he summer of love 2011 The first event we held in Brighton was a veritable Summer of Love distilled into one brimful cup of
intoxication, illumination and revelation.
Speakers, dancers, performance art, and ritual combined to create a truly
magical happening in a secret, central and spectacular location from eleven
Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold author of Palo Mayombe: The Garden of Blood and Bones left behind the jungles of Brazil to make a rare UK appearance. Ritually opening the event, presenting and launching his new title
for Scarlet Imprint: Pomba Gira & the Quimbanda of Mbumba Nzila.
ritual + presentation (unrecorded)
Ulysses Black is not a name known to
the occult community, despite having generated, under different guises,
considerable interest through much sought after publications and artwork.
As Ulysses Black he assails the issue of identity through performance
art and ritual action. From influences such as Joseph Beuys and Hermann
Nitsch as well as the Western Magical Tradition he plots a return to mythical
Ithaca. presentation + evening performance
Jake Stratton-Kent was lured from the West Country
to talk on ‘Familiar and Unfamiliar Spirits’. Exploring
the Lares Compitales, Viales and Familiaris as the origin of the Verum
spirit and Kimbanda Exu crossover. A tour de force, combining his work
on the Grimorium Verum, the origins of magic as expressed in Geosophia
and their flowering in the cults of the New World.
Alkistis Dimech articulated the occult
anatomy of the dancer, exploring the mysteries of concealment and revelation
through the body. Physical praxis, cross-tradition research and an appetite
for the carnal, trangressive and irrational have led her to reorient the
body as the primal present and archaic source of knowing. In the ‘Mirror
of Sacrifice’ the dancer encounters self as sacrifice, the
act as divine epiphany, and the manifestation of Life in Death. Among
the themes covered may be: imitation and doubling; witnessing & the
dynamic of an audience; and a disclosure of some techniques to create
what she calls 'the lucid body'. presentation + evening performance
Peter Grey dissected one of the most
notorious of the grimoire rituals, through Grand Grimoire, Red
and Black Dragons, paring back the layers of artifice to a raw
shamanic confrontation ‘In the skin of the Beast’.
An exegesis with far reaching implications for grimoire magicians and
their dealings with Lucifer. presentation
Michael Azzato, a devotee of Babalon, peforming
an Egyptian Sha'abi Dance.
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