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2019 Presenters

We are pleased to introduce to you to the First Annual Salem Summer Symposium Presenters and Teachers. 

Please browse their bio's and Class & Workshop offerings by clicking on their image below. 

Our Presenters will cover a variety of topics, from Intro to Tarot, to The Demonization of Women throughout History. During the Salem Summer Symposium you will have the opportunity to attend lectures from renowned Occult Authors, Teachers, and Practitioners and receive practical training at our hands-on, interactive workshops. We endeavor to have a bit of something for everyone regardless of background or experience level

Join us for a for a week of Magical & Occult Education, Commerce, Community and Activism in Historic Downtown Salem, Massachusetts!

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit our Events Schedule & Tickets page, or call 978-744-2492 to speak with a representative. 

Salem Summer Symposium Presenters

Jacqui Allouise Roberge

 

Jacqui is an ordained reverend, psychic reader, and practicing Witch observing Strega, Asatru, Voodoo, Quimbanda and Kemetic traditions. Jacqui has been drawn to Witchcraft her entire life and began reading Tarot Cards and Runes at the young age of 13. In 2015, Jacqui founded The Cauldron Black as an online store offering products, readings and consultations. In August 2017, she opened the brick & mortar store in historic Salem, MA. In January of 2019 Jacqui co-founded The Salem Summer Symposium.

Elizabeth Autumnalis

 

Elizabeth Autumnalis is a multi-generational witch, writer, and psychic. She was born and raised in Salem Massachusetts into a pagan family and has been practicing regularly for over twenty years. Elizabeth currently writes for Patheos Pagan and is the owner of Hawthorne & the Rose. She is an initiate of the Temple of Witchcraft tradition and Sacred Fires.

Presenting:

Missed Call from Your Local Spirits

Saturday Aug 10th 1pm

Online:

Author page

Baba Teddy and

Lady Kate Henriott

 

Ted Jauw and Kate Henriott are the authors of 'Absinthe, Alewives & Alchemy' (Harbor Springs 2019) and are frequent headliners and featured presentors at Pagan, Occult and SteamPunk Conventions and gatherings all across the U.S. and Canada. Their latest book is about Kate's relationship to 'Mere Henriod' the first recorded purveyor of Absinthe and how accusations of WitchCraft stole absinthe, ale, medicine and alchemy away from women in Switzerland during the largest genocide of witches in Europe. The book is also the inspiration for their Divination/RPG 'HexenWeldt' an ancient divination system for use with any Role Playing Game. Kate is the author of Talking to the Dead' and 'Tea and Tasseomancy' as well as being an award winning illustrator. Ted Jauw is more known as Baba Teddy and is a BabaL'Awo and Oluwo of the Yoruba Odu and Ifa tradition as well as a KonChante of the Gineh Yoruba VoDou tradition. He is the author of MythPunk Thrillers, 'The Fourth Choice' and 'The Fifth World' as well as SteamPunk Thrillers 'Teslation' and it's sequel 'Teslation II' which will debut at Teslacon this Fall. 

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.

Presenting:

Double Trouble Geomancy Power Hour

Friday Aug 9th 10am

Geomantic Divination and Theurgy 

Friday Aug 9th 4pm

Online:

The Digital Ambler

Brother Moses

 

Brother Moses is a professional conjureman and folk magic teacher based in Denver, Colorado. Working primarily in the Conjure tradition, he draws heavily on the Persian Jewish folk magic of his family and ancestors, and a lifetime of study in indigenous and folk magical practices. His classes focus on teaching the how's and why's of magical techniques and technologies across cultures and practices to give practitioners of all backgrounds foundational tools and hidden principles to apply in their own workings.

Sheilagh Cruickshank

 

Sheilagh Cruickshank is a local urban herbalist and educator who has worked with plants for nearly 20 years. An herbal instructor throughout the North Shore of Massachusetts, Sheilagh has co-taught an apprenticeship program at The Green Witch School of Herbalism in Salem, MA for over 10 years and offered workshops at The International Herb Symposium, The New England Women’s Herbal Conference and Herbstalk. She is currently a teacher for Rosemary Gladstar’s The Science and Art of Herbalism on-line course and teaches the program in person at Tangled Roots Herbal, Nashua, NH. Additionally, She is a columnist for The Herb Quarterly magazine.

Dr. Alexander Cummins

 

Dr Alexander Cummins is a consultant, poet, diviner 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: in cafés and bars, at gatherings and festivals, and of course on the internet. He also provides training, workshops, and coaching in many aspects of magical theory and practice. Originally from the Midlands in the UK, Al now lives in Brooklyn.

J.W. Dotson M.D.

 

James is a psychiatrist who has spent decades researching occult perfumes, and he is currently presenting a series of talks on supernatural fragrances at the Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles.  His interests include ethnobotany, plant alchemy, classical astrology, and archaic and traditional medicine. He has been a member of a number of clandestine and forgotten magical groups that you will have never heard of.

Presenting:

Lucky Lemon

Thursday Aug 8th 10am

The Night Queens

Thursday Aug 8th 4pm

Kris Gurky

 

Kris currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts and grew up foraging the New England woods for mushrooms, plants and herbs with her Lithuanian grandmother. She has read tarot professionally for over 20 years and comes from a family of psychics, mediums, and healers.  She has taught various classes on intuitive development and herbalism around the country.

She served as an officer in the United States Air Force, earned an M.B.A at Boston University, and graduated from the Boston School of Herbal Studies. She founded Dark Moon in 2010 and has appeared on the History Channel's Haunted History, as well as an episode of Ghost Hunters.

Presenting:

Witches Flying Ointments

Friday Aug 9th 4pm

Online:

DarkMoonSalem.com

Jesse Hathaway

 

Jesse is a folklorist, diviner, artist, and performer living in New York City. With initiations in several forms of witchcraft from both Europe and the Americas, he is also a lifelong student of Mexican Curanderismo, an initiated olosha in the Lucumí orisha tradition, and a Tatá Quimbanda. For the last decade he has been a part of Theatre Group Dzieci, an experimental theatre ensemble dedicated to a search for the sacred through the medium of theatre. He is also co-proprietor of Wolf & Goat. His favorite cat is a dog,  will never turn down a good champurrado, and he indeed owns the finest rats in all the hamlet.

Presenting:

Häxan Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Thursday Aug 8th 9pm

An Intro to Quimbanda

Friday Aug 9th 1pm

Online:

Wolf & Goat

Kadmus

 

 Kadmus is a practicing ceremonial magician with a long standing relationship to the ancient Celtic deities. His interests and practice are highly eclectic but a deep commitment to paganism is the bedrock upon which they all rest. He has written extensively for the website "Gods and Radicals". Kadmus is also a published academic with a Ph.D. in philosophy teaching at the college level. He recently published the book "True to the Earth: Pagan Political Theology" through Gods and Radicals Press.

Presenting:

Pagan Conceptions of the Self

Thursday Aug 8th 10am

The Role of Magic in a Pagan Cosmos

Friday Aug 9th 1pm

Online:

Star and System

Jennifer Lapierre

 

Jennifer Lapierre has been studying Western astrology and casting charts since 1988. She began practicing Tarot decades ago and is able to communicate with those who have crossed over to the Other Side. She is a practitioner of Controlled Remote Viewing and uses this skill to help solve cold cases involving murder victims and missing persons. She is also a certified Level III (Shinpi den) Reiki Master and Teacher. In the mundane world, Jennifer earned a Master's in English Literature from Harvard and a B.S. in Communications from Boston University.

Presenting:

Tarot 101

Thursday Aug 8th 10am

 Astrology Chart Reading 101

Friday Aug 9th 10am

Online:

Venice Psychic

Sarah Lyons

 

Sarah Lyons is a writer, witch, activist, and occultist who currently lives in New York City. Both herself and her writing have been featured in Teen Vogue, Vice, Broadly, Bustle, and Fusion. She is the author of the upcoming book "Revolutionary Witchcraft, A Guide To Magical Activism" due out in November from Running Press.

Presenting:

Power Mapping For Magical Activism

Friday Aug 9th 4pm

Why The Left Sucks at Magic (And How it Can Get Better)

Saturday Aug 10th 4pm

Online:

SarahLyons.org

Master Red Fox

 

Though born and raised on the west coast, my roots are undoubtedly eastern. Spending summers in my grandmothers garden and orchards in upstate New York, sipping chamomile since the age of two. I remember my connection to the Earth and healing nature of plants. These memories pushed me towards Loose Leaf Tea and the Culinary Arts. After fourteen years of brewing in studies, travels, and my own personal tea journey, Red Fox House of Teas was steeped into existence. Now a platform for Sustainability, Eco-Awareness, and Equal Rights, Red Fox House of Teas is welcoming the community one cup at a time.

Presenting:

Herbal Infusions for Mind, Body, Soul

Saturday Aug 10th 1pm

Online:

Red Fox Teas

Aria Michaels Paradise

 

Aria Michaels Paradise, MA, MSW, LICSW, SC-C embodies the ethereal and protean realm of air, shapeshifting with the creative current. She is ever inspired, ever evolving. As a psychotherapist, certified spiritual counselor, visual and performance artist, founder of ABRAXAS Dance Theatre and ABRAXAS Oracular Arts, occultist, art historian, poetess, astrologer and tarot reader, Aria is peripatetic; inhabiting the realm of dream, myth, possibility, and paradox.

Presenting:

CBT for Occult Practitioners

Saturday Aug 10th 10am

Online:

AbraxasOracularArts.com

AriaMichaelsParadise.com

Julia Penelope-

The Wandering Witch

 

Julia Penelope is a blogger, traveler, occultist, witch, polytheist, and aspiring archaeologist. She is the founder and organizer of an eclectic women’s circle in southern Maine, the Witches of Downeast.

Mani C. Price

 

I am a NYC visionary artist exploring women’s sexual empowerment, and the idea of the divine feminine. My women are not dainty little orchids to be looked at. They are Queens, Warriors, Heroines, and Femme Fatales. Rulers in their element. Art and magick are my passions.

In my classes, I teach my students to create bodies of work to help manifest their desires utilizing art and magic. I currently work from my beautiful estate in the Bronx. My work, from paintings to animated films and shorts, have been featured internationally in various galleries, shows, events, e-zines, festivals, and more. When not creating new art for my online store or on commission, I love to do tarot readings, Reiki, crystal ball gazing and crystal healing and rant on my blog

Presenting:

H.P. Lovecraft Fact vs Mythos

Thursday Aug 8th 1pm

Talismanic Creation in the Solomonic Tradition

Friday Aug 9th 1pm

Online:

MannyTheUncanny.com

Professor Charles Porterfield

 

Professor Charles Porterfield is an old-fashioned, no-nonsense, Old Testament reader and rootworker. He is the co-author of Hoodoo Bible Magic: Sacred Secrets of Scriptural Sorcery, and author of A Deck of Spells: Hoodoo Playing Card Magic in Rootwork and Conjure and The Sporting Life: How to Help Yourself with Hoodoo from the Streets to the Sheets. 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.

Presenting:

 Playing Cards in Hoodoo, Rootwork & Conjure

Saturday Aug 10th 10am

 

The Crossroads: Center of the World

Saturday Aug 10th 4pm

Online:

ProfessorPorterfield.com

Nate Speare

Nate Speare is an interdisciplinary performing artist, storyteller, and researcher into the realms of astrology, folklore, and sound. He is the co-artistic director (with Ana Cantorán) of Nekyia Theatre and the director/astrologer of Mythopoetic Astrology, his astrological consulting, performing and therapeutic practice. His current interests surround the integration of astrology, magick and channeling with vocal performance.  In these performances he uses extended singing ranges as influenced by Roy Hart Theatre, Enrique Pardo of PanTheatre (his core artistic mentor since 2008) and sound art. Speare is a transcriber and editor for the CHELA project. He holds an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and has worked for years with Paris-based PanTheatre and the Roy Hart Center. His solo works and works as a theatre director have appeared nationally in NYC, Boston,Chicago, Colorado and internationally in France and the Netherlands. 

Presenting:

Eclipse Oratoria: Bad Seeds

Thursday Aug 8th 10am

Astro-Dramas: Planetary Rhetoric in Action

Friday Aug 9th 1pm

Online:

Instagram

Gwen Walsh

 

Gwen is a sex educator, tarot reader, and witch based in Portland, Maine. Her path centers on Wicca with influences of Celtic Reconstructionism and Heathenry.  She is a devotee of The Morrígan, Venus, and Lilith, and her solitary practice includes divination, shadow work, and sex magic. She graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Southern Maine in 2018 with a B.A. in Women’s Studies and a minor in Holistic and Integrative Health.  Currently, she combines her passions of sexuality and spirituality in her blog, The Love Witch.

Matthew Venus

Matthew Venus is an artist, folk magician, magical apothecary, and witch who has been a student, practitioner, and teacher of the magical arts for over 25 years. He is a traditional rootworker, a bone reader and cartomancer, as well as a crafter of sigilic amulets and magical fetish objects. Matthew is also the owner and lead apothecary of Spiritus Arcanum, an online and event based occult shop which specializes in quality handcrafted items for the magical arts, custom spiritual work, and online classes.

Matthew is also one of the Founders and Organizers of The Salem Summer Symposium

Presenting:

Light in the Dark: Introduction to Candle Magic

Thursday Aug 8th 1pm

Online:

Spiritus Arcanum

Michael Hughes

Michael M. Hughes is an author, activist, and a noted speaker and teacher of magic and tarot. He is the creator of the internationally viral Mass Spell to Bind Donald Trump and All Those Who Abet Him, the largest magical working in history. Michael speaks on magic, pop culture, cannabis and psychedelics, the paranormal, UFOs, and tarot, among other subjects, and is the author of Magic for the Resistance: Rituals and Spells for Change

Presenting:

Magic for the Resistance

Saturday Aug 10th 1pm

Online:

MichaelHughes.com

Nick Dickinson

Nick Dickinson has been studying and practicing magic and witchcraft for over 35 years. Nick's personal practice is best described as a type of feral hedgecraft influenced heavily by tantric Buddhism. Nick has been reading tarot cards and crafting spell work for family in friends since the 1980's, and was a Buddhist Monk in the Tibetan tradition for 10 years. For the past 10 years Nick as been teaching secular meditation, yoga and ritual practie

Presenting:

Salem Witch Power Immersion

Thursday Aug 8th 1pm