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Unheard-of Curiosities at Alexander Library, Rutgers through July 3rd, 2014

Unheard-of Curiosities: An Exhibition of Rare Books on the Occult and Esoteric Sciences is an exhibition at Alexander Library, Rutgers University, through July 3rd, 2014 and may be of interest, especially as it includes two of Hermetic Library figure J F C Fuller‘s paintings.

“The Rutgers University Libraries invite members of the Rutgers community and the general public to view “Unheard-of Curiosities”: An Exhibition of Rare Books on the Occult and Esoteric Sciences, the new exhibition in Alexander Library. The exhibition will showcase rare books from Special Collections and University Archives that illuminate the enduring popular interest in a diverse constellation of “occult” topics from the sixteenth century to the present day.

Many of the books in the exhibition were collected by the late Rutgers Professor of English, Clement W. Fairweather, Jr and predominantly focus on astrology and early astronomy from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries including works ranging from Arati Solensis Phaenomena et Prognostica (1569) to William Lilly’s Starry Messenger (1645) to the colorful Astrologer of the 19th Century and intriguing Raphael’s Witch!! Other titles featured explore topics such as prediction and prophecy, demons and the devil, witchcraft and magic, and the mysteries of ancient Egypt. The exhibition also highlights the exquisite illustrations of the tablet of Isis in the Mensa Isaica (1671), the whimsical The Magic Mirror of Nostradamus, and Book Four (1911), the work of the infamous Aleister Crowley.”

Apparently there was also a colloquium, on Jun 23rd, on “The Soldier and the Seer: J.F.C. Fuller, Aleister Crowley, and the British Occult Revival” with Henrik Bogdan, Christian Guidice, Gordan Djurdjevic, Richard Kaczynski and Robert Stein; and that probably would have been of great interest, as it relates to both J F C Fuller and Hermetic Library figure Aleister Crowley and their interrelationship, if I’d been able to post about it before it was too late to attend.

I:MAGE 2014 across London on Oct 21st – Nov 2nd, 2014

I:MAGE 2014 – Travelling with Unfamiliar Spirits, the second exhibition of esoteric art from Fulgur, will actually be a series of events in London and online from October 21st through November 2nd, 2014, with art, events, publications and stories.

Fulgur I:MAGE 2014

“The spirit world comes to life in this two-week-long celebration of esoteric art. The show’s theme coincides with the time of year: the beginning of the dark months. Popular culture calls it Hallowe’en but contemporary Witches and Druids across Europe and North America call it Samhain, Heathens Winter Nights, Greek reconstructionist movements Thesmophoria; Vodou practitioners celebrate Fete Ghede, followers of Santeria and indigenous religions in Latin America observe Día de los Muertos, while Welsh folklore advises staying away from cemeteries on Calan Gaeaf.

In most magical and esoteric traditions the end of October is a sacred time of year, a time for honouring the dead and communicating with the spirit world. It is a time to acknowledge the winter months and delve into the darker part of the year and of the self. The boundaries between the familiar and what is Other shatter. The veil is thin. The magic begins. For I:MAGE 2014, artists will explore what it means to communicate with spirits through art. They will give us a glimpse of a unifying theme across different esoteric practices and offer us the perfect opportunity to introduce you to a truly international show.” [via]

At the core is a selling exhibition hosted by Fulgur Esoterica that brings together an a number of international artists in the esoteric genre. That exhibition will take place at Cob Gallery in London and feature a number of artists.

“Agostino Arrivabene
Michael Bertiaux
Jesse Bransford
Anne Crossey
Arrington de Dionyso
Denis Forkas
Cristina Francov
Steffi Grant
Barry William Hale
Sara Hannant
Liz Insogna
Francesco Parisi
Max Razdow
Residue
Penny Slinger
Austin Osman Spare
Shannon Taggart”

Of particular interest, for those not nearby London, may be the artist blogs but especially Veil of Dreams: A Pilgrimage through Icelandic Magic with Jesse Bransford and Max Razdow, an interactive esoteric art project which you can start following now and in which you can participate.

Artists Jesse Bransford and Max Razdow set out to inhabit the same dream space for six months, blog about it and travel across the world to tell the story. Their starting point: Icelandic Magic.

For the next five months Jesse Bransford and Max Razdow will use Icelandic magical symbols as a reference point to enter the larger dream divination space of the Seiðr traditions and to synchronise their dreams. The results are published here on a daily basis. The project will culminate with a pilgrimage: the artists will travel to Iceland to visit sacred sites, perform a series of workings and find physical correspondences with their shared dream experiences and then to London, where they will exhibit the journal, the original artworks emerging from the dreams and be interviewed about their experience. Be a part of their story. [via]

Odd Scraps of Magical Wisdom at San Diego State through Aug 25th, 2014

Odd Scraps of Magical Wisdom exhibit from the Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University runs through Aug 25th, 2014.

Odd Scraps of Magical Wisdom at San Diego State 2014

“The word occult describes a broad variety of ideas, beliefs, and practices. For some, the term has an entirely negative connotation, referring to black magic, devil worship and other such scary stuff. And some simply laugh at anything occult-related. But for many others, the term is applied liberally to a host of familiar interests, including astrology, Spiritualism, divination, magic, Tarot, alchemy, extra-sensory perception or ESP, and many types of ‘pseudoscience’ including palmistry, phrenology and numerology. The unifying theme along the way remains stepping outside of the mortal coil to explore the mysterious side of the universe.

However which way you define occult, it is true that a dichotomy of opposing practices may be found throughout the Western Esoteric Tradition, one tending toward the benevolent and the other, toward the malicious. Referred to as the Right-Hand and Left-Hand Paths, these opposing practices involve, in simpler terms, the use of white and black magic. Students of the Western Esoteric Tradition are as diverse as students of any other discipline, so resulting views vary wildly. A surprising number of organized religions also feature occult elements, including Neo-paganism, Wicca, Vodun (voodoo), Santería, Qabalah, and New Age – as well as some schools of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity, in fact.

In 2005, Hugh C. Hyde, known for his continued support of SDSU’s Living Writers series, made a generous donation of books belonging to his father, Lawrence Kaye Hyde. The collection, referred to by Kaye as his “occult library,” features over 2,000 titles on esoteric topics including the great majority of titles in this exhibit. Special Collections invites you to explore the secret teachings and many mysteries of the universe through the eyes of scholars, philosophers, mystics, whack jobs, and maniacs. We suspect you may be surprised to find occult roots in something very ordinary and familiar to you.”

Odd Scraps of Magical Wisdom at San Diego State 2014 witchcraft

Resh Challenge & Pilgrim’s Picnic at Glastonbury on Jun 21st, 2014

You may be interested in the Resh Challenge & Pilgrim’s Picnic on the Tor with Calix Sanctus, a local body of Ordo Templi Orientis in the UK, at Glastonbury Tor on June 21st, 2014

Resh Challenge and Pilgrim's Picnic on the Tor 2014

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

With permission from our Acting Body Master, and the approval of our SGIG, I am pleased to announce that Calix Sanctus Oasis O.T.O. will be taking up Mr Paul Weston’s Resh Challenge on the Summer Solstice!

The Challenge, laid down at the grand re-opening of the White Spring Sanctuary in April, is to perform Liber Resh vel Helios at the top of the Tor throughout the four station of the Summer Solstice — at the following times:

0453 – 0616 Ra
1309 – 1432 Hathoor
2126 – 2203 Tum
0109 – 0147 Kephra

(based on http://www.lunarium.co.uk/planets/hours.jsp at location Bristol)

Come to as many or as few as you can manage, I (Sef Salem) will be at the base of the Tor at 0430 for the first ascent.

After the noon resh, Calix Sanctus Oasis will continue its programme of providing Public Feasts according to the Thelemic Calendar, by offering a Pilgrim’s Picnic to those who choose to climb the Tor in this magical land on that magical day. All will be welcome to take part, to pitch in and provide food, and to discuss Thelema and Ordo Templi Orientis with initiates of UK Grand Lodge.

Please come for 2pm if you are not taking part in the Resh Challenge but would like to participate in the Feast, and let everyone know that there will be free food!

Love is the law, love under will.” [via]

The Hekate Symposium in Glastonbury, UK on Sept 6th, 2014

The Hekate Symposium will be held in Glastonbury, UK on September 6th, 2014. The line up includes David Rankine, Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule, Sorita d’Este.

The Hekate Symposium 2014

“The Hekate Symposium is now in its third year, and this year we have decided to explore ‘different perspectives’ on the Goddess Hekate. Hekate is a Goddess like no other – she has been feared, hated and loved through the centuries. She evokes strong feelings and emotions, and the diverse experiences and ways in which she continues to be viewed provides a fascinating and beautiful window into Her mysteries.” [via]

The Night of the Witch at Meta Center in New York on Jun 25th, 2014

The Night of the Witch at META Center, in New York, on June 25th, 2014 is an event that will be of interest. Treadwell’s is coming to New York, featuring Pam Grossman and Christina Oakley Harrington, and there are only a limited number of tickets available! After the event there is planned an informal social at a nearby restaurant as well.

Treadwell's in New York Night of the Witch Remedios Varo

Two illustrated lectures on witchcraft in a vibrant double-bill. Witch Pictures — Pam Grossman and British Witchcraft — Christina Oakley Harrington.

Witch Pictures — Pam Grossman

The witch burst into Western art in the late 15th century and never left: the likes of Durer, Fuseli, Goya, and Blake used the image of magical women to titillate their patrons or reflect their own anxieties — with results both grotesque and beguiling. Then in the 19th century women took up the brush to create works inspired by personal occult experiences, reclaiming the witch, and we see a female ‘witchcraft’ in action in Abstraction, Surrealism, Modernism, making a corner of art history where craft and Craft are one and the same.

British Witchcraft — the Fifties to the Seventies — Christina Oakley Harrington

British Witchraft revived in the 1950s and 1960s. To the horror and fascination of the English press and public, some of these witches gave interviews and even allowed secret rites to be photographed. They wanted the world to know a non-Christian basis of ethics, a radical concept of the sacred, and the power of altered states of consciousness. Both tradition-based and forward-thinking, they were paradoxical yet compelling. Tonight’s speaker comes from the UK Wiccan community, and brings these characters to life and shares insights into their vision of the Craft.

Pam Grossman is the Brooklyn-based guiding spirit of Phantasmaphile, and was co-host of the 2013 Occult Humanities Conference at NYU. Christina Oakley Harrington is founder of London’s famed Treadwells Bookshop and a former academic; she also co-edits Abraxas Journal and gives occasional lectures.

Venue: New York City’s META Center, 214 W 29th Street. The talks will be followed by an informal social at a nearby restaurant: all are invited.
Tickets through Brown Paper Tickets
Time: 7pm – 9pm

Altars as Art Forms at Catland through Jun 20th, 2014

Altars as Art Forms” at Catland, in New York, through Jun 20th, 2014 [HT Pam Grossman].

Altars as Art Forms at Catland 2014

“Altar: An elevated place or structure, as a mound or platform, at which religious rites are performed or on which sacrifices are offered to gods, ancestors, etc.

Altars were created as places to offer, interact, and worship with the unseen. Over years they have been adopted to almost every major religion, each paying homage to the beliefs and offering a sacred place to worship. As practices developed individuals took to creating their own hallowed places delving into the worlds of self, ancestry, nature, the muse, and the realm of spiritual creating a memorial to the sacred.

Using wall altars as inspiration ‘Altars as Art Forms’ explores the immersive aspect of creating a sacred space, a ritual room that once you enter becomes a portal into the magical world. This will be an immersive gallery and ritual experience. Audience will be allowed to interact with the altars leaving petitions and small offerings. There will be both indoor and outdoor altars as well as ambient video/music, tea, and spirits.

OPENING RECEPTION June 6th 7-10 p.m.
CLOSING RECEPTION June 20th 7-10 p.m.

TAYLOR MEAD · DARIA HLAZATOVA · GREG JAMIE · PHILLIP ENGLISH · K LENORE SINER · MELISSA DOWELL · GOTHIC HANGMAN · WES FREED · KAT MON DIEU · KAT TORONTO · WALTER SICKERT · MADELEINE LE DESPENCER · DAME DARCY · SAMANTHA LEVIN · ALLISON SOMMERS · SHERENE VISMAYA SCHOSTAK · JULIET ESCORIA · MEESHA GOLDBERG · LONESOME LIZ · STEVEN GLICK · ELLI STEFANIDI · RACHEL RABBIT WHITE

AUDIO VISUALS BY WPC
MUSIC BY JILL TRACY
CURATED BY KATELAN FOISY

SPIRITS WILL BE SERVED · FINE TEAS FROM MADAME ZUZUS & ORIGINAL SIN HARD CIDER”

Time, Fate & Spider Magic at Atlantis Bookshop on Jun 12th, 2014

There will be a launch party and exhibit of new art [also] by Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule for Time, Fate & Spider Magic: A Brief HIRstory of Time at the Atlantis Bookshop in London on June 12th, 2014.

Time, Fate and Spider Magic at Atlantis Bookshop 2014

“The London launch of Orryelle’s new tome from Avalonia Books, featuring a ritual reading of The Book of the Spider accompanied by music (percussion and strings) and arachnean dance; plus a small 1-night exhibition downstairs of some new original canvases, not yet seen in the northern hemisphere.” [via]

The Mysteries at The Flea through July 14th

The Mysteries is playing at The Flea, in New York, in Tribeca at 41 White Street, through July 14th [HT Public Books].

Hunter Canning The Mysteries at The Flea 2014
Finale of Act I. Gabriel (Alice Allemano) ascends with the murdered infant. Photo: Hunter Canning [via]

“The Flea embarks on an extravaganza with 48 playwrights and 54 actors retelling the entirety of The Bible in a single night.

50 World Premiere plays telling the entire History of Man’s Salvation from The Fall of Lucifer through and including Judgment Day.”

Balancing the Elements with Thomas Michael Caldwell on May 31st, 2014

Balancing the Elements: How to Achieve a Comfortable, Healthy, and Happy Lifestyle while pursuing The Great Work with Thomas Michael Caldwell is an online class on Sun, May 31st, 2014 through Thelesis Aura Academy, and may be of interest.

“Ever wonder why so many people have such a hard life these days? Often short of money, suffering health problems, lacking meaningful relationships? People who are unhappy, discouraged, and just plain sick and tired of everything?

We live in a time of great technological achievement. Most of our material needs are just a button or mouse click away. Yet many of us suffer from want. Not just of the material needs of life, but the intellectual and emotional needs as well.

Is the problem with us? The world we live in? Our time in history? Or is there something else at work?

The secret is the balancing of the elements: Earth, Air, Water and Fire. And although this is a familiar formula for those who have studied the Mystery Traditions, few seem to be able to make it work these days. Has the state of the world made it impossible for people to have decent lives anymore? Or are all the pieces of the puzzle right in front of us, just waiting to be put together in the right way and create a beautiful image of the life we want?”

“In his instructional presentation, Thomas will outline practical formulas and action plans that are effective within the confines of modern society by implementing esoteric knowledge many already possess. Hard facts, practical information and instruction that anyone wanting to improve their lives can benefit from and apply to their individual situation immediately.”