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Gary St. Michael Nottingham.
Alchemist | Sorcerer | Author
Having grown up on on the Welsh Borders Gary became involved in a local coven during his teen years and early twenties. Following the the conjuration of a spirit, and asking it for help that manifested when he least expected it, he subsequently became involved with a group of practising alchemists.
Gary has spent his life studying, practising and helping promote the Western mystery traditions. Having organised the fabled Ludlow Esoteric Conferences (2004-09), run occult study groups and several workshops on various occult artes. He has also produced the Verdelet magazine and has written fourteen books on alchemy, ceremonial magick and the occult. Many of them have been published by Avalonia as the Foundations of Practical Sorcery series. Gary's own alchemical practice and study focuses on the works of Hollandus, Paracelsus and Valentine, the 17th century astrology of William Lilly, the Solomonic cycle of grimoires and the Holy Kabbalah.
Gary runs an occult order called Ameth Dei out of the liminal land of the Welsh Marches. When not gazing at flasks, reading, writing or working on a magical project Gary can be found playing chess or enjoying the garden.
Occultist | Author | Publisher
The occult sciences have been one of the greatest passions of Lenny Pedersen's life for nearly 30 years, throughout which he has been both a solitary practitioner as well as involved in various esoteric orders. While practical application has always been his primary concern, he eventually decided to also engage in occult/esoteric publishing due to his love of printed & bound literature and his educational background in editing. Although Lenny is Danish, born & raised, he lives in beautiful Scotland together with his wife and daughter, where he enjoys the four great passions of his life: his family, the occult sciences, Freemasonry, and the Brazilian martial art, capoeira.
Lenny runs the publishing company Hermetic Science Enterprises, which has seen great popularity in the alchemy world for the dissemination of the well known Philosophers of Nature (P.O.N) laboratory lessons in book format for the first time, as well as many previously unseen and unpublished video lectures by Jean Dubuis and other well known figures from 20th century alchemy.
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Dr. Robert Anderson Plimer.
Author | Esotericist
Robert Plimer was born in Edinburgh, then after a short stay in Egypt, he returned home to attend school in the city, before moving to the Scottish Borders. His degrees and postgraduate studies include Classics at Newcastle, Philosophy, Classics and Religious Studies at Surrey, Philosophy of Mind & Metaphysics at Oxford. After completing university, Robert spent the next 10 years as a professional Musician/Composer touring extensively both at home and abroad. Robert has taught Classics, Ancient History, Philosophy and Religious Studies for over 20 years. He has gained a thorough knowledge of both ancient and modern esotericism - especially regarding Graeco-Egyptian and Latin texts. As well as being a member of various occult groups and a lifetime member of the International Alchemy Guild; he also runs monthly seminars at the Phoenix Club on the Isle of Wight, lecturing on a variety of Occult subjects, including: Graeco-Egyptian Magick; Hermeticism, Neoplatonism, Kabbalah, Tarot and other forms of divination; along with Alchemical theoria and praxis.
Published works include: a Four Volume series on Hermetic Philosophy; Decoding Alchemy; The Alchemical World of Edward Kelley - Theatrum Astronomiae Terrestris; The Philosopher’s Net (At the Still Point of the Turning World); The Night of Pan (based on Crowley’s Book of Lies and Thoth Tarot); The Flesh of Re and Chamber of Darkness explore initiation and the magical praxis associated with skrying the Egyptian Netherworld. He is at present completing the third book in this Typhonian inspired Trilogy.
Witch | Teacher
Sian is a practicing witch who leads a coven in South Wales called DragonOak. Sian has been practicing for around 40 years now and have experience in running a coven for around 25 years. She is currently studying for an MA in Spirituality and Ecology in University of Wales Trinity St David’s. Sian has also recently completed a Post Graduate course in Cultural Astrology and Astronomy which includes a great deal of study on the Graeco Roman magical Papyri and the impact of astrology and star lore on cultures around the world. At DragonOak she teaches traditional witchcraft, using toolmaking, astrology, herbalism, working with the PGM, Kabbalah, animism and working with the spirits of plants, genus loci and the dead.
It has been Sian's honour to watch women from all walks of life come to DragonOakas fearful and shy and leave as wonderful strong and self-confident women, working powerfully either alone or in a group setting, whether magical or mundane. She believes that magic is a means by which women particularly can become their best selves. The idea that the female is sacred and equal alongside the male is very powerful, that magical ritual allows women to see the universe through the lens of the Goddess is an amazing thing. Women have so much to offer the occult world in terms of practise and understanding.
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The focus of both personal and coven work for the past 7 years for Sian has been the relationship between the witch and the plant spirits. DragonOak uses a combination of alchemical work and meditative sitting with the plant, and students find that plants have much to teach us on both a personal, ecological and spiritual level. Sians loves conversation about this work and our hopes for the future of the green people and humans.
Alchemist | Sorcerer | Teacher
Benjamin first found his way into the Western traditions through a childhood fascination with ritual magick and the occult. His father was a prospector, and this family legacy carried on to Benjamin in his pursuit of inner and outer gold, eventually findng his way to spagyrics and the practice of lab alchemy.
Benjamin is the Director of the Temple of Mercury, a college offering both online and in-person training in the practice of lab alchemy and ceremonial magick. The Temple serves a simple function: to help spread the Hermetic current in the modern world. Benjamin also sells alchemical elixirs through the Temple shop to the general public that are made using traditional Hermetic methods. Benjamin is known in alchemy circles for his crafting of the famed Aurum Potable or Oil of Gold, a powerful vitality medicine extracted from gold itself and many other powerful extracts from the herbal, mineral and animal kingdoms.
Residing in Somerset, UK, Benjamin has organised many past events and training in the Western Occult Tradition, such as the previous 2018 Alchemy Conference in Glastonbury and is returning to create this conference. Benjamin also serves the International Alchemy Guild as Director of Education.
Benjamin also works as a transpersonal psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and university lecturer. He has a degree in philosophy, diplomas in transpersonal therapy, art therapy, electronic music production, a masters of counselling and a diploma in Alchemy and Hermetic Science.