2020 Presenters

Sam Block (Polyphanes)

Sam Block (polyphanes) is a magician specializing in Hermetic Renaissance planetary- and angel-centric theurgy as well as Proto-Hermetic Greco-Egyptian magical practices, a researcher and practitioner of the divinatory art of geomancy, and an initiated priest of Ogún in the Afro-Cuban orisha tradition La Regla de Ocha Lukumí. Since 2010, he has maintained the blog and website "The Digital Ambler" as a running record and source for prayers, practices, rituals, and contemplations related to his occult studies and research.

Troy Chambers

Troy Chambers is one half of Wolf & Goat (the Wolf half), and in addition to his involvement in several ATRs, including Ocha, Obeah and Quimbanda, is a devoted lover of the trickier ways of the Good People.

Chariot

Chariot has been a student of magic since his teen years. Beginning with Tarot, a lifelong pursuit, he has continued to learn and embrace different forms of magic and different traditions. Primarily considering himself a Chaos Magician, in line with its original connotations, he has studied meditation, grimoiric magic, Kemetic reconstructionism, and a little bit of a great many other things. He has long had a fascination and passion for the formulation of various incense, oils and brews.

Dr Alexander Cummins

Dr Alexander Cummins is a consultant, diviner, writer, magician, and historian. He approaches ritual, divination, and sorcery both as a long-term practitioner and a historian of early modern magic. Dr Cummins has worked as a professional diviner for over a decade, and published several works on astrological magic, grimoires, and folk necromancy. He also provides training, workshops, and coaching in many aspects of magical theory and practice. Originally from the Midlands of the UK, Al now makes his home in Brooklyn, New York.

Nick Dickinson

Nick Dickinson is a spell-born witch from a family where witchcraft, yoga, and folk magic were being practiced and discussed daily. He has over 35 years of experience as a professional oracle, spell crafter and ritual artist. He continues to craft new magic based on the classical teachings of tantric yoga, American witchcraft, and European and Middle Eastern folk magic.

Danielle Dionne

Danielle Dionne is psychic medium, herbalist, & witch. She runs Moth & Moon Studio, a spiritual education center located in Bedford, NH. Her eclectic practice draws upon a vast foundation in mediumship, occultism, healing arts, witchcraft, herbalism, & rootwork. Danielle is a priestess in the Temple of Witchcraft Tradition & serves as Scorpio Deputy Minister for death, dying & bereavement. She enjoys hospice work & hosts Death Cafes helping people discuss death & make the most of their finite lives. Most recently, she has authored a new book, 'Magickal Mediumship: Partnering with the Ancestors for Healing & Spiritual Development', publishing with Llewellyn later this year.

Justin Crockett Elzie

Justin Crockett Elzie is a Druid, Archetypal Astrologer, teacher and published author based out of Seattle and New York. His background is in Occult Studies and History which he brings into his practice of Norse magic (Seidr) and his Astrological work. He also worked in the IT industry for 6 years as a Corporate Trainer. His consultations with clients and his workshops are in-depth, and engaging. Justin teaches workshops/classes on Runes and the practice of Seidr (Norse magic), and Astrology. He is a member of (ADF) Ar Ndraiocht Fein an international Druid organization, and (OPA) Organization of Professional Astrology, and The Theosophical Society in America.

Jenny Gacy

Jenny Gacy is a sigilcrafter and independent apparel/graphic designer that has been professionally producing sigilcraft apparel and products for four years. Blending modern, design-focused ideas with traditional eclectic witchcraft philosophies, she is passionate about the integration of personal magical ritual into practical everyday routines and general well-being.

Leah Gallagher

Leah is a practicing witch who spends her days (and lots of nights) seamstressing for various Broadway shows in New York. When she isn’t sat behind a sewing machine or making Broadway magic, she can be found around NYC making actual Magick! Leah works in the very tangible medium of spellcrafting, spinning yarn and working with fiber, imbuing it with the energies of old folk Magick, and traditions of the past.

Kris Gurky

Kris grew up foraging the New England woods for mushrooms, plants, & herbs with her Lithuanian grandmother. She has read tarot professionally for over 25 years, and teaches classes on intuitive development, tarot, & herbalism. Her goal is to empower others by awakening the inherent gifts we were all born with. Kris was an officer in the Air Force, earned an M.B.A. at Boston University, studied herbalism at the Boston School of Herbal Studies, and is completing a Masters in Herbal Medicine. She is a contributing writer for The Cartomancer Magazine, and founded Dark Moon Tarot in 2010.

J.M. Hamade

J.M Hamade is an artist, illustrator, and writer currently based out of New York City. His work focuses on the various cross sections of visual culture, aesthetics, and art history with esotericism and the study of religion in general. With a striving towards cross cultural and interdisciplinary practices, he has sought to merge a craft based creativity with his own ancestral byways in Levantine, Mexican, and Mediterranean traditions.

Jesse Hathaway Diaz

Jesse Hathaway Diaz is a folklorist, artist & performer living in New York City. With initiations in several forms of witchcraft from Europe & the Americas, he is also a lifelong student of Mexican curanderismo, an initiated olosha in Lucumí, & a Tatá Quimbanda. For the last decade he has been a member of Theatre Group Dzieci, an experimental ensemble based in NY dedicated to the search for the sacred through the medium of theatre. He is half of Wolf & Goat, a store specializing in both Traditional Craft and Quimbanda materia magica & magical art, a co-host on the Radio Free Golgotha podcast, & a co-editor on the Folk Necromancy in Transmission Series through Revelore Press.

Kadmus

Kadmus is a practicing ceremonial magician. He has written extensively for the website "Gods and Radicals" and recently published the book "True to the Earth: Pagan Political Theology" through Gods and Radicals Press, presented his paper "True to the Earth and a Pagan Conception of the Self" at the conference Rewriting the Future: 100 Years of Esoteric Modernism and Psychoanalysis, and taught two classes at the 2019 Salem Summer Symposium on "Pagan Conceptions of the Self" and "The Role of Magic in a Pagan Cosmos". Most recently he presented the paper "Every Nekuomanteia is a Katabasis: On Navigating Underworld Guardians: Ancient Insights for Contemporary Necromancy" at the International Necromancy Consortium in New Orleans.

Sarah Lyons

Sarah Lyons is a witch, writer, artist, and organizer with The Democratic Socialists of America. Her and her writer have appeared in Vice, Teen Vogue, Broadly, and The CW. She is the author of "Revolutionary Witchcraft, A Guide to Magical Activism" from Running Press.

Kelden Mercury

Kelden has been practicing Traditional Witchcraft for more than a decade. In addition to being the co-creator of the Traditional Witches' Deck, his writing has appeared in The Witch's Altar, The New Aradia: A Witch's Handbook to Magical Resistance, and Modern Witch magazine. Furthermore, he authors a blog on the Patheos Pagan channel called By Athame and Stang. In his free time, Kelden enjoys reading, hiking, growing poisonous plants, and playing ukulele.

Aria Michaels Paradise

Aria Michaels Paradise, MA, MSW, LICSW, SC-C embodies the ethereal and protean realm of air, shapeshifting with the creative current. As a licensed psychotherapist, certified spiritual counselor, astrologer, medium, tarot diviner, paranormal investigator, visual and performance artist, Aria is peripatetic; inhabiting the realm of dream, myth, possibility, and paradox.

Chris Morris

Chris Morris is a witch, occultist, and professional astrologer with a passion for history and magick who enjoys a modern astrological practice informed by traditional lore. His current primary areas of study are the decans and the pre-Greek roots of our zodiacal lore in ancient Babylon. Chris is an active member of the Temple of Witchcraft and he reads at Moth and Moon Studio in Bedford, NH.

Katarina Pejović

Katarina Pejović is a doctoral graduate student at the University of Toronto, researching the legends and grimoires of the sorcerer saint Cyprian of Antioch. In addition to her work on St. Cyprian, she writes on various topics including grimoire history, folk Christianity, Western occultism, and traditions of divination, witchcraft, and magic in Eastern Europe. Her lifelong passion for the unique folklore, sorcery, and spirits of the Balkans form the roots of her personal praxis; watered by ancestral veneration, enflamed by Quimbanda and dragon-fire, and nourished with an endless curiosity of mystery.

Professor Charles Porterfield

Professor Charles Porterfield is an old-fashioned, no-nonsense, Old  Testament reader and rootworker. A well-known cartomancer, he is the  author of A Deck of Spells: Hoodoo Playing Card Magic in Rootwork and  Conjure, and regularly lectures and teaches on cartomancy and  cartomantic methods throughout the United States. He writes, teaches,  and lectures on Hoodoo and Conjure to help preserve and pass on the  roots of the work as well as consults, prescribes, and divines work for  those in need. He currently lives in Denton, Texas with his wife,  children and grandchildren. 

Ylva Mara Radziszewski

I am a High Priestess, a temple tender, traditional witch, teacher, writer, artist, licensed acupuncturist & herbalist. I am also a non-binary trans femme & a survivor of childhood incest & sexual assault. I currently live on unceeded Duwamish & Coast Salish land, now named Seattle. I’m a white person of Slavic, Polish, Balkan, & Romani ancestry. I approach my work with a commitment to further understand how access to wellness & traditions of magic are complicated by & interconnected with the violence of kyriarchal oppression. My practice prioritizes the support of sex workers, black, brown, & Indigenous community members, Femmes, survivors of trauma & abuse, survivors of incest & assault, chronically ill folx, Trans & Non-Binary specific health concerns, addiction recovery, abortion & reproductive health support, & folks navigating the complexity of intergeneration & diasporic trauma, & those seeking alternative & supplemental support for acute & chronic mental health concerns.

Sasha Ravitch

Sasha Ravitch is committed to emancipating the sorcerous machinations of the Ivory Tower, and bringing the spoils back into the agora.  With an academic background in philosophy, psychoanalytic theory, literary and poetic studies, and further endeavors of the spirit-as-mind, and with a lifelong fealty to "folk necromancy" (Cummins & Hathaway-Diaz) and magic, she aspires to make-whole the psyche and spirit. She has professional experience as a clinical counselor, and has done graduate work in psychoanalytic modalities of transpersonal psychology. She has spent two decades studying divinatory arts, researching and practicing Florari Rrom folk magic, and investigating ways to heal the occulted unconscious.  She currently sees clients as a spiritual counselor and diviner, provides Death Doula services through her certification with INELDA, and is co-founder of the International Necromancy Consortium, in New Orleans, LA.

Frank Sivilli

Frank Sivilli is a poet, mystic, counsellor, and astrologer based out of Queens, NY. He is a Hellenistic and Archetypal astrologer with a focus on the western astrological magic tradition. His work on astrology can be heard on Witchhassle podcast, where he provides biweekly elections for works of magic and embodiment. You can find him on instagram @anti.bishop.

Peter Von Leykamm

Peter Von Leykamm has practiced qigong and related forms of energy work for over 20 years, including 5 years spent living in Beijing as a closed-door disciple of the Internal Chinese Martial Arts; Xingyi, Taiji, and Bagua. He is an anthropologist and wrote his master’s thesis on the practice of Chinese martial arts in modern China and contemporary New York City. He has also practiced a variety of occult disciplines, including necromancy, planetary grimoire magick, cartomancy, and Quimbanda. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

Saul Vulgare

Solomon Vulgare is a self taught Green Witch living and working in Salem, Massachusetts. Their practice is informed by meditation with herbal allies they have found through out their life, from the woods of New Hampshire to the Mountains of Central California and the coast of Massachusetts. A clinical herbalist and certified aromatherapist, Vulgare aims to bring botanical magick into the community in a accessible and informational way, honoring the Wise Woman tradition and prioritizing radical justice. Vulgare is trans nonbinary whose pronouns are they, them, & theirs.

Mat Auryn

Mat Auryn is the international best-selling author of ‘Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide To Meditation, Magick, and Manifestation‘. He is the co-host of New Aeon Radio Podcast and runs the blog For Puck’s Sake on Patheos Pagan, is a content creator for Modern Witch, has a column in Witches & Pagans Magazine, Horns Magazine, and is a regular contributor for The Witch’s Almanac. He holds various initiations and degrees within numerous traditions of Witchcraft and Occultism and is a High Priest in the Sacred Fires Tradition of Witchcraft. He has been featured in various magazines, radio shows, podcasts, newspapers, books, anthologies, and other periodicals. 

The Salem Witchcraft & Folklore Festival

65 Wharf Street Salem, MA 01970

978-744-2492

info@salemsummersymposium.com

©2019 by Salem Summer Symposium. Proudly created with Wix.com