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Speaker Spotlight: Ariel Sirocco

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Ariel Malachi Sirocco is an Integrative Hermeticist following the Corpus Hermetica and related writings; as such, he is a hardcore Panentheist.  He frequently teaches ancient Hermetic history and traditions and has taught at several esoteric conventions along the Northeast and at countless private gatherings.  Ariel has an academic background in biology (Q.C.) and 15 years with the American Museum of Natural History.  To this day, he weaves his scientific knowledge with his ritual.


Ariel has been a practicing occultist since 1983.  He was initiated as a High Priest of the Minoan Temple, Inc. of New York in 1998 and The Temple of the Spiral Path-NYC in 2004. During this time, he realized that the scientific and the esoteric were two sides of a coin named “Ritual” and, thus, began his true pursuit and calling: Hermetics.
He moved to Connecticut for several years where he started Coven Quiddity (2006).  It grew into the Akashic Temple (2009) and ran monthly meetings and a few major events during the year.  In 2007, he joined the Masonic fraternity and his attentiveness quickly raised him through the ranks reaching Master Mason in 2008.  In 2012, he became a 32-Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and Washington Council Princes of Jerusalem, Master of Ceremonies (2012-2013) of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Bridgeport, Ct.  In 2017, Ariel became the Worshipful Master of Union Lodge No.5 in Stamford, Ct.
During this time, his passion with Hermetics led him to reach out across the United States and abroad to Amsterdam, NE in search of Elders.  In Amsterdam, he reached out to and visited the world-renounced University of Hermetics (@ U.o.A.).  However, he found his teacher on the West Coast – in California and in 2015, Ariel was granted an encampment charter from the Ordo Templi Astartes (OTA) for New York City area.
It is Ariel’s belief that this “New Age of Esotericism” deserves academic exploration without sacrosanct or circular defenses.  If this does not happen, the entire family of “pagan and esoteric traditions” will fall into disrepair, ill repute, and eventually dismissed as merely fanciful.

Contact at: arielsirocco@yahoo.com

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Ritual Spotlight: Labyrinth

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Labyrinth Ritual with Maryalyce Merrit and Davis Sprague
The labyrinth is a transformative tool. Its nature is such that to enter it you must choose a path perpendicular to where you wish to travel, and only when you release the goal and embrace the journey to you find yourself at the center. Travelers will be asked to contemplate the ideas of “to Know”, “to Will”, “to Dare”, and “to be Silent” as you navigate the beautiful outdoor labyrinth. You will be met in the center and be offered an opportunity for deep sacred witnessing. Our ritual will be a Reclaiming style rite if self-directed journey done in silence. It will take as long as you need. It can be as deep as you desire. The labyrinth is a tool of service. You are welcome to bring drums, rattles, journals, art supplies as you see fit. Please dress appropriately as we will be outside. Blessed Be.

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Shiva Aghora: Eating with Lepers and Untouchables.  with Raven Kaldera


Aghora is the aspect of the Hindu god Shiva who looks after lepers, untouchables, and anyone who is looked down upon in society. Who are your lepers and untouchables? (Think of that really, really annoying person you cringe to see.) We’ll be learning about the lepers and untouchables in our lives, and doing a small ritual to Shiva Aghora to help us find patience and compassion for them. We’ll also be asking Shiva Aghora for help when any of us become the lepers and untouchables every day in the world.

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Ceremonial Magick Panel

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Friday Panel Spotlight
What is the place of Ceremonial magick in the modern world? A lot of modern magical technique, and even neopagan rituals are outgrowths of medieval Ceremonial Magick. Are the trappings of Ceremonial magick (that we imagine as robed figures in castle towers) still useful, or have they been updated? Panelists have various experience with different sorts of ceremonial magick and will share their perspective.

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Speaker Spotlight: Ariel Sirocco

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Ariel Malachi Sirocco is an Integrative Hermeticist following the Corpus Hermetica and related writings; as such, he is a hardcore Panentheist.  He frequently teaches ancient Hermetic history and traditions and has taught at several esoteric conventions along the Northeast and at countless private gatherings.  Ariel has an academic background in biology (Q.C.) and 15 years with the American Museum of Natural History.  To this day, he weaves his scientific knowledge with his ritual.


Ariel has been a practicing occultist since 1983.  He was initiated as a High Priest of the Minoan Temple, Inc. of New York in 1998 and The Temple of the Spiral Path-NYC in 2004. During this time, he realized that the scientific and the esoteric were two sides of a coin named “Ritual” and, thus, began his true pursuit and calling: Hermetics.
He moved to Connecticut for several years where he started Coven Quiddity (2006).  It grew into the Akashic Temple (2009) and ran monthly meetings and a few major events during the year.  In 2007, he joined the Masonic fraternity and his attentiveness quickly raised him through the ranks reaching Master Mason in 2008.  In 2012, he became a 32-Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and Washington Council Princes of Jerusalem, Master of Ceremonies (2012-2013) of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Bridgeport, Ct.  In 2017, Ariel became the Worshipful Master of Union Lodge No.5 in Stamford, Ct.
During this time, his passion with Hermetics led him to reach out across the United States and abroad to Amsterdam, NE in search of Elders.  In Amsterdam, he reached out to and visited the world-renounced University of Hermetics (@ U.o.A.).  However, he found his teacher on the West Coast – in California and in 2015, Ariel was granted an encampment charter from the Ordo Templi Astartes (OTA) for New York City area.
It is Ariel’s belief that this “New Age of Esotericism” deserves academic exploration without sacrosanct or circular defenses.  If this does not happen, the entire family of “pagan and esoteric traditions” will fall into disrepair, ill repute, and eventually dismissed as merely fanciful.

Past Classes: (all classes are at least 90 minutes) Contact at: arielsirocco@yahoo.com

Some, but not all, of these classes have been offered in prior years at Changing Times, Changing Worlds. (check the archives)

Class Title

  • Alchemy: History of the Stone
  • Candle Magick
  • The Chaldean Oracles: Who, What, Where, and Why
  • The Chaldean Oracles: Hecate
  • The Chakras: for Novices
  • Elemental: Air
  • Elemental: Crystal Mediation
  • Elemental: Fire
  • Elemental: Water
  • Elemental Callings of Solomon: Ritual and Hermetic
  • Elements of Ritual
  • Eros and Thanatos
  • Frequency Lecture: Schumann, Frequencies, and Energy healing
  • The Hermetic Creation Myth
  • Heretical Witchcraft: Roots and Fruit
  • Iconography and the Masonic Temple (Greek and Roman Symbols)
  • Lugh, Lughnasadh, and Lunatics: Irish and Roman Perspectives
  • Manifestation 101
  • The Measure of Magick: Sacred Geometry, 101
  • The OCR: Observer Created Reality (Quantum and Perception)
  • Mid-Summer Magic!
  • The Nature of Magick: Intention and Will
  • Personal Protection, Level One
  • The Primacy of Paganism: Historical Hermetics in Egypt and the Near East,
  • Pseudo-Dionysius and 10 Letters (Interpreting Pagan History)
  • Sacred Sexuality and Sex Magick
  • The Seven: Astrological and Alchemical Sisters
  • Symbolism 101: Creating Change
  • The 36 and Divine Creation!
  • Which Witch is Which? And, Witch are You?
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