The lineup of artists, entertainment and presentations for Esoteric Book Conference 2014, to be held on Sept 6th & 7th in Seattle, has been announced, and you may want to check those out, including Richard Kaczynski’s presentation “Breaking down the Temple Door: Aleister Crowley’s Reinvention of Ceremonial Magick through the Rites of Eleusis”.
Esoteric Book Conference 2014 will be held on September 6th and 7th, 2014 in Seattle at the University of Washington, a new venue this year. Proposals are currently still being accepted, with art and speaker deadline on April 8th and with book signing and book launch proposal deadline on August 1st. Head over to the site for more details on that, and you can subscribe to their mailing list or follow on social media for future updates, if you like.
“We are pleased to announce the dates for the 5th annual Esoteric Book Conference which will be held in Seattle 14th & 15th September 2013.
Proposal for the 5th annual EBC are now being accepted.
The deadline for proposals is end of day January 31st, 2013.
Speakers are encouraged to submit talks touching on historical or contemporary esoteric subjects. As the specific focus of the EBC is on Esoteric Books, presentations that relate to esoteric book[s] in particular or coincide with a new or recent release are given preference in determining the line up of guest speakers. We are after presentations as opposed to practical workshop submissions. Talks should be 45 – 60 minutes in length including time for questions. A short abstract describing the talk and its title should accompany your contact information.
The conference features an Art Show each year and artists are encouraged to submit art related to the esoteric field. In addition to the showcases artists, whose work is shown in a gallery format, the conference also features a selection of fine art prints by other esoteric artists.
The EBC also accepts proposals for book signings and new book launches.
Performance Art submissions are being accepted for the Saturday night evening entertainment portion of the conference. We are seeking proposals from ritual artists through various performance mediums. Performance artists are encouraged to submit a proposal that outlines what they intend to perform at the conference specifically. Please include any photos and samples of music, performance, or art that is relevant to your proposal. PLEASE NOTE: It is preferred that if sending a proposal for a ritual performance piece, that you include a video showing an excerpt of you or your group doing a performance with that intent.” [via]
You may also be interested in pictures from Esoteric Book Conference 2012 that were recently posted as well.
Catamara Rosarium of Rosarium Blends, and one of the organizers of the Esoteric Book Conference, is having a sale to celebrate reaching the milestone of 1,000+ likes on her fan page. You may be interested in visiting the fan page to find the coupon code for 25% off your entire order made through the actual website. That offer ends November 5th.
“Rosarium Blends makes their own ritual incense blends, essential oil blends, and natural perfumes using the finest herbs, woods, resins and essential oils. All formulations are original recipes and the result of extensive historical research, practical experimentation and magical studies.
Each incense, oil, and perfume is blended and charged during specific lunar phases, astrological transits, and correspondences. Thus formulated with intention to enhance the charm’s potency, enliven the senses, and increase the heightened awareness they are designed to awaken.” [via]
“Shopping for Hermetic and Alchemical Books in Amsterdam” is a post by Woody Evans, over on the Ultraculture group blog, about a visit to the Ritman Library and seeing the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica collection. Also, I notice in passing that the Ritman Library’s website has been updated.
“Earlier this year I had the good fortune to find myself in Amsterdam. As a visit to the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica was on my short list of “to do,” I hit the pavement and wandered through Jordaan until I found its very discreet position at No. 13, Bloemstraat. You’ve kind of got to work the city a little bit to find it, and surely it’s easier if you speak the Dutch. I don’t.” [via]
The final paragraph gives passing mention to the Esoteric Book Conference, a few publishers and a particular hat tip to the Hermetic Library:
“It’s worth mentioning the resurgence in fine alchemical printing going on at the moment — plenty to see and learn about new works at the Esoteric Book Conference (in Seattle, the 15-16 of September). And see also: Hadean Press, Papaveria, Fulgur. I think the folks at The Hermetic Library also know some some stories about the Ritman Collection.” [via]
“Twenty years ago, two of the most influential studios of the modern revival in esoteric publishing were founded: Xoanon and Fulgur. Their approaches returned vivified magical presence to the medium of the book through fascinative design and content. The Esoteric Book Conference is proud to host Bound By Intent, an interactive event commemorating the work of these two presses.
This historic exhibition charts the magical development of these publishers through the books that have entranced a generation. The narrative is further illustrated by rare variant issues, telesmata, contemporary photographs, correspondence, proof copies and ephemera concerning some of the most notable authors in modern occultism, including Austin Spare, Kenneth Grant, Michael Bertiaux and Andrew Chumbley.
Special signed souvenir copies of exclusive premiums from both publishers will also be available at this special EBC event, together with unique items available only at the event. Entry is free.” [via]