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The Occult Conference: 2011 Glastonbury


I am excited to spread the word about the upcoming Occult Conference in Glastonbury. And even more pleased and honoured to have been invited to speak at the event; and to finally meet magical movers and shakers such as Jake Stratton-Kent and the visionaries from Scarlet Imprint.



From the organisers:


12th March 2011 Grail Centre, 24 Chilkwell St, Glastonbury

After the success of last years Occult Conference, we have decided to hold it again this year, on a date less prone to vast amounts of snow! This time it will will be held at the Grail Centre, 24 Chilkwell St, in Glastonbury – a great location within walking distance of Glastonbury Tor and the Chalice Well Gardens.

This is a one day event taking place on the 12th of March 2011, and tickets for the day are £20 – this entitles you to access to the market and all the talks that will be going on throughout the day. The market will be open to people not attending the talks free of cost – however donations will be greatly appreciated.

Check these pages regularily for updates and confirmations, tickets can already be ordered  on the “Tickets” page or at The Saint Martha Botanica in Glastonbury.

Sponsored by The Occult Consultancy and The Saint Martha Botanica

Speakers:

Peter Grey and Alkistis Dimech
Founders of Scarlet Imprint www.scarletimprint.com

Goetia: Corrupted Spirits and Infernal Keys:
Our work with the Goetia and the forthcoming Scarlet Imprint title Abominations, destroying many of the misconceptions that surround the so-called Lemegeton or Goetia of Solomon the King.

Jake Stratton Kent
author of numerous books including his new work Geosophia. A founder of http://www.underworld-apothecary.com/

Dhr. Balthazar
Rootworker, santeria initiate and espiritista working from Amsterdam. He is also an avid blogger and contributor to the Hoodoo & Conjure Quarterly, as well as the forthcoming Conjure Codex: Red published by Hadean Press. He is particularly interested in the intersection between New World magic and the Western Tradition and what it means for the future of both.

Folk Technicians: Harnessing Sympathetic Material Processes in your Spell Craft:
At the heart of many folk magical traditions we find the skilful use of of sympathetic magic. Unfortunately, sympathetic magic has frequently been misrepresented as crude or simplistic by western magical commentators when in reality extremely subtle and sophisticated technologies underpin folk magical forms such as hoodoo. Arguably, as subtle and sophisticated as any form of ritual magic can be.
At the core of this technology is a nuanced way of thinking about the material world and it’s processes in relationship to practical magic and the spiritual dimension. Once familiarised with this perspective we are given a rather practical toolkit with which one can devise effective, accessible spell-craft with whatever we have at hand in our environment – be it home, work, or on the street.

Paul Weston
Paul Weston is the author of Avalonian Aeon, Aleister Crowley and the Aeon of Horus, and Mysterium Artorius. A frequent lecturer, he can also be heard on Blog Talk Radio.
Jack Parsons and the Nag Hammadi Plasmate. Babalon: Perfect Mind:
A consideration of the Gnostic interests of the James Dean of the occult. Places the legendary Babalon Working and its later ramifications in the context of the discovery of the Nag Hammadi Gnostic texts as understood by Philip K Dick.


Kim Huggens
Kim Huggens is a freelance researcher specializing in Graeco-Roman malefic magic, necromancy, modern Vodou and Hoodoo Conjure. Kim keeps herself busy collecting and editing anthologies of papers for Avalonia Books and writing papers herself. Previous anthologies include “From a Drop of Water” (2009) and “Vs.” (Forthcoming 2011). She is currently working on “Memento Mori.” Previous papers appeared in the aforementioned, as well as “Horns of Power” (2008), “Priestesses, Pythonesses and Sibyls” (2008) and “Both Sides of Heaven” (2009). Kim is also a Tarot and mythology enthusiast, and the co-creator of “Sol Invictus: The God Tarot” (Schiffer Books, 2007) and the author of “Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards” (Llewellyn, 2010). She is an initiated Hounsi Lave Tet in Sosyete Gade Nou Leve, a Haitian, Sanse and Dominican Vodou house run by Houngan Hector Salva, and a member of Ordo Templi Orientis.

The Truth About Zombies. Or: How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse:
It has been asserted that every interesting person in the Western world has formulated a plan for the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse. But how can the interesting occultists out there know how to implement these plans without first understanding the magical, mythological and medicinal mechanics of the Zombie? This talk will examine the tradition of the Zombie in the context of Hoodoo Conjure, Haitian Vodou, and the ancient Graeco-Roman sorcerers. From necromantic rites and the dredging of a soul out of Hades, to psycho-spiritual Zombie effects and ethno-botanical studies, we will discover that surviving the Zombie Apocalypse requires more than a just shotgun and people who run slower than you.

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