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posted 25 Jan 2015, 13:55 by Sef Salem   [ updated 25 Jan 2015, 13:55 ]

Here's the launch email sent out to all of last year's attendees - a handy guide to everything going on in the Conference!



Well, ten months have passed since the last Occult Conference, and thank you so much for being a part of it! We are now happy to announce that this year's Conference is ready to go, and you can find all the information here at www.occultconference.co.uk.


Woohoo! When is it again?

The Conference itself takes place on the Spring Equinox, Saturday 21st March, in Glastonbury, the mystical heart of the UK. It's a whole day event with lectures, workshops, a ball, and all sorts of stalls and services available. On Sunday the 22nd we'll also run a chill-out day for those who partied mightily and lived to tell the tale.


What are we investigating?

The Conference focuses on five key techniques, the Weapons of the Gods: Divination, Protection, Invocation, Evocation, & Visualisation. Each of these will have a lecture and a workshop, and just like last year you get to choose what you want to attend, and how much you want to do.

Our lecturer roster has expanded, and this year we have Jake Stratton-Kent, Paul Weston, Sean Woodward, Kim Huggens, Emma Doeve, Matthew Levi Stevens, Siany Dragonoak, Alkistis Dimech, and Simon Bastian teaching and leading our fascinating lectures and workshops.


What's new this year?

Well, we are taking over Glastonbury! While returning to the Assembly Rooms, we are also setting up stalls and offering tarot readings in the George and Pilgrim, and branching across to the Avalon Club up the High Street for our jam-packed schedule. Furthermore, we've arranged some brilliant discounts with other local businesses, available to all ticket-holders when showing their wristband over the weekend. More details to follow!

The format is shaken up too: lectures in the morning across the Assembly Rooms's three areas, and workshops are in the afternoon. You'll only be able to go to two workshops, but they will be full of tech, rich with knowledge, and two hours each.


What do we do with these "Weapons" then?

Magick is (according to some) the act of causing change to occur in conformity with Will. So once we've empowered and availed ourselves with these techniques, we surely ought to be making that change, right?

We're teaming up with The Visible College for their second big event on the Sorcery of Social Change, and will be hosting their keynote speaker in the afternoon in the Assembly Rooms. In the morning, Emma Smith and Peter Grey will discuss how magick and society are inextricably linked, followed by a round-table Q&A on Changing Society. Then, Lembit Öpik takes the Main Hall for his workshop on how to get the most out of our politicians and press for the change we want to see in the world.


That's loads of stuff! But what about the fun?

We haven't forgotten that the best part of any Conference is getting to know the attendees and speakers, so there will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy ourselves. After the day is closed at 6.00pm, we're arranging set menus for two local eateries for those who want to dine together, and then we return to the Main Hall for a fantastically frivolous evening.

The Bacchanal Ball will take place in the Assembly Rooms! Yes, we've gone from one extreme of suited & booted to the other - a toga party, with a costume competition judged by Pan Summers, and prizes for best individual dress and best couple or group entry. Strictly 18+, no minimum dress (or clothing) requirement. Tickets are available separately for partners, friends, and familiars.

On the Sunday we're offering a chance to relax and cool down with free restorative Tai Chi and Qi Gong sessions, and Reflexology, Massage, and Reiki sessions available from local therapists. Bring-your-own-alka-seltzer.


Did you listen to our feedback?

Yes, we definitely did. This year stalls are split across the Main Hall for books - Scarlet Imprint, Midian Books, and Labyrinth Books will hold all the esoteric knowledge you could hope to get hold of, and the George & Pilgrim for crafts - The Wild Hunt returns to Glastonbury, Twisted Dragon Gems offer sparklies, Pan Summers celebrates the sensual and robust in nature, and Animal Alchemy provides fascinating pieces forged from naturally sourced remains.

In the daytime, workshops have been extended to two hours, and the lunch break in the Main Hall has been increased to allow for time to shop and pop for a sarnie. In the evening, we are splitting the charity raffle (full details pending confirmation) from the Ball to ensure our DJ has the decks spinning all evening, and there will be a separate cocktail area away from the main bar.


Great! Where do I pick up tickets?

Many of you have seen the Facebook Event which went live a fortnight ago, and have purchased tickets through our website whilst it was under construction. Thank you! All purchases are through The Visible College's website, and if you pick up the Access All Areas Ticket you can reserve your workshops now to make sure you're right where you want to be.


Wait, another question...

Just email us, or post in the Facebook Event, and we'll get back to you quickly. We look forward to hearing from you, and seeing you in March!


In LVX,

-Sef Salem, for
The Occult Conference Team
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