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“Light is returning, even though this is the darkest hour. No one can hold back the dawn…”
Please note, due to size restrictions, we are limited to 28 participants, first come, first served.
The event is held in a secret location, along with complete detailed schedule of events will be divulged only to those who register!
MYSTERIUM is whispering your name….
Join us for an alchemical blend of music, art, ritual theater, deep play, magick, spoken word poetry, invocation, meditation, divination, transformation, illumination and celebration!
Now is the time to open to new mysteries, deeper layers of knowing, and clearer ways of understanding.
The time for MYSTERIUM is fast approaching, and we wanted to let you know that the door is swinging open for you to join us.
Alchemy has been defined as the ancient and modern art of transmuting matter into spirit.
Alchemy teaches us how to experience our day to day lives on a much deeper spiritual and magickal level. Modern alchemy is not an esoteric study of hidden things, but a joyful discovery of the deeper mysteries we can experience in everyday things, and in each other.
Seeking community, friendship, knowledge, and fun?
This weekend, we will explore how we, as individuals and as a community, can refine and develop our understanding, through discussion, experiential workshops, movement, dreaming and celebration.
…an in-gathering of old and new friends, a point in time where we can reflect, as individuals and a community, the light that shines within each and every one of us.
…an opportunity to play, to create, to learn, to deepen in our relationships with each other and ourselves as we mark the wheel’s turning from darkness toward luminosity. Many of us will be wearing white for the evening’s ceremony; please join us!
Bring a book that has significant meaning to you for the Introductions and Welcoming Book Exchange ceremony! Give away a book, get a book to read.
There will be two pot-luck meals during the event both of which are vegetarian – no fish, no flesh. Please bring healthy organic (if possible) vegetarian food to share and your own plate/bowl and flatware as the Vegas Vortex has gone green and no longer provides paper products.
The MYSTERIUM RITUAL is…
…our Saturday evening’s working, a journey through mind, body and spirit using music, movement, voice and stillness to turn heavy lead into purest gold.
… PLUS the weekend includes engaging playshops presented by Jeff McBride, Abigail Spinner McBride, and our special guests.
MYSTERIUM is an exploration into the Alchemical Arts. During our time together, we will have several guest teachers presenting some outstanding offerings.
Robert M. Place will be presenting The Tarot
Among tools for divination, the Tarot is one of the newest. Unlike palmistry, astrology, and the I Ching, it did not develop in the ancient past. It was created in the early 1400s in Renaissance Italy, which is old but not ancient. When occultists in the 1700s and 1800s discovered the Tarot, they seemed to have been embarrassed that it was so new and they made up some spurious histories for it, to give it a more ancient pedigree. The most popular being that it came from ancient Egypt.
Although the Tarot does not come from the ancient world, the occultists were correct that it does contain an ancient mystical philosophy. This philosophy, however, did not come into the Tarot directly from its ancient source. The artists of the Renaissance, who created the Tarot, passed it on to us, through the deck. Although it was created in the Renaissance, the Tarot is a wise book of philosophy and magic that contains wisdom from the ancient world.
In the history of Western Culture, the Renaissance stands out as a period of concentrated achievement in art and philosophy. Renaissance artists were trying to recapture the golden age of Classical culture, rediscovering not the Classicism that is taught in modern schools, which is crafted to be a validation of modern culture, but a Classicism that was dominated by the quest for gnosis or enlightenment. This was a rediscovery of Hermetic and Neoplatonic philosophy. The Tarot that they created communicates this mysticism with symbols and pictures and this is its strength. Pictures are the language of the unconscious. That is why we dream in pictures. The true power of the Tarot lies in the fact that it has preserved the mystical philosophy of the Renaissance and communicates that philosophy in the language of the unconscious.
As the well-known and knowledgeable occultist A. E. Waite wrote in his Pictorial Key to the Tarot;
The true Tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs. Given the inward meaning of its emblems, they do become a kind of alphabet, which is capable indefinite combinations and makes true sense in all.
Denny Sargent (aka Aion 131 / Hermeticusnath) will be presenting The Holy Guardian Angel
It is widely understood in the Hermetic and modern traditions of Magick that before the adept can proceed very far along the Path they must call, manifest and bond with their Holy Guardian Angel. In Tantrika, the process is essentially the same, though the term Holy Guardian Spirit is more often used. Drawing somewhat upon my book, YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL AND YOU, I will present three pragmatic aspects of this seminal ritual. First, I’ll briefly offer my own experience researching, assembling and then accomplishing this year-long rite and discuss the results. Later, I will offer an original take on the K&C of the HGA through the prismatic lens of Alchemy. I will show how the steps of achieving union with one’s Angel is in fact the very process of Calcination, Dissolution, Separation, Conjunction, Fermentation, Distillation and, finally, Coagulation. This will wrap-up with group ritual visualization work connecting these steps with the Chakras. Finally, the last presentation will be a group ritual for invoking our Holy Guardian Angels utilizing a newly researched reconstruction from original Gnostic sources of the ‘complete’ Bornless One ritual, known as Liber Samach to some. This traditional Hermetic rite is said to be the key ritual for this process and we will experience and discuss the results together afterwards. This will be the first time it has been done as a group ritual. There will, of course, be time for Q&A throughout.
Abigail McBride, High Priestess of the Family of Fire, will take us on an adventure of DEEPENING INTO MYSTERIUM, through breath, gaze, touch and imagination, we will find our ways into the layers of awareness and connection.
Devra Gregory will be presenting Calling in The 5 Directional Portals
One of the most universal practices in creating a mystical, shamanistic or magical ritual circle is known as Calling in the Directions. When attending a ritual the leader might ask the attendees “who can call a direction?”. After attending this short workshop YOU will be able to say “I can!” with confidence and skill. Practicing on your own will fine tune your ability using the worksheet that will be given to you.
Jeff McBride, Master Magician and Alchemist, will share new magical mysteries, and will bring somewhat of his treasure for the delight and education of all.
Morganne Baum will be presenting The Alchemical Oracle – An Exploration through the Stages of Alchemy for Divination and Reflection
The Alchemical Oracle is a new divination system using the stages of alchemy to gain deeper perspective on where you are, what lessons you are learning, what mastery you are putting out in the world, and what energies are possibly out of balance at this time. This workshop will explain the method of using The Alchemical Oracle, and share some of the concepts that went into its creation. Come explore a multi-dimensional system that weaves connections between the chakra system, planetary energies, mythical and archetypal symbolism, Tarot, and classic alchemy. Familiarity with the stages of alchemy and planetary associations is helpful, but not required.
Gina Lucariello will be presenting Generational Astrology
Astrology tells us we are all in this together. Generations of people have the same outer planets ruling the same zodiac signs, giving them an energetic imprint that brings them together as a collective. By looking at both the planetary transits that each person will go through in the story of their own life, in combination with the energetic imprint of their generation, a story emerges. What is the story of your generation? How is your generation enduring, coping, thriving, creating, or blossoming with the energies you all have in common? How are you all supporting each other through the transits you are experiencing? How can your understanding of these energies help you on your own alchemical journey? Let’s find out, together.
And yes! The New World Rhythmatism Drum Ensemble will be providing a soundscape for our evening MYSTERIUM ceremony on Saturday night,
And yes the HEARTWHEEL will roll us into one connected circle,
And yes, there will be singing and music, movement, laughter, the sweet smell of incense and much, much more fun!
FEATURED GUEST PRESENTERS:
Robert M. Place is an internationally known visionary artist, whose award winning works, in painting, sculpture, and jewelry, have been displayed in galleries and museums in America, Europe, and Japan. He is the designer, illustrator, and coauthor of The Alchemical Tarot and The Angels Tarot, which have received international acclaim. He is designer, illustrator, and author of The Alchemical Tarot Renewed, the award winning The Tarot of the Saints, The Buddha Tarot, The Vampire Tarot, The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery, The Marziano Tarot, and The Hermes Playing Card Oracle. He is the author of The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, which Booklist has said, “may be the best book ever written on that deck of cards decorated with mysterious images called the tarot.” He is the author of Astrology and Divination, Magic and Alchemy, and Shamanism, written for the Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Phenomena series, the author of Alchemy and The Tarot and of The Tarot: Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism. He is the curator of The Fools’ Journey and the author of the catalog for this exhibition of Tarot art that originated at the LA Craft and Folk Art Museum. He was the guest of honor at the opening of the Tarot Museum in Riola, Italy. He has created numerous illustrations for books and magazines, his Facsimile Historic Italian Tarot is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and he and his work have appeared on the BBC, A&E, the Discovery Channel and the Learning Channel, and he has taught the history and use of the Tarot on five continents. His newest works are a Lenormand oracle deck, The Burning Serpent Oracle, and the Raziel Tarot. For both of these he collaborated with Tarot diva Rachel Pollack.
Denny Sargent (aka Aion 131 / Hermeticusnath) Writer, teacher and practicing Eclectic Ritualist, was first introduced to Mythology & Magick in New York where he grew up. He has since his early teens been accepted as a member of a number of initiatory groups and esoteric associations. He was one of the founding editors of Mandragore, a journal of magick and eclectic ritualism published in New York City in the early 80s. In 1981 he was awarded an MA in Ancient History from Western Washington University where he also taught History for three years. His research has included the magickal/religious traditions of Egypt, Sumeria, Greece, Rome, China, India, Europe and Pacific Northwest Indians (Kwakiutl). He helped found, write and edit Aeon and Kalika, journals that were concerned with contemporary ritual practice and creative mythology.
The Western Magickal Tradition, Tantrika and Taoism have formed increasingly important foci for his studies and writing. In the mundane world he has taught at several colleges and academies specializing in TESOL and he also lived and taught university in Japan for four years. Back in the USA, he became an institute director then a teacher trainer for Seattle University and later Seattle Pacific University. He has traveled to 28 countries for fun and research and has written for a variety of mundane, Pagan and magickal magazines. Denny had published a number of books, including Global Ritualism, The Tao of Birth Days, The Magical Garden, Your Guardian Angel & You, Dancing With Spirits (Japanese Festivals and Folklore), Naga Magic and two ‘grimoires,’ Liber Sigil IAF and Liber Phoenix. The last of this trilogy of grimoires, Liber Eos, is scheduled for publication in 2018. He can be reached via FB as Aion Hermeticusnath.
Abigail McBride Musician, Magician, Massage Therapist, Counselor and Queen Bee of the Magic and Mystery School. Jeff often refers to Abigail as his “Swiss Army Wife,” due to her wide array of skills and talents. With a background in music, dance and body/mind wellness, Abigail is consistently creatively engaged. You will find her working with her clients on the massage table, digging in the garden, playing various musical instruments, working behind the scenes of the Magic & Mystery School, singing, teaching meditation classes, cooking up a vegetarian feast, practicing dance, yoga and magic, and gazing lovingly into the eyes of her husband, magician Jeff McBride.
Devra Gregory AKA Dev, is a theatre producer, professional dancer, teacher, Michael Jackson celebrity impersonator, Wiccan Priestess, Minister, speaker, African drummer, massage therapist and workshop facilitator. She is the High Priestess of Dragon Sister Circle, offers magical workshops, full moon drum rituals and hosts Sacred Flame Fire Circle, a sacred fire circle gathering in the San Diego area. She is offering a year long priestess training program in 2018. For more info go to www.DevraGregory.com, www.SacredFlameFireCircle.com and www.DEVasMJ.com
Jeff McBride, a three time award winner at the International Grand Prix of Magic in Monte Carlo, is widely recognized as a foremost innovator and most exciting performer in contemporary magic. Naming him “Vegas’ Best” Magician several years ago, the Las Vegas Review Journal wrote: “Light years ahead of the pack.. McBride is easily the most exciting and mesmerizing magician I’ve seen in years.” For several years, McBride headlined at Caesars Magical Empire in Las Vegas, where he was voted critics’ choice as Best Magician in Las Vegas. He is also a three-time Guiness World Record holder. The Magic Circle, among the world’s most prestigious magic societies, wrote that “McBride may well be the most influential magician of our time,” not only for his performing work, but because he has become magic’s foremost teacher. He is the founder of the McBride Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas, and regularly teaches and lectures at magic conventions around the world.
Morganne Baum has been reading and teaching the Tarot for over 20 years. She has a gift for providing insights, focusing intentions for change, and helping to look at life in a new way. For the last two years, she has been converging her knowledge of the Tarot with her knowledge of archetypes, mythology, symbolism, and the stages of alchemy to create her own divination system, The Alchemical Oracle.
Gina Lucariello has been studying astrology for over 20 years and reads charts professionally through her practice, Wintermoon Astrology. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara having completed a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Physical Geography, as well as a Masters Degree in Education. She began her magical and alchemical studies as an initiate witch of Coven of the Dawn in Glendale, California in 2000. Inspired by the work of the Coven, Gina began her journey as a student of healing arts, becoming a Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine, A Licensed Acupuncturist, and a Diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics in 2005. Gina is also a teacher of high school Chemistry and Environmental Science, which has brought her immeasurable joy over the last 18 years. Gina joined Spark Collective fire circle community in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010 and was a Core Member for 3 years. In that time, she has been on the planning team, the registrar, and a facilitator for Ignite fire circle twice in its three year run. She is very excited to be offering service and contributing to the Vegas Vortex community.
Please note, due to the deep nature of this gathering, you must have either attended one of our Vegas Vortex events before, or be Sponsored in by someone who has.
If you are coming in from out of town and are looking for a place to stay while you are here, please post to our Vegas Vortex page on Facebook. Local friends, if you can help out, please respond…
For questions about registration send email to the Registrar, at [email protected]; for any other questions please call Abigail at 702-450-0021.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Yours in Mysterium,
Abigail & Jeff McBride