Crucible

Crucible

A gathering of Mages, Pagans, Mystics, and Occultists.

Crucible 2013 Schedule

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Time Track A Track B
10 AM
10:15
10:30
10:45
11 AM
11:15
Lunch
11:30
11:45
12 PM
Brunch/Closing
12:15
12:30
12:45
Registration
1 PM
1:15
1:30
1:45
Slot 1A
Slot 1B
2 PM
2:15
2:30
2:45
3 PM
Slot 2A
Slot 2B
3:15
3:30
3:45
4 PM
4:15
Slot 3A
Slot 3B
4:30
4:45
5 PM
5:15
Dinner
5:30
5:45
6 PM
6:15
6:30
6:45
7 PM
Slot 4A
Slot 4B
7:15
7:30
7:45
8 PM
8:15
8:30
Mage Mixer
8:45
Slot 5A
Slot 5B
9 PM
9:15
9:30
9:45
10 PM
10:15
10:30
Slot 6A
Slot 6B
10:45
11 PM
11:15
11:30
11:45
12 AM
12:15
12:30
12:45
1 AM


Please Note: On Saturday, there will be a limited room for lounging and talking.


Registration
Registration table will be provided to check in to Crucible and acquire any up-to-date information. Please note that the ticket fee does NOT include food at the various Crucible meeting areas. Also note that the name tags will be required for entry to all the meets and discussions in the hotel and dinner. Dinners are LIMITED so reserve yours EARLY!
Mage Mixer
To be held at a House of Wong located at 475 Union Avenue, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 (908) 685-0357. The Mixer is to allow further....well....Mixing. A good opportunity to mingle with speakers and attendees alike!
Brunch/Closing
To be held at a local diner on Easton Ave called the Somerset Diner at 1045 Easton Avenue Somerset, NJ 08873. A closing mixer to network with others and say your goodbyes.
Lunch
To be held in the Hotel Restaurant. This will be a good opportunity to mingle with the old friends and make new ones.
Dinner
To be catered in the current hotel space. Current pricing to be $5 per person, to be purchased at the registration table and/or with your ticket online. (Yes, there will be meat) Dinners are LIMITED so reserve yours EARLY!
Slot 1A

Jason Feldstein is presenting on "Practical Jewish Folk Magic"

Everyone seems to know about kabbalah these days, but most traditional Jewish magic (or "practical kabbalah") is actually anything but. Traditional Jewish folk magic deals far more with angels, Hebrew names of God, and biblical verses than with anything from the Zohar or Sefer Yetzirah. This talk will cover basic Hebrew pronunciation for magicians, major Jewish grimoires and what they're useful for, how to design a medieval Jewish incantation, amulet-making with modern materials, and finally, how to relate all these practices back to the Tree of Life if you choose.

Slot 1B

Panel 1: What Wizards Do: The life and Times of Magicians

Inspired by Peter Carroll’s Arcanorium.com class of a similar title, we ask the panel members what do they do? How do they keep up their daily magical practice as well as manifest their goals? Do they follow towards their True Will, how do they know, and how do they do that? How does magic relate to their daily lives and how do they make their daily lives integrate with their pursuit of magic? Audience questions to specific members are most welcome. Moderated by Jason Colwell( Co-host of http://ddtrh.com ).

Slot 2A

Shawn is presenting on "Magick and the Imagination"

Too often magick is treated as a serious thing, full of rules, obligations, and grim duties. We lose sight of the excitement, the promise, the potential. In this presentation, the latest in my "Magick and Stuff" series, I'm going to review the basics of chaos magick, in conjunction with a case study of rediscovering two of my favorite things which had fallen by the wayside a bit: constructed languages and magick.

Slot 2B

Panel 2: Maleficent Magic: Curses, Hexes, and Jinxes

From putting beauties to sleep to cold revenge, curse work has been a part of the magic throughout the ages. This topic is always lively with different traditions and practitioners having radically different viewpoints. When is a curse appropriate, what is needed for a Jinx, and what does it mean to curse? What constitutes a curse? We will cover some of the mechanics as well as the ethics of curse work and the various practitioners who use them. Join The Crucible Convention and the Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole Staff in what is sure to be a lively discussion. Moderated by Jason Colwell( Co-host of http://ddtrh.com )

Slot 3A

Jason M. Colwell is presenting on "Paranormal Investigation and Supernatural Self Defense"

Protecting yourself from Spiritual Influence while utilizing the most effective techniques for investigating the paranormal.All Spirits can be adversarial under certain conditions. Learn how to protect yourself with a discussion on practical techniques. Learn how to prevent an attack before it happens through simple techniques of psychic shielding. Learn to banish properly to clear you and your environment of unwanted spiritual influences.Jason will also discuss methods of dealing with intelligent entities, such as the finer points of spirit negotiations.

Slot 3B

Maggi is presenting on "Love Sex and Magick"

What is love? What are we really looking for? Does love have to be painful? Is there a special one that’s perfect for me? We will be taking a magickal journey through the esoteric history of Love, ideas of working with love Gods and Goddesses, cultivating love within yourself and how to bring magick into your life through spell work and self-transformation, and using magickal toos to craft a life of Beauty, Love, and Grace. Find ways to cultivate love in your life than cannot be denied and that goes way beyond your wildest dreams!

Slot 4A

Inominandum is presenting on "SEX SORCERY"

The sexual act is possibly the most potent magical act that can be performed. At the climax. the body, mind, and spirit are brought together into a singularity from which we can collapse back into our ordinary lives, generate new possible realities through magic, or push through into enlightenment. From the Tantric mysteries of Hinduism and Buddhism, to the sacrament of the bridal chamber in Christianity, to inner alchemy of Taoism, to the mixing of alchemical elixirs from sexual fluids, the power of Sexual Sorcery pervades the highest and most secret teachings all over the world. Yet, even in today's information laden world, the actual techniques are blurry at best. In this class Jason will give a short primer in sex magic that draws upon both eastern and western sources. More importantly he will reveal in plain language how best to make use of these techniques for improving your sorcery, your spirit, and your life.

Slot 4B

Kevin, Matt and Fr. Joseph are presenting a lecture on Demonology

Demonology is one of the most complex aspects of world religions, theology and spirituality today. In modern times, it is mostly associated with Christianity. However, demonology is an integral part of all major faiths and religions. Man's quest to deal with wicked entities has roots going back into the earliest ages of mankind's arrival on this planet and beyond. This presentation features three knowledgeable individuals in various areas of the paranormal who have contacted the living dead, ghosts and various spirits. This diverse panel will discuss a number of subjects including: world religions, demonic possession, violent haunting, ghosts and angels they will be opening the floor to questions and comments from the audience.

UPDATE: Matt Tierney and Fr. Joseph Broz won't be able to make it because of last minute duties. However, Kevin will still be giving his lecture.

Slot 5A

Arthur is presenting on "Omnimancy: Healing Techniques"

One of the main uses of magic is healing. In this year's lecture, we will cover Omnimancy's slant on this goal, as well as the supporting infrastructure such as energy management and astral biology topics. The most simplistic to much higher ended approaches and techniques will be gone over. Many of the techniques have significant uses outside of simple healing.

Slot 5B

Rufus is presenting on "Nothing but AN EYE: The Mysteries of Ecstatic Hermetics"

Taking the title from Aleister Crowley’s “Broomstick Babblings” in the _Book of Lies_ as the theme, in this year’s R.O. Crucible experience the good Frater explores what EYE we secretly are, deep within, and the methods of opening that eye through the application of Ecstatic Hermetics.

Entertaining, practical, and hopefully life changing, RO’s presentation will cover the necessary framework, methods of passing within and some of the things he’s picked up along the way. RO focuses on providing the practical techniques that most people can use to replicate the process and the experiences he’s been through, because it’s secretly the most fun he ever had in his life and the only thing he thinks is worth passing on to anyone else.

Included this year (unless everything changes):

  • Hermes and the ecstatic mysteries
  • Wielding the Wand: Mystery of the Caduceus
  • WTF is Drunken Magus Style?
  • The Funky Monkey
  • Skipping Witches and Hopping Toads

If all goes according to plan, we’ll wrap things up with an eye-opening conjuration, and hopefully, drinks at the bar.

Slot 6A

Andrei Freeman is presenting on "Tarot by without the book."

Divination draws on arcane symbols and mystical powers. Yet it still has time to stop off and help you make that perfect Jets pick when you're not sure which side of the spread the game will end on. Effective divination is more about the process than the rules along the way. While the rules are important. There is one we'll focus on to take your divination work to the next level.

For best experience try to bring at least one tarot deck. (Loaner decks may be available) Better if you have one deck you love to work with and one that absolutely never works for you. This will be a participatory class but will be a great starting point for people interested in learning about Tarot.

"And if you're not careful, you just might learn something" - Bill Cosby

Slot 6B

Andrieh Vitimus is presenting on "Beginning Information Sorcery"

Andrieh Vitimus presents a different model of energy work using simplified techniques that beginners to advanced practitioners can use to augment their personal practice of any magical work. Through experimental research, study and hard work in the Quantum Life Science Institute, the lecture will cover some theoretical groundwork on how to think about magical work a from systems of information point of view and then ground these ideas in actual techniques demonstrated with you at the Crucible. Come with an open mind.


Panel Discussions


What Wizards Do: The life and Times of Magicians

Inspired by Peter Carroll’s Arcanorium.com class of a similar title, we ask the panel members what do they do? How do they keep up their daily magical practice as well as manifest their goals? Do they follow towards their True Will, how do they know, and how do they do that? How does magic relate to their daily lives and how do they make their daily lives integrate with their pursuit of magic? Audience questions to specific members are most welcome. Moderated by Jason Colwell( Co-host of http://ddtrh.com ).

Maleficent Magic: Curses, Hexes, and Jinxes

From putting beauties to sleep to cold revenge, curse work has been a part of the magic throughout the ages. This topic is always lively with different traditions and practitioners having radically different viewpoints. When is a curse appropriate, what is needed for a Jinx, and what does it mean to curse? What constitutes a curse? We will cover some of the mechanics as well as the ethics of curse work and the various practitioners who use them. Join The Crucible Convention and the Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole Staff in what is sure to be a lively discussion. Moderated by Jason Colwell( Co-host of http://ddtrh.com )

PRESENTORS


Inominandum

Jason Miller has devoted the last 23 years of his life to traveling the globe and studying practical magic in it's many forms. He is the author of Protection and Reversal Magick, a Witch's Defense Manual and The Sorcerers Secrets, Strategies in Practical Magic. He also runs the Strategic Sorcery Training Course and Strategic Sorcery Blog. He lives with his wife and children in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, where we practices and teaches magick.

Visit the Blog and Forums at www.inominandum.com

Andrieh Vitimus

Andrieh Vitimus is author of the modern magical classic Hands on Chaos Magic: Reality Manipulation Through the Ovayki Current, and several anthologies. Vitimus is holds the highest initiatory rank in Haitian Vodou, that of Hougan Asogwe,, is a Usui and Karuna Reiki Master, and NLP practitioner and a licensed hypnotherapist. Currently, Andrieh Vitimus is faculty at Peter Carroll's Arconorium College. Andrieh is the host of the international successful radio show, Deeper down the Rabbit Show (ddtrh.com) and has taught at conventions across the Midwest including Starwood, Sirius Rising, Babylon Rising, Convocation, Real Witches Ball, various Pagan Prides and more. He can be reached via his website at andriehvitimus.com.

Rufus Opus

Rufus Opus is a professional Hermetic magician and teacher of the esoteric arts. He has authored several eBooks on the practical application of Hermetic Principles, and teaches the Red Work series of courses, an in-depth study of the process of the alchemical Great Work. With over 20 years of training and practice, RO is a firm believer that magical study should result in tangible, practical manifestations of a better life, not only for the magician, but for everyone they come into contact with. For more information, see his blog at http://headforred.blogspot.com.

"Ascending to the heavens and becoming a Power when you die is great and all, but what about the mean time? Seems to me we ought to be living a bit more like empowered priest-kings than we do."

Shawn Knight

Shawn Knight is a professional geek, ordained gnostic bishop, holder of a degree in physical science, and somehow manages to find time to talk about hermetic and chaos magic to unsuspecting victims. Recent projects include a program of magical instruction for his friends and trying to discover the magical and social benefits of being a mad scientist. You can visit his website at www.sk4p.net.

Andrei Freeman

"This above all: to thine own self be true," - Shakespeare

"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law!" - Crowley

"Oh, it's twue. It's twue. It's twue, it's twue!" - Von Schtupp

Andrei has been a philosopher for well over 33 1/3 years. Considerably somewhat remarkable when you consider he's only been an Andrei for 9. With curriculum studies in Theatre, Radio, Television, Direction, and Philosophy combined with a love of Poker and comparative religions, and hedonism; Andrei has had great success by selling out and becoming a software architect for a huge hospital/health system.

A 15+ year initiate in the OTO, he has served as chartered initiator, ordained clergy, and overall bane to people trying to interpret Thelema and other's True Wills. Andrei is also unintentionally ordained in the ULC.

Maggi Setti

Maggi is a Wiccan High Priestess, sorceress, and magician. She was a member of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel (sacredwheel.org) for more than 10 years and received her 3rd degree initiation from this Tradition in 2011. Maggi is a known face in the regional community and has taught and lead rituals across the US at gatherings, conferences, and metaphysical shops. Maggi’s writings have been featured on online newsletters and websites, Witches and Pagans magazine, and the Magicka School’s Portal Magazine. Her first book, Ecstasy in Shadow is now available for purchase.

Maggi’s interests range from qabala, tarot, astrology, aspecting, nature devas, kitchen witchery, herbalism and gardening, shadow work, sacred dreaming, martial arts and warriorship, and women's mysteries and empowerment. Maggi also does readings with tarot and for spiritual guidance. She is also a certified NLP practitioner.

Check out her blog at https://lettinggoisflying.blogspot.com and her website at http://maggisetti.com

Contact Maggi at maggisetti@gmail.com

Jason M. Colwell

Jason has been investigating the paranormal since 1998 and is the founder of Ohio Paranormal; an active group since 2003. Practicing metaphysics since 2005, he takes a no nonsense approach from an agnostic spiritual view; believing in using what works with a premise that there may not be an absolute truth. Jason is actively developing his personal skill set as an advanced student of the Quantum Life Science Institute, studying directly under Master Andrieh Vitimus. He is currently instructing beginner’s classes for the Institute in the Columbus Metropolitan Area.

Jason Feldstein

Since 2003, Jason has researched and practiced Jewish magic, and co-run the Pillar of Smoke, a small organization for the exploration of radical Jewish spiritualities, Jewish mysticism and magics. (The Pillar is proud to be the only Jewish organization ever to be officially denounced as heretics by the Greater Pittsburgh Rabbinic Association.) He also has a strong background in chaos magic. Jason's current project is writing and developing a role-playing game based on Jewish and Middle Eastern mythology, designed to teach occult basics such as the four elements, the Tree of Life and the Tarot as a natural consequence of playing the game. His other areas of specialty include viral political magic, alchemical gaming, and Jewish shamanism.

Kevin Meares, Matthew M. Tierney, Fr. Joseph Broz

Kevin Meares shares from his expertise as a demonologist, and paranormal investigator, Matt Tierney's training in engineering, psychology, pharmacology, the paranormal, demonology and shamanism provide illuminating insights into the unexplainable spirit world and Fr. Joseph Broz will speak from his education and 30 plus years' experience as a crisis chaplain, theologian, paranormal investigator, exorcist, and as a professional magician.

UPDATE: Matt Tierney and Fr. Joseph Broz won't be able to make it because of last minute duties. However, Kevin will still be giving his lecture.

Arthur Moyer

Arthur has been practicing for 21 years, the founder of the Omnimancer tradition, and is Head Omnimancer at OmniCore. For more information on Omnimancy please visit www.omnimancy.com


Please Note that Crucible staff reserve the right to change this schedule, speakers and topics without previous notice.  Please check back often for updates.




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