and Salon. In 2015, she organized the largest Satanic gathering in history to unveil The Satanic Temple’s Baphoment monument, which was featured on CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling. Her reproductive healthcare advocacy has ranged from disrupting anti-choice demonstrations using gallons of milk and writing about her personal abortion experience in the viral blog entitled, “Unmother”.
"Ritualized Resistance" At it’s core, non-theistic Satanism celebrates the individual, while the Satanic figure serves as a model of agency in opposition to arbitrary authority. In this way, socio-political resistance can be practiced as a form of Satanic worship: one which both exemplifies reverence of the Satanic ideal and empowers individual participants, creating a transformative, psychological event. We will discuss the nature of ritual and Satanic ritual practice within the context of this contemporary moment.
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Nico Mara-McKay is a writer and editor living and working in Toronto, Canada. They are the editor-in-chief and publisher of Spiral Nature Magazine, an online magazine that's been exploring occulture since 2000. Nico is an intersectional feminist, and their specializations are in Tarot history and Chaos Magick. You can find Nico online at nicomaramckay.com, and on Twitter @plutopsyche.
Nico's Topic: "The Future of Chaos Magick" When it was first conceived, chaos magicians took the approach that results were what mattered most. The actual practice of chaos magick has taken many forms over the intervening decades, but what are chaotes up to today? At a moment when all things appear relative, what relevance will chaos magick have going forward?
....Magick, witchcraft and the occult are Helene's life-long passions. Her left-hand path work has been influenced by numerous frameworks, in particular Thelema and the Temple of Set, as well as her astrological practice of the past 20 years. She regularly teaches public workshops on a variety of occult-related topics. Several years ago she purchased the lands and premises now known as Witch Hollow, and her work there can be seen on the website www.witchhollow.ca. Helene is also a specialist in conflict resolution, and a professional mediator. In this field she is an author, university professor, and consultant. Helene holds a BA in Religious Studies & an MA in Human Systems Intervention. She is the manager for Montreal-based industrial metal band Projekt F.
"Existential Terror on the Left-Hand Path": An exploration of some of life's fundamental questions such as "Why are we here", "How did we get here", "What happens after here" - from a LHP perspective. Terror, stress and anxiety are woven through with humour, music and visual stimulii for that..... nicely-balanced approach.
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Left Hand Path occultist Jeremy is an author, lecturer, musician and community organizer. He manifested the First International Left Hand Path Conference in Toronto, Canada in the summer of 2012. Jeremy has extensive experience in the Magical Lodge tradition. He has been initiated into and served as an officer in Orders such as Co-Freemasonry, The Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis-Misraim, The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Ordo Templi Orientis, The Martinist Order, The Knights Templar Order, and is ordained as a Gnostic Priest. Jeremy has gone on to establish and lead occult organizations such as the Luciferian Research Society, the Ordo Luciferi, the Ziggurat of Enki and the Greater Church of Lucifer. Jeremy's website is www.jeremycrow.com
"Initiation in the New Luciferian Era" Jeremy will be presenting his vision for a new way to organize and proliferate local occult community in the new era. This model is informed by the Open Source movement and decentralized "leaderless resistance" forms of organization. This type of structure can be utilized as either an alternative or supplement to the more traditional forms of initiatory work.