Esoteric

Speaker Spotlight: Kathryn Smith

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Kathryn has been a student of the esoteric in various forms since the mid 1980’s, and began studying with R. J. Stewart in 1996. Since then she been exploring both the Western esoteric traditions and fairy lore. She’s currently pursuing advanced studies in teaching esoteric topics with R. J. Stewart and Anastacia Nutt. Under the pen name Kathryn Scannell, she has published several short stories and a novel.

2017

Kabbalah: Concepts and Historical Overview

Publish your Own Tarot or Oracle Deck

2016

Using Tarot in Fiction Writing

Publish your Own Tarot Deck

2015

Mapping the Major Arcana on the Tree of Life: A Survey of Systems

2014

Cleansing – Not Just for Sacred Spaces

Crafting a Guided Meditation

Basic Grounding and Centering

2013

Finding the Right Teacher-

Speaking and Presentation Tricks for Teaching and Ritual

2012

Deathwork and Animal Companions

Ancestors of Spirit: Ancestorwork for the Disconnected

Hidden Magic: Esoteric teachings from traditional Ballads and Folktales

2010

Introduction to work with the Inner Convocation and Inner Temples

A Visit to the Crossroads – contacting Faery allies for sacromagical work

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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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