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TOC18 up and running

posted 21 Mar 2017, 01:10 by Sef Salem   [ updated 12 Apr 2017, 08:33 by Ellen Long-Common ]

We're super pleased to announce our initial line up for 2018's Occult Conference. We've confirmed Glastonbury Town Hall again for February 17-18th, 2018, and our theme will be Death & The Loverswith lectures and workshops on the cycle of incarnation, the use of sex & death in our ritual practice, and how we mark the important milestones of our lives as magicians, pagans, and occultists.

These amazing speakers have confirmed already, with more on their way by the full schedule announcement on the Summer Solstice:

TOC17 is complete!

posted 20 Feb 2017, 00:17 by Sef Salem

Here's what we achieved:
  • Four days (packing up this morning);
  • Seven lectures, seven workshops, seven outfits;
  • Two massive rituals;
  • Two great gigs;
  • Two hundred people involved.

Best year ever. 

Feedback form out later this week (and MUCH shorter this year).

Thank you to everyone who came, supported, spoke, played, organised, celebrated, and performed MAGICK. We did it. Much love to all.

-Sef x

Ticket & Speaker Announcement

posted 22 Jan 2017, 07:36 by Sef Salem

Hi everyone!

First, some tickets information: Weekend tickets have now sold out, so from here on it's only tickets to individual workshops and the lectures which will be available, and tickets to the evening events. These tickets are still discounted online, and will stay cheaper until the weekend before the Conference.

I write today to announce two last-minute changes to the line up for the Conference, due to circumstances beyond our control.

David Rankine
Gary Lachman has had to pull out due to another commitment, and so David Rankine will be taking the opening lecture at 10.00am and speaking on 'Gods, Grimoires, & Gateway Images':

"Magic takes on the religion of the age", but where does that leave magical practice in a world divided between indifference, post-religious and zealous religious thought? This lecture will be a stark deconstruction of many popular notions, to focus on realistic efficiency in magic.

David Rankine is an author, esoteric researcher and magician who lives in Glastonbury, England. He has been making major contributions to the modern occult revival since the 1980s, through lectures, workshops, presentations, articles and books. I'm very excited to hear his lecture which is sure to be a stand-out.

Sadly, we must also announce that Janet Farrar is unable to attend this year due to ill health. Last weekend she was taken to hospital and while we are very glad to say that she is in good form, she needs to undergo some surgery and will not be fit enough to travel by the time of the Conference. Her partner Gavin Bone has offered more information to those on his Facebook account, but to respect privacy we will not be giving further details here.Gavin may be able to attend depending on Janet's health, in which case he will lead the Open Circle to close Saturday's proceedings. 

Rodney Orpheus
In place of Janet's workshop, we will now be hosting Rodney Orpheus to lead a deconstruction and performance of the Mithraic Liturgy in the 2.00pm slot, taken from his Grimoire of Aleister Crowley, wherein he describes Mithraism thus:

Although widespread across the Roman Empire, the worship of Mithras appears to have emerged in Persia sometime between 2000 BCE and 1 CE. We know that it survived there after the fall of the Roman Empire (Mithraic festivals were still being held in Iran up until the 20th century), so one plausible explanation for the connection of Mithras and Baphomet is that when the Templars based themselves in the Middle East during the Crusades they stumbled upon, and were influenced by, a surviving cult of Mithras. Mithraism was a religion that was traditionally practised by soldiers, since Mithras was a deity of victory and conquest.

Rodney is an experienced magician and author, long-standing member of O.T.O., and founding member of the 80s Goth music scene with his membership of the Sisters of Mercy, and his own bands the Cassandra Complex and Sun God. I'm very glad to have him on board and I know that he'll give a great workshop for the Conference.

Those who have booked on to Janet's workshop will be offered first refusal; any additional spaces will be offered separately closer to the event.

Again, we can only apologise for the change, but we really appreciate your support and are looking forward to our exciting new speakers coming to Glastonbury next month. Look out for further announcements in the coming weeks, and keep an eye on your inbox for emails if you've already bought your ticket to Glastonbury's finest magical event.

In LVX,

-Sef Salem, for
The Occult Conference Team

New Year Round-Up

posted 4 Jan 2017, 04:08 by Sef Salem

A very happy New Year to you all, and we hope you've enjoyed your Yuletide!

2017 is shaping up to be fantastic: The Conference is looking to be the best and most well-attended we've ever seen, and over at The Visible College we have intensive workshops in London and further afield coming up, plus an exciting announcement for the Conference.

Our amazing workshop with Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone is now full! We still have spaces on our other workshops and we encourage all who purchased Weekend Tickets to email in with your workshop selections - another round of emails has gone out this morning to those who have recently bought their ticket.

We're also releasing our posters for the Temple of Love evening into the wild this week in Glasto, so if you know anyone who fancies coming down to the Ball on the Saturday night, or the Sunday night music with Seize the Day, pass this along!

Our stalls are nearly full, with our most recent confirmed additions being Hadean Press, Avalonia Books, Life Rites, and I'll be firming up our final stall when I visit London next week. Are you around on Saturday night? Let me know and we can meet up after the Path of the Rose course at the Atlantis Bookshop.

I'm thrilled by the energy and enthusiasm from our speakers, attendees, and stallholders as we come into the final run. 2016 was a hard year for many of us, but we're holding our heads up high and have these great events in store. See you next month.


In LVX,

-Sef Salem, for
The Occult Conference Team

Lughnasadh Update - Speakers Announcement

posted 2 Aug 2016, 12:18 by Sef Salem   [ updated 2 Aug 2016, 12:26 ]

Happy Lughnasadh to everyone - we have a treat for you with the completed line-up for 2017's Occult Conference!
Time to jump off!

Our full list of speakers is here, including presentation titles, and I'm very pleased to announce those joining in this round:

We can also announce that we are changing venue - we're excited to be in the Glastonbury Town Hall for 2017, with free entry to the Occult Market in the front of the building throughout the weekend! We still have some stalls available, so if you run a business and would like to be on board, email or message organisers and we'll work something out.

The Town Hall is completely accessible for all attendees, and features a much larger room for workshops, so we will be increasing attendance size. This allows us to sell individual tickets to the workshops, so watch out for these in the near future.

With just over six months to go, Full Tickets are now at full price of £50 for the weekend. Further tickets for each day and individual workshops will be added during the course of this week - you can check the ticket purchase page to pick up yours any time.

Now we've assembled our team of mythic and mystic heroes, we'll be bringing you biographies and presentation listings in the weeks and months ahead, and this will be compiled into a brochure along with interviews, notes, and behind the scenes info available at the event as a souvenir. A true talisman of our blood, sweat, and tears!

Thank you to everyone who has picked up an Early Bird Ticket, and we're pleased to see such a great uptake. Any questions? Get in touch - we'd love to hear from you.

In LVX,
-Sef Salem, for
The Occult Conference Team

2017 Launch - The Stars So Far

posted 12 May 2016, 02:09 by Sef Salem   [ updated 12 May 2016, 02:12 ]

Welcome back to the website for the Occult Conference in Glastonbury!

Next year's event is percolating away, like the strong coffee the event staff run on (especially the morning after the Ball..!) so we've put together our initial outline and can confirm the first round of speakers:

  • Professor Ronald Hutton - The Western Mystery Tradition
  • Janet Farrar - Invocation Workshop
  • Mogg Morgan - Sufi Trance Workshop
  • Nikki Wyrd - Finding Your Voice Seminar
  • Matthew Levi Stevens & Emma Doeve - Enochian Seminar
  • Paul Grey - Body Mechanics
  • Yuri Leitch - Taiji & Qigong
  • Alkistis Dimech - The Flesh of the World

  • You can see the main page for more information on the format, but we're keeping the Saturday as lectures & workshops, with an open circle ritual and the Venusian Ball, and adding new concepts to Sunday's schedule, with immersive movement events running alongside practical how-to seminars, before a celebration of Liber XV: The Gnostic Mass. We'll finish the weekend with a hearty gig, bringing together occult stand-up, folk-rock, and punk!

    Early-Bird Tickets are now on sale, but not for long! We're so pleased with our speakers confirmed in the short time since this year's event, and we'll be releasing the full schedule by Lughnasadh, so pick up your tickets today over at The Visible College.

    Et In Glastonbury Ego

    posted 4 Apr 2016, 03:05 by Sef Salem


    And so the Conference is here this Friday! There is some preparation left to tidy up, but we're full steam ahead for the three wonderful days we've been working towards. I'll be in and around Glastonbury all this week for anyone local who wants to catch up, or is going to be in town early. 

    Online Ticket Sales have now closed. Tickets will be available on the day, £25 per Hall Ticket, £12 for a Ball Ticket, and £10 per workshop as standard.

    Those who have purchased AAA/Weekend tickets will be receiving an email today asking which workshop spaces you'd like to reserve, and with details of the Pre-Party!

    It's been a wonderful journey to this year's Conference, and thank you to everyone who has joined in and supported the event in Glastonbury. See you at the weekend.


    In LVX,

    -Sef Salem, for
    The Occult Conference Team

    Updates for the Final Week of Pre-Sales

    posted 30 Mar 2016, 01:28 by Occult Conference

    A very happy Thelemic New Year, Passover, Easter, Equinox, or any other celebration you may have had!

    The Conference is going to be fantastic, and it's almost here. As such, online tickets will be finishing next Monday, 4th of April. Don't worry, there are still tickets available on the door, but these will be slightly more expensive. Email us at info@occultconference.co.uk if you have any queries, or think you might need to squeak in at the last minute!

    Book Launch for the Conference

    Paul Weston will be launching his new book, Glastonbury Psychogeography, over the Conference weekend! Paul will be hosting the readings of the Book of the Law each day, and will be giving us some information. You can also use a Weekend Ticket to come to the pre-party on Friday night, and see advance copies of Paul's new book.

    Fantastic Treasures from Louise Hodgson

    We're please to announce that Louise Hodgson, veteran of magical groups across the world, will be offering some exquisite pieces from her collection at the Conference
    :
    Austin Spare - Portrait of Man (likely pub portrait)
    Austin Spare - Portrait of Man. Likely a pub portrait.


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    Tibetan/Chinese inscribed jaw bones of large feline - 
    Neolithic bone with later talismanic engraving.


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    A Cornish witch chair - from the Penzance area

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    A sealed bag of spirits - do not open!

    Magick skull!

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    Springtime News & Speaker Update!

    posted 2 Mar 2016, 17:39 by Sef Salem   [ updated 2 Mar 2016, 17:39 ]

    Spring is here, and we are full steam ahead as the Conference approaches!

    Our programme has been finalised, and we have an exciting couple of additions to our speaking roster:
    • Cavan McLaughlin, visual magician and lecturer in design, will be presenting a lecture on our Sunday programme on Open-Source Occultism. Cavan teaches at the University of Northampton, and will be organising a wonderful symposium, Trans-States, in September - the Team is very excited to attend!
    • Julian Vayne, who gave an excellent workshop in 2014, and presented for The Visible College that Autumn, is stepping in to speak on Future Magicks later that day. Sadly, Gordon White is no longer able to attend, but I'm certain that we have a blessing in disguise with Julian's wealth of experience and insight now coming to our closing lecture.
    • Meanwhile on Saturday, Sef Salem of TVC and organiser of the Conference, will be giving a workshop on contacting Angels, based around Sef's experiences with the Grimoire of Armadel and his international group, the Gentlemen for Jupiter.
    • Last but by no means least, Damh the Bard will be giving a dual performance, both talking about the fine work of the Druid community across the world, and playing a Bardic Set in his inimitable style to close Saturday's programme of talks on Magick Ancient & Modern.
    Attached is the full schedule - as ever, get in touch with any queries or suggestions.  We still have some of the Weekend Tickets left, so head over to pick up yours now.

    We can't wait to see you all next month!

    In LVX,
    The Occult Conference Team

    2016: The Time of the Gods

    posted 14 May 2015, 07:49 by Sef Salem   [ updated 14 May 2015, 08:11 ]

    As Gordon said when I asked him to speak, "Which forced-metaphor of the Gods this time?" The answer is Time, or rather Aeons.

    We are constantly in motion through the dimension of time, and we can estimate the present by knowing where we've been, and where we are going. History and prescience, lending strength to the stability of our concepts of the Now. The biggest questions in the present, 'who are we?' and 'what are we doing?' can be enhanced by the wider context of our past and future actions.

    This is why we're looking at the recent past of the Western Mystery Tradition for Friday 8th April's celebration of Liber AL's writing and the Saturday morning lectures, and its current state on Saturday 9th April, and then its future on Sunday 10th April, plus an irreverent party at the Dystopian Ball

    At the same time, Paul Weston will introduce and co-ordinate readings of the three chapters of the Book of the Law, across the three days, as it has had a huge effect on the course of the last 111 years of Western Magick. These verses, suggesting that a New Aeon is at hand, still have insight into the strange days we live in, but we won't be delving into the details for the moment.

    We'll have workshops by our speakers throughout Saturday, in a longer format to squeeze the most out of these brave souls. We'll also be inviting the local community of magicians, pagans, wizards, and witches to show off Glastonbury's magical talent, by offering taster workshops on the Sunday. Finally, back by popular demand, the local O.T.O. group will put on a celebration of Liber XV: The Gnostic Mass to end the weekend with style and dramatic ritual.

    We've looked at the ways in which Occultists can organise themselves into groups, and then how they function as part of a wider Occult movement; we've seen the tools we can employ to go about creating the Universe we wish to live in; now let's understand the journey we've come on, and where we can take it next. Join us next year, in Glastonbury, for the Time of the Gods.

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